Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio, MD, dies at age 89 in Mexico City

PSN Staff
11/02/2012 at 10:00AM

Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio, MD, a plastic surgeon internationally lauded for his ground-breaking work in repairing cleft lip and palate in utero, and for his worldwide travels to provide craniofacial plastic surgery training and counsel, died Oct. 31 in Mexico City at age 89.

Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio, who completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, served in several leadership roles at home and abroad, including president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons; the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery; the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery; the Mexican Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery; and the Mexican Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

He was a Visiting Professor at more than 45 international and national universities, and a member of more than 60 international and national medical societies. Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio was the author of more than 212 scientific publications in international journals, as well as seven books, according to the Mexican plastic surgery journal Revista Cirujanos Plásticos.

Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio was recently featured in the 2012 documentary "Beautiful Faces," which chronicles his more than 50-year effort at pediatric facial repair and reconstruction at the Hospital General Manuel "Gea Gonzalez" of Mexico City, where he treated more than 24,000 children. He was also the first in Latin America to employ revolutionary methods - cutting, displacing and resetting the facial bones - to treat Crouzon disease and Apert syndrome.

Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio received Medals of Honor from several nations including Australia, Germany and Peru.

He is survived by eight children, 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.