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Gary C. Burget papers

Call Number: MS Coll 63

Content Description

The papers contain records that document Dr. Gary C. Burget's (1941-2017) plastic surgery education, plastic surgery career and medical practice, teaching, conference activity, as well as a small part of his personal correspondence and travels from 1962 - 2017. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, publications, patient records, photographs, slides, and video tapes. Correspondence includes letters from Dr. Robert W. Berliner (1915-2002) and Dr. Frederick J. Menick regarding Burget’s teaching, conference activities, and publications. Certificates and awards won throughout his career are included in the collection and include society awards, such as the Fellow award from the American College of Surgeons, and various other medical and personal societies to which he belonged. Records relating to his surgical education include certificates and diplomas from his various residencies including the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City, New York and the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Records relating to his surgical career are the majority of the collection and consist of surgical patient records: patient charts, 35mm slides, photographs, x-rays, negatives, and consults created in Miami and Chicago. 35mm slides and photographs are present throughout the collection, documenting patients’ pre-, intra-, and post- operative conditions and surgical procedures. Photographs, slides, x-rays, and negatives within patient charts were kept in context and 35mm slides, photographs, and negatives maintained in separate files by Burget may be found in multiple sub-series. Dr. Burget specialized in facial surgery and nasal reconstructive surgery, but patient records may include treatment, surgeries, and consultations about a range of plastic surgery areas. The illustrations and artwork created in the scope of his practice, teaching, and in publishing his books include works by Todd Buck and other artists. The illustrations and artwork include oversized material, illustrations, pencil on paper, paint on paper, ink on paper, negatives, and hand sketches. Materials documenting Burget’s teaching and conference activity throughout the United States and around the world as well as his international volunteerism work in Southeast Asia, Korea, and South America include manuscripts, personal and professional correspondence, illustrations, photographs, notes, and slides.


  • 1962 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Materials that do not contain patients' medical information are open for research. Contact the Medical Historical Library for access to the restricted material.

Conditions Governing Access

Patient records and materials containing patient medical information are restricted until 2067. Contact the Medical Historical Library to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Gary C. Burget. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gary C. Burget, 2017.


The collection is arranged in five series: Series I. Teaching and conferences, 1972-2009. Series II. Writing and publishing, 1962-2012. Series III. International volunteer work, 1980-1989. Series IV. Personal papers, 1964-2015. Series V. Patient records, 1963-2017.

Series I. is further arranged in three subseries: Correspondence, 1995 – 2006; Educational material, 1972 – 2009; and Teaching ephemera, 1991-2002.

Series III. is further arranged in two subseries: Patient files, 1980 1989, and Travel, circa 1980-1989.

Series IV. is further arranged in five subseries: Correspondence, circa 1982 – 2015; Education, 1968 – 1974; Genealogy, circa 1970-1979; Societies, 1982 – 2004; and Travel, 1964 – 1983.

Series V. is further arranged in seven subseries: Patient files, 1963 – 2017; Patient negatives, 1979 – 2012; Reconstructive cases, 1976 – 2000; Ear reconstruction, 1978 – 1990; Facial reconstruction, 1974 – 1997; Patient consults, 1987 – 2017; and Audiovisual materials, 1963 - 2017.


Materials received from Burget without apparent order have been arranged by alphabetic order, date, and/or subject.


267 Linear Feet (259 Boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Gary C. Burget, M.D. (1941-2017) was a plastic surgeon specializing in facial and nasal reconstruction. Dr. Burget attended Yale University as an undergraduate and went on to graduate from Yale School of Medicine in 1967 before entering private practice first in Miami and then in Chicago. The collection mainly consists of patient records, which include patient charts, 35mm slides, photographs, x-rays, photographic negatives, illustrations, and consultation records. Also included in the collection are personal and professional correspondence, photographs, illustrations, notes, and 35mm slides from his publications, lectures, and conferences, as well as his medical volunteer trips to Southeast Asia and South America.

Biographical / Historical

Gary C. Burget, M.D. (1941-2017) was a plastic surgeon specializing in facial and nasal reconstruction. Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1941, Dr. Burget attended Yale University earning his undergraduate degree in English and went on to attend Yale School of Medicine, graduating in 1967. He obtained his medical license in 1968 and continued his education with an internship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1969), a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami (1972), and a plastic surgery fellowship with Dr. Ralph Millard in Miami (1974). He entered private practice first in Miami, Florida and then in Chicago, Illinois.

In the 1980s Burget spent time traveling and volunteering at hospitals in Southeast Asia, Korea, and South America consulting on plastic surgery cases, most frequently in Thailand and in South Korea. As a pioneer in the forehead flap surgical technique for nasal reconstruction, Dr. Burget spoke at surgical teaching conferences and was a guest lecturer at universities and hospitals in the United States and abroad throughout his career.

In addition to his medical practice and teaching, Burget wrote about pioneering techniques within the field of plastic surgery. Burget's publications include: Aesthetic Reconstruction of the Nose published in the 1994, co-authored with Dr. Fredrick Menick, and Aesthetic Reconstruction of the Child's Nose, published in 2005. He published many other articles regarding new techniques in the surgical world, with specific focus on facial surgery.

Dr. Burget engaged in the community of medicine, maintaining membership in many professional organizations including, but not limited to, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Chicago Society of Plastic Surgery, and The Rhinoplasty Society. In 1990 and 2008 he won the James Barrett-Brown Award for the best plastic surgery paper published during the previous calendar year. In 2006, Dr. Burget was named by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons as its "Clinician of the Year."

After practicing in Chicago for more than 30 years, he retired from practice in October 2016. Gary C. Burget died on May 31, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

Gary C. Burget papers
Laura Juliano
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