Jean-Michel Dubernard

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Jean-Michel Dubernard
Jean-Michel Dubernard par Claude Truong-Ngoc 2013.jpg
Dubernard in 2013
Member of the National Assembly
for Rhône's 3rd constituency
In office
2 April 1986 – 19 June 2007
Preceded byMichel Noir
Succeeded byJean-Louis Touraine
Personal details
Born(1941-05-17)17 May 1941
Lyon, France
Died10 July 2021(2021-07-10) (aged 80)
Istanbul, Turkey
Political partyThe Republicans

Jean-Michel Dubernard (French: [dybɛʁnaʁ]; 17 May 1941 – 10 July 2021) was a medical doctor specializing in transplant surgery who served as a Deputy in the French National Assembly. He was born in Lyon.

Dr. Dubernard was most famous for performing the first successful hand transplant on Clint Hallam on 23 September 1998, the first successful double hand transplant shortly thereafter (but not announced until 14 January 2004), and assisting Prof. Bernard Devauchelle in performing the first partial face transplant on Isabelle Dinoire on 27 November 2005. Dubernard was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2010.[1] Dubernard died at Istanbul Airport on 10 July 2021 at the age of 80.[2]


  1. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Le professeur Jean-Michel Dubernard, chirurgien pionnier des greffes, est mort". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 19 July 2021.