Obituary: Paul Tessier

Obituary: Paul Tessier Eur J Plast Surg (2008) 31:341 DOI 10.1007/s00238-008-0291-6 OBITUARY August 1917–June 2008 Ian Jackson Received: 7 August 2008 /Accepted: 7 August 2008 / Published online: 5 September 2008 Springer-Verlag 2008 I was a young consultant surgeon at Canniesburn Regional importance of facial bone growth and the tremendous social Plastic Surgery Centre when I first heard of the innovative problems that nontreated patients faced. It was his goal to skull and facial reconstructive surgery being carried out by eliminate these problems, and this he did extremely Paul Tessier in Paris. This was a new approach to the effectively. correction of congenital deformity and of tremendous Paul changed the world of reconstructive surgery. He interest to me and my neurosurgeon as we were already opened new gates and set new frontiers. He allowed us to thinking along those lines. We went to Paris and spent some improve the problems and futures of young children. His days with Paul discussing the basic concepts of the surgery, concepts allowed the development of treatment by surgical which would become known as “craniofacial reconstructive means of skull base malignancies, temporal bone tumors, surgery”. and orbital maxillary neoplasms. He not only gave us the Paul was my hero, but more than that, he was my friend. torch but also provided the concepts and methods of Our friendship and mutual respect began during that short reconstruction following resections. visit to Paris and continued until his death. It was always a Paul’s humility, in spite of his success, his willingness to delight to spend time with him at meetings and even speak to juniors who had the courage to go and address although he was very frail when we last met in Rotterdam him, and his willingness to share his knowledge and his in 2005, we had a few lively conversations as his interest in experience made him one of the greatest surgeons of all the presentations was still strong and his opinions more so! time. He showed us the way and he will always be the He introduced a whole new concept of treatment which yardstick by which all craniofacial surgeons are measured. was to, first of all, analyze the problem, develop a solution, He will not just be missed as a surgeon and an innovator and by using a new technique, deal with the problem in a but also he will be missed as an amazing human being who three-dimensional manner. He had no fear and did not welcomed all to his department. To young surgeons, he was hesitate to push the boundaries as far as was necessary to open and shared all his knowledge. Although I did not execute the surgical procedure. spend as much time with him as I would have liked, he will He had an acute knowledge of the anatomy of the neck always remain my example of the consummate craniofacial and skull base areas. In addition to this, he understood the surgeon. The world is a grayer place without him. I. Jackson (*) Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery, Southfield, MI, USA e-mail: European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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