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Dr. Kenneth Salyer


Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., 1936-2020, was internationally recognized as a pioneer and leader in craniofacial surgery. He contributed over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the scientific literature, and authored, co-authored, or edited eleven books. Dr. Salyer served as a member of 50 national and international professional societies, holding leadership roles in many of the organizations. He is past president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, past chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, founder/past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics/Plastic Surgery Section, past president of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons and past president of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery. In addition to organizing the World Craniofacial Foundation, Dr. Salyer was founder of the International Craniofacial Institute and the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center in Dallas. The institute has served more than 17,000 patients from more than 75 countries. He received many honorary degrees and professorships and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Salyer’s work was predicated on the driving belief that plastic surgeons must use their natural talents to change their lives and the lives of those around them. This work will now be carried on through the hands and hearts of the many who have learned from his writing, lectures, mentoring and standing side by side in the operating room with him.