The Leonard Lopate Show Edit this Published in The Leonard Lopate Show A New Face Listen 35 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/58488/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Dr. Maria Siemionow made history in December 2008 by leading the team that performed this first near-total face transplant in the United States. She recounts her 30 year journey to the forefront of American medicine and reveals the complex process behind transplants in her book Face to Face: My Quest to Perform the First Face Transplant.