Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

History

A Tribute to Dr. Seiichi Ohmori

Dr. Seiichi Ohmori (1906-1989)The late Dr. Seiichi Ohmori (1906-1989) paved the way for the Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (OSAPS) to come into fruition. In fulfilling his vision, plastic surgeons throughout the region have come together to learn from one another and strengthen and enrich the field of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Seiichi Ohmori graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1932 and then joined Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital, specializing in the treatment of Ohta’s Nevi. During World War II, at the age of 42, he happened to meet a plastic surgeon at the American Library in Tokyo. This meeting sparked a fire in him to specialize further. He went to the United States of America in 1952 to train in plastic surgery and upon his return, brought back with him a Paget hood dermatome. This device allowed them to treat a large number of burn deformities and also inspired him to found the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital in 1960.

Dr. Seiichi Ohmori (1906-1989)The practice of plastic surgery began with free tissue transfer, focusing more on the reconstructive aspect of the field. With time and more training, he enriched his knowledge on the field and honed his skills in aesthetic surgery as well. He also introduced microsurgery, craniofacial surgery and laser surgery in the early 1970s.

He served as the first president of JSAPS in 1978 and was a charter member in founding the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). He was elected as the 6th President of ISAPS in 1981. It was also within this decade that he received the Everrett Evans Award from the American Burn Association.

Currently, memorial lectures in every OSAPS conference have been done in honor of him. Rightly so, for the man that has paved the way for Asian plastic surgeons to come together.