One of the best things about the winter holidays is that it gives us all a chance to stop and look back at everything that has happened over the course of the year. I am always filled with inspiration and hope when I think back on how each and every one of my patients has enriched my life. Now that the New Year is underway, I wanted to say how privileged I have felt to have had an opportunity to be there for you and to be a part of your lives.
Early last year, I once again had the honor of co-chairing the annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium, a meeting where plastic surgeons from around the world have the opportunity to learn from others while sharing their knowledge, insight, and experiences covering the full range of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery techniques. This past year’s meeting was the 32nd since it was first established by breast reconstruction pioneer and Atlanta Plastic Surgery co-founder Dr. Carl Hartrampf, under whom I completed my own fellowship.
I am also proud to have had the opportunity to continue my involvement with the Pink Ribbon Story Foundation (PRSF), a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the stories of women who have undergone or who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. For the past six years, the PRSF has provided educational resources and ongoing support for breast cancer survivors and their families by giving them a platform where they can share their experiences. I have always considered it to be one of the highest callings of a plastic surgeon to help guide women through the ordeal of breast cancer and to help restore to those women a sense of wholeness at the end of that process through breast reconstruction surgery. This is why I have made it a priority to do my part by informing breast cancer patients of their breast reconstruction options through my regular blog and social media posts.
Thank you so much to our patients and their families for supporting me and my talented medical team throughout the year. We want to wish you all a fantastic New Year in 2017!