FACE the Facts!

By: Joshua Feldman, OMS II

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

On October 18, 2012, a number of NYIT- College of Osteopathic Medicine student doctors were invited to attend the Tenth Annual “About Face” Benefit for Domestic Violence Survivors. Taking place at 360 in TriBeca, the event was organized to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. To honor the host, Dr. Andrew Jacono, and his team’s position in helping these abuse victims return to a sense of normalcy, we gathered among many distinguished members of the medical community, in addition to media representatives and advocates. Kelly Rutherford, actress in Gossip Girl and Melrose Place, was the event’s honoree and among a number of other celebrity figures.

This event was co-chaired by Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S.  Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Senior Advisor to “Face to Face”, and Park Slope Productions. Dr. Jacono and his staff have taken action against domestic violence beginning over a decade ago, founding the “Face to Face” program and involving hundreds of physicians across the nation dedicated to helping women piece their lives back together and erase the stigma of abuse. To date, they have performed hundreds of pro bono reconstructive procedures to minimize and even erase the disfiguring scars left behind by their abusers.

Dr. Jacono has dedicated his life to understanding and mastering the field of otolaryngology, and I have been lucky enough to have him as a mentor over the years. His expertise in the field has earned him recognition in a number of magazines and media as well as the opportunity to author the book, FACE THE FACTS: The Truth About Plastic Surgery Procedures That Do and Don’t Work. Additionally, Dr. Jacono’s work has been followed in the documentary, “Facing Trauma,” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, which chronicles the egregious stories of these women’s experiences with domestic violence and their long road to recovery.