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Georgetown University's Dr. Stephen Baker Talks with Students about Reconstructive Surgery and Efforts to Help Others around the World

Washington DC, January, 2011 - The students did not know what to expect when Dr. Stephen Baker, plastic surgeon arrived at the SEED School of Washington D.C. Many of them had seen the results of well-publicized cosmetic plastic surgery on celebrities like Heidi Montag and Joan Rivers, but Dr. Baker showed them a completely different side of plastic surgery - reconstructive plastic surgery - one that changes lives because it restores not only visible scars and anomalies, but also because it can create or restore functions for people of all ages. The students were particularly touched by the stories and pictures of young children with cleft palate and other anomalies. Students were intrigued when Dr. Baker explained how he had built an ear from a patient's rib. He explained to students that plastic surgery is similar to Legos with bones and cartilage instead of plastic pieces. While modestly describing his work as similar to Lego construction, Dr. Baker incorporates the latest safe developments in science, technology, and medicine into his work.

Dr. Baker emphasized giving back: he travels around the world with a team of doctors, nurses, and other volunteers as part of several charity organizations including Operation Smile, Komedyplast, and Project Hope to repair injuries and congenital abnormalities that would otherwise go untreated.

His description of his own non-traditional education path also engaged the kids: Dr. Baker took a bit longer than the typical student to get serious about school, but once he discovered his interest in surgery, he worked diligently to become one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the United States. As the Program Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, he gave the students sage advice: he selects not only the best and brightest, but also the students who have worked extremely hard regardless of the fame of their schools.

Dr. Baker completed his medical school, residencies, and fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a full time faculty member and the Program Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. He practices all types of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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