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Dr. Rajinder K Mittal

Dr. Rajinder K Mittal

I would like to welcome all our plastic surgery colleagues to the Manchester of India, the City of Ludhiana. A city that is a proud home to two of the oldest and amongst the most prestigious medical colleges of the state of Punjab which are active in shaping the ever changing generation of Plastic Surgeons via their M.Ch programmes in company of Goliaths’ like PGIMER Chandigarh in their vicinty.

Plastic surgery as a specialty has been undergoing paradigm shifts every decade, from being just surgeons who would correct deformities of birth, trauma, tumor and burns to being Writers, Travel Enthusiasts, Torch bearers to social change and Artists with Exceptional Surgical Skills.

We as Plastic Surgeons innovate and improvise continuously till we achieve the desired outcomes as it is us that all specialties look up to. For the patients we are care givers whose skills imparts self confidence in them and to our colleagues we are a problem solving specialty.

On this note if would request all our collegues practicing in the states of Punjab, J n K, Himachal Pradesh, Harayana and Chandigarh to join our organization, North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) and present their skills and work at our annual conferences.

Dr. Atul Prashar

Dr. Atul Prashar

Dear esteemed members of the North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons,

As the President of our esteemed association, it is an honor to address you all and chart the way forward in our mission to advance the fields of plastic, microvascular, and cosmetic surgery. Our organization has a proud legacy of promoting excellence, innovation, and patient care, and it is essential that we continue to evolve to meet the needs of both the seasoned and upcoming plastic surgeons.

For the older generation of plastic surgeons, we recognize the value of their experience and expertise. It is our priority to ensure they have access to the latest advancements, technologies, and continuing education opportunities. By fostering a collaborative environment and encouraging mentorship programs, we can bridge the gap between generations and enhance the transfer of knowledge to benefit our entire community.

Simultaneously, we must focus on nurturing the new generation of plastic surgeons, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge. We plan to organize workshops, seminars, and hands-on training sessions, enabling them to gain practical experience under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Embracing digital tools, webinars, and online resources, we will cater to the diverse learning preferences of our young members, empowering them to make meaningful contributions to our field.

As an association, our duty extends beyond just supporting our members. We must take up the responsibility of creating awareness about plastic surgery among the masses. By engaging in community outreach programs, collaborating with media, and utilizing social media platforms, we can dispel myths and educate the public about the transformative potential of plastic surgery. We will establish a dedicated committee to coordinate these efforts, ensuring a consistent and impactful message.

To encourage research and innovation, we will initiate grants and funding opportunities for research projects in plastic surgery. This will not only enhance the knowledge base within our community but also facilitate groundbreaking advancements that can benefit patients worldwide. By showcasing the outcomes of such research at national and international conferences, we can further elevate the reputation of our association and its members.

Moreover, we aim to strengthen our ties with allied medical specialties and international plastic surgery societies. Collaborative partnerships will foster interdisciplinary approaches to complex cases and open doors to new perspectives and ideas. We will host joint conferences and exchange programs, encouraging a global perspective and promoting cultural diversity within our ranks.

To ensure effective communication and engagement, we will enhance our association's website and develop a user-friendly mobile application. Members will have access to a centralized hub of resources, event updates, and networking opportunities, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration.

In conclusion, the path forward for the North Zone Association of Plastic Surgeons is paved with dedication, unity, and inclusivity. By supporting both the old and the new generation of plastic surgeons, promoting awareness, fostering research, and strengthening partnerships, we can advance our field and make a lasting impact on patient care and well-being. Together, we will continue to set new standards of excellence and uphold the values that define our association.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment, and I look forward to working hand in hand with each one of you to achieve our shared vision.