Dr. Salyer was the first chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Baylor School of Dentistry, a member of the Texas A&M System, and has been named an honorary professor by many medical schools around the globe.
Dr. Salyer received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1962 and performed a general-surgery residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He completed a surgical fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and performed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine on an award from the National Institutes of Health.
In 1969, Dr. Salyer became the first Chairman of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He entered private practice in 1979 and has continued to maintain his commitment to teaching and research into the treatment of cleft lip and palate, bone replacement and regeneration, as well as craniofacial anomalies, and has made an active contribution to academic and research activities in the field.
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Dr. Salyer established the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas in 1986, serving more than 13,000 patients from every state in the United States and more than seventy-five countries around the world. The World Craniofacial Foundation was organized in Dallas by Dr. Salyer in 1989 to help children with craniofacial deformities and to give them a better start in life by providing the life-changing surgery they deserved.