American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
Summer 2020 Newsletter

Don Mackay, MD, President
Don Mackay, MD

Sue and I send our best wishes to all our Association Members, as well as your families and colleagues. These are very strange times, and we hope that despite the challenges we face in this COVID-19 world, you all have had the opportunity this summer to enjoy a little quiet time and perhaps savor some of the slower moments thrust upon all of us when outside our practice settings.

Our Association communications into late Spring were focused on the cancelation of the Annual Meeting in Chicago and the implications for the 2021 meeting at the Turnberry Resort, Aventura, just outside Miami. While we do not know what the coming months will bring, at this time our Board is cautiously optimistic that we may be able to come together and begin to share, albeit cautiously, the fellowship, collegiality, and recognition of excellence in our field for which our Association is so well known. More


Joseph E. Losee, MD, Program Co-Chair
Joseph E. Losee, MD
Program Co-Chair
T. Shane Johnson, MD, Program Co-Chair
T. Shane Johnson, MD
Program Co-Chair

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this update finds you happy and healthy during these unprecedented times. It is our distinct honor to serve as Program Co-Chairs for the Association's 99th Annual meeting which will take place in Miami May 15-18, 2021, at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort.

As outlined by Don Mackay in his Presidentís Message, the AAPS board elected to delay the 2020 meeting by a year in an effort to maintain our members' safety while preserving the massive efforts of those involved in delivering the best scientific and social program in organized Plastic Surgery. To that end, the 2021 meeting program will remain essentially unchanged with all planned awards, special lectures, and scientific presentations carrying over from 2020. More

2020 New Members

The following individuals are the AAPS Class of 2020 and will be recognized at the 2021 Annual Meeting but here is your first look:

Alexander F. Au, MD
Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD
Wei Fan Chen, MD
Jonathan Cheng, MD
Angela Cheng, MD
Joseph H. Dayan, MD
Amir H. Dorafshar, MD
Karen Evans, MD
Joshua Fosnot, MD
Jesse A. Goldstein MD
Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD
Raymond J. Harshbarger, MD
Victor J. Hassid, MD
Melinda Haws, MD
Michael E. Hill, M.D., PhD
Tara L. Huston, MD
Daniel Jaffurs, MD, PhD
Anand R. Kumar MD
Justine C. Lee MD, PhD
Ines C. Lin, MD
Aaron C. Mason
Amy Moore, MD
Minh-Doan T. Nguyen, MD, PhD
David M. Otterburn, MD
John D. Potochny, MD
Yvonne M. Rasko, MD
Dino J. Ravnic, DO, MPH
Douglas Ross, MD, MEd
Thomas D. Samson MD
Dhruv Singhal, MD
Thomas J. Sitzman, MD, MPH
Alison K. Snyder-Warwick, MD
Nicole Z. Sommer, MD
James T. Thompson, MD
Christian J. Vercler, MD
Mark D. Walsh, MD
Lesley Wong, MD

Sponsor a New Member

The 2021 AAPS Membership application cycle is open and we are currently asking all members to identify potential candidates for membership in the AAPS and initiate an application. As always we are hoping to identify candidates who not only meet our rigorous academic requirements, but also represent a more diverse population. If you have a friend or colleague you feel meet the criteria please login to the Members-Only area to initiate their application.

Please note due to a bylaws change you may now sponsor up to five (5) applicants now. If you have any questions regarding criteria, the point system, or initiating an application feel free to contact the AAPS Administrative Offices at any time.

99th Annual Meeting

Educational Webinar

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

Previous webinars are available in the Members-Only area for review at any time.

The next webinar will take place Winter 2021.


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ACAPS 2021 Winter Retreat

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the free paper and poster sessions of the 2021 ACAPS Winter Meeting. The meeting will be held February 27 & 28, 2021 virtually. The ACAPS Winter Meeting covers all relevant aspects of resident education, and this year the special focus is Competency-based Education in Plastic Surgery: Benefits and Challenges to Evolving Paradigms of Resident Education. This topic is even more relevant in the aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic and its long-term impact on the future education of plastic surgeons. We encourage resident participation, as there is no better forum than to interact with leaders in plastic surgery and discuss challenging questions regarding resident education as well as opportunities for expanded involvement in global health.

The submission deadline is September 30, 2020.

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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 are interested in serving on a committee next year. View 2019-2021 Committees