Dr. Stephan Perkins: 1998 – 1999

Archives, Ethics, Specialties

One of the greatest achievements this year was the culmination, approval, and inauguration of the AMA publication, Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. This was a milestone in the advancement of our recognition as a legitimate specialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Multiple state regulatory issues relating to members’ ability to perform outpatient facial plastic surgical procedures were fought. Stephen W. Perkins, MD, along with other dedicated members, ensured that more equitable legislation was drafted. A task force was formed to devise a specific plan for an Ethics Committee. During this year, the Academy adopted a formal policy on ethical guidelines for advertising.

Perkins set a goal at the beginning of his year to meet with other specialties interested in the same issues and dedicated to educational advancement; he followed through with key meetings first with the leadership of AAO-HNS to reaffirm mutual commitments, then ABOto regarding sub-certification. Additional meetings followed with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Federation of Aesthetic Specialty Plastic Surgery Societies, and the American Academy of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. The result was future plans for alliances and joint educational sessions. Perkins also dedicated considerable effort toward advising the ABPS of the Academy’s opposition to their application for a sub-board in “plastic surgery within the head and neck.” Members were encouraged to drive the message to every household, “Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon,” by purchasing and placing new regional ads—making the connection between the local advertising of one’s practice with the national awareness of the Academy and facial plastic surgery in general.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material