Upstate’s doctor to lead facial plastic surgeons’ trade group

Sherard Tatum

Physician Sherard Tatum, professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and professor of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, 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.

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 adviser program, and as a scientific reviewer for the Institutional Review Board.

In November, 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.