ASPS Celebrates Guest National Societies of Europe

As part of our ongoing commitment to advance plastic surgery around the world, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is excited to announce the expansion of Guest Nation to the new Guest National Societies initiative. We are honored to showcase Europe as our region at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2022.

The Guest National Societies of Europe include:
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom

In addition to recognition during opening ceremonies, Guest National Societies will also receive discounted meeting registration for all members or presenters of the regional societies, complimentary registration for the societies' President and President-Elect and complimentary exhibit booths if desired.

The International Center Returns to PSTM

The members of our Guest Nations and all of our international plastic surgeon attendees will once again have access to the ASPS International Center as their hub meeting and information point. The Center will be in the North Lobby of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Thursday - Sunday (8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT).

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Belgium — Royal Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (RBSPS)

Alexis Verpaele, MD , President

RBSPS is the official organization representing plastic surgery to the public, the industry and the government. It aims to raise awareness about the extensiveness and the possibilities of the different aspects of our specialty. It also stimulates innovation, training and scientific research.

The RBSPS unites officially recognized plastic surgeons with a diploma in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery as well as candidates in training in this specialty.

Since its foundation in 1955, the RBSPS ensures the quality and the safety of the care for the patients who undergo medical or surgical interventions in Belgium, whether they are of reconstructive or aesthetic nature. To this end, it encourages and supports high standards of training, ethics and good practice.

The RBSPS is committed to keeping its members regularly informed of scientific and technological updates on new developments (e.g., PIP, ALCL, COVID-19, VAT, etc.). The society is also responsible for the organization of national congresses, thus ensuring continuous training.

The society actively participates in defending the interests of its members. It defends, among other things, the accreditation of surgical infrastructures that are subject to rigorous external control of equipment and personnel in order to guarantee patient safety. It is involved in the difficult task of revising and updating the nomenclature.

Croatia — Croatian Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (CSPRAS)

Rodo Zic, MD, President

The Croatian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery of the Croatian Medical Association is a member of ICOPLAST (International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery), ESPRAS (European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic), Croatian Physicians Assembly, and professional representative body for plastic surgeons in Croatia.

Cyprus — Cyprus Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (CYSPRAS)

Psaras Georgios, MD, President

The Cyprus Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery was formally founded in 2004 and had only 6 active members. Ever since there has been a steady increase in the number of its members which now count 37.

The aims of the society are to promote the scope of plastic surgery, enhance the scientific standards of its members and protect the professional borders of our specialty from the ever-increasing poaching by non-specialists.

The society is the official body representing plastic surgeons in the Cyprus Medical Council and also the body that represents the specialty of plastic surgery internationally. Members are fully qualified plastic surgeons exercising their professional skills in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in state and private hospitals.

The society organizes congresses and meetings on a regular basis for further educating its members. One of the highlights in recent times was the organization of the European Societies of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS) congress in 2018 with great success, the first European Course for Plastic Surgery and the hosting of the European Board Exams (EBOPRAS) in the same year.

The society is open to international collaborations with other like-minded societies for the enhancement of the scope of plastic surgery.

Finland — Finnish Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (FAPRAS)

Kiiski Juha Pekka, MD, President

Finnish Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, FAPRAS, was founded in 1957 by seven Finnish plastic surgeons as Chirurgi Plastici Fenniae. In 2008, the name was changed to its current form.

The association covers all fields of plastic surgery and plastic surgeons in Finland. The association currently has more than 130 full-members.

Our objective is to enhance plastic surgery and professional development through education, research, and professional interaction. We conduct bi-annual program for our members, with scientific presentations, panel discussions, and visiting lecturers. We also provide research grants to our members to increase knowledge and practices in plastic surgery.

France — Société Française de Chirurgie Plastique Reconstructrice et Esthétique (SOFCPRE)

Catherine Rodier Bruant, MD, President

Created in 1953, the SoFCPRE is both a learned society and the unifying body of the specialty. It has about 750 members.

Learned society: Invested in a mission of scientific expertise for all aspects of the profession, the SoFCPRE coordinates and disseminates the work of specialists, produces recommendations, and participates in any action aimed at strengthening patient safety.

Federating organization: The SoFCPRE is a member of the National Professional Council (CNP) of the specialty.

Created in 2008 and corresponding to the charter of the Federation of Medical Specialties (FSM), its Professional Directory of Plasticians (DPP) brings together all the components of the profession and allows them to share information and tasks:

  • Learned societies: SoFCPRE and SoFCEP
  • College of the specialty bringing together university and non-university teachers: CFCPRE
  • National union for the defense of the specialty: SNCPRE
  • Plastirisq accreditation body
  • The CPRE sub-section of the CNU National Council of Universities
  • The CNP is the sole interlocutor of the specialty, in particular vis-à-vis the public authorities, the press and the FSM.

Germany — German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRAC)

Lukas Prantl, MD, President

The German Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (DGPRÄC) is the professional representative body and scientific society for plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Germany.

It was established in 1968 as the Association of German Plastic Surgeons (VDPC) and was renamed in 2005. The society has around 2,000 members and cooperates with political parties and the German Medical Association in favour of consumer protection.

This cooperation resulted in the official title: “Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon," saving the term “aesthetic” as a brand name, which can be used by plastic surgeons only as an official speciality title. It also resulted in a new law in 2006 that bans advertisements for aesthetic surgery.

The society holds scientific meetings, runs training courses, awards scholarships and grants and publishes the Journal "Plastische Chirurgie." One goal of the society is to preserve public health by promoting and developing plastic surgery.

A challenge of the society is to encourage all fields of plastic surgery in scientific and practical aspects. Therefore, it cooperates and has a constant dialogue with other national societies of plastic and aesthetic surgeons.

An additional goal is to optimize the quality of the professional training as well as the post graduated training within the European guidelines and to advance education in all aspects of plastic surgery.

Ireland — Irish Association of Plastic Surgery (IAPS)

Brian Kneafsey, MD, President

The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (IAPS) is the Voice of Plastic Surgery in Ireland. It is the only body of plastic surgeons recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and The Medical Council. IAPS aims to promote awareness and understanding of the work done by plastic surgeons, and with the RCSI, is responsible for training future plastic surgeons.

Italy — Società Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Ricostruttiva ed Estetica (SICPRE)

Francesco Stagno D’Alcontres, MD, President

SICPRE (Società Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica Ricostruttiva ed Estetica) is the eldest, most prestigious and representative Association of Italian Plastic Surgeons. Founded in 1934, SICPRE includes about 1,200 members, equal to the 80% of the Italian Plastic Surgery specialists, among them Directors of the training programs (Schools of Specialization in Plastic Surgery), University Professors, Heads of Plastic Surgery Units, and the great majority of Plastic Surgeons in private practice.

The SICPRE has an official affiliation with the prestigious ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and with the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).

The Netherlands — Nederlandse Vereniging voor Plastische Chirurgie (NVPC)

Bert van Drunen, MD, President

The Netherlands Society of Plastic Surgery is founded in 1950 and currently has nearly 400 full members.

Our Society is an active and productive group with scientific meetings twice a year. Members are involved in creating EBM guidelines, are collaborative in science, education, contribute to surgical innovations and are active in promoting our work in reconstructive, hand, and cosmetic surgery. Furthermore, we are frontrunners in national breast implantation registration and concurrent research.

Norway — Norwegian Plastic Surgery Association (NPKF)

Kjersti Ausen, MD, President

The era of plastic surgery in Norway started in 1949 when our first two plastic surgeons established private practice after having received their specialty in Britain. The Norwegian Association of Plastic Surgeons (NAPS) was founded in 1953 along with establishment of the first public Department of Plastic Surgery in the capital Oslo. The society has grown to more than 200 members in a country of 5.8 million inhabitants.

Norway has publicly funded health care, but our members work both in public hospitals and private clinics. NAPS is a part of the Norwegian Medical Association and virtually all plastic surgeons are members. A significant fraction of our members is connected with our associated section the Norwegian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (NSAPS).

Biannually, the NSAPS arranges the Norwegian-American Aesthetic Meeting (NAAM), in cooperation with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (NSAPS). NAPS organizes our annual scientific meeting, and we strive to expand our field.

Poland — Polish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (PSPRAS)

Jerzy Strużyna, MD., Ph.D., D.Sc., President

The PSPRAS aims to develop and promote Polish plastic and reconstructive surgery in accordance with the present state of knowledge. The organization's goals include:

  1. Development and promotion of Polish plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  2. Inspiring, encouraging and introducing members to scientific work and constant improvement of professional qualifications.
  3. Transforming scientific achievements into clinical practice.
  4. Representing Polish plastic and reconstructive surgery in Poland and abroad.

The society achieves its goals by:

  • Organizing conventions, conferences, symposiums, lectures, seminars and competitions.
  • Maintaining scientific contacts and exchanging experiences as well as cooperating with others medical societies in Poland and abroad, participation in congresses and conventions; and national and international scientific conferences devoted to plastic surgery and reconstruction
  • Cooperation with other domestic and foreign institutions in the field of specialization and training surgeons and doctors of various specialties in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Funding scholarships and awards as well as using other forms of assistance to members working scientifically or distinguishing themselves in professional self-education, promising further development in work for the country.
  • Conducting informative activities and publishing the works of members in print, in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Cooperation with competent state administration bodies, institutions and social organizations.

Portugal — Portuguese Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SPCPRE)

Júlio Matias, MD, President

The Portuguese Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SPCPRE) was founded in 1961 and has been focused on the dynamization of the communication between colleagues and promotion of the best practices in our speciality.

The SPCPRE has 123 active members and a total of 337 inscriptions. SPCPRE continues to promote yearly National Congresses; and international events associated with multiple plastic surgery societies and associations.

SPCRE promotes continuous education and courses to members in order to achieve the best preparation. Every Portuguese patient seeking plastic surgery will be treated by fully trained specialists to assure the best possible outcomes.

Romania — Romanian Association of Plastic Surgeons (RoAPS)

Cristian-Radu Jecan, MD, President

The Romanian Association of Plastic Surgeons (RoAPS) has developed out of the need for dialogue in and within our specialty. The specialty of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, and later Reconstructive Microsurgery was developed within the Institute, then of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, starting in 1958.

Each head of the Plastic Surgery departments and Clinics in Romania was trained in the University of Medicine and Pharmacy „Carol Davila”, from Bucharest, in the clinic from Architect Ion Mincu Street, led by Professor Agrippa Ionescu. The Society of Plastic Surgery has undergone several organizational changes over time, from 1958 until 2003, when it became the Romanian Association of Plastic Surgeons. Now it gathers the majority of Romania plastic surgeons, serving in the various branches of this specialty.

The RoAPS values and principles are the mark of excellence, safety, and integrity in Plastic Surgery. Our main goals are:

  • Improving patient safety by providing valuable information, quality education/training, and certification for Plastic Surgery professionals.
  • Promoting research excellence.
  • Promoting integrity in practice and providing medical services.
  • Being a constant source of innovative ideas in the field of Plastic Surgery.
  • Promoting the use of the newest technology and techniques in the field.
  • Promoting the exchange of experience with well-known specialists in the field from all over the world.

We aim to advance the services we provide to our patients, encouraging high standards of training, ethics, practice, and research in plastic surgery. The association is striving to be a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to practice using only accredited surgical techniques and technologies.

In order to achieve its educational and promotional objectives, RoASPS organizes a series of activities, mainly addressed to its members, but also in order to raise awareness among other professionals in the medical field. In addition to organizing scientific meetings and training courses, ACPR offers prizes, scholarships, and grants encouraging its members to apply for various national and international programs.

Spain — Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética (SECPRE)

José Luis Vila Moriente, MD, President

The SECPRE, Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, is a scientific society that brings together specialists in Plastic Surgery who have been deserving of being part of it due to their merits in terms of training, knowledge, experience and ethics.

Founded in 1956 with the aim of providing optimal quality healthcare to patients and offering the highest levels of professionalism.

Switzerland — Swiss Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SSPRaeS)

Thomas Fischer, MD, President

SWISS PLASTIC SURGERY with its 210 members, is the professional association for plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in Switzerland. Its purpose is to promote the specialty and to support and encourage the corresponding science, teaching and research. It is responsible for the specific training to become a specialist and for the continuous education of its members.

SWISS PLASTIC SURGERY is further responsible for the protection of the professional interests as well as the basic ethical principles of medical practice of its members.

United Kingdom — The British Assn. of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

Ruth Waters FRCS(Plast), President

Founded in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II, as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, the Association had the objectives of relieving sickness and protecting and preserving public health by the promotion and development of plastic surgery.

The aim of the association was to advance education in all aspects of plastic surgery. These objectives remain today, but now expanding the scope of plastic surgery to include both reconstructive and aesthetic aspects.

We also aim to raise the profile of plastic surgeons as an intrinsic element of care teams providing specialist care to patients with a wide range of conditions. Continuing our objective of advancing education, BAPRAS is always looking to promote innovation within our specialty. As the voice of plastic surgery in the UK we enhance understanding of contemporary practice and raise awareness of our work to the public.