Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering

NEW YORK, NY (November 12, 2007) - J. Peter Rubin, M.D., a newly inducted member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and University of Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, is the first plastic surgeon known to be awarded the distinguished Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE). The award was presented on November, 1, 2007, in Washington, DC, in recognition for Dr. Rubin's groundbreaking research on using fat-derived stem cells to engineer soft tissue.

The Presidential Award embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.

Nine federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers who are at the start of their independent careers and whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Participating agencies award these talented scientists and engineers with up to five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions. The National Institutes of Health, which supported his research grant, �Injectable Engineered Tissue for Cancer Reconstruction,� nominated Dr. Rubin for the honor.

I am so honored to have received this award, says Dr. Rubin. �This award is wonderful recognition that plastic surgeons conduct important research and make meaningful contributions to medical science."

Dr. Rubin, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, is also the director of the Life After Weight Loss Program and the Adipocyte Biology Laboratory, and co-director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery�s Body Contouring Committee.

According to the White House, PECASE represents the highest honor that a young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States. The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising researchers in the Nation within their fields.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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