Building on a Legacy
Our surgeons and researchers have led with excellence for more than a century. Breakthroughs in treatment from within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have greatly advanced the field since the early days, when one of our own helped form a virtually new field of medicine. Today, our specialists treat people with techniques that offer promise far beyond what our predecessors might have imagined. But our purpose remains the same: offering compassionate care that can be life changing.
A true pioneer in plastic surgery, Vilray Blair, MD, was the first of many Washington University greats to treat patients and teach new techniques.
Plastic surgery as a specialty evolved during the 20th Century in this country. One of the founders of the specialty — Dr. Vilray Blair — served as the first chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the medical school.