Dr. Walter Berman: 1972 – 1973

Recognition, Education, Development

During this year, the AAFPRS was formally recognized by the AMA as a member society; Walter E. Berman, MD, asserts this as one of his proudest accomplishments. He states, “This was the start of our bona fide existence in the medical community.”

Berman taught many rhinoplasty courses with Jack R. Anderson, MD. “In those days, there wasn’t the means of exchange that is available today through well-coordinated societies like the AAFPRS. We had no organized lectures or surgical tapes to view and had to meet in informal study groups to learn and share ideas.” Berman would work to change this; he later served as chair of the audiovisual and peer review committees. He had a confidence about him and a low-key approach to difficult problems. He conducted research projects, developed teaching models, and has an exhaustive list of publications to his credit, including textbooks and surgical manuals. Berman states that fellowships were a favorite activity, working with many young surgeons including his son.

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