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FDA issues BIA-ALCL update, qualifies BREAST-Q

Monday, August 24, 2020

The FDA issued an update to its breast implant safety webpages on Aug. 20 regarding adverse events reported to the Agency related to breast implants, including Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and data on medical device reports (MDR) the FDA has received on "Breast Implant Illness."

Remembering internationally renowned plastic surgeon Ian Jackson, MD, 1934-2020

By Paul Snyder Monday, August 3, 2020

Plastic surgeons are mourning the loss of an internationally renowned colleague and a giant in the world of craniofacial surgery, Ian Jackson, MD, who passed away Sunday at age 85.

PRS scores all-time-high Impact Factor, joins 'upper echelon' of journals

By Paul Snyder Thursday, July 16, 2020

In three of the past four years, PRS has broken its own record for its Impact Factor score, but this year's score, 4.209 – the first time the journal has crossed the "4" threshold – is the most significant.

Social Media Focus: Be the star of your own reality TV show: An Instagram TV Guide

By Smita Ramanadham, MD, & Ashley Amalfi, MD Friday, July 10, 2020

Social media is no longer just a place to post photographs of your family or vacations in the way it was 10 years ago.

ASPS joins Surgical Care Coalition in effort to protect patients, members

By Paul Snyder Thursday, June 18, 2020

ASPS on Thursday joined 11 other professional associations that represent more than 150,000 surgeons throughout the country in the formation of the Surgical Care Coalition, a collaborative effort to protect patients, improve their quality of life and ensure timely access to surgical care.

Using down time in residency to help the community

By Radbeh Torabi, MD Monday, June 15, 2020

Radbeh Torabi, MD, shares his experience using the down time at the tail-end of his residency to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic by supplying PPE to the medical community.

ASPS members pay tribute to Mark Codner, MD

By Paul Snyder Sunday, June 7, 2020

ASPS members are mourning the loss of their colleague, Mark Codner, MD, who passed away suddenly on June 4.

Views from the front lines: Society members recount tales from the E.R. and ICU in COVID-19 battle

By Jim Leonardo Tuesday, June 2, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic escalated in the United States, several ASPS members utilized the nationwide suspension of most plastic surgery procedures as a means to volunteer for E.R.s and ICUs.

Trying to find new perspective in a time of stress and uncertainty

By Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD Monday, June 1, 2020

Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD, found a new perspective in the midst of the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the days progressed: Reflections from volunteering in the COVID-19 ICU

By Kristen Broderick, MD Monday, June 1, 2020

Kristen Broderick, MD, shares her experiences volunterring in the COVID-19 ICU.

International roundtable: COVID-19 and plastic surgery viewpoints from around the world

By Paul Snyder Friday, May 29, 2020

Although the United States now leads the world in both confirmed cases of COVID-19 and deaths as a result of the coronavirus, the pandemic has affected the entire world since the virus infected its first patient in late 2019.

Plastic surgery nurse volunteers her services in COVID-19 epicenter

By Kendra Y. Mims Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Jenna Angelo, RN, never envisioned working in the E.R. when she began her career as a plastic and breast surgery nurse in New York five years ago. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Finding light in the darkness

By Marisa Smith, MD Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Plastic surgery resident Marisa Smith, MD, shares her experiences working COVID-19 ICU.

Fighting COVID-19 and reassessing my priorities

By Roy Kim, MD Monday, April 27, 2020

ASPS member Roy Kim, MD, recounts his experience contracting the coronavirus.

Urgent request from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

ASPS is actively working with the office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other temporary medical facilities in the state to treat the growing population of COVID-19 patients.

ASPS working with Louisiana Governor's Office, FEMA to acquire PPE, ventilators for state COVID-19 needs

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

ASPS is actively working with the office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other temporary medical facilities in the state to treat the growing population of COVID-19 patients.

ASPS working with New Jersey Governor's Office, FEMA to acquire PPE, ventilators for state COVID-19 needs

Saturday, April 4, 2020

ASPS is actively working with the office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other temporary medical facilities in the state to treat the growing population of COVID-19 patients.

New York governor issues executive order to seize ventilators and PPE to help city hospitals flooded with COVID-19 patients

Friday, April 3, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order giving the state the power to seize and redistribute medical equipment, including ventilators and PPE, from all private sector companies, medical practices, ASCs and hospitals with lower needs, in response to the number of COVID-19 patients flooding New York City hospitals.

CARES Act small business loan applications available April 3

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

ASPS members in private practices impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are advised to begin preparing necessary materials now to apply for assistance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a key portion of the CARES federal economic stimulus package that authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

ASPS member details his bout with COVID-19, provides guidance

By Wesley Schooler, MD Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ASPS member Wesley Schooler, MD, shares his experience with the coronavirus.

ASPS working with Michigan Governor's Office, FEMA to acquire PPE, ventilators for state COVID-19 needs

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ASPS is actively working with the office of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other temporary medical facilities in the state to treat the growing population of COVID-19 patients.

ASPS working with Illinois Governor's Office, FEMA to acquire PPE, ventilators for state COVID-19 needs

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ASPS is actively working with the office of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and other temporary medical facilities in the state to treat the growing population of COVID-19 patients.

'Limitless' series highlights women’s journeys to the pinnacle of the specialty

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The 'Limitless' series launched with three videos, featuring Drs. Guy and Kerrigan, who served as 2007 ASPS President and 2007 PSF President, respectively, as well as 2017 ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD. Interviews with 2007-08 AAPS President Susan Mackinnon, MD, and 2019 PSF President Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, will be published in the coming weeks.

'Nightmare stuff': Members brace for COVID-19 battle, uncertainty

By Paul Snyder Monday, March 30, 2020

When ASPS announced the cancellation of its Spring Meeting on March 3, the United States had recorded its first COVID-19 death only three days prior and the World Health Organization was still eight days away from declaring the outbreak a "pandemic."

ASPS advocacy update on passage of the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package

Monday, March 30, 2020

On March 27, President Donald Trump signed the largest federal stimulus package in United States history, providing $2 trillion in immediate and comprehensive economic relief to first responders and industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uncharted territory: Plastic surgeons in private practice navigate financial uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kendra Y. Mims Thursday, March 26, 2020

In just a few short weeks in March, the threat of a coronavirus recession loomed far and wide, as bustling cities became ghost towns, non-essential businesses ceased operations, hospitals canceled elective surgeries and millions of Americans filed for unemployment.

ASPS cancels Spring Meeting amid COVID-19 concerns

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Amid ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), ASPS announced Tuesday that it has canceled its Spring Meeting and Coding Workshop slated for March 12-14 in New Orleans. In doing so, the Society joins a growing list of organizations and academic institutions canceling events and instituting travel restrictions related to the coronavirus.

Social Media Focus: TikTok presents an opportunity for fun – and for unprofessionalism

By Francisco Canales, MD Sunday, March 1, 2020

TikTok is a rapidly growing social media platform that enables users to share short videos that are often accompanied by music, dancing and pithy aphorisms written on labels or paper signs.

Plastic Surgery Resident goes online

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Plastic Surgery Resident, a quarterly magazine from the publishers of Plastic Surgery News, will debut as a digital publication in 2020 with supplemental updates distributed in a monthly e-newsletter.

Targeted muscle reinnervation to end amputation nerve pain

By Jim Leonardo Saturday, February 1, 2020

The following is part of an ongoing series highlighting The PSF Research Grant Award winners, and research they’re conducting to improve patient safety and develop new technologies for plastic surgeons.

ASPS names next editors in chief for PRS, PRS Global Open

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has named new editors-in-chief of the journals Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) and PRS Global Open.

Australia fires claim the life of respected plastic surgeon

By Paul Snyder Friday, January 10, 2020

ASPS International Member Clayton Lang, MBBS, passed away Jan. 3 in one of the bush fires ravaging Australia at press time.

Social Media Focus: The tricky prospect of sharing before-and-after images on Instagram

By Karen Horton, MD Monday, December 9, 2019

Instagram is a visual platform, and an ideal one for plastic surgeons to showcase their results. The question remains, however: How you can share your cosmetic and reconstructive results responsibly, ethically and respectfully?

Norwegian association vice president provides international insights

By Yassie Dunn Monday, December 9, 2019

The past year has proved quite prolific for ASPS in terms of developing relationships with numerous plastic surgery societies throughout the world. At Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2019 in San Diego, ASPS signed eight new Memorandums of Understanding, one of which is with Norway.

Working to heal wounds via induced pluripotent stem cells

By Jim Leonardo Sunday, December 1, 2019

The following is part of an ongoing series highlighting The PSF Research Grant Award winners, and research they’re conducting to improve patient safety and develop new technologies for plastic surgeons.

Plastic surgeon held a deep affinity for history

By Paul Snyder Friday, November 22, 2019

A memorial service was held on Nov. 9 for Ronald Taddeo, MD, of Willougby Hills, Ohio, who passed away Oct. 27 at age 85.

Social Media Focus: A growing focus on privacy could change targeted ad usage

By Heather Furnas, MD Friday, November 1, 2019

With its new emphasis on privacy, Facebook is reportedly coming out with a new "clear history" tool, allowing users to erase their stored personal activity information. Without that data, ads can no longer be targeted.

ASPS reviewing new FDA draft guidance on breast-implant labeling

Thursday, October 24, 2019

ASPS is conducting a rigorous review of "Breast Implants – Certain Labeling Recommendations to Improve Patient Communication," a draft guidance released Wednesday by the FDA that centers on manufacturer information accompanying breast implants.

Society leadership discusses breast implant concerns with patients

By Jim Leonardo & Mike Stokes Monday, October 14, 2019

In the wake of increased scrutiny on breast implant safety amid reports of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and concerns surrounding a range of symptoms identified with breast implant illness (BII), plastic surgeons and patient advocates met Sept. 20 in San Diego to share perspectives and find common ground for potential collaboration.

Lessons learned from teaching hand surgery in Thai Nguyen

By Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS Monday, September 23, 2019

Volunteer efforts made by the University of Michigan's hand program in low-resource countries over the past two decades have yielded insights essential to winning the fight to improve the welfare of rural patients around the globe.

Plastic surgery duo's teamwork pays it forward for generations

By Steven Arroyo Monday, September 16, 2019

In July 1979, Jim Sanger, MD, started as a junior resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he quickly made friends with a senior resident by the name of Hani Matloub, MD. The two would complete their training within a year of each other, afterward becoming faculty at MCW together.

Vietnam fetes U.S., Aussie plastic surgeons on 50th anniversary of center

By Jim Leonardo Friday, September 6, 2019

At the height of the Vietnam war in 1969, New York plastic surgeon Arthur Barsky Jr., MD, and attorney Thomas Miller organized a medical-relief effort to treat South Vietnamese children who sustained injuries as a result of the fighting in the region.

Social Media Focus: The importance of having patient advocates in plastic surgery

By Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, & Courtney Floyd Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Patient advocates are an increasingly crucial part of spreading evidence-based information – a development that’s helping to effect positive change throughout the field of plastic surgery, and social media channels provide an avenue for the information to reach countless patients quickly.

I. Kelman Cohen, MD, 1935-2019: Paying tribute to a pioneer, mentor and friend

By Bruce Mast, MD Monday, September 2, 2019

June 9 was another sad day for plastic surgery, when a pioneer and leader in our field, I. Kelman “Kel” Cohen, MD, passed away at age 84.

ADM Update: The use of acellular dermal matrices (ADMs)

Monday, August 26, 2019

The FDA says it had never approved any surgical mesh device, whether synthetic, animal collagen derived or human collagen derived, for use in breast surgery.

Avalanche claims life of ASPS member in India

By Glenn Lyle, MD Monday, July 29, 2019

Anthony Sudekum, MD, O’Fallon, Mo., died at the age of 63, on or around May 26, while attempting to climb Nanda Devi East – the second-tallest peak in the Indian Himalayan range.

Allergan announces worldwide withdrawal of Biocell textured implants

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Allergan announced this morning that it is withdrawing its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders.

Social Media Focus: Finding your own voice (and amplifying it) on social media

By Karen Horton, MD Monday, July 8, 2019

Flourishing at social media can be a daunting prospect, particularly for those of us who have been in practice for a while (and who are not Millennials). For plastic surgeons who want to be successful at social media but aren’t sure how or where to start, some simple self-reflection can best determine how to find your voice.

Remembering Joseph S. Gruss, MB, BCh

By Paul Snyder and Jim Leonardo Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Friends and colleagues are mourning the passing of ASPS member Joseph Gruss, MB, BCh, who passed away on June 26 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Carl Hartrampf, MD, 1932-2019: Remembering a giant who helped the specialty move forward

By Bruce Mast, MD | PSN Associate Editor Monday, July 1, 2019

On June 20, Carl Hartrampf Jr., MD, Atlanta, passed away. Although a time like this is one of great sadness, it's also a time to rejoice for a life filled with accomplishment and meaning. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for reflection and thought about the many giants of our field and the impact they've had.

Urgent warning to surgeons performing fat grafting to the buttocks

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, ISPRES and IFATS (Plastic Surgery Societies) are extremely concerned about the mortalities associated with gluteal fat grafting (BBL) procedures that continue to be reported in the United States and other countries.

Lab opens doors to anatomical education, global collaboration

By Paul Snyder Monday, June 10, 2019

For many years, L. Scott Levin, MD, Philadelphia, says he saw the Human Tissue Laboratory – which he first built at Duke University in 1995 and then built at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 – as the ultimate training tool for microsurgery Fellows, hand Fellows and plastic surgery residents.

Southeast Australia's first female plastic surgeon passes

By Richard Hamilton, MD Monday, June 3, 2019

Julie Lawrence, MD, the first female plastic surgeon in Adelaide, passed away May 25 at age 61.

Social Media Focus: How to measure the return on your efforts

By Heather Furnas, MD Monday, June 3, 2019

Why are you on social media? You can't measure your success with it until you answer that question. If you are using social media for professional reasons, you should be tracking your goals, your costs and your return on that investment.

FDA announces new initiatives on breast implant safety

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The FDA has announced new efforts to improve patient access to information about breast implants, and identified the National Breast Implant Registry and PROFILE as keys to collecting real-world data and evidence.

Social Media Focus: Consider this before you share your post

By Anu Bajaj, MD Tuesday, April 23, 2019

As Facebook and Instagram increasingly become the means through which we communicate, more traditional means of advertising have less relevance. Nevertheless, as physicians, we remain unique. Not only do we want to grow our practices and educate potential patients, we also have to maintain a level of professionalism appropriate for a physician.

Editor's Message: Sharing the accurate story of #PlasticSurgery through #SoMe

By Summer Hanson, MD, PhD | PSN Associate Editor Tuesday, April 23, 2019

As a result of more awareness in the surgeon community, evidence-based sharing and engagement of ASPS members will improve the quality of information that's readily available through multiple media outlets. The next step will be to make sure our community is engaging the public to share our particular story – rather than adjacent activities.

Striving to educate and foster a passion for plastic surgery in others

By Keith Loria Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Michael Bentz, MD, cannot recall a time when he wanted to be anything but a doctor. With a father who was a physician and a mother who was a nurse, he had an early introduction to medicine and that exposure showed him both the advantages and the challenges that came with being involved in a medical practice.

Years of collaboration, months of preparation boost ASPS at FDA hearings

By Paul Snyder Monday, April 22, 2019

In both invited testimony and during open public comment periods, the FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel heard from nearly 40 ASPS member surgeons on Monday and Tuesday.

FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel stresses breast implant safety, importance of the NBIR, and patient engagement during March 25-26 hearing

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In both invited testimony and during open public comment periods, the FDA's General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel heard from nearly 40 ASPS member surgeons on Monday and Tuesday.

Planning the key to highly complicated – and successful – face transplant

By Jim Leonardo Sunday, March 3, 2019

Despite being nearly 2,800 miles apart and with nearly the entire continental United States between them, ASPS members Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, New York, and Lee L.Q. Pu, MD, MHS, Sacramento, Calif., worked toward the same goal in completing one of the most advanced facial transplantation procedures ever performed, on Cameron Underwood of northern California.

Social Media Focus: How often (and when) should you post?

By Josef Hadeed, MD Saturday, March 2, 2019

The optimal time to post on each social media platform varies based on the network. Additionally, the frequency with which you should post differs between platforms. There are many online tools available that can help guide you as to when you should be posting content.

The PSF past president helps young author find 'A Brave Face'

By Kendra Y. Mims Saturday, March 2, 2019

In 2003, 19-month-old Teeba Furat Marlowe was riding with her family in the Diyala Province of Iraq when an insurgent bomb struck their vehicle.

A young mother's view: Residency, reproduction and refrigerators

By Ashley Amalfi, MD Friday, March 1, 2019

Residency is hard, but life is sometimes harder. It's clear that more consideration needs to be made to the needs of new and expectant families.

Forget Paris: Plastic surgeon forges a lasting legacy in Hershey, Pa.

By Paul Snyder Friday, March 1, 2019

Donald Mackay, MD, DDS, remembers that when he and his wife, Susan, arrived in Hershey, Pa., from South Africa in 1988, his first thought was to apologize.

Strengthening a support network for plastic surgeons starting a family

By Debra Bourne, MD Friday, March 1, 2019

The number of women entering our field now represents 38.1 percent of residents. We train during our childbearing years, and as I approached advanced maternal age, the implications of starting a family during residency became very real.

Remembering ASPS member Deepak Narayan, MD

By Joseph Shin, MD, Cecelia Smith and John Persing, MD Monday, February 25, 2019

Deepak Narayan, MD, a respected ASPS member, committed his life to advancing our collective understanding and the treatment of worldwide melanoma.

Spring Meeting pulls multiple programs together in Las Vegas

By ASPS Staff Friday, February 1, 2019

Las Vegas will again provide the backdrop for ASPS in March with a unique Spring Meeting that pools multiple educational resources for members and office staff in one location, maximizing value for attendees.

Medical Board of California: ABCS is not equivalent to ABMS board

By Patrick Hermes, MS Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It took less than 30 seconds for years of deliberation and debate to come to an end in California, as the Medical Board of California (MBC) denied – by unanimous vote – the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons’ (ABCS) request to advertise as "board-certified" cosmetic surgeons.

Social Media Focus: Determining the right kind of content for your followers

By Kyle Diller Thursday, January 3, 2019

For plastic surgeons, social media is a unique marriage of education, marketing and patient acquisition. In just one post, you can educate prospective patients on the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon – while simultaneously bringing them inside the practice and helping them get to know you before they even come in for a consultation.

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery denied right to advertise as "board certified" in California

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Today, the Medical Board of California (MBC) took a major step to protect patients in the state when it unanimously voted against allowing members of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) to advertise as "board certified" cosmetic surgeons.

Lawsuit challenges MOC as ABMS opens public comment period for future of continuing board certification

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Four internists from around the United States on Monday filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit on behalf of more than 100,000 internal medicine physicians against the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Remembering M. Samuel Noordhoff, MD, 1927-2018, whose impact was felt worldwide

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, December 4, 2018

ASPS Lifetime Member M. Samuel Noordhoff, MD, Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, at age 91.

Social Media Focus: Creating and maintaining your users' interest

By Smita Ramanadham, MD Saturday, December 1, 2018

Social media is ubiquitous, fun and challenging. With the world literally at our fingertips and with wide-open networks, we have incredible access – but also a tremendous challenge, when it comes to engaging an audience. How do you create content that captures somebody's attention? How do you generate interest?

After years in the making, NBIR launches at annual meeting

By Paul Snyder Thursday, November 1, 2018

For the first time in the United States, a national registry is in place to track the devices and provide plastic surgeons and patients with more concrete information on breast implants than has ever been available.

Warning re-issued: Extortion scam targets DEA registrants

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is renewing its alert to plastic surgeons and others who are DEA registrants that a telephone and email scam is underway to illegally collect money from unsuspecting victims through bogus threats of DEA registration suspension and outright demands for cash.

Social Media Focus: For new graduates wading into the deep end

By Rajendra Sawh-Martinez, MD, MHS Monday, October 15, 2018

With such a tremendous emphasis on social media and marketing activity, let's take this opportunity to revisit some key guidelines that are particularly important to us in these early stages of our careers.

Pioneering competency-based curriculums in the U.S.

By Paul Snyder Monday, September 10, 2018

It might seem like big talk, but there's a key word that Robert Weber, MD, Temple, Texas, uses when talking about the competency-based education program launched July 1 at Baylor Scott & White (BSW) Health.

Not going under

By Paul Snyder Saturday, September 1, 2018

Plastic surgeons discuss the multiple fronts on which the specialty must engage in scope-of-practice battles as a patchwork of state regulations and confusion on social media opens the door to danger for patients.

Paying tribute to past president of The PSF and ASAPS founder

By Paul Snyder Saturday, September 1, 2018

Simon Fredricks, MD, who served as The PSF president (then the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation) in 1981, passed away at age 92 in Houston on May 23.

Beware of scam letters claiming HIPAA, OSHA violations

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

ASPS members have recently reported receiving documents via mail that say all plastic surgeons must complete HIPAA and OSHA trainings by the end of the month, with a failure to comply resulting in a $75,000 fine for each violation.

ASPS advances multipronged approach for migraine awareness

By Paul Snyder Monday, July 16, 2018

After decades of suffering from chronic migraine headaches and visits to multiple doctors who couldn't fix the problem, Barbara Eberlein and Sharri Racheter were able to get treatment – and relief – from the condition thanks to the help of plastic surgeons.

Seventh annual ISPRES Congress launches in Chicago Sept. 30 in Chicago

Monday, July 16, 2018

The seventh ISPRES Congress will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in conjunction with Plastic Surgery The Meeting at McCormick Place West. The two-day meeting will focus on regenerative medicine by highlighting fat grafting, innovation and research, patient care and the clinical use of regenerative medicine.

Karen B. Vaniver, MD, passes at age 56

Monday, June 11, 2018

Karen B. Vaniver, MD, Pasco, Wash., passed away suddenly on June 1 at age 56.

'It all came together': The costs and benefits of breaking the practice mold

By Kendra Y. Mims, Jim Leonardo and Paul Snyder Friday, June 1, 2018

A plastic surgeon who is coming out of training has the same options ahead of him or her that have almost always been there – venture out to claim your spot in the specialty’s landscape and build your own practice, join an academic institution or a hospital.

Unfallen hero is raising burn-injury awareness

By Kendra Y. Mims Friday, June 1, 2018

Firefighter Marvin Benton sustained burns on more than 30 percent of his body on April 5, 1993, when a burning house collapsed on him. Over the next two years, Benton underwent eight operations to restore hand function, remove unsightly and painful keloids scars and reconstruct both ears with rib cartilage.

Craniofacial groundbreaker Milton Edgerton, MD, passes at age 96

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Milton Edgerton, MD, a pioneer in craniofacial surgery, died May 17 in Charlottesville, N.C., at age 96.

Introducing the ASPS mobile app – ready for download

Friday, April 27, 2018

ASPS members can now download the new ASPS app to engage and connect with colleagues and committees while remaining up-to-date on the latest Society news and events.

Society continues push toward COI transparency

By Paul Snyder Monday, April 23, 2018

Conflict of interest (COI) is a topic that has long raised eyebrows and prompted whipsers throughout the House of Medicine. ASPS has been proactive in its efforts to provide a comprehensive strategy to increase transparency while communicating and managing conflicts and answers related questions across all areas of the Society.

First robot-assisted breast recon in U.S. a success

By Jim Leonardo Monday, April 23, 2018

Neil Tanna, MD, and Armen Kasabian, MD, New York, have joined the roster of plastic surgeons who've become innovators, through their work as principal investigators and leaders of the team that used the da Vinci Surgical System to perform North America's first robotic-assisted, nipple-sparing double-mastectomy with breast reconstruction.

From breast reconstruction to the fashion runway

By Kendra Y. Mims Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dana Donofree was diagnosed with breast cancer two months before her wedding day at age 27. Donofree, now 36, underwent a bilateral mastectomy with implant reconstruction in 2010.

Extortion scam targets DEA registrants

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on April 2 released an alert to plastic surgeons and others who are DEA registrants that a telephone and email scam is underway to illegally collect money from unsuspecting victims through bogus threats of DEA registration suspension and outright demands for cash.

Treating internal and external wounds inflicted at Guantanamo Bay

By Kendra Y. Mims Thursday, March 1, 2018

Former FBI Special Agent Theresa Foley underwent numerous reconstructive surgeries after contracting leptospirosis in 2003 during a tour of duty in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her surgeon, ASPS member George Varkarakis, MD, Miami, treated Foley's infections, including cysts on her skin and face, and helped her to heal from her internal and physical scars.

ASPS advocacy results in significant improvements for physicians

Friday, February 9, 2018

Following extensive advocacy by ASPS and its members, Congress passed significant healthcare provisions in the two-year budget agreement reached early this morning and signed into law by President Trump.

Manufacturer provides first-of-its-kind warranty for BIA-ALCL cases

Monday, January 22, 2018

Allergan has become the first breast-implant manufacturer to provide warranty coverage for its products in cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Aesthetica promises intimate, practical and timely cosmetic education from a mix of the specialty's masters and rising stars

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Aesthetica Super Symposium returns to Las Vegas March 1-3 at the Paris Hotel for a weekend that offers a host of hot topics and pertinent surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic – and practice management – topics designed to maximize attendees' time in the city and away from their practices.

Major MOC changes coming in September; full roll-out slated for 2019

By Jim Leonardo Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process that plastic surgeons have observed in one form or another through the past 22 years will undergo significant changes beginning in September, with a full slate of modifications to be launched in April 2019.

Plastic surgeon helps save patient from permanent disfigurement

By Kendra Y. Mims Monday, January 15, 2018

Carol Bryan underwent seven reconstructive surgeries after suffering a botched facial cosmetic procedure that resulted in severe facial disfiguration.

Maintaining the conversation about diversity throughout plastic surgery

By Kendra Y. Mims and Paul Snyder Friday, December 1, 2017

When ASPS member David Watts, MD, looks back on his time more than 30 years ago as the only African-American in residency at Johns Hopkins University, he recalls, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rather lonely existence.

Hale Tolleth, MD, past president of The PSF, passes at age 87

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hale Tolleth, MD, taught his renowned sculpture course to plastic surgeons for more than 40 years and also dedicated his time serving people in need through plastic surgery mission trips to Africa, Colombia, Honduras, The Philippines and Solomon Islands, among other nations.

Rhinoplasty pioneer Jack Gunter, MD, passes at age 79

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jack Gunter, MD, age 79, died Tuesday, July 11, in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; five daughters; three sons-in-law; and seven grandchildren.

Reconstructive rhinoplasty pioneer Gary Burget, MD, passes at age 76

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ASPS Life Member Gary Burget, MD, age 76, passed away in Chicago on Wednesday, May 31.

H. Bruce Williams, MD, past president of ASPS and The PSF, passes at age 87

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Society's first president to serve from outside the United States, H. Bruce Williams, MD, passed away on March 24 at age 87 in the palliative care unit of McGill University Hospital in Montreal.

Scott Spear, MD, past president of ASPS, passes at age 68

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ASPS past President and Georgetown University Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery founding Chair Scott Spear, MD, Washington, D.C., died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, March 16, at age 68.

Financial planning: Lessons learned from involuntary retirement

By Kendra Y. Mims Monday, January 2, 2017

It's been 15 years since Gary Rose, MD, closed his practice of 19 years and retired at age 49, due to a sudden central vision loss in his right eye that prohibited him from performing plastic surgery.

Retiring from practice requires an exit strategy

By Kendra Y. Mims Thursday, December 1, 2016

A colon cancer diagnosis was not part of the business plan for ASPS member Enrique Fernandez, MD, Bradenton, Fla., particularly after having recently moved into a new building following a major office renovation that added an O.R.

ASPS past president, plastic surgery leader Michael McGuire, MD, dies at age 70

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ASPS past-President Michael McGuire, MD, Santa Monica, Calif., died at home of an apparent stroke on Nov. 14, 2016, at age 70.


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44095 Pipeline Plaza Suite 430
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 858-3208

Michael Brown Headshot

Michael Brown, MD

45155 Research Place Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 726-1175

Behzad Parva Headshot

Behzad Parva, MD

224-D Cornwall Street N.W. Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176

(703) 777-7477

David Berman Headshot

David Berman, MD

14 Pidgeon Hill Drive Suite 340
Sterling, VA 20165

(703) 4062444

George Weston Headshot

George Weston, MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5317

(703) 893-6168

Marwan Khalifeh Headshot

Marwan Khalifeh, MD

1800 Town Center Drive Suite 311
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 543-9252

Phillip Chang Headshot

Phillip Chang, MD

19500 Sandridge Way Suite 350
Lansdowne, VA 20176

(703) 729-5553