Jean Claude Guimberteau

Living Tissue, Hand surgery

Jean-Claude Guimberteau is co-founder and former scientific director of the Aquitany Hand Institute and director of research at the French society of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. He has been an established member French Hand Society (GEM) and of the French society of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery (SOFCPRE).

He was trained in the Hand and Plastic department of the Bordeaux University by distinguished surgeons Dr AJM Goumain and Pr J Baudet. During this surgical training, he was exposed to the philosophies of microsurgery and vascularized composite tissue transfers surgery. He extended this training in a fellowship with world-renowned surgeons Professor JM Converse in New York and Professor R Millard in Miami.

Over the following years he compiled his book ‘New Ideas in Hand Surgery”, which introduced innovative concepts in hand anatomy, physiology and secondary flexor tendon repair. These concepts have been revolutionary to hand surgery, and have been endorsed by Hand Surgery legends such as Professors Cl Verdan and Professor H.E. Kleinert.

He has become a pioneer in hand surgery innovating a novel technique for reconstruction of flexor tendons, using vascularized island transfers and he was the first to perform vascularized allotransplants of flexor tendon in 1991.

Much of Jean Claude’s current passion lies in exploring and defining the movement of tissues beneath the skin, using intraoperative endoscopic visualization of living tissue. As a director and producer of many videos on living matter, he has developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new paradigm for the development of biological structure in man.

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