Dr. Carl Patterson: 1975 – 1976

Recognition, Coordination, Campaigns

Carl N. Patterson, MD, served as secretary of the AAFPRS from 1969-1974 and was very active in working to get the Academy recognized as a society within organized medicine. Our representation on the newly formed section of the AMA on plastic and reconstructive surgery, overtures from the general plastic surgeons, the Yellow Pages situation, the issue of credentialing, and trying to support a young membership with training opportunities—all of this took a tremendous amount of work and Patterson was right for the job. He was familiar with these battles and centered on the most important issue, our position within organized medicine.

Patterson was well known for coordinating behind-the-scenes efforts, particularly massive letter-writing campaigns that led to success in securing AMA recognition on its new plastic surgery section, winning AMA approval for continuing medical education courses, obtaining recognition by the American College of Surgeons with a seat on its Board of Governors (on which Patterson served six years), adding “head and neck surgery” to the names of otolaryngology departments, and resolving many privileging encounters.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material