Statement from the Administrative Council of the WFNS and Representative WFNS Honorary Presidents about Head Transplant

Today, the technical performance to realize a head transplant is possible.  At the present time, this only establishes the cerebral blood circulation by anastomosis of the necessary vascular systems between head and neck of the human body. However, due to the fact that in such a procedure the spinal cord is transected, the head does not establish neural connection to the body.  Until we have achieved the ability for complete neuro-regeneration of the spinal cord after transection, such a head transplant is not only ethically unacceptable, but it is also - from a scientific point of view – meaningless.  From an ethical point of view, we physicians must consider any surgical procedure that is not performed to benefit the patient - but is performed with the sole purpose of creating media attention - must be rejected by any and all official organizations.


Franco Servadei , President WFNS, Italy
Christopher Loftus, First Vice President, USA
Young Wang Tu, Past President WFNS, Taiwan
Marcos Masini, Secretary, Brazil
Akio Morita, Assistant Secretary, Japan
Amir Samii, Treasurer, Germany
Najia El Abbadi, Assistant Treasurer, Morocco
Miguel A. Arraez, Chairman of WFNS Foundation, Spain
Majid Samii, Honorary President, Germany
Hildo Azevedo, Honorary President, Brazil
Armando Basso, Honorary President, Argentina
Edward Laws, Honorary President, USA

December 2023