Dr. Siemionow, a world-renowned scientist and microsurgeon, is Professor of Orthopedics and Director of Microsurgery Research at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She specializes in microsurgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, transplantation, and microsurgery research. She is pioneering development of new technology for minimal immunosuppression in transplantation and enhancement of nerve regeneration.
Dr. Siemionow is the Past President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society and the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. Additionally, she is a member of the academic-industry team, Warrior Restoration Consortium, focusing on development of clinical therapies
and new treatments for wounded soldiers as part of the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM II).
She has received numerous honors, including high praise as Principal Investigator for the world’s first, her Composite Facial Allograft Transplantation protocol; in 2008, she led the team that performed the first near-total face transplantation in the United States. Author of more than 330 scientific publications, she twice has been honored with the James Barrett Brown
Award for the best publication in a plastic surgery journal, and earned the Folkert Belzer Award in Transplantation for her work on transplantation and tolerance.
Prior to her UIC appointment, she was Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgical Training for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Plastic Surgery.