Prominent New York Plastic Surgeon Henry M. Spinelli, MD Named Editor-in-Chief of Prestigious Medical Journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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New York Plastic Surgeon, Henry M. Spinelli, MD, P.C., F.A.C.S., has been named Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious medical journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Spinelli, a renowned Manhattan-based plastic surgeon, ophthalmologist and medical educator, recently assumed his duties as Editor-in-Chief.

Henry M. Spinelli, MD, P.C., F.A.C.S., has been named Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious medical journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Spinelli, a prominent Manhattan-based plastic surgeon, ophthalmologist and medical educator, recently assumed his duties as Editor-in-Chief.

"It's an honor," Dr. Spinelli exclaims of his appointment. He will serve as Editor-in-Chief of the journal for the next five years. "I have a responsibility to provide good science along with information that lay people will find interesting and informative," he says. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has a paid circulation base of 6,000 medical professionals and general readership spanning Europe, Asia and North and South America, and is delivered to 5,468 medical institutions worldwide. The journal is the official publication of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

According to Dr. Spinelli, circulation of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery far exceeds that of two competing publications, and has been indexed since its inception, enabling physicians to access its complete information via the Internet. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery enjoyed in excess of a quarter million full-text hits in 2008, with a total of 23,327 Pub-Med link-outs for medical professionals.

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is published by Springer HealthCare LLC, one of the largest and most highly respected publishers of medical and scientific journals and books, with offices around the world, and regional headquarters on Spring Street in Manhattan. Dr. Spinelli takes over from outgoing Editor-in-Chief Thomas M. Biggs of Houston, Texas and brings this prestigious journal back to New York from where it was originally founded under Dr. Blaire Rodgers.

In his new role, Dr. Spinelli plans to contribute articles for the journal, and has set short-term and long-range editorial and organizational goals. He plans to inject the journal with a careful balance of science and clinical information for practitioners, while imbuing the journal with appeal to the lay reader. In doing so, initially Dr Spinelli plans to enhance and subdivide the editorial board and sectionalize it according to board members' areas of expertise, whether it's craniofacial reconstruction, breast reconstruction, or another area of aesthetic surgery. "I will rely on excellent reviewers who will advise on the importance of an article and whether or not it belongs in the publication".

Dr. Spinelli's plans for the journal also call for maximizing its international scope. This will include a North American sections editor and someone offshore to edit information that originates in places as diverse as Japan, Indonesia, China, Pakistan, India, South America and Europe. The benefits of the journal's international reach are boundless, Dr. Spinelli notes, but its intercontinental reach also poses challenges. "It can be encumbered politically, and in terms of the languages incorporated," he says. Still, the benefits far exceed the difficulties in amassing relevant clinical information from around the globe.

Essentially, Dr. Spinelli intends to maintain the quality and integrity of the journal and improve it wherever and whenever necessary.

The number of submissions to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has doubled over the last decade, Dr. Spinelli says. He also envisions incorporating special sections to the journal as topics warrant or as new procedures, practices and equipment are introduced to the specialization and deemed worthy of special coverage. For the time being, the journal will continue to publish six times a year.

The journal accepts advertising, ostensibly from pharmaceutical marketers and manufacturers of medical supplies and equipment. Yet, Dr. Spinelli will make every effort to ensure that no conflict of interest will ever arise during his tenure as Editor-in-Chief. "I function at the highest level of reputability." His reputation and, by extension, the reputation of the journal, he insists, "are beyond reproach."

In his Manhattan practice Dr. Spinelli focuses on a range of procedures from cosmetic facial, nose, eyelid, breast and body contouring. He also performs craniofacial, orbital and oculoplastic surgeries in addition to providing non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures including skin care, injectables, endoscopic and other rejuvenating techniques.

Dr. Spinelli obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and The New York University School of Medicine, respectively. He was formally trained in ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian, and plastic surgery at New York University. Additionally, Dr. Spinelli has subspecialty training and expertise in craniofacial, aesthetic, and microsurgery.

Currently, Dr. Spinelli holds a faculty appointment at Cornell University Medical College as clinical professor of surgery and has served on the faculty of Yale University as the director of craniofacial surgery. He is a board certified plastic surgeon with memberships in numerous professional societies and is currently on staff at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and The Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City. In the state of Connecticut, Dr. Spinelli utilizes The Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Greenwich Hospital, and The Hospital of Saint Raphael.

Dr. Spinelli says as Editor-in-Chief of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery he is looking forward to enacting his plans to upgrade the journal and improve its already stellar reputation. "It will be a challenge professionally," he says, "but a challenge I am very eager and happy to undertake." I am especially excited to bring the editorial office back to New York City."


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