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ASPS/PSF Slate of Candidates and the Nominating Committee Regional Representatives Election Results

Slate of Candidates

The election of the 2023 Slate of Candidates concluded on Sunday, July 31, 2022. A valid election requires that at least 5% of Active and Life Active Members participate and that more than half of those voting approve the slate. There was a valid election. The elected leaders described in the July/August PSN article will take office on October 30, 2022.

2023 Nominating Committee Regional Representatives

The election of the five Regional Representatives to the 2023 Nominating Committee concluded on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Active and Life Active Members elected the following members to the committee:

  • Gloria A. de Olarte, MD of Pasadena, CA, as the West Regional Representative
  • John A. LoGiudice, MD of Milwaukee, WI, as the Midwest Regional Representative
  • Patricia N. Mars, MD of Tucson, AZ, as the Southwest Regional Representative
  • Cindy M. McCord, MD of Chattanooga, TN, as the Southeast Regional Representative
  • Diana Y. Yoon-Schwartz, MD of Huntington, NY, as the Northeast Regional Representative

Election to the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is responsible for vetting candidates for leadership positions (officers and directors of the 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 November and May.

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.

Regional Representative Election and Timeline

The process to elect Regional Representatives to the 2023 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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be placed on the ballot, applicants 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, must have an interval of at least ten (10) years between the second and each subsequent term.
  • Must submit the Summary of Qualifications and Nominating Committee Attestation form (components of the application) prior to being placed on the ballot.

Sitting members of the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors, Trustees, Judicial Council members, and Ethics Committee members are not eligible to apply to serve as a Regional Representative to the Nominating Committee.

Diversity Goals

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.

Nominating Committee Meeting Dates

The Nominating Committee conducts its work primarily via Zoom videoconferences. The 2023 committee is not expected to have any face-to-face meetings.

Phase 1 Meetings

  • November 14, 2022 (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT)
  • December 14, 2022 (7:30PM - 8:30 PM CT)
  • January 4, 2023 (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT)
  • January 17, 2023 (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT)

Phase 2 Meetings

  • Week of April 24 in the evening (tentative)
  • May 13, 2023 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT)
  • May 20, 2023 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT)
  • June 10, 2023 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT)

Lobbying Related to Nominating Committee Elections

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.

Work of the Nominating Committee

The 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)

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:

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 will know which officer 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 officer 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 Society member eligible. The call for applications is likely to be 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 are likely to begin in April or May.

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
  • 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.)
  • 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?
    • Does the Board Member-at-Large candidate have relevant experience working in large leadership organizations?
  • 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)
  • Interview
  • 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

Officer Evaluations

In addition to the critical elements noted above, candidates for consideration for an Officer position (i.e. President-Elect or Board Vice President candidates) 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
  • Fellow committee members, including those who may have served under them
  • Committee chairs under whom they have served
  • Executive Committee members
  • Staff Liaisons

Additional Phase 1 Materials for Consideration

In addition to the aforementioned, 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 from each candidate of accomplishments or achievements in their current role.

Candidate Scorecards

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.

Meet the 2022 Nominating Committee

Society members elected the five Regional Representatives during July 2021 and the ASPS and PSF Boards of Directors elected two ASPS Representatives and two PSF Representatives at their October 2021 meeting. The PSF Board of Directors also designated the Carryover Member and appointed the PSF Public Member who does not have voting rights. The ASPS and PSF Immediate Past Presidents serve as co-chairs without voting rights.

The members listed below serve as the ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee for the 2022 leadership term (November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022).

Joseph E. Losee, MD
Co-Chair, Immediate Past ASPS President
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

Gayle M. Gordillo, MD
Co-Chair, Immediate Past PSF President
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Abigail E. Chaffin, MD
Southwest Regional Representative
Tulane University Division of Plastic Surgery
New Orleans, LA

Katerina Gallus, MD
West Regional Representative
Restore SD Plastic Surgery
San Diego, CA

Denise F. Gottfried
PSF Public Member
TekTeam Medical Industry Consultants
Palo Alto, CA

Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD
PSF Representative
University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences
Chicago, IL

C. Scott Hultman, MD, MBA
ASPS Carryover Member
Johns Hopkins Burn Center
Baltimore, MD

Carl H. Manstein, MD
Northeast Regional Representative
Private Practice
Meadowbrook, PA

Amy M. Moore, MD
ASPS Representative
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Galen Perdikis, MD
PSF Representative
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dept of Plastic Surgery
Nashville, TN

Samuel O. Poore, MD, PhD
ASPS Representative
Department of Surgery | Division of Plastic Surgery | University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

Gary F. Rogers, MD
Midwest Regional Representative
Children's National Medical Center | George Washington School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Seth R. Thaller, MD
Southeast Regional Representative
University of Miami | Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

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 (