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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.

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation Announces New President - Al Aly, MD Print
San Francisco, CA (April 27, 2014) –The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, today announced the appointment of its new president, Al Aly, MD. He brings more than 19 years of experience as a doctor specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery, as the vice-chairman and professor at the Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Aly succeeds William P. Adams, Jr., MD, who has served as the ASERF president for the past year.

“Dr. Aly will be well suited to serve as ASERF president,” states Dr. Adams.  “He has a long history of both clinical expertise and applied research interest in our specialty, and he has had a keen interest in education for many years all of which are all key drivers of the fundamental mission of ASERF.”

Dr. Aly is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at Vanderbilt University followed by a Facial Plastic Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine and a Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami. He has lectured and performed surgical demonstrations in more than 25 countries and edited the first textbook about and entitled Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss, a work which is considered the definitive resource for this type of surgery globally.

Educating physicians is a passion of Dr. Aly’s. He is the Body Contouring section editor for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and associate editor for the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal, two of the most prestigious publications in the plastic surgery field.

 “I am delighted and honored to take on this new role with ASERF and I look forward to working with the staff to further the Foundation’s mission to advance the effectiveness and safety of aesthetic surgery through research and education for the benefit of not only patients but also physicians and the entire field of medicine,” said Dr. Aly. “One of my missions this year will be to increase our understanding of the science of attractiveness which should increase our ability to produce better results for our patients," he added.
Clinical Adipose Stem Cell Banking: Is young better? Print

Researcher: J. Peter Rubin, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $65,000

Project Name: Clinical Adipose Stem Cell Banking: Is young better? 

Project Summary: Adult stem cells have the potential to transform plastic and reconstructive therapies and have been used to clinically enhance fat grafting, for skin rejuvenation, radiation injury, diabetic wound healing, ischemic neovacularization osseous tissue engineering, acute burn and other indication. Adipose tissue is an ideal source of stem cells (ASCs) that are capable of differentiating to multiple tissue types, potentially immunosuppressive, and capable of homing to damages tissue. ASCs are a very exciting stem cell population in a very exciting time of regenerative cell therapy discovery. Because of the large number of potential applications, patients may choose to bank ASCs at the time of elective liposuction procedures for future clinical use, with the premise that cells banked at a younger age will have superior function to older cells. To date, no study has ever examined biologic differences between banked stem cells freshly harvested from the same patient at a much later age(<10 years).We anticipate such data will be very high impact and will generate a highly relevant publication for plastic surgeons.

Specific aim is to conduct a comparative pilot study of ASCs harvested and banked ten years ago to freshly harvested and banked ASCs.

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