Opening Ceremonies 2022

Join us at 6 p.m, on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to celebrate innovations in plastic surgery and a historic year.

This special event also will showcase the Presidential Address, Special Achievement Awards and much more! We’ll recognize accomplishments, share in the specialty’s successes and announce the ASPS Patients of Courage.

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity Awards recognize truly inspiring patients whose lives have been changed or saved through reconstructive surgery, and have transformed their experiences into unique programs that give back to their communities. Each Patient of Courage personifies the limitless potential of reconstructive surgery as well as the power of the human spirit.

2022 Patients of Courage

Our final 2022 Patient of Courage Alex Smithhonoree is former professional football player Alex Smith.

In 2018, Washington quarterback Alex Smith was sacked in the third quarter and carted off the field after sustaining an open fracture of his tibia and fibula. Alex developed sepsis shortly after the incident, which almost led to the amputation of his right leg.

After returning to the football field in 2020, he took his team to the playoffs and won NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Today, Alex gives back through his foundation to help foster teens. His story empowers others to overcome their fears and face their challenges with courage.

Make sure you attend the PSTM Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. to hear his full story!

Our next 2022 Patient of Courage Shamira Reeveshonoree is Shamira Reeves.

Shamira Reeves suffered severe burns to more than 30 percent of her upper torso and extremities as a toddler. She spent her childhood in the slums of Kabalagala, Uganda, as an outcast until she was adopted in 2012 and came to the United States for further treatment.

Since her arrival, Shamira has endured 26 extensive surgical procedures. Today, she shares her story to raise awareness of the plight of Ugandan orphans, and her efforts have raised funds to build a medical facility for vulnerable children.

Our second 2022 Patient of Courage Onyinye Udebuanihonoree is Onyinye Udebuani!

Onyinye Udebuani was involved in a deadly motor vehicle collision in 2018 that killed three passengers. She survived, sustaining multiple facial fractures. Today, Onyinye draws from her experience and tragic accident to make a difference in her community, and she helps patients facing similar adversities.

Our first 2022 Patient of Courage Rosie Ann Rileyhonoree is Rosie Ann Riley, PharmD!

After receiving an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis, Rosie Ann Riley underwent nipple-sparing mastectomies with prepectoral implant-based reconstruction. Today the Marine Veteran is passionate about serving her community and empowering patients to improve their lives.

Shamira Reeves, Udebuani and Rosie Ann Riley will appear at the PSTM Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. with the other two 2022 Patients of Courage. Make sure you attend to hear their stories!

Welcome Reception

Following the Opening Ceremonies, we will kick off this year’s Plastic Surgery The Meeting with our Welcome Reception at the Westin Boston Seaport District.

All PSTM attendees and registered guests are invited! This will be a great evening for attendees, colleagues and friends.


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