Greetings and Salutations!
I would like to take this chance to express my deepest respect and gratitude to the elder, senior, and fellow members of the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons for their efforts to make outstanding achievements for the society since its foundation 48 years ago. I have grown through the study and experiences of the society for 33 years and benefitted from the love and help through its good members before standing here today. I thus have an immense sense of responsibility rather than an honor to take office as the president of the society and appreciate that I am given an opportunity to make more efforts for it.

The society has produced approximately 2,000 medical specialists, who have engaged in active activities, participated in many international conferences as pioneers, and published a paper at prominent international journals and a textbook. The society formed an MOU with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and participated in its conference as the world's second guest nation to be invited by it. Those are some of the illustrious developments and achievements of the society.

As the president of the society to lead it for two years, I plan to focus my efforts on the followings in cooperation with the chairman of the board and the board members:

First, I will further expand the global base of the society and activate its global exchanges. I will make further efforts to solidify its relations with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons more and expand its mutual collaborative relationships with the American society across many different areas including academic conferences, medical specialist training, in-service training for young doctors, and contribution and operation of researches and journals. I am going to broaden the scope of its human and academic exchanges with societies in the developed nations including Japan, Australia, Italy, and the United Kingdom in addition to the United States through an MOU. I will also raise the status of our society in the international societies community through participation in and exchange with advanced global societies of plastic surgery including the Plastic Surgery Global Leaders Forum.

Secondly, I will make it sure that our members will take pride and have a sense of reward as respected and beloved plastic surgeons among the people, but my efforts alone will not be enough. Each and every member of the society should be more ethical and righteous with their activities and serve the people and difficult patients more with love. I will make the movement a priority and lead it at any places so that our members will have more warmth and respect and become happier with love and a sense of reward.

Finally, our society will mark its 50th anniversary in two years. Looking back on its traces, we will be able to figure out our current position and prepare for our future. We need to have visions and propose core future values with an attitude of preparing for another 50 years and its 100th anniversary.

My respected members of the society, I would like to emphasize once more that your interest and care will make a difference to the development of the society and increase our values. I hope that you will lend your wisdom and offer your strength for the society.

November, 2014
Ahn Hee-chang
President of Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

Greetings and Salutations, Respected Members of the Society!
Founded in 1966, the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons has evolved into a remarkable organization envied by many thanks to the wonderful abilities and affection of the entire members as well as the dedicated elder members. It has made dynamic developments, and the growing interest in plastic surgery in addition to economic growth has boosted our confidence. Producing young and outstanding new members every year, the society has grown into a huge academic organization of 2,000 regular members and will mark its 50th anniversary in two years.

Today I promise to protect the rights of the members and promote their harmony. The increasingly difficult medical environment has threatened our domain and increased our internal conflicts. It is time that we should have the strength to offer everyone assistance and energy by communicating through active conversations and opinions and creating a unified voice through internal solidarity and put an emphasis on patient safety to earn more trust from the people.

The domestic academic conferences of South Korea have become globalized thanks to the years of efforts and provide a stable foundation for the South Korean plastic surgery to advance into the global stage. The South Korean plastic surgery has become the center of Asian plastic surgery and then attracted global attention through the active and aggressive academic activities of the members home and abroad. We need to make the status of the society more global by increasing the presentation opportunities at international academic conferences and identifying and cultivating outstanding members.

The 23rd and 24th board of directors started to publish the journal of the society in English. It has been three years since the Archives of Plastic Surgery was first issued, and it has made many visible achievements so far. I will do my best to keep the efforts to register it as SCI and deliver good news to the members.

I will devote my efforts to continuing to introduce new things to differentiate ourselves from other departments by improving the current procedures and operative techniques through innovation, sharing them with the members through academic activities, expanding our domain through translational researches, and promoting academic meetings and information provision to offer new changes to the members.

The 25th board of directors will leave the ears open all the time and carefully listen to the members. We will look forward to your diverse and refreshing ideas and promise to work hard for the development of the society for two years. Your much interest and active participation will make such a difference.
Thank you.

November, 2014
Jo Byeong-chae
Chairman of the Board of Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons