Robert X. Murphy, Jr., MD ASPS President
Robert X. Murphy, Jr., MD


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 9,400 surgeons worldwide, the Society is a global institution and a leading authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Founded in 1931, ASPS represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. International members must adhere to strict guidelines and have achieved professional distinction in their home countries to become members.

The decision to undergo plastic surgery is an important one and choosing the right surgeon is paramount to ensuring that you can find a physician who understands your needs and can provide the best possible outcomes. By visiting the ASPS website, you’re making a good first step in your plastic surgery journey.

Patient safety is a major focus of the Society, and membership in ASPS guarantees that all of our surgeons have completed rigorous surgical training and satisfied board-certification requirements, such as:

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school
  • Completion of at least six years of surgical training following medical school, with a minimum of three years plastic surgery residency
  • Passing comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Performing surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities only
  • Adherence to a strict code of ethics
  • Completion of continuing medical education courses each year

These high standards ensure that all ASPS surgeons are superbly trained and well-versed in the latest techniques and innovations.

ASPS is also the authority on plastic surgery procedures and issues related to the specialty. Our website welcomes millions of people a year and is a trusted source of information for anyone researching or preparing for a procedure. We want all patients to be empowered with the resources they need to make the right decisions for their lives.

Giving back through patient outreach and public education campaigns is another way in which ASPS stands apart as a leader in the field of plastic surgery. We are particularly proud of Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, a charitable initiative designed to educate women who have undergone breast cancer surgery about their breast reconstruction options. ASPS Member Surgeons also volunteer around the world, using their surgical skills to help patients both young and old who might not otherwise have access to a plastic surgeon.

The Society is a strong patient advocate, working at the state and federal levels to inform lawmakers about the need for truth-in-advertising laws that protect patients from physicians who are less than qualified to perform plastic surgery. In addition, ASPS strongly supports the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that requires women to be informed of the availability of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options at the time of breast cancer surgery.

From the Affordable Car Act to Medicare expansion and concierge medicine, plastic surgery as a specialty – and every ASPS Member Surgeon – plays an integral role in the changing healthcare landscape. ASPS will continue to be a beacon of light in that landscape, helping both plastic surgeons and patients navigate a clear path to the highest standards achievable.

Robert X. Murphy, Jr., MD
ASPS Past-President