Vernon Leroy Young, MD, Named Associate Editor of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Peer-Reviewed Publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

NEW YORK, NY (June 3, 2005) — Vernon Leroy Young, MD, has been named Associate Editor of Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) , peer-reviewed journal of the 2300-member American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Well-known for his extensive contributions to scientific research in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Young joins Editor in Chief Stanley A. Klatsky, MD, of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in leadership of the journal's Editorial Board.

Currently in private aesthetic surgery practice in St. Louis , MO , Dr. Young is a past William G. Hamm Professor of Plastic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis . He chairs the Task Force on Emerging Trends, co-sponsored by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF). He chairs the PSEF's Directed Research Committee, and chairs ASAPS Breast Surgery and Non-Surgical Procedures Committees. He also chairs the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Plastic Surgery Device Subcommittee and is an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Young's lifelong interest in research has made him the recipient of numerous research grants and the author of more than 150 scientific publications. His significant contributions to the scientific literature on breast surgery include studies to assess possible immune response to breast implants, to determine implant strength and longevity, and to evaluate patients' understanding of surgical risks and benefits. He has received grants from both ASERF and PSEF in connection with his groundbreaking work in breast implant research and patient safety through the Center for Device Retrieval and Analysis.

"Aesthetic Surgery Journal will benefit greatly from Dr. Young's extensive scientific background as well as his ongoing investigations into key issues and emerging trends in plastic surgery," says Dr. Klatsky. " ASJ already is known for keeping its readers ahead of the curve with regard to the latest developments in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Young's hands-on involvement in so many aspects of the field will enhance our ability even further."

Aesthetic Surgery Journal , published by Elsevier Science, is the world's most widely read clinical journal of cosmetic surgery, with subscribers in more than 80 countries. Besides its affiliation with ASAPS, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in aesthetic surgery, ASJ is also the official English-language journal of plastic surgery societies in Brazil , Israel , Mexico , Japan , Korea and Thailand . In addition to ASJ 's Editorial Board of plastic surgeons, the journal's Interspecialty Advisory Board includes physicians and surgeons representing anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology. For information on the journal, as well as subscriber and pay-per-view access to the journal's full text and graphics, go to www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com .

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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