What is your job title?
Scientific Director, Composite Tissue Allotransplantation (Reconstructive Transplant) Program
What is your job?
I head the vascularized composite allotransplantation research laboratory and oversee and direct strategic planning and initiatives as well as execution of all basic and translational research efforts related to reconstructive transplantation at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?
When did you start working in transplantation?
Why do you work with transplant patients?
Transplantation has always been a dream of mankind and its clinical realization is probably one of the greatest achievements in medicine over the past century. Being able to treat patients with end-stage organ failure or devastating tissue losses by replacing “like-with-like” tissue thereby restoring organ function, tissue integrity and being able to see the dramatic impact on improving the quality of life of these patients is fascinating, inspiring and rewarding every day.
What else do you want people to know about you?
I am the Past-President of the Austrian Society of Surgical Research, Board Member of the Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Working Group of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) and a Founding and Scientific Advisory Board Member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation (ASRT).
I am also the recipient of many national and international awards related to my work in reconstructive transplantation including the Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the Excellence in Research Award of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Biotest Austrotransplant Award.