Dr. Robert J. Perry prefers to be known as a clinician. Although he holds the academic appointment of Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at SUNY at Buffalo, and has lectured extensively, including a presentation before the National Research Centre of Surgery in Moscow, Dr. Perry believes his best and most creative work is in the operating room.
After receiving his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Perry returned home to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, taking a Plastic Surgery fellowship with Dr. Ken Salyer, Craniofacial Surgeon, who is still a close colleague. Following two years of General Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, he went to SUNY at Buffalo to train with Dr. John Loré, noted educator in Otolaryngology and became Board-Certified in that field. In 1980, he was one of three applicants selected out of 2000 to study with world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. D. Ralph Millard, and craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Tony Wolfe, at the University of Miami. There he learned principles of Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, and Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Perry returned to Buffalo in 1983 to practice with Dr. Jean Haar, a noted Head & Neck Surgeon, who became a mentor and colleague. While working with him at Delaware Medical Group, he became Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery and was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He then became a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
In 1989, Dr. Perry became Chief of Plastic Surgery at Women & Children’s Hospital and was one of the founders of the Craniofacial Center of Western New York. After a period as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at SUNY at Buffalo, he returned to private practice in 1992, joining Dr. Joel Paull, noted Plastic Surgeon, colleague and close friend. In October, 2014, he was elected Director of the Craniofacial Center.
Dr. Perry is frequently an invited lecturer on multiple topics, including Head & Neck Reconstruction, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Wound Care, and Rhinoplasty. He participated in surgical missions to Peru and the Dominican Republic and most recently engaged in lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, for the CARES Act (Children’s Access to Reconstructive Evaluation and Surgery). Dr. Perry has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors® since 2008 and Best Doctors of America® since 2005.
Vanderbilt University, BA degree • 1971
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, MD degree • 1975
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, General Surgery • 1976-77
SUNY at Buffalo, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery • 1978-80
University of Miami, Plastic Surgery • 1980-81
“The principles and art of Plastic Surgery cannot be communicated by books alone. I had the opportunity to study under a great teacher, and I feel obligated to pass on that knowledge to the students of the next generation.”
National Board of Medical Examiners • 1976
American Board of Otolaryngology • 1980
American Board of Plastic Surgery • 1984
“Certification from a Board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties assures patients that their physician has reached the highest level of academic competency.”RJP
American College of Surgeons • elected 1990
“To be elected into the American College of Surgeons, the candidate must undergo intensive peer review of both surgical ability and ethics.”RJP
American College of Surgeons, elected Fellow 1990
American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Millard Society • President 1999, Vice-President 1998, Secretary 1997
Buffalo Plastic Surgery Society • President 1991, 1992, 1998; Vice-President 1997
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
New York State Confederation of Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Centers • President 1992
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, elected Fellow 1981
Buffalo Otolaryngology Society
Medical Society of the State of New York
Erie County Medical Society
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