Elected Leader Information
The ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee has set aside specific dates for the interview sessions for the positions listed below. All interviews will be by videoconference. Interested candidates must make themselves available for their interview on the day and time established by the Nominating Committee.
- ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Development (PSF) (2-year term)
- ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Research (PSF) (2-year term)
- ASPS Trustees (2 positions, each for a 3-year term)
- Judicial Council (1 position, for a 3-year term)
- Ethics Committee (2 district-specific positions, each for a 3-year term)
- District 1, Canada
- District 2, California
- Conflict of Interest Committee Member-at-Large (1 position, for a 3-year term)
Interviews with semifinalists for the elected positions are scheduled to take place between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM CT on the following dates:
- Saturday, May 13, 2023
- Saturday, May 20, 2023
- Saturday, June 10, 2023
The specific schedule will not be known until late April, but it is likely that interviews with the semifinalists for the Board and Trustee positions will take place May 13 or 20, and interviews with the semifinalists for the Judicial Council, Ethics Committee and Conflict of Interest Committee positions will take place on May 20 or June 10. If needed, additional interview sessions will be scheduled.
Candidates for Elected Office Slated by the Nominating Committee
Individuals who have determined they would like to be considered for a leadership position are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical behavior throughout the application and interview process.
- Candidates are prohibited from communicating with other candidates with the express intent to influence another candidate to withdraw from consideration for an open position or apply for a different position on the slate to minimize competition for an open position they hope to win.
- Candidates who have been contacted by other candidate for this purpose, are required to report the interaction to the co-chairs of the Nominating Committee. The candidate soliciting may be deemed ineligible for further consideration for the position.
Lobbying Related to Candidates Applying for Leadership Positions
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 future 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.
Individuals seeking leadership positions are subject to the following guidelines:
- Candidates are strictly prohibited from contacting any member of the Nominating Committee throughout the vetting process. Any questions or concerns about the process shall be directed to either the Staff Liaison or the Co-Chairs of the Committee.
- Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals and/or organizations and may submit a third. However, the Nominating Committee will not be provided with written endorsements from the ASPS Trustees, Executive Committee or fellow Nominating Committee members.
- Active members of the Board of Directors and Trustees are not eligible to submit letters of recommendation for any candidate.
If the Nominating Committee Chairs are made aware of allegations of any violation of this policy, these allegations will be referred to the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee will determine appropriate consequences which may include notifying the electorate that a violation of the policy has occurred. If the Governance Committee agrees a violation has occurred, they will notify the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors of such violation and actions that need to be taken in response.
Meet the 2023 Nominating Committee
Society members elected the five Regional Representatives during July 2022 and the ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors elected two ASPS Representatives and two PSF Representatives at their October 2022 meeting. The PSF Board of Directors also designated the Carryover Member. The ASPS and PSF Immediate Past Presidents serve as Co-Chairs.
The members listed below serve as the ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee for the 2023 leadership term (October 30, 2022 to October 29, 2023).
J. Peter Rubin, MD
Co-Chair, Immediate Past ASPS President
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Bernard T. Lee, MD, MBA, MPH
Co-Chair, Immediate Past PSF President
Harvard Medical Center
William J. Casey, III, MD
ASPS Board Representative
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Tae W. Chong, MD
PSF Board Representative
Virginia Commonwealth University
Gloria A. de Olarte, MD
West Regional Representative
Gayle M. Gordillo, MD
Carryover Member (PSF)
Indiana University School of Medicine
John A. LoGiudice, MD
Midwest Regional Representative
Medical College of Wisconsin
H. Peter Lorenz, MD
PSF Board Representative
Palo Alto, CA
Patricia N. Mars, MD
Southwest Regional Representative
Tucson Medical Center, La Paloma Surgery Center
Cindy M. McCord, MD
Southeast Regional Representative
Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial Hospital, Parkridge Medical Center
Andrew H. Rosenthal, MD
ASPS Board Representative
Boynton Beach, FL
Diana Y. Yoon-Schwartz, MD
Northeast Regional Representative
New Street Plastic Surgery
St Catherine of Siena Hospital, Smithtown, NY
Northwell Health, Huntington, NY
Prospective candidates who may be interested in applying for a position under the Nominating Committee's purview should be mindful that the Candidate Conduct Policy strictly prohibits candidates from contacting any member of the Nominating Committee throughout the nominating process and that questions or concerns about the process should be directed to the Nominating Committee Co-Chairs or the Nominating Committee Staff Liaison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Work of the Nominating Committee
The 2022-23 ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee consists of 12 or 13 members:
- 5 Regional Representatives (elected by Society members)
- 2 ASPS Representatives (elected by the ASPS Board)
- 2 PSF Representatives (elected by the PSF Board)
- 1 carry-over member (selected by the Board, who shall continue to alternate between ASPS and PSF prior term co-chairs)
- 2 immediate past presidents (1 ASPS and 1 PSF, who serve as co-chairs)
- 1 PSF public member (optional - selected by the PSF Board)
The composition will change beginning in November 2023.
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) are listed below:
- ASPS/PSF Board of Directors
- ASPS President-Elect (1 annually)
- ASPS President (automatic succession upon completion of President-Elect term)
- ASPS Immediate Past President (automatic succession upon completion of President term)
- PSF President-Elect (1 annually)
- PSF President (automatic succession upon completion of President-Elect term)
- PSF Immediate Past President (automatic succession upon completion of President term)
- Board Vice Presidents (2 or more annually)
- BVP Academic Affairs (PSF)
- BVP Development (PSF)
- BVP Education (ASPS)
- BVP Finance & Treasurer (ASPS)
- BVP Health Policy & Advocacy (ASPS)
- BVP Membership (ASPS)
- BVP Research (PSF)
- ASPS President-Elect (1 annually)
- Independent Advisory Committees
- ASPS Trustees (2 annually)
- Judicial Council (1 or 2 annually)
- Ethics Committee (2 or 3 annually)
- Conflict of Interest Committee (as vacancies arise – 2 out of 3 years)
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 ACS, ACCME, ACGME, etc.
What is the order in which the Nominating Committee slates the positions?
The Nominating Committee conducts its work in two phases.
The intention of the Nominating Committee Phase 1 responsibility with respect to sitting Board Vice Presidents seeking re-election or elevation to the ASPS or PSF President-Elect positions is to conduct an "executive level review" of a sitting Board Vice President's performance. The process includes meetings between the Nominating Committee and the Presidential Line (ASPS President, PSF President, ASPS President-Elect, PSF President-Elect, ASPS Immediate Past President, PSF Immediate Past President) to discuss the performance of each Board Vice President candidate being considered in Phase 1. This review shall be conducted in accordance with the Detailed Procedures described in the Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures.
Once the decisions about the retention, lateral moves, and advancement of current Board Vice Presidents have been made, the Nominating Committee share their recommendation with the ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors. The ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors may accept, reject or modify the Nominating Committee's recommendations. The slate as approved by the ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors for the Phase 1 positions will be the slate presented to members.
Once the ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors have approved the Phase 1 slate, the Nominating Committee will know which remaining Board positions it will need to fill and will then proceed to Phase 2. During Phase 2, the Nominating Committee will publicize and accept applications for the open Board positions, as well as any other elected or appointed position under its purview.
Special Considerations for President-Elect Applicants
Applicants to the ASPS or PSF President-Elect position shall be limited to those who will have completed two (2) or more years of service as ASPS/PSF Board Vice Presidents immediately prior to their term as President-Elect. If the Nominating Committee finds that there are no suitable candidates that meet these criteria in any given year, it may consider (and may solicit) applications from individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the organization as Committee Chairs.
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 eligible Society member. The call for applications is typically distributed in February.
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. Interviews for the open positions typically take place between April and June.
Candidates must abide by the Candidate Conduct Policy to avoid disqualification.
How does the Nominating Committee vet the elected positions?
The Nominating Committee shall consider the critical elements outlined below in their decision-making process.
- Attendance on Executive Committee, Board of Directors or committee calls and in-person meetings
- Attendance at Advocacy Summits and legislative fly-ins shall be considered for candidates for the Board Vice President of Health Policy and Advocacy position
- Evaluation results (for Board positions only)
- Any remediation required during their time as a Society member
- History of service to ASPS/PSF
- Any significant or relevant history during their time as a Society member
- Activity within ASPS/PSF
- Assessment of contribution/leadership, in addition to attendance, and any noteworthy contributions to ASPS/PSF (task force participant/chair, etc.)
- Demonstration of ongoing leadership development training such as Leadership Tomorrow, Pathways to Leadership, Essentials of Leadership, ACS/ASPS Brandeis program, etc.
- History of relevant service outside ASPS/PSF
- Does the Ethics Committee or Judicial Council candidate have relevant experience elsewhere?
- Does the Trustee candidate have sufficient experience as a former officer of ASPS or another major plastic surgery-related organization?
- Letters of recommendation (two are required, the third is optional)
- Foundation and PlastyPAC (if U.S. citizen) donation history
- Quality of narrative (from the application)
- Curriculum Vitae (provided as an attachment to the application)
- Diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, practice type, geography and experience level is actively encouraged, and Nominating Committee members shall strive to ensure diverse representation of Society members
- Evaluation of the applicant's social media/website presence
- Whether the applicant has applied previously and, if so, for what position
In addition to the critical elements noted above, candidates for consideration for a Board position shall be evaluated by Society members and staff with whom they have worked in an ASPS/PSF volunteer leadership capacity to include:
- Executive Leadership Team
- Committee chairs under whom they have served
- Executive Committee members
- Staff Liaisons
Additional Phase 1 Materials for Consideration
In addition to the aforementioned "critical elements," the Nominating Committee and the ASPS/PSF Presidential Line will be provided with the published position description and scope of responsibility for each office under consideration, along with a statement of accomplishments or achievements in their current role from each candidate.
Candidate Scorecards have been developed to aid Nominating Committee members with their decision-making by organizing the important elements to be considered when deciding the future leadership of the Society and Foundation. The goal is to make the process more consistent so that all candidates are judged on a broad range of merits demonstrating their suitability for leadership, without overly weighting the decision based on the interview alone. There are three versions – one for President-Elect candidates, one for the Board Vice President candidates and a third for candidates for all other positions. The three scorecards are attached as appendices to the Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures.
Election to the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is responsible for vetting candidates for leadership positions (Society and Foundation Boards of Directors, as well as applicable standing committees) and nominating the slate for election by Society members. This is a tremendous responsibility and typically involves six to eight committee meetings and interview sessions between October and June. The Nominating Committee conducts its work via Zoom videoconferences.
Nominating Committee members are asked to score applicants on their "critical elements" as described in the Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures via multiple Excel workbooks. Familiarity with Excel or similar software is useful, but not required.
Beginning with the 2023-2024 term, the Nominating Committee will be comprised of either sixteen (16) voting members if there is no PSF Public Member or seventeen (17) voting members with a PSF Public Member. The Board of Directors of the Foundation may elect one (1) PSF Public Member. The remaining members of the Nominating Committee shall be elected or appointed as follows: (i) the Immediate Past President of the Society who shall co-chair the committee, (ii) the Immediate Past President of the Foundation who shall co-chair the committee, (iii) one (1) Active Member selected by the Presidential Line of the Society and the Foundation, other than the Immediate Past Presidents, who will be serving as Nominating Committee Co-Chairs (the "Presidential Line Representative"); (iv) one (1) Active Member selected by the ASPS Trustees (the "Trustees Representative"); (v) two (2) Active Members selected by the delegates to the Subcouncil of State and Regional Societies; (vi) two (2) Active Members selected by the delegates to the Subcouncil of Subspecialty Societies; (vii) two (2) Active Members selected by the delegates to the Subcouncil of Member Sections; (viii) five (5) Active Members elected by the Society's Active and Life Active members to represent five (5) geographic regions each representing approximately one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of Active and Life Active Members by location; and (ix) a Carryover Member.
Per the Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures, the process for electing the upcoming term Nominating Committee shall be timed such that the full Nominating Committee is selected by the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting preceding the new term.
Eligibility Requirements for Nominating Committee Service
Members must meet the following criteria to be considered for a seat on the Nominating Committee:
- 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, must have an interval of at least ten (10) years between the second and each subsequent term.
- Members of the Trustees, Judicial Council, Ethics Committee and the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors (other than the Immediate Past Presidents and PSF Public Members) are ineligible to concurrently serve on the Nominating Committee.
- Must sign the Nominating Committee Attestation prior to being placed on the ballot whether elected by members, the ASPS Trustees, the ASPS/PSF Presidential Line, other than the Immediate Past Presidents, or any of the three (3) Subcouncils of the ASPS Council of Representatives.
- Must submit the Summary of Qualifications form prior to being placed on the ballot to be elected by members. (This requirement does not apply to representatives nominated by the ASPS Trustees, the ASPS/PSF Presidential Line, other than the Immediate Past Presidents, or any of the three (3) Subcouncils of the ASPS Council of Representatives.)
Lobbying Related to Nominating Committee Elections
The Candidate Conduct Policy provides guidance for candidates seeking election to 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.
- Notwithstanding the preceding, campaigning to get out the vote is permissible. In other words, third parties and candidates may make their peers aware that their colleague or they are running for office and encourage participation by voting in the election.
Regional Representative Election and Timeline
The process to elect Regional Representatives to the Nominating Committee begins with soliciting qualified Active Members to apply for the Regional Representative positions, generally in May or June.
To ensure geographic diversity, membership has been apportioned among five regions so that each region represents approximately 20% of total Active and Life Active membership.
All eligible Nominating Committee Regional Representative applicants 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. The election of the five representatives usually begins in July.
The individual receiving the most votes from each region shall represent that region on the Nominating Committee. Each region's next two highest vote-getters shall be Alternates 1 and 2 for that region. The Alternates may be asked to step in if the elected representative is not able to complete his/her term.
Trustee Representative and Presidential Line Representative Elections
The ASPS Trustees and the ASPS/PSF Presidential Line, other than the Immediate Past Presidents, who will be serving as Nominating Committee Co-Chairs, shall each establish their own procedures for electing the Trustee Representative and the Presidential Line Representative, which must meet the timeline and criteria established in the Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures and the ASPS Bylaws. They are encouraged to solicit nominations from members of their group so that multiple candidates can be identified and voted on. If there are multiple candidates for each election, the following shall apply:
- The top vote getter from the Trustees' election shall be the Trustee Representative and the top vote getter from Presidential Line's election shall be the Presidential Line Representative
- The second highest vote getter from the Trustees' election shall be the first Trustee Alternate and the second highest vote getter from the Presidential Line's election shall be the first Presidential Line Alternate
- The third highest vote getter from the Trustees' election shall be the second Trustee Alternate and the third highest vote getter from Presidential Line's election shall be the second Presidential Line Alternate
Subcouncil Representative Election
The three (3) Subcouncils of the ASPS Council of Representatives shall each elect two members to the Nominating Committee, who must meet the qualifications listed above. They shall be referred to as Subcouncil of State and Regional Societies Representative ("State & Regional Representative"), the Subcouncil of Subspecialty Societies Representative ("Subspecialty Representative") and the Subcouncil of Member Sections Representative ("Member Sections Representative") based on which Subcouncil elected them.
The process for electing the six Subcouncil Representatives is described in the Council of Representatives Standard Operating Procedures.
- Nominating Committee Job Description
- ASPS Volunteer Leader Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
- Nominating Committee Supplemental Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
ASPS and The PSF value racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and age diversity, as well as diversity in perspective, thought and personality.
Both in the selection of members to the Nominating Committee, and in the selection of candidates for leadership positions by the Nominating Committee, we will strive to select individuals who reflect the diversity of the general membership. Diversity, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, practice type, geography and experience level, is actively sought and encouraged.
In the selection of candidates, the Nominating Committee shall also be sensitive to institutional diversity and their relationship in terms of succession to the presidency.
Nominations-Related Policies, Procedures and Other Documents
Nominating Committee Policies and Procedures
- Nominations & Appointment Policy
- Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures
- Candidate Conduct Policy
Board Policies and Resources
- Board Code of Conduct
- Board Confidentiality Agreement
- Board Policy on Corporate Opportunities
- Policy on On-Boarding and Performance Management
- ASPS 360 Evaluation Tool
- Conflict of Interest Resource Page
- Ethics & Compliance Resource Page
- Presidential Line COI Restrictions Summary