UPMC Plastic Surgeon Elected Chair of National Board

By: Courtney Caprara

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) has selected UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh’s Dr. Joseph E. Losee as its new chair.

Losee, the division chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Ross H. Musgrave Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and executive vice chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, will serve a one-year term starting in May 2018.

“This is a key leadership position in the field of plastic surgery, responsible for setting and maintaining the high standards of board certification in plastic surgery that has earned the public trust,” said Dr. J. Peter Rubin, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery. “This prestigious appointment builds on Dr. Losee’s outstanding educational contributions as program director for the Pitt Plastic Surgery Residency Program over the last 12 years and his longstanding record of national leadership in surgical education.”

Established over 75 years ago, the ABPS aims to promote safe, ethical and effective plastic surgery by maintaining high standards for the education, examination and certification of plastic surgery specialists and subspecialists. The ABPS is one of 24 groups that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties, which work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification, a requirement for hospital privileges in plastic surgery at most hospitals in the United States.

Losee has served as a director of the ABPS for six years, and previously was chair of the ABPS Oral Examination Committee.

“Plastic surgery is a complex and innovative field that helps pediatric and adult patients by repairing, reconstructing or replacing physical defects of form or function to optimize their quality of life and self-confidence,” said Losee. “I am honored to lead the ABPS, and look forward to collaborating with colleagues across the country to advance our medical specialty.”

The plastic surgery residency training program at Pitt and UPMC is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has trained over 350 people since it began in 1948.