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Spring 2014 Newsletter

President's Message
John A. Persing, M.D.
John A. Persing, M.D.
John A. Persing, M.D.
Dear Colleagues:

We look forward to welcoming you to Miami and the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. We are very pleased to be at the historic Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach for what we anticipate being an exceptionally good educational program and social event.

We had a record number of abstract submissions for presentations at this meeting, 494, representing approximately a 20% increase over the previous high. This affords us a selection among the very best papers available in Plastic Surgery today for your review and discussion.

We have, under the scientific program direction of Drs. Steven Buchman and Deepak Narayan, selected topic focused sessions which we anticipate will bring about insightful and productive discussion. In addition to our continued tradition of invited discussants, we have allowed ample time for discussion from the floor, and paved the way for more audience participation through text-driven electronic media during our Panels.

We also wish to thank Dr. Paul Cederna and Dr. Chuck Butler for developing a preconference Reconstructive Symposium which will address many topics of controversy in our specialty, once again sparking lively debate in a thoughtful manner. We also have a terrific preconference Aesthetic Symposium developed by Drs. Bill Little and Peter Rubin, to highlight both advances and controversies in aesthetic surgery.

Building upon our Associationís past successful academic meetings, our focus in 2014 has been to provide the most interesting options for updating your knowledge about a number of topics. Drs. Buchman and Narayan have developed a new programming concept for the AAPS, an informal discussion session called Innovations and Libations, which will add to the breadth of the program through its offering of short, rapid fire presentations accompanied by informal discussion in the rear of the session room.

We have also continued the Monday morning collaborative small group sessions with masters of plastic surgery, and this year our Masters Sessions will include "The Evaluation and Treatment of a Child with Single Sutural Craniosynostosis" with Jeffrey Fearon, MD, "Lessons Learned from Hand/Arm Transplantation," with W.P. Andrew Lee, MD, "Facial Rejuvenation" with J. William Little, MD, and a thought-provoking ethical masters session moderated by Donald Lalonde, MD, entitled "Practical Tips and Ethics of Deciding How and When to Stop Your Surgical Practice at the Optimal Time." That will be in an open panel format with presentations by James May, MD, Andrew Salzberg, MD, Gary Fudem, MD, James Wells, MD and last yearís AAPS President, David Larson, MD.

Another continuation of programming added in 2013 is the Tuesday Young Faculty Forum, offered during our Annual Business Meeting for those who are not members of the AAPS, where Dr. Linda Phillips will speak on "Mentoring: What is it? Why do I need it? How do I get it?"

Finally, we have a well-developed social program which highlights the wonderful Latin influence of Miami's culture and the exuberance and friendliness associated with this. We hope this will re-energize us after a cold and blustery winter. We will have some special entertainment helping us kick the meeting off with our post-opening Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, and then we are incorporating our proximity to Cuba into our Monday evening Reception and Dinner. From the music to the food, we hope to provide a special ambiance to this wonderful evening.

On behalf of myself, and my wife Susan and our family, we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting, and we encourage you and your guests to please enjoy this truly spectacular educational opportunity and its unique venue, Miami.

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