Maurice J. Jurkiewicz, DDS, MD

Maurice John Jurkiewicz, MD was born September 24, 1923 and raised in Bellows Falls, Vermont.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 1946 with a DDS degree and received his medical degree from the Harvard Medical School in 1952.

Dr. Jurkiewicz did his Residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Barnes Hospital Washington University. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1960 and re-certified in 1980. He was also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1963 and re-certified in 1978.  Dr. Jurkiewicz was the Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Florida from 1959-1971 and the Chief of Surgery at VAMC in Gainesville, Florida from 1968-1971. He became the Chief of Reconstructive/Plastic Surgery at EmoryUniversity in 1971 and held that position until 1993. Since 1993, he has held the title of Professor of Surgery emeritus at Emory University.

He held many other positions including the Chief of Surgical Services at Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta from 1972 to 1977 and the Chief of Surgery at VAMC Atlanta from 1989 to 1993. He acted as a Plastic Surgeon consultant at Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC from 1971 to 1991 and to the Shriners hospitals from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Jurkiewicz also served as a Scientific Councilor for the National Institution of Dental Research from 1966 to 1971.  Dr. Jurkiewicz was a member-at-large of the National Board of Medical Examiners between 1985 and 1993 and is a member of the American Surgical Association joining in 1971.

Dr. Jurkiewicz served as the president of the American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons in 1989 as well as the president of the American College of Surgeons in 1989-1990.  He also served as first vice-president on the Southern Surgical Association in 1993. In 1990, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and in 2004, became an Honorary Fellow of the Southern Surgical Association.

The Plastic Surgeon of the 20th Century

Excerpt from:

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 107(4):1014-1024, April 1, 2001.

Hallock, Geoffrey G. M.D.

“Jurkiewicz defined plastic surgery as an intellectual surgical endeavor and not a technology... He will always be unique in that he was the first and, to date, only plastic surgeon to be president of the American College of Surgeons (1989-1990).”