The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world's largest specialty association that represents over 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics.
Specialization in medicine has been one of the major enhancements in patient care over the last generation. AAFPRS members not only have a precise focus in patient care but they also have had more comprehensive training in facial surgery than any other medical specialty.
All AAFPRS members are board certified by a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. A majority are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, which includes facial plastic surgery. Others are certified in plastic surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology. A growing number of members are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 1972, the Educational and Research Foundation for the AAFPRS (AAFPRS Foundation) was created to address the medical and scientific issues and challenges which confront facial plastic surgeons. The AAFPRS Foundation established a research program and educational resources for leaders in facial plastic surgery. Through courses, workshops, scientific presentations, and a highly respected fellowship training program, the AAFPRS Foundation has consistently provided quality educational programs for the dissemination of knowledge and information among facial plastic surgeons.
As the AAFPRS Foundation moves forward into the 21st century, it remains committed to maintaining excellence in the forefront of education and research, to expanding existing programs and developing new programs, and identifying areas for research in order to help facial plastic surgeons meet challenges in the future.