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Update: ASERF Exposed Print

Update: ASERF Exposed
Steven Teitelbaum, MD

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation has been chugging along for 20 years now, but a recent member survey suggests that we haven’t been doing a good job keeping you in the loop on our activities, and many members don’t know what we actually do. That’s about to change.

ASERF has a significant corpus and invites any board certified plastic surgeon to apply for an ASERF grant. I pledge to do a better job of informing you of research opportunities and letting you know on a regular basis what is going on with studies in progress.

Our work over the past several years has had a seminal effect on how we approach procedures, view clinical complication and contribute to the armamentarium of aesthetic surgeons.

One grant that had a demonstrable impact on our work was awarded last year to Dr. Marshall Kadin at Boston University. This funding directly led to the publication in ASJ of Biomarkers Provide Clues to Early Events in the Pathogenesis of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. This study by Dr. Kadin changed our understanding on the precursor cells that are responsible for this disease. The research is ongoing and now funds a collaboration between Boston University, McQuarie University, and MD Anderson Cancer Center, and has made recent headway into understanding how BIA-ALCL interacts with the body.

Outside of this work, ASAPS and ASPS released a joint statement on BIA-ALCL diagnosis and treatment recommendations in June. This treatment algorithm has subsequently been adopted by plastic surgery societies in Canada, UK, Sweden, South Africa, and Australia.

My friend and colleague Mark Clemens, MD, has been asked to be a co-author for the official recommendation to all oncologists worldwide that is called the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He confirms that the ASAPS/ASPS algorithm forms the basis for NCCN guidelines to be released Spring 2017. And personally attests that the efforts of ASERF had significantly progressed our understanding of the disease and defined how we diagnose and treat this rare condition.

Not all ASERF work involves awarding of grants; some of our work is done in traditional committees and task forces similar to ones found in ASAPS. Recently, after several disturbing reports in the media, we formed the Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force to learn more about morbidities and mortalities that may occur with the highly popular procedure.

The Task Force is Chaired by Mark Mofid, MD and includes members from both the United states and abroad. They include: Denis C. Astarita, MD; Lazaro Cardenas Camarena, MD; Sydney Coleman, MD; Ashkan Ghavami, MD; Constantino Mendieta, MD; Arturo Ramirez-Montanana, MD; Moises Salama, MD; Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD; Daniel Suissa, MD and myself. The data is still being readied for submission to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. An advisory on its findings has been sent to all members of ASERF and ASAPS.

These are just a couple of recent examples of how we help you improve patient safety and give every member an opportunity to participate in clinical research: not always available for those of us in solo practice. ASERF is, to my knowledge, the only purely aesthetic research organization out there where 100 percent of your donations go directly to research, not to administrative or other fees.

If you’re looking for funding, please visit

We strongly encourage your ideas and suggestions for research projects that will make our specialty stronger and give our patients a safer experience and outstanding outcome.

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Steven Teitelbaum, MD, as New President Print

Las Vegas, NV (April 5, 2016) – The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) today elected Santa Monica-based plastic surgeon Steven Teitelbaum, MD as their new President. ASERF is the research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) whose mission is to advance the aesthetics field for the benefit of patients, physicians and the entire field of medicine.

Dr. Teitelbaum has been in private practice for over 20 years. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UCLA School of Medicine and specializes exclusively in aesthetic plastic surgery. He completed his medical education at UCLA School of Medicine, surgical residency at Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard, and his plastic surgery training at USC.

“Dr. Teitelbaum has a rich background in both research and education, having participated in clinical trials for breast implants, energy devices, and injectables. He has taught courses and lectured globally on aesthetic plastic surgery, and teaches aesthetic surgery to UCLA residents. With such passion for research and education, I’m confident he will advance ASERF’s mission of continued medical research that will shape the aesthetic surgery landscape,” notes Neal Reisman, MD, JD, Immediate Past-President of ASERF.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s Presidential term in office is from April 2016 to April 2017.

“It is a distinct privilege to lead the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation to even greater heights as I collaborate with my peers and the experienced ASAPS staff to improve this field of medicine. I expect the ASERF budget to grow as we will increasingly inform aesthetic surgeons about how ASERF research has immeasurably contributed to patient safety and innovation. We will continue to identify and fund the most outstanding and important research in the long tradition of ASERF. I will also support education initiatives that are aligned with plastic surgery trends so that ASAPS members continue to be the leaders and innovators in providing aesthetic surgery,” notes Dr. Teitelbaum.

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Elects Neal R. Reisman, MD, JD as New President Print

Montreal, QC, Canada (May 17, 2015) – The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), representing the research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), announced  the election of its new President, Neal R. Reisman, MD, JD today. With an   extensive research and education background in plastic surgery and broad experience stemming from his practice serving as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine and chief of plastic surgery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Dr. Reisman will bring new perspectives and initiatives to the role. Reisman succeeds Al Aly, MD, who has served as the ASERF president for the past year.

“It has been a privilege serving as ASERF’s President for the 2014 – 2015 term. As my successor, Dr. Reisman is a proven leader with vast experience  which will serve well to advance ASERF’s mission, shaping the aesthetic surgery landscape through evidence-based research findings that benefit patients, physicians and the entire field of medicine,” noted Dr. Aly.

Dr. Reisman is a graduate from the Temple University School of Medicine, (where he completed his general surgery residency), and plastic surgery at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, with additional fellowships in Great Britain and Baltimore, Maryland. He has pioneered the Split-Muscle Natural Breast Augmentation and Short-Scar Mini facelifts, and served as the chief of surgery at numerous hospitals in the Houston area. Dr. Reisman obtained his law degree from South Texas College of Law and has lectured and written extensively on cosmetic surgery, ethics and the business of plastic surgery, and medico-legal issues relating to plastic surgery, presenting and publishing more than 300 articles and talks to date.

“I am honored to be taking on this role as ASERF is a top resource for research and education pertaining to aesthetic surgery. During my term in office, I hope to increase scientific awareness in evidence-based aesthetic surgery among plastic surgery residents and to facilitate practice management and research that will advance the safe practice of aesthetic surgery, ultimately improving patient safety and outcomes,” noted Dr. Reisman.

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