Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS is Professor and Chief, Division Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Oto-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. He earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Alabama and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While in medical school he was awarded The Medical Student Research Fellowship, The March of Dimes Medical Student Research Fellowship, and The Summer Oncology Fellowship. He was named the Barton Scholar upon graduation.
He knew early on that he wanted to specialize in plastic surgery of the face. He first trained in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Indiana University, a program well known for teaching rhinoplasty, facelift, and other facial aesthetic procedures as well as head & neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. He was accepted for advanced training and then underwent a year-long Fellowship devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery of the face through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery www.aafprs.org. After this extensive and focused training, Dr. Langsdon began his practice in Memphis, Tennessee. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery www.abfprs.org.
Dr. Langsdon’s career has been focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in this field. He holds both an academic appointment with the University of Tennessee and runs a private Facial Plastic Surgery clinic (The Langsdon Clinic). A frequent lecturer throughout the U.S. on the topics of facial plastic surgery, he has given well over 200 medical lectures. He has over 40 publications, authoring several medical articles, book chapters, and a medical textbook. He has appeared nationally on The Today Show, Headline News (worldwide), CSPAN, and has been quoted in national publications such as Glamour Magazine. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America list by Woodward/White, Inc., the Guide to Americas’ Top Physicians by Consumer’s Research Council of America, and Best Cosmetic Surgery, as well as Best Medical Spa by the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper for several years.
He has been an active volunteer in many church, civic and professional organization programs. He has served in a medical mission to the nation of Haiti, and he has actively and financially supported patient care and education programs for that country. Dr. Langsdon also helps the underserved in the Mid South by providing pro bono reconstructive facial plastic surgical service for the working poor through the Memphis Church Health Center’s volunteer surgical subspecialty service program. In addition, he spends hours each day teaching medical residents in training as well as young doctors specializing in facial plastic surgery.
On a national level, Dr. Langsdon has served on many committees of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and is currently the 2018-2019 President of the organization. He has served in leadership positions as committee chairs, as a member of the AAFPRS board of directors from 2015-2017 and as the national Fall Meeting Program Chair from 2016 through 2018. Through the program chair position, he has planned, organized, and overseen this national medical education program for the entire AAFPRS organization, that provides Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) credits (CME) for those physicians specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery. These programs are national symposiums in which doctors exchange the latest information regarding the standard of care, surgical techniques, and new developments in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as non-surgical facial aesthetic procedures and technology. Dr. Langsdon also directs an AAFPRS sponsored fellowship training program for young doctors who spend an additional year assisting Dr. Langsdon as they learn to specialize in facial plastic surgery.
He is also the founder of the Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs an annual multi-specialty medical education program for facial plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and eye plastic surgeons. Dr. Langsdon has organized this multi-specialty training program for 24 years.
Dr. Langsdon is a past fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and the Memphis Medical Society. He served as president of the Memphis Medical Society through 2017 and as president in 2018. His practice is limited to Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Langsdon has been in practice in Memphis since 1986.