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Obituaries

Remembering internationally renowned plastic surgeon Ian Jackson, MD, 1934-2020

By Paul Snyder Monday, August 3, 2020

Plastic surgeons are mourning the loss of an internationally renowned colleague and a giant in the world of craniofacial surgery, Ian Jackson, MD, who passed away Sunday at age 85.


ASPS members pay tribute to Mark Codner, MD

By Paul Snyder Sunday, June 7, 2020

ASPS members are mourning the loss of their colleague, Mark Codner, MD, who passed away suddenly on June 4.


Australia fires claim the life of respected plastic surgeon

By Paul Snyder Friday, January 10, 2020

ASPS International Member Clayton Lang, MBBS, passed away Jan. 3 in one of the bush fires ravaging Australia at press time.


Plastic surgeon held a deep affinity for history

By Paul Snyder Friday, November 22, 2019

A memorial service was held on Nov. 9 for Ronald Taddeo, MD, of Willougby Hills, Ohio, who passed away Oct. 27 at age 85.


Society leadership discusses breast implant concerns with patients

By Jim Leonardo & Mike Stokes Monday, October 14, 2019

In the wake of increased scrutiny on breast implant safety amid reports of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and concerns surrounding a range of symptoms identified with breast implant illness (BII), plastic surgeons and patient advocates met Sept. 20 in San Diego to share perspectives and find common ground for potential collaboration.


I. Kelman Cohen, MD, 1935-2019: Paying tribute to a pioneer, mentor and friend

By Bruce Mast, MD Monday, September 2, 2019

June 9 was another sad day for plastic surgery, when a pioneer and leader in our field, I. Kelman “Kel” Cohen, MD, passed away at age 84.


Avalanche claims life of ASPS member in India

By Glenn Lyle, MD Monday, July 29, 2019

Anthony Sudekum, MD, O’Fallon, Mo., died at the age of 63, on or around May 26, while attempting to climb Nanda Devi East – the second-tallest peak in the Indian Himalayan range.


Remembering Joseph S. Gruss, MB, BCh

By Paul Snyder and Jim Leonardo Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Friends and colleagues are mourning the passing of ASPS member Joseph Gruss, MB, BCh, who passed away on June 26 after battling pancreatic cancer.


Carl Hartrampf, MD, 1932-2019: Remembering a giant who helped the specialty move forward

By Bruce Mast, MD | PSN Associate Editor Monday, July 1, 2019

On June 20, Carl Hartrampf Jr., MD, Atlanta, passed away. Although a time like this is one of great sadness, it's also a time to rejoice for a life filled with accomplishment and meaning. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for reflection and thought about the many giants of our field and the impact they've had.


Southeast Australia's first female plastic surgeon passes

By Richard Hamilton, MD Monday, June 3, 2019

Julie Lawrence, MD, the first female plastic surgeon in Adelaide, passed away May 25 at age 61.


Remembering ASPS member Deepak Narayan, MD

By Joseph Shin, MD, Cecelia Smith and John Persing, MD Monday, February 25, 2019

Deepak Narayan, MD, a respected ASPS member, committed his life to advancing our collective understanding and the treatment of worldwide melanoma.


Remembering M. Samuel Noordhoff, MD, 1927-2018, whose impact was felt worldwide

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, December 4, 2018

ASPS Lifetime Member M. Samuel Noordhoff, MD, Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, at age 91.


Paying tribute to past president of The PSF and ASAPS founder

By Paul Snyder Saturday, September 1, 2018

Simon Fredricks, MD, who served as The PSF president (then the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation) in 1981, passed away at age 92 in Houston on May 23.


Karen B. Vaniver, MD, passes at age 56

Monday, June 11, 2018

Karen B. Vaniver, MD, Pasco, Wash., passed away suddenly on June 1 at age 56.


Craniofacial groundbreaker Milton Edgerton, MD, passes at age 96

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Milton Edgerton, MD, a pioneer in craniofacial surgery, died May 17 in Charlottesville, N.C., at age 96.


Hale Tolleth, MD, past president of The PSF, passes at age 87

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hale Tolleth, MD, taught his renowned sculpture course to plastic surgeons for more than 40 years and also dedicated his time serving people in need through plastic surgery mission trips to Africa, Colombia, Honduras, The Philippines and Solomon Islands, among other nations.


Rhinoplasty pioneer Jack Gunter, MD, passes at age 79

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jack Gunter, MD, age 79, died Tuesday, July 11, in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; five daughters; three sons-in-law; and seven grandchildren.


Reconstructive rhinoplasty pioneer Gary Burget, MD, passes at age 76

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ASPS Life Member Gary Burget, MD, age 76, passed away in Chicago on Wednesday, May 31.


H. Bruce Williams, MD, past president of ASPS and The PSF, passes at age 87

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Society's first president to serve from outside the United States, H. Bruce Williams, MD, passed away on March 24 at age 87 in the palliative care unit of McGill University Hospital in Montreal.


Scott Spear, MD, past president of ASPS, passes at age 68

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ASPS past President and Georgetown University Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery founding Chair Scott Spear, MD, Washington, D.C., died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, March 16, at age 68.


ASPS past president, plastic surgery leader Michael McGuire, MD, dies at age 70

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ASPS past-President Michael McGuire, MD, Santa Monica, Calif., died at home of an apparent stroke on Nov. 14, 2016, at age 70.


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