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The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgeon Society Organizational MeetingThe Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons was established in Indianapolis in 1958. The original name of the organization, the Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, was chosen at an organizational meeting on January 20, 1958, by 34 plastic surgeons congregating at the Indiana University Medical Center under the leadership of Thomas B. Bauer, M.D., president pro tem of the fledgling group. The host of that meeting, Harold M. Trusler, M.D., then Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, had for several years held clinical meetings which were attended by University of Indiana plastic surgery alumni and surgeons from other areas in the midwest. At a particularly well attended clinical meeting in 1954, Dr. Trusler and colleagues decided that an annual meeting would be of benefit to all. In 1958 there was enough interest in a professional association on a multistate level, so the Ohio Valley Society was created. The original geographic delineation for the group included Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, all states bordering on the Ohio River.

In March 1958 S. Milton Dupertuis, M.D., head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the University of Pittsburgh, expressed interest in joining this new regional society along with his colleagues from Pittsburgh and surrounding cities in western Pennsylvania, another state with part of its border along the Ohio River. This action was taken at the first regular meeting of the society in Cleveland, Ohio in February 1959 with Clifford L.Kiehn, D.D.S., M.D., President (Cleveland), J.J. Longacre, M.D., Vice-President (Cincinnati) and John M. Tondra, M.D., Secretary-Treasurer (Indianapolis). Thus the Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society became a regional organization comprised of plastic surgeons from five states, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania and remains the fourth largest regional society in the U.S. It should be noted that Dr. John Tondra became the "unofficial" historian at the inception of the Society and largely through his dedicated efforts the archives of this organization were preserved and maintained throughout the first 25 years of its existence.

On 27 March, 1959, the Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society became certified as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Ohio. In 1975, the Articles of Incorporation were amended, changing the name of the organization to the Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, an appellation that had already been used since 1969. The present name, the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons (OVSPS), was adopted in 2001 with the revision of the By-Laws. This was done to reflect an association with the national group, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) which had already changed its name from the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Ronald J. Taddeo, M.D.
Historian OVSPS

YEAR

PRESIDENTS

ANNUAL MEETING

1958

Thomas B. Bauer, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1959

Clifford L. Kiehn, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1960

Jacob J. Longacre, M.D.

Cincinnati, Ohio

1961

John C. Weeter, M.D.

Louisville, Kentucky

1962

Clyde Litton, M.D.

Greenbrier, West Virginia

1963

John C. Gaisford, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1964

John M. Tondra, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1965

John C. Kelleher, M.D.

Toledo, Ohio

1966

John C. Trabue, M.D.

Columbus, Ohio

1967

Andrew M. Moore, M.D.

Lexington, Kentucky

1968

John Des Prez, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1969

George DeStefano, M.D.

Greenbrier, West Virginia

1970

Ross H. Musgrave, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1971

Philip Weisman, M.D.

Dayton, Ohio

1972

William H. Porterfield, M.D.

Gaylord, Michigan

1973

Robert M. Raber, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1974

Dwight C. Hanna, III, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1975

Shattuck W. Hartwell, Jr., M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1976

Henry E. McWhorter, M.D.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

1977

Frank M. Tooze, M.D.

Clymar, New York

1978

John C. Pantzer, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1979

William S. Garret, Jr., M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1980

Stanley Jaffe, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1981

George J. Baibak, M.D.

Toledo, Ohio

1982

Lester R. Mohler, M.D.

Columbus, Ohio

1983

Verne D. McConnell, M.D.

Wheeling, West Virginia

1984

Marshall H. Trusler, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1985

George H . Dietz, M.D.

Warren, Ohio

1986

Henry Neale, M.D.

Cincinnati, Ohio

1987

James A. Lehman, Jr., M.D.

Akron, Ohio

1988

Bernard I. Cohen, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1989

Thomas S. Moore, M.D.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

1990

Sheldon J. Artz, M.D.

Sandusky, Ohio

1991

Ronald J. Taddeo, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1992

Dennis Hurwitz, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1993

Robert L. Ruberg, M.D.

Columbus, Ohio

1994

Bradley J. Thurston, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1995

Bahman Guyuron, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1996

Michael H. Wojtanowski, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1997

Michael S. Sadove, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1998

William M. Swartz, M.D.

Nemacolin Woods, Pennsylvania

1999

David A. Billmire, M.D.

Cincinnati, Ohio

2000

James E. Zins, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

2001

Janet M. Blanchard, M.D.

Huron, Ohio

2002

Michael J. White, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2003

John J. Coleman, III, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

2004

Frank A. Papay, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

2005

Roderick B. Jordan, M.D.

Aurora, OH

2006

Ernest K. Manders, M.D.

Pittsburgh, PA

2007

Rajiv Sood, M.D.

Indianapolis, IN

2008

Lisa A. Davis, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

2009

Robert J. Havlik, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

2010

Bryan J. Michelow, M.D.

Cleveland, OH

2011

Joseph E. Losee, M.D.

White Sulphur Springs, WV

2012

Gregory M. Fedele, M.D.

Cleveland, OH

2013

Adam Cohen, M.D.

Indianapolis, IN

2014

Anne Taylor, M.D.

White Sulphur Springs, WV

2015

W. John Kitzmiller, MD

Covington, KY

2016

R. Michael Johnson, MD

Dayton, OH

 

NOTE: The Annual Meetings were usually, but not always, held in the Presidents' hometowns. Those who chose other locations for these meetings include:

YEAR

PRESIDENTS

HOMETOWN

1962

Clyde Litton, M.D.

Wheeling, West Virginia

1969

George DeStefano, M.D.

Cincinnati, Ohio

1972

William H. Porterfield, M.D.

Columbus, Ohio

1976

Henry E. McWhorter, M.D.

Toledo, Ohio

1977

Frank M. Tooze, M.D.

Erie, Pennsylvania

1985

George H. Dietz, M.D.

Youngstown, Ohio

1989

Thomas S. Moore, M.D.

Indianapolis, Indiana

1990

Sheldon J. Artz, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

1998

William M. Swartz, M.D.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2001

Janet M. Blanchard, M.D.

Mentor, Ohio

2005

Roderick B. Jordan, M.D.

Cleveland, Ohio

2011

Joseph E. Losee, M.D.

Pittsburgh, PA

2014

Anne Taylor, M.D.

White Sulphur Springs, WV

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