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Dr. Robert Perry prefers to be known as a clinician. Although he is frequently an invited lecturer on multiple topics and spends time training residents and medical students, he believes his best and most creative work is performed as a surgeon in the operating room.
Dr. Perry obtained his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Following two years in General Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, he joined the Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery program at SUNY at Buffalo under Dr. John Loré and became Board-Certified in that field. In 1980 he was accepted into the Plastic Surgery residency under Dr. D. Ralph Millard at the University of Miami. There he learned the principles of Plastic Surgery, Cleft Lip & Palate/Craniofacial Surgery, and Aesthetic Surgery.
In 1983, Dr. Perry returned to Buffalo to begin his practice, joining Dr. Jean Haar, Head & Neck surgeon, at Delaware Medical Group. During those years he became Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery and was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After a brief period as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at SUNY at Buffalo, he returned to private practice in 1992 to join Dr. Joel Paull, noted Plastic Surgeon, colleague, and close friend. He subsequently organized Buffalo Niagara Plastic Surgery and later Spa Niagara with Linda Baldi-Perry. At John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, he was a founding member of the Laurence C. Wright Craniofacial Center in 1989 and was elected Director in 2014. He was hired as Pediatric Plastic Surgery on May 1, 2017. With support from SUNY Buffalo Department of Surgery, Dr. Perry will be a part of a future Plastic Surgery residency program currently in its planning stages.
Special Projects (selected)
In 1986, Dr. Perry was selected to be a member of the Plastic Surgery delegation to the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia as part of the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program. With simultaneous translation, he lectured on Head & Neck Reconstruction at the National Academy of Medicine in Moscow.
In 1989 with Dr. Manuel Castillo, he took a complete surgical team from Women & Children’s Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to teach Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery at the Hospital Infantil Robert Reid Cabral. They examined 103 children and successfully operated on thirteen.
Dr. Perry has been an advocate for insurance reform so that reconstructive surgery for children is no longer considered “cosmetic”. He has worked locally, in Albany as President of the New York State Confederation of Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Centers, and twice in Washington, D.C., as one of a delegation from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This remains an ongoing challenge to this day.
Professional Societies and Awards
American College of Surgeons, elected Fellow 1990
Plastic Surgery Societies:
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons (AAPPS)
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC)
Buffalo Plastic Surgery Society, President 1991, 1992, 1998
International Society of Pediatric Wound Care (ISPeW)
International Society of Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons (ISPRES)
Millard Society (University of Miami alumni), President 1999
New York State Confederation of Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Centers, President 1992
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, elected Fellow 1981
Erie County Medical Society
Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
America’s Top Doctors®, since 2008
Best Doctor’s of America®, since 2005
“A consultation for aesthetic surgery is truly a meeting of the minds — the development of a connection between patient and surgeon. Your job is to tell us what you want; our job is to tell you what’s possible, reasonable, and, above all, safe.
We are privileged to have an outstanding team of medical professionals who are caring, exceptionally talented, and driven to help you look and feel your very best.”
– Robert J. Perry, MD FACS