Meet the Expert: a Lecture of Prof. Eric M. Genden



6:00 pm
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On January 13, 2021, for the first time in the world, a complete trachea transplant was performed at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on a patient whose organ was damaged six years ago after a series of intubations. The patient at the time, a 56-year-old woman, is currently in good health.

The trachea, the ‘tube’ that connects the larynx to the lungs, has always been considered very difficult to transplant because of the complexity of the blood vessels that run through it. The procedure lasted 18 hours and required more than 50 specialists: the trachea was taken from the donor and reconstructed in the recipient, and the various small blood vessels carrying oxygen to the organ were connected, while using a portion of the esophagus and thyroid to supply blood to the tissue being reconstructed.

“For the first time, we can offer a treatment option to patients with severe tracheal defects,” says Prof. Eric M. Genden, who led the team -. This is especially timely given the increasing number of patients with tracheal problems due to intubation for Covid. Our transplantation and revascularization protocol is reliable, reproducible and technically advanced.”

Prof. Eric M.Genden is a member of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty since 1988, Prof. Genden is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in the management of head and neck cancer, microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck, and transplantation. He is the Dr. Isidore Friesner Endowed Professor and System Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a Professor of Neurosurgery and Immunology. His many leadership roles at Mount Sinai include Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prof. Genden plays a leadership role with the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and a he is a Senior Vice-President for Ambulatory Surgery Development.


Mount Sinai Press Release, April 6, 2021, Mount Sinai Surgeons Perform First Human Tracheal Transplant Surgery


  • Eric M. Genden MD, MHCA, FACS, ENT Departement, Mount Sinai Hospital (NYC)
  • Giuseppe Spriano Responsabile di U.O. Otorinolaringoiatria,
    Humanitas Research Hospital


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