Support NPOAS at #ASBrS2020


Conference POSTPONED Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 16th. Late yesterday, the CDC issued new recommendations that indicate that the conference will be postponed. We will be pausing our fundraising efforts until we have more information, but our work to protect the interests of women going flat will continue unabated. Thank you for your support, and stay safe out there.

Full update at the blog.


A First in Flat Closure Advocacy

History is going to be made at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual conference this Spring, and NPOAS is going to be there to see – and to make – it happen! For the first time, flat closure will be a topic of focus at a professional conference from the perspectives of both providers AND patients.

The NPOAS Board will be attending this conference with an exhibitor’s booth to advocate for flat closure. We will be engaging providers one on one, providing brochures for surgeons to take back home and use in their practices, learning about and supporting coding and oncoplastic training, and supporting Dr. Deanna Attai (UCLA) as she presents her original flat closure research.

We thank you in advance for your contribution to this critical endeavor that we are undertaking on behalf of all women!

About The ASBrS Conference

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) is a professional medical society of general surgeons specializing in the treatment of breast disease. Their annual meeting is held every Spring, and brings members together to network, learn about the latest research in the field, and to participate in hands on trainings.


Why We Are Attending

The conference provides unique advocacy opportunities.

Not Putting on a Shirt collaborates with diverse stakeholders to effect durable institutional change, and chief among these are breast surgeons. By meeting these medical professionals where they’re at, we are able to leverage unique advocacy opportunities to:

  • Engage providers in one-on-one discussion about flat closure
  • Give interested providers brochures to take back and use in their practice
  • Network with other stakeholders – including the NAPBC – to promote our mission
  • Learn about the latest research in oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Offer a patient’s perspective during this year’s debate, “Oncoplastics Should Be Utilized in All Patients”
  • Support Dr. Deanna Attai’s groundbreaking research on flat closure
  • Engage with researchers to promote further studies to support an improved, evidence-based standard of care for flat closure

Conference Highlights

Several of our Flat Friendly Directory Surgeons are attending the conference this year to teach and/or present.

Our Directory Surgeons are the best of the best. At the San Antonio conference last December, we saw several of these fine professionals presenting, and we are looking forward to seeing more familiar faces at #ASBrS2020!

Dr. Deanna Attai, former President of ASBrS, will be presenting her groundbreaking flat closure research in a poster session, as well as presenting in the Saturday general session on “Unspoken Stressors: The Cost of Care and Patient Impact.”

Dr. Ted James, Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology at Boston’s BIDMC, will be moderating a panel on leadership skills in clinical practice on Thursday.

Dr. Juliann Reiland, an expert in oncoplastic breast surgery, will be teaching intermediate oncoplasty in a hands-on pre-meeting surgical training course.

Dr. Roshni Rao, chief of the Breast Surgery Program at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, will be moderating the “Values Based Care” general session, as well as presenting at the “De-Escalating Therapy” session.

And that’s not all! Several other speakers and organizations of interest will be representing as well.

Dr. Liz O’Riordan, surgeon, breast cancer survivor, motivational/TEDx speaker and award-winning author, will discuss her experience as a breast cancer surgeon and breast cancer patient, and the importance of patient centered care, as this year’s keynote speaker.

Dr. Richard Fine, former President of ASBrS and current Chairman of the Board, will be leading the Thursday general session’s Coding and Reimbursement Symposium. Insurance coding is a big roadblock to parity for flat closure and investment in this initiative is critical.

Catherine Guthrie, women’s health journalist and author of the memoir “FLAT” and the Cosmopolitan expose on flat denial, will be attending ASBrS as a patient advocate, providing a patient’s perspective on the session about “Unspoken Stressors: Emotional Well-Being.”

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) will be hosting an exhibitor’s booth at ASBrS this year. NAPBC maintains the reconstructive consult protocol that NPOAS is targeting to include aesthetic flat closure. (Learn More)


Six Ways You Can Help

Not Putting on a Shirt, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charity (ID #84-3021062).

2. Hold a Facebook Fundraiser

Facebook makes fundraising for the charity of your choosing as easy as a single click. Facebook charges no fees for donations made to nonprofits, and donations are tax deductible (subject to IRS rules). Learn more.

3. Donate Frequent Flyer Miles

Travel expenses are the largest component of our conference budget. If you have unused airline rewards miles, you can donate them to NPOAS! Contact us to learn how.

4. Help Us Spread the Word

Knowledge is power. Help us get flat closure on the radar of both patients and providers. You can spread the word both online and on the ground. Share our work on social media! Contact us to request brochures mailed to use for leafleting locally.

Help advocates #putflatonthemenu at #ASBRS2020. More at NotPuttingonaShirt.org/ASBRS2020

5. Choose NPOAS for Amazon Smile

Choose Not Putting on a Shirt as your charity for Amazon Smile and 0.5% of your purchases will be donated automatically. It’s easy!

6. Donate an Item for Our Raffle

We will be holding an online raffle starting April 1st, and we are actively seeking donated items: artwork, gift baskets, any item of value that you would like to donate. Stay tuned to learn how to enter the raffle.

Current Raffle Items:
Original Artwork by Marianne DuQuette Cuozzo (x1)
FLAT: Reclaiming my body from breast cancer, Catherine Guthrie (signed copy) (x10)

How We Use Your Donation

Conference attendance is the single largest expense in our annual budget at NPOAS. The cost is proportional to the importance of the event – engaging medical professionals and making the case for aesthetic flat closure is absolutely critical to achieving parity for flat closure. This is how our conference budget breaks down – please contact us with any questions.


Stay Tuned for Updates!

During and after the conference, we will be providing updates at the blog and on this page. You can also follow our blog by joining our mailing list!

March 16th
#ASBRS2020 Will Be Postponed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Late yesterday, the CDC issued new recommendations that indicate that the conference will be postponed. We will be pausing our fundraising efforts until we have more information, but our work to protect the interests of women going flat will continue unabated. Thank you for your support, and stay safe out there.

Full update at the blog.

March 11th
Another item for the April Raffle!
Original Artwork (print) by Pascale Contrino of  Complètement FEMME 
March 1st
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised over $1,700 in just two days. Let’s keep it going!
New items for the April Raffle!
Original Artwork (print) by Marianne DuQuette Cuozzo (x1)
FLAT: Reclaiming my body from breast cancer, Catherine Guthrie (signed copy) (x10)
Feb. 29th
Two new ways to support our conference campaign:
  • Choose Not Putting on a Shirt on Amazon Smile (0.5% of sales are donated)
  • Donate an item for our April raffle!

Thank You for Your Support!


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