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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®: BEST U.S. PAPER AWARD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® (PRS) is the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. BestUSPaperAwardPRS2014The goal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® is to inform readers about important developments in all areas related to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This journal is the leading source for peer-reviewed articles and reports on the latest studies, techniques, and technologies in these fields.

As a surgeon who is dedicated to educating fellow surgeons and helping them produce the best results for their patients,  I have published my extensive research and findings in over 60 articles for scholarly journals and a dozen textbook chapters. Of my work published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, I was very humbled to learn that my manuscript, “The Double-Bubble Deformity: Cause, Prevention, and Treatment” won “BEST U.S. PAPER” in this journal for calendar 2013.

Determining the BEST U.S. PAPER

The Editorial and Publishing staff of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® took all the manuscripts published on PRSJournal.com and gathered the following data from the 2013 calendar year:

  • Number of full text article views
  • Number of PDF views
  • Number of times sent by email
  • Number of times the article was added to a personal collection

This data was calculated to represent the average number of times per month those activities occurred. These averages were combined to create a score for each manuscript so they could be evaluated fairly, independent of publication month. Based on this criteria, I was informed by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Rod J. Rohrich, MD, that my paper “was, by a distinct margin, the best paper from the United States of America” in its category.

I am honored to receive this award and to know that my manuscript has helped other surgeons understand the double-bubble deformity. The knowledge of how to avoid this deformity through careful preoperative planning as well as how to correct it through a proper understanding of the anatomy of the breast crease allows surgeons to produce the safest and most effective results for their patients.

Dr. Neal Handel is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery with over 35 years of experience in plastic surgery and uses his expertise to achieve the goals of each patient. If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Santa Barbara area, please call (805) 682-9100 or fill out our online contact form today.

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