American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is a non-profit organization and the largest plastic surgery membership organization in the world. It was founded in 1931 by Dr. Jacques W. Maliniac. The Society’s first meetings were held in Dr. Maliniac’s New York offices.

Today’s meetings are large national events attended by surgeons from across the United States who meet for two- and three-day weekends of scheduled educational and networking opportunities.

Membership

More than 8,000 plastic surgeons worldwide are members of the Society, including more than 93 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons within the United States. Through formal “Memorandums of Understanding,” the ASPS is officially partnered with 34 national plastic surgery societies in countries around the world.

Membership Requirements

Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons must:

  • Be graduates of an accredited medical school who subsequently completed no less than six years of surgical training, at least three of which were a plastic surgery residency.
  • Be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (U.S.) or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Canada).
  • Uphold a strict code of ethics
  • Meet annual continuing education requirements. The ASPS is itself accredited by the ACCME and provides CME credit earning training programs.
  • Operate (do surgeries) only in a state-licensed and accredited surgical facility or hospital.

ASPS membership requirements for surgeons operating outside of the United States and Canada are jointly established with global partners.

Despite stringent requirements, the Society can not guarantee the results of or satisfaction with procedures performed by its members.

Purpose

The ASPS’s mission statement reads: “The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.” The ASPS works to accomplish that mission through education, advocacy, and raising public awareness on the “value of plastic surgery, while fostering the highest professional, ethical and quality standards.”

Journal

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “PRS” has been published since 1946. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich was Editor-in-Chief of PRS between 2006 and 2021. The December 2021 issue was his last official volume. Kevin C. Chung, M.D. is the current editor of PRS.

Plastic Surgery Statistics

Since 1992, the ASPS has collected plastic surgery statistics from across the United States. In-depth plastic surgery statistics reports are published annually by the ASPS National Clearinghouse of Plastic Surgery Procedural Statistics. ASPS statistics are widely referenced in the media and are typically considered the most up-to-date and accurate reflection of the state of plastic surgery within the United States. ASPS statistics reflect procedures performed by members of the society as well as other physicians who are “most likely to perform plastic surgery procedures.”

The Plastic Surgery Foundation, Est. 1948

Research and international activities conducted by ASPS members may be supported by The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF). Donations to The PSF are tax-deductible and anyone may donate. Donors “help shape the future of plastic surgery” through contributions. The lowest donor recognition level (bronze) requires a donation of $375. Diamond, the highest donor recognition level, requires a donation of $5,000. Members, or Fellows, of the PSF’s “Maliniac Circle,” have donated at least $50,000. In FY 2019, The PSF received $2.45M in contributions.

ASPS Public Interface

The Society maintains a number of social media channels and educational websites that feature both educational and promotional content for potential patients and practicing plastic surgeons.

  • YouTube: The ASPS maintains a YouTube channel it launched in October 2007.
  • Instagram: The official ASPS Instagram account was launched in April 2015.
  • Twitter: @ASPS_News is the Society’s official Twitter account.

Finding an ASPS Member Surgeon

Patients in any country can find out if their surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons by using the search feature found on the Society’s official website.

Official Logos

Official Logo of the America Society of Plastic Surgeons
ASPS Logo for International Members

Last Updated: 4 September 2021

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