Dr. Samuel Stal served as a professor and chief of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, where he worked for over 30 years. Born in Munich, Germany, Dr. Stal moved as a child to Chicago with his family following the Holocaust. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Stal received his medical degree from Loyola University. He then did his training in Chicago, Houston, and France and was board-certified in both otolaryngology and plastic surgery.
Dr. Stal specialized in craniofacial, cleft lip, and palate deformities. His focus on helping children led to his founding of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Facial Surgery, which served children regardless of their financial status. Dr. Stal was also a mentor for countless residents, fellows, and physicians throughout his career. Dr. Stal died in 2012.