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Spring 2015 Newsletter

President's Message
Stephan Ariyan, MD, FACS
Stephan Ariyan, MD, FACS
Stephan Ariyan, MD, FACS

I am sure everyone joins me in welcoming spring, particularly those of us who have seen one of the worst winters we can all remember. In order to help you purge those snowy memories, I want to extend one more personal invitation to join us at our AAPS Annual Meeting at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona from the 11th to 14th of April. We have an outstanding program, guided by the efforts of Dr. Bob Havlik and the entire Scientific Program Committee. With a second year of near-record abstract submissions, our committee had a bounty of superb papers to choose from, continuing the excellence of our Association meeting. I also want thank our Symposia Chairs, Drs. Chuck Butler and Paul Cederna on the Reconstructive side, and Drs. Bill Little and Peter Rubin on the Aesthetic side. Our Sunday afternoon Opening Ceremony features the introduction of our new members, our traditional awards and recognitions of the leaders in our specialty, and the Presidential Address. That evening I look forward to joining everyone at our Welcome Reception and Poster viewing in our Exhibit area.

The Association will continue the successful morning Masters' Breakfast Sessions, as well as the Monday afternoon Innovations and Libations session with Dr. Steve Buchman returning as Moderator. Monday will also feature this yearís Murray Lecturer, Dr. Charles Balch, who will speak on Melanoma Management. Dr. Havlik will moderate a special Ethics Panel focused on Conflicts of Interest, which we hope will spur thoughtful interactive discussion from our members. Monday evening is our traditional Presidential Dinner and Banquet. We have a packed day of diverse scientific sessions on Tuesday, as well as the presentation of our 2015 Expert Consensus Panel on DVT Prophylaxis. I joined this yearís Panel in Atlanta March 13-15, and Dr. Kevin Chung and the panelists did an outstanding job drilling down into an extensive meta-analysis and systematic review.

Tuesday luncheon will offer both the Member Business Meeting as well as a Young Surgeons Forum with Dr. David Larson offering advice on how to develop a successful practice. I commend Dr. Larson for participating not only in the program for young surgeons, but also for organizing the Sunday Cannon Dinner for our senior members. Our senior members have so much to add to our Association and we want to keep each of you as involved as possible in our ongoing activities.

The Association had heard and is responding to the requests of our members to incorporate more technology into the Annual Meeting. This year's Meeting App will have a Twitter link, and our Technology Committee is identifying a number of young surgeons who will help "tweet" the meeting throughout our 4 days. If you have a Twitter account, please join the discussion! We are also debuting Electronic Posters, which will allow all attendees the opportunity to scroll posters at their leisure on large screens. The Resident Poster competition will be done on Sunday, utilizing the e-Posters. Finally, we are again incorporating real-time audience response via text message, and certain sessions will offer this opportunity to audience members to respond to questions.

One outgrowth of our Strategic Planning over the past several years has been an outreach to our sister societies, to develop positive collaborations. A long-time partner is EURAPS, where we have reciprocal Board seats, leadership representation at each otherís Annual Meetings, and last year launched the first AAPS-EURAPS Academic Scholar Award. ACAPS has been holding its Spring Retreat, ACAPS Panel and Business Meeting with us for many years, and now also features the ACAPS Goldwyn Mentoring Award, which is presented during the Opening Ceremony. Our Joint ICONS Program, in conjunction with the PSF, launched last fall and is a seminal initiative to record lengthy interviews with the lions of our specialty, to preserve their recollections for posterity. These interviews are being jointly hosted by AAPS and PSF, and we have a 10-minute excerpt of some of those interviews available for viewing throughout the meeting. We also continue to partner with PSF on the Academic Scholar Award. We always welcome sister societies to have a presence at our meeting, and we have recently entered collaborative discussions with ASAPS. Next year, in a special initiative, we will come together with the PSRC on a Joint Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Finally, the Association is extremely proud to be the venue for the Tribute Dinner for Dr. Barry Noone, outgoing President of the ABPS.

It may sound like much focus is on the Annual Meeting, but our Officers, Board members and Committees are busy all year on so many initiatives, be it awards, governance, membership, identifying future leaders, and raising funds for Development. These individuals work tirelessly all year and their efforts serve to further enhance the strength of our Association. Each year we issue a Call for Volunteers, where we encourage members to nominate or self-nominate for service positions, and I encourage everyone who wants a role in the AAPS to step up and make that known.

The AAPS Central Office in Beverly, Massachusetts, is our base of operations, and if you have questions or need information, please reach out to our team, led by Executive Director Aurelie Alger and Associate Executive Director Becky Bonsaint.

It has been my honor to serve as your President this past year. I thank you, our members, for entrusting me with the leadership of the Association.

Stephan Ariyan, MD

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