Written by Professor Laurent Lantieri
Laurent Lantieri is the Professor of Plastic Surgery at Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris and head of department at Georges Pompidou Hospital at Paris Descartes University. Born in 1963, he went to medical school in Paris at Paris Descartes University. He became a resident in Surgery in 1986 after succeeding in the national French residency contest. In 1993 he became a research fellow at Washington University, Illinois. From 1994 to 2002 he worked at Henri Mondor Hospital and became a full Professor in 2002 and head of department in 2003. His activity is currently focused on several topics. He implanted and developed the use of the perforator microsurgical free flap in France. He took a major part in the development of the French referral center for the management of neurofibromatosis. He specialised part of his activity on the surgical management of plexiform neurofibromas and developed original techniques for facial disfigurement due to plexiform neurofibromas. He developed an original approach to face transplants in order to solve problems with previously unreconstructable faces. His team has currently performed eight of the 42 face transplants worldwide, which is the greatest number performed by a surgeon today. In 2018 Lantieri has published over 140 papers in peer reviewed journals, 9 chapters in books and one book. He has received the James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons for the best publication in 2011 and also delivered the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation Maliniac Lecture at the American Society of Plastic Surgery in 2011. Lantieri gave the Semon lecture in 2011 and in 2012 he received the Legion D’Honneur (highest French civilian medal) in recognition of his work.