Warren Breidenbach, the lead surgeon on the latest groundbreaking double-hand transplant in Louisville, is leaving Jewish Hospital. Breidenbach is leaving to practice at the University of Arizona, but continuing to still be involved with the hand transplant program in Louisville. Richard Edwards, a chiropractor from Oklahoma, was just the third person in the country to receive two new hands.
Doctors completed the region's first double-hand transplant Wednesday, replacing a man's burned, non-functional hands with two new ones. Joseph E. Kutz, a hand surgeon with Kleinert Kutz and Associates said at a press conference, about half an hour after surgery ended.
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Wirges completed his medical training with a surgical internship and general surgery residency at Texas Tech University and a hand surgery fellowship with Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center in Louisville, KY. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary, he was awarded multiple teaching and performance awards including Resident Teacher of the Year three consecutive years, as well as Resident of the Year. He has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles and has been an invited speaker at national conferences and venues.
The family and professional associates of a prominent hand surgeon who died Saturday released a statement on Monday mourning their loss. Harold E. Kleinert, M.
Surgeons in Louisville, Ky. Scott's hand transplant is the third ever performed and the second within five months. Clint Hallam, 48, of Australia is progressing surprisingly well after receiving a hand and forearm transplant in Lyons, France, last September. Hallam is able to grasp a glass in his hand and drink from it, two of his doctors said in recent interviews.