Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project
Organizational Award Winner, 2016
Led by Kristy Pottol at the U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity in Frederick, Maryland, the Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Project mission is to “make wounded service members whole by restoring form, function and appearance.” Their work helps find new and effective methods to treat and sustain severely disfigured service members and civilians who would otherwise have very little hope of leading a normal life.
The TIRM is the single largest funder of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, which is the transplant of intact vascularized body parts, such as hands and faces. The TIRM made incredible treatments possible, such as a successful face transplant for a civilian who was injured in a high voltage electrical accident and a successful double arm transplant for a wounded service member.
NMCWM Executive Director David Price states, “The Civil War resulted in an unprecedented number of amputations and disfiguring wounds. The result was the beginning of reconstructive surgery and prosthetics. TIRM continues that work on a massive scale by managing more than 200 research projects. Their commitment to patients so severely wounded is inspiring. The impact of this organization cannot be overstated and their mission truly continues the legacy of Major Jonathan Letterman by focusing on improving patient outcomes and their quality of life.”
Join us to honor TIRM at the
Do you know someone who carries on Letterman’s legacy today.
NOMINATE them for the Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award.