The American Academy Of Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Appoints Syracuse Physician Robert M. Kellman As 2012-2013 President

Alexandria, VA (September 10, 2012) The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is pleased to announce that Robert M. Kellman, MD of Syracuse, New York, has been elected President of the organization and will serve the 2012-2013 year term at the helm of the organization. Dr. Kellman brings 35 years of experience to the Academy and takes on this new leadership role alongside his position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the State University of New York – Upstate Medical University.

The AAFPRS seeks to educate medical professionals, government and the general public about facial plastic surgery as a specialty that requires intensive training and competence, embodies high ethical standards, artistic ideals, commitment to humanitarian service and a desire to enhance the quality of human life.

“I am very pleased to have been chosen to lead the AAFPRS at such an exciting and opportune time,” said Dr. Kellman. “My colleagues and I have much to share as discoveries and advancements in our field continue to evolve. With more than 2,700 esteemed members, the AAFPRS serves as an enabler and a testament that more breakthroughs are forthcoming.”

Dr. Kellman has been teaching medicine for over 30 years, and, in part, it was this commitment to education that helped earn him the AAFPRS Presidency. In 1999, he received the John R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence from the AAFPRS and went on to serve as a Vice President and then as Secretary of the AAFPRS from 2001 to 2010. Dr. Kellman has been affiliated with other national and international medical organizations, including the AO Foundation, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Upstate New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the New York State Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery having served as President, the Triological Society, the North American Skull Base Society and the Craniomaxillofacial & Skull Base Society.

Teamwork is a vital aspect of Dr. Kellman’s work. “I am part of a panel of surgeons looking to provide evidence-based evaluations of new techniques,” said Dr. Kellman, “and I strongly believe in interspecialty cooperation. In my work with facial trauma, and cancers of the head and neck, I know that patients deal with an emotional and physical impact simultaneously and are forced to make quick decisions. We want to help patients make their medical decisions based on meaningful, substantive data.”

Over the course of his career, Dr. Kellman has served on numerous committees at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 120 publications and has been seated on several editorial boards, such as the “Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery,” “Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of NA,” “The Laryngoscope,” “Skull Base Surgery” and “Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction.” Currently, he serves as a managing editor of “E-Medicine, Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery” and is a reviewer for multiple publications, such as “Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” and “Journal of Trauma.”

Dr. Kellman is dual-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  A native New Yorker, Dr. Kellman earned his medical doctorate from SUNY – Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, and trained there as a resident in the Department of Otolaryngology. He completed his surgical training at the Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center in the Bronx and began his teaching career at SUNY – Upstate Medical University in 1981 as an assistant professor in Otolaryngology. He went on to become an associate professor in that department as well as in the Department of Pediatrics. He served as the interim chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology in 1994, and became a professor and fulltime department chairman the following year – the position he still holds today.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provide consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website,