Atlanta Facelift surgeon and facial plastic surgeon, Benjamin C. Stong MD of Kalos Facial Plastic surgery is proud to announce partnership with the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), the largest domestic violence organization in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. At only 34 years old, Dr. Stong has not only positioned himself locally as a leader in the facial plastic and reconstructive surgery community, but has also managed to dedicate his time and efforts to numerous humanitarian efforts. His most recent endeavor is volunteering to be the exclusive facial plastic surgeon for the PADV, providing surgical assistance to victims of domestic violence. Nearly 5.3 million intimate partner victimizations occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older. This violence results in nearly 2 million injuries, some of which can require extensive facial reconstructive procedures, such as Rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Stong’s training in facial plastic surgery provides the most advanced and contemporary procedures in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to restore the self-esteem of domestic violence victims.
Dr. Stong resides on the national FACE TO FACE committee; a humanitarian program of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. FACE TO FACE is designed for facial plastic surgeons to donate their time and skills to help those in need of reconstructive facial plastic surgery including: victims of domestic violence, children afflicted with congenital birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates, and wounded veterans of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I was astonished at the number of domestic violence victims presently in Atlanta,” said Dr. Stong. “Most of these victims are not only affected emotionally, but also left with physical evidence of the abusive relationship. My goal is to contribute to the healing process by helping repair their physical and emotional scars. Although this is only an initial step, we are optimistic about helping these survivors of domestic violence as well as provide future support to the PADV.”
Northside Hospital will collaborate with Dr. Stong by waiving facility and anesthesia fees for victim’s surgeries. For 14 consecutive years, Northside Hospital has been voted by Metro Atlanta consumers as the Most Preferred Hospital for Overall Healthcare Services. Additionally, Northside Hospital performs more surgeries than at any other Georgia Hospital.
The PADV’s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. Since 1975, they have provided professional, compassionate, and influential support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. It is a prestigious organization that helps restore victim’s confidence. The PADV also works to end domestic violence by restoring self-sufficiency and control to victims as well as educating the public on the dynamics of this complex issue. Meagan Fulmer, the Vice President of Development for PADV, approached Dr. Stong after learning of his generous contributions to other charitable endeavors. “The PADV is excited to welcome Dr. Stong into our family. To have a surgeon of his skill set willing to work in partnership with us to help survivor’s of intimate partner violence not only overcome their emotional and physical barriers, but also help them thrive through the gift of healing,” said Meagan.
Aside from providing surgical services, Dr. Stong will host a charitable benefit November 4th at the Mason Murer gallery from which all proceeds will benefit the PADV and the national FACE TO FACE program. He and the Kalos Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery staff will also participate in the annual Hearts with Hope signature fundraising event of the PADV. The proceeds from the gala go to support violence prevention, emergency intervention, and long-term advocacy for battered women and children.
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