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.