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ASERF Membership Approves Updates to Bylaws Print

The Aesthetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF) Board of Directors circulated Bylaws changes that were approved by the membership via electronic vote just prior to The Aesthetic Meeting in San Diego. Two categories of membership were eliminated, Life and Emeritus. These categories were counter to the goal of the Foundation – to raise money to support aesthetic surgery research. Donors who make significant contributions are now recognized via the President’s Circle. Other approved revisions include housekeeping updates.

To access the complete version of the ASERF Bylaws, please visit

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Barry DiBernardo, MD as New President Print

San Diego, CA  (April 30 , 2017) – The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) today elected New Jersey-based plastic surgeon Barry DiBernardo, MD as its new President. ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) whose mission is to identify and pursue those issues relevant to the advancement, effectiveness and safety of aesthetic surgery through directed research and education for the purpose of benefiting patients, physicians and the entire field of medicine.


Dr. DiBernardo, Medical Director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery, is also an associate clinical professor in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a past president of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons. He also serves on the advisory board to many leading skincare and injectable technology companies worldwide.

As President of ASERF, Dr. DiBernardo’s goals will include providing a means for interested ASAPS and ASERF members to conduct clinical aesthetic research online, addressing criticism of biased corporate research in aesthetic products, and exploring new funding options for ASERF-supported research.


Having taught my first instructional course in Clinical Photography at an ASAPS meeting as a plastic surgery resident, it is a great honor to now lead its research arm ASERF, as President, 27 years later. Having dedicated the last 25 years in Plastic Surgery to education and research in aesthetics, it is an exciting time to take the helm of such a robust research and education-based group”, DiBernardo states.

DiBernardo graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1984, receiving the institution’s Charles H. Horn Prize for outstanding leadership and service to the medical community. He spent five years as a general surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Florida, before embarking on a two-year residency in plastic surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. In 1991, DiBernardo established his private practice in New Jersey, where he has served as Medical Director ever since. DiBernardo has received the Leo M. Davidoff Award for teaching distinction at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons’ National Scientific Exhibit Award.


“Dr. DiBernardo has always been a proponent of research and education, both teaching on an international scale and publishing in medical journals including the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. I can think of no other surgeon in the world who has been at the forefront of as many new technologies as DiBernardo has been - and with each development he has carried out scientific research, published, and taught these techniques to other surgeons.  He has already made an extraordinary contribution to our specialty and with his background and dedication I am sure that he will take ASERF to extraordinary levels,” notes Steven Teitelbaum, MD, Immediate Past-President of ASERF.


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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

New Breast Reconstruction Fund assists San Diego County breast cancer patients in achieving quality aesthetic breast reconstruction Print

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is pleased to present a new opportunity for ASERF/ASAPS member surgeons based in San Diego County, California to aid patients in completing their aesthetic breast reconstruction journeys.

The Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Fund made possible through a generous restricted donation to ASERF by Susan and Steve Mollenkopf, which was matched by the Qualcomm Foundation, provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist underinsured or uninsured patients in completing a quality aesthetic breast reconstruction following breast cancer.

The ideal candidates to receive a Mollenkopf grant are women who have had breast reconstruction but for whatever reason, still have unacceptable results and who are deferring surgery due to financial difficulties. Ideally, doctors would donate their surgical skills and the grant money would help cover the patient’s operating room fees, anesthesia, deductibles and other related expenses.

For San Diego County surgeons who have patients eligible for a Mollenkopf Fund grant, please download the grant request form, which outlines the criteria and application process. When a doctor confirms patient eligibility, complete the form and return to ASERF in a timely manner. At that time, a four-person committee will review all grant requests. (Although this unique patient support is available exclusively to active surgeons in San Diego County, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.)

This collaboration between ASERF, the Mollenkopfs and Qualcomm will positively impact many women throughout San Diego County.

For additional information on the Fund, please contact Ivan Rodriguez at (562) 799-2356 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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