Saba Grad Takes Part in Canada’s First Successful Hand Transplant Operation

Saba graduate, Dr. Giancarlo McEvenue was part of the team of surgeons who successfully completed Canada’s first hand transplant.

Canada’s first successful hand transplant operation had special meaning for Saba University School of Medicine. Giancarlo McEvenue, MD, a 2010 Saba grad, was part of the team of surgeons who successfully attached a donated hand and forearm on a 49 year old woman who lost her arm below the elbow in an accident several years ago.

A native of Toronto, McEvenue completed an undergraduate honours degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto before heading to Saba for his medical degree. He is currently a senior resident in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. The 14-hour operation was performed at Toronto Western Hospital. While 110 transplants have been completed around the world, this was the first time it was done in Canada.

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