The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has named Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP, as its new president. Dr. Losee took office at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the Society’s annual scientific meeting, on Sunday, October 18, 2020, and will serve for 1 year.

“I’m honored to lead the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Plastic surgery is the specialty of innovation, and I look forward to advancing patient care and member services in new and inventive ways as we confront these very uncertain and challenging times.”

— Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP


Losee is the Ross H. Musgrave Endowed Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He served as the university’s Residency Program Director for more than a decade. He is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and an Advisory Dean of Students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Prior to his presidential term, Losee served as the ASPS Vice President of Education. He is past president of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Robert H. Ivy Society, Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Pediatric Plastic Surgery. He sits on numerous boards of directors of national societies within academic plastic surgery, including the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery. For seven years, he served as a Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as Chair of the Board in his final year.

Losee edited six textbooks, including Comprehensive Cleft Care, the authoritative text on cleft surgery in its second edition, and Pediatric Plastic Surgery, of the multi-volume Plastic Surgery text. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 45 book chapters. He has also performed scientific and clinical research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense that focused on bone and suture regulation, cranial defects in infants and the treatment of ear disease in cleft palate patients. Losee has been an invited speaker at numerous meetings and a visiting professor at more than 40 universities around the world.

Losee graduated AOA from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1994. He completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Rochester and a Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

[Source(s): American Society of Plastic Surgeons, PRWeb]