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Dr. Robert L. Walton is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his pioneering contributions in nasal, facial, and breast surgery. As past director of two prestigious academic programs in plastic surgery at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Chicago, Dr. Walton has trained over 40 plastic surgery residents and fellows who have gone on to make significant contributions in plastic surgery. Dr. Walton is the author of over 120 peer-review scientific articles, 55 book chapters, and 8 educational videos dealing with aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. In 1986 he founded Proyecto MIRA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the surgical care of indigent children in Puerto Rico suffering from facial and hand deformities. For these efforts he has received commendations for service from the Governor of Puerto Rico and the United Way Foundation. And in 2010, Dr. Walton was the recipient of the Sor Isolina Award for service to the indigent children of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Walton is a member of many prestigious professional organizations and has held positions of leadership in many, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery where he currently serves at Secretary-General. He was an Alpha Omega Alpha National Honors Society graduate of the University of Kansas school of medicine and received his surgery and plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins and Yale-New Haven Hospitals. Dr. Walton has been Visiting Professor at over 60 Medical Schools and was honored to serve as the Visiting Professor of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2005, Dr. Walton was recipient of the Peter J. Rubin Award for Best Scientific Paper at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. In 2007, he was recipient of the James Barrett Brown Award in Plastic Surgery. In 2012, Dr Walton was honored by the University of Massachusetts for his contributions in establishing the UMASS training and research programs in plastic surgery. In January 2017, Dr. Walton was selected by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery to present the prestigious H.J. Buncke Lecture in Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Dr. Walton’s clinical interests have focused on Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Face, Nose and Breast. He has developed novel techniques for the restoration of nose and face deformities and for the treatment of facial paralysis. Dr. Walton is recognized for his support and contributions to the field of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, and performed early pioneering work in limb transplants in primates. In 2008, he authored the ASRM and ASPS position papers on VCA and his recent work has focused on the development of Facial Part Allotransplantation as a new paradigm in Facial Reconstructive Surgery.