The Surgeons' Art Seattle
Artistry is central to the specialty of facial plastic surgery. The surgeon must first visualize the desired outcome and then create it. Most surgical training is directed towards the craft of facial plastic surgery, but its art is equally important. We believe the study and practice of the arts train the mind to concentrate and really “see” more deeply. A selection of our photography and poetry demonstrates paths taken and new directions.
The poem “American Voices” was written for some of the women Dr. Larrabee treated in the Face to Face Domestic Violence program and published in the Lancet. Denise Levertov was Dr. Larrabee’s friend and mentor.
Dr. Larrabee’s book Roslyn is both a history and a photographic celebration of a small town in Washington- best know as the site of the television show Northern Exposure. Photographer Robert Adams wrote the book was “just right”.
The Gobi Desert China and Lanahou Hospital were cover photographs on the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Archives of Pediatrics. Both were take on Smile China cleft lip palate missions.
Dr. James Ridgway’s Art
Prior to his current medical profession, Dr. Ridgway was an art scholar and obtained his bachelor’s degree in painting. He is also an accomplished photographer, with recent images published in the 2012 Spindrift: Art and Literary Journal. The complementary nature of his undergraduate studies naturally led to a career in medicine and his specialization in facial plastic surgery. His medical illustrations can be seen in the new release of The Art and Craft of Facial Rejuvenation as well as the upcoming release of Surgical Anatomy of the Face.