Allure Magazine and CNN Win Top Journalist Honors
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Announces 2004 Journalistic Achievement Awards
NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2004) – Journalists representing Allure magazine and CNN
are among winners receiving top honors in the 2004 Journalistic Achievement Awards
sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Selected from
among nearly 120 entries, this year’s winners will be presented with their awards on April 17th,
at ASAPS’ Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC. ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the leading
national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the
face and body.
“There’s so much public interest in cosmetic plastic surgery,” says plastic surgeon Laurie
Casas, MD, ASAPS Communications Commissioner, “but it’s a complex subject. ASAPS looks
for journalists who ‘translate’ difficult concepts into understandable ones, and who convey
necessary information to the public – about realistic expectations, safety, and surgeons’
Each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery honors journalists for
their reporting on cosmetic plastic surgery. Entries are accepted in six categories: Television
News, Television Feature, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet, and Radio.
Top 2004 honors in the Magazine category go to Joan Kron of Allure for her article,
Everything You Wanted to Know About Liposuction. The article answered 26 key consumer
questions exploring safety and effectiveness and providing explanations from qualified plastic
Sanjay Gupta, of CNN Live Today, is the winner in the Television Feature category for
the segment Ironing Out the Wrinkles, which answered viewers’ questions on the latest trends in
injectable treatments for wrinkle reduction and facial augmentation. First place in the TV News
category goes to Tammy Vigil of KDVR- TV, Denver’s Fox affiliate, for her story examining the
evidence for and against a possible association between increased suicide rates and breast
augmentation. The story referenced a recent article in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, ASAPS’ peerreviewed
publication, that suggested a possible “protective” effect of breast augmentation for
women in this population, resulting in a lower than expected risk of suicide.
Sameh Fahmy, of The Tennessean, takes top honors for her Newspaper article, Quiz
Doctors Before Deciding on Plastic Surgeon, which provided important consumer information on
plastic surgery safety and how to choose a qualified surgeon. Shannon Rose’s winning Radio
interview with ASAPS President, Robert Bernard, MD (The Morning Magazine Show, WWBA,
Tampa, FL), reported on the growing popularity of plastic surgery among men. First place in the
Internet category is awarded to Denise Mann (WebMD) for her article, Is Plastic Surgery Right
For You? that discussed the importance of patient informed consent and realistic expectations in
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 2004 Annual Meeting, and are invited to a Journalistic
Achievement Awards Dinner. Runners-up and Finalists receive personalized certificates.
For more information on the ASAPS Journalistic Achievement Awards, visit the Press
Center on the ASAPS web site at www.surgery.org.
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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