John D. Constable, M.D.
The world of plastic surgery lost one of its true inspirational mentors this past week with the passing of John D. Constable at the age of 88 years. For the past several years John has been suffering from Parkinsonís disease and at the time of his death was surrounded by his family at his farmhouse in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Johnís entire professional career was spent at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Throughout his extraordinary professional life John was committed to sharing his surgical knowledge and wisdom with underserved populations. He regularly gave his time teaching and operating in many of the poorest parts of the world with a particular interest in helping plastic surgery in Egypt and Vietnam. In honor of Johnís lifetime of giving, a fellowship was established by his trainees in his name at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. This fellowship provides an opportunity for surgeons trained outside of the United States to come to the U.S. for 3-6 months allowing them to bring home American surgical skills and ideals. Following the old Chinese proverb ďGive a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetimeĒ Johnís life mission was to help others that were less fortunate. He was indeed one of the first in our specialty to utilize medicine as a true currency for peace and meaningful cultural exchange. He will be greatly missed by those that had the privilege of knowing him and working with him.
For those who were influenced by John and his work or those who just believe in this wonderful mission to give to the John D. Constable International Traveling Fellowship at the AAPS which provides financial opportunities for plastic surgeons from underprivileged countries to study in the United States.
Bryant Toth, M.D.
Tax deductible contributions designated to the Constable Fund can be made payable to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 500 Cummings Center, Suite 4550, Beverly, MA 01915, USA.
James Zins, M.D.