Institute for Plastic Surgery
Hand Transplantation
Phone: 1-217-545-7014
Toll free: 1-855-SIU-HAND
E-mail: handtransplant@siumed.edu
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Transplant Team

The Hand Transplant TeamWhy SIU?

The Institute for Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is a regional hand, burn, and plastic surgery center that has a rich history of hand/upper extremity replantation and salvage.  Because of the large farming community in the surrounding region, SIU treats a number of mutilating hand injuries, including amputations, on a regular basis.  Replantation, or the processes of re-attaching a severed finger, hand, or arm is always our goal, however, some times this is not feasible such as when the amputated part is too damaged, or it has been without blood flow for too long. 

Hand transplantation is similar to replantation in many ways, and our experience with replantation makes us uniquely qualified to offer hand transplantation. The Department of Surgery also has a history of excellence in solid organ transplantation beginning with Dr. Alan Birtch who was a fellow of Dr. Joseph Murray, a Nobel Prize laureate for performing the first kidney transplants.

The hand transplant program is a collaborative effort between the SIU Institute for Plastic Surgery, SIU Transplant Surgery, SIU Orthopaedic Surgery, Springfield Clinic Transplant Nephrology, and Memorial Transplant Services.

The Team

Michael W. Neumeister, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Director of Reconstructive Hand Transplantation
Professor and Chair – Department of Surgery
Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair – Institute for Plastic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Bradford L. West, MD
Medical Director of Reconstructive Hand Transplantation
Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Clinical Assistant Professor, Transplant Nephrology
SIU School of Medicine
Chairman, Nephrology
Springfield Clinic

Reuben A. Bueno, Jr. MD
Hand transplant team surgeon
Associate Professor
Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency
Institute for Plastic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Nada Berry, MD
Hand transplant team surgeon
Assistant Professor
Associate director, plastic surgery residency program
Institute for Plastic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Robert C. Russell, MD, FACS, FRACS
Hand transplant team surgeon
Clinical Professor of Surgery
Heartland Plastic Surgery Center

Saadiq F. El-Amin III, MD, PhD
Hand transplant team surgeon
Assistant Professor
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

 

Marc R. Garfinkel, MD
Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

David J. Rea, MD
Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Shaun D. Mendenhall, MD
Hand Transplant Research Fellow
Plastic Surgery Resident
Institute for Plastic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Mauricio De la Garza, MD
Hand Transplant Researcher
Plastic Surgery Resident
Institute for Plastic Surgery
SIU School of Medicine

Thereasa E. Abrams, PhD, LCSW
Hand Transplant Psychosocial Director
Research Assistant Professor
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SIU School of Medicine

Jennifer L. Keochle, MPH, CCRP
Hand Transplant Clinical Research Coordinator
Director of Clinical Research
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SIU School of Medicine

Emma Hoffmann, BS
Clinical Research Specialist
Office of Clinical Research
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SIU School of Medicine

Maria Ansley
Medical Photographer
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SIU School of Medicine