[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Mar/Apr 2014

Face Transplant Teams and the Collaboration Imperative

Author Affiliations
  • 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

Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(2):83-84. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.2280

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?