RAY A. ELLIOTT, JR., M.D.
1926 - 2007
Ray A. Elliott, Jr, M.D., a prominent figure in the mid-20th century world of plastic surgery passed away in Sedona, AZ on February 9, 2007. Ray was known to many for his consummate technical abilities and to all for his sharp wit.
Dr. Elliott was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Ray A. Elliott and Irene M. Jacobs. After high school, he entered Drew University but his education was interrupted to serve in the US Naval Reserve. He graduated from Drew University (NJ) with a BA and entered Albany Medical College, He graduated an accelerated program in 1952 and began a residency in General Surgery with Harris Schumacher, M.D., a noted vascular surgeon at Indiana University. He returned to Albany to complete two years of plastic surgery fellowship with W. Brandon Macomber, M.D. at Albany Medical College.
Dr. Elliott completed two postgraduate fellowships His Hand Surgery Fellowship was with Joseph Boyes, M.D. in Los Angeles. His Head and Neck Fellowship was with Vahram Bakamjiam, M.D. at Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Elliott completed the certification process for the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
He entered academic and private practice with W. Brandon Macomber in 1960. Five years later, he established his own practice, Albany Plastic Surgeons Associated, P.C. Dr. Elliott retired from active clinical practice in 1994. During that entire period, he held academic appointments in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Albany Medical College with a final rank of Clinical Professor of Surgery. He also held a joint appointment in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery (Hand). In 2004, he established the Ray A. Elliott, Jr., M.D. Clinical Lectureship in Hand Surgery, which is delivered annually by a noted hand surgeon.
Dr. Elliott held memberships and served in a leadership capacity in many professional associations. He belonged to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation serving as its Vice-President; the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Association for Hand Surgery serving as its president in 1974; the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons serving as their delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association for many years; the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons serving as the Post Graduate Course Director and Instructional Course Scientific Program Director and on the Executive Committee.
Dr. Elliott made many contributions to the medical literature. His foci were hand surgery, where he authored a seminal article on the function of the extensor tendon system in the digit, and otoplasty, where he pioneered the amalgamation of multiple procedures to produce a predictable result. He chaired several ASPS/PSEF Instructional Courses on Office and Practice Management, which were a “de rigueur” activity for young plastic surgeons entering private practice.
Dr. Elliott was an avid tennis player and private pilot. He lived in Albany, NY and Sedona, AZ and served both communities in many capacities. He was a Colonel in the NY State Guard (State Air Surgeon) and the Chief Medical Officer of the NYS Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, He was also a member of the Albany County Airport Commission, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Sedona, AZ. He served on the Board of Yavapi College, he established a Teen Center in the name of Ray A. Elliott, III, and was a member of the Sedona County Rotary. He was very generous to Drew University and was honored by his alma mater in 2006.
Dr. Elliott is survived by his sons David and Donald and their families, and the daughter of Ray a. Elliott, III. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Ray A. “Sandy” Elliott, III.