Community Service and Volunteerism Post 9/11 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Members Answer the Call
NEW YORK, NY (September 3, 2002) — In the aftermath of September 11, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) felt the same inspiration to serve their communities and their country as the rest of America. Many ASAPS-member plastic surgeons had volunteered their skills before the tragedy, while others felt reawakened to the call of community service post 9/11. In the past year, ASAPS surgeons have mentored students, traveled on medical missions, counseled breast cancer patients, and participated in a host of other volunteer activities.
- The US Ambassador to Sierra Leon recognized ASAPS member Thomas Hubbard, MD, for his work with Medical Supply and Rescue. Dr. Hubbard, whose practice is located in Virginia Beach, VA, is the founder and president of this organization, which collects excess surgical supplies and used equipment from area hospitals to send to Africa, Central America, and South America. “Americans have been blessed with so much, it is important that we remember there are others who are not nearly as fortunate as we are,” says Dr. Hubbard.
- “I feel that I am a better neighbor and a better doctor because I have helped to make the community I live in a safer place,” says James Yates, MD, a Camp Hill, PA, plastic surgeon who has served not only as Police Commissioner for the West Shore Regional Police Department for the past six years, but also as a member of the board for the West Shore Bureau of Fire.
- Ralph Rosato, MD, of Vero Beach, FL, volunteers with the 100 Club, an organization that provides support for families of fallen firefighters and members of law enforcement.
- Blayne Hirsche, MD, of Provo, UT, founded the Hirsche Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization that has arranged over 500 surgeries since 1993 for children without access to medical services or health education.
- Bradford Prescott, MD, of Walnut Creek, CA, is a patron member of the Boy Scouts and is the den leader of Cub Scout Troop 215.
To recognize the efforts of these and many other ASAPS members, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery created the ASAPS Certificate of Special Recognition for Community Service and Volunteerism, which it awards to members who have devoted at least 25 hours to volunteer activities during a twelve month period.
Mark Jewell, MD, who serves on the ASAPS Executive Committee, suggested the program as a way to recognize and encourage the important contributions made by ASAPS members. “Our profession of cosmetic plastic surgery affords wonderful opportunities to help people feel good about themselves, but there are so many other ways in which ASAPS members also contribute to the welfare of their communities and, in many cases, the world,” says Dr. Jewell. “ASAPS hopes that this recognition will encourage others among us to participate as well.”
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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