About the AAFPRS Foundation
And the FACE TO FACE Programs
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was founded in 1974 and is the world's largest specialty society for the specialty of facial plastic surgery which represents over 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.
Specialization in medicine has been one of the major enhancements in patient care over the last generation. AAFPRS members not only have a precise focus in patient care but they also have had more comprehensive training in facial surgery than any other medical specialty.
All AAFPRS members are board certified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. A majority are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, which includes facial plastic surgery. Others are certified in plastic surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology. A growing number of members are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 1974, the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation) was created to foster, promote, support, augment, develop, and encourage investigative knowledge and charitable and humanitarian application of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In the early 1990's the AAFPRS Foundation's humanitarian program was created.
Internationally, FACE TO FACE provides humanitarian assistance to primarily children suffering from facial deformities caused by birth or by trauma. Unlike some programs FACE TO FACE makes the education of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons all over the world an integral part of its program. FACE TO FACE surgeons believe that a more lasting impact is made in communities when visiting and local surgeons and nurses work together in integrated teams to manage cases. Besides hands on training, all medical personnel participate in lectures and share published information.
Here at home FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project helps individuals in our own backyard. Do you ever wonder what happens to the survivors of domestic violence after the abuser has traumatized their faces?Many of them receive severe facial injuries. Cigarette burns, broken noses, sunken cheekbones or gashes are painful daily reminders of the unwanted abuse. Due to financial reasons and/or feelings of low self-esteem they are not able to receive adequate medical care. Even though emotional scars will heal over time with the support of others, the physical ones do not fade on their own. Some live with their scars for the rest of their lives. These individuals, primarily women, are a forgotten segment of society.
AAFPRS Foundation was the first surgical group to take a firm stand and become involved in assisting survivors of domestic violence. AAFPRS surgeons offer consultation and surgery pro bono to survivors of this violence thereby enhancing their self-esteem and aiding them in rebuilding their lives.
We are pleased that in 2009 Faces of Honor joins our FACE TO FACE Programs. The purpose of Faces of Honor is to offer pro bono medical and surgical expertise to veterans who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and received face or neck injuries. Our motivation is simple: provide a "thank you" to the brave men and women who have served our country so well by offering what we have worked hard to achieve, our surgical expertise and skills as caring physicians.
The Faces of Honor Program is coordinated by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and its affiliated Foundation (together "the Academy"). The Academy's role is to serve as a resource to help find surgeons willing to provide surgery to qualified veterans without a surgical fee to the patient. The Academy does not provide medical or surgical care. Consequently, the Academy does not enter into a physician/patient relationship with anyone. Not all Academy members perform all procedures included in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Academy makes no warranties or representations about the skills of individual physicians or surgeons or their abilities. Inclusion of a surgeon on the list of volunteers for this program does not indicate that the surgeon is qualified to perform the surgery needed. The Academy does not provide medical advice, and no one should rely on the Academy's statements in this document as providing such advice. Patients should rely exclusively on their physicians and surgeons for such advice.
The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.