NOTE: The 2020 & 2021 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Las Vegas, which we had planned on attending as exhibitors, were held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we look forward to attending the 2022 Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. All donations from the original #ASBRS2020 and #ASBRS2021 campaigns have been rolled over to fund our attendance at the 2022 Meeting.
A First in Flat Closure Advocacy
History is going to be made at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual conference in Spring 2022 in Las Vegas. The NPOAS Board will be attending this conference with an exhibitor’s booth to advocate for aesthetic 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 engaging with researchers.
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 aesthetic 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 flat closure patient’s perspective during debates
- Engage with researchers to promote further studies to support an improved, evidence-based standard of care for aesthetic flat closure
We look forward to seeing some of our Flat Friendly Directory Surgeons as well as other professional and institutional stakeholders.
Our Directory Surgeons are the best of the best. At the San Antonio conference in December 2019, we saw several of these fine professionals presenting, and we are looking forward to seeing more familiar faces at #ASBRS2022! We will be updating this section regularly as ASBRS publishes more conference details. View the complete Meeting agenda here.
Dr. Richard Fine, former President of ASBrS and current Chairman of the Board, leads the annual Coding and Reimbursement Symposium. Insurance coding is a big roadblock to parity for aesthetic flat closure and investment in this initiative is critical.
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) will be hosts an annual exhibitor’s booth at ASBrS. NAPBC maintains the reconstructive consult protocol that NPOAS is targeting to include aesthetic flat closure. (Learn More)
Dr. Deanna Attai, a flat closure researcher at UCLA, will be giving a talk entitled Going Flat: Aesthetic Closures.
Dr. Sharon S. Lum, a Flat Friendly Directory surgeon, will be giving a talk entitled Access for Reconstruction: Is It an Issue?
Dr. Theresa Schwartz, a Flat Friendly Directory surgeon, will be presenting during a debate about axillary surgery.
Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Flat Friendly Directory surgeon, is the current President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and will be giving the Presidential Address during the Meeting.
Dr. Faina Nakhlis, a Flat Friendly Directory surgeon, is on a discussion panel about inflammatory breast cancer and de-escalation of therapy.
Dr. Henry Kuerer, a Flat Friendly Directory surgeon, is on a discussion panel about surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
Five 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
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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 or use the easy online form to request brochures mailed to use for leafleting locally.
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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. 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!
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