Pioneers of Plastic Surgery: Robert H. Ivy and Varaztad H. Kazanjian, ca. 1950

 

Pioneers of Plastic Surgery: Robert H. Ivy and Varaztad H. Kazanjian, ca. 1950

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Title: Pioneers of Plastic Surgery: Robert H. Ivy and Varaztad H. Kazanjian, ca. 1950
Abstract: Robert H. Ivy and Varaztad H. Kazanjian were two of the pioneers of modern plastic surgery, which emerged as a distinct specialty in the wake of World War I. Taking the lessons learned from repairing traumatic facial wounds on the battlefields of Europe, surgeons such as Kazanjian and Ivy assured a place for plastic and reconstructive surgery in the mainstream of American medicine. Dr. Kazanjian was a graduate of Harvard Dental School and Harvard Medical School. He was on the faculty of both schools, a member of the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Ivy was a graduate and on the faculty of University of Pennsylvania Medical School, President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and a founding member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The Center for the History of Medicine in the Countway Library is home to the National Archives of Plastic Surgery; the largest collection that documents the history of plastic and reconstructive surgery in the United States. Due to the generosity of Dr. Kazanjian's family, his papers were the first to be donated to the archives and thus helped launch the program in 1973.

The Archives is sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

More information about the National Archives of Plastic Surgery can be found here.

Image - National Archives of Plastic Surgery, Gift of the Kazanjian family, 1973.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10473/1844

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