Dr. Regan Thomas: 1992 – 1993

Recognition, Examination, Revenue

I attended my first AAFPRS meeting as a resident. As an individual who did my otolaryngology residency specifically to do facial plastic surgery, I was immediately enamored with the organization, the leadership, and the educational excellence. The Academy was very open to participation and involvement, even by very novice surgeons; I was delighted to be included on a variety of committees immediately from the time I completed my training. Through that active involvement early on, I was greatly honored and genuinely privileged to become president at a relatively young age of 44.

That youthful perspective provided useful insight to me as president, in that it was still an era where facial plastic surgery was battling for recognition, appropriate credibility, and status nationally. As a young facial plastic surgeon, I was facing all of those challenges in my own community as I was developing my practice. During my tenure, we took specific steps to be more appropriately recognized by organized medicine including the AMA. We continued to work to strengthen requirements within the ABO examination process to feature facial plastic surgery. On a organizational pragmatic level, we recruited a new executive vice president, Stephen Duffy, to help us continue to grow as an organizational entity and to increase our operating revenue through a new dues and assessment structure. It was a wonderful experience and I have always hoped that my leadership contributions were at least a fraction of the great value the Academy offered me in return.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material