ISAPS Leadership & Staff
Nazim Cerkes, MD, PhD
Cosmed Plastic Surgery
Hakki Yeten Cad. No: 17, Kat 2, D:6
Fulya, Besiktas, Istanbul 34365 Turkey
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is a great honor and pleasure for me to be President of ISAPS for the next two years.
I was first involved in ISAPS leadership as a member of the Education Council in 2008. I served as Chair of the Education Council from 2010-2014. I was then 2nd Vice President (2014-2016), 1st Vice President (2016-2018), and President Elect (2018-2020) under President Dirk Richter.
I must confess to you that ISAPS had a significant influence in my personal and scientific life. I have learned a lot from ISAPS leaders, particularly the servant mentality. I had the opportunity to meet many plastic surgeons from different parts of the world; I learned from them and also shared my knowledge with them. ISAPS provided me with so many dear friends from all over the world which is invaluable to me.
Since the beginning of 2020, we are all having difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us had to stop our practices, our businesses have been affected, meetings were cancelled all over the globe, and travel has been banned or restricted. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our 25th Biennial Congress and many other ISAPS educational events. Due to the postponement of the Vienna Congress, we had to make a change in the ISAPS By-Laws to allow election of the new Board of Directors using online voting and a virtual ISAPS Biennial Business Meeting. The newly elected Board of Directors are true servants and I am sure that they will work hard to bring ISAPS to another level. I am very happy and looking forward to working with this great new team.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ISAPS has been supporting our members and non-member plastic surgeons all around the world through COVID-19 webinars and weekly Masterclasses by world masters – a unique feature of ISAPS. During the 2020-2022 term, Aesthetic Education WorldwideTM and patient safety will be our primary missions again. Our Education Council Chair, Ozan Sozer (USA) and Vice Chair, Francisco Bravo (Spain) and the Education Council team from all continents will prepare a comprehensive education program to teach the most recent innovative techniques in aesthetic plastic surgery.
COVID-19 has resulted in significant changes in traditional teaching methods. Virtual meetings and webinars will be important tools for education in the future. As leaders in aesthetic education, in this new era ISAPS will provide different teaching modalities to educate plastic surgeons. However, I believe that virtual meetings will never completely substitute for in-person, face-to-face meetings. That’s why we have already planned in-person ISAPS Courses and Symposia combined with virtual participation.
Our residents are our future. We will focus more on educating our residents in this term. We are currently developing teaching modules and fellowship programs to reshape their careers.
COVID-19 taught us the importance of minimally invasive applications in our practices. We will give more opportunities for teaching non-surgical procedures in our meetings and all educational activities.
The previous two presidents, Dr. Richter and Dr. Saltz, have made a great effort to grow the ISAPS Global Alliance. We have now reached 84 National Societies in the Alliance. We will advance our collaboration with our Global Alliance Partners on international issues and in developing new strategies for safe aesthetic surgery, education and global accreditation to protect our specialty. To increase joint activities with Global Alliance Societies is another goal of mine.
After the last modification of the By-Laws, the Membership Chair now has a Board position charged specifically with growing our membership. I am sure that our new Membership Chair, Dr. Vakis Kontoes, will work hard to fulfill the needs of our members, and facilitate membership procedures.
The National Secretary army has an essential role in connecting the Board with our members. I am planning to do a conference call with National Secretaries every three months to listen to their opinions.
Expanding industry partnerships and enhancing our cooperation with our current partners, increasing visibility of ISAPS in social media, improving the ISAPS website and the ISAPS video library are also important goals during my Presidency.
In recent years, through the efforts of ISAPS leaders, our financial status has grown significantly. I am proud to say that ISAPS is still holding strong with a good investment strategy for our treasury despite of the COVID pandemic state.
Recently, we have launched initial insurance programs of a wider range with special benefits for ISAPS members. We will further develop these insurance programs with additional benefits for our members.
I am so pleased to see that our journal, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, has improved under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Bahman Guyuron, and is now attracting more readers with a significantly increased Impact Factor.
At the end of 2020, our Executive Director, Catherine Foss, will retire after 22 years of service. Catherine has done a lot for ISAPS. On behalf of the ISAPS Board of Directors, I express our gratitude for her service and dedication for all these years.
Our new Executive Director, Sarah Johnson, and her team are already working hard. She is an energetic and motivated woman who will make great contributions to our beloved society.
Our postponed 25th Biennial Congress will be held in Vienna in September 2021. It will be a wonderful event. I hope to meet all of you in Vienna next year.
I will be delighted to welcome you to my home town of Istanbul in September 2022 for the 26th Biennial ISAPS Congress. Istanbul is a unique city embracing eastern and western cultures with everlasting scenic beauty. We are already planning a spectacular scientific and social program.
ISAPS is a big family and gets its power from its members. Without the support of our members, it is impossible to achieve our goals. Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, diversity and differences, I urge you to provide constant support to build a stronger, better society. I am honored to be part of this distinguished family. In such difficult times, our solidarity is essential. Let us unite under the ISAPS umbrella and support each other for the development of our speciality.
Nazim Cerkes MD, PhD
ISAPS President 2020-2022
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