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Dr. Eric Kodish speaks to the media during a press conference at the Cleveland Clinic on December 17, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first near-total face transplant in the United States. The female patient, who had sustained a traumatic injury, had 80% of her face replaced in the 22-hour procedure.