Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) Committee

Vascularized Composite Allograft refers to the transplantation of non-autologous vascularized peripheral tissues including skin, muscle, nerve, tendon and/or bone as a functional unit (e.g., a hand) to replace non-reconstructible tissue defects.

VCA is viewed as one field that can be driven by orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, or transplantation surgery. The complexity of VCA mandates that this procedure be driven by surgeons and considered as an organ from a regulatory standpoint.


To maintain position papers to advise funding and regulatory agencies on the proper development of this complex field:

  1. To promote balanced scientifically sound investigation and career development in VCA
  2. To educate the membership about regulations and policies as they are being developed for VCA
  3. To foster a place for professionals interested in VCA

Committee Members

Chair: Andreas G. Tzakis, MD (2021)
Co-Chair: Rolf N. Barth, MD (2020)
Dicken S. Ko, MD (2020)
Kadiyala V. Ravindra, MD (2020)
Liza Johannesson, MD, PhD (2021)
Paige M. Porrett, MD, PhD (2021)
Irene K. Kim, MD (2021)
Bruce E. Gelb, MD (2022)
Councilor Liaison: Kenneth Washburn, MD
Staff Liaison: Jill-Morgan Aubert