Atlas of Operative Craniofacial Surgery written by the world’s foremost experts
The purpose of this atlas is to address a problem encountered when I was a craniofacial fellow. Oftentimes, when I wanted to learn steps of a certain surgical technique in an expeditious, concise, and detailed manner, I struggled to find a textbook that would address those needs. Most textbooks on craniofacial surgery focus mainly on the theoretical component and contain scant images of the surgical technique. Although I knew there were multiple published articles online with detailed descriptions of craniofacial surgical technique I was looking for, searching for them on the Internet (such as PubMed, OVID, Google, and other sources) was time consuming and often frustrating (especially when my choices were limited to a university library’s subscriptions). As a general surgery and a plastic surgery resident at Harvard University and Penn State University, respectively, I always was ableto have access to a textbook “bible” that contained detailed explanations about the most common surgical techniques. For example, in general surgery, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery and in plastic surgery, Guyuron’s Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. These books both had detailed explanation of the most common surgical procedures as well as many relevant illustrations and photographs. However, there is no such up-to-date alternative in the field of craniofacial surgery. Even though there has been one similar treatise in the past (Atlas of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery by Ian R. Munro, Linton A. Whitaker, and Kenneth E. Salyer, 1992), it is quite outdated and not currently available for purchase.
The idea of writing a book first came to me when I was a postdoctoral research fellow in plastic surgery at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. During my training, I had the honor and privilege to assist my mentor fellowship director, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, in the writing of his Atlas of Facial Implants. I had to assist him in making videos of his surgeries and extract stills of the critical steps to add to his book. Once Dr. Yaremchuk’s atlas was published, he gifted me a copy. The first page of the book had a handwritten note that said: “John, thank you for helping make this possible. Perhaps you will let me help you with one of your books in the future.” That message made me feel thunderstruck and inspired me to publish a book.
The subject of the book to write came to me when I was attending a craniofacial surgery fellows cadaver-training course in Northern Florida, just at the beginning of my craniofacial surgery fellowship. Before the cadaver laboratory, we fellows had a series of lectures to refresh our knowledge about the craniofacial surgical techniques we were about to practice. It was Dr. Jack Yu’s lecture about the LeFort III osteotomy that led me to decide the subject of the book. His talk about the surgical technique was so visually rich and detailed that I thought to myself, “My God! I could do this surgery myself after this talk!” (even though I had never seen or done a LeFort III at that time). This sparked an idea in my mind; I told myself: “That’s it! I need to write a book about craniofacial surgery that explains the surgical techniques as well as Dr. Yu’s presentation.”