In a press conference at Brigham and Women's Hospital on June 10, 2011, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac describes and shows an animation of the full face transplant procedure on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. It is the third full face transplant procedure performed in 2011 at Brigham and Women's. A double hand transplant was also performed; however the hands failed to thrive and were removed.
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In April 2011, a Brigham and Women's Hospital team performed the second full face transplant in the U.S. and the third in the world. Morgan Hunter, sister of face transplant recipient Mitch Hunter, shares her thoughts about her brother's historic procedure.
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Dallas Wiens, the nation's first full face transplant recipient, describes how he felt when he learned a face for transplant had become available and then waking up after the surgery and finding that he has lips, a nose, eyebrows, and more. Learn more about the his face transplant procedure at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/publicaffairs/news/facetransplant/facetransplantwiens.aspx.
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Michael E. Charness, M.D. Director, Performing Arts Clinic Department of Neurology Brigham and Women's Hospital Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School This video is meant solely for use in training physicians, and should not be used for any other purposes, including but not limited to diagnosis or treatment.
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In the battle against brain cancer, Dr. Nathalie Agar and her team have developed a high-tech imaging method called mass spectrometry. This device acquires molecular fingerprints of the tissue to help determine the type of tissue, type of tumor, grade of tumor, and more. This informs the neurosurgeon on whether or not to remove a piece of tissue during surgery and will help in the development of new drugs to treat brain tumors.
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Fifty years ago Johanna Rempel received a kidney transplant from her twin sister, when they were both just 12 years old. They recently visited BWH for the first time since the surgery, and talked about the full lives they've both lived since the life saving procedure. Read more about their experience: http://brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/publicaffairs/news/publications/DisplayBulletin.aspx?articleid=5262
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Dr. Jeffrey Karp, Co-Director of Regenerative Therapeutics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is focused on translating research into improved patient care. Recent innovations include a needle that automatically stops when it hits the right location within a person's body.
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Nearly a month after receiving the nation's second full face transplant, Mitch Hunter, a U.S. veteran, discusses his feelings before and after the procedure and how it feels to have a new face. Learn more about the face transplant procedure at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/publicaffairs/news/facetransplant/facetransplanthunter.aspx. Learn more about his recovery and progress at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/surgery/services/PlasticSurg/Reconstructive/FaceTransplantSurgery/MitchProgress.aspx
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Dr. Michael VanRooyen directs the Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital. It's like a mobile emergency room staffed with some of the best doctors anywhere, ready to respond to natural and humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.
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BWH's Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence -- for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and exceptional care of patients and their families. Meet the team and some of their patients.
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More than a month after receiving the nation's first full face transplant, Dallas Wiens is set to leave the hospital and resume his life. In a press conference, Dallas and his surgeons describe his experience and discuss his recovery.
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View video clips of Dallas Wiens and his family before and after Wiens received the nation's first full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in March 2011. More at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/surgery/services/PlasticSurg/Reconstructive/FaceTransplantSurgery/default.aspx.
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Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), discusses BWH's international mission, including the globalization of research collaboration, residency training, and patient care.
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A new report, released July 19, from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that eight preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The ACA requires plans to cover the services listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) comprehensive list of preventive services. At the agency's request, an IOM committee identified critical gaps in preventive services for women as well as measures that will further ensure women's health and well-being. View the recommendations and read more: ttp://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=13181
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Richard Mangino discusses his previous life without hands -- doing everyday tasks was like "performing miracles." Thanks to his double hand transplant, however, he now looks forward to holding his grandchildren and living a "normal" life: "I don't have to perform miracles anymore. I can just be a regular person." Learn more: http://healthhub.brighamandwomens.org/how-much-can-two-hands-hold
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Brigham and Women's Hospital cardiologist and wellness expert Joanne Foody discusses lung cancer prevention, including the importance of living smoke-free and tips to quit smoking.
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Everything Possible Patient Story: Eileen's daughter was born three months early, at just 2 pounds. Two months later, Eileen suffered a heart condition requiring cardiac surgery.
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Brigham and Women's Hospital thoracic surgeon Yolonda L. Colson discusses lung cancer basics: lung cancer risks, early detection and diagnosis, how lung cancer treatment should differ by gender.
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On February 11, 2011, Dennis Thompson was waiting for his dinner when he found out a heart had become available for him. That night he received a heart transplant -- the 600th heart transplantation procedure provided at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hear his story.
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On November 17, 2011, BWH is taking part in the Great American Smokeout by joining ten other Boston-area hospitals in making our campuses entirely tobacco free. BWH President Dr. Betsy Nabel explains why and how the change will occur. Learn more at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/online/ofcurrentinterest/TobaccoFree.aspx.
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Brigham and Women's Hospital thoracic radiologist Francine Jacobson discusses lung cancer screening, including early detection and diagnosis and the National Lung Screening Trial.
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