PHILADELPHIA (June 24, 2022)—Sameer Patel, MD, FACS, chief of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was recently inducted into the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS).
“This is one of the most prestigious plastic surgery societies. The membership is comprised of surgeons who have made significant contributions to the field, so I am honored to now be joining that group,” said Patel.
The purpose of the AAPS is to advance the science and art of plastic surgery through education, research, scientific presentations, and professional interactions, according to its mission statement.
Those inducted into the AAPS must be certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Additionally, applicants must be sponsored by a fellow of the association and be endorsed by another.
Potential members must also be able to prove significant contributions to the specialty of plastic surgery through academic achievement, teaching, research, administration and service, as well as significant personal accomplishments.
“This induction opens doors to interact and engage with members of this community, to exchange ideas that can move our specialty forward, which I am very excited about,” said Patel.
Patel, who joined Fox Chase in 2007, specializes in breast and head and neck reconstruction. In addition to performing surgery, Patel studies surgical outcomes of head and neck cancer patients to find new ways of maximizing function and improving appearance, including the use of advanced computer-aided, patient-specific surgical planning techniques.
Patel is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the IVY Society of Pennsylvania. He has also been named a Top Doctor by Philadelphia magazine and America’s Top Doctors.
“It is humbling to be inducted into this group. It has a rich history and such a distinguished membership. The mission of the society and its membership are quite inspirational, and I am hopeful I can contribute to that mission in the years to come. It is an honor and responsibility which I do not take lightly,” said Patel.