by Barbara Evans, M.D.
April 1, 2014
Our parents were born in this country shortly after both sets of grandparents immigrated to America from Wales and Sweden. We and our sister were all born in Youngstown, Ohio, where we spent our early lives. Our father (deceased) was a football and track coach at Massillon High School and the University of Akron. Our mother is deceased.
Dr. Evans attended Massillon High School for two years and his last two years at Akron Buchtel High School. At Akron Buchtel he was an accomplished athlete achieving All City and All State honors in both football and track. He attended the College of Wooster where he majored in Chemistry and graduated in three years with honors (B.A.). He then matriculated into The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and graduated Summa Cum Laude (D.D.S.).
Immediately after dental school, Dr. Evans entered the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at The Ohio State University Hospital. Concurrent with this residency he received a masters degree (M.Sc.) in Anatomy (head and neck). He is currently recognized internationally for his knowledge of facial surgical anatomy.
During his residency, Dr. Evans spent a significant amount of time in surgery with Dr. Arthur G. James performing head and neck cancer surgery. This experience, and with Dr. James’ encouragement, he decided to enter The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Because of his past education and experience, he graduated from medical school in three years (M.D.). During these three years he practiced part-time with Dr. Bernard S. Snyder performing outpatient surgery, general anesthesia and hospital maxillofacial trauma surgery.
After medical school Dr. Evans entered a medical residency at Grant Medical Center. During this time, he recognized a nationwide need for quality full-time medical care in hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units. Dr. Evans founded Emergency Medical Associates, Inc. (E.M.A.I.). E.M.A.I. was one of the first organized private emergency physician groups in the United States. E.M.A.I. provided emergency physician coverage and management for multiple hospital emergency departments in Ohio and Pennsylvania and at one time employed over 60 physicians.
Dr. Evans was President of E.M.A.I. for 25 years and actively practiced Emergency Medicine concurrent with his surgery practice for 10 years. He lectured internationally about Emergency Medicine, particularly regarding the management of traumatic shock. He was one of the first physicians locally to place central venous lines and to use total parenteral nutrition in the management of critically ill and injured patients. Dr. Evans was an original Chancellor for the American College of Emergency Physicians and the founding President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Hospital for 15 years. He was instrumental in the formation of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
E.M.A.I. provided emergency physician coverage for Grant Medical Center’s Emergency Room for 25 years. During this time, Dr. Evans was the Emergency Room Medical Director for 16 years and was instrumental in elevating this hospital to a Level I Trauma Center. He was also active in bringing the first Life Flight helicopter to Columbus at Grant Medical Center.
Dr. Evans founded Urgent Medical Care, Inc. (U.M.C.I.) in 1974. In 1975, he began what may have been the first urgent medical care center in the United States in Westerville, Ohio. This was a pilot study to determine whether there really was a need for urgent medical care centers. The first Urgent Medical Care Center was built in 1979 on Morse Road in Columbus. Since then, Dr. Evans and U.M.C.I. had been involved with the development and management of over 20 urgent care centers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. He sold U.M.C.I. to HealthSouth Corp. in 1997.
Dr. Evans has been performing facial surgery for over 40 years. Initially his practice was the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with emphasis on Facial Trauma Surgery, Orthognathic and Craniofacial Surgery (surgically reconstructing the bones of the face for congenital and developmental deformities) and Facial Aesthetic Surgery. In 1978, he limited his practice to Orthognathic and Facial Aesthetic Surgery. In 1987, he limited his practice to only Facial Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Evans has developed or modified many facial surgical techniques that are used by surgeons worldwide. He was the first surgeon in the United States to perform the bilateral sagittal osteotomy of the mandible and arguably the first to perform a total maxillary osteotomy to shorten the long face. He has modified the deeper plane facelift techniques to better rejuvenate the infraorbital and cheek areas. He has modified the endoscopic browlift and endoscopic facelift techniques to obtain more stable results.
Dr. Evans is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (Facial). He is a member of many professional societies including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1997 he was one of only 26 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons that had been accepted into the fellowship of the American College of Surgeons since its inception in 1913. He was an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for seven years. He is on the active medical staffs of Grant Medical Center, The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus Children’s Hospital and The University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital.
Dr. Evans has lectured internationally about facial surgery for over 25 years. He has lectured about deeper plane facelifts, endoscopic browlifts and endoscopic facelifts in Toronto, London, Washington, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In 2000 he spent two weeks in London teaching Plastic Surgeons various facial aesthetic surgical techniques. Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, and an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois – Chicago. He is very active in the resident teaching programs at these institutions and performs Facial Aesthetic Surgery at UIC.
Dr. Evans has published multiple scientific articles about facial surgery and has written chapters in five surgery textbooks. He is currently working on his own textbook, Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Evans is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who limits his practice to Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery. He is an Anesthesiologist who is certified to administer general anesthesia in Ohio, however, there is always another Anesthesiologist or an Anesthetist present during all of his surgeries. He has and will continue to limit his practice to aesthetic surgery of only the face and neck. Although he performs the full scope of Facial Aesthetic Surgery, his special interest is with browlifts and facelifts, especially performing these procedures with an endoscope through minimal skin incisions. His goal is “to achieve a predictable, consistent, stable, natural, attractive, youthful appearance to the face”.
Dr. Evans and his wife, Ruth, have been married for over 40 years. They met in surgery at The Ohio State University Hospital when she was an operating room nurse and he was a resident in anesthesia. Ruth was the surgical nurse for Dr. Robert Zollinger at O.S.U. for many years. She stopped working when their son, Erik, was born and restarted working as Dr. Evans’ surgical nurse when their daughter, Erin, started college. Ruth was present at each surgery as the surgical instrument nurse and also performed micropigmentation procedures for Dr. Evans’ patients.
Their son, Erik, has his D.D.S. degree from the Ohio State University Dental School and his M.D. degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He took a 1 year residency in Anesthesia at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, a 1 year residency in General Surgery at Northwestern University Hospital, a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at L.S.U. in Shreveport, Louisiana and a 1 year Facial Aesthetic Surgery fellowship with our father in Columbus. He currently is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Their daughter, Erin, graduated Magna Cum Laude f rom St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and attended graduate school in Psychology in Dallas. Erin has Multiple Sclerosis, however, she is doing very well. She was the assistant office manager for her father’s surgery practice for many years and is currently his office manager.
Dr. Evans has been very active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors of two foundations and on the Board of Directors of the Columbus Cancer Clinic and the Ohio History of Flight Museum. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The College of Wooster. Although he played on the college golf team, he gave up golf when he entered professional school and hasn’t had the time to pursue the game since that time. He is a private pilot with over 2500 hours, an avid skier and has always had an active interest in raising and racing thoroughbred race horses. He currently spends much of his spare time in his home office listening to classical music and preparing lectures or writing articles about his primary interest, Maxillofacial and Facial Aesthetic Surgery.