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Fernando Ortiz Monasterio Lecture

A native of Austin, Texas, and a sixth generation Texan, Dr. Whitaker is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin (BA), and Tulane School of Medicine (MD), interned at the Montreal General Hospital (McGill), served 2 years as a Captain in the U.S. Army, did a general surgery residency at Dartmouth, and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center where he has been since 1969. There he served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1987-2005) and at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1980-2001).

At The Children’s Hospital he held the first two chairs in Plastic Surgery. He is now Surgeon Emeritus at Children’s Hospital, and Honorary Surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He remains as Professor of Plastic Surgery at Penn. In 1972 Dr. Whitaker founded the Craniofacial Program at Penn and served as its Director until 2000.

In 1987 Dr. Whitaker established the University of Pennsylvania Center for Human Appearance and remains as Director. This was the first multidisciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and the treatment of appearance related disorders at a major medical center in the United States. Treatment programs in Eastern Europe, Mexico, China, and Africa have been partially funded by the Center.

He holds eleven honorary memberships in medical societies including eight in foreign countries. Honors also include, among others, Special Honors and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Tessier Medal from the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery. At that time in 30 years the Tessier Medal had been awarded only once before. Three Whitaker lectureships have been established in his name. Was named “ICON in Plastic Surgery”, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2016.

He has been listed in Castle & Connelly’s Best Doctors in America every year published since 1979, in Who’s Who in America since 1996, and in Who’s Who in the World since 2004. His Academic Activities include having authored or co-authored more than 230 papers, and six books on plastic surgery, and having given more than 300 invited lectures to scientific organizations worldwide. As Chief and Program director at Penn he had primary responsibility for training 45 plastic surgery residents and 30 craniofacial fellows.


Paul Tessier Lecture

Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in craniofacial surgery. He founded the International Craniofacial Institute and Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center, Dallas,TX,1986 and is Founder and Chairman of the World Craniofacial Foundation,1989 dedicated to care and healing for all children with craniofacial abnormalities.

He performed over 16,000 surgical procedures in Dallass from 1969-2006 on patients from 75 countries and every state in the U.S. Dr. Salyer continues to be committed to research, teaching, and providing humanitarian care regarding treatment of cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies making an active contribution to the field. He founded and developed the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas,TX, where he was Professor and Chairman 1969- 1978.

He founded and directed a Plastic Surgery training program for 9 years and a leading craniofacial surgery fellowship-training program for 26 years, 1979-2006. He has contributed over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He has authored, co-authored or edited 11 books. Dr. Salyer has given over 1,000 presentations and teaching courses at national and international congresses. He has been visiting professor at more than fifty universities and medical schools around the world.

He has received numerous honorary memberships, professorships, and degrees including A Lifetime Achievement Award for his research from The Friends of the National Institutes of Health. He has been a member of 50 national and international professional societies and has held leadership roles in many of these. He is past President and a Founding Member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, past President of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, past Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, Founder/past Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery Section, past President of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Founder/ past President of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery. Currently, Dr. Salyer serves on the Board of Trustees as President for the International Cleft Palate Foundation, and is Chairman of the Board for the World Craniofacial Foundation. He is currently Clinical Professor of Biomedical Research, Texas A&M University, Dallas.

His most recent publication is A Life that Matters (Hachette). He has appeared on TV programs, including Oprah Winfrey, Regis and Kathy Lee, Les Brown, Dateline NBC, Connie Chung LIVE, Good Morning America, TODAY, Discovery Channel, a CNN series on Craniofacial Surgery and many other documentaries. Dr Salyer lives with his wife Luci in Dallas, Texas, and Telluride, Colorado.

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