A Life That Matters

Transforming Faces, Renewing Lives
By Kenneth Salyer M.D., Kenneth E. Salyer M.D. (Trade Paperback, 2013)
A LIFE THAT MATTERS is a fascinating and profoundly moving new book by a surgeon who has devoted his life to helping the world's most unfortunate children grow up with faces that allow them to know they are part of the human community-assured that they are ordinary in the very best way and fully capable of being loved.

We present ourselves to the world foremost with our faces, Dr. Ken Salyer explains, and the people we meet initially look to our faces to ascertain who, in fact, we are. Dr. Salyer is a fiercely intelligent, energetic, insatiably inquiring, and deeply compassionate man whose life has been one of service. As he writes in his introduction to A LIFE THAT MATTERS, he is "convinced that possessing a face you aren't forced to hide is a fundamental human right-as important to a fully lived life as freedom from fear or want." And in clinics and operating room around the world, today Dr. Salyer continues a groundbreaking forty-year career whose nexus melds cutting-edge medicine with humanitarian aid offered to profoundly unfortunate children.

A LIFE THAT MATTERS focuses on the moving stories of the children whose lives have been transformed and their moving personal testaments to how precious their "normalcy" now is. It is these children who inspired Dr. Salyer to found the World Craniofacial Foundation and establish clinics across the globe that now offer hope for good lives to hundreds of poor children in still-developing countries who otherwise would be shunned, locked away, or abandoned. In a voice that's compelling, eloquent, and always impassioned, he issues a call for a new worldwide understanding of the rights of the terribly disfigured, and he encourages readers to be inspired by the lives of these children and to transform our own challenges into triumphs.

    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455515127

    • On Sale Date: 06/11/2013

    • Publisher: Center Street

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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A LIFE THAT MATTERS is a fascinating and profoundly moving new book by a surgeon who has devoted his life to helping the world's most unfortunate children grow up with faces that allow them to know they are part of the human community-assured that they are ordinary in the very best way and fully capable of being loved.

We present ourselves to the world foremost with our faces, Dr. Ken Salyer explains, and the people we meet initially look to our faces to ascertain who, in fact, we are. Dr. Salyer is a fiercely intelligent, energetic, insatiably inquiring, and deeply compassionate man whose life has been one of service. As he writes in his introduction to A LIFE THAT MATTERS, he is "convinced that possessing a face you aren't forced to hide is a fundamental human right-as important to a fully lived life as freedom from fear or want." And in clinics and operating room around the world, today Dr. Salyer continues a groundbreaking forty-year career whose nexus melds cutting-edge medicine with humanitarian aid offered to profoundly unfortunate children.

A LIFE THAT MATTERS focuses on the moving stories of the children whose lives have been transformed and their moving personal testaments to how precious their "normalcy" now is. It is these children who inspired Dr. Salyer to found the World Craniofacial Foundation and establish clinics across the globe that now offer hope for good lives to hundreds of poor children in still-developing countries who otherwise would be shunned, locked away, or abandoned. In a voice that's compelling, eloquent, and always impassioned, he issues a call for a new worldwide understanding of the rights of the terribly disfigured, and he encourages readers to be inspired by the lives of these children and to transform our own challenges into triumphs.

Kenneth E. Salyer, M.D., is an internationally recognized plastic surgeon and pioneer in craniofacial surgery. He is the founder of the Internation craniofacial Institutute and the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment Center. He received his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Salyer has contributed 175 peer-reviewed articles and chapters to the scientific literature and authored and co-authored eight books, including the seminal, two-volume Atlas of Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery. Dr. Salyer lives in Dallas, Texas.


  • A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Kenneth E. Salyer M.D.

  • "Early in his half-century career, Dr. Kenneth Salyer vowed to make profound differences in the lives of others. A Life that Matters is a moving and spirit-lifting account of his career as one of the world's foremost craniofacial surgeons, a man who passion for his patients and the promise of a normal face have given hope to thousands of children around the world.  Read this fine new book; it's a blueprint for how all of us can create lives that truly matter."--Kenneth Cooper M.D., M.P.H. Founder and Chairman of the Cooper Clinic

  • "What does it take to live a life that matters? For Dr. Salyer it means that you never run from a challenge, you go where you're needed most and when there is no hope, you create some.  His fascinating book describes his remarkable journey to give a voice to silent children by literally rearranging their faces so that others could see their souls. He freed them and the story emancipates the reader from whatever invisible limits we all carry that keep us from living A Life that Matters." --Leeza Gibbons TV/Radio Journalist and bestselling author of Take 2

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A Life That Matters
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455515127
  • On Sale Date: 06/11/2013
A Life That Matters