OBITUARY D. Ralph Millard (1919–2011)

OBITUARY D. Ralph Millard (1919–2011) Eur J Plast Surg (2012) 35:265 DOI 10.1007/s00238-011-0638-2 ORIGINAL PAPER Surajit Bhattacharya Received: 26 July 2011 /Accepted: 26 July 2011 /Published online: 1 September 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 On Sunday, June 19, 2011, an era in Plastic Surgery came to Millard graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1944 an abrupt end. I was informed by Prof. H.S. Adenwalla that and interned in Boston before joining the Navy in 1945 and Dr. D. Ralph Millard Jr., messiah of children all over the served stateside in the World War II Navy, got interested in world who were born with facial clefts, died at his Sunny clefts as a chief plastic surgeon for the Marine Corps during Isles Beach home in Miami, Florida, USA. the Korean War, discharging with the rank of major. Lt.jg Born David Ralph Millard Jr., on June 4, 1919, in St. Louis, Millard joined a residency program at Vanderbilt University he had recently turned 92. Millard chaired the plastic surgery Hospital in Nashville. division at what is now the University of Miami Miller School In 1948, he left for England, where he trained under of Medicine for 28 years while at the same time serving as Harold Gillies. They would later co-author the first of his Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Jackson Memorial Hospital. nine books, The Principles and Art of Plastic Surgery.He He was best known for developing rotation advancement wrote 149 peer-reviewed journal articles and 53 book surgery for cleft lip in the 1950s. A giant amongst his chapters. A prolific author, Millard documented every one contemporary greats, his work was considered pure artistry of his cases with pictures and notations and his books are and he was nominated as one of the ten “Plastic Surgeons of an ample testimony to this fact. The world knew him for the Millennium” by the members of the American Society of his Cleft Craft and in it he showed what a master and an Plastic Surgery. Plastic Surgery News called him “the most innovator he was. His autobiography, Saving Faces: A brilliant and creative plastic surgeon we have alive.” Plastic Surgeon’sRemarkableStory, was published in According to the World Health Organization, cleft lip, with 2003. or without cleft palate, is considered a birth defect affecting What he did, laid the groundwork for many procedures about one in every 600 to 700 newborns, meaning that a child we are doing today. If not for his legacy, the Plastic Surgery is born with a cleft somewhere in the world every 2.5 min. If as a specialty would have been a much poorer and deprived that is the magnitude of the clinical problem, and if almost specialty. 80% of Clefts are treated by Millard’s technique, can there Towering in both physical and professional stature, he ever be another plastic surgeon who will impact more lives was demanding, exacting, and a hard-task master to his than the great master! students, but a very gentle human being to all the Millard, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the Asheville unfortunate children who came to him for cure from all School for Boys, Asheville, NC. He received a B.A. in English parts of the world. in 1941 from Yale University where he boxed and played The Association of Plastic Surgeons of India deeply varsity football. His coach: Yale law student Gerald R. Ford mourns the death of this great teacher. We, as a fraternity, went on to become the president of USA. have lost a very respected teacher, a very gifted surgeon, a very prolific author, and a very noble friend. May his soul S. Bhattacharya (*) rest in peace! Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, I would urge all of you to visit Sahara Hospital, edu/Ralph_Millard/ to appreciate what a fantastic multifaceted Lucknow, India e-mail: personality this great man was! European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

OBITUARY D. Ralph Millard (1919–2011)

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