American Society Of Maxillofacial Surgeons Names Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon New President

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Steven R. Buchman, MD, professor of surgery in the section of plastic and reconstructive surgery and professor of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been named president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS).

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ASMS is the preeminent society for surgical artists in facial restoration. As plastic surgeons we have the aesthetic eye, and as maxillofacial surgeons we have the technical training to tackle the most difficult problems in facial restoration.

Steven R. Buchman, MD, professor of surgery in the section of plastic and reconstructive surgery and professor of neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been named president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS). The mission of the ASMS is to advance the science and practice of surgery of the facial region and craniofacial skeleton. The announcement was made this week at Plastic Surgery 2010, the joint annual scientific meeting of ASMS and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest plastic surgery association and the foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Inducted on Monday, October 4, Dr. Buchman will serve as ASMS president for one year.

“ASMS is the preeminent society for surgical artists in facial restoration. As plastic surgeons we have the aesthetic eye, and as maxillofacial surgeons we have the technical training to tackle the most difficult problems in facial restoration,” said Dr. Buchman. “Whether it is children born with facial deformities or the effects of trauma from distant battlefields or local highways, our members offer help and hope in rebuilding the lives of those afflicted.”

In addition to his academic appointments as professor, Dr. Buchman is director of the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. He is a member of numerous professional medical societies and associations including the Society of University Surgeons, American and International Societies of Craniofacial Surgery, and the Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic Surgery. He is also an American College of Surgeons fellow.

Dr. Buchman earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University majoring in English and Protein Biochemistry and then went on to receive his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He trained in general and plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a craniofacial fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Buchman has been in practice for 18 years and acquired his American Board of Plastic Surgery certification in 1995 and was re-certified in 2005.

Dr. Buchman lectures worldwide as an invited speaker on the science and practice of craniofacial surgery and has authored many book chapters and over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Buchman’s research has earned distinction at the very highest levels of peer review, as he is currently the principle investigator on his own NIH grant and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Ivy Society award from ASPS as well as numerous best paper awards. Dr. Buchman was named Clinician of the Year at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 2009 and was also awarded an endowed chair in pediatric plastic surgery in 2010.    

The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons is the oldest organization representing maxillofacial surgeons. The members of the ASMS are surgeons of high moral and ethical standing and professional attainment, who hold both the MD and DDS or DMD degrees, or only the MD degree. The Society accomplishes its mission through excellence in education and research, and through advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 7,000 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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