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Research Letter
Mar/Apr 2017

Creation of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FACE TO FACE Database

Author Affiliations
  • 1New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • 2Facial Plastic, Reconstructive, and Laser Surgery, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 3Department of Otolaryngology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York
  • 4Department of Otolaryngology, Kaiser Permanente, Denver, Colorado
  • 5Department of Otolaryngology, Finn Facial Plastics and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017;19(2):158-160. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.1286

The FACE TO FACE international humanitarian missions program was created by the nonprofit Education and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) in 1992. To date, it is estimated that AAFPRS volunteer surgeons have operated on thousands of patients worldwide, and educational activities have helped countless other patients. However, there has been no standard, easily accessible system in place to track these data. Effective documentation and retrieval of patient data and outcomes for surgeries performed abroad are critical to the long-term success of humanitarian mission sites.14

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