Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS, professor and chief of the division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennnessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is now president-elect of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He was elected during the organization’s annual fall meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. As president, he will oversee the world’s largest organization of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. He takes office in October 2018.
Over the years, Dr. Langsdon has served the AAFPRS in many capacities, most recently as national meeting director and as a member of the board of directors representing the southern region. As meeting director, he oversaw continuing medical education programs for the AAFPRS’ annual fall meetings, rhinoplasty meetings, facial rejuvenation meetings and the facial plastic surgery section of the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting. He oversaw the improvement of financial operations, participation of new speakers, and the expansion of both reconstruction and new innovation sections in the education category.
Dr. Langsdon has been with UTHSC full time for 23 years, but served as volunteer faculty seven years prior. He trains otolaryngology-head and neck residents in facial aesthetic surgery at his Germantown office and trauma and reconstruction surgery at UTHSC-affiliated hospitals. Additionally, he is a fellowship director for a facial plastic surgery training program under the auspices of the AAFPRS and the Accreditation Council on Post Specialty Education.
Dr. Langsdon is currently completing his term as president of the Memphis Medical Society. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, his general surgery training at UAMS in Little Rock, his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University, and his fellowship with the AAFPRS, affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.