Chair: Maurice Nahabedian, MD
Maurice Nahabedian, MD is a Professor and the Vice Chairman of Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. He completed a full General Surgery residency at the University of California Irvine in 1992 and a Plastic Surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995. He was on the plastic surgery faculty at Johns Hopkins from 1995 - 2005 before joining the faculty at Georgetown University. Dr. Nahabedian has conducted numerous clinical trials evaluating outcomes following autologous breast reconstruction, nipple sparing mastectomy, reduction mammaplasty use of acellular dermal matrices, and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Nahabedian will chair three national conferences in 2015 that include the Santa Fe Breast and Body Contouring Symposium, Aesthetica, and the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Symposium. Dr. Nahabedian has delivered over 900 lectures on topics related to breast reconstruction as well as abdominal wall reconstruction at various local, national, and international conferences. He has published over 150 scientific manuscripts, editorials, and discussions, as well as 44 book chapters. He has edited 6 textbooks on breast surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Nahabedian is the Breast Section Editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is on the editorial board of 4 other surgery journals.
Co-Chair: J. Peter Rubin, MD
Dr. Peter Rubin is Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an internationally recognized expert in the science of adipose stem cells and fat grafting. He serves as co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center and is founder and director of the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Rubin has been a consistent leader in the international plastic surgery community. As a past president of the IFATS, Dr. Rubin led a group of scientists worldwide who are on the cutting edge in the study of the use of fat stem cells for treating numerous disorders. Dr. Rubin also has been chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the oldest and most respected basic science research organization in the field of plastic surgery. He currently serves as a member of a joint society task force of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and serves as the chair on the Fat Grafting and Stem Cell Task Force. Additionally, he serves as the liaison between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, working to promote safety and quality standards in plastic surgery after weight loss. He is also the co-chair of the Regenerative Medicine Task Force of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.
He is well known for his innovative techniques in breast and body contouring surgery, and frequently lectures at institutions across the country and internationally. He has published a textbook on plastic surgery after weight loss and currently is lead editor of a multi-author textbook project on body contouring surgery that is expected to be the standard reference.
Charles Butler, MD
Dr. Charles E. Butler is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. After receiving his Medical Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania he completed his General Surgery residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, National Institute of Health-sponsored basic science research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Plastic Surgery residency at Harvard. Dr. Butler is board certified in general and plastic surgery and is currently the President-Elect of both the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM). He is a well-recognized expert in reconstructive surgery, particularly in complex reconstruction and microsurgery, with over 300 publications and 700 invited national and international presentations, instructional courses, and lectures. He has a clinical and research interest and expertise in head and neck, post-oncologic and torso reconstruction including the abdominal wall, breast, chest wall, pelvis, perineum, and spine. He is an active clinical and basic science researcher and mentor. Dr. Butler has been recognized as an international expert in complex reconstruction, microsurgery, flaps and regenerative medicine.
M. Bradley Calobrace, MD
Dr. Calobrace is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School and completed residencies in both General and Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California. Subsequently, he completed a cosmetic and breast surgery fellowship at the Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery prior to entering into private practice in Louisville, Kentucky in 1997. He has two gratis clinical faculty positions in the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
Considered one of the leaders in the field of cosmetic breast surgery, Dr. Colobrace performs approximately 400 breast surgeries a year. He has participated in many FDA clinical breast studies and has been a consultant and/or lecturer for Mentor, Allergan, Medicis and Syneron. Dr. Calobrace has had many publications and is constant figure in the U.S. and Internationally as participant, keynote speaker and visiting professor, lecturing on breast surgery and the business of plastic surgery, including 6 consecutive years as faculty at the Atlanta Breast Symposium.
He has very busy cosmetic surgery practice, performing approximately 1000 major cosmetic procedures each year, including facial surgery, body contouring, breast surgery, hair transplantation and post-bariatric rejuvenation.
His practice is part of CaloSpaMD, an innovative medical spa concept, a 16,000 square foot facility combining his cosmetic surgery practice, surgical center, breast center, comprehensive medical spa and day spa.
Joseph Capella, MD
Dr. Joseph F. Capella's practice is primarily dedicated to body contouring. He lectures regularly at national and international plastic surgery symposia and has co-authored several of important textbooks on plastic surgery, including: The Art of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Principles and Techniques, 2nd edition, Plastic Surgery, 3rd edition and Body Contouring and Liposuction. In addition, he has written many peer-reviewed articles.
Following completion of a fellowship in plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Capella joined his father in practice, Dr. Rafael F. Capella, a founding member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He soon developed an interest in the body contouring concerns of the weight loss patient and over the last 16 years has performed over 6000 post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures.
Robert Centeno, MD
Dr. Robert F. Centeno is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. As a recognized leader in aesthetic body contouring surgery, he has served on the Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Joint Task Force for the ASPS and ASAPS. He was honored by ASAPS for the best Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Research Article in 2004 and has held several editorial positions including Editor of the Cosmetic Surgery Section of the ePlasty Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Reviewer for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal & the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Dr. Centeno has served as consulting plastic surgeon to cosmetic and laser companies such as Allergan, Medicis, Ethicon-Johnson & Johnson, Aesthetic Research Technologies, Cook Biotech, and Sciton.
Dr. Centeno is a staunch advocate of patient education and advocacy. He is an active member of the RealSelf.com aesthetic medicine social media community. Founded in 2006, Real Self is an international gathering place for patients interested in learning more about specific aesthetic procedures. Dr. Centeno was recognized in 2013 and 2014 for his contributions to this on-line community by being named to the Real Self 100 List, the most socially influential physicians in the community. Selected from over 8,000 doctors, the top 2% of physicians were identified by patients across the country for the value of their educational efforts.
Mark Clemens, MD, FACS
Mark W. Clemens, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He completed his surgical training at Georgetown University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Cornell University and his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Clemens completed research training programs at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Children's Hospital and also received advanced training in microvascular reconstructive surgery through a fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Clemens has lectured nationally and internationally and has written more than 45 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters. Dr. Clemens' research interests include outcomes and translational research involving microvascular and prosthetic reconstructive surgery of the breast. He was a member of the surgical team that performed the world's first skull and scalp composite tissue transplantation. Dr. Clemens is the MD Anderson site principal investigator for the NIH-funded Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium (MROC) Study. He leads a multidisciplinary research team and tissue repository focused on the study of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BI-ALCL). Dr. Clemens was chosen as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) representative to the RAND Corporation in 2014, serves as the ASPS society liaison to the United States Food and Drug Administration, and chairs a subcommittee for ASPS overseeing national research and education efforts for BI-ALCL.
Robert Cohen, MD
Paradise Valley, AZ
Robert Cohen, MD, FACS, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of ASPS and ASAPS. Dr. Cohen has been in solo private practice in Scottsdale, AZ since 2005, focusing on aesthetic surgery of the breast and body. His educational background includes Emory University (BA), Tulane University (MD), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (combined plastic surgery residency), and an aesthetic surgery fellowship with W. Grant Stevens, MD. Dr. Cohen has published numerous aesthetic surgery articles in PRS and ASJ, and is an instructor for multiple courses and panels on aesthetic surgery and complex breast revision at ASAPS and ASPS meetings. Dr. Cohen was also faculty at the first annual ASPS Dueling Perspectives meeting, and authored the mastopexy chapter for the upcoming Neligan Plastic Surgery textbook.
Amy Colwell, MD
Dr. Colwell is a plastic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She did her general surgery training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and completed her plastic surgery training at the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency. Dr. Colwell is a member of multiple medical societies and serves as Quality Director for her division. She is on the Editorial Board of Annals of Plastic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open. She has received the prestigious Leonard R. Rubin Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Colwell's practice is focused on reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery as well as body contouring. Her research interests include single-stage breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction outcomes after nipple-sparing mastectomy, breast reduction, and patient safety.
Barry DiBernardo, MD
Joseph Disa, MD
New York, NY
Dr. Disa is a plastic surgeon who specializes in the reconstruction of areas of the body after surgery to remove a tumor. While this includes all types of surgical reconstruction, Dr. Disa has a specific interest in breast reconstruction and in reconstruction of the head and neck. In practice Dr. Disa utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to perform reconstruction, including the use of perforator flaps such as the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP). These techniques achieve the reconstructive goals while simplifying recovery. Dr. Disa's research interests are focused on improving surgical reconstruction of the breast including the impact of radiation therapy on breast reconstruction, the use of new cohesive silicone gel implants, and the role of acellular human dermis and breast reconstruction. Dr. Disa currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has co-edited the text book Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. In addition, he has co-authored the patient education book 100 Questions and Answers about Breast Surgery.
Gregory Dumanian, MD
Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Gusenoff is an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery. He is from Newton, Massachusetts and completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the Johns Hopkins University. He trained in plastic surgery at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY, and subsequently completed a fellowship in Body Contouring at UPMC.
Dr. Gusenoff is Co-Director of the Life After Weight Loss Program and is involved in several research projects, with an emphasis on fat grafting to the feet. He is Director of the Fellowship in Body Contouring and Co-Director of the BodyChangers program, which is a support group to aid in weight loss maintenance. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Roger Khouri, MD
Key Biscayne, FL
John Kim, MD
Dr. Kim is on faculty at Northwestern where he is Associate Program Director and Clinical Director. He was educated at Harvard and received dual graduate degrees in medicine and literature from Stanford. After completing an integrated residency at Baylor he did his fellowship with Dr. Neil Ford Jones at UCLA. His clinical practice focuses on breast reconstruction. His academic interests are in outcomes research and he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles. He is on the Editorial Board for PRS-Global and Annals of Plastic Surgery and is co-chair of the ASPS Breast sub-committee. He is interested in medical device innovation and has 16 issued patents with a start-up nearing exit.
Jaume Masià, MD
G. Patrick Maxwell, MD
Constantino Mendieta, MD
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino G. Mendieta is reputable for providing individuals with enhanced appearances through face, breast, and/or body contouring procedures. He and his staff strive to deliver excellent, personalized service to every patient interested in improving his or her look with the help of plastic surgery. Dr. Mendieta's extensive background as a leader in the industry attracts individuals from various areas throughout the world; his clientele is diverse in age, region, and culture.
Today, Dr. Mendieta is a highly qualified Miami plastic surgeon, serving local, national, and international clientele. With board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), he is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Dr. Mendieta has been named one of America's Top Surgeons for five years in a row by the Consumer Research Council in America. Our Brazilian butt lift surgeon also lectures around the world, sharing the effective method behind his signature butt enhancement technique, the "Highlight Liposculpting and Lipo Fat Transfer" 3-D approach. Dr. Mendieta has also appeared in the media several times, including television networks such as CNN, and programs like "The Doctors," and "Access Hollywood.
Jason Pozner, MD
Boca Raton, FL
Michael Schwartz, MD
Westlake Village, CA
Kenneth Shestak, MD
Dr Shestak is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Shestak's area of concentration includes breast surgery, breast augmentation and breast lifts and all problems related to implants as well as breast reconstruction. He has performed more than 1,000 implant procedures during his career. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in the areas of abdominoplasty and body sculpting (liposuction) and is a regular faculty member at national plastic surgery meetings. He was awarded the honor of being the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation's Visiting Professor for the year 2003 during which time he lectured at Universities around the country as well as in Argentina and Korea.
Dr. Shestak has done a wide array of research, including detection of silicone implant leakage, the medical effectiveness of breast reconstruction and is a principal investigator for a new type of silicone gel breast implant.
A nationally renowned surgeon, Dr. Shestak has been published in more than 60 publications and authored or co-authored 19 book chapters. He is the author of a widely used textbook, "Re-operative Plastic Surgery of the Breast."
A past member of the editorial board of Annals of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Shestak has refereed for several journals, including Head and Neck, American Journal of Otolaryngology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
David Song, MD
Dr. David H. Song currently serves as the Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education (CME), Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Director of the Residency Training Program at The University of Chicago
Dr. Song, is an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery with additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery.
Dr. Song is well recognized for his extensive experience with perforator breast reconstruction procedures, including deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP), superior gluteal artery perforator flap (SGAP), superficial inferior epigastric artery flap (SIEA), and thoracodorsal artery perforator flap (TAP). Additionally, Dr. Song has pioneered several techniques for the repair and reconstruction of chest wall defects. His research interests focus on outcome improvement in lumpectomy and mastectomy reconstruction. He is involved in several clinical trials exploring advancements in these procedures. In 2008, he received the Arthur G. Michel Clinician of the Year award from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.
In addition, Dr. Song serves on the board of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), an organization that provides free surgical care for children with congenital deformities in the Dominican Republic. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and past president of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Song currently serves as President-Elect for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Sadri Ozan Sozer, MD
El Paso, TX
Dr. Ozan Sozer is the president and founder of El Paso Cosmetic Surgery. He is also an associate professor at Texas Tech School of Medicine. Dr. Sozer counts with extensive experience in breast and body contouring procedures, and techniques that he pioneered and have been included in articles, book chapters, and medical texts books. Dr. Sozer has given around 200 invited lectures around the world.
Scott Spear, MD
Kamakshi Zeidler, MD
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