The Axis of Craniofacial Surgery Innovation and Advancement: From Boston to Baltimore, Via New York

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In our matrix specialty of plastic surgery there are innovators with vision that will stand the test of time and new advances that will positively affect patient care in the long run. There are also promoters that get into the bandwagon of advancement, most of the time to prove that there are new and beneficial systems to achieve some visibility and self-promotion. There are also the fake entrepreneurs that want to pursue advancements no matter their outcome, and most of the time they do not understand what they are doing. Included in that group are the retail shops that do not pass the test of time and are usually chasing another product to hang in their stores. We should not look at their data, which often contains deviation from the truth. Unfortunately the latter groups contain many while the former group contains few.
Our mentors always point out that the mechanical skin grafting has two components: the science behind the feasibility of moving tissue from one place to another in the same species or person and the biology behind its formulation, as well as the mechanical aspect that allowed us to help many of our patients assume a normal quality of life and post-oncologic patients get their tissues defects covered. Even though, all of that is a century old we still receive work that allotransplantation of free grafts done without immunotherapy without looking at the long term outcome. These advances were developed by the matrix plastic surgeons and moved to other medical and surgical specialties in most every corner of the world. We can always pick the fake ones by noting the vocabulary. They promote ignorance and the best part about it is that they do not know they are ignorant. I will leave it to the readers to start looking closely at what is published. Particularly these days when publication is a matter of economic credentialing as the new system is evolving with seemingly no ceiling.
All of this has been a prelude; now let me introduce our special guest to which we have dedicated this issue of the Journal. Coming from New York and now residing in Florida, he is a true innovator. I’ll allow you as a reader to judge for yourself the activities that should be credited to him, not only helping patients but saving lives of many neonates. I have noted this in previous writing that appeared in our major society journal as well as in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.
Indeed, this is a well-deserved issue to be dedicated to a colleague and a friend. Joe McCarthy, the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery salutes you for your dedication to the specialty, contributions over the years, and innovations that will stand the test of time. Our friendship goes way back, before the time when the Russian distraction osteogenesis guru published his paper in our Journal engulfing the theory, the science and the many years of experience that were all included. That paper was initially submitted in Russian. The author, an orthopedic surgeon, asked us at the editorial office to get all his work published, as he had no avenue to do so where he was in Siberia. My friends and board members promised the translation, and we were all set. After a few months passed, a big box arrived at the editorial office with all the material – mostly slides with some labels, and a stack of papers. While we were figuring what to do with the voluminous material we were informed of the passing of the Russian surgeon.
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