World’s first skull-scalp transplant performed in Texas man

A 50-strong team led by Dr. Jesse C. Selber, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, and Dr. A. Osama Gaber, of the Houston Methodist Hospital, TX, performed the complex surgery, which took 24 hours to complete in total.

Software developer James Boysen was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma – a rare cancer of the smooth muscle tissue – on his scalp in 2006.

Though Boysen underwent successful chemotherapy and radiotherapy for the cancer, the treatment severely damaged his scalp tissue, leaving a 10-by-10-inch wound that descended through the skull to the brain.

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