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John Quincy Owsley, M.D.
1928 – 2014

Jack Owsley MD, a member of American Association of Plastic Surgeons since 1974, passed away November 3, 2014. Dr. Owsley was a member of a group of esthetic plastic surgeons that recognized early that the SMAS dissection added both to the esthetics and longevity to the face lift operation. However, not many know that he was also an innovator and promoted advances in cleft palate surgery.

Fascinated by medicine from an early age, Dr. Owsley followed in his father footsteps, a naval admiral and Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy, and his grandfather, by graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee. Although Nashville had been the family home for several generations, Dr. Owsley elected to complete his plastic surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco. He was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Assistant Research Surgeon in the School of Dentistry at UCSF in 1960. He served as Plastic Surgery Consultant to the Cleft Palate-Cranial Facial Anomalies Clinic and Attending Plastic Surgeon at UCSF. He advanced to the rank of Clinical Professor of Surgery in 1980.

An active member of numerous plastic surgical and surgical societies, Dr. Owsley served as President of the American Cleft Palate Association from 1977-1978. He served for 2 years as Secretary of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and was Chairmen of the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for 3 years. Dr. Owsley is the principle author of approximately 80 peer reviewed journal articles and more than 10 book chapters. He is the solo author of the 1993 text book Aesthetic Facial Surgery by W.B. Saunders. In 1989, he started the Annual Aesthetic Surgery Symposium sponsored by Davies Medical Center and the UCSF Department of Continuing Education. The symposium continued until 2002 when it was merged with an Annual Symposium sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 1990, he inaugurated a prestigious one year fellowship in Aesthetic Surgery at Davies Medical Center. In 2006, he received a citation for Excellence in Education from the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

As an educator, Jack was tirelessly committed to demonstrating the longevity of the SMAS facelift operation. His publication with Drs. Alpert, Baker, Hamra and Ramirez entitled “Identical Twin Face Lifts with Differing Techniques: a 10 Year Follow-Up” was a testament to his interest in the objective analysis of long term results. His operating room was always open to surgeons, fellows and residents wishing to observe his procedures first hand. He was always happy to discuss techniques or look at his results either in person or with photographs. We were all fortunate that Dr. Owsley was able to practice well into his mid-80s and at the same time maintain a vibrant mind

Dr. Owsley was also a very caring and charismatic individual with deep ties with the San Francisco community and was active in both the Bohemian Club and Pacific Union Club. He held an annual lunch at the Bohemian Club for friends and would have notable speakers from business, entertainment, the courts and the arts. Sandra Day O’Connor and George Shultz were examples of the speakers who were his friends.

He will be profoundly missed by his devoted and loving wife, Sharon, daughter Sara and son Jake.

Gregory M. Buncke MD

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