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Portland connected to awards – and war

It is interesting to reflect that many of the advances in plastic surgery were the result of wars.  ….  We really do owe so much to those that serve in times of war.

The Academy Awards is near to our hearts at Portland Face Doctor.  Last year Restrepo was up for an award for the best documentary of 2010.  The film was by Sebastian Junger and featured a troop of solders in Afganistan.  Misha Pemble-Belkin was one of the main soldiers featured, and is the son-in-law of Karen McConnell – our own patient care coordinator.  It was very exciting in the office, as Misha and Amanda (Karen’s daughter) got to attend the awards and the after parties.  What a great experience for a young couple from Oregon to walk the red carpet and socialize with celebrities.  This year Sebastian Junger was speaking in Portland at the Schnitzer concert hall the week before the awards, and I personally got to meet him.  He is truly an amazing man with a passion for helping those affected by war.

It is interesting to reflect that many of the advances in plastic surgery were the result of wars.  When faced with devastating injuries, surgeons developed new techniques to restore form and function to the young victims.  Many of these same techniques were the principle on which modern cosmetic procedures were developed.  We really do owe so much to those that serve in times of war.  Hopefully we will always let the veterans in our lives know our gratitude.

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