“For many years as I have become more and more familiar with the intricacies of plastic surgery, I have urged, in spite of much opposition, that this be made a surgical specialty, and the war has demonstrated beyond a doubt the need of this as a special branch.” – John Staige Davis, 1919

Portrait of John Staige Davis

John Staige Davis, 1917

John Staige Davis graduated from Yale University in 1895 and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1899. After receiving his medical degree, he practiced surgery in Baltimore. Before publishing Plastic Surgery: Its Principles and Practices in 1919, Davis served in World War I as a captain in the medical corps of the US Army. His wartime contributions included serving as a member of the committee appointed by the Surgeon General to organize plastic surgery units for the Army Medical Corps.