Michael McGuire, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, UCLA, last week was inducted as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). McGuire, who will have a one-year term in this position, will focus on increasing intraspecialty collegiality and cooperation, and promoting international outreach.

"The plastic surgery community stretches beyond our borders, so we as ASPS Member Surgeons have a unique opportunity to reach out to our colleagues around the world and assist them in areas such as advocacy, education, and surgeon certification," he said last week at the Society’s annual scientific meeting. "An additional goal for my presidency is to explore the alternatives to solo practice here at home, by investigating opportunities that may be available to our membership through virtual groups or centers of excellence."

McGuire has held several ASPS board positions and is currently a member of the Cosmetic Surgery Alliance, serving on the Patient Safety, Public Education, and Quality and Performance Measurement Committees, among others.

McGuire is a 30-year veteran of plastic surgery, receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his general and plastic surgery internship at UCLA Medical Center.

McGuire has served as President of both the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and of the AAAASF, the accrediting body of ambulatory surgical facilities. He was also Founder and President of Surgery Facilities Resources, and President and Chair of the Board of California’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

[Source: ASPS]