Ted Eugene Lockwood, M.D., died at the age of 59, after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. Dr. Lockwood was born on May 19, 1945, in Kansas City, Kansas. He received his medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed his general surgical residency at Parkland Hospital of Dallas and his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced plastic surgery in the Kansas City area for approximately 25 years.
Ted was a remarkable individual who rapidly became an icon of plastic surgery because of his interest in excisional body-contouring surgery. Such an accomplishment was the life’s work of a surgeon, one who effected change in how his colleagues to this day can produce consistently good (and safe) outcomes in body-contouring surgery. Ted was a humble surgeon. He taught us by his example that we are capable of doing better for our patients by following his precepts of planning and surgical techniques for the repair of the superficial fascia system. The concept of a high lateral tension abdominoplasty represented a welcome departure from decades-old thinking, yet was a rediscovery of simple tenets of plastic surgery: “take the tension off of a surgical wound and it will heal better.” At the same time, Ted developed a way to make adherent tissue zones of the body become mobile in order to produce a lower body lift.
Throughout his career he authored numerous articles and chapters on aesthetic surgery and taught his innovative techniques to other plastic surgeons all over the world. Ted freely exchanged information regarding how he envisioned these procedures. He consistently emphasized a “best practices” approach, where the information that he taught could be easily transferred to another plastic surgeon.
Ted was past president of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Kansas City and an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical School. He was a member and traveling professor of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Last year Ted received the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation’s President’s Award.
In March of 2005 the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation presented him with an award, developed in his name, in cooperation with Ethicon, recognizing the highest achievement in body-contouring surgery.
Ted’s contributions to his field are immeasurable and serve as a tremendous legacy; more importantly, he is remembered as a loving son, husband, and father. Ted was a man who looked for the best in others. He was a source of strength, a dreamer, and a builder. He was a man for all seasons who believed in the value of service, the strength of friendship, the warmth of love, and the affection that he gave his family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne, his son, Mark, his daughter, Elise, his parents, Leo and Esther Lockwood, and his brother, Gary Lockwood.