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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.

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!

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