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Pioneer of World’s First Human Face Transplant Attends Facial Plastic Surgery Meeting

06 September 2006

A member of the French team that successfully performed the world’s first human face transplant addressed a conference in Dublin about the ethical, medical and psychological problems raised by the procedure. Dr Benoit Lengelé spoke at the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS) annual meeting, which was held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) from 4th-6th September 2006. It was the first time that the meeting had been held in Ireland.


Pictured from L to R: Professor Gilbert Nolst Trenité, President of the EAFPS presents a medal to Professor Benoit Lengelé, head of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Louvain in Brussels. Professor Lengelé was a member of the French team that successfully performed the world’s first human face transplant.


Pictured from L to R: Mr. Michael Earley, Ireland and Professor Benoit Lengelé speak together at the EAFPS conference which was held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The three-day event was attended by leading Irish and world-wide facial plastic surgeons.

A number of leading Irish and world-wide facial plastic surgeons attended the three-day event, which addressed both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery aspects on the face. Leading American surgeon, Dr. Wayne Larrabee delivered a keynote lecture on “Facial Plastic Surgery – A Global Specialty.” He discussed the introduction this year of a worldwide standard for facial plastic surgeons that will certify that surgeons have rigorously trained and successfully completed their examinations to become experts in Facial Plastic Surgery. The distinguished Irish artist, Dr. Thomas Ryan appraised facial features from the viewpoint of a portrait painter. The guest of honour at this year’s event was the eminent Professor Wilf Goodman, University of Toronto who is a pioneer in External Approach Rhinoplasty.


Professor Benoit Lengelé, who addressed delegates about the ethical, medical and psychological problems raised by the first human face transplant


Pictured form L to R are Mr. Andrew Maguire, Blackrock Clinic and Vice-President in Ireland of the EAFPS; Professor Nolst Trenité, President of the EAFPS; Professor Benoit Lengelé, head of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Louvain in Brussels and Professor Michael Walsh, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Vice-President of the EAFPS in Ireland.

“Facial plastic surgery is one of the most demanding areas of surgery because it deals with abnormality or disfigurement of the most highly, most human and most emotive area of the body. It is certainly a topic that has attracted growing interest in this country” said Mr. Andrew Maguire, Vice-President for Ireland of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS).