A Swiss businessman has given the The University of Maryland School of Medicine $2.5 million to create a professorship in plastic and reconstructive surgery with the first awarded to the doctor who recently performed a groundbreaking face transplant.
Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez will be invested at a ceremony later this year. He led a team last year in a 36-hour face transplant that included replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from the scalp to the neck.
Hansjorg Wyss, the founder and former CEO of medical device conglomerate Synthes Company, provided the money for the professorship to the medical school's trauma program. The professorship is named after Dr. Paul N. Manson, a prominent craniofacial and reconstructive surgeon and pioneer in the treatment of facial injury.
Wyss' company developed instruments and implants that Manson used in his work.