I’m Dr. Brian Gastman and I was one of the lead surgeons who performed a full face transplant for the youngest person in the U.S.—AMA
EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions! I had a lot of fun answering them, but I've got to run to see patients.
My name is Dr. Brian Gastman and I’m a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist at the Cleveland Clinic with specific interests in the comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies, like melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas, and head and neck cancer. I do multiple types of surgeries, both cancer removal and reconstructive including microsurgery. I’m also a scientist with a lab funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We study tumors and how they invade the immune system as well as evade chemotherapy. My main focus with patients is their survival and quality of life.
Katie Stubblefield was only 18 when she attempted to take her life. She waited three years for a new face and at 21, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a full face transplant. The still experimental procedure took 31 hours for myself and a team of doctors to complete. I was the first clinic doctor to see Katie and I organized a multidisciplinary team of 15 specialists to address all her issues, from endocrinology to psychiatry. Ask me anything.