of the NESPRS

Following 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:

A. To generate within its membership an increase in scientific knowledge
B. To promote educational and research activities in the field of plastic surgery.
C. To exert its influence towards the improvement of standards of practice.
D. To improve rapport among plastic surgeons, patients, and the public.

A corporation type of organization was decided upon and the Articles of  Incorporation was recorded later at Hanover, New Hampshire on May 22,  1959.

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

History of The New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc.

History of the NESPRS  [Photo Taken June 5, 1999 at the Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI]