On April 25, 2022 The Aesthetic Society announced the election of Jennifer Walden, MD a plastic surgeon practicing in Austin, TX as the new President of the 2,200 Active Member organization dedicated to aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Walden is the first female president of The Aesthetic Society. Her leadership team will focus on advancing The Aesthetic Society’s global relationships, as well as its diversity and inclusion.
“I am looking forward to serving The Aesthetic Society as its first female president. Born in 1971, I believe it was Title IX1 that set the stage for me as a young girl. I was able to play sports like the boys did and developed an appreciation for competition, teamwork, victory, and defeat— with all the lessons learned therein,” explains Dr. Walden, President of The Aesthetic Society. “This year I would like to honor the 55th anniversary of The Aesthetic Society, and the 50th anniversary of Title IX that leveled the playing field in the classroom and for myself and many other women. The face of plastic surgery is changing— nearly 54% of American medical students are women2 and I look forward to preserving its culture of meritocracy while inspiring others who may think they don’t have access. Becoming the first female president is a fantastic achievement, but what matters most is that I am a board-certified aesthetic surgeon who will work to advance The Aesthetic Society into the future.”
Dr. Walden plans to promote diversity through building relationships with The Society’s global partners, and with its colleagues in the core specialties. Another key pillar of Dr. Walden’s presidency will be to modify access to The Aesthetic Society in an effort to reach younger surgeons in the specialty.
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is formally fellowship-trained in Aesthetic Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital with a specialization in cosmetic surgery of the face and nose (rhinoplasty). Dr. Walden founded her business Walden Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center and operates in her own fully accredited operating suite at Westlake Medical Center, where she and her team are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient safety. She has a full-scale cosmetic surgery practice and two medical spas in Austin (The MedSpa Austin in Westlake and The MedSpa at NW Hills), as well as a medical spa in New York City’s Midtown (Skintology MedSpa by Dr. Jennifer Walden), with another location opening in Tribeca this summer.
Dr. Walden has been an active member of The Aesthetic Society for 15 years and has served on the Executive Committee and as Commissioner of the Communications Commission. She also has participated in numerous Society committees and has served as the Chair of the Media Relations Committee, Chair of the Aesthetic Neural Network Task Force, as a Traveling Professor, on Rebranding Task Force, The Women Aesthetic Surgeons Committee, and many more.
While in New York, Dr. Walden was an Attending Surgeon in Plastic Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH) and Lenox Hill Hospital as well as being the Aesthetic Surgery Program Director at MEETH. Dr. Walden held the academic appointment of Clinical Instructor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYU). Currently, Dr. Walden holds an academic appointment with The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) as Clinical Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Walden resides in Westlake Hills (Austin, TX) with her twin boys, Houston and Rex.
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