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UC Davis Physician Appointed President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Jonathan Sykes, professor of otolaryngology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Sykes will represent the more than 2,700 U.S. facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. He served a four-year term as the organization’s vice president of education and also was a member of its board of directors. The academy is the world's largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Its members specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and focus on the face, head and neck.

Sykes directs facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and practices with Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery in Roseville, Calif. He is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

“As a long-time member of the academy, I feel truly privileged to represent my colleagues and help guide the academy through the year ahead,” said Sykes. “The field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is advancing at lightning speed with many exciting innovations on the horizon. AAFPRS members stand at the forefront of these advancements, and I look forward to promoting the academy's mission of driving awareness and education around them."

Since beginning practice in 1986, Sykes has performed more than 15,000 aesthetic, functional and reconstructive surgeries on patients ranging from infants to the elderly. He is also an avid humanitarian, participating in more than 25 missions to train local surgeons and correct cleft and craniofacial deformities for children in medically underserved countries who would not otherwise receive care. Participating in such programs as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s FACE TO FACE program, Sykes has provided free surgical care to children in Mexico, Ecuador, Russia, Belize, El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras and China.

Sykes has given hundreds of presentations on groundbreaking procedures and has published more than 100 professional articles and co-edited three textbooks. He also designed patented instruments used by surgeons worldwide to simplify the endoscopic brow lift procedure and provide faster patient recovery times.

Sykes attended the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where he earned his medical degree. He completed residencies at the George Washington University Medical Center (general surgery) and Northwestern University Medical Center (otolaryngology/head and neck surgery). Additionally, Sykes served as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellow at UC Davis Medical Center.

Members and fellows of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. The organization provides consumers with free information and brochures, as well as a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons through its website:

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