Lars Vistnes, MD, 1927–2016
Dr Vistnes introduced his editorship with an essay published in 1982.2 He described Annals as a journal positioned outside organizational obligations and able to publish “original work of high quality” from a broad spectrum of established and rising generations of contributors. His concept of Annals continues to be a part of the identity of the journal.
Reviewing the 10 years of Annals put together by Dr Vistnes, I have enjoyed reading the great wealth of material that he captured during an explosive period of growth for the specialty of plastic surgery. He was able to recognize the significance of remarkable developments in flap surgery, microsurgery, breast reconstruction, anatomy, and many other areas and to consistently bring his readers articles of lasting value.
I had the very good fortune to be on his editorial board for a fraction of his editorship. He, and his wife Carol, who capably worked as the journal's managing editor, gave me a valuable course into the workings of reviewing, revising, accepting, and rejecting submissions. In my privileged role as the current editor, I often reflect on their lessons.
Dr Vistnes richly fulfilled many roles as a clinician, editor, academician, administrator, friend, husband, and father. Anyone who knew him in any of these capacities was richer for the experience.