“Our work in liver transplant over the past year has been very fulfilling and we have learnt new techniques adapted to deep cavity work.   More recently, we are looking at the feasibility of uterine transplantation with the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department, as well as face and hand transplantation with the Hand Surgery department.   Patients with severe facial disfigurement and hand amputations stand to gain from the latter but the major hurdle is tissue rejection.   Research is now focused on creating immune-tolerance with stem cell transplant.”


Assoc Prof Tan Bien Keem
Transplant Tissue Centre and Deputy Director,
Cell and Tissue Transplant Programme, SingHealth
Head & Senior Consultant,
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Singapore General Hospital


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