July, 22, 2020
Dr. Raymond Tse, Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, was awarded American Association of Plastic Surgery’s (AAPS) annual 2020 James Barrett Brown Award. This award was established in memory of Dr. James Barrett Brown, past AAPS president, and is presented for the best plastic surgery-related paper published during the previous calendar year. The 2020 award recognizes Dr. Tse’s paper entitled “Unilateral Cleft Lip Nasal Deformity: Foundation-Based Approach to Primary Rhinoplasty.” Drs. Craig Birgfeld, Associate Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Joseph Gruss, Professor Emeritus, Richard Hopper, Maryls C. Larson Professor of Craniofacial Surgery & Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, and Ezgi Mercan, Craniofacial Image Analysis Researcher, Division of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery, Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, played significant roles in this research project as well. AAPS will recognize the manuscript and present the award plaque and $2,000 prize to Dr. Tse at the AAPS Annual Meeting in May 2021.
“In many ways, it’s a special paper for us given that it challenges dogma and was Joe Gruss’ last paper before he retired.” And, as Rich Hopper noted, “Joe taught us all so much about how to address the cleft nasal deformity, and the paper was a great testimony to the fundamental concepts he brought to our team and specialty.”
Dr. Nicholas Vedder, Professor of Surgery & Orthopaedics, Jamie Hunter Endowed Chair, Chief of Plastic Surgery; Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, notes “Dr. Gruss also won this award in 1985 for a paper that again challenged dogma, describing his novel approaches to craniofacial trauma with primary bone grafting, something quite controversial at the time, but as we all know, has become the standard of care. We are all tremendously proud of our world-leading team of craniofacial surgeons who are our colleagues at the University of Washington.”