American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
Summer 2021 Newsletter

Linda G. Phillips, MD, AAPS President
Linda G. Phillips, MD
AAPS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am privileged and honored to write this message to you, serving as President of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. It is exciting to serve in our Centennial year and share all of the activities planned for celebrating this landmark birthday of the oldest plastic surgery organization on Earth.

Our theme for the Centennial meeting is: "Honoring the Past, Anticipating the Future." Our meeting will of course reflect on the amazing accomplishments of our past leaders and founders of American Plastic Surgery; however, the Association must also continue to look toward and prepare for the future by continuing our primary mission and vision as the leading organization to contribute cutting edge information on basic science and clinical topics relevant to the broad scope of... More

Save the Date: 100th Annual Meeting

100th Annual Meeting

Please save the date for our Centennial Celebration, to be held in San Diego, California, April 9 -12, 2022. Our program chairs, Dr. Warren Garner and Dr. Julie Park are hard at work creating a program which highlights the educational content along with historical aspects which was to be presented at our 2022 Annual Meeting while incorporating new topics and presentations. We look forward to sharing additional information regarding housing, registration, the program, and local amenities over the upcoming months.

2021 New Members

The following individuals are the AAPS Class of 2021 and will be recognized at the 2022 Annual Meeting but here is your first look:

Richard L. Agag
Dunya M. Atisha
Aaron Berger
Michael Bezuhly
Harvey Chim
Lynn A. Damitz
Warren A. Ellsworth
Nicholas T. Haddock
Eric G. Halvorson
Jason H. Ko
Petros Konofaos
Benjamin Levi
Colleen McCarthy
Clinton St. Morrison
Tomohisa Nagasao
Sameer A. Patel
Melissa M. Poh
Jason H. Pomerantz
Yoshiaki Sakamoto
Douglas M. Sammer
Basel A. Sharaf
Yusuke Shimizu
Vishal Dev Thanik
Sunil S. Tholpady
Jennifer Waljee
Kia Washington
Katie Weichman
Jeyhan Wood
Ramon L. Zapata-Sirvent
Andrew Y. Zhang

Still Time to Sponsor a New Member - Deadline is August 1st

The 2021 AAP 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.

Under the 2021 bylaws change, those who complete their application by the August 1st deadline will be evaluated by the Membership Committee and voted by the AAPS members in time to be inducted at the 2022 Centennial Meeting.

Please note due to a 2019 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.

2022 Academic Scholarship Award Now Accepting Applications!

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Program is offering two-year faculty research scholarships to surgeons entering academic careers in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The scholarship is to assist a surgeon in the establishment of a new and independent research program. Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $30,000 per year to provide salary and/or direct costs of the research. Funding of the award will begin July 1, 2022. The award may be renewed once. View more information and review the guidelines.

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Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 11:59 PM

2022 John D. Constable International Traveling Fellowship Now Accepting Applications!

For the fifteenth consecutive year, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons is pleased to announce the John D. Constable International Traveling Fellowship in Plastic Surgery. True to its mission, the award provides a unique opportunity for an international plastic surgeon to study and train with AAPS members and leaders in American plastic surgery.

The fellowship invites an international plastic surgeon to come to the North America under the auspices of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. The goal is to improve the fellow's understanding of American plastic surgery and to promote good will and academic interchange among surgeons of the international and American surgical communities. The chosen fellow will be in the North America as an observer for a period of 6-12 weeks under the sponsorship of members of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

We strongly encourage current AAPS Members to share this unique opportunity with their global contacts!

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Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 11:59 PM

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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ACAPS 2022 Winter Retreat

100th Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for the free paper and poster sessions of the 2022 ACAPS Winter Meeting. The meeting will be held February 25-27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. The ACAPS Winter Meeting covers all relevant aspects of resident education, and this year the special focus is Tools for Teaching Residency. 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 15, 2021.

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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 2021-2022 Committees