Keynote Speakers 

ACOS is excited to welcome an incredible group of keynote speakers to this year's Virtual Annual Clinical Assembly!

Dr. Paul Nassif is a world-renowned Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and Star of E!’s "Botched," a reality show highlighting his expertise as he remedies the most extreme plastic surgeries gone wrong.

Specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery and Rhinoplasty, Dr. Paul Nassif is an internationally celebrated Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon whose pioneering techniques have gained worldwide acclaim from his patients, his peers, and the media.  Dr. Nassif’s esteemed background allows him to treat patients with even the most critical, complex cases, leading to him being known as the facial plastic surgeon who is “Trusted with Faces Worldwide®”.

Dr. Paul Nassif is a leader in the field of Facial Plastic Surgery and is affiliated with top medical schools and hospitals in California, including Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center.  He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on cosmetic surgery and been called upon to lecture over 175 times on the latest surgical techniques.  His work, including his Revision Rhinoplasty Procedures and his “Anti-Gravity Facelift”, also known as the “Beverly Hills Facelift®” have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, People Magazine, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Dr. Nassif is the Director of a Fellowship Training Program, accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which instructs young Facial Plastic Surgeons in his innovative surgical techniques, particularly in the area of Rhinoplasty. Dr. Nassif prides himself on providing patients with the most natural looking Rhinoplasty Surgical results possible. Combining his skills as both an artist and a Surgeon, Dr. Nassif shapes noses so that they will appear fully natural, with balance and harmony (even helping patients who have had nose surgery once, twice or even five times in the past). The results of his work are invariably aesthetically pleasing and completely functional.  Therefore, he is “Trusted with Noses Worldwide®”

Dr. Nassif remains dedicated to helping others in need of Facial Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery through his charitable work. He participates in Face to Face, an organization that offers plastic surgery to victims of domestic violence, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Keynote Address | Changing the Face of Training

Dr. Anthony J. LaPorta is Professor of Surgery and Military Medicine at Rocky Vista University School of Medicine. He is retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after over 26 years of service, having served in every aspect of medical education and military command leadership. A member of the prestigious Department of Defense elite Defense Health Board, he is a member of the Trauma and Injury subcommittee. Dr. LaPorta has performed as CO-PI on multiple DOD research projects including the use of “Immersion Training” in the formation of “Stress Inoculation” to address Hardiness, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and presentations on surgery, immunology, military medicine, and simulation.  He originally trained in surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Oxford, England.  An avid skier, he was the first American to run the Olympic torch for the 2010 Vancouver games.

 Theodore F. Classen Memorial Lecture

Mark Kalina is a survivor of a near-fatal, pedestrian-train accident that resulted in the loss of his legs. Since that day, Mark has pushed himself far beyond what he himself thought was possible. The nature of his accident encouraged him to share his story and become an advocate for rail safety. He was named the Spokesperson for the National safety campaign of Operation Lifesaver, the United States’ largest rail safety organization. The support he had from his family, friends and community during his recovery inspired the creation of The Mark Kalina Jr Foundation, which supports victims of traumatic injury on their journey toward greater independence. Mark has continued to push himself and his prosthetics by competing in two Tough Mudder obstacle course races. Mark was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland as the class of 2019’s “Forty under 40”. In addition to his volunteer work, Mark is a Senior Analyst supporting the Trauma Recovery Team at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. He is now living his new normal with his wife and two young children in Northeastern Ohio.