AO CMF NA Faculty Spotlight: Paul Manson

A pioneer in the field of craniomaxillofacial surgery

16 October 2020

Dr. Paul Manson, a pioneer in the field of craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgery, with a distinguished career spanning more than five decades, has been empowering young surgeons for decades, yet he is remarkably humble when confronted with his legacy of inspiring others.

For 30 years, he was professor and chief of the Plastic Surgery Division at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland. Manson is lauded as “the president of everything,” including the AO Foundation (2008-2010), the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the John Staige Davis Society of Maryland, the Association of Academic Chairman in Plastic Surgery, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Widely recognized as one of the “greats” in the world of CMF, Manson is a staunch champion of fellowship education – including the AO Fellowships – and sees them as a way of transforming the education of young surgeons beyond the ordinary by exposing them to the knowledge of multiple disciplines, taking learning and experience to a new level.

His many contributions have empowered surgeons, improved patient outcomes, and inspired respect among his peers. “I’ve trained 150 plastic surgery residents, and Johns Hopkins Department of Art as Applied to Medicine graduate students, 32 craniofacial fellows, including 15 chairs of plastic surgery, and 20-plus program directors in the US, and they have gone on to contribute significantly, refining and doing better the principles they learned,” he says with genuine modesty.

At this stage in his career, Manson has earned the right to slow down, but he resists the notion and continues to teach, treat patients, and lecture internationally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Manson and how he strives for perfection as both a surgeon and a teacher.


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