The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) elected Las Vegas-based board-certified plastic surgeon Julio Garcia, MD as its new President.
ASERF is the philanthropic research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Its mission is to identify and pursue those issues relevant to the advancement and the safety and effectiveness of aesthetic medicine through independent, unbiased, directed research and groundbreaking education. ASERF is currently celebrating its 25th year.
Dr. Garcia is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As President of ASERF, Dr. Garcia will leverage 21st century technologies to produce innovative research, including bench research that will directly apply to the future capabilities within the specialty of aesthetic plastic surgery.
He plans to examine many aesthetic procedures to continue to establish improved safety parameters. Dr Garcia is going to continue working with ASERF leadership to develop mentorship programs and courses to assist individuals who have not previously conducted formal research. By enabling more aesthetic surgeons to contribute to the field, ASERF will expand its reach and continue to improve the specialty.
"It is an honor to be President of ASERF in 2018. ASERF has grown over the last 25 years as my own private practice has over 30 years, almost in lock step. The direction, education, and opportunities that ASERF now offers its members have grown considerably along with the sophistication of aesthetic surgery worldwide," says Dr. Garcia in a news release. "I look back at the procedures and technology I've used throughout my career and am amazed at what I've been able to employ thanks to ASERF's research. I am thrilled to be a part of the foundation as we now enter a new and exciting chapter for ASERF and further expand its research and impact on the specialty."
Current Members of ASERF and those who donate at The Aesthetic Meeting 2018, will receive:
- ASERF 25th Anniversary Lapel Pin ($200 - $2,499 donation)
- Lapel Pin & Silver Anniversary Benefactor Ribbon ($2,500 - $24,999 donation)
- Exclusive ASERF 25th Anniversary Lapel Pin & Benefactor Ribbon ($25,000 donation)
- Recognition in Aesthetic Society News, Summer 2018 (all donations)