Lymph Node Transfer Surgery
About the speaker: Dr. Joseph Dayan is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in microsurgical cancer reconstruction and lymphatic surgery. His work on vascularized lymph node transfer has been presented internationally and he is a founder of the American Society for Lymphatic Surgery. Dr. Dayan also performed the first lymph node transfer in the tri-state area and in Israel with his colleague, Dr. Mark Smith. His work in this arena includes prospective clinical study of lymph node transfer and lymphovenous bypass, collaborative efforts with basic science researchers and certified lymphedema therapists, and patient advocacy. Dr. Smith and his colleague were the first surgeons in North America to perform successful vascularized lymph node transfer to the wrist for the treatment of lymphedema. They also developed a technique called "Reverse Lymphatic Mapping for Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer" to minimize the risk of causing lymphedema in the donor extremity. Their work has been shared at numerous national and international conferences and recently accepted for publication in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2012, they were invited to Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv to perform the first vascularized lymph node transfers in Israel. They also were recently invited to demonstrate their work at the International Symposium on Lymphatic Surgery in Taipei, Taiwan where they performed a live surgical demonstration of Reverse Lymphatic Mapping for Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer before an audience of 150 microsurgeons from around the world. Dr. Smith is Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphatic Research and Treatment (www.lymph.org). He is one of the Co-Founders of the American Society for Lymphatic Surgery.