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Celebrating the Fiftieth Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery

The Legacy of Thomas J. Baker, M.D.

Stuzin, James M., M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: February 2016 - Volume 137 - Issue 2 - p 484–493
doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000475804.38091.1b
Cosmetic: Special Topics
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Summary: The Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery celebrates its fiftieth year. A review of its history mirrors the evolution of aesthetic surgery in terms of advancements in techniques, and the acceptance of cosmetic surgery as a credible subspecialty of plastic surgery. Beginning in 1967, the Baker Gordon Symposium was the first live surgery symposium that focused on aesthetic surgery, and set a precedent for aesthetic surgery education over the ensuing decades. Historically, the pioneers in aesthetic techniques first presented their innovations at the Baker Gordon Symposium, helping to educate and train their peers to perform cosmetic procedures. The legacy of Thomas Baker is intertwined with the history of the Baker Gordon Symposium, both in terms of his contributions to plastic surgery education, and to the acceptance of the subspecialty of aesthetic surgery.

Miami, Fla.

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Received for publication September 24, 2015; accepted October 15, 2015.

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James M. Stuzin, M.D., 3225 Aviation Avenue, Suite 100, Coconut Grove, Fla. 33133

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