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Hand Transplant Surgeon Leaving Louisville

The lead surgeon on the six hand transplant operations performed at Louisville's Jewish Hospital has accpeted a job in Arizona. Dr. Warren Breidenbach will head the Division of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery at the University of Arizona.Breidenbach is also a partner in the Kleinert and Kutz Hand Care Center at Jewish Hospital.A statement from Kleinert and Jewish Hospital says Breidenbach will remain a part of the hand transplant team.He has led the transplants of seven hands on six patients over the past 13 years.The most recent patient, Dr. Rich Edwards, is recovering after a double hand transplant in August.Breidenbach has not set a departure date.(Photo courtesy of www.handtransplant.com) 

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