ESPRAS Survey: National and European Societies for Plastic Surgeons

Riccardo E. Giunta, Dirk Johannes Schaefer, Cenk Demirdöver, Giovanni Di Benedetto, Anna Elander, Rado Zic, Alexandru Georgescu, Mark Henley, Stephan Spendel, Jacques Saboye, Inkeri Schultz, Brian Kneafsey, Georgius Psaras, Frederik Verstreken, Birgit Stark, Fabio Santanelli Di Pompeo, Ilkka Kaartinen, Tuija Ylä-Kotola, Jens Ahm Sorensen, Janis GilisHinne Rakhorst, Duncan Aquilina, Nuno Fradinho, Pericles Foroglou, Maria Teresa Nunez-Villaveiran, Lynn Jeffers, Reuf Karabeg, Daniel Yankov, Tim Nürnberger, Constanze Kuhlmann

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Background The European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS) comprises 40 national societies across Europe. In addition to ESPRAS, there are 8 different European Plastic Surgery societies representing Plastic Surgeons in Europe. The 4 thEuropean Leadership Forum (ELF) of ESPRAS, held under the motto Stronger together in Europe in Munich in 2023, aimed to collect and disseminate information regarding the national member societies of ESPRAS and European societies for Plastic Surgeons. The purpose was to identify synergies and redundancies and promote improved cooperation and exchange to enhance coordinated decision-making at the European level. Material and methods An online survey was conducted regarding the organisational structures, objectives and challenges of national and European societies for Plastic Surgeons in Europe. This survey was distributed to official representatives (Presidents, Vice Presidents and General Secretaries) and delegates of national and European societies at the ELF meeting. Missing information was completed using data obtained from the official websites of the respective European societies. Preliminary results were discussed during the 4 thELF meeting in Munich in March 2023. Results The ESPRAS survey included 22 national and 9 European Plastic Surgery societies representing more than 7000 Plastic Surgeons in Europe. Most national societies consist of less than 500 full members (median 182 members (interquartile range (IQR) 54-400); n=22). European societies, which covered the full spectrum or subspecialities, differed in membership types and congress cycles, with some requiring applications by individuals and others including national societies. The main purposes of the societies include research, representation against other disciplines, specialisation and education as well as more individual goals like patient care and policy regulation. Conclusion This ESPRAS survey offers key insights into the structures, requirements and challenges of national and European societies for Plastic Surgeons, highlighting the relevance of ongoing close exchange between the societies to foster professional advancement and reduce redundancies. Future efforts of the ELF will continue to further explore strategies for enhancing collaboration and harmonisation within the European Plastic Surgery landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-165
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • European Plastic Surgery
  • International Exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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