Vogue Magazine Takes Top Journalistic Honors
NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2005) – Vogue Magazine journalist, Ariel Levy, is taking home top honors in the newly created Patient Safety category of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) annual Journalistic Achievement Awards. Ms. Levy is among six first place winners, selected from nearly 125 entries, in the 2005 competition. Winners will be presented with their awards on April 30 th at ASAPS’ Annual Meeting in New Orleans. ASAPS, founded in 1967, is the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.
“Media coverage of plastic surgery increases every year,” says plastic surgeon Laurie Casas, MD, ASAPS Communications Commissioner, “but sometimes the 'glamour' of cosmetic surgery overshadows necessary information. ASAPS appreciates the work of journalists who report responsibly and help to educate the public about realistic expectations, risks and complications, and surgeons’ qualifications.”
“The Society has always been dedicated to patient safety, but this year, ASAPS is highlighting its commitment by adding a Patient Safety category to the 2005 Awards,” explains ASAPS President, Peter B. Fodor, MD.
Awards for exceptional reporting on cosmetic plastic surgery include Television News, Television Feature, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet and Patient Safety.
Ariel Levy of Vogue Magazine is recognized for her article, Shopping for Surgery, which stresses the seriousness of undergoing any type of surgery and provides consumer guidelines for helping to ensure safety when undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Patricia Anstett , of the Detroit Free Press, is the winner in the Newspaper category for her article, Mommy Makeovers. Her article explores breast and body contouring options for women after childbirth and provides a checklist for finding a qualified surgeon as well as questions to ask when considering surgery. First place in the Magazine category is awarded to Kimberley Sevcik for her article in Self, The Scary Truth About Plastic Surgery TV. The article, which includes an interview with ASAPS President Peter Fodor, MD, explores the reality of “reality” television.
Erika Chao of KVWB-TV, Las Vegas, takes top honors in the Television News category for her story on teen surgery. The story emphasizes factors such as teens' physical and emotional maturity that responsible surgeons consider carefully before agreeing to perform cosmetic surgery. The winner in the Television Feature category is Steve Bronstein for his ABC Good Morning America segment examining how plastic surgery reality television programs may be influencing people to request multiple surgical procedures be performed at the same time and how this can have dangerous consequences.
First place in the Internet category goes to Daniel DeNoon of WebMD for his article reporting on the Florida case in which four people were seriously harmed from injections with an unknown substance that they believed was Botox. The article stresses the importance of consumers knowing the qualifications of their doctor and also provides other safety guidelines.
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 2005 Annual Meeting and are honored at 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 www.surgery.org.
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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