EASAPS President

Exco Members

Birgit Stark

President

Dear colleagues,

Dr. Carlos Parreira kindly handed the governing responsibilities of ESAPS/EASAPS over to me after approval by the general assembly in Lisbon 2022. To serve European aesthetic societies (EASAPS) as well as individual plastic surgeons (ESAPS) is a great honor but also a challenge. Together with past president Ivar van Heijningen, immediate past president Carlos Parreira and president elect Michel Rouif, we discussed and defined the future path for ESAPS/EASAPS some years ago and our thoughts are well documented in the “long term vision” document. The next years to come will therefore follow a logical and sequential pathway.

During my term 2022 -2024, I will humbly serve to promote our core values so well defined by dedicated and hardworking earlier leaders and individuals of our society. Together with my team, we will focus on creating value for individual members and societies by promoting Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as one united speciality. In my view, we should bridge the gap between academic reconstructive plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery for the benefit of patients. Understanding and mutual respect for both medical fields can help to improve patients’ outcomes by improved systematic and comprehensive education of young colleagues. It is therefore a pleasure to work on standards for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery training and present regular educational events in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Preparation of the scientific programme of the next biennial meeting in Gothenburg, April 24 has already been undertaken.

In addition, we offer the excellent “Patient Safety Handbook” edited by Dr. Jesús Benito Ruiz and his team and are preparing a database for relevant scientific publications. Updates on Public Hearings, CEN communications, Medical Device Regulations and interactions with media will be communicated in our newsletters and presidential retreats. Internally, we have much work to do to improve the ESAPS administrative structure and define an internal code of conduct with a background of clear governance definitions and structure. We are expecting interesting discussions and regular interactions with our industry partners with a common endpoint of promoting and improving patient safety.

My primary function will be to orchestrate all committees within a democratic environment and spirit to end up with a well performing symphony without dissonances.  I value the input and contributions of all aesthetic plastic surgeons in Europe. ESAPS and EASAPS have no future without your valuable confidence in my intentions and aspirations and those of our fantastic colleagues in different committees serving our specialty of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Birgit Stark

  • President-elect : Michel Rouif
  • Past-president: Josè Carlos Parreira
  • Secretary General: Nora Nugent
  • Treasurer: Ivar van Heijningen
  • Scientific Chair: Martin Halle

Board members

President
  • President Birgit Stark
  • President-elect :Michel Rouif
  • Past-president: Josè Carlos Parreira
  • Secretary General: Nora Nugent
  • Treasurer: Ivar van Heijningen
  • Parliamentarian: Timo Pakkanen
  • Members:
  • Trustee: Pierfrancesco Cirillo
  • Executive Secretary: Karen Rogerson
Committees