Recognition, Vision, Privileges
“We are facial plastic surgeons dedicated to the very highest standards of surgical excellence and patient welfare in the area of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery in the head and neck. We strive for recognition from the medical community as the standard-bearer and voice for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As we continue to grow within today’s highly competitive society, there will be times when we will have to negotiate and accommodate our positions; but I want you to know that the two things we will not acquiesce about are quality and ability,” states Robert L. Simons, MD.
Simons’ inaugural address highlighted this theme—we know who we are, and we know where we’re headed. He had been closely involved with the society as well as its players from the beginning. He devoted many years to elective office at the Academy, first as southern regional vice president and national program chair, then as treasurer before assuming the presidency. Further work included editorial development of Facial Plastic Times and representation to the AAO-HNS Board of Governors and the ACS Advisory Council of Otolaryngology. In 1973, he left New York City to venture to southern Florida. Here he faced privileging issues for otolaryngologists that fueled his passion while president to ease privileging hassles for Academy members.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material