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Linda C. Cendales, MD | Surgeon

Linda Cendales is an Associate Professor of Surgery, a Duke Health Scholar, and the Director of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) at Duke University Medical Center. Trained in hand surgery, microsurgery, and transplant surgery, she helped organize the first VCA team in the U.S. and participated in the country’s first and second hand transplants. She was the first surgeon accepted into the Transplant Surgery and Immunobiology Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and while there, published her own model of VCA in non-human primates. Establishing VCA programs at both Emory University and Duke University, Dr. Cendales led multidisciplinary teams at each school to perform Georgia’s first hand transplant in 2011, and North Carolina’s first in 2016.

Linda will share how her willingness to take risks and make changes in her life resulted in a new specialty that has forever impacted the field of medicine.