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Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon, to Receive the ASERF Career Achievement Award Print
The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sherrell J. Aston will be awarded the 2020 ASERF Career Achievement Award. The presentation will take place at the Member Business Meeting to be held during The Aesthetic Meeting 2020 on Sunday, April 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Aston, a past President of The Aesthetic Society (1993-94), is a world-renowned surgeon, sought-after educator, prolific author and researcher, and respected mentor within the aesthetic space.

A double board-certified plastic surgeon with 45 years of experience under his belt, Dr. Aston is Professor of Plastic Surgery at New York University and for 23 years, was Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the prestigious Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital (MEETH). He is recognized for contributing to the developments of modern facelift techniques and is foremost expert in rhinoplasty.

Dr. Aston has authored and co-edited 9 textbooks, written over 60 peer-reviewed articles and has made scientific lectures and video presentations that number in the hundreds. For the last 40 years, Dr. Aston, along with his partner Dr. Daniel C. Baker, has organized and chaired the annual Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium in New York City, attended by plastic surgeons from around the world.

To honor this revered surgeon and his illustrious legacy, please join us in making a tax-deductible contribution to ASERF which will be used to fund valuable aesthetic plastic surgery research. In the last three years alone, ASERF has promised more than $900,000 in funds to back a multitude of studies that are aligned with its mission of “advancing the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic medicine.” This level of success would not be possible without your support. You can make your gift at ASERF’s donation page and even add a personal message to Dr. Aston in the Comments field.

Donate today to support ASERF’s mission of research in aesthetic plastic surgery.

The Aesthetic Surgery & Research Foundation (ASERF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Tax ID #33-0613185. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services will be received in return for your donation.  Please note that the first $200 is considered dues and is deductible as a business expense while any additional amount is considered a donation.
ALCL and Breast Reconstruction Patient Assistance Grants Available Print

Every year since 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has chosen October to educate the public and bring attention to the second most common form of cancer among women. The impact of breast cancer is even felt within the aesthetic plastic surgery specialty, as many doctors have patients whose breast reconstruction is the final step in their fight against this harmful disease, representing victory and a recapturing of their quality of life.

While the main objective of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to spread the word about the importance of taking steps to detect the illness early, it is also a reminder of the life-changing resources available to those who have gone through the experience of batting the disease.

ASERF offers two such resources in the form of patient assistance funds readily available to eligible ASERF and Aesthetic Society members: The Mollenkopf Aesthetic Breast Reconstruction Fund, which provides financial assistance to patients looking to complete their aesthetic breast reconstruction following breast cancer; and the BIA-ALCL Patient Assistance Fund for diagnosed patients who are uninsured or underinsured.  [Note: The BIA-ALCL Fund is also available to members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) while the Mollenkopf Fund expanded to include the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) membership.]

More than 60 Mollenkopf Fund grants of up to $5,000 each are available thanks to the generosity of Susan and Steve Mollenkopf, with matching funds by the Qualcomm Foundation. The BIA-ALCL Fund can award grants of up to $6,500 to patients who are diagnosed with ALCL following National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) treatment guidelines. This Fund is made possible by generous contributions from breast implant manufacturers Allergan, Mentor and Sientra.

If you have a patient who is eligible for support, you can download the Mollenkopf Fund grant application here, and the BIA-ALCL Fund request form here. [Each form has detailed criteria to review prior to starting the application process.]

For additional questions on eligibility and applying, please contact Ivan Rodriguez, Development and Grants Manager at (562) 799-2356 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Robert Whitfield, MD as its New President Print

Mission to Include Breast Implant Illness Research and Funding for Data Collection and Standardization Technology


New Orleans, LA (May 19, 2019) – The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) announced the election of Robert Whitfield, MD, a plastic surgeon practicing in West Lake Hills, Texas as its new President. Dr. Whitfield is an aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Aesthetic Society). As President of ASERF, Dr. Whitfield plans to continue work on initiatives including extensive research pertaining to Breast Implant Illness (BII) and other breast implant-related issues, following The Aesthetic Society’s and ASERF’s recent successes with presentations pertaining to these important issues at the FDA hearings earlier this year.   

To further BII research, Dr. Whitfield has established a BII Study Task Force, of which he is Co-Chair alongside ASERF’s Immediate Past-President, Julio Garcia, MD. Seeing the BII research study to completion is Dr. Whitfield’s primary goal for the year ahead, in order to better serve and inform patients with scientifically sound information related to BII and other breast implant-related issues as well. In pursuit of this goal, the 2018 – 2019 ASERF Board of Directors approved funding for the research portion of the new Aesthetic Neural Network (ANN) Mobile application. Developed by AnzuMedical, ANN Mobile will allow The Aesthetic Society and ASERF member plastic surgeons to participate in ASERF research studies through surveys and the provision of clinical data via the app. (ANN is a comprehensive data collection and standardization product developed to bolster research and collaborate in data-sharing with other registries and entities for a variety of beneficial purposes).  

“Funding development of the app was a decision that was especially important to me as we prepare our BII study,” stated Dr. Whitfield. “Patient and plastic surgeon-reported data will provide us with deeper insights into what these patients are going through and allow us to better inform them into the future — not ony regarding BII, but about a variety of topics relevant to the field of aesthetic plastic surgery.”  

“My tenure as President of ASERF has been a much more rewarding and larger task than I had imagined, but I am glad to say that I am confident in handing Dr. Whitfield the reins,” notes Julio Garcia MD, Immediate Past-President of ASERF. “Dr. Whitfield dove head-first into the incredible task of collecting data and initiating a BII research study to guide ASERF in informing both The Aesthetic Society and our patients. With a focus on patient safety, I look forward to Dr. Whitfield’s year ahead with ASERF.”  

ASERF works diligently each year to select the best grant applications, as well as fund directed research projects that will most greatly impact the sub-specialty of aesthetic plastic surgery. If you would like to support the mission, you may donate here: . ASERF is grateful to those who have given and hopes that with continued support we will be able to further our mission for years to come. 

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The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation
Its mission is to identify and pursue those issues relevant to the advancement and the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic medicine through independent, unbiased, directed research and groundbreaking education.
ASERF is supported exclusively by charitable donations and research revenues.  For more information, visit

About The Aesthetic Society
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Aesthetic Society) is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. The Aesthetic Society is comprised of more than 2,600 members in North America and internationally; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements. The Aesthetic Society is at the forefront of innovation in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine globally.

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