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Plastic Surgery Foundation Inducts Yale Physician as President
John A. Persing, MD is named President of The PSF

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - John A. Persing, MD, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine, was named president of The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) at Plastic Surgery 2010, the annual scientific assembly of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The PSF is the research arm of the ASPS, the world's largest plastic surgery association and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Persing will serve as PSF president for one year.

"The PSF is the keystone of research support for plastic surgeons," said Dr. Persing. "As its president, I plan to build on the efforts of my predecessors by furthering the quantity and quality of research in plastic surgery, to help ensure patients continue to receive high quality care, cutting-edge techniques, and safe procedures."

An ASPS Member Surgeon since 1985, Dr. Persing currently serves on the ASPS/PSF Research Oversight Committee and ASPS/PSF Board of Directors. He has also served on the Research Coordinating Council, Academic Affairs and Governance Task Forces.

Dr. Persing has been in practice for 34 years and acquired his American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification in 1985. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did surgical residency training at the University of Arizona, then completed both neurosurgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Virginia. He also received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Yale.  In addition to craniofacial surgery, Dr. Persing's clinical interests include treating craniofacial trauma, vascular malformations of the head and neck, and cosmetic surgery of the face, trunk, and extremities. Dr. Persing is also an expert in treating skin cancer.

Dr. Persing resides in Madison, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan. They have two children, Sarah and John Scott, both currently in medical school.

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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