Featured Speakers & Organizing Committee

FRIDAY – Bernie Lee, MD | Harvard University
  • Strategies for success in academic plastic surgery and avoiding burnout.
Bernard T. Lee, MD, MBA, MPH is Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he is Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. His area of expertise is in the field of microsurgery and reconstructive surgery. He has over 160 publications and is an editor of the two-volume textbook, Encyclopedia of Flaps. His research contributions focus on clinical outcomes after breast cancer reconstruction, health literacy, as well as novel near infrared imaging technologies to evaluate perfusion in reconstructive surgery and composite tissue allotransplantation.
SATURDAY – Luis Macias, MD | USC, Keck School of Medicine
  • No drain abdominoplasty.
Dr. Macias grew up in southern California. He joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and made the rank of sergeant as an avionics technician.  Utilizing his GI bill, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his undergraduate studies. Dr. Macias then attended the UCLA School of Medicine, followed by graduating from  residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic.  He then went on to complete two fellowships. The first fellowship was in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a cosmetic surgery fellowship in the USC (University of Southern California) Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship. He is the Aesthetic Program Director and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  
SUNDAY – Anu Bajaj, MD | Oklahoma, Private Practice
  • Work life balance in residency and beyond.
Dr. Anu Bajaj is currently in solo private practice in Oklahoma City.  Her practice is a healthy mix of breast reconstruction and aesthetic procedures. She currently performs 70-80 free flaps annually.  For her, it is about balance — micro, aesthetic, family, and life (which may include running, painting, and snuggling with her three dogs).  Prior to finding her ideal balance in private practice, she completed a brief stint in academia at the University of Cincinnati after completing her micro fellowship at MD Anderson. Currently, she is the Chair of the ASPS Leadership Development Committee and Member-at-Large to the ASPS Board of Directors. She has also served as a PSF Visiting Professor, Chief Medical Editor of PSN, and Chair of the ASPS Ethics Committee.
Additional Guest Lecturers
Alyssa Chapital, MD| Mayo Clinic
  • Critical Care Management of the Hypotensive Reconstructive Surgery Patient
Ryan Craner, MD| Mayo Clinic
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting – The Cost or Patient Satisfaction
Valerie Lemaine, MD| Mayo Clinic
  • Building a transgender team and practice focused on the needs of the patient
Bavesh Patel, MD| Mayo Clinic
  • Taking care of the Plastic Surgery patient in the ICU

Conference Organizing Committee: Chair – Raman Mahabir, MD MSc FRCSC FACS; Jay Agarwal, MD; Rich Baynosa, MD; David Mathes, MD