What the branding for BAPRAS 75 Years means for our organisation
We are making good progress towards the preparation for our December BAPRAS meeting at which we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of our Association.
On our flyers for this event we have the iconic photo of the Council of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) at Roehampton in 1952.The first meeting of the Association had been held at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1946 when the 36 surgeons present elected Harold Gillies as their first President. The men depicted in the photo include Archibald McIndoe, John Barron and Thomas Kilner. Along with Gillies, these names are familiar to us partly for the surgical instruments they designed and that we still use today, but mostly for the outstanding contribution they made to the development of our specialty. It was their courage and dedication to their patients throughout two World Wars and their endless quest to find better reconstructive techniques, that have been the inspiration for the generations of plastic surgeons who have followed them.
I think they would be enormously proud if they were able to see how the association has continued to innovate and expand so that our membership includes surgeons, not only in the UK, but across the entire globe.
We are leaders and specialists in many areas of reconstructive surgery but in all, we adhere to the principles laid down by our founders 75 years ago.
Plastic surgeons lead the way not only in surgical technique but also in the diversity of our surgeons who come from all backgrounds, ethnicities and gender.
This not only brings enormous strength to the specialty, but also ensures that our future will be as impressive as our past.
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