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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 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.

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