In Memoriam - Dr Scott Spear

"Dr Scott Spear, a leading member of our Medical Advisory Board, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday.

Dr Spear was the founder of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital and served as Chairman for many years. Over the course of his career he published over 229 papers and chapters, gave 103 peer-reviewed presentations, participated in 547 invited lectures, panels, and courses, and authored 3 editions of the seminal textbook, Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art. In many conversations with Dr Spear he always stressed to me that he viewed his work on nipple sparing mastectomy as his most important legacy in plastic surgery. A magazine article called him "the man who saved a million nipples and counting."

As part of our Medical Advisory Board, he was instrumental in optimizing our scientific discourse and crafting our educational program. He worked diligently on our IDE submission and as recently as this week reviewed the clinical protocol with his peers. Travels for educational activities with Motiva took him to France, UK, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Korea, UAE and Turkey, among many. As a humble homage to his legacy we will be naming our new training facility in Costa Rica after Dr Scott Spear where we will promote excellence in medical education.

We met Scott perhaps too late in his journey but we feel fortunate that in this very short time he taught us so much.

He was always the voice of reason, with a gentle smile, loved by all, and he was also our friend; we will miss him immensely".

This was taken from a statemeent made by Establishment Labs.