For Release: 10/07/2010
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - John A. Persing, MD, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine, was named president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) at Plastic Surgery 2010, the annual scientific assembly of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The PSF is the research arm of the ASPS, the world's largest plastic surgery association and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Persing will serve as PSF president for one year.
"The PSF is the keystone of research support for plastic surgeons," said Dr. Persing. "As its president, I plan to build on the efforts of my predecessors by furthering the quantity and quality of research in plastic surgery, to help ensure patients continue to receive high quality care, cutting-edge techniques, and safe procedures."
An ASPS Member Surgeon since 1985, Dr. Persing currently serves on the ASPS/PSF Research Oversight Committee and ASPS/PSF Board of Directors. He has also served on the Research Coordinating Council, Academic Affairs and Governance Task Forces.
Dr. Persing has been in practice for 34 years and acquired his American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification in 1985. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did surgical residency training at the University of Arizona, then completed both neurosurgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Virginia. He also received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Yale. In addition to craniofacial surgery, Dr. Persing's clinical interests include treating craniofacial trauma, vascular malformations of the head and neck, and cosmetic surgery of the face, trunk, and extremities. Dr. Persing is also an expert in treating skin cancer.
Dr. Persing resides in Madison, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan. They have two children, Sarah and John Scott, both currently in medical school.
Since 1948 The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) has supported the ASPS mission to advance the quality of care and safety for plastic surgery patients. Funding research, supporting members' volunteer surgical activities and international outreach are the core missions of The PSF. Funding for plastic surgery research is made available through the ongoing financial support of ASPS Member Surgeons who are committed to advancing the art and science of plastic surgery.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.