Renato SALTZ, MD, FACS
Saltz Plastic Surgery
5445 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It gives me great pride - and is an enormous honor - to be your President for the next two years. I first became involved in ISAPS leadership as the National Secretary for the United States in 2002. Since then, I have been on the ISAPS Board continuously for the past fourteen years and have served in many positions representing our Society.
My vision for the New ISAPS is based on meritocracy, service and hard work! And that starts right at the top with the fantastic Board of Directors we have today. As your society grows, it requires more work, time and dedication from your volunteer leaders who work very hard throughout the year to improve ISAPS and aesthetic surgery on a global scale. They are true servants of the specialty and deserve our thankful recognition.
Our mission of Aesthetic Education Worldwide could not be more vital as supported by the new Education Council (EC) that is planning over thirty annual courses and symposia all over the world. The EC, now under the leadership of Vakis Kontoes (Greece) and Ozan Sozer (US), has been expanded with two outstanding Regional Chairs for every continent who will provide more support and oversight for our many courses worldwide.
Our journal, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, has a new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bahman Guyuron. Submit your manuscripts to Dr. Guyuron and follow the many innovations to the Blue Journal.
One of my top priorities for the next two years is Patient Safety. Ultimately, our responsibility as well-trained, ethical surgeons is to protect our patients. As the number of cosmetic surgeries and non-invasive procedures continues to climb, ISAPS has a very important responsibility to educate patients about cosmetic surgery. I have asked Foad Nahai, ISAPS Past-President, to chair this very important committee.
The National Secretaries are the life-blood of ISAPS, representing our members in 77 of our 104 countries. We owe a great deal to them as our Ambassadors who actively represent us and recruit new members, and in some cases serve as the local organizers of our courses and symposia.
The newly established Global Alliance is growing in affiliated National Societies. Our focus will be creating a single international voice for global aesthetic plastic surgery, representation on all international issues related to patient safety, developing new strategies for safe medical tourism and promoting a global partnership in our diverse education, training and accreditation activities. We have never had this direct line of communication in the history of international aesthetic plastic surgery before. I encouraged all Society Presidents to ignore our own national politics, personal agendas and aspirations and use this opportunity for the good of the specialty, for our colleagues - and for our patients. United no one can stop us!
Our new Premier Global Sponsor Program is growing as we look forward to expanding this new branch of the ISAPS family tree very soon.
We have an amazing Executive Office staff, headed by Catherine Foss. They take care of our members, meetings, finances, and so many details that make this society run so efficiently. This past summer, the first financial audit in our history was completed by Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the top ten ranked accounting firms in the US. We passedwith flying colors
Our marketing initiative is under the direction of Julie Guest. Her mandate is to put us more squarely on the world map through an aggressive PR campaign and various social media activities. Among the many innovations we have seen come to fruition are the ISAPS Business School launched at the Kyoto Congress. You can now benefit from that unique educational activity at all our courses, symposia and during each biennial Congress. Our monthly digital newsletter, global media outreach, new website development focusing on members and patients, and the global survey will all serve to increase our presence in this very busy, competitive and often confusing world of aesthetics. Please make sure you follow your society and all the marketing/branding innovations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
I chose Miami Beach to host our 24th Biennial Congress. You will see a whole new concept of Aesthetic Education including Cadaver Dissections, Live Injection, ISAPS Business School, and ISAPS Skin Care sessions to help your practice and your staff do better business. All this will be combined with a full, vibrant and energized exhibit hall where you can interact with our industry partners and friends, and enjoy a fantastic social program inthe brand new Miami Beach Convention Center in the heart of South Beach - the number one resort destination in the world!
Renato Saltz, MD, FACS
ISAPS President 2016-2018