Dr. Timothy A. Turvey, chair of Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was among those featured as invited speakers and workshop leaders at the recent 19th Congress of the European Association of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons. The meeting occurred September 23-26, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The highlight of Turvey’s involvement included being invited to deliver the Presidential Lecture at the meeting on its opening evening. During his time there, he also presented an invited workshop and chaired a session of oral presentations. Each of these focused on the contributions of Professor Josef Kufner to the development of craniomaxillofacial surgery
“I was delighted, excited and honored to be invited to present to this distinguished group about the positive outcomes of a surgical procedure developed by a true pioneer,” said Turvey, who has extensive experience and is an authority utilizing Kufner’s techniques of midface and orbital advancement surgery.
Kufner was educated in Prague and founded the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at the Military Hospital in 1957. He later became the chairman of Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital in Prague and the Department of Stomatology in Pilsen. In 1967-68, he was allowed to study in the famous maxillofacial surgery clinic in Zurich, where he was exposed to a variety of surgery and to some of the world’s most renowned maxillofacial surgeons. After returning to Prague, Kufner published on his operation for midface advancement. Unfortunately he was never permitted to travel to the west again. During his career, he was prolific and published in six languages. Kufner is remembered as someone who utilized soft tissue surgical skills with facial bone surgery to provide optimal care for his patients. He encouraged the development of the specialty of orthodontics in the Czech Republic and recognized its importance in treating patients with facial deformities.