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ALCL and Breast Reconstruction Patient Assistance Grants Still Available Print

Every October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates the public about the second most common cancer among women. Within the aesthetic plastic surgery specialty, many doctors have patients who have fought and defeated this devastating disease and are looking to recapture their quality of life by way of an “aesthetic breast reconstruction.”

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation reminds you that two patient assistance funds that are available to ASERF and ASAPS members nationwide: 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 recently 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 breast implant manufacturers Allergan, Mentor and Sientra.

To find out if you have a patient who is eligible for support from either Fund, download the Mollenkopf Fund grant application here, and the BIA-ALCL Fund request form here. Each form has detailed guidelines and 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 .

ASERF Task Force Article Wins Silver ASHPE Award Print

The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) has awarded the Aesthetic Surgery Journal article, “Report on Mortality from Gluteal Fat Grafting: Recommendations from the ASERF Task Force”, the 2018 Silver ASHPE Award for Best Special Report/Section.  The article appeared in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 37, Issue 7, 1 July 2017.

Fat grafting is among the fastest-growing procedures worldwide. The authors collected data on morbidity and mortality rates from six hundred and ninety-two surgeons to determine and decrease potential risk factors of the procedure.  Lead author, M. Mark Mofid, MD, FACS, was delighted to hear that the article, co-authored by Steven Teitelbaum, MD, FACS, Daniel Suissa, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Arturo Ramirez-Montanana, MD, Denis C. Astarita, MD, Constantino Mendieta, MD, FACS, and Robert Singer, MD, FACS, was chosen to receive the award, “This was a herculean and multidisciplinary effort spearheaded by ASERF that brought together plastic surgeons, pathologists, statisticians, radiologists and investigative reporters to help solve a large and looming problem in our field.  There is no question that ASERF saves lives.  The authors sincerely hope that this article has made the practice of plastic surgery safer and has made a positive impact on the specialty.  A special thanks to Steve Teitelbaum, MD for his tireless efforts to promote the cause of patient safety, for his leadership of ASERF, for creating the task force, and for effectively ripping the door off its hinges when most others would have merely added a little oil to a squeaky joint.”

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is proud of the work done by these surgeons to support its mission of promoting safety and education for patients.  Expressing his excitement over the honor, Dr. Singer noted, “As evidenced by the discussions and Panel at the meeting, this article has made a significant difference with regard to the understanding and modification of the procedure which results in improved safety for our patients.  Education to elevate the safety of our patients should always be our main focus.”

Thank you and congratulations to the authors; ASJ Editor, Foad Nahai, MD; ASAPS Past-President, Daniel Mills, II, MD; ASAPS Executive Director, Sue Dykema; and ASJ staff, Phaedra Cress and Hunter Alexander, for their dedication to publishing this important article!

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Julio Garcia, MD as New President Print

New York, NY (May 1, 2018) – The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) today elected Las Vegas-based board-certified plastic surgeon Julio Garcia, MD as its new President. ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 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 currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Dr. Garcia is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a renowned provider of breast, face and body surgery for men and women in the Las Vegas area, as well as patients visiting from across the United States and the globe. As President of ASERF, Dr. Garcia will leverage 21st century technologies to produce innovative research, including bench research that will directly apply to the future capabilities within the specialty of aesthetic plastic surgery. He plans to examine many aesthetic procedures to continue to establish improved safety parameters. Dr. Garcia is going to continue working with ASERF leadership to develop mentorship programs and courses to assist individuals who have not previously conducted formal research. By enabling more aesthetic surgeons to contribute to the field, ASERF will expand its reach and continue to improve the specialty.

 “It is an honor to be President of ASERF in 2018. ASERF has grown over the last 25 years as my own private practice has over 30 years, almost in lock step. The direction, education, and opportunities that ASERF now offers its members have grown considerably along with the sophistication of aesthetic surgery worldwide,” states Dr. Garcia. “I look back at the procedures and technology I’ve used throughout my career and am amazed at what I’ve been able to employ thanks to ASERF’s research. I am thrilled to be a part of the foundation as we now enter a new and exciting chapter for ASERF and further expand its research and impact on the specialty.”

“Dr. Garcia has made impressive contributions to the aesthetic plastic surgery specialty in practice and through his philanthropic efforts. He is an advocate for the advancement of safety and education— an excellent leader for ASERF as we head into our 25th year. Dr. Garcia’s humanitarian service and dedication to the specialty are an admirable combination that I am sure will lead ASERF to resounding successes in the year to come and beyond," notes Barry DiBernardo, MD, Immediate Past-President of 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 at  ASERF is grateful to those who have given and hopes that with continued support we will be able to further our mission.

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The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to fund research that will advance the field of aesthetic surgery through directed physician-initiated research. ASERF is supported exclusively by private donations and research revenues.  For more information, visit

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