Thank you for joining us at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery’s 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting which took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA, on February 9-11, 2023. The optional full-day Body Cosmetic Surgery Cadaver Course occurred the day before, on February 8, 2023.

View photos from the meeting here. Password was emailed to attendees on February 15, 2023.

If you were not able to attend, the recorded sessions will be available for purchase soon in the AACS Digital Library. You can browse other courses in the meantime here.

The “Focus on Mastery” theme embraced our shared desire for an enhanced learning experience like no other with three days of networking, learning and sharing ideas with industry leaders from across the country. Attendees also:

  • Gathered essential pearls in surgical techniques and patient care.
  • Discovered new trends and innovations in the field of cosmetic surgery.
  • Learned new ways of approaching challenges in various surgical procedures.
  • Gained new insights into improving your skills and improve your practice.
  • Interacted and engaged in dialogue with experts with diverse background specialties such as dermatology, otolaryngology, general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

And priceless, attendees deepened relationships with new friends and colleagues.


Alex W. Sobel, DO, FAACS, Chair

Marco Barusco, MD, FISHRS

Wade Brock, MD, FAACS, FACS

Timothy Carman, MD ABHRS

Timothy Carman, MD, ABHRS

Lisa Chipps, MD, FAAD

Kamran Dastoury MD, DDS

J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FAACS, FACS, President

Justin Gusching, DO

Loek Habbema, MD

Jacob Haiavy, MD, DDS

James Koehler, MD

Jerzy Kolasiński, MD, PhD

Mark Mandell-Brown, MD
Chair, Allied Health Program

E. Antonio Mangubat, MD

Tanuj Nakra, MD, FACS

Samir Pancholi, DO

Marco Pelosi III, MD, FACOG, FACS

Marco Pelosi III, MD, FACOG, FACS


Professor Peter A. Everts, PhD, FRSM
Keynote Speaker

Session 1
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Professor Everts is an Internationally recognized educator, scientist, and contributor in the area of chronic complex wound healing and other regenerative medicine applications, featuring blood-derived product in devascularized wounds, osteomyelitis, trauma, and wound care protocols. He has published over 70 peer reviewed articles, including the first textbook on Platelet-Rich Plasma.

He is the Chief Scientific Officer of EmCyte Corp. and Program director of Gulf Coast Biologics Research & Educational Center. Recently appointed International Professor at the Frontiers Health Program of the Faculty of Medicine of the Max Planck Universit Center (Indaiatuba – Sao Paulo Brasil). His responsibilities include teaching and management of clinical projects in non-interventional regenerative and orthobiological therapies. He established the first fully integrated wound care clinic in The Netherlands, including hyperbaric oxygen (HBO), PRP/PPP, and Adipose Tissue Complex.


Jeffrey Alan Klein, MD, MPH

Webster Lecture
Session 16
Friday, February 10, 2023
9:00 AM

In 1985 Jeffrey A. Klein, MD invented the tumescent technique for local anesthesia consisting of dilute subcutaneous Tumescent Epinephrine Lidocaine (TEL) for bloodless painless liposuction totally by local anesthesia. In 1989 he developed the first sterile tumescent infiltration tubing for use with an off-the-shelf laboratory peristaltic pump, which permitted power-assisted subcutaneous infiltration of large volumes of TEL. In 1990 he founded HK Surgical, Inc., a surgical device company focused on tumescent drug delivery (TDD) of lidocaine and many other injectable drugs.

Jeff grew up surfing in San Clemente, California. When he graduated from UC Riverside (BA, Mathematics, 1967) he had saved $1000 which sustained him for the next 12 months. He hitchhiked to NYC, then worked on a freighter for passage to Europe. He studied in Paris for six months, and while there witnessed the May 1968 student protests and nationwide strike. While hitching through Europe, he was in Prague during the invasion by the Soviet Union. Upon returning to California, he studied at UCSD (MS, Mathematics, 1971). He was admitted to the first class of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (MD, 1972-1976). After an MPH degree UC Berkeley (Biostatistics 1977), he did Internal Medicine (UCLA, 1977-1980, FACP), an NIH Clinical Pharmacology research fellowship (UCSF, 1980-81) and Dermatology (UC Irvine, 1981-1984, FAAD), American Board of Cosmetic Surgery certification (1989), and subspecialty board certification in Mohs surgery (2021). He is a clinical professor of Dermatology at UC Irvine. At work he directs his dermatology practice, as well as HK Surgical, Inc., and his own randomized clinical trials. At home he is directed by Kathleen Hutton-Klein, MD (dermatologist) and their five children.

Hope Timberlake

Women In Cosmetic Surgery Session
Featured Guest Speaker
Session 14
Friday, February 10, 2023
7:00 AM

Hope Timberlake is a speaker, workshop facilitator, and author of the book Speak Up, Dammit! How to Quiet Your Fears, Polish Your Presence, and Share Your Voice. Her keynotes and training sessions focus on building confidence, persuasive messaging, and relationship building, and she is passionate about elevating women’s voices.

Hope earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and completed a Master’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, teenage children, and two dogs.