American Association of Plastic Surgeons | Awards & Certifications

American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)


Robert A. Hardesty, MD, FACS, a Diplomate and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has proudly been a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in good standing since 1999. In addition, Dr. Hardesty has been an officer and served on several of its committees.

What is the American Association of Plastic Surgeons?

The following was obtained from the AAPS web site and other sources.

The oldest of all Plastic Surgery organizations, founded in 1921. The “Association” is emblematic of all the other Plastic Surgery societies or associations that have formed since its founding. The purpose of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons is:

  1. To advance the science and art of plastic surgery
  2. Utilizing surgical education, research, scientific presentations, and professional interaction.

How Are Doctors Chosen?

Membership Criteria

  • Membership in AAPS is uniquely by invitation only and limited in total number.
  • Candidates for Active Fellowship must be certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the equivalent of Canada’s of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • As a prerequisite for the membership a candidate must show recognized and significant contributions of quality in the areas of education, research or clinical excellence within The specialty of Plastic Surgery.
  • Each candidate for membership must be sponsored by a Fellow and endorsed by another Fellow of the Association
  • In addition, either the sponsor or endorser must be from the candidate’s community or (if no Fellow resides in his community) from his/her region.
  • The candidate must have had five (5) years of practice in the field of plastic surgery following his/her certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or certification in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons is considered by many as the most prestigious of all the societies found within Plastic Surgery and is considered a singular honor to be a member.

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