Face to Face Author:Maria Sieminow, MD, PhD In November 2004, Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD, became the first surgeon in the world to be granted permission to perform a full face transplant. Almost immediately, she was bombarded with media attention and emotional requests from people in need who wanted to know who would be eligible for this challenging and controversial operation. In December ... more »2008 Siemionow led a team of Cleveland Clinic surgeons as they performed the nation's first face transplant replacing 80% of a woman's face.
Both a unique memoir and medical history, Face to Face is about the remarkable journey of Dr Siemionow from Poznan, Poland, to the forefront of American medicine at Cleveland Clinic, one of the world's top hospitals, and how she acquired the unique skills necessary for this cutting-edge surgery.
The story of Dr. Siemionow's groundbreaking pursuit is one of courage and hope, with stark emotional, cultural, and moral implications. This provocative book raises fundamental issues about beauty and identity, and helps the reader look at the human face in an entirely new way- as a triumph of form and function. the face in the mirror will never seem quite the same.« less