The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) elected a new president for the April 2016-April 2017 term.

ASERF, the nonprofit research and education arm of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, welcomed Steven Teitelbaum, MD, a Santa Monica-based plastic surgeon, to the role.

Teitelbaum, currently an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery. Teitelbaum completed his medical education at UCLA School of Medicine, completed surgical residency at Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard, and performed plastic surgery training at USC. He brings more than 20 years of experience to ASERF.

“Dr Teitelbaum has a rich background in both research and education, having participated in clinical trials for breast implants, energy devices and injectibles,” says Neal Reisman, MD, JD, immediate past president of ASERF, in a media release from the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation.

“He has taught courses and lectured globally on aesthetic plastic surgery and teaches aesthetic surgery to UCLA residents. With such passion for research and education, I’m confident he will advance ASERF’s mission of continued medical research that will shape the aesthetic surgery landscape,” Reisman adds.

“It is a distinct privilege to lead the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation to even greater heights as I collaborate with my peers and the experienced ASAPS staff to improve this field of medicine. I expect the ASERF budget to grow as we will increasingly inform aesthetic surgeons about how ASERF research has immeasurably contributed to patient safety and innovation,” Teitelbaum notes in the release.

“We will continue to identify and fund the most outstanding and important research in the long tradition of ASERF. I will also support education initiatives that are aligned with plastic surgery trends so that ASAPS members continue to be the leaders and innovators in providing aesthetic surgery,” he adds.

[Source(s): Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, PR Newswire]