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A 4th-year LSU Health New Orleans Plastic Surgery resident is a co-author on a paper that has won the “Best International Collaboration-Bronze Paper” award in the journal, Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery-Global Open for papers published in 2016. LSU Health New Orleans’ Ahmed Ibrahim, MD, PhD, and colleagues Samuel Lin, MD, MBA, Parisa Kamali, MD, Maaike van Paridon, BSc, and Marek Paul, MD from Harvard Medical School; Henri Winters, MD, PhD, from VU Medical Center in Amsterdam; Veronique Martinot-Duquennoy, MD, PhD, from Centre hospitalier regional universitaire de Lille, France; Ernst Magnus Noah, MD, PhD, from Red Cross Hospital in Kassel, Germany; and Norbert Pallua, MD, PHD, from University of Hospital Aachen, Germany wrote the paper, “Plastic Surgery Training Worldwide: Part 1. The United States and Europe.” They undertook the study to serve as a springboard for discussion to improve plastic surgery training globally.

The authors provided the first ever overview of plastic surgery training in the United States and Europe. They explored the similarities and differences in training programs in 51 countries in Europe and the United States. They found that plastic surgery education is vastly different between the United States and Europe and even within Europe. They suggest that standardizing curricula worldwide would improve interaction and the exchange of information including ever-increasing developments, vital for quality control and improvement of the specialty.

According to the journal, the editorial and publishing staff scoured data for all manuscripts published in 2016 to determine the number of full text article views, number of PDF views, number of times sent by email and the number of times the article was added to a personal collection on The data was further calculated to represent the average number of times per month those activities occurred. This average data was combined to create a score for each manuscript, placing them on equal footing, independent of publication month. The articles were sorted by score, and selected based on pre-existing categories.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the preeminent journal in our specialty,” notes Dr. Ibrahim. “I would also like thank my mentors at LSU Health Plastic Surgery for their unwavering guidance and support.”

Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim
Owned by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open is an open access, peer reviewed, international journal focusing on global plastic and reconstructive surgery that serves the international plastic surgery community, including surgeons, care providers, and patients alike.

Rod Rohrich, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery-Global Open wrote to the authors, “Your paper was, by a distinct margin, one of the best international collaborations. A lot of thought and effort went into selecting these winning papers in an unbiased manner- and yours was a clear winner.”

The award will be presented at Plastic Surgery - The Meeting 2017 on October 8, 2017.