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A Personal Tribute to a Great Educator: How Henry Kawamoto Influenced My Interest in Facial Soft Tissue Anatomy and Changed My Plastic Surgery Career

Stuzin, James M. MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31825e3887
Original Articles

Abstract: Henry Kawamoto remains one of the most influential craniofacial surgeons of the 20th century. A Tessier-trained craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Kawamoto has personally influenced not only the lives of his patients, but significantly also the lives of those craniofacial fellows he educated, passing on the Tessier methodology to future generations. This article serves as an anecdote as to how Dr. Kawamoto’s mentoring influenced a personal understanding of facial soft tissue anatomy, leading to improved technical approaches for surgical rejuvenation of the aging face.

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From the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Received April 18, 2012.

Accepted for publication May 6, 2012.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to James M. Stuzin, MD, 3225 Aviation Ave, Suite 100, Coconut Grove, FL 33133; E-mail:;

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MD