Cynthia M. Gregg, M.D. honored as 2019 Schoenrock Award Recipient

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

Dr. Cynthia Gregg knows what kind of difference she wants to make in this life. “Among the reasons I decided on a career in facial plastic surgery is the impact the subspecialty has on our patients,” confides Dr. Gregg. “The best part, however, is the joy of helping others. It is finding the place God calls you to. As Frederick Buechner wrote: ‘The place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,’” quotes Dr. Gregg.

“I was raised in Aiken, South Carolina. Although I do not have family members in the medical field, I was exposed to a wonderful, compassionate, pediatric oncologist, Dr. Dorothy Hahn, at the Medical College of Georgia, when my younger brother was treated for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Although my brother succumbed to ALL at the age of 6, Dr. Hahn remained a close family friend. She was a great influence on my decision to enter the medical field. My folks were a great influence, too, because they instilled in my younger sister and me that we could achieve anything—anything we set our sights on,” relates Dr. Gregg.

After her undergraduate studies, Dr. Gregg knew that a career in medicine was her calling and she attended UNC-Chapel Hill medical school. Through the course of her medical studies, it became apparent that her medical career also had to involve surgery.

“I was fascinated with the art of surgery and knew I wanted to hone my surgical skills even further after I completed my Otolaryngology residency at the University of Michigan under Dr. Charles Krause. That was a great experience, but then the stars aligned for me and I met Dr. Shan Baker,” confides Dr. Gregg. “I was very fortunate that Dr. Baker accepted me as his facial plastic fellow. Without a doubt, Dr. Baker is the single greatest influence on my career as a facial plastic surgeon. Shan is a gifted doctor who never stops learning and striving to be an even better surgeon. I respect his humility and his dedication to provide nothing but the best and most comprehensive care to his patients. Shan also demonstrated the importance of giving back to our Academy and to the ABFPRS. My connections with both organizations have provided, among other things, lifelong friendships and wonderful opportunities for professional growth,” says Dr. Gregg.

One of those opportunities centered around Dr. Larry Schoenrock. “I consider myself fortunate to have been able to attend one of Dr. Schoenrock’s laser courses early in my career,” relates Dr. Gregg. “To this day, I utilize and follow many aspects of his teaching. It is a great honor to receive the award named after this wonderful man.”

While her medical career has flourished, Dr. Gregg has found great satisfaction in working on faith based medical mission trips to help patients who don’t have access to medical care. “I have had wonderful experiences in several countries—South Sudan, Myanmar, and Bolivia—but most of my trips have been to Kenya where my family can serve together. My husband, Joseph Cornett, is the only radiologist on site and our sons, (the oldest attends Columbia Medical School and our youngest is an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill) actively help as well,” says Dr. Gregg. “In these medical mission trips, I have found Buechner’s ‘place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,’” she concludes.

“We can’t say thank you enough to Cindy Gregg,” relates William H. Truswell, M.D., ABFPRS President. “Cindy is the Oral Examination Review Co-Chair and has served in that position for over 9 years. She was a member of the Oral Resource Development Committee for twelve years and received the highest score on the MOC in FPRS® examination in 2014. She has led the Oral Exam Review sessions during the exam weekend and has served countless times as an examiner. She’s donated funds to the RLS campaign, and is a tireless worker on behalf of the ABFPRS, first as a board member and now as a senior adviser. She is one of the ABFPRS diplomates who doesn’t know how to say ‘no’ when called upon to help our
Board and I can’t think of a more deserving person to be honored with the Larry Schoenrock Award,” concludes Dr. Truswell.

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