Aesthetic Society Awards Journalists' Commitment to Patient Education

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Announces 2007 Journalistic Achievement Awards

NEW YORK, NY (April 19, 2007)San Diego Union-Tribune journalist, R.J. Ignelzi, is taking home top honors as the winner of the third annual Patient Safety award in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) annual Journalistic Achievement Awards.  Ms. Ignelzi is among five first place winners, selected from over 140 entries, in the 2007 competition.  Winners will be presented with their awards on April 23rd at The Aesthetic Society’s Annual Meeting in New York.  ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

“We are truly delighted to honor this year’s winners,” says Aesthetic Society Communications Commissioner Michael McGuire, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA.  “Each year a truly remarkable group of journalists emerges and does a tremendous job educating the public about cosmetic surgery.  In an industry where there are dangers lurking among the many rewards, it’s marvelous to have these journalists providing such fair and balanced perspectives.”

“In a year that saw many remarkable innovations in cosmetic surgery, including the FDA approval of silicone breast implants, we are thrilled that so many dedicated journalists worked to separate the facts from the hype.” says Aesthetic Society President, James Stuzin, MD, a plastic surgeon in Miami, FL.  “It’s encouraging to see cases where the media holds patient safety in as high regard as our society does.”

Awards for exceptional reporting on cosmetic plastic surgery include Television News, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet and Patient Safety.

R.J. Ignelzi of the San Diego Union-Tribuneis recognized for her article, An Implant Patient’s Primer, which stresses the importance of doing one’s homework before undergoing breast surgery, especially when assessing a doctor’s qualifications and learning about the procedure’s potentially dangerous side effects.

Monica Haynes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is the winner in the Newspaper category for her article, More Minorities Opt for Cosmetic Surgery.  The article sheds light on the growing popularity of plastic surgery among ethnic and racial minorities, who account for more than 20% of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.

First place in the Magazine category is awarded to Liz Welch for her piece What No One Ever Tells You About Breast Implants, which appeared in the November issue of Glamour.  The article focuses on the dangers facing prospective patients pursuing breast implant surgery, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure among American women.

Angela Carraway, of WSVN 7 in Miami, FL, takes top honors in the Television News category for her piece Botched Beauty.  The piece, featuring Aesthetic Society President James Stuzin, MD, reveals the dangers of seeking discounted cosmetic surgery abroad.

First place in the Internet category goes to Jacqueline Stenson of for her article Battling the Post-Baby Bulge.  This article gives a thorough analysis on what plastic surgery can and cannot do for women looking to get rid of leftover weight post-pregnancy.

A panel of plastic surgeons and communications professionals evaluated each entry for accuracy of information, balanced reporting, educational value, interest, originality, and journalistic style.  In addition to a $500 cash prize and framed certificate, winners receive airfare and accommodations for the ASAPS 2007 Annual Meeting and are honored at a Journalistic Achievement Awards Dinner

For more information on the Aesthetic Society’s Journalistic Achievement Awards, visit the Press Center on the Aesthetic Society web site at


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 nonsurgical 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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