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Winter 2017 Newsletter

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

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