LIMITLESS Leaders Committee
Ashley Amalfi, MD
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Rochester
Dr. Ashley N. Amalfi is a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and Art History from the George Washington University, and earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Rochester. She completed an integrated residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois.
She currently is in a group private practice with a focus on aesthetic surgery of the breast and body as well as breast reconstruction. Passionate about education and mentorship, and has founded local chapters for Women in Plastic Surgery (WIPS), Association for Women Surgeons (AWS) and UR Women in Surgery.
Dr. Amalfi is an emerging leader in the field of plastic surgery and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Women in Surgery Committee as well as the Social Media Subcommittee for the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Breast Aesthetic Subcommittee for ASPS and involved in annual meeting planning. She contributes to Plastic Surgery News as the Editor of the YPS Perspectives column, and also is on the Social Media Team for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and PRS Global Open.
She is a co-host of the popular IGTV and YouTube show Lipstick & Lipo™, and a regular contributor to the social media for the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. She is married to another surgeon and they have two young children at home that keep them busy outside of the operating room.
Anu Antony, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Biography coming soon...
Anu Bajaj, MD, FACS, MBA
Bajaj Plastic Surgery
Dr. Bajaj is in private practice in Oklahoma City. She has been involved with both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society in different leadership roles including past Chair of the Ethics Committee (ASPS), past Chair of WPS (ASPS) and past Chief Medical Editor of Plastic Surgery News (ASPS).
Noopur Gangopadhyay, MD
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago / Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Noopur Gangopadhyay completed both her medical degree and a combined Plastic Surgery residency program at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine. This was followed by two fellowships – the first in Craniofacial Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the second in Reconstructive Microsurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Noopur is an attending surgeon at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University, where she serves as the Northwestern Plastic Surgery residency associate program director and the Clinical Practice Director for the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. Her clinical interests include cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial surgery, pediatric microsurgery, vascular malformations, and gender affirmation surgery. She holds leadership roles in several plastic surgery societies, and has a special interest in medical education.
Rana Higgins, MD, FACS
Associate Professor Surgery
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery/Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Rana Higgins is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her medical school training at Loyola University in Chicago. She then continued into her General Surgery residency at Rush University and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She pursued a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery residency. She is a faculty member of the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as the Milwaukee VA medical center. Her clinical practice focuses on robotic hernia, foregut and bariatric surgery. Her research interests include surgical education, and clinical outcomes in hernia, bariatric and robotic surgery.
Joan E. Lipa, MD, FACS, MSc, FRCS(C)
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / University of Toronto
Dr. Joan Lipa is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Her practice in Complex Reconstruction at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Odette Cancer Centre is focused on the spectrum of breast cancer reconstruction, and her research and teaching programs are aligned with this area of interest. She has served as the Senior Resident Education Lead for the Plastic Surgery Program at U of T, and supervises the Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Joan graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 1992, and completed a Comprehensive Surgery Internship at The Toronto Hospital – General Division, followed by her Plastic Surgery Residency Training at the University of Toronto. During this time, she completed the Surgeon-Scientist Program to obtain her M.Sc. degree through the Institute of Medical Science at the U of T School of Graduate Studies. She then went on to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to complete her fellowship in Microvascular Surgery and Oncologic Reconstruction.
In 2001, Joan started her practice at University Health Network focusing on the care of breast cancer patients and cancer patients requiring complex reconstructions. In 2008 she was recruited to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Division of Plastic Surgery where she advanced her scope of reconstructive procedures that can be offered to patients before returning to Toronto in 2011 to partner with Dr. Laura Snell to develop the Breast Reconstruction and Oncologic Reconstructive Service at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Odette Cancer Program. At the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre they have focused on improving access to immediate breast reconstruction through coordinated multidisciplinary clinics, developing patient education programs and advancing residency microsurgical skills training. The Trauma, Emergency & Critical Care (TECC) Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is the first and largest regional trauma centre in Canada, so that trauma reconstruction constitutes the majority of her non-elective practice.
Having "retired" from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Written and Oral Examination Committees for Plastic Surgery, she has evolved in The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., currently holding the positions of Vice-Chair of The ABPS, Director of the Board and Chair of the Written Examination Committee. She has served as an elected officer on the Ethics Committee of the ASPS, and is heavily involved with CME programming, having previously served on the Annual Program Committee for Plastic Surgery The Meeting as the Breast Sub-Committee Co-Chair and currently she is AMC Vice-Chair. She has held many positions on American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) Council, and has Chaired the Women's Microsurgery Group as well as the Program Committee.
Susan MacLennan, MD
Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery
Biography coming soon...
Tracy Pfeifer, MD, MS
Private Practice and Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery/Division Plastic Surgery; Stony Brook School of Medicine
Dr. Pfeifer is a double board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic breast surgery. She is on the Executive Committee of The Aesthetic Society and recently headed the Society's Rebranding Task Force. Supporting women professionals, education and promoting ethics in medicine are her areas of interest.
Marissa Tenenbaum, MD
Assoicate Professor of Surgery; Director of Aesthetic Surgery
Washington University Division of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum is a board-certified plastic surgeon at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. She is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine at Washington University. She has been voted among the "Best Plastic Surgeons" and "Best Doctors in America" by St. Louis Magazine and as a "Top Doctor" by Castle Connolly Limited. She has also been recognized as a RealSelf Top Doctor.
She is the Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Washington University and is involved with educating the next generation of plastic surgeons about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
She serves as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Society as well as many committees for both American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Society and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
At West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, Dr. Tenenbaum specializes in Aesthetic Surgery of the face, breast and body.
Susan Zhong, MD
University of North Carolina
A current PGY-6 resident at UNC, I started the LIMITLESS series three years ago with Allergan with the goal of promoting more women in surgical leadership at the highest levels. The dream was to not only highlight women trailblazers in plastic surgery but across surgical specialties because I believe we are stronger together, more similar than different.