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American Society of Plastic Surgeons Welcomes New Leaders at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2015
David H. Song, MD, New President of American Society of Plastic Surgeons; Charles E. Butler, MD, New President of The Plastic Surgery Foundation

CHICAGO – The nation's leading plastic surgeons and allied health professionals welcomed their new leaders at this year's scientific conference, Plastic Surgery: The Meeting, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announced today.

David H. Song, MD, new president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery with additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery. In addition, at the University of Chicago Medicine, he is Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Chief, Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Director, Residency Training Program. Dr. Song serves on the board of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), an organization that provides free surgical care for children with congenital deformities in the Dominican Republic. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and past president of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons and formerly served as President-Elect for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Song succeeds Scot B. Glasberg, MD, as president of ASPS.

Charles E. Butler, MD, will serve as the president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) and is Chairman and Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, he is board certified in both general and plastic surgery. Dr. Butler is a well-recognized expert in reconstructive surgery, particularly in complex reconstruction and microsurgery, with over 300 publications and 700 invited national and international presentations, instructional courses, and lecture. He is also an international expert in complex torso reconstruction, microsurgery, flap, component separation, implantable biologic matrices and tissue engineered constructs. Dr. Butler follows Nicholas Vedder, MD, as president of The PSF.

"I join Dr. Vedder in expressing our pride at having led these two great organizations for the last year. We have genuinely enjoyed participating at this level with such distinguished professionals," Glasberg said. "We enthusiastically welcome Drs. Song and Butler to their new roles."

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 7,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. 

About The PSF

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), founded in 1948, supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients through research and development. The PSF accomplishes its mission by providing invaluable support to the research of plastic surgery sciences through a variety of grant programs. The PSF works in concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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