About Dr. Truswell

William H. Truswell M.D., F.A.C.S.

Welcome to our web site and thank you for your interest

It is important that you get to know who I am and what kind of work I do. I come from a family of artistically talented people. My mother, aunt and grandfather all painted, drew and sculpted. My son is a glass artist. I have been fortunate to have been able to combine my natural artistic nature with my love for medicine in my practice of Facial Plastic Surgery. An artist always signs his/her work. It seemed logical to me to use my signature for my logo. To me this signifies pride in and responsibility for my work.

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I came to the beautiful city of Northampton, MA in 1976. In the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains it is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Northampton is the home of Smith College and the heart of the five college area encompassing Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. It is an area of rich cultural tradition with year round plays, concerts, ballet, opera and lectures. The city is filled with interesting shops, boutiques and galleries. Northampton boasts over 100 restaurants catering to all forms of international cuisine.

My practice is limited to Facial Plastic Surgery. I am particularly concerned with the quality of care we deliver and the privacy of our patients. Consultations can be arranged in strict privacy, evenings or weekends if required. I perform surgery in my accredited facility’s operating suite – there is no list of patients and their surgeries made as is the case in most hospital and surgicenter operating rooms. Out of town patients stay at the Hotel Northampton in one of their apartment suites and are visited by one of our nurses the night of surgery.

I hope you enjoy our web site and find it both interesting and informative.

Professional background

Dr. Truswell attended Hobart College where he graduated with Honors in Chemistry. After receiving is MD from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey he received his general surgery training in Syracuse, New York. Then he did a dual residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by both specialties and practices only Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Truswell is a frequent lecturer in the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.  In the last twelve months alone, he presented and was on 15 lectures/panels at eight state, national and international meetings across the US. He is on the faculty of The University of Connecticut Medical School as a clinical instructor in Facial Plastic Surgery. He has written several papers for publication and most recently edited and contributed to a textbook on Facial Plastic Surgery.  His full CV is available by clicking on the symbol below. He established the first office based and accredited operating room in Western Massachusetts twenty five years ago.

“it is a moral imperative that the physician gives back to the community all that he or she can. After all it is the community that gives the doctor his/her practice. Medical care means just that — caring — doing all that one can for the good of the community is part and parcel of being a good doctor”

A believer in returning something to the community, Dr. Truswell participates in Face to Face, the pro bono domestic violence program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has performed numerous reconstructive procedures for victims of domestic violence. These women are referred in from recovery programs, are completely separated from their batterers and are working to restore their self esteem. That recovery is helped by erasing the physical evidence of beatings such as scars, deformed noses and unset facial fractures.

Dr. Truswell is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, The American Society for Head and Neck Surgery and The American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He is a founder and incorporator of The Richard T. Webster New England Society of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is a member of The American Medical Association and The New York Academy of Sciences.