American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
Spring 2021 Newsletter

Don Mackay, MD, President
Don Mackay, MD

Dear Colleagues,

The beginning of 2021 has taken on a decidedly more optimistic air with the rollout of the vaccines and decreasing number of COVID-19 cases nationwide. Most of us have received the vaccine and share the sense of relief that comes with it. While the pandemic undoubtedly has some way to go before we can fully resume our normal lives, with a look to the future and proper precautions to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, we are going ahead with our 99th Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Miami from May 15th to May 18th.

Our 2021 meeting will be held in a hybrid format, which means that while we will be live and in-person in Miami, we are also offering a virtual participation option for those who are not yet able to join us. More

Program Chair Update

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,

Spring is fast approaching, with warming weather and fellowship right around the corner! We are pleased to announce that the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons is set to take place in Miami May 15-18, 2021, at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort!

Your Program Committee has been hard at work preparing the content of this year's meeting in a HYBRID format, with virtual attendance options available for those who are unable to travel and join us in Miami. The Complete Program is now available online, as is additional information regarding Registration and Housing. We would like to thank the entire Program Committee for their continued effort, our Reconstructive and Aesthetic Symposia Chairs, as well as the team at PRRI who have been skillfully navigating the waters of pandemic meeting organization. We couldn't have this meeting without you!

A number of modifications to the 99th Meeting's educational and social content have been made to maximize safety for in-person attendees. Meeting rooms, vendor areas and social gathering spaces have all been designed to accommodate for social distancing and augmented safety while preserving the character of the meeting. To that end, the Welcome Reception as well as the President's Reception (black-tie preferred) will be held outdoors this year.

Please recall the updated Disclosure requirement for all presenters to list not only industry relationships, but actual dollar amounts, in an effort to provide full transparency. The Annual Meeting begins on Saturday, May 15th, and on behalf of the Association we look forward to welcoming you to Miami!


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

99th Annual Meeting

99th Annual Meeting

Important Dates to Consider
Early Bird Registration March 15, 2021
Housing Deadline March 30, 2020


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.


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Cannon Society Update

The 2021 Cannon Student AAPS Scholarship
In 2021 we had over 70 applicants for the 2021 Cannon Student AAPS Scholarship! We have had an amazing outpour of contributions from the Cannon Members and we are excited to announce we have invited 28 individuals to join us in-person at the 99th Annual Meeting of the AAPS. In addition to those 28 individuals we had 35 awardees for the 2020 meeting and these students will also be invited to this meeting because we want to honor our commitment to them this year.

As a reminder, this Cannon 33 initiative starts with a tax deductible $500 contribution by a Cannon 33 member. This award is then augmented by the AAPS Board of Directors to support the awardees' meeting registration fee, two nights in the hotel and all the meals provided at the meeting. The student must pay for their transportation. This a very competitive event intended to nurture an appreciation, desire, and motivation to become a plastic surgeon. I would ask you to give serious consideration to making a $500 contribution (or more!) to support the next generation of our specialty that has been so good to you and yours. Click the button below to donate!

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The Cannon Dinner
This year our Dinner will be held on-site in the same location as our meeting! The Harry Stoffer Room is part of the original Turnberry Isle Country Club. The Marriott hotel is built "around" the country club building, so while some of the hotel was completed as recently as 2019, the original building still has the charm and feel it did when it was originally constructed. The Stoffer Room is very similar in style to those stately venues we have had previous dinners.

As in years past, the dinner will include a cocktail hour with passed canapes and water/soda/wine. There is a three-course dinner that includes salad, an advance choice of entree (chicken or salmon) and dessert, wine will also be served with the dinner. I have reached out to Jack Fisher to provide the previously planned talk/video entitled "Trains-a lifelong passion". The cost is $170/person. You can reserve your dinner tickets by clicking the button below.

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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