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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.

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