In Loving Memory of
Thomas J. Baker, M.D.
Founder of Baker Gordon Symposium
Professor of Surgery (Plastic) – Voluntary
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller
School, of Medicine Miami, FL
With our return to normalcy, the Baker Gordon Symposium is exicted to conduct our 56th educational conference as we continue to honor the history and legacy of our founder, Dr. Thomas J. Baker. Baker Gordon Symposium would not be possible without the contributions made by our founder, Dr. Thomas Baker.
Fifty-six years later, the contributions of Dr. Baker continues. The Baker Gordon Symposium has become the largest live surgery symposia in the United States, and has trained thousands of national and international plastic surgeons. We look forward to continuing the educational legacy of Dr. Thomas Baker
Dr.Thomas J. Baker passed on December 26, 2020. A compassionate, humble man, Dr. Baker touched the lives of many while leaving behind an inspiring legacy of excellence in aesthetic surgery.
From the start of his career, Dr. Baker was a strong proponent for the importance of aesthetic surgery, emphasizing its value as a sub- specialty of academic plastic surgery. During a time in which resources to educate plastic surgeons were limited, Dr. Baker and his partner, Dr. Howard Gordon, advanced our specialty by founding The Baker Gordon Symposium in 1967. It was the first live surgery symposium focused on educating surgeons on the contemporary techniques applied while performing cosmetic procedures.
Over the ensuing 55 years, Dr. Baker invited the world’s most distinguished aesthetic surgeons to The Baker Gordon Symposium, held in Miami, FL, where he imparted unparalleled surgical techniques to thousands of plastic surgeons. Highly recognized as the father of the modern chemical peel and an innovator in face lifting techniques, Dr. Baker authored over 100 articles and multiple academic textbooks and served as a founding member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A life so honorably lived deserves to be commemorated. He will be greatly missed and profoundly venerated as we continue his legacy by celebrating the annual Baker Gordon Symposiums on Aesthetic Surgery.
James M. Stuzin, M.D.