DR JAIME PLANAS-GUASCH
Dr Jaime Planas's character was complex and diverse. Besides his passion for his work, he possessed those qualities all mankind should possess: honesty, sincerity, transparency, loyalty, and a long list of virtues that describe a man who was still "in harness" until well into his eighties. His endearing personality remained unchanged over the years.
From a very early age he showed a love of medicine, as well as of beauty and art in all their forms. As a child he experienced his father's passion for marble and sculpture, which stood him in good stead all his life and influenced him in his evaluation of the principles of beauty and health.
His commitment to the field of plastic surgery was probably due to chance: as a result of damage to his hands, produced by X-rays during his work as a surgeon, he went for treatment to the USA, where a new world opened up for him. He remained there two years, learning all about plastic surgery, a field that was practically unknown here in Spain. On his return, he became a pioneer in the speciality, training hundreds of Spanish and foreign surgeons.
His work occupied many hours of the day because he was setting standards in a new discipline, since his idea was to pass on knowledge and its inherent values. In his case, it was not just a question of teaching the best techniques for a successful operation, he considered it of the utmost importance to take into account the anxieties, desires and concerns of each patient, and establish a special doctor-patient relationship - essential when it is a matter of changing physical characteristics that affect a person's looks and even their personality.
He was not alone in this endeavour. He had the help of a team of professionals who took - and continue to take - into account all this human complexity, and who carry on their skills with the same passion and enthusiasm as the maestro.
Dr Planas's vocation for medicine continues, as does his dedication, since he was fortunate in having a great family team. Now it is his children who are the future of the work he began 30 years ago when he founded his plastic surgery clinic.
Over the years, his life's work and dedication has enabled him to build up a personal library on plastic and aesthetic surgery that can be considered the best in the country.
In a further development of his desire to share his knowledge with future generations, in 1990 Dr Planas created the foundation that carries his name and that embraces both teaching and practical healthcare activities. This is achieved through courses, residences for trainee doctors, collaboration with other hospitals and NGOs, thus ensuring that plastic and reconstructive surgery can, in some way or other, get to those who need an operation (malformations, mastectomies, etc.) but who are unable to afford it.
Dr Jaime Planas realised his dream by creating his own centre, which, on its 30th anniversary, was extended, thus enabling the clinic to accommodate more patients and more trainee specialists, as well as the ability to host gatherings of larger numbers of specialists, with the aim of providing better patient care and wellbeing.
Without doubt, Dr Jaime Planas's work and personality have been a major contributor to the fact that Barcelona is now a world leader in plastic surgery.
The result is a considerable human and scientific legacy, channelled through teaching and medical care in the clinic that continues to maintain its initial aspirations, together with the ideals of endeavour, service, precision and self-challenge of our founder.