The Plastic Surgery Group is proud to announce that Dr. Ablaza was inducted as President of The New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons this past weekend at the annual society meeting in Princeton. She is the first female to hold the rank of President of the state society in the modern era.
Dr. Ablaza will spend year as president working closely with lobbyists and state government officials to support the enactment of policies and legislation that promote patient safety and education. The state society is always working to decrease out-of-pocket costs for patients in terms of insurance reimbursements as well as eliminating other add-on costs related to plastic surgery. New Jersey was the first state to implement a 6% tax on cosmetic procedures in 2004 and this past January, our state society’s tireless efforts led to a roll back of the cosmetic tax.
We look forward to a very busy and productive year for Dr. Ablaza as The New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons President.
Dr. Valerie J. Ablaza* is a partner and the Corporate Vice President of The Plastic Surgery Group. She is unique in her profession, noting that just one out of 10 plastic surgeons are women. "I know that my perspective and sensitivities are different than my male colleagues," she says. "Of course, there are things that my female patients will tell me that they would never tell a man, but surprisingly, many men also prefer the insight and perspective of a female plastic surgeon."
Dr. Valerie Ablaza is board certified by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. She is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society. She received her medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed her residency in plastic surgery at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and finished her training with a fellowship in breast and aesthetic surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, with the internationally renowned plastic surgeon G. Patrick Maxwell.
Dr. Ablaza was selected as one of "America's Top Plastic Surgeons"
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Dr. Valerie Ablaza is currently writing a blog for New Jersey Health and Beauty Magazine on a bi-weekly basis on various topics of plastic surgery. She has frequently been quoted on internet websites including PlasticSurgery.com, CosmeticSurgery.com, and awcancer.com and she has been featured on CN8 One on One with Steve Adubato. She was also a guest author of "Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty", a book about self-help and personal growth. She has had numerous articles published in medical journals, written chapters for plastic surgery and orthopedic textbooks.
Dr. Ablaza has donated her time and expertise to Healing the Children, an international charity that provides reconstructive surgery to children from low-income communities and third-world countries. She has been an active participant with leadership roles in plastic surgical societies on the state and local level and sits on the executive committee of the NJ Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgery.
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
- Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery, Nashville Plastic Surgery, LTD.
- Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- National Board of Medical Examiners
- Heal the Children and other children's charities
- Foundation dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery to returning Iraq War Veterans
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