Transplantation in Plastic Surgery with Professor Adam Maciejewski

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Professor Adam Maciejewski is currently the head of the Oncological and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic at the Oncology Centre of the Institute of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Gliwice. He is the current Godina Fellow, which is awarded by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery as an investment into promising, upcoming, committed surgeons, who will, through study and investigation, continue to expand the horizons of our field.

  • Can you tell us about your career path and what inspired you to pursue complex head and neck reconstruction and transplantation?
  • What does it mean to you to be selected as the Godina Fellow?
  • It’s been a tough time to travel given COVID, but where have you been able to visit during this time? What new approaches or techniques have you learned?
  • You’ve won the ASRM “best case” 3 times, which is extraordinarily impressive. Can you please briefly explain those three cases can how you believe they advance the field of plastic surgery?
  • In your Annals of Surgery publication and lecture this morning on neck transplantation you talk about how one of the reasons these cases are so rare is due to the difficulty of finding the “ideal patient” who is already immunosuppressed for another reason. Do you think this will change in the future? Will indications for these procedures expand? Implications of simultaneous bone marrow transplant?
  • Do you think face transplants will continue to become more popular despite the limitations/toxicity of immunosuppression currently?
  • Where do you see the field of VCA going?
  • What are your goals for the next 10 years of your practice?
  • What advice do you have for residents interested in microsurgery or young microsurgeons early in their career?

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