Dr. Bohdan Pomahac: Changing Lives with Face Transplants

By Michelle Alford on July 7, 2011 in Heroes

h15bBohdan Pomahac, M.D., is Director of Plastic Surgery Transplantation and Medical Director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Burn Center. He lead the United State’s second partial face transplantation in April 2009 and the nation’s first full face transplantation in March 2011.

Dr. Pomahac grew up in the Czech Republic and graduated from the Palacky University School of Medicine. He trained in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at BWH and Harvard. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Pomahac has published articles in several journals, including The Journal of Biological ChemistryPlastic and Reconstructive SurgeryThe Journal of Surgical ResearchJournal of Burn Care & Research, and Transplantation. His work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, including the Today Show, Fox NewsNPRPeople MagazineForbesthe Washington Postthe Boston Herald, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dr. Pomahac has dedicated his career to helping those injured in traumatic accidents. In addition to leading the BWH Burn Center, he established BWH’s composite tissue transplantation program. He has focused his research on advancing facial reconstruction, burn reconstruction, and microsurgery.

Dr. Pomahac’s interest in facial transplants sparked when he met the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. Meeting other face transplant recipients also influenced his choice. One told him about his choice to undergo the operation, “I just want a cab to stop when I’m at the curb.”

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