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American Society of Plastic Surgeons Gets New Leader

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) issued a press release announcing that Dr. Phillip Haeck, MD, with Plastic Surgery Associates of Seattle, was announced as the new president of the group at the Society's annual scientific meeting last week. Inducted on Monday, October 4, Dr. Haeck took the reigns of the world's largest plastic surgery association for a year-long term. As president of the world's primary authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Haeck will deal with issues involving patient safety and also continuing member and public education.

Dr. Haeck remarked, ?With more physicians trying to enter the cosmetic surgery market and more patients looking for ?discounted? procedures, public education on who is best qualified to perform plastic surgery is important now more than ever. Over the next year, ASPS will continue its ongoing effort to inform the public about the benefits of plastic surgery, as well as the overwhelming advantages in seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon.?

Dr. Haeck was currently serving as a partner at PSAS and is a member of the editorial board for the Society's medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), and has been a Member Surgeon of the Society since 1990 when he received his American Board of Plastic Surgery certification. He has held board positions such as ASPS/PSEF Treasurer and Historian, served as chair of several ASPS committees including Patient Safety and Health Policy and Public Education and Government Affairs, and served as ASPS/PSEF Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

A 24 years seasoned surgeon, Dr. Haeck received his medical degree from Michigan State University and started his surgical training in Seattle at Swedish Hospital. Following that, Dr. Haeck spent three years of plastic surgery training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Having completed his training, he opened his Seattle-based practice.

The ASPS describes Dr. Haeck's scholarly interests as "editorial in nature" and his recently authored contributions to PRS include a piece entitled "Evidence Based Patient Safety Advisory for Outpatient Surgery." He was also the editor of Plastic Surgery News for six years, and has spent the past eight years writing the "On Legal Grounds" column for that publication.

As a further part of his personal outreach, Dr. Haeck has traveled across three continents with Healing the Children, providing free surgical care to children with cleft palates and burns. His wife is also a healthcare professional, working as an oncology nurse.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest group of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With over 7,000 physician members, ASPS is world-renowned as the leading authority and source of information about cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Over 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the U.S. are part of ASPS.

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