Examination, Education, Congress
Without a doubt, the most significant accomplishment during my political involvement with the Academy was the Anderson suit money being used to help pay for setting up a verifiable facial plastic board exam. Exams are expensive to develop. In conjunction with our fellowship programs, the Board helped bring legitimacy and an improved educational structure to our specialty.
I testified before a congressional committee in Washington during my presidential year. It was nerve racking; but it was an honor to represent the Academy. It had been my professional home for all these years. Having attended the first International Symposium in New York, it is quite amazing for me to see the enormous growth and acceptance of our specialty; and I am very proud to have made my small contribution to it. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and colleagues at the 50th.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material