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La Jolla, CA-based plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD, FACS received The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation’s (ASERF) Career Achievement Award.

The Award, which was presented to Dr. Singer at The Aesthetic Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, is given to select physicians who represent the aesthetic plastic surgery specialty’s most influential surgeons and researchers. This award has been given only eight times previously. ASERF is the research and education arm of the Aesthetic Society.

Dr. Singer is a past-president of both The Aesthetic Society and ASERF (of which he was a co-founder) and has served on numerous committees. He is also past-president of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons.

“Robert Singer has a long history of service to our entire specialty and to The Aesthetic Society, in particular,” says Dan Mills, MD, a plastic surgeon in Laguna Beach, CA, and past-president of the Aesthetic Society.

“Robert Singer is a true servant to the specialty, having devoted countless hours to our organizations as well as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (of which he is also a past-president),” adds Robert Whitfield, MD, current ASERF President. “He is an outstanding surgeon, educator, and philanthropist.”


Plastic Surgery is moving into the consolidation game with another deal by Viper Equity Partners of Palm Beach, FL.

Viper says it was instrumental in a deal merging their client Aqua Plastic Surgery with Water’s Edge Dermatology backed by Gryphon Investors of San Francisco.

Aqua, a plastic surgery practice with three offices in Jupiter, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL, will augment the skin cancer and reconstructive surgical capability of Water’s Edge, a provider of comprehensive dermatology services through 37 Florida locations. Led by plastic surgeon David Rankin, MD, Aqua will continue to operate under its existing name. “I am so happy to partner with Water’s Edge. The business of plastic surgery coming together with dermatology was inevitable. We have aggressive plans for the future, and I am happy to be part of this stellar team,” says Dr. Rankin in a news release. “Viper’s vision was instrumental in facilitating my deal and will be a key transition resource moving forward for plastic surgeons nationwide.”

“Viper is the front-running boutique M&A intermediary making consolidation of plastic surgery as mainstream as dentistry, a space we dominate,” says Viper Founder and Principal David Branch. “So far, Viper has aligned itself with cutting-edge plastic surgery offices in Chicago, New York City, and South Florida to create three geographically friendly verticals for private equity focus. Florida has launched, and New York City offices are under contract.”

Nina Das, Viper’s Vice President of M&A, adds, “The bottom line is that plastic surgeons have highly profitable and branded practices built for scale, easy to cross over into dermatology, and plain sailing to roll up. I am delighted to be heading the charge at Viper to aid dermatology platforms acquire plastic surgery and dermatology practices in the Southeast, and I look forward to growing our novel Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Division with our private equity-backed partners who understand that cosmetic surgery and skincare are not only critical to consumers but also a phenomenal consolidation play.”



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