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As of November 1, 2016, more than 700 members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and The Plastic Surgery Foundation serve on 65 committees. The term "committee" is used generically to include committees, subcommittees, work groups, task forces, councils, etc.

Committee Service Application

The 2018 leadership year application period closed on 4/30/2017. The 2019 leadership year application period will open on 2/1/2018.

Applications for the 2018 leadership year (October 9, 2017 to October 1, 2018) are currently under review by the committee leaders, then by the Board Vice President over the business line, and then by the ASPS or PSF President-elect who shall make the final appointment. This year, more than 300 members applied to serve on at least one of the 63 regular committees or subcommittees. Every applicant will be appointed to at least one committee or subcommittee, with the invitations for committee service expected to be sent via email in mid-to-late August.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to improve the practice of plastic surgery by influencing health policy, research, quality issues, leadership and professional development, ethical behavior, and best practices for domestic and international service missions.

Members and affiliates in the membership categories listed below may serve on many of the Society/Foundation committees.

  • Active
  • Life Active
  • Candidates for Active
  • International
  • Retired International
  • Military Candidate for Active
  • Active Military
  • Affiliate (Continuing Education Committee only)

With approval from their Training Program Director, Resident Affiliates, in the membership categories listed below, may apply to serve on designated committees. Please refer to the Residents & Fellows Forum Committees page for additional information.

  • Resident in Training
  • Surgeon in Fellowship
  • International Resident

Frequently Asked Questions about Committee Service

Committee Service FAQ

Committee Appointments Guideline

The Executive Committee approved the Guideline for Committee Appointments, which formalizes the process by which committee appointments are made each year, on 1/25/2017.

Committee Listing

The Society / Foundation's 65 committees are divided into Business Lines listed below. Members may click on the Business Line name to see the committees under that line. Alternatively, a visual representation is available on the Governance Organizational Chart.

Committees Site

In November 2015, ASPS launched its new and easy-to-use Committee Site to replace the SharePoint committee site. The Committee Site houses general information available to all committee members, as well as committee-specific information such as:

  • Committee meeting agenda
  • Minutes from past committee meetings
  • Upcoming events
  • Roster
  • Committee description

How to Access General Files

Files, such as the Governance Organizational Chart, Member Travel Reimbursement Policy and Reimbursement Form, Society and Foundation Bylaws, etc., are available to Society members and can be accessed by clicking on the file name in the General Files area on the lower right of the My Committees home screen.

How to Access Committee-Specific Information

Committee-specific documents and information can be found on the committee's homepage, accessible by clicking on the committee name on the left side of the screen. Only members of the specific committee may access the committee's documents.

Member Travel Policy

The Society/Foundation Member Travel Reimbursement Policy provides specific guidelines for reimbursement for expenses associated with travel to Society and Foundation committee meetings. The Member Travel Reimbursement Policy At-A-Glance document summarizes many of those requirements, but the Travel Policy contains all the details.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

Beginning with the 2017 leadership year, all committee, subcommittee, work group and task force members are required to annually submit a Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Statement.

With this new online form, members may update their COI Disclosure Statement as necessary throughout the year. Staff liaisons will run new disclosure reports approximately two (2) weeks prior to each Board or Committee meeting to attach to the committee's agenda.

Additional information, including the Society's COI Policy and Governing Documents, is available on the Conflict of Interest Resources page.

Additional Committee Resources

Additional Committee Resources are accessible from the link posted to the Surgeon Community page.


Please direct questions about the Society / Foundation committees to