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The PSF President's Page: February 2018

As we continue to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of The PSF and its many wonderful aspects, this is a great time to remind all of you to visit the updated PSF website. There are numerous improvements that will make it easier to navigate between the ASPS website and The PSF website. The updated PSF website provides an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the key initiatives during the current year. Some of the new features include:

  1. The toolbar of the ASPS website home page now links directly to The PSF website by clicking on "Foundation." Similarly, The PSF website homepage links back to the ASPS website.
  2. The search function found on the home page of both the ASPS and The PSF websites will search both websites to direct you to the proper page. Users no longer need to memorize which functions fall into the ASPS website and which fall into The PSF website.
  3. Members wishing to investigate grant opportunities or review clinical registries can do so by clicking on the Research tab. Note that there are several new grant opportunities established for this year.
  4. The Programs tab reviews our major clinical programs to serve the community, including Caring for Kids and the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign. It also provides details for our educational programs, including the International Scholars Program, Visiting Professors Program and Volunteers in Plastic Surgery.
  5. Under the "About The PSF" tab, members can review all of The Foundation's committees and their charges to get an idea of how they may wish to serve in the future.

We do hope all of you will familiarize yourselves with our upgraded PSF website, as this is the most efficient way to become acquainted with The PSF and become involved in our many clinical, educational and research-oriented offerings.

In the spirit of highlighting the major charges of The PSF, ASPS/PSF Vice President of Research Gayle Gordillo, MD, and The PSF President-Elect Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, have provided the following overview of the research activities of The PSF.


Arun Gosain

Overview of The PSF research activities and more

By Gayle Gordillo, MD, The PSF Vice President of Research
& Andrea Pusic, MD, MHS, The PSF President-Elect

The PSF strives to serve the membership by advancing the knowledge and practice of plastic surgery. The Foundation's investment in research supports innovation, leads to new discoveries, promotes the careers of plastic surgeon-scientists and prepares plastic surgeon trainees to be the investigators for the specialty in the future. The PSF grant program leverages its own resources by partnering with eight other surgical specialty societies, such as the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Association for Surgical Education, in addition to corporate partners to achieve maximal impact of member contributions toward generating new plastic surgery knowledge.

The research line of The PSF lends its expertise to clinical studies addressing critical member issues. The PSF, through its Clinical Trials Network Committee, has previously supported work on mastectomy reconstruction outcomes, venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and patient-reported outcomes tools, such as BREAST-Q and FACE-Q. The FRANCHISE study compares outcomes of patients with digit amputation vs. finger replantation to determine factors that influence clinical decision making for these patients. The PSF leadership has provided guidance on the development of a study this spring to identify surgical techniques to improve the safety of gluteal fat grafting.

The PSF has invested heavily in the development of registries to track outcomes related to devices (e.g. breast implants) and procedures (e.g. GRAFT, the fat-grafting registry). The PSF leadership has worked closely with the FDA, our corporate partners and international colleagues to develop these registries. This gives international societies and corporations an added value to partnering with ASPS/PSF and positions the PSF as a global thought leader in plastic surgery. There are currently five ASPS/PSF-supported registries: 1) Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS), 2) National Breast Implant Registry (NBIR), 3) General Registry of Autologous Fat Transfer (GRAFT), 4) PROFILE (which tracks cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma and 5) QCDR (allows ASPS members to collect and submit outcomes data to fulfill quality reporting requirements).

All of our registries can be accessed through a single portal, the Plastic Surgery Registries Network (PSRN) and all are maintained on a common software platform. At the end of 2017, there were 754 plastic surgeons registered for PSRN. The outcomes data from these registries will advance our understanding about risks and benefits related to procedures or devices and enable us as plastic surgeons to provide safe evidence-based care for our patients.

Who knew The PSF was doing so much good work? The best way to stay abreast of the latest developments with The Foundation is to visit the website The PSF is hard at work forging the future of plastic surgery.