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Date:5/3/2009

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Announces 2009 Journalistic Achievement Award Winners

New York, NY (Vocus) May 3, 2009 -- Journalists representing Vogue magazine, CNN and ABC News 20/20 are among winners receiving top honors in the 2009 Journalistic Achievement Awards sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Selected from over 125 entries, this year's winners will be presented a certificate of merit and a downloadable presentation featured on the ASAPS' website. The Aesthetic Society, founded in 1967, is the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

"There's so much public interest in cosmetic plastic surgery," says ASAPS Communications Commissioner Mark Codner, MD, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, "but it's a complex subject. The Aesthetic Society looks for journalists who 'translate' difficult concepts into understandable ones, and who convey necessary information to the public - about realistic expectations, safety, and surgeons' qualifications."

"There were so many articles this year that really highlighted the importance of patient safety. We had articles on everything from medical tourism to the increased complications that can arise when performing plastic surgery on people who smoke, and we really feel like these journalists are helping us with our mission to educate the public," says Aesthetic Society President, Alan Gold, MD, a plastic surgeon in Great Neck, NY.

Each year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery honors journalists for their reporting on cosmetic plastic surgery. Entries are accepted in six categories: Television News, Television Feature, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet, and Patient Safety.

Top 2009 honors in the Magazine category go to Jenny Bailly for her
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