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Vote by August 24 – ASPS/PSF Slate of Candidates and the Nominating Committee Regional Representatives

Active and Life Active Society members are invited to vote in two elections by the August 24, 2019 deadline:

2020 Slate of Candidates

The ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee, chaired by Jeffrey E. Janis, MD, and Arun K. Gosain, MD, nominates the ASPS Active members listed on the Slate of Candidates to serve as Society or Foundation Officers and Directors, and as Trustees, Judicial Council members, and Ethics Committee members for the duration of their terms, commencing September 23, 2019. Active and Life Active members have 30 days (until August 24) to vote on the Slate, per Society and Foundation bylaws.

2020 Nominating Committee Regional Representatives

Active members were invited in June to apply to serve as one of the five Regional Representatives to the 2020 Nominating Committee. Those members who met the eligibility requirements were placed on the Nominating Committee Regional Representatives ballot. Active and Life Active members may vote for up to one representative from each of the five regions on the Nominating Committee Regional Representatives ballot. The ballot will close on August 24, 2019.

Election to the Nominating Committee

Beginning with the 2019 term, the ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee consists of 13 members:

  • 5 Regional Representatives (all voting, elected by Society members)
  • 2 ASPS Representatives (all voting; elected by the ASPS Board)
  • 2 PSF Representatives (all voting; elected by the PSF Board)
  • 1 carry-over member (voting; selected by the Board, who shall continue to alternate between ASPS and PSF prior term co-chairs)
  • 2 immediate past presidents (non-voting; 1 ASPS and 1 PSF, who serve as co-chairs)
  • 1 PSF public member (non-voting; selected by the PSF Board)

Regional Representative Election Timeline

Beginning Monday, June 17, 2019, Active Society members may apply to serve on the 2020 Nominating Committee as a Regional Representative. Applications are due Monday, July 8, 2019.

  • 6/17 Nominating Committee Regional Representative Application opens
  • 7/8 Regional Representative Application Deadline
  • 7/25 Ballot for Members to Elect Nominating Committee Regional Representatives goes live
  • 8/24 Deadline for voting on Nominating Committee Regional Representatives


To be placed on the ballot, eligible Nominating Committee Regional Representative candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Active Society member in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years;
  • Active in ASPS/PSF Committees, Councils, Task Forces and/or Work Groups for a minimum of three (3) years;
  • Cannot have been disciplined or currently under investigation by any state or provincial medical-licensing authority, any plastic surgery organization, any other healthcare organization, or any healthcare delivery facility;
  • Cannot have served on the Nominating Committee for the past two (2) terms; and if the candidate has served on the Nominating Committee twice before, cannot have served on the Nominating Committee for the past ten (10) terms;
  • Cannot have served on the Nominating Committee as a voting member for more than three (3) terms;
  • Must submit the Summary of Qualifications and Nominating Committee Attestation form (components of the application) prior to being placed on the ballot.


To ensure diversity of representation, five Regional Representatives to the Nominating Committee shall be elected by Society members. Membership has been apportioned among five geographic regions, so that each region represents approximately 20% of the total number of Active and Life Active members.

All eligible Nominating Committee candidates shall be placed on the ballot according to their geographic region, to be voted on by all Active and Life Active members of the Society regardless of region. (A link to each candidate's Summary of Qualifications shall be provided on the ballot to aid Society members during the Nominating Committee election process.) The individual receiving the most votes from each region shall represent that region on the Nominating Committee. The next two highest vote-getters for each region shall be Alternates 1 and 2 for that region.

Lobbying Related to Nominating Committee Elections

Lobbying, for the purpose of soliciting votes for a particular candidate to serve on the Nominating Committee in order to further the chances of election of a candidate pursuing a leadership position, is not in accordance with the philosophy and values of ASPS and is not permitted and may result in disqualification of the Nominating Committee member and/or the candidate who applied for the position slated by the Nominating Committee. All candidates running for a Nominating Committee Regional Representative position complete the Summary of Qualifications document for the express purpose of presenting voting members with consistent information on each candidate in order to base their decision. No other communication is allowed.

Work of the Nominating Committee

Positions Slated or Appointed by the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall act as a search firm by vetting talent for open positions to be elected by Society members. Positions slated for election by Society members (follow the link to access the job description):

In addition to the slated positions for election, the Nominating Committee selects the ASPS and PSF members-at-large for the ASPS/PSF Audit Committee each year and recommends nominees for ASPS or PSF representatives to outside organizations, such as ABPS, ACS, CMSS, AMA, ACCME, ACGME, etc.

What is the order in which the Nominating Committee slates the positions?

The Nominating Committee decides on the retention and advancement [to ASPS or PSF President-elect] of current Board Vice Presidents prior to publicizing open positions on the ASPS or PSF Board of Directors. Interviews with the President-elect and Board Vice President candidates will take place during a face-to-face meeting or video conference. Remaining interviews may be by phone, video conference or via face-to-face meetings. However, interviews with candidates for the Ethics Committee, Judicial Council, Trustees and Conflict of Interest Committee may take place prior to those for the open Board positions.

How do I get placed on the slate for one of the ASPS/PSF elected positions?

To encourage as broad a candidate pool as possible, a call for applications will be distributed via email to each Society member eligible to serve and each sister society's president and administrative liaison. The call for applications is expected to be distributed in January 2020.

The Nominating Committee shall interview in person or by electronic means (i.e. video conference) the semifinalists for each elected position. Members who have served on ASPS or PSF committees, especially those who have served on committees related to the position's portfolio, shall be given greater consideration. Face-to-face interviews for the open Board positions are expected to take place during the Spring Board and Committee Meeting sessions in mid-March 2020. The schedule for video conference interviews for the remaining positions is expected to be published in early 2020.

Candidates must abide by the Candidate Conduct Policy to avoid disqualification.

How does the Nominating Committee vet the officer positions?

The Nominating Committee considers the critical elements outlined below in their decision-making process for the officer positions (Presidents-elect and Board Vice Presidents).

  • Attendance on Executive Committee, Board of Directors, or committee calls and in person meetings
  • 360 evaluations from everyone with whom the candidate worked in an ASPS/PSF volunteer leadership capacity
    • Executive Leadership Team
    • Fellow committee members, including those who may have served under them
    • Committee chairs under whom they have served
    • Executive Committee members
    • Staff Liaisons
  • Any remediation required during their time as a Society member
  • Any significant or relevant history during their time as a Society member
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Activity within ASPS
  • Foundation and PlastyPAC (if U.S. citizen) donation history
  • Assessment of contribution/leadership, not just attendance, and any noteworthy contributions to ASPS (task force participant/chair, etc.)
  • Candidates must be available for the Nominating Committee to adequately assess them
  • Evaluation of the applicant's social media / website presence

Nominations-Related Policies and Procedures

Nominating Committee Policies and Procedures

Board Policies and Resources

Compliance Resources