A Message From The PSF President, Charles E. Butler, MD
|Charles E. Butler, MD|
Much of medicine is devoted to saving a life, but plastic surgery is devoted to positively impacting the quality of life and we've helped millions of people.
Through fresh thinking and bold new ideas, plastic surgeons are changing the future. Other specialties may adopt the techniques, methods, and approaches we have developed, but it is the plastic surgeons themselves who are the innovators.
It is evident in the work The Plastic Surgery Foundation has done in recent years to support outcomes studies, including the development of new surgical techniques, patient-reported outcomes tools, and providing life-changing surgery through a network of volunteer opportunities for surgeons.
THE CHALLENGE: FUND BIG IDEAS WITH SMALL GRANTS.
What The PSF is doing: Create a grant program that leads to greater, more collaborative studies and build on these ideas with substantial federal support in order to change the existing paradigms of care and plastic surgery practice.
Results: We have provided 2.2 million in grant funding for investigator-initiated research projects. This past year alone, recipients of these PSF startup or pilot grants have gone on to be awarded in excess of 6 million dollars in federally funded research grants – a 1,000 percent return on our initial investment in these researchers.
THE CHALLENGE: COORDINATE MULTI-CENTER RESEARCH PROJECTS.
What The PSF is doing: Through our role in incubating ideas through multiple grants and fellowships, The PSF has grown into a research institution in its own right.
Results: Today we coordinate multi-center clinical trials such as Cancer Risk after Fat Transfer (CRAFT) and Finger Replantation and Amputation Challenges in Assessing Impairment, Satisfaction and Assessment (FRANCHISE).
THE CHALLENGE: CULTIVATE EVIDENCE TO ANSWER CRITICAL QUESTIONS.
What The PSF is doing: In order to address a need in the medical community for information related to the outcomes of surgery, The PSF has developed a suite of clinical data registries that help answer questions in areas including the safety and efficacy of fat grafting.
Results: In 2014, we worked together with the FDA and other stakeholders to launch the National Breast Implant Registry, the first collaborative effort between plastic surgeons and the federal government. Our registries have impacts across the specialty, improving the quality of patient care. Each of these clinical studies and data registries provide the ability to test efficacy based on clinical data.
THE CHALLENGE: DEVELOP YOUNG SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATORS.
What The PSF is doing: Our investigator training series develops residents and fellows toward a future in plastic surgery science.
Results: Through workshops with mentors and leading investigators in their respective fields young scientists learn to articulate the relevancy of their work, communicate the impact their research will have in order to address today's most challenging problems.
THE CHALLENGE: HELP PEOPLE RECEIVE LIFE CHANGING SURGERY.
What The PSF is doing: We are bringing plastic surgery to places that lack the infrastructure and surgeons needed to perform surgeries.
Results: Over the past three decades, The PSF has helped more than 150,000 children and adults worldwide through our Volunteers in Plastic Surgery program. We’re also at work with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to provide reconstructive surgery to children with congenital deformities and injuries from board-certified plastic surgeons at volunteer hospitals in the United States.
THE CHALLENGE: SHARE IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES TO DELIVER SAFE, QUALITY CARE.
What The PSF is doing: We’re dedicated to spreading life-saving knowledge through training by brining plastic surgeons from abroad to spend time studying at institutions in the United States through our International Scholars Program.
Results: We have dispatched 110 Visiting Professors to 33 plastic surgery institutions worldwide. Thanks to the generosity of ASPS members, we have hosted 21 international scholars at U.S. plastic surgery institutions.
THE CHALLENGE: HELP WOMEN KNOW THEIR OPTIONS AFTER BREAST CANCER.
What The PSF is doing: The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund enables The PSF to raise awareness about reconstruction options for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery, while helping provide access to reconstructive surgery for those in need.
Results: Through donations to the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund we have distributed 30 grants to U.S.-based charities to increase awareness of breast reconstruction surgery. We have also awarded 17 Charitable Care Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund grants to cover breast cancer surgical care costs for women who otherwise could not afford reconstruction.
As the research and philanthropic arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, our research-driven foundation impacts clinical outcomes every day. We look to corporations, foundations and like-minded individuals interested in shaping the future of medicine and health care. Won’t you join us by making a donation to The Plastic Surgery Foundation to help change the future of medicine and health care?
Charles E. Butler, MD
President, The PSF