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ASAPS Declined Unification with ASPS*

Posted June 13, 2013 in News

I recently came across an article published by Plastic Surgery News Extra, which included a survey that revealed a majority of the members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the two most prominent organizations in plastic surgery, were in favor of unifying the two organizations.*

In the survey, more than 1,300 ASPS and ASAPS members responded to the following question:*

Would you be in favor of bringing ASAPS and ASPS together as one organizational entity, while retaining ASAPS’ distinct identity, with a distinct membership, educational focus and leadership, but eliminating duplication of programs/initiatives between the two societies and reducing costs and member dues?

ASPS President, Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, stated that unification of the two organizations has been discussed for years and that this survey was intended to collect input on how the members from both societies felt about potentially becoming one.*

Here are some of the notable results from the survey:*

  • More than 70 percent of the respondents whose practices were entirely cosmetic surgery were in favor of unification of ASAPS and ASPS.*
  • 85 percent of the respondents whose practices were evenly divided between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery were in favor of unification of ASAPS and ASPS.*
  • Over 80 percent of all members surveyed said they would support the merging of the two organizations.*
  • More than 90 percent of all members who were in their first five years of practice were in favor of unification.*
  • Close to 75 percent all ASAPS members responding to the survey were in favor of unification.*

Even though the results seemed overwhelmingly in favor of merging the two organizations, ASAPS President Leo McCafferty, MD issued a letter declaring that the survey had been conducted without input from his society and that ASAPS did not endorse the survey. Although this decision by ASAPS appears inconsistent with the data that was collected from members of both societies, both groups said they would remain open to potentially becoming one organization in the future.*

Whether ASAPS and ASPS ever become one unified organization or not, these societies will continue to promote excellence in the field of plastic surgery. As a member of both societies, I can tell you that it is very important to make sure that your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and specializes in your procedure(s) of choice.*

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