The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)Announces the 2010 Journalistic Achievement Award Winners

Recipients Include Journalists from Elle Magazine, Los Angeles Times and ABC News 20/20

Annual Meeting Press Office open April 23-27: (301) 965-5156

New York, NY (April 23, 2010) –  Selected from over 150 entries nationwide, Journalists representing Elle magazine, Los Angeles Times and ABC News 20/20 are among winners receiving top honors in the 2010 Journalistic Achievement Awards. This year’s winners will be presented a certificate of merit and a downloadable presentation featured on the ASAPS’ website. The Aesthetic Society, 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 ASAPS Communications Commissioner Mark Codner, MD, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, “but it’s a complex subject. The Aesthetic Society looks for journalists who ‘translate’ difficult concepts into understandable ones, and who convey necessary information to the public – about realistic expectations, safety, and surgeons’ qualifications.”

“There were so many articles this year that really highlighted the importance of patient safety.  We had articles on everything from medical tourism to the increased complications that can arise when performing plastic surgery on people who smoke, and we really feel like these journalists are helping us with our mission to educate the public.” says Aesthetic Society President Renato Saltz, MD, a plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. 

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 Patient Safety.

Top 2010 honors in the Magazine category go to Elizabeth Hayt for her article, Second Chances, which appeared in the October 2009 issue of Elle magazine.  The article is about a woman who had to undergo a revision surgery after a rhinoplasty procedure.  First place in the Patient Safety category goes to Gretchen Voss of Marie Claire magazinewho is recognized for her article, Doctors without Borders, which investigates black market cosmetic procedures and unqualified doctors performing cosmetic surgery.

Gail Deutsch of ABC News 20/20 is the winner in the Television Feature category for the segment which describes the risks of Do-It-Yourself cosmetic procedures.  First place in the TV News category goes to Michelle Boudin of News Channel 36 WCNC Charlotte, for her piece Accused Doctor Wasn't Certified in Plastic Surgery which included an interview with the Society’s President-Elect, Felmont Eaves, M.D.

Susan Carpenter, of the Los Angeles Times, takes top honors for her Newspaper article, Finding a Good Plastic Surgeon, which discusses the right ways and places to find a board certified cosmetic surgeon.  First place in the Internet category is awarded to Dan Childs, of ABC News Online, for his article, Toxic Butt-Boosting Shots Send Women to Hospital, whichtells about the dangers of using unapproved silicone injections.

A panel of plastic surgeons and communications professionals evaluated each entry for accuracy of information, balanced reporting, educational value, interest, originality, and journalistic style.  Winners receive a personal certificate of merit and an awards presentation honoring the winners will be presented on the ASAPS website and accessible for download.

For more information on the Aesthetic Society’s Journalistic Achievement Awards, visit the Press Center on the Aesthetic Society web site at http://www.surgery.org/media.

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Journalistic Achievement Awards Presentation 
Tuesday, April 27th, 8:00am

About ASAPS
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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