By Vanessa Salvia

In May, the office of Dr. Kiya Movassaghi announced that Dr. Movassaghi had assumed the Presidency of The Aesthetic Society.  Dr. Movassaghi is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Movassaghi’s leadership will focus on strategically fortifying the society’s position as
the global leader in education and innovation in the aesthetic marketplace. The new leadership team was announced May 5, 2024, at The Aesthetic Meeting 2024 in Vancouver, Canada.

“I am honored to assume the presidency of The Aesthetic Society,” said Dr. Movassaghi. “Our journey ahead can be characterized by collaboration, innovation, and global partnership. Aesthetic medicine is experiencing rapid global expansion. Global outreach through Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) will be instrumental in shaping our engagement and alliances among our
international colleagues. These agreements will pave the way for fostering relationships essential to our shared mission of safety and enhancing patient outcomes.”

Kiya Movassaghi, MD, DMD, FACS, has been a member of The Society since 2006. Based in Eugene, Dr. Movassaghi came to Eugene in 2002 after 14 years in Boston, where he completed his medical and surgical training at Harvard Medical School. His practice focuses on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. A 1995 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Movassaghi completed a three-year plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Program. Prior to that training, he completed a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He also received his DMD at Harvard Dental School, where he graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Movassaghi is a clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine in Portland and the director of his Aesthetic Society-endorsed Aesthetic Fellowship. He is well-versed in the latest techniques in face and body contouring procedures and has pioneered several surgical techniques. He has authored a book, many book chapters and numerous publications in leading scientific and plastic surgery journals. The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. The Aesthetic Society is comprised of more than 4,000 national and international members. Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

“It is an honor, and a privilege, in my opinion, to do what I’m doing,” Dr. Movassaghi told Eugene Magazine. “It comes with a lot of responsibility and extra work on top of everything else I do. But I would not exchange with anything else. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

As president, Dr. Movassaghi is the public face, the spokesperson, for the society. He takes this responsibility seriously and says he has always been the kind of person who is a team player. He seeks to surround himself with a strong team of capable people who are inclusive of all, not just based on merit but on all of the different walks of life. “I’m the person to finalize everything and the person who decides what’s going to be on the agenda for the board, and what’s going to be on the mission for the year,” Dr. Movassaghi told Eugene Magazine. “I set the agenda, and then surround myself with people who can help me accomplish that agenda. We have set forth a challenging agenda and it’s exciting, because we’re taking the society forward to the next five to 10 years where we can adapt to the new market, which has changed.”

Dr. Movassaghi says that the mission of the society is all about education and delivering safe treatments to patients. “So if that’s our mission, we have to make sure that the folks who are providing these treatments to our patients follow the safest guidelines, use the best products, and they provide the safest techniques for the patients so that we protect our public from any potential harm.”

The society recently established a new tier of membership called AlliedPro, for all other non-MDs who are provide care, whether they are the front office, practice managers, patient coordinators, nurses, PAs, and estheticians. “So we have to make sure that all of these folks are covered with the right information to succeed and succeed in what they’re supposed to do and be safe for their patients,” says Dr. Movassaghi.

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