Dr. Dean Toriumi: 2002 – 2003

Guidelines, Residents, Grassroots

Working with the AMA and the ACS, the AAFPRS provided critical input into the creation of new guidelines for office-based surgery. Dean M. Toriumi, MD, and the leadership ensured these recommendations would protect patients yet help members continue to practice office-based facial plastic surgery.

One goal was to solidify the Academy as the primary educator of otolaryngology residents in facial plastic surgery. Toriumi reinstituted the basic soft tissue workshop program to help train otolaryngology residents in soft tissue techniques. On the socioeconomic front, Toriumi was able to contain a legislative initiative that would have hurt members in Florida. This effort demonstrated how grassroots activities could be effective in neutralizing potentially harmful state legislation. The leadership made great strides in stabilizing the budget; expenses were decreased and revenue increased. Toriumi also encouraged the public relations efforts to increase and to address reality television programming so that patients would have the proper perspective of facial plastic surgery.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material