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AAPS Winter 2017 Newsletter
A Message from your AAPS President

Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH

To our valued AAPS Members:

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families very Happy Holidays. Your Association has been extremely busy since our Annual Meeting held last Spring in Austin, Texas, and I am delighted to update you on some of our activities, as well as give a bit of a preview for our 2018 Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting Program for Seattle is almost completed, and final notifications will be sent out to our abstract submitters very soon. Program Chair Dr. Sheri Slezak and the members of the Program Committee have done an outstanding job in putting together what we expect will be a superb scientific program for AAPS members, residents and fellows, and guest surgeons. I also need to thank our Symposia Chairs who lead the Aesthetic and Reconstructive Symposia, and who have already organized outstanding pre-meeting Symposia for the Saturday and Sunday of our Annual Meeting. On the Aesthetic side, Drs. Mark Constantian and Peter Rubin have selected cutting edge issues to be discussed by leaders in aesthetic surgery. On the Reconstructive side, Drs. Paul Cederna and Chuck Butler have assembled a lineup of fresh and current reconstructive topics. The chairs have also worked together and collaborated to synergize the two pre-symposia, to ensure the best experience for all attendees.

While we always expect the finest in scientific presentations at our Annual Meeting, this year I am delighted to inform you that the Monday evening President’s Dinner will offer a truly unique venue, as we will be holding the event at the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle. Attendees and registered guests will have the opportunity to tour the full Chihuly museum in addition to sharing camaraderie and companionship for our dinner.

Something else new for 2018 is the introduction of our Cannon Students, a project supported by our generous Cannon members, which is providing scholarships for 10 medical students to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and learn more about our Association. Thanks to the Cannon members who have lent their enthusiasm and financial support to this new program.

You may recall that the AAPS introduced its webinar series in 2017, and so far we have held three webinars, the first focusing on Becoming a Department Chair, the second on Social Media, and the third and most recent being a successful presentation on Wearable Technology. All webinars have been recorded and are available on our website – access information is detailed later in this newsletter.

Over the summer, the AAPS held another Expert Consensus Conference, chaired by Drs. Babak Mehrara and David Song. This year’s topic is Lymphedema, and the conference participants have been working hard over these past several months to assemble a manuscript to report their findings, including recommendations for protocols for future studies and trials, with a view toward helping to standardize reporting on this important subject.

The AAPS Investment Committee was very busy over the summer and fall reviewing the status of our investments. Following a series of interviews, the committee recommended, and the Board approved, moving our investments to Vanguard, in a managed portfolio with a dedicated investment advisor. AAPS’ total investments have done well historically, and we are excited to continue to experience strong performance with Vanguard.

On the investment side, strong investment performance, legacy gifts and continued pledges to the 1/10/100 campaign have led us to the very brink of a full $5 million commitment for our Academic Scholar Awards, Dr. Charles Verheyden, our Development Committee Chair, is currently working on a full portfolio of support options for members who wish to donate to any AAPS fund, in support of multiple programs and awards.

While this is just a summary of some of the Association’s activity, I want to assure you that all our committees have been active, and made interim reports to our Board at our midyear meeting held in late October in Chicago. I offer sincere thanks to all committee chairs and members for their service to the Association. The work and time they dedicate to serving the AAPS is exemplary.

Once again, I offer my warmest greetings to you and yours for the season, as well as the very best for a Happy and Healthy 2018.

Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH
AAPS President

97th Annual Meeting

97th Annual Meeting

97th Annual Meeting
April 7-10, 2018
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Registration and housing will open in January.

Educational Webinar Series

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) is pleased to continue its new educational Webinar series. Participants on these webinars can hear from experts on various topics and will be able to engage with the presenters during the sessions.

Webinars are available on the AAPS website.

Wearable Technology
Technology and Social Media (Tips & Traps, Friends & Foes)
So You Want to be a Department Chair

You may view past webinars by logging into the members only area.

Academic Scholar Fund Drive
1-10-100 Campaign Pledge Make a pledge to the 1-10-100 Campaign
$1K donated per year for 10 years with 100% Participation could mean $5 million to fully fund the Academic Scholar Awards!

Pledge Now!

2017 Annual Meeting Photo Highlights
View photos from the 2017 Annual Meeting
Annual Business Meeting Minutes


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
12:30 pm
JW Marriott Hotel
Austin, Texas


  1. Call to Order

    Dr. James Zins welcomed the members to the 96th Annual Business Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and called the meeting to order. Dr. Zins reminded members that the membership ballots had been distributed and he asked all members to complete the ballots. He appointed Drs. Risal Djohan and Steven Bernard as Tellers with Dr. Djohan serving as the Head Teller.

    Dr. Mary McGrath, Parliamentarian, declared a quorum present.

  2. Approval of the Minutes of the May 22, 2016, Annual Business Meeting

    Dr. Zins called to members’ attention the Minutes of the May 22, 2016, Annual Business Meeting, which had been summarized in the President’s Newsletter that is available on the AAPS website as well as distributed electronically to all members.

    VOTED to accept the Minutes of the May 22, 2016, Annual Business Meeting as circulated to the membership.

  3. Report of the Secretary

    Dr. Linda Phillips, Secretary, reported that this Annual Meeting had a very robust attendance with 395 professional attendees and 26 spouses/guests. She also reported that the AAPS membership continues to grow. The current membership included: 244 Life Fellows and 608 Active Fellows for a total of 852 members.

    The following members have requested transfer to Life membership:

    Stephan Ariyan
    Gary Burget
    Hollis Caffee
    Richard Dabb
    Jose Guerrerosantos
    Gary Fudem
    Austin Mehrohf
    Bruce Shack
    Bahman Teimourian

    VOTED to approve the transfer of these individuals to Life Fellow status.

    Dr. Phillips asked members to observe a moment of silence for the following members who had passed away since the last meeting and whose memoirs have been published in the program book.

    Claude C. Coleman
    John D. Constable
    B. Herold Griffith
    Ted Huang
    Michael McGuire
    L. Richard Morgan
    Rexford Allan Peterson
    Willard D. Rowland
    Scott L. Spear
    William Cronin Trier
    Lars M. Vistnes
    H. Bruce Williams

    Dr. Phillips thanked everyone who wrote memoirs for these members.

    Dr. Phillips reported that 24 applicants for membership including 6 second-time applicants had completed their applications in a timely manner and fulfilled all the membership qualifications. In accordance with AAPS By-Laws all prospective candidates were ranked by the Membership Committee and applicants were sent to all Active and Life members in rank order. The final slate was presented to the Board for ratification. Based on membership ranking and Board ratification, a slate of 18 candidates was selected for inclusion on the membership ballot. Dr. Phillips thanked the members present for their vigorous efforts to continue to seek out the highest and best-qualified candidates for membership in AAPS.

    Anuja K. Antony
    Heather Furnas
    Michael L. Gimbel
    Jeffrey Hammnoudeh
    Benoit Hendrickx
    Joon Pio Hong
    Michael A. Howard
    Michael J. Klebuc
    Alexander Y. Lin
    Evan Matros
    Julie Park
    Ivona Percec
    Samuel O. Poore
    Aldona J. Spiegel
    Alexander M. Spiess
    Derek Steinbacher
    Alex K. Wong
    Toni Zhong

  4. Report of the Officers

    1. Report of the President

      • Dr. Zins thanked everyone for the privilege of presiding as President of the Association for the past year and expressed his deepest gratitude to the Board and committees for their hard work and support. He reported on two new initiatives; a new collaboration with the Ti-Shang Chang Foundation which would be totally funded by the Ti-Shang Chang Foundation. He indicated he would be meeting with the Foundation representative later in the afternoon, but this collaboration would allow two Chinese plastic surgeons to come to the U.S. to study for six months and one young plastic surgeon from the U.S. to travel and study in China for 4-6 weeks. He also reported that Dr. Harry Moon has offered to support a young surgeon attending the AAPS Annual Meeting each year.

      • Dr. Zins informed the membership about efforts to add more diversity to the Association, and how excellent candidates could be encouraged to speak with members and learn more about the criteria for membership.

      • He noted that the committees had been active and engaged, and would continue to look forward in the future for new and innovative initiatives. He commented that this is a very robust association with a very brilliant and extremely capable President-Elect in Mary McGrath.

    2. Report of the President-Elect

      Dr. Mary McGrath commented that this had been an excellent year and an excellent program at this annual meeting. She noted she had a very productive meeting with the current and new committee chairs with many new ideas and initiatives which she hopes to implement. Her theme for the next year is “Optimism” – finding solutions for problems rather than saying that’s the way it’s always been. She also invited everyone to please let Sheri Slezak know of any suggestions for programming next year.

    3. Report of the Treasurer

      In the absence of Dr. Havlik, Dr. Zins reported that the Association is in solid financial position with total assets as of December 31, 2016, of $5,530,190 and total liabilities of $222.428. With total receipts of $988,224 and total disbursements of $707,427 and investment income of $319,998, the Association had a Net Cash Operating surplus of $600,795.

      VOTED to approve the report of the Treasurer.

  5. Report of Committees

    1. Development Committee

      Dr. Charles Verheyden reported that the goal of million was very close with $300,000 left to hit goal, and that the figure noted was the cumulative result of actual dollars, pledges, bequests, and commitments to the Association. He noted that each Board member had personally called members of the Association to pledge and he asked everyone present to please pledge if they have not already done so.

      Dr. Zins asked for the report of the Tellers and announced that all candidates have been elected and will be inducted into Fellowship as the Class of 2017 and who will be formally introduced at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

    2. Report of the Nominating Committee

      Dr. Michael Bentz thanked the members of the Nominating Committee, Drs. William Crawley, Jeffrey Janis, Kant Lin and Charles Verheyden. He then presented the report of the AAPS Nominating Committee reporting that after careful consideration, the AAPS slate of officers for the year 2017-2018 was as follows:

      President Mary McGrath, MD
      President-Elect Nicholas Vedder, MD
      Vice President Donald Mackay, MD
      Secretary Linda Phillips, MD
      Treasurer Robert Havlik, MD
      Historian W.P. Andrew Lee, MD
      Trustees James Zins, MD (Past President)
      Mark Constantian, MD
      Greg Evans, MD

      Dr. Zins thanked Dr. Bentz for the Report of the Nominating Committee and asked the membership for other nominations from the floor. Hearing none, it was

      VOTED to approve the report of the Nominating Committee as presented.

      Dr. Zins congratulated Dr. Mackay on his being selected as Vice President, and also acknowledged Drs. Greg Evans and Mark Constantian for their selection as Trustees.

      Dr. Zins thanked Dr. Crawley for his service to the AAPS as a Trustee for the past three years and he also thanked Dr. Bentz for his many years of service to the Association on the Board.

      Dr. Zins then asked for nominations from the floor for the two positions on the Nominating Committee for next year.

      VOTED to elect Drs. Steven Kasten and Julia Terzis to serve on the Nominating Committee for 2018.

      Dr. Zins announced that the next meeting will be at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington, April 7-10, 2018

      Dr. Zins then invited the incoming president, Dr. Mary McGrath, to the podium and presented the AAPS gavel to her. Dr. McGrath expressed her heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Zins for his service to AAPS as President during the past year noting it had been a banner year. She thanked Dr. Zins for his dedication, his thoughtfulness, his collegiality and his sense of humor noting that AAPS had benefited from having him as President this past year. She then presented the Presidential Plaque to Dr. Zins commemorating his year as AAPS President.

      Dr. McGrath thanked the membership for the honor of serving as their President and is looking forward to working with the Board and the committees during the coming year.

  6. Old Business

    There was no old business.

  7. New Business

    There was no new business.

  8. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the 65th Annual Meeting, Dr. McGrath adjourned the meeting to a close at 12:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Phillips, MD, Secretary

Welcome 2017 New Members

18 new members were elected to membership in AAPS. The Class of 2017 will be formally introduced at the 2018 Annual Meeting at the Westin in Seattle, Washington.

Anuja K. Antony, MD - Chicago, IL
Heather Furnas, MD - Santa Rosa, CA
Michael Gimbel, MD - Pittsburgh, PA
Jeffrey Hammoudeh, MD - Los Angeles, CA
Benoit IMM Hendrickx, MD - Brussels, Belgium
Joon Pio P. Hong, MD, PhD - Seoul, Korea
Michael A. Howard, MD - Northbrook, IL
Michael J. Klebuc, MD - Houston, TX
Alexander Y. Lin, MD, FACS - St. Louis, MO
Evan Matros, MD - New York, NY
Julie E. Park, MD - Chicago, IL
Ivona Percec, MD, PhD - Philadelphia, PA
Samuel O. Poore, MD, PhD - Madison, WI
Aldona Spiegel, MD - Houston, TX
Alexander M. Spiess, MD - Pittsburgh, PA
Derek M. Steinbacher, MD - New Haven, CT
Alex K. Wong, MD - Los Angeles, CA
Toni Zhong, MD - Toronto, ON, Canada

Academic Scholar Awards

AAPS is pleased to be able to award two Academic Scholarships for 2017 2019

Dino J. Ravnic, DO, Pennsylvania State University
"Bioproduction of Vascularized Pancreatic Beta Cell Clusters from Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells"

Research Achievement Awards

Research Achievement Awards were presented for basic science and clinical research.

Babak Mehrara, MD, Research Achievement Award for Basic Science

Andrea Pusic, MD, Research Achievement Award for Clinical Research


AAPS encourages all members to consider service on an AAPS committee. Please take a look at the committee list and contact the Administrative office if you ae interested in serving on a committee next year.

View 2017 2018 Committees

2018 Applicants for Membership
Candidates whose applications have been received for AAPS membership in 2018. You are invited to review these and offer any comments for consideration via our email:

Peter B. Arnold, MD, PhD - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Chris A. Campbell, MD - University of Virginia
Edward (EJ) J. Caterson, MD, PhD - Brigham and Women's Hospital
Stephanie Caterson, MD - Brigham and Women's Hospital
Abigail E. Chaffin, MD - Tulane University
Tae W. Chong, MD - University of Colorado
Jorge Alejandro Conejero, MD - Montefiore Medical Center
Marcin Czerwinski, MD, PhD - Baylor Scott & White
Michael Davis, MD - US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Michael Feldman, MD - Virginia Commonwealth University
Ida K. Fox, MD - Washington University School of Medicine
Caroline A. Glicksman, MD - Hackensack Meridian
Chad Gordon, DO - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Kent K. Higdon, MD - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Suhail Kanchwala, MD - University of Pennsylvania
Roger K. Khouri, MD - Miami Breast Center & Miami Hand Center
Jeffrey Kozlow, MD, MS - Univeristy of Michigan
John A. LoGiudice, MD - Medical College of Wisconsin
H. Peter Lorenz, MD - Stanford University School of Medicine
Michael A. Lypka, MD, DMD - Children's Mercy Hospital
Terry Maffi, MD - Maffi Clinics
Jeffery R. Marcus, MD - Duke University
Adeyiza O. Momoh, MD - University of Michigan
Rei Ogawa, MD, PhD, FACS - Nippon Medical School
Kamlesh B. Patel, MD, MSc - Washington University in St. Louis
Ash Patel, MBChB - Albany Medical Center
Chad Perlyn, MD, PHD - Nicklaus CHildren's Hospital
Ivo A. Pestana, MD - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Bauback Safa, MD - The Buncke Clinic
Loren S. Schechter, MD - Loren S. Schechter, MD, FACS
Graham S. Schwarz, MD - Cleveland Clinic
Ann Schwentker, MD - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Douglas S. Steinbrech, BS - Gotham Plastic Surgery
Marissa Tenenbaum, MD - Washington University School of Medicine
Oren M. Tepper, MD - Montefiore Medical Center
Raymond Tse, MD, FRCSC - Seattle Children's Hospital
Jason G. Williams, MD - Dalhousie University