Women Plastic Surgeons Forum
Surgeons. Society Presidents. Women. Boundary Breakers.
LIMITLESS is a docuseries featuring inspiring stories from women plastic surgeons who broke the glass ceiling and rose to prominence within their field as society presidents. Each woman tells her own story of resilience and fortitude, with invaluable advice for future women leaders in plastic surgery. Presented by Allergan Aesthetics, in cooperation with the ASPS Women Plastic Surgeons Forum, LIMITLESS was coproduced by the series' visionary, Shuting Zhong, MD.
Lynn Jeffers, MD, MBA, FACS
Dr. Lynn Jeffers discusses the importance of having a vision and inspiring others to make it a reality—despite obstacles like the breast cancer diagnosis that didn't stop her from becoming president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2019.
Susan E. Mackinnon, MD
Dr. Susan Mackinnon reflects on not having female surgeons to look up to in her career and how she feels lucky to now mentor women, as she did during her tenure as president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 2008.
Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS
Dr. Andrea Pusic talks about the importance of female mentors in her career and how she's made a point of paying it forward, including during her tenure as president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation in 2018.
Roxanne Guy, MD
Dr. Roxanne Guy has always trusted her intuition, which led her to become the first female president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2007.
Carolyn Kerrigan, MD, MHCDS
Dr. Carolyn Kerrigan reflects on how never taking "no" for an answer helped her leadership style evolve across multiple roles, including president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation in 2007.
Debra J. Johnson, MD
Dr. Debra J. Johnson emphasizes the importance of showing up, and how that commitment helped her become president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2017.
This is just the beginning. LIMITLESS is an ongoing initiative to inspire women to join the healthcare, science and medical fields and seek leadership positions within them. Continue to check back for more stories from leaders in plastic surgery.
A resident and a reason
Plastic surgery resident, Shuting Zhong, MD, was once told, "Women shouldn't be surgeons." Not only did she become a surgeon, she envisioned spotlighting the achievements of women surgeons in leadership through a series of interviews. With the support of her mentor, Lynn Damitz, MD, FACS, and in partnership with Allergan Aesthetics, the vision is now a reality. Contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shuting Zhong, MD
Celebrating Our 30th anniversary
Get to know Dr. Jane Weston, who co-founded and served as first chair of the Women Plastic Surgeons Forum.
Women Plastic Surgeons Forum
The Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS) forum represents and advocates for the interests and concerns of the female plastic surgeon members and candidates for membership. All female plastic surgeons are considered members of the WPS forum; male members and candidate members of ASPS are welcome to participate in WPS-sponsored events.
The WPS forum seeks to empower female plastic surgeons within the Society through networking, education, advocacy and mentoring. The WPS forum works to promote women plastic surgeons and increase their involvement within organized medicine and plastic surgery as a whole while simultaneously advancing the mission of ASPS.
- Facilitate networking and communication between women plastic surgeons throughout the year.
- Develop programs and opportunities targeted to women which develop leadership competencies.
LIMITLESS Leaders Summit
The LIMITLESS Leaders Summit is designed to highlight the impact and importance of women leaders in surgical specialties. The program is dedicated to mentoring future female leaders, enhancing public speaking and presentation skills, combating the gender gap in leadership and finances and supporting women in surgery at multiple levels.
The inaugural LIMITLESS Leaders Summit will be a two-day conference held on December 10-12, featuring lectures, webinars, breakout sessions, evidence-based research and social activities to provide an unforgettable educational and networking experience.
The Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS) forum represents and advocates for the interests and concerns of the female plastic surgeon members and candidates for membership of ASPS.