The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society is composed of more than 7,000 physician members and represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States who perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
The mission of ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The Society is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.
ASPS works in concert with The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF). Founded in 1948, The PSF's mission is to improve the quality of patient care through research and development. The Foundation supports research through a variety of grants, clinical trials networks, training programs and forums that encourage innovation in medical devices and techniques.
The PSF fosters the clinical exposure of plastic surgeons by sponsoring Visiting Professors and the International Scholar Program. Donations to The PSF also support surgeons who volunteer abroad to help the impoverished and foster international outreach through Volunteers in Plastic Surgery.
ASPS' vast network of print and digital resources reach a worldwide audience and include:
- Plasticsurgery.org, an industry-leading resource for education and information that is visited by millions each year;
- The scientific journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), its website PRSJournal.com and groundbreaking iPad® app;
- The award-winning monthly newsletter Plastic Surgery News (PSN);
- Educational portal PSENetwork.org;
- Plastic surgery news site PSNExtra.org;
- Social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube for both the public and ASPS members.
The Society's print, digital and mobile publications reach a worldwide audience.