Letter from the Editor
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
By Joe Niamtu, III DMD
This article appeared in the 2015 Issue #2 of Surge.
Greetings Fellow AACS members,
I hope everyone is coming off of a great summer and that their personal and professional lives are prospering. This issue of Surge is a milestone in that it is the first digital edition of this publication. Like many “pulp” publications, technology and green intentions have driven many similar publications to a digital format.
I like it and I don’t like it! It is nice to be able to read something on any device at any time and always have access to it. After all, it reduces desk clutter, paper waste, printing costs, etc. On the other hand, there is something satisfying about “holding” a magazine and reading in a traditional manner. I guess this is more of a habit and in the future it will be similar to playing records. I am anxious to hear from our membership as to what format they prefer.
Regardless of the format, Surge has continued to update our membership about goings on in the AACS and relevant content to our profession. This issue addresses transgender surgery which has been and will continue to be a growing part of cosmetic surgery. There are many biopsychosocial implications regarding this surgery that may set these patients apart for the average cosmetic surgery patient. Surgeons treating transgender patients must take the time to learn and understand goals, trials and tribulations of these patients. Like any subset of patients or procedures, a thorough understanding of the patient and procedure is paramount for success. We have many accomplished doctors in our membership that perform transgender surgery. This includes a spectrum from small minimally invasive procedures to complex gender reassignment surgery.
I predict that as societal mores change, these patients and procedures will become a growing portion of our journal and meetings.
Finally, I, and the other members of the annual meeting planning committee (Kristen Brecht, MD; Kevin Jovanovic, MD; Tony Mangubat, MD; Mandy Newman; Joe Niamtu III, DMD; Marco Pelosi III, MD; Jennifer Peterson, MD; Edward M. Zimmerman, MD) have been busy all spring and summer with conference calls planning the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. I have also spent many evenings on conference calls with the AACS Board of Directors and Executive Committee. But wait, there is more, I have been on conference calls for the communication committee. It is important for all members to realize the commitment of our officers and committee members. They truly are committed to improving our organization and I encourage any new or existing members to become involved in these committees. No two people exemplify this type of leadership and commitment more than our current president, Michael Will, and incoming president, Robert Shumway.
Our Academy is growing and great things are happening. I look forward to the “busy season” coming as the days get shorter and colder and hope to see you all in Florida in January.
Joe Niamtu, III, DMD, FAACS, is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.