Official Launch

The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery Limited (the Foundation) officially launched on Thursday 25 April 2013 at the Plastic Surgery Congress 2013. The Foundation was proud to present face transplant pioneer Julian Pribaz as the inaugural Foundation BK Rank Visitor.

Dr Pribaz is one of the world-leaders in face transplant surgery, a new and extremely complicated procedure involving multiple specialists on two operating teams – one for the donor and one for the recipient – that work simultaneously to transfer tissue from the donor’s face to the patient’s, as opposed to the more traditional method of transferring tissue from one part of the patient’s body to their face.

Dr Pribaz and his Harvard Medical School affiliated team at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston have performed five facial transplants including the US’ first full facial transplant on Dallas Wiens – a man who suffered severe electrical burns that practically left him ‘without a face’.

Another patient, Charla Nash, underwent a face transplant after she suffered extensive injuries when she was mauled by a pet chimpanzee.

The Foundation BK Rank Lecture is held biennially in honour of Sir Benjamin Keith Rank, a world leader in the field of plastic surgery and considered by many to be the father of plastic surgery in Australia.

Watch Julian Pribaz's interview on ABC News Breakfast.