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April 4, 2002


Former Emory Professor Is Back as Chief of Emory's Division of Plastic Surgery

T. Rod Hester, M.D., founder of Paces Plastic Surgery and Recovery Center in Atlanta, has recently accepted the position of chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hester succeeds Dr. John Bostwick as head of the division.

"Dr. Hester was among the leaders in the Emory Clinic Division of Plastic surgery in the 1980's and 90's," said Dr. William Wood, Joseph Brown Whitehead professor and chairman, Department of Surgery. "He subsequently developed a focus in aesthetic surgery that became Paces Plastic Surgery and Recovery Center. With the unexpected death of Dr. John Bostwick, former chief of Plastic Surgery at Emory, Dr. Hester became influential in designing a broader faculty and a new structure of the Division of Plastic Surgery. As chairman of the Department of Surgery, I am very grateful that at the urging of myself and Tom Lawley, Dean of Emory's School of Medicine, Dr. Hester agreed to return to Emory as chief of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hester not only brings his international reputation in aesthetic surgery, but also his love of teaching to this task."

A native of Cairo, Georgia, Dr. Hester received his undergraduate, medical school and plastic surgery training at Emory University School of Medicine. He served as associate professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory from1980-1993.

Hester is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He has been listed as one of the leading plastic surgeons in America, and is known for his major contributions in developing important innovations in plastic surgery techniques, such as the endoscopic facelift and breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Dr. Hester has authored numerous plastic surgery publications and textbook chapters, and has made hundreds of presentations both nationally and internationally. His work has been recognized by his peers in the form of awards and honors, most recently by the Aesthetic Society Educational Research Foundation. Dr. Hester is a fellow member of the American College of Surgeons, and diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.

As chief of plastic surgery at Emory, Dr. Hester will have the responsibility of training residents and arranging training seminars for physicians and plastic surgeons across the United States and Canada. He also plans to expand the number of physicians in the division, offering the community a more diversified number of procedural options and continuing to expand the number of research activities that will be carried on.

"I would like to see a blurring of the lines between the work that is done in the university setting and the work being done in the community," said Dr. Hester. "Emory's excellent reputation for skilled surgeons and top-notch research, combined with the first-rate experience of a number of community doctors, will result in residents who graduate from the program with a well-rounded and skilled background in correctional complications, as well as cosmetic surgery. I am very happy to be back at Emory to play a role in the development of outstanding plastic surgeons."

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