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ASPS President's Page: Collaborating for patient safety

Welcome again to the President's Page, your monthly insider's look at the work our Society is doing every day on your behalf. We've had a busy summer with activity on all fronts as we head into the home stretch ahead of Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018 in Chicago.

Earlier this month, ASPS worked together with four other societies (ASAPS, ISAPS, ISPRES and IFATS) in issuing an urgent warning about the risks associated with the gluteal fat-grafting procedure. As you know, patient safety is our highest priority and this multi-society task force represents an unprecedented collaboration to not only investigate ways to make the procedure safer in the face of a high mortality rate, but also make sure both members and patients are aware of the current dangers and issues. The media has picked up on this task force's efforts, and our doctors have been on a variety of national and local news programming spreading the message about patient safety and the importance of selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon when considering any plastic surgery procedure.

ASPS also teamed with ASAPS last month to issue an advisory update on BIA-ALCL as more reports have been issued in the media and reported to our registries. In addition to the work that our subcommittee is doing researching this issue, our efforts to stay at the forefront of the specialty in terms of education for patients and members remain paramount. I'm glad to say these efforts are showing positive effects as some insurers have added language to indicate that removal of a breast implant and capsulectomy is now covered regardless of the indication for the initial implant placement. This is another sign that more companies are recognizing the importance of coverage for this disease.

ASPS has also been working with representatives from AAFPRS, ASAPS and ASOPRS on clinical practice guidelines for upper eyelid and brow surgery visual field impairment and the second phase of this group's work gets underway this month – just another example of our Society working in concert with others to ensure we're doing the best we can to help patients and keep them safe on a daily basis.

We're now a month away from Plastic Surgery The Meeting, and to tell you a little bit more about it we have James Nachbar, MD, JD, chair of the ASPS Emerging Trends Subcommittee, and Maurice Nahabedian, MD, chair of the Annual Meeting Council, to talk about some of the hot topics and other content that you can look forward to in Chicago next month.

I look forward to seeing you in the Windy City next month, and as always, if you have any questions or information you'd like to share, please feel free to get in touch at

Yours in service,


ASPS Emerging Trends Subcommittee Update

The Emerging Trends Subcommittee has a great line-up for our Hot Topics session on Friday, Sept. 28 in Chicago. For the first time at any Hot Topics, we will have a new module on personal ultrasound for the plastic surgery practice. Although ultrasound itself is not new, new devices are both much more capable and much more cost-effective. That module alone is likely to be a practice-changer for many of us. We will also cover cyber-smearing, what your legal options are when you get a bad review and how those options have worked for our members, as well as a discussion on how social media has changed in recent months. We will have a head-to-head comparison of several EMR systems from the user's perspective, and clinical modules will include feminine rejuvenation, injectables, fillers, implant trials, clinical photography, a range of skin tightening techniques, along with a variety of other innovations covered in our Quick Hits module. Your Hot Topics ticket also includes access to a new non-CME session in the morning with industry experts. Don't miss Hot Topics in Chicago!

-James Nachbar, MD, JD, Chair

Annual Meeting Council Update

I am extremely excited to attend this year's annual in Chicago. Why? Well, for one reason, we have more content, programing and options than ever before. The Annual Meeting Council has made an incredible effort to organize more than 500 educational programs with more than 500 faculty members that will be delivered over a condensed three-day format. There will be up to 23 concurrent sessions going on at any one time. In fact, there's so much outstanding clinical, practice management and other unique educational programming that it's impossible to experience it all in just four short days. Attendees of the meeting automatically receive 150 hours of recorded sessions as part of the registration package, but that's just about half of the sessions scheduled this year. The good news is you can have access to 300 hours of exceptional education by purchasing the Plastic Surgery OnDemand Recordings Gold Upgrade package. Even better, you can earn CME credit when you complete selected modules, even if you can't attend the meeting. Learn more here. Options for CME have expanded for reconstruction, aesthetic and safety and includes cadaver workshops, instructional courses and panels that will be led by some of the best and brightest plastic and non-plastic surgeons in the world. I'm confident this will be the best meeting that we've ever organized, and one that you don't want to miss.

-Maurice Nahabedian, MD, Chair