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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.

Help ASERF Receive a Generous Donation from SENTÉ® Print

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is happy to announce that for the second year in a row, SENTÉ® is aiming to make a donation to support aesthetic surgery research.

SENTÉ®, an aesthetic company that delivers unique, novel and science-based skincare products, wants to give back in a way which the entire specialty will reap benefits.

From Saturday, May 18 through Monday, May 20 at The Aesthetic Meeting 2019 in New Orleans, SENTÉ® will make a $100 donation to ASAERF for each Meeting attendee who stops by booth 320 in The Aesthetic Marketplace and has their badge scanned, with the goal of raising $5,000.

ASERF appreciates all of industry’s contributions to its programs and the reciprocal support between the Foundation and its corporate supporters is essential for long-term success.

To help ASERF receive the largest donation possible, please stop by SENTÉ® booth #320 and have your badge scanned. Your simple visit can make a major impact on aesthetic surgery research.

ASERF’s mission is to identify and pursue those issues relevant to advancing the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic medicine through independent, unbiased, directed research and groundbreaking education.

Renowned Plastic Surgery Icon Dr. Robert Singer to Receive the ASERF 2019 Career Achievement Award Print

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is proud to announce that Dr. Robert Singer will be awarded the 2019 ASERF Career Achievement Award on Sunday, May 19 in New Orleans during The Aesthetic Meeting 2019.

Dr. Singer was not just a founding member of ASERF, he and Dr. Simon Fredricks were single-handedly responsible for having the vision to establish the Foundation and mapped out its mission, philosophy and organizational structure. He served as President of ASERF from 2001 to 2004 and is member of the exclusive President’s Circle of donors. Dr. Singer also served as President of The Aesthetic Society (1995 -1996) and is a long-time contributor to the strategic and educational efforts of both organizations.

An internationally renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon who authored approximately 350 scientific articles over the last 40 years, Dr. Singer is a sought-after lecturer to surgical organizations both domestically and abroad. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and has the position of Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Singer’s greatest impact to the specialty has been through his roles as educator, ambassador and mentor. Few surgeons are as respected and held in high esteem by their peers as this iconic surgeon.

To honor Dr. Singer and his distinguished 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 two years alone, ASERF has given more than $700,000 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 that Dr. Singer envisioned over 25 years ago would not be possible without the generous support of our Members and donors. You too can make your gift at ASERF’s donation page and even add a personal message to Dr. Singer in the Comments field.

Donate today to support ASERF and show your gratitude for Dr. Singer’s invaluable contributions to 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.

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