HistoryFollowing a year of informal discussions among a number of plastic surgeons in New England, Dr. Radford Tanzer circulated a letter to all the certified members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery practicing in the New England area in December of 1958 — all of 19 surgeons! He indicated therein a desire to form a society to further the interests of plastic surgery in New England and to provide a medium for closer rapport among those practicing the specialty.
Another letter followed on February 13, 1959, indicating unanimous agreement among those polled in favor of an organizational meeting to lay the foundation for this new Society.
On Saturday, April 11, 1959, at the Harvard Club in Boston this first meeting took place, called to order by Dr. Tanzer with 18 others attending. Dr. Bradford Cannon was elected Chairman and Dr. Tanzer was elected temporary Clerk. Early, at times heated, discussions centered on whether the society should be primarily economically oriented rather than scientifically and professionally. Subsequently, the group adopted the following purposes for the Society:
- To generate within its membership an increase in scientific knowledge
- To promote educational and research activities in the field of plastic surgery.
- To exert its influence towards the improvement of standards of practice.
- To improve rapport among plastic surgeons, patients, and the public.
On December 5, 1959, the Organization Committee met at the Harvard Club with Doctors Tanzer, Cannon, Climo, and Sexton present. By-Laws were discussed and arrangements were made for their circulation after legal consultation with the firm of Orr and Reno of Concord, New Hampshire. Arrangements were made for the first formal scientific and social meeting. Its format of a morning of case presentations at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, followed by a luncheon, was decided upon.
On Friday morning, April 8, 1960, the first scientific meeting was called to order at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital with Dr. Murray hosting and Dr. Cannon chairing the program. There were 19 members in attendance and 6 papers presented. A luncheon was followed by a long business meeting and then a dinner at the Harvard Club. Dr. Kazanjian became the first President with Dr. Sexton the Secretary/Treasurer.
For the next few years, the Friday one-day format continued in vogue as the Society gradually grew to 45 members in 1965.
In the spring of 1966, Dr. Tanzer and Dr. Rueckert hosted a weekend meeting in Hanover, New Hampshire combining the meeting with the Quebec Regional Society. A Friday evening social hour preceded the Saturday scientific and business program.
CELEBRATING THE N.E.S.P.R.S. 40th ANNIVERSARY Newport, Rhode Island – June 5, 1999