AAPS, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
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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

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