Recently deceased plastic surgeons Joseph Murray, Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio and Daniel Marchac defined new techniques not only in craniofacial surgery but more broadly across the discipline of plastic surgery, writes plastic surgeon Michael Yaremchuk, chief of craniofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Murray, a Nobel Prize winner, treated thousands of soldiers wounded in World War II and went on to perform groundbreaking research in organ transplantation. Ortiz-Monasterio repaired and reconstructed the faces of more than 24,000 children in one Mexico City hospital and traveled the world to train other surgeons. Marchac created fellowships in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery, paving the way for young surgeons to follow in his footsteps.
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