The PSF President's Page: September 2018
This has been a successful year for The PSF, as illustrated by the following summary of the accomplishments and new initiatives of the 2017-18 term undertaken by the Foundation on behalf of the specialty.
Presidential Task Forces
- Women's Health and Breast Devices Task Force formed to help members be aware of and remain current in potential morbidity related to breast implants.
- Pediatric Task Force formed to direct The PSF in identifying opportunities to impact pediatric health care in the United States.
- Maliniac Circle added six new members who have pledged at least $100,000 as a deferred-gift commitment or provided $50,000 or more via an outright contribution to ensure the future of plastic surgery through research, education and clinical service in areas of greatest need.
- Research Grants Awarded totaled more than $702,000 to support 30 plastic surgery research proposals; $4.12 million was requested by 146 applicants.
- Scott Spear Innovation in Breast Reconstruction Research Fellowship was presented for the first time this year thanks to the generosity of the Allergan Foundation to honor the memory of the late breast surgery pioneer and advocate.
- The PSF Translational Research Grants was presented for the first time this year to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries and technical developments into practical solutions that improve human health through innovation funding.
- Graduate Research Scholarship provides competitive financial support to offset a portion of the tuition cost of an advanced research degree.
- Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship provides support for surgeons to attend research training and development programs around the country to enhance their skills in outcomes/translational/clinical research.
- Research Fundamentals Workshop be integrated into the 2019 PSRC meeting (May 2-5, 2019) to maximize attendance and member benefits.
- The FRANCHISE (Finger Replantation and Amputation Challenges in Assessing Impairment, Satisfaction and Effectiveness) multicenter study has nearly completed data analysis, which will be used for NIH grant submission and manuscripts.
- Plastic Surgery Registries Network tops 800 participants providing data to improve patient safety.
- PROFILE Registry remains instrumental to tracking cases of BIA-ALCL for plastic surgeons and the FDA.
- National Breast Implant Registry completed pilot data collection and is now open to all members at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018 in Chicago.
- TOPS now contains nearly 950,000 patient entries and more the 1.6 million procedures performed by ASPS members.
- Specialty-specific module has been created, in collaboration with ASMS, within TOPS to enable providers to track long-term outcomes in patients with cleft palate.
- GRAFT with more than 12,000 fat grafting procedures captured do date, opened data collection to Brazil and Canada which will help expand data collection to more than 600 potential new users, increase use of the registry and determine fat grafting trends around the world – information that remains vital to the specialty and regulators scrutinizing this procedure.
- Clinical Trials Network Subcommittee is developing a multi-site, randomized controlled trial which will evaluate the effectiveness of antibiotics for prophylaxis of surgical site infection after prosthetic breast reconstruction.
- Clinical Registries Committee serves in an advisory capacity to help identify and implement long-term, financial and participation strategies that will foster sustainability.
- Essentials of Leadership (EOL) exploring ways to make registry use more feasible in academic institutions, which would increase registry utilization.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness
- Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund awarded $180,000 for awareness outreach, charitable care and research.
- The PSF Presents Sunday Night Live with Dana Carvey offered a fun-filled night of comedy with proceeds going to support The PSF Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund.
- Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day USA celebrations will take place across the nation on Oct. 17 with more than 180 events slated.
- Local Fundraiser Pilot Program held in Chicago on May 3 raised $50,000 for breast reconstruction awareness and patients in the Chicagoland area; program model will expand to San Francisco in 2019.
- Close the Loop 5K run/walk held during PSTM with proceeds supporting breast reconstruction efforts in Chicagoland area.
- The BIA-ALCL Subcommittee invited representatives from Argentina, China, Russia and Switzerland to join its global network.
Gluteal Fat Grafting Safety
- Gluteal Fat Grafting Study Section formed to review and critique an interdisciplinary grant dedicated to improving safety of this procedure – grant has been co-funded by the PSF, ISAPS and ASERF; the multi-society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force, co-chaired by J. Peter Rubin, MD; Dan Mills, MD, and Renato Saltz, MD, conducted several sessions for cadaver simulation of the procedure to identify danger zones and improve the safety.
- The PSF Visiting Professors program provided support for nine surgeons to visit programs in North America.
- Resident Leadership Program introduced with the help of YPS and WPS to cultivate leadership among junior residents; nine residents (six domestic and three international) in early to mid- training were selected.
- International Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ISPRES) and the World Society for Simulation Surgery (WSSS) each held their annual meetings within Plastic Surgery The Meeting.
- The PSF website has been redesigned to provide greater functionality, highlight current initiatives and provide an overview of the many facets of The PSF.
Below, we also have Raymond Harshbarger, MD, to provide an update on the International Scholar Committee, and Scott Corlew, MD, to discuss the Volunteers in Plastic Surgery Steering Committee.
It's been my pleasure to lead this tremendous Foundation this year and I look forward to seeing the continued progress we make moving forward.
Arun Gosain, MD
The PSF President
Mirroring trends of international collaboration in modern society, ASPS is actively involved in the globalization of its field. The Society strives to promote interconnectivity between the United States and developing countries in the realm of plastic surgery through the International Scholar Committee. Each year, five scholarships, managed through The PSF – three in the area of reconstructive and burn surgery and two unrestricted (directly from The PSF) – are awarded to qualified plastic surgeons from developing countries.
As International Scholar recipients, these surgeons can visit U.S. plastic surgery centers of excellence for three-to-six months. Following the scholarship period, international scholars return to their home countries, better equipped as leaders and practitioners in the field of plastic surgery. Since its inception, the program has steadily gained popularity amongst the international community, and this year, 85 completed applications from more than 25 countries have been filed for committee review. Many past international scholars have become plastic surgery leaders in their own countries. Initiatives for the committee this past year included increasing funding opportunities, enhancing accessibility to The PSF website, and streamlining the applications process. Enhanced recognition of international scholars has also been a goal, with exposure at the ASPS/PSF International Day during Plastic Surgery The Meeting in Chicago.
-Raymond Harshbarger, MD, Chair
Plastic surgeons are some of the most willing of all physicians to donate their time and expertise to low- and lower-middle income countries in which plastic surgical care is lacking. The VIPS Committee worked to change the conversation from a focus on us as plastic surgeon volunteers to a focus on what is truly needed around the world and how we might fit into that need. In addition to the seminar entitled, "Global Surgery From the Plastic Surgeons' Perspective: An overview of how the US plastic surgeon fits into Global Surgery development in the 21st century," held at last year's meeting, the committee developed its website to include a substantial trove of resources from the literature and regarding organizations and institutions, in addition to its lists of international plastic surgery societies and training programs.
We have also developed a relationship with ICOPLAST, the consortium of plastic surgery societies around the world; its Humanitarian Committee is a sort of "VIPS in reverse" – a group of representatives from countries often visited by U.S. surgeons. Finally, we are exploring avenues for funding of a special supplement on global surgery as it relates to plastic surgery for PRS.
-Scott Corlew, MD, MPH, Chair