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Remembering The PSF past President Donald Laub Sr., MD, 1935-2024

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The PSF past President Donald Laub Sr., MD, passed away on April 26. Dr. Laub served as president of The PSF in 1980 and remained an active member of organized medicine and a proponent for patients and the specialty for the rest of his life.

ASPS reinforces patient safety measures in the wake of reports of counterfeit Botox injections

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

With 19 women from nine states reporting harmful reactions after receiving what authorities believe to be counterfeit Botox, ASPS is reinforcing the critical importance of protecting patients and practicing medicine responsibly – in clinical settings and within the physician's scope of training.

Sientra announces Tiger Aesthetics Medical, LLC as the successful bidder for its breast implant business in Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Breast implant manufacturer Sientra announced on Feb. 13 that it would pursue the sale of the company after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On April 2, Sientra announced that Tiger Aesthetics Medical, LLC was the successful bidder for its breast implant business.

ASPS continues streak of ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

Friday, March 29, 2024

ASPS has continued its streak of receiving the Accreditation with Commendation recognition from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The distinction holds for six years and again fortifies the Society's commitment to the highest level of education for its members.

Sientra files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, operations will continue

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Breast implant manufacturer Sientra announced on Feb. 13, 2024, that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it pursues a sale of the company.

A legend and forefather of microsurgery: Berish Strauch, MD, 1933-2023

By Paul Snyder Monday, January 15, 2024

The specialty lost a microsurgery pioneer on Dec. 24, when Berish Strauch, MD, passed away at age 90.

A founding father of craniofacial surgery: S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, 1940-2023

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to plastic surgery legend S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, who passed away Dec. 26 at age 83. Dr. Wolfe was a disciple of Paul Tessier, MD, and a founding member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS).

'You. Renewed.' campaign earns national recognition

By Niccole Caan Monday, November 6, 2023

ASPS took home two Gold Awards during the 24th Annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards at the Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC) for its work on "You. Renewed." The Society's national public education campaign debuted earlier this year to highlight the importance of selecting a board-certified, ASPS Member Surgeon for plastic surgery procedures.

FBI issues cybersecurity warning to plastic surgery practices

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The FBI is warning the public about cybercriminals who target plastic surgery practices, surgeons and patients to harvest personally identifiable information, including sensitive medical records and photographs.

Remembering John McCraw, MD, 1940-2023

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, October 10, 2023

John McCraw, MD, a giant of plastic surgery, passed away on Oct. 3 after a long illness. He was 83. He was internationally recognized for his innovation of the "island myocutaneous flap."

CMS to maintain S-codes for autologous breast reconstruction

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

In a major step forward in the effort to preserve access to microsurgical breast reconstruction, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on August 21 that it has decided to maintain HCPCS Level II codes S2066, S2067 and S2068 (covering DIEP, GAP and SIEA flaps).

New Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent SIG to hold first meeting in Austin

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

The Plastic Surgeons of Chinese Descent (PSCD), the latest addition to the ASPS network of special interest groups (SIGs), will hold its first formal meeting in Austin during Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2023.

Remembering Randy Sherman, MD, 1951-2023

By Jim Leonardo Thursday, July 20, 2023

Plastic surgeons are mourning the loss of past PSF Treasurer, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) past president and Maliniac Fellow Randy Sherman, MD, who passed away Tuesday at age 72.

Notice of ransomware scam targeting plastic surgeons

Thursday, July 6, 2023

There has been a concerted attack on plastic surgeons via phone solicitation and email from a group posing as ABPS Board Office employees attempting to send "Certification data, information or booklets."

PRS Global Open scores Impact Factor, PRS remains No. 1 in specialty with more than 41,000 citations

By Paul Snyder Wednesday, July 5, 2023

As it celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the open-access journal PRS Global Open has added a distinguished feather to its cap – its inaugural Impact Factor.

Remembering ASPS past President H. William Porterfield, MD, 1929-2023

By PSN Staff Monday, June 26, 2023

ASPS past President H. William "Bill" Porterfield Jr., MD, passed away Feb. 27 in Charlottesville, Va., at age 93. During his 1982 presidency, Dr. Porterfield led the Society through a period of stability while bringing significant change to the organization with a more business-minded approach – and spearheading the effort that led to the widely recognized and respected "Symbol of Excellence."

New brochures boost Society's patient-education efforts

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

With prospective plastic surgery patients subject to wide-ranging information – and disinformation – about procedures online, on social media channels and across all media, it can be overwhelming for patients to not only find the appropriate plastic surgeon but to understand the complexity of the procedure itself. ASPS is working to make that education a little easier.

Specialty mourns loss of PSF past President Brian Kinney, MD, 1954-2023

By Jim Leonardo Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to The PSF past President Brian Kinney, MD, who died May 6 in Los Angeles, at age 69, after a long illness.

'Idolized by his patients and hugely respected by his colleagues:' Remembering David O'Donovan, 1967-2023

By Lynn Damitz, MD Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Plastic surgeons around the world are paying tribute to ASPS International Member David O'Donovan, MD, Dublin, Ireland, who passed away March 15. He was 55.

FDA provides update on Breast Implant Associated-Squamous Cell Carcinoma (BIA-SCC)

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

On March 8, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update to its September 2022 safety communication about squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas in the capsule around breast implants.

Beware of email scam requesting money transfer for ASPS

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

ASPS is warning members to beware of scam emails that appear to be sent on behalf of Society leadership.

Remembering a plastic surgeon and a friend to many

By Irena S. Rini, MD, & Theddeus O.H. Prasetyono, MD, PhD Monday, February 27, 2023

When Donna Savitry, MD, former Secretary General of the Indonesian Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (InaPRAS), passed away Feb. 23 at age 54, the specialty lost someone who was loved and revered by many – especially young members of InaPRAS who took inspiration from Dr. Savitry through her leadership roles in our organization over the past eight years.

‘Much more than a surgeon’: Remembering David Genecov, MD, 1963-2022

By Jim Leonardo Monday, November 14, 2022

The plastic surgery world was quick to pay tribute to a beloved colleague and friend, David Genecov, MD, Dallas, age 59, who tragically passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Nov. 12.

Vote now on proposed amendments to ASPS/PSF Bylaws, Code of Ethics

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

ASPS Active and Life Active members are encouraged to vote on proposed amendments to the ASPS and PSF Bylaws relating to the Society's and Foundation's governance structures and a membership category.

Colleagues pay tribute to Howard Gordon, MD

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to Howard Gordon, MD, a pioneer in aesthetic surgery who passed away last week at age 95.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society issue joint advisory on threats of violence against plastic surgeons

Friday, October 14, 2022

Leadership of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Aesthetic Society have been made aware that some members have been subjected to threats of violence by individuals who object to the types of surgical procedures they perform or the research they conduct and present.

ASPS statement on Breast Implant Associated-Squamous Cell Carcinoma (BIA-SCC)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

On March 8, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided an update to its Sept. 8, 2022 safety communication about squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas in the capsule around breast implants.

Gluteal Fat Grafting: A joint safety statement

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Gluteal fat grafting, commonly known as "Brazilian Butt Lift" or BBL, has seen an increase in popularity in recent years. It is well-recognized that this procedure carries significant risk compared to other elective aesthetic surgical procedures and as a result, its increased popularity has resulted in deeply concerning levels of patient harm and mortality.

ASPS innovation partner MTI offers webinar series for start-ups and interested members

Thursday, August 18, 2022

A webinar series by MedTech Innovator (MTI), the largest accelerator of medical devices in the world, offers medical start-ups and interested members an educational resource to help bring ideas to market.

Remembering a pillar of plastic surgery, David Furnas, MD, 1931-2022

By Gabrielle LaBove, MD; Lohrasb R. Sayadi, MD; Jagmeet S. Arora; Leonardo Alaniz; Heather J. Furnas, MD; & Gregory R.D. Evans, MD Wednesday, August 17, 2022

David Furnas, MD, was a giant of plastic surgery who pioneered new frontiers and left a lasting impact on the specialty. He passed away peacefully on Aug. 15 at his home in Orange County, Calif., at the age of 91.

Award highlights the educational importance of "The Innovators"

By Paul Snyder Monday, August 15, 2022

"By Design: Breast Reconstruction," an episode of "The Innovators" series, earned Jeff Madden, the Society's staff media producer, and ASPS its first-ever Telly Award earlier this year. The national Telly Awards honor excellence in video across all screens.

ASPS membership provides discounted registration for Houston breast surgery conference

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The 8th International Breast Surgery Workshop (IBSW) and 4th World Consensus Conference on BIA-ALCL (WCC-BIAALCL) joint meetings to be hosted by MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Texas Medical Center Intercontinental Hotel, and ASPS members are invited to take advantage of a discounted registration fee.

'I'm going back – I need to see if I can help': ASPS member recounts Highland Park horror

By Paul Snyder Thursday, July 7, 2022

At first, ASPS member Loren Schechter, MD, thought kids were setting off fireworks. Then he noticed the tree he was standing under was shaking. Then he smelled the gun powder.

PRS hits Impact Factor record high for fifth time in six years

By Jim Leonardo Friday, July 1, 2022

InCites, a web-based research evaluation benchmarking and analytics tool, released its 2022 Journal Citation Report, revealing that Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery once again bested its Impact Factor from the previous year with an all-time high of 5.169 and was cited 47,800 times in 2021.

FDA recognizes The PSF-supported FACE-Q as a Medical Device Development Tool

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The FDA last week announced that it had accepted the FACE-Q as a qualified Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT) – a decision that not only provides the agency with patient perspective when it comes to evaluating new aesthetic treatments, but also national recognition for an idea that came into being thanks to The PSF's grant funding.

Remembering John Tebbetts, MD

By Steve Byrd, MD Monday, April 18, 2022

Steve Byrd, MD, and fellow ASPS members pay tribute to John Tebbetts, MD, who passed away in March at age 75. Dr. Tebbetts is remembered as a "perfectionist in all things that he pursued."

Vote now on ASPS, PSF Bylaws and ASPS Code of Ethics amendments

Friday, April 1, 2022

Active and Life Active ASPS members are encouraged to vote by May 31 on various amendments to the ASPS and PSF Bylaws and the ASPS Code of Ethics.

Remembering Michael Scheflan, MD, 1945-2022

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Plastic surgeons around the world are mourning the loss of Michael Scheflan, MD, past president of the Israel Society of Plastic Surgeons and a global leader in the specialty. Dr. Scheflan passed away on Feb. 12.

ASPS member is first plastic surgeon to win Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, February 15, 2022

ASPS member L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, made history in January as the first plastic surgeon to win the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award, which recognizes research in musculoskeletal disease or injury with great potential to advance patient care.

Medical start-ups invited to participate in MTI-ASPS plastic surgery track accelerator program

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Plastic surgeons positioned in the early or late (up to C-round funding) commercialization stages of creating a medical device, diagnostic or digital health company have the chance to become one of three Society-sponsored companies that will compete for up to $500,000 in prizes available through the MedTech Innovator ASPS plastic surgery track accelerator program.

ASPS supports lawsuit to stop regulatory overreach in No Surprises Act implementation

Thursday, January 13, 2022

On Jan. 10, ASPS joined seven national medical societies, 16 state medical societies and the Physicians Advocacy Institute in filing an amicus curiae brief supporting the American Medical Association/American Hospital Association’s lawsuit challenging a key aspect of the 2020 federal out-of-network billing reform legislation, also known as the No Surprises Act (NSA).

Remembering ASPS past President Norman Cole, MD, 1936-2021

By Paul Snyder Monday, January 10, 2022

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to ASPS past President Norman Cole, MD, who passed away on Dec. 29. He was 85.

Breast implant checklist requirement: What you need to know

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The FDA recently issued new requirements for breast implant manufacturers to ensure patients are made aware of potential risks associated with the device. These requirements, however, include a stipulation that surgeons must provide, discuss and sign a patient-decision checklist during the informed-consent process.

Drawing up plans for the future

By Paul Snyder Monday, December 6, 2021

The ASPS Board/EC Composition Task Force first convened in the fall of 2020 to identify opportunities for greater engagement on the part of the membership and significant stakeholders. The resulting task force recommendations led to the current plan for structural revisions to the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors.

New York governor suspends elective surgeries in hospitals where bed capacity is low

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

On Friday, Nov. 26, New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued an executive order suspending non-essential/elective surgery in hospitals where the associated hospital bed capacity is less than 10 percent.

FDA issues new labeling and informed-consent requirements for breast implants

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued new requirements designed to improve communication to patients who are considering breast implants.

Jeffrey Janis, MD, named president of American Hernia Society

Monday, October 18, 2021

As the first plastic surgeon to be named president of American Hernia Society (AHS), ASPS past President Jeffrey Janis, MD, says he wants to seize a unique opportunity for collaboration and growth.

Social Media Focus: Building your social media online resume – and considering TikTok

By Eric Shiah, BA, & Samuel J. Lin, MD, MBA Friday, October 15, 2021

Plastic surgery content on the TikTok platform is doing particularly well, with the #PlasticSurgery hashtag receiving more than 9.6 billion views.

Remembering Bryant Toth, MD, 1950-2021

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to ASPS member Bryant Toth, MD, San Francisco, who passed away unexpectedly Saturday at age 71 while in Italy.

Social Media Focus: Opportunities on newer platforms?

By Josef Hadeed, MD Thursday, July 15, 2021

Although businesses typically post content on the older, more established platforms, newer platforms can provide alternative options for plastic surgeons to promote their practices.

World Plastic Surgery Day highlights the importance of the specialty

Monday, July 12, 2021

Although ASPS will participate in World Plastic Surgery Day for the first time on July 15, the idea is not a new one. India has celebrated a National Plastic Surgery Day for the past decade and the roots for what is now an internationally recognized day can be found in the efforts planted there 10 years ago.

PRS smashes its own record for the fourth time in five years

By Paul Snyder Monday, July 12, 2021

The benchmarking and analytics tool InCites in June released its 2021 Journal Citation Report, revealing that PRS bested the 4.209 Impact Factor from last year that had, until this year's 4.730 Impact Factor, been its highest mark.

ASPS to launch new PRIDE Forum for LGBTQIA+ members

By Paul Snyder Friday, June 25, 2021

Arya Akhavan, MD, proposed an idea for the Society to form a committee for its LGBTQIA+ members and residents – an idea that quickly gained traction with leadership and has now resulted in the creation of the PRIDE Forum.

Ten steps to financial freedom for young attending physicians

By Jordan D. Frey, MD Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Financial freedom provides doctors with the opportunity to practice on their own terms, a distinct advantage in the current landscape where doctors are historically prone to burnout and moral injury.

ASPS, PSF past President Garry Brody, MD, MSc, passes away at age 88

By Jim Leonardo Monday, May 3, 2021

Plastic surgeons are paying tribute to Garry Brody, MD, MSc, a leader in ASPS/PSF and a noted innovator in plastic surgery, who passed away Thursday at age 88.

Update: CMS resumes Medicare claims processing and pauses Medicare sequestration

Thursday, April 15, 2021

As a result of quick work by Congress, President Biden this week signed legislation to stop the 2 percent sequestration cuts to Medicare payments until Dec. 31. Medicare Administrative Contractors, who had been holding claims with dates of service beyond March 31, have been instructed to immediately begin processing claims, with payments beginning as soon as April 19.

Medicare claims processing on hold

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary processing hold on all Medicare claims dated April 1 or later.

Social Media Focus: Using evergreen content to replace social media marketing

By Roy Kim, MD Thursday, April 1, 2021

Ah, marketing. You’re a plastic surgeon, your business is performing well, you’re board certified – so why in the world do you want to be a huckster and “sell” all the time and find different ways to describe your skills and results to prospective patients?

FDA issues new safety communication on ADMs

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The FDA released a new safety communication about acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) in implant-based breast reconstruction surgery.

Social Media Focus: Learning the language – and finding the time – for social media

By Anu Bajaj, MD Monday, March 1, 2021

I recently had a conversation with a patient who is a digital media consultant. After learning what she did, I remarked: “I hate social media.” Great to hear from a member of the Society’s Social Media Subcommittee, right?

Virtual to visionary: How we changed the game and created a record-breaking WPS Retreat

By Katerina Gallus, MD, and Ashley Amalfi, MD Monday, February 22, 2021

As we brainstormed and lamented the limitations of a virtual meeting, we never could have dreamed that more than 280 women would register and participate in the 2021 WPS Retreat.

Building upon the pillars of speed and quality for PRS Global Open

By Paul Snyder Monday, January 25, 2021

As Jeffrey Janis, MD, assumes the role of editor-in-chief for PRS Global Open, he says he's grateful for the strong reputation the journal has cultivated in its short history and determined to take it to new heights in a world that's increasingly "as big or small as you want to make it."

Social Media Focus: Keeping it real with Instagram Reels

By Ashley Amalfi, MD Friday, January 1, 2021

Reels is the latest video feature provided by Instagram. The feature follows in the footsteps of Instagram Stories and IGTV, and allows viewers to splice short video clips together to tell a story of 15-30 seconds.

Remembering a true giant of craniofacial surgery: Kenneth Salyer, MD, 1936-2020

By Paul Snyder Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Plastic surgeons around the world are mourning the loss of a giant in craniofacial surgery, Kenneth Salyer, MD, who passed away Monday at age 84.

Remembering ASPS past President James Hoehn, MD, 1938-2020

By Paul Snyder Monday, December 28, 2020

ASPS is mourning the loss of past President James Hoehn, MD, professor emeritus of plastic surgery at Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Hoehn passed away Thursday at age 82.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine may cause swelling, inflammation in those with facial fillers

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The FDA is reporting that people with cosmetic facial fillers could experience localized facial swelling and inflammation after receiving the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. The reactions have been mild, and physicians say this information should not stop people from getting the vaccine when able.

Remembering ASPS past President Elvin Zook, MD

By Paul Snyder Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Plastic surgeons are mourning the loss of a specialty legend, ASPS past President Elvin Zook, MD, who passed away Tuesday at age 83.

Remembering Melvin Spira, MD, DDS, 1925-2020

By Jim Leonardo & Paul Snyder Thursday, October 8, 2020

A giant in plastic surgery, Melvin Spira, MD, DDS, passed away Oct. 8 in California at age 95.

Social Media Focus: A look at growth as the Social Media Subcommittee turns 5 years old

By Heather Furnas, MD Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Five years ago, then-ASPS President David Song, MD, MBA, formed the Social Media Task Force, which quickly grew into a full-fledged subcommittee.

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.

Where do we go from here?

By Kendra Y. Mims-Applewhite Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Camille Cash, MD, Houston, comes from a family of physicians who made history in medicine – her great-uncle was the first African-American surgeon in southern Georgia, and her grandfather became the first African-American doctor in Brunswick, Ga.

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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