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Upstate's Sherard Tatum now president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Sherard Tatum, MD, professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and professor of Pediatrics, has been installed as president of the 2,200-member American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and its Educational and Research Foundation Oct. 28. The academy is the trade organization for facial plastic surgeons nationwide.

The Educational and Research Foundation supports education, research, and humanitarian efforts, most notably, Face to Face, a program that provides low to no cost surgical procedures to children abroad with facial deformities, domestic violence survivors in the United States and veterans and active-duty military members who were injured while serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

Tatum has been a member of the Upstate faculty for more than 30 years serving on numerous committees, including the Cancer and Trauma Committees, several chair search committees, the Medical Student Advisor Program, and as a scientific reviewer for the Institutional Review Board.

He has been included on many top doctor lists through the years, including Best Doctors in America, America’s Best Physicians, America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, among others.

He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida in 1985 and did postgraduate training in general surgery and otolaryngology at Eastern Virginia Medical School; craniomaxillofacial surgery at University of Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany; and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of California—Davis Medical Center.

Last month, Tatum traveled to Ukraine to perform facial surgeries on civilians and soldiers injured in the war with Russia. He made a similar trip in Fall 2022. The trips were coordinated through AAFPRS’s Face to Face program.