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

cosmetic surgery.

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


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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