Get to know Dr. Huffaker and his philosophy on patient care.
William H. Huffaker, MD, FACS
William H. Huffaker, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a prominent St. Louis physician who began practicing plastic surgery in 1978. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his internship at the University of Alabama Medical Center. Following his first year of general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Dr. Huffaker served in the U.S. Army for two years as an Otolaryngologist at the Fort Bragg Womack Army Hospital. He then returned to the University of Virginia for two years and to their affiliate, Roanoke Memorial Hospital, for one year to complete his surgery residency as Chief Resident.
After completing his plastic surgery residency at Washington University Barnes Hospital, he achieved board certification by the American Board of Surgery in 1979 and the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1980. In 1999, he was joined by Dr. Herluf Lund, in 2006 by Dr. Christian Prada, and in 2014 by Dr. Charles Nathan.
Dr. Huffaker has served as President of the St. Louis Area Society of Plastic Surgeons, President of the Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, and Vice-President of the Missouri State Medical Association. Dr. Huffaker was Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the West County Surgery Center from 1994 until its closure in 2006. He is active in several national professional organizations and was a previous Chair of the Judicial Council of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is currently Chair of the PlastyPac Board of Governors, the Pac of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). He was previously Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the ASPS. He is a Delegate from the state of Missouri to the American Medical Association, where he was previously Chair of the Missouri Caucus. He is also served as Chair of the Surgical Caucus of the American Medical Association from 2008 to 2010.
Dr. Huffaker's primary interest is in cosmetic surgery. He combines the best of aesthetic and plastic surgery into the "mommy-make-over" in which he lifts and augments the breasts, tightens the abdomen and suctions the fat at the same time. He performs fast recovery breast augmentation, Next Day Lift (mini-lift), post-weight reduction surgery and bodylifts. Other areas of interests, is lifts the eyebrow with an Endotine® device through the same eyelid incision used for blepharoplasty. For liposuction in St. Louis, he prefers MicroAire® Power Assisted Liposuction along with a tumescent fluid infusion.
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His professional memberships include:
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons;
- Chair of Government Affairs Committee (2007 - 2009)
- Chair, PlastyPac (2009 - Present)
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association;
- Delegate to AMA House of Delegates
- Chair of the Surgical Caucus of the American Medical Association
(2008 - 2010)
- Lipoplasty of North America
- Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Past President
- Missouri State Medical Association, Past Vice President
- St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, Past President
- St. Louis Area Society of Plastic Surgeons, Past President
- St. Louis Surgical Society
Dr. Huffaker is recognized for his efforts on Capitol Hill which led to major legislative victories, including the removal of the Cosmetic Tax from the final health care reform legislation. In addition to participating in the 3rd Annual Joint Surgical Advocacy Conference (JSAC) in Washington.
Left to Rifght: Steven Bonawitz, MD, Anne Taylor, MD, Government Affairs Committee Chair, Malcolm Z. Roth, MD, ASPS Board Vice President, Health Policy and Advocacy, Michael McGuire, MD, ASPS President, Bob Basu, MD, Debra Johnson, MD, Robert Whitfield, MD, William Huffaker, MD, Chair, PlastyPAC.
During the American Medical Association's (AMA) Interim meeting in San Diego, California, Dr. Huffaker received the "Special Recognition Award" from the Surgical Caucus of the AMA. Dr. Huffaker received this award "for excellent dedication and service to the Surgical Caucus of the AMA as Chair from 2008-2010.
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Dr. Huffaker's Patient Story:
"My story is a very personal story that I am sure a lot of women can relate to. I had multiple C-section deliveries and over time felt less and less comfortable with my body. It got to the point where I would only undress in the dark and removed mirrors from my bedroom. After much deliberation I decided on a Tummy Tuck. I was referred to Dr Huffaker and was immediately comfortable with him. We spoke about me not just my body. He was interested in me as a person not just as a patient. I scheduled the Tummy Tuck and what a difference it made, not just in my body but in my mental state. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I liked the way I looked again.
"A few years later, after a stressful period in my life, I decided to act upon a thought I always kept tucked away in the back of my mind. I decided to have breast augmentation surgery. I was always a small breasted woman and there was what I considered a significant difference in the size of my breasts, after years of nursing. Again, I went to Dr. Huffaker. I was very specific about what I wanted and he listened to me. I didn't want everyone to look at me after surgery and just see "boobs" I wanted a very natural look and size. I remember the morning of my surgery I asked him if he remembered what I wanted and he said yes he had my pictures I referred to for my "AFTER" look. He reassured me he knew what I wanted and would not let me down. HE GOT IT PERFECT!
"For once in my life I can honestly say I am comfortable with myself. For me, plastic surgery was the way to rebuild by self esteem and confidence."
Dr. Huffaker is a featured contributor on ASAPS Smart Beauty Guide.
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