Revolutionary Cosmetic Surgery Meeting Hits 40 Year Milestone

New York, NY (March 6, 2006) — The Baker Gordon Symposium, long considered the gold standard in cosmetic surgery educational meetings recently celebrated its 40th consecutive symposium.

“When Thomas Baker, MD and Howard Gordon, MD started their meeting back in 1967, cosmetic surgery was viewed very differently than it is today, both by the public and other physicians” commented Mark L. Jewell, MD president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery which will be celebrating its own 40th Anniversary next year. “Cosmetic surgery was not considered ‘serious medicine’. Its practice was limited to a handful of surgeons who were very proprietary about their surgical techniques. And compounding the problem, cosmetic surgery was not taught during surgical residencies, so young surgeons had nowhere to learn new techniques. Baker/Gordon was one of the few venues where aspiring cosmetic surgeons could discuss and learn about their art in an open forum.”

This meeting is proof that “one idea can change a specialty,” says meeting co-chair James Stuzin, MD.

As cosmetic surgery grew in demand and legitimacy, Baker/Gordon grew accordingly. By the late 1970s, cosmetic surgery was receiving buzz in journals outside of the regular Baker/Gordon circles. This is in no small part due to the leadership of Baker/Gordon co-founder Thomas Baker, MD, who “gave credibility to a specialty with major and unwarranted image issues.

“I remember our first meeting was a far cry from what we have today,” said Dr. Baker. “Back in 1967, 30 men stood on bleachers in an operating room at Cedars Sinai Medical Center watching two pioneers perform plastic surgery –hoping to learn how to perform facelifts. Forty years later, 560 men and women from 30 different countries attended our most recent meeting.”

The original Baker/Gordon Symposium, named for founders Thomas Baker, MD and Howard Gordon, MD, was one of the driving forces for the creation of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which held its first meeting the following year.

As cosmetic surgery continues to evolve with the emergence of new talents and technologies, the Baker Gordon Symposium will change right alongside it, providing doctors with a venue to showcase the hard-earned respect aesthetic plastic surgery has amassed over the past 40 years.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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