Dr. Linda Cendales a Women First Honoree

January 2011

In recognition of Dr. Linda Cendales' success and national standing as the only surgeon in the United States trained in both hand and transplant surgery, a renowned microsurgery specialist and a pioneer in Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, she will be one of the featured honorees of Women First, an inaugural program celebrating the accomplishments of Emory University School of Medicine-associated women who have been the first in their particular field, program, or focus of study to make substantial impact in a particular area.

In addition to holding a dual appointment in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Division of Transplantation, she is the director of the Emory Transplant Center's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) and Laboratory of Microsurgery. Composite allotransplantation is the re-transplantation of multiple tissues such as skin, muscle, bone, nerves and tendons as a functional unit. Dr. Cendales assisted in the organization of the first hand transplant team in the United States in Louisville, KY, which performed the first and second hand transplants in 1999 and 2001, and she is currently conducting the first clinical trial of VCA in hand transplantation.

This year's other featured nominee is Dr. Nanette Wenger, Chief of Cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, who has made vast contributions to the study of coronary heart disease in women. Dr. Cendales and Dr. Wenger will share their stories and answer questions at the official Women First program on March 23, 2011, 1:15pm-2:45pm in SOM 110. The event is sponsored by the SOM Office of Staff Development and the Medical Alumni Association.