Professor Bohdan Pomahac, MD
In 2004, Pomahac joined the staff at BWH as a plastic surgeon and associate director of the Burn Center. From January 2009 to September 2017, Pomahac has led the BWH Burn Center as medical director. In September 2017, he received the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Distinguished Chair in Surgery at BWH. Pomahac established the Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program at BWH, one of the world’s leading centers in face and vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation (VCA).
As a pioneer in the field of VCA transplantation, Pomahac led the teams that performed the second partial face transplant and the first three full face transplant procedures in the U.S. In 2011, the team performed the first successful bilateral upper extremity transplantation in the Northeast. Under Pomahac’s leadership, the BWH VCA transplant team has performed a number of additional face and hand transplants, and expanded research protocols to include lower extremity and abdominal wall transplantation.
Pomahac’s research team is currently working on implementation of immunosuppression minimization strategies in clinical trials, development of technology to extend the viability of tissues, and other research topics related to VCA transplantation and plastic surgery. Pomahac’s clinical interests include facial reconstruction, reconstruction of oncologic defects including breast, esthetic surgery and microsurgery.