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Lenox Hill plastic surgery chair named president of The Aesthetic Society


Charles H. Thorne, MD, chairman of the department of plastic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital has been elected as the new president of The Aesthetic Society at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans in May 2019. The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to education, safety and ethics in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.

Dr. Thorne will spearhead a team that will focus on numerous significant endeavors, including enhancing aesthetic education programs for members and the public, completing the Society’s rebranding initiative and overseeing robust data collection efforts that would set the organization apart as a frontrunner in aesthetic medicine research.

“I am honored to become The Aesthetic Society’s president,” said Dr. Thorne upon accepting the position. “With the help of our exceptional Board of Directors, I am confident we can further establish The Aesthetic Society as the leader in the entire field of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine.”

Dr. Thorne has been a member of the Aesthetic Society for over 23 years. In that time, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for four years and on the board of the Society’s research arm – the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) – for five years. He has also been a part of numerous committees and task forces, including the Aesthetic Training Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee, the Conflict of Interest Committee, the Women Aesthetic Surgeons Committee, the Industry Policy Committee and the FDA Breast Implant Hearing Task Force.

Previously, Dr. Thorne has served as chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as president of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Throughout his career, he has published 50 articles and 23 book chapters and has served as the cosmetic surgery section editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Thorne is also the editor-in-chief of the Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery textbook, which for the last 25 years has been considered the premier reference guide for students and practitioners.

A leader in craniofacial surgery and ear reconstruction

Renowned for his expertise in pediatric reconstruction of the ear and other facial deformities, as well as the removal of giant congenital nevi with tissue expansion, Dr. Thorne is committed to helping children with craniofacial conditions and their families. In 2018, he co-founded NextGenFace, a non-profit organization that provides medical, surgical, dental and psychosocial care to children with craniofacial anomalies with the help of a team of internationally-recognized Lenox Hill Hospital physicians and surgeons.

After earning an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, Dr. Thorne joined the Peace Corps and taught science in Ghana, West Africa for two years. Upon his return to the U.S., he enrolled in the UCLA School of Medicine, where he spent an additional year pursuing a fellowship in pathology and performing research in immunology before receiving his medical degree. 

Dr. Thorne completed a five-year residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston followed by a residency in plastic surgery and an additional year of specialized training in craniofacial surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the NYU Medical Center. He served as chief of plastic surgery at Bellevue Hospital for 10 years and as program director of the NYU plastic surgery residency for 10 years before joining Lenox Hill Hospital in 2014.

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