Dr. Irving Goldman: 1964 – 1965

Formation, Knowledge, Sharing

Irving B. Goldman, MD, pursued his single-minded interest in aesthetic surgery of the nose, which led him in 1953 to organize a two-week course at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, which continues today. Goldman tried any new technique he felt would improve the nose. By 1957, he had developed the so-called, “Goldman tip,” in which he cut the angle between the mesial and lateral crura and sutured the mesial crura together, resulting in improved tip projection. Goldman’s superb surgical skills stood in sharp contrast to his rough and ready character. A heavy smoker and former boxer, he was straightforward with others and inspired many.

On the advice of Dean Lierle, MD, he joined forces with Samuel Foman, MD, to merge their separate societies and create the AAFPRS. Beyond the formal courses, ad hoc study groups ruled the day. Word would go out that a master operator had scheduled a particular procedure the next day, and surgeons would fly into town to watch and critique the operation. This is how the leadership stimulated others to teach and expanded the pool of knowledge. Moreover, a new generation of leaders was trained.

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