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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Annual Business Meeting Minutes


Sunday, May 22, 2016
12:00 pm
Sheraton New York Hotel
New York, New York


  1. Call to Order

    Dr. Michael Bentz welcomed the members to the 95th Annual Business Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and called the meeting to order. Dr. Bentz reminded members that the membership ballots had been distributed and he asked all members to complete the ballots. He appointed Drs. Scott Hultman, Tom Lawrence and Neil Salyapongse as Tellers with Dr. Salyapongse serving as the Head Teller.

    Dr. James Zins, Parliamentarian, declared a quorum present.

  2. Approval of the Minutes of the April 14, 2015, Annual Business Meeting

    Dr. Bentz called to membersí attention the Minutes of the April 14, 2015, Annual Business Meeting, which had been summarized in the Presidentís Newsletter that is available on the AAPS website as well as distributed electronically to all members.

    VOTED to accept the Minutes of the April 14, 2015, Annual Business Meeting as circulated to the membership.

  3. Report of the Secretary

    Dr. Linda Phillips, Secretary, reported that the AAPS membership continued to grow. The current membership included: 229 Life Fellows and 607 Active Fellows for a total of 836 members.

    The following members have requested transfer to Life membership:
    Juan Angelats
    Fritz Barton, Jr.
    David Billmire
    Bruce L. Cunningham
    Jack A. Friedland
    Federick Heckler
    Debbie A. Kennedy
    Louis Morales
    Ferdinand A. Ofodile
    Robert C. Savage
    Norman H. Schulman
    Lester Silver
    James H. Wells
    Ronald M. Zuker

    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 were available at the back of the room:
    Gustavo A. Colon
    David A. Grant
    Thomas J. Krizek
    Robby Meijer
    Irving Rappaport
    Gerald M. Sloan
    Armand D. Versaci
    William Z. Zamboni
    Harvey A. Zarem

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

    Dr. Phillips reported that 33 applicants for membership including 1 second-time applicant and 1 third-time applicant had completed their applications in a timely manner and fulfilled all the membership qualifications. In accordance with AAPS By-Laws all prospective candidates were presented in the Fall Newsletter and presented to the Board for information and formal ranking prepared and distributed to all Active and Life Fellows. Based on membership ranking and Board recommendation, a slate of 26 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.

    Jugpal S. Arneja
    Craig Birgfeld
    William J. Casey
    Rodney K. Chan
    Jeffrey B. Friedrich
    Patrick B. Garvey
    Mirko S. Gilardino
    Jeffrey Gusenoff
    Scott L. Hansen
    Reza Jarrahy
    Timothy S. Johnson
    Stephen J. Kovach
    Edward S. Lee
    Howard Levinson
    Alanna M. Rebecca
    Shai Rozen
    S. Raja Sabapathy
    Jesse C. Selber
    Davinder J. Singh
    William G. Stevens
    Stephen R. Sullivan
    Eric Swanson
    Helena O. Taylor
    Choudry Umar
    Stephen J. Vega
    Jennifer L. Walden

  4. Report of the Officers

    1. Report of the President

      Dr. Bentz thanked everyone for the privilege of presiding as President of the Association for the past year and expressed his deepest gratitude to the Board for their hard work and support. He commented on the successful joint meeting with PSRC and thanked Babak Mehrara, Chair of the PSRC, for his excellent collaboration in helping to get everything scheduled in a manner that would work for both organizations. He also thanked Michael Neumeister and the Program Committee for putting together an excellent program for AAPS. Dr. Bentz noted that the post meeting survey would indicate the success of this joint effort to determine if it will be held jointly again in the future. It would not be a joint meeting in 2017.
    2. Report of the President-Elect

      Dr. James Zins commented that this was an awe inspiring meeting, and noted that following Dr. Bentz will be a challenge. He stated that he would rely on Dr. Bentz, as well as incoming President-Elect Dr. Mary McGrath and Secretary Dr. Linda Phillips for their support and insight during the coming year. Dr. Zins opined that the AAPS is more than just an Annual Meeting, noting the Preceptorship program where members will be able to visit other institutions which will be completed in 2017 by Greg Evans. He also noted that the Development Committee has been working hard to attain its $5,000,000 goal and the Technology Committee, chaired by Arin Greene, will be expanding technology not only in programming but throughout the entire Association. He indicated that he would expect all AAPS committees to be active and engaged during the coming year.
    3. Report of the Treasurer

      Dr. Donald Mackay reported that the Association is in solid financial position with total assets as of December 31, 2015, of $4,882,227 and total liabilities of $175,259. With total revenues of $943,242 and total disbursements of $847.664 the Association had a Net Cash Operating surplus of $95,579 which was reduced by investment losses of $17,713, for a final net surplus of $77,866.

      VOTED to approve the report of the Treasurer.

  5. Report of Committees

    1. ICONS Project

      Dr. Linda Phillips reported on the progress of the ICONS Project, noting that it was a joint effort of the AAPS and the PSF that will preserve the contributions of plastic surgery leaders for future generations. She thanked everyone who have been interviewed and she thanked David Lavine who has been doing the interviews. A very large number had agreed to be interviewed during the New York Meeting, and she noted that the Association is always looking for additional suggestions for ICONS.
    2. Development Committee

      Dr. James Zins reminded the membership that the Hoopes, Peer and Furnas Funds could not support an Academic Scholar individually, and so the principles of all three funds had been merged so that an Academic Scholar could be funded on annual basis with the interest. The 1-10-100 campaign ($1,000 per year for 10 years with 100% participation) was initiated as part of the strategic plan to raise $5,000,000. With current earnings and pledges, the Association is currently at $4,447,000, and Dr. Zins implored everyone to contribute to this campaign, to help support one of the AAPSí most enduring programs on behalf of young researchers. Dr. Bentz 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 2016 and who will be formally introduced at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

  6. Report of the Nominating Committee

    Dr. Steve Ariyan thanked the members of the Nominating Committee, Drs. Joseph Losee, Joseph Serletti, Donald Mackay and Julia Terzis. He then presented the report of the AAPS Nominating Committee reporting that after careful consideration, the AAPS slate of officers for the year 2017-2017 was as follows:
    President: James Zins, MD
    President-Elect: Mary McGrath, MD
    Vice President: Nicholas Vedder, MD
    Secretary: Linda Phillips, MD
    Treasurer: Robert Havlik, MD
    Historian: W. P. Andrew Lee, MD
    Trustees: Michael L. Bentz, MD (Past President)
    Paul Cederna, MD
    James Chang, MD
    Dr. Bentz thanked the outgoing Board Trustees, Donald Lalonde and Joseph Serletti, and outgoing Treasurer, Donald Mackay, for their service to the AAPS.

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

    VOTED to elect Drs. Jeffrey Janis and Kant Lin to serve on the Nominating Committee for 2017.

    Dr. Michael Bentz announced that the next meeting will be at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, March 25-28, 2017.

    Dr. Bentz then presented the AAPS gavel to Dr. Zins. Dr. Zins thanked Dr. Bentz for his service to AAPS as President during the past year and presented the Presidential Plaque to Dr. Bentz commemorating his year as AAPS President. Dr. Bentz expressed his sincere gratitude for the honor to serve as President of the AAPS noting we will continue to work collaboratively with PSRC and handing the gavel to Dr. Zins he commented that the Association is in very good hands.

    Dr. Zins thanked the membership for the honor of serving as their President. He noted he is looking forward to working with Mary McGrath and the AAPS committees during the coming year.

  7. Adjournment

    There being no further business to come before the 95th Annual Meeting, Dr. Zins adjourned the meeting to a close at 12:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Phillips
Linda Phillips, MD

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