ASAPS Member Is First Plastic Surgeon to Win AMA Distinguished Service Award

NEW YORK, NY (February 25, 2003) — David W. Furnas, MD, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for over 30 years, is the first plastic surgeon to be awarded the American Medical Association's (AMA) prestigious Distinguished Service Award. The award was given on December 7, 2002, at the AMA's House of Delegates Interim Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Furnas founded the Division of Plastic Surgery and the plastic surgery residency-training program at the University of California, Irvine, in 1969. He served as Chief of the Division and professor in the medical school for thirty years. He served as a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery from 1979 to 1985.

In 1999, Dr. Furnas led a U.S. team of volunteer surgeons and nurses for the African Medical and Research Foundation's "Operation Reconstruct" in Kenya. Eight months after the August 7, 1998, terrorist bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi, this surgical team, in collaboration with Kenyan surgeons, treated 350 patients who required reconstructive surgery.

"My personal mission has always been service though excellence in plastic surgery," says Dr. Furnas. In 1998, Dr. Furnas received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his "vision and leadership in the areas of teaching, research and practice of medicine that continues to set the tradition of excellence for future generations of physicians."

The AMA's Distinguished Service Award has been given annually since 1938. The award is given to a member of the Association for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine. Nominated by his peers, and selected by AMA's Board of Trustees, Dr. Furnas says he is honored to become the first plastic surgeon recipient of the esteemed award.


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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