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Our Vision, by Dr. Wayne Larrabee

The Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset believed that a generation lasts about eight years. For most of us a decade is a good time frame to look at the past, reflect upon our lives and build upon these experiences as we move forward.

In medicine, the passage of knowledge to the next generation is a structured but sacred tradition. During the last 10 years, while serving as President of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies, it has been my distinct honor to work to improve the quality of medical care delivered both in the US and abroad, while striving to preserve the potential for deeply personal physician patient relationships.  Currently, I continue to direct the University of Washington’s Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery, teach and direct national and international courses, as well as maintain our commitment to ongoing pro bono activities. Quite simply, medicine remains the passion of my life and I can’t imagine haven taken another path.

“It is essential to refine how we understand each face – not only in scientific terms, but as artists.”

At the Larrabee Center we have remained dedicated to our goal of advancing the specialty of plastic surgery. The development and publication of our text books — Surgical Anatomy of the Face, Principles of Facial Reconstruction and The Art and Craft of Facial Rejuvenation — have continued.  I also founded the American Medical Association (AMA) Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery and served as its Editor in Chief for over 15 years. The journal, now renamed JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, remains the most respected journal in facial plastic surgery. My new blog at GlobalSurgeon.org will enable continued communication of surgical and nonsurgical innovations to the international medical community.

Our primary mission is to provide the most advanced and artistic surgical results for our patients in the safest environment possible. This goal hasn’t changed over the decades. With the addition of Dr. Meghan Nadeau we now offer surgical options for the body as well as face.  We will continue to identify and provide the most evidence based preventive and maintenance treatments to complement our surgical rejuvenation procedures.

During the last 10 years we have been able to invest in a range of programs to help victims of domestic violence in Seattle, as well as children with cleft lip/palate and other facial deformities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. It is my goal to expand upon our humanitarian contributions over the next 10 years in partnership between the University of Washington and Global Surgical Outreach, a non-profit I founded and direct.

“Our goal is to provide the best clinical care and achieve the best surgical outcomes for our patients.”