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American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Academy, formed in 1964 by the merger of two plastic surgery associations, is a medical society for surgeons who perform plastic and reconstructive surgery on the head, face, and neck. The Academy's purpose is to stimulate research and scientific advancement in plastic surgery and to expand the knowledge and skills of specialty plastic surgeons of the head and neck region.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons

The goal of this scientific and educational association of orthopedists and neurosurgeons is to improve the quality of care and directions for patients in the fields of orthopaedics and neurosurgery. The American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons (AANOS) sets high standards for training, credentialing and surgical education and for the practice of orthopaedics and neurosurgery by teaching through the Journal of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgery. AANOS also hosts meetings and workshops throughout the year for practitioners in the field.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Association for Hand Surgery

When it was founded by a group of hand surgeons in 1970, the purpose of the American Association for Hand Surgery was to provide an educational forum to increase the professional expertise and knowledge of surgeons involved in hand surgery. The association now has a membership of 1100 and includes, hand therapist and other health professionals who care for patients with hand and upper extremity problems.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is defined by the American Dental Association as the specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the bone and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Review Date: November 20, 2008

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American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.,® was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Review Date: February 02, 2012

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American College of Phlebology

The American College of Phlebology (formerly the North American Society of Phlebology) was founded in 1985. It has grown to be the largest phlebology society in the United States with over 900 members. Members come from more than 30 countries with speciality backgrounds including dermatology, surgery, plastic surgery, gynecology, and family practice as well as phlebology. The ACP is a member of the International Union of Phlebology. The mission of the ACP is to improve the standards of practice and patient care related to venous disorders. The ACP sponsors international congresses, regional symposia, fellowship grants, research awards, and publishes phlebology papers in Dermatologic Surgery.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), founded in 1913, promotes high standards for surgeons and works for excellence in the quality of surgical care. ACS activities and services include continuing education, programs for improving cancer and trauma care, sponsorship of graduate education in surgery, films, publications, symposia and meetings, scholarships, and public information services. ACS also maintains a film library of about 1,500 titles.

Review Date: September 24, 2009

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American Head and Neck Society

The American Head and Neck Society (formerly the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery), was founded in 1958 and currently serves over 1500 fellows, most of whom are head and neck surgeons in the disciplines of otolaryngology, general surgery, and plastic surgery. The Society is dedicated to the education of both members and nonmembers seeking to advance the knowledge of treatment of diseases of the head and neck, including reconstruction and rehabilitation techniques. The Society conducts a scientific meeting annually.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is a professional association dedicated to the exploration and applications of laser technology to biology, medicine, and surgery. The Society seeks to facilitate these applications by encouraging research, providing a forum for the exchange of information, formulating standards and guidelines for the establishment of laser programs. ASLMS also keeps its members informed regarding all postgraduate courses and training programs. The Society also answers questions regarding lasers from the public. ASLMS was founded in 1980 through a grant by the A. Ward Memorial Institute and is now supported by membership.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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American Society of Anesthesiologists

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) was founded in 1905 to advance the art and science of anesthesiology as a medical specialty and to raise standards through education and research. A nonprofit organization, ASA offers publications, a library and museum, meetings, and continuing education programs. ASA also monitors legislative affairs.

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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Cushing's Support and Research Foundation

The Cushing's Support and Research Foundation was established in 1995 to provide information and support to Cushing's patients and their families. The Foundation was incorporated in the state of Massachusetts as a non-profit organization and is an Associate Member of NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The CSRF has a Medical Advisory Board consisting of very experienced surgeons and endocrinologists who are world renowned for their expertise on Cushing's. The CSRF is primarily funded by membership and personal donations. The CSRF maintains a database of many present and past Cushing's patients willing to support others.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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International Association of Laryngectomees

The International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL), consists of local clubs worldwide that provide services and information to patients who have undergone laryngectomies and their families. Members are given information on first aid, postoperative care, rehabilitation, esophageal speech, and other speech alternatives. IAL conducts meetings and conferences and publishes pamphlets and a newsletter. Single copies of some publications are free on request.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

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National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction

The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, formerly The Society for the Rehabilitation of the Facially Disfigured, was founded to help provide treatment and reconstructive surgery to facially disfigured patients who are unable to afford private care; to train health professionals in the reconstructive surgery field; to encourage research; and to educate the public. To provide multidisciplinary treatment services, the Foundation sponsors the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery located at the New York University Medical Center, which encompasses ten plastic surgery clinics, and education and research laboratories.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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Obesity Action Coalition

Obesity Action Coalition is an IRS registered 501(c)3 National non-profit dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. The OAC mission is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Society for Vascular Medicine

The Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology comprises a variety of health professionals working in the field of vascular medicine and vascular technology. The society's mission is to: promote and advance the disciplines of Vascular Medicine and Vascular Biology; stimulate the formation of Vascular Medicine training programs and to foster formal vascular research and educational activities for medical students, residents, and fellows; promulgate standards for post-graduate continuing medical educational criteria; promote the establishment of clinical Center-of-Excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases and to promote optimal standards of care; and provide an advisory role to educational institutions, government agencies, and health care policy makers.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The largest thoracic surgical organization in the world, STS has a membership of over 4,100 that include a significant majority of all board-certified thoracic surgeons in the United States and Canada. The Society is directly involved in issues of concern to all thoracic surgeons. Membership in STS offers a number of benefits including: a newsletters from the Secretary of the Society covering the efforts of the Society's leadership on related issues; a complimentary subscription to the Society's monthly journal, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery; a personalized certificate of membership suitable for framing; and complimentary registration and discounts on travel to the Society's annual meeting.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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