Chronology of Subspecialty Development

1964

AAFPRS officially founded October 18, 1964

1968 

AAFPRS fellowship program begun 
AAFPRS audiovisual library started

1969 

AAFPRS aging face course begun 
AAFPRS soft tissue workshops begun

1970 

First International Symposium, New York, New York 
AAFPRS published first patient brochure, “Facts about Plastic Surgery of the Nose” 
AAFPRS became first non-university group in otolaryngology to get AMA approval to grant CMEs

1972

One thousand AAFPRS members 
AAFPRS Educational and Research Foundation established 
AAFPRS seated on new AMA Plastic Surgery Section

1974

AAFPRS secured seat on ACS Board of Governors

1975

Second International Symposium, Chicago, Illinois 
ABO, ACS, and AMA approved Essentials in Otolaryngology

1976

AAFPRS San Diego Classics videotape series begun 
AAFPRS Learning Center exhibited for first time in Palm Beach

1978

AAFPRS representation to AMA House of Delegates approved

1979

Third International Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana

1980

AAFPRS videotape library moved to San Diego 
Jack Anderson published “An Old Medical Specialty Puts on a New Face . . . and Head . . . and Neck” in the Southern Medical Journal

1981

Delineation of Hospital Privileges for the Practice of Head and Neck Surgery published by AAFPRS and AAO-HNS 
Facial Plastic Times began publication

1982

AAFPRS office moved to Washington, D.C. 
Lawsuit filed in Georgia alleging libel and defamation of character

1983

Lee VanBremen hired as first full-time AAFPRS executive vice president 
Two thousand AAFPRS members 
AAFPRS became member of AAAHC 
Fourth International Symposium, Los Angeles, California

1984

AAFPRS published first monograph: Proportions of the Aesthetic Face, by Powell and Humphrey

1985

John Conley endowed AAFPRS Foundation with first sizeable gift 
“Facial plastic surgery” approved in AMA self-designation list

1986

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery incorporated 
AAFPRS Founders Club created 
Georgia lawsuit tried

1987

AAFPRS patient newsletter, Facial Plastic Surgery Today, begun 
Leslie Bernstein endowed research grants with second sizeable gift to AAFPRS Foundation 
Monthly publication of Facial Plastic Times begun

1988

The Face Book published by AAFPRS 
Pages for facial plastic surgery set aside in Archives of Otolaryngology 
AAFPRS fellowship program modified; first exams given 
Three thousand AAFPRS members 
Anderson donated proceeds from Georgia lawsuit

1989

Fifth International Symposium/celebration of AAFPRS twenty-fifth anniversary, Toronto, Canada 
First ABFPRS examination for certification

1991

First ABFPRS certificate awarded

1992

ABFPRS moved to independent headquarters in AAO-HNS building 
T. Susan Hill hired as first full-time ABFPRS executive director 
International Face-to-Face program established by AAFPRS Foundation

1993

Sixth International Symposium, San Francisco

1994

National Domestic Violence Project established by AAFPRS Foundation

1995

ABFPRS ruled equivalent to ABMS primary boards in California, following similar decisions in Florida, Colorado, and Oklahoma 
300th ABFPRS diplomate named

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