Twin Cities Plastic Surgeon is the New President of The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) Print

New York, NY, Vancouver, BC (May 6, 2012) — Twin Cities plastic surgeon Joe  Gryskiewicz, MD, is the new President of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF). The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). ASERF helps to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgical techniques and technologies by funding scientific research and clinical studies.

Dr. Gryskiewicz is in private practice at the Gryskiewicz Twin Cities Cosmetic Surgery with offices in Edina and Burnsville, MN.  He has practiced medicine in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for more than 25 years and is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Cleft Palate Clinics School Of Dentistry and is past Chief of Surgery at Fairview Southdale Hospital.  He is the former co-chair of the Hot Topics Seminars at the national meetings of ASAPS and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) which discusses new and innovative procedures, devices and pharmaceuticals of interest to the plastic surgery community. “Dr. Joe” is also immediate past-president of The Rhinoplasty Society and the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons.  He is the author of the book, Your Body. Your Beauty. Your Safety. He serves on the editorial board of The Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  Dr. Joe has published papers and book chapters on advances in rhinoplasty and breast augmentation techniques as well as presented multiple plastic surgery lectures on the international level.

Dr. Gryskiewicz was inspired to pursue a career in plastic surgery after a six-month trip as a volunteer in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. Journeying by Jeep to the remote, guerrilla-occupied mountain regions, he worked around the clock, seven days a week, treating patients plagued with parasites, malnutrition, and tuberculosis. His most moving experiences came while living at the Casa Feliz orphanage, where he worked with the Cachchequal tribe of Central American Mayan Indians. Many of the orphans suffered from cleft lips or palates, and the life-changing difference a simple procedure made for them altered Dr. Gryskiewicz’s life as well.

Other new Foundation Officers include:

President-Elect: William P. Adams, Jr., MD of Dallas, TX, is in private practice and an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Adams has published numerous papers and book chapters on advances in breast implants and breast augmentation techniques as well as presented multiple plastic surgery lectures.  He has developed and put on breast surgery live surgical preceptorships and Master classes on the national and international level.  He has recently published a new Breast Augmentation textbook and surgical atlas to further educate surgeons, and co-edited a 2 volume rhinoplasty textbook, Dallas Rhinoplasty, which serves as one of the classic rhinoplasty texts available. He serves on the editorial board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Dr. Adams also serves as one of the staff plastic surgeons for the Dallas Stars.

Vice President: Al Aly, MD of Irvine, CA, professor of plastic surgery/director of aesthetic surgery, at the University of California Irvine.  Dr. Aly is one of the pioneers of the field of “body contouring after massive weight loss”.  He edited the first and definitive text on this subject.  He has lectured and/or performed surgical demonstrations in over 20 countries and is considered one of the world’s foremost authority on plastic surgery after massive weight loss.  Dr. Aly is the body contouring section editor for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and associate editor for the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal.  He is the Editor-in-chief of the Plastic Surgery Educational Network (PSEN), which is designed to be the largest online educational portal for plastic surgeons in the world.  Dr. Aly has received the “Lockwood Award”, the most prestigious award given by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to surgeons that have made major contributions to the field of body contouring.

Treasurer: Steven Teitelbaum, MD of Santa Monica, CA, is in private practice and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Teitelbaum has published numerous papers and book chapters as well as presented multiple plastic surgery lectures on the international level. He is actively involved in independent medical research, and maintains a personal commitment to public service through such activities as charity work and testimony before the FDA about safety issues related to aesthetic surgery.

Secretary: J. Peter Rubin, MD of Pittsburgh, PA, is the Founder and Director of the Life After Weight Loss Body Contouring Program and Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently the Chair of the Joint ASAPS/ASPS Task Force on stem cells and fat grafting.  Dr. Rubin has received numerous awards for his research work, including the highly competitive Gingrass Award from the Plastic Surgery Research Council.  He is the recipient of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Award, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic and Translational Science.  In 2007, Dr. Rubin was selected to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers.