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Face Transplant Teams and the Collaboration Imperative

Patrick J. Byrne, MD1; Chad Gordon, DO2; W. P. Andrew Lee, MD2
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1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
2Department of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(2):83-84. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.2280.
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In 2011, the newly formed Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine initiated the creation of a comprehensive facial transplant program. A face transplant program requires a diverse set of specialists across multiple disciplines.1 Sensitive and material questions immediately presented themselves. What expertise is needed? Who will provide it? Institutional expertise was available in multiple departments, which historically have not collaborated on clinical research efforts. Are there compelling reasons for disparate groups—which often view one another not as collaborators but rather as competitors—to actually work together for a mutually shared goal or set of goals?

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