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AACS Inaugural Women in Cosmetic Surgery Event


AACS will be hosting its inaugural “Women in Cosmetic Surgery Breakfast” at this year’s scientific meeting, with nine women panelists discussing the unique challenges they’ve faced and offering advice for women beginning careers in the aesthetic space.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) annual scientific 2020 meeting, starting on Feb. 26, will be hosting an inaugural “Women in Cosmetic Surgery Breakfast” to explore the challenges women face in the aesthetics industry. The event takes place on the morning of Feb. 27 from 7 AM to 8:30 AM.

The panel for the breakfast includes aesthetic physicians Rania Agha, M.D.; Sheila Barbarino, M.D.; Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D.; Suzan Obagi, M.D.; Jane Petro, M.D.; and Suzanne Yee, M.D. Industry leaders on the panel include Pat Altavilla, President and CEO (Suneva Medical); Michele C. Franklin, VP of Professor and Industry Relations (Merz); and Risa Rose, Director of Professional Relations (Allergan).

These panelists will explore the unique challenges faced by women in the cosmetic surgery space, provide advice for women starting their careers in medical aesthetics and offer advice on work-life balance and gaining peer respect.

A panel Q&A will consist of three rounds: Surgeons, industry and the audience will each have the opportunity to ask the panelists specific questions.

After the Q&A, Dr. Barbarino will be presenting an award to Michele C. Franklin, and Dr. Mandell-Brown will present awards to Pat Altavilla and Risa Rose.

The event is free and open to all attendees of AACS, with an RSVP link on the program page.

Notably, Program Director Dr. Barbarino is also in talks with Congress to implement a National Women in Cosmetic Surgery Day with purple as the identifying color of support. She urges those attending the breakfast to wear purple and share your thoughts with the hashtag #AACSWomen.

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