Aesthetic Society rejects unification effort, elects to sever ties with ASPS
ASPS President Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, notified membership on March 16 that ASAPS declined the Society's invitation to explore options to unify the organizations under a single corporate structure.
"As indicated by the recent survey of ASPS members (including ASPS/ASAPS members), over 80 percent of ASPS members and 74 percent of ASAPS members favored unification as a means of achieving efficiencies, reducing membership dues and providing a single, unified voice for the specialty," Dr. Evans noted. "In our opinion, the decision taken today by the ASAPS leadership is inconsistent with the views of the membership of both societies."
ASAPS President Leo McCafferty, MD, also contacted members of the Aesthetic Society earlier that day to announce the decision to sever cooperative efforts.
Both leaders said the societies remain open to future discussions and potential collaborative efforts to benefit the specialty as a whole.
"ASPS will continue to serve the needs of plastic surgeons by providing the best educational programs, public advocacy in the federal and state arenas, the world's leading plastic surgery journal and an increasing array of practice management services," Dr. Evans said. "ASPS is committed to providing world-class education in both the cosmetic and reconstructive spheres of our discipline."