World Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Dedicated to patient safety & physician education
The philosophy

The philosophy of the academy is strongly influenced by the founder of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Richard C. Webster. Dr. Webster’s primary goal was learning and teaching. Subsequently the World Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is willing to teach all doctors who are willing to learn. As an international society our members come from countries with varying legal situations concerning medical practice. It is not our goal to be a regulatory society.

Our primary objective is doctors education and training in cosmetic surgery. The resulting improvement of patients safety is the ultimate goal. This appears more necessary than ever in present times as there is otherwise no formal training program for cosmetic or aesthetic surgery.

Who are the members

Most members of WAOCS are dermatological surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons or ocular plastic surgeons — all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. The Academy is a registered non-profit organization.

Board Members
Ensuring Quality control, Transparency and Safety
Dr. Tony Mangubat
Dr. Tony Mangubat (USA)
Ash Dutta
Dr. Ash Dutta (UK)
Vice President
Dr. Jane Petro (USA)
Immediate Past President
Dr. Peter Lisborg
Dr. Peter Lisborg (Austria)
Founding President
Dr. Noviello Sergio
Dr. Sergio Noviello (Italy)
Dr. Heiko Renner
Dr. Heiko Renner (Austria)
Dr. Mohan Thomas
Dr. Mohan Thomas (India)
Education Chair
Dr. Firas Hamdan
Dr. Firas Hamdan (Lebanon)
Education Committee
Dr. Sabine Maier
Dr. Sabine Maier (Austria)
Education Committee
Dr. Zoran Zgaljardic
Dr. Zoran Zgaljardic (Croatia)
Ethics/Clinical Governance
Dr. Peter M. Schmid
Dr. Peter Schmid (USA)
International Diplomats
Dr. Robert Shumway
Dr. Robert Shumway (USA)
International Diplomats
Dr. Brady Harris (USA)
Cosmetic Surgeon
Jessica Blomquist
Meet Jessica Blomquist

Jessica serves as the Executive Director overseeing all Academy activities. She works in concert with an international Board of Directors and devotes her time to executive management, advancing WAOCS’ agenda, partnerships, Live Surgical workshops, membership, scientific meetings, and new program development.

Code Of Ethics
The Ethical Principals Adopted By The WAOCS

The member recognizes that a greater moral responsibility is necessary in cosmetic surgery than in many other fields because of the lack of oversight by government and/or peer review and the emotional involvement of the patient.


Members will not denigrate their colleagues using false or misleading information with the intent of injuring the reputation or business of an WACS member by any means, either directly or indirectly to include print, radio, television, Internet advertising, Internet website activity, or any other public statement made by the member or his/her representative. Violation of this code will not be tolerated and is grounds for disciplinary action.


Members will maintain truth and integrity in their advertising always avoiding deceptive communications. If a member promotes a technique or an opinion which is not accepted by the majority of the profession as a whole, the member should acknowledge that this opinion or technique is the opinion or technique of the individual physician and not shared by the profession as a whole. Trademarking and copywriting names for common terms are discouraged.


The member acknowledges that he or she is in a position to affect each patient’s appearance, self-confidence, and possibly the success of the patient for his or her entire life.


The member will recommend treatment for each patient as the member would recommend for themselves or another family member under the same circumstances. This does not mean that the treatment cannot be modified to accommodate the desires of the patient.


A member with knowledge of an illegal or improper act(s) by another physician should report such activity to the appropriate agency.


A member shall continue to study, apply and advance scientific knowledge. A member shall pass knowledge on to colleagues.


The member will not take emotional or financial advantages of patients.


The member acknowledges that he or she is in a position of trust and will not betray that trust.


The patient’s confidences shall be kept private. Information will be divulged only with the permission of the patient except as otherwise required by law.


Members will adhere to the codes of ethics of medical societies of their respective countries.

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