Robert D Acland
Herman Meyer & Son, Inc.
1338 Ellison Avenue
Louisville, KY
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Following the creation of the Atlas, he also created numerous other specialized videos on the inner ear, the eye, the heart, and embryo development. The Atlas and other videos are now online and have become popular visual learning resources, used in most of the medical schools in the US and with a large international market as well, having been translated into several languages. The Video Atlas also is widely used by students and teachers in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, kinesiology, and massage therapy, as well in many high school and undergraduate anatomy classes. A portion of the royalties from sales of the atlas go to the U of L Medical School Department of Anatomy Phd program.

Robert was a founding member of the International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. As an Active Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomy (AACA), he twice served as Councilor, and organized the Association's premier Young Anatomist Event. His CV lists 80 publications, two of which have appeared in CLINICAL ANATOMY, and his many presentations have been highlights at the AACA's Annual Scientific Sessions. Over time, he also developed a strong keen interest in the history of anatomy and anatomical art, featured in his most recent lecture to the AACA.

His many honors include: Excellence in Education Award, University of Louisville Medical school (2012); Honorary membership in the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (2011); Career Achievement Award in appreciation of dedication to the division of plastic surgery (2010); Honorary Member, British Association of Plastic Surgeons, (2002); Honored Member of the AACA (2002); Honors Education Achievement Award KY Medical Assoc (1987); and Founders' Lecture, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (1987).

Not satisfied with two influential and significant professional careers, Robert also was a master carpenter who spent a great deal of time and love building his beloved creek house, a one-room house in Laconia, Indiana situated above Mosquito Creek. He not only designed and constructed the house and outhouse, but also created all the electric, water, lighting, and heating systems for making it livable. He built the suspension bridge that provides easy access for those unwilling to cross the creek in a car. Using only hand tools, he also built many beautiful pieces of furniture for family members that have already become cherished heirlooms.

The family would like to deeply thank Drs. Alexis Karageorge, Alfonso Cervera, Michael Hahl, Khuda Khan, and the staff at Hosparus, who cared for Robert.

A private burial will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery. There will be a remembrance of his life in about a month's time; please contact Herman Meyer & Son ( and/or Caring Bridge for information about date and location. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the U of L Medical School Department of Anatomy, Caring Bridge, Hosparus, or a charity of choice.

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Dear Family Members and Collegues of Dr Robert Acland,

We, would like to express our sincere condolences on the recent passing of Dr Robert Acland. It is certain that Dr Acland's works, especially his videos about microsurgical training, contributed to our microsurgery knowledge and practice a lot and indirectly changed the lives of many people. We will remember Dr Acland as "the Man Thought Microsurgery to the World".

Please accept our sympathies and pass it to his friends.

And we, Turkish Plastic Surgeons, will never forget this big teacher and we will miss him..


Derya Özçelik, Professor of Plastic Surgery, MD

General Secretary

On behalf of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Society

January 14, 2016
We mourn the passing of a pioneer, a passionate teacher and a great friend! Our hearts go to Bette and Dr. Acland's family. He will be greatly missed.
Huey Tien and Ring Tsai
January 8, 2016
Thinking of you at this sad time and send comforts of love and support.
Luann and Michael Davis/Storm
January 8, 2016
My two favorite Dr Acland sayings,
1."Preparation" is the only shortcut you will ever need.
2. The anatomical structures are under no moral obligation of bing where you think they should be. They are where they are.
Great teacher, innovator, surgeon and friend.
May he rest in peace.
Amit Gupta
January 8, 2016
To the family of Dr. Acland and those closest to him, I send my deepest sympathy. I remember Dr. Acland as a totally dedicated man who had a sincere passion for the work he was doing in the microsurgery area. I met him while working in Information Technology at University of Louisville. I have worked with many individuals throughout my lifetime, but very few left the impression that he made upon me. It was a true privilege to know him.
Phil Duvall, Sr.
January 8, 2016
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