Dr. Morey Parkes: 1968 – 1969

Membership, Ethics, Loan

Morey L. Parkes, MD, was a pioneer on the cutting edge; he was one of the only otolaryngologists in the country in the early 1960s performing facelifts and blepharoplasties. He was widely known for his fellowships in facial plastic surgery, author of more than 60 scientific papers and chapters in books, and was a member of 20 medical and related organizations.

When Parkes became president of the Academy, there were still concerns regarding membership requirements. There was a debate over dermatologists and ophthalmologists, with the Academy leaning toward as open a membership policy as possible. Encouraging ophthalmologists who did facial plastic surgery to become members was a factor before and during his presidency, and Parkes was involved concurrently in helping them form their own society. During Parkes’ presidency, the Ethics Committee was formed, a loan fund for postgraduate education was approved, and successful courses in rhinoplasty and otoplasty were held at three locations.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material.