Energy Dealmaker Jimmy Vallee Hits Best Seller With 1st Book: Giant Shifts

HOUSTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- America's #1 energy dealmaker Jimmy Vallee, adds Best Selling Author to his high profile bio as his book: Giant Shifts – Energy Trends Reshaping America's Future (Sutton Hart Press) hit #1 on Amazon in Oil & Energy the first week on sale.

Hailed as the Oil Industry's New Prophet, author Jimmy Vallee's Giant Shifts takes readers inside the trillion dollar high stakes energy industry with A Bold and Provocative Look at Oil's Past, Present and Future.

Giant Shifts spotlights America's new leading role in energy, no longer subject to the geopolitical shackles of dependence on foreign oil, and reviews the current industry Shifts including:

  • Generational Dynamics – An aging workforce in immediate need of tech savvy high energy newcomers as Boomers pass the torch to Millennials;
  • Oil & Gas' Digital Future – New discoveries and technologies catapulting the U.S. into the oil and gas limelight;
  • Industry Capital Needs – Innovative yield based securities solutions to the massive capital requirements of an expanding energy production and delivery infrastructure;
  • Houston's Big Future – The Texas city's quick evolution Silicon Valley style as the hub of U.S. oil technology, finance, training and entrepreneurship.

And, the Geopolitics of Oil wherein Vallee opines on possible futures for the U.S. depending on policy and economic decisions leaders make today in the new OPEC-down America-up energy landscape.

Well researched facts and wise opinion from the new successor to Pulitzer Prize winning energy writer Daniel Yergen, Jimmy Vallee's Giant Shifts is the new oil industry Bible. Available now in Kindle and Hardcover.

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Jimmy Vallee: Houston-based energy dealmaker, M&A attorney and blogger. Quarterbacks multi-billion dollar public and private energy deals. Advisor to global and regional oil companies, private equity firms and oil industry expert for media outlets including U.S News & World Report, Bloomberg, Wall St. Journal, USA Today and others.

Sutton Hart Press: Award winning non-fiction publisher of extraordinary and valuable content by high authority thought leaders across many specialties.

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Ervin Cohen & Jessup to host authors’ event for “Slam-Dunk Success”

Book about keys to success by NBA legend Byron Scott and Business Exec Charlie Norris

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP (ECJ) will host a private event for firm clients and friends this Thursday, with basketball legend Byron Scott and accomplished business executive Charlie Norris, an ECJ client, presenting their recently-published book, "Slam-Dunk Success - Leading from Every Position on Life's Court".

In Slam-Dunk Success, the co-authors share lessons in leadership they've each learned while achieving great success in their respective fields. They emphasize that an effective leader must reach the heads and hearts of everyone on the team to motivate its members to reach collective success, whether winning NBA championships or building successful companies. 

As a player, Byron Scott won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and as coach he twice took the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals and won Coach of the Year honors with the New Orleans Hornets. As CEO of McKesson Water, Charlie Norris turned a $200 million-dollar company into one that sold for $1.1 billion dollars and, as Chairman of Freshpet, he helped lead the start-up from early stage testing to a publicly traded company with a market value of over $350 million.

Ken Luer, a Partner in ECJ's Business and Corporate Law Group said, "We are very pleased that Byron Scott and Charlie Norris will join us to share their experiences and insights. While they come from different walks of life and paths of achievement, they share a great friendship and the core belief that developing strong relationships, respecting other people and communicating honestly are keys to success on the court, at the office and in life."

As Chairman of the Board, Charlie Norris successfully steered Glacier Water Services, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality drinking water dispensed through self-service refill, to its 2016 acquisition by Primo Water Corporation, a publicly traded company which supplies multi-gallon purified bottled water, self-service refill water and water dispensers. The ECJ legal team, led by Howard Hart and Ken Luer, represented Glacier in that transaction.  

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Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP is a full-service firm that provides a broad range of business-related legal services including corporate law; litigation; intellectual property & technology law; real estate transactions and finance; construction & environmental law; tax planning and controversies; employment law; health care law; bankruptcy, receivership and reorganization; and estate planning. For more information, visit 


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Leading Companies And Trade Associations Catalyze New Multi-Industry Business Group To Save Federal Library Funding

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of America's leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple national trade associations today unveiled the Corporate Committee for Library Investment to advocate for federal library funding.

As Congress turns to funding the government beyond next September, CCLI launches against the backdrop of Administration proposals to eliminate most federal library funding and the agency that distributes those funds to every state. Members of CCLI are united by the common belief that America's libraries are business-building, job-creating, workforce-preparing engines of the U.S. economy in every corner of the country. The group formed to tell that story to Congress and other federal policy makers who control library funding and to encourage every American business to do the same.

CCLI today delivered a letter, which remains open to signature by any business of any size, to all members of the United States Senate. (Eight companies made a similar delivery in their own names on May 11.) The letter expressly asks senators to sign two letters to their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee calling for $186.6 million in FY 2018 funding for programs under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program (IAL). LSTA funding goes primarily to a population-based matching grant program that puts states in charge of how federal funds are spent. IAL allows school libraries and non-profit groups to buy books and educational materials for the nation's neediest children.

CCLI also will work to: rapidly reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act, which created LSTA; and assure that any infrastructure investments authorized by Congress both include library facilities and leverage the nation's 120,000 libraries to make high-speed broadband service available in every corner of America, especially in rural and other underserved communities.

CCLI was co-conceived by Gale, a Cengage company, and the American Library Association, which will provide logistical support for the group. Founding members include Baker & Taylor, bibliotheca, Candlewick Press, Corporate Graphics International, EBSCO Information Services, Encyclopedia Britannica, Findaway, Follett, Gale/Cengage, Information Today, Jamex, Mackin, Macmillan, ­­OverDrive, Peachtree Publishers, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Prendismo, ProQuest, Public Information Kiosk, The RoadRunner Press, Rosen Publishing, SirsiDynix, the American Booksellers Association and the Software and Information Industry Association. CCLI's membership is continuouly updated online at The following comments may be individually attributed to CCLI members as noted:

"The American Booksellers Association strongly supports increased federal funding for America's libraries."
Oren Teich, CEO, American Booksellers Association

"Full funding for the Library Services and Technology Act and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program is critical.  In an age of rapid technological innovation, libraries enable citizens to keep pace through easy and affordable access to the internet and other techno­logical resources that help them find jobs, start businesses, and provide skills training necessary for the 21st Century economy." 
Ken Wasch, President & CEO, Software and Information Industry Association

"Now more than ever, America's public libraries are reaching deep into all facets of the communities they serve offering patrons vital services that are having a profound impact on their lives."
David Cully, President, Baker & Taylor

"Libraries play a critical role within communities across America, promoting literacy without discrimination and providing educational opportunities that transform lives and fuel lifelong learners. Today's libraries equip citizens with literacy tools and resources that enhance employable skills and stimulate the country's economy."
Matthew Bellamy, Chief Commercial Officer, bibliotheca

"There is nothing more vital to a community than a library.  Where else can someone go to expand their thinking and learn about the world around them then this place.  A library is more than important—it is vital."
Matt Keller, Capstone Chief Marketing Officer.

"EBSCO has worked with libraries for more than 70 years and understands the value they bring to their communities. CCLI brings together companies who are in a unique position to share concerns about library funding and highlight the impact libraries have on their users."
Tim Collins, President and CEO, EBSCO Information Services 

"As schools across the country struggle to curate content and connect students with digi­tal resources, librarians are positioned like never before to play a leadership role in their schools and districts. A great library program is the foundation for a future ready district."
Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions

"Libraries are critical infrastructure in the knowledge economy. Gale supports the Insti­tute of Museum and Library Services and LSTA funding in order to protect private sector jobs and ensure millions of Americans can continue to rely on their state, public, school, and university libraries for the information they need to succeed at school, work and life."
Paul Gazzolo, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Gale, a Cengage company

"At Mackin, we stand together with our colleagues and CCLI, supporting and reinforcing the fact that libraries are essential to the growth of our communities. They must be fun­ded appropriately, as tomorrow's thinkers, leaders and shapers of the future depend on it."
Randal Heise, Owner, Mackin Educational Resources

"Libraries provide a proven economic catalyst for every community in America.  They empower our citizens to enter and enhance our workforces, enable businesses to be competitive, and inspire thousands of startups and entrepreneurs every year.  America's libraries drive successful outcomes for all of our cities and states."
Steve Potash, CEO & President, OverDrive

"The American public relies on libraries. Schools thrive with them. Communities and econo­mies are strengthened by the services they provide. Let's do the right thing and keep our libraries strong with the federal funding that they so greatly rely on."
Margaret Quinlin, President and Publisher, Peachtree Publishers

"Community and school libraries help ensure that learners of all ages have access to the information they need to succeed in the digital age. They deserve our support."     
Tim Bozik, President, Global Product, Pearson  

"Federal funding for libraries is critical if Americans in rural and urban communities, both young and old, are to have the materials they need—from books to computers with cur­rent software to Internet/broadband access—to find that next job, start that next busi­ness, or complete that next level of education. Think of our public libraries as the base on which the engine of our economy sits."
Jeanne Devlin, Publisher, The RoadRunner Press

"Libraries and librarians serve our nation in so many ways: whether providing coding clas­ses for students, job information for job seekers or job changers; online access for those citizens without computers at home, health resources or multi-lingual materials. When the library's doors remain open for business, patrons thrive and our economy prospers."  
Roger Rosen, CEO & President, The Rosen Publishing Group

About CCLI

The Corporate Committee for Library Investment(CCLI) is a group of companies and national trade associa­tions working to educate Congress and other federal policymakers about the extraordinary value of federal investment in America's libraries.

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New Book Offers Hands-On Advice for Physicians at Every Stage of Career

The Three Stages of a Physician's Career: Navigating from Training to Beyond Retirement by Neil H. Baum, MD, Joel M. Blau, CFP®, Peter S. Moskowitz, MD, and Ronald J. Paprocki, JD, CFP® is now available.

PHOENIX, Md., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's medical graduates are superbly trained to practice state-of-the art clinical medicine.  However, only in rare instances are they trained to self-manage their careers and medical practices. This new book from Greenbranch Publishing is designed to fill that gap in training and knowledge. 

The authors have divided physicians' careers into three stages: Early-Career, Mid-Career, and Late-Career. This new book, featuring insights from physician career and practice management experts, is an invaluable treasure trove of practical, hands-on advice from an author team gathering their expertise in one place! Jam-packed with easy-to-implement suggestions, you'll hear sage advice from a career coach for physicians, two certified financial planners, a healthcare attorney, a medical school dean for student advising, two experts who launch, merge, and sell physician practices, and a surgeon who literally "wrote the book" on the business aspects of running a medical practice. 

The Early-Career section provides in-depth descriptions of career theory, renewing and balancing yourself, managing career transitions, and practical guidelines to navigate the many other challenges of early careers in medicine.

The Mid-Career section offers the broadest and most detailed information available regarding practice organization and management, building assets and retirement planning, estate planning, common legal issues, and how to manage the challenges of malpractice and/or impairment.

The Late-Career section covers deciding what to do after practice, closing the doors or selling a practice, and evolving estate and practice priorities so there is joy in a well-planned retirement filled with fun, meaning, and contribution.

From day one of medical school, until you take off the white coat, The Three Stages of a Physician's Career:  Navigating from Training to Beyond Retirement will guide the physician to be career-resilient, sustain practice success, and enter an exciting and fulfilling retirement without financial worries.

About Greenbranch Publishing

For the past 19 years, Greenbranch Publishing has earned a loyal following for its medical practice management educational materials, including the flagship publication, The Journal of Medical Practice Management and highly regarded books and seminars for physicians and practice managers covering reimbursement, practice development, compliance, patient safety, and financial and operational issues. Get more information at or at (800) 933-3711.

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Canadian Libraries Now Get Region-Specific Content

New Canada Ebook Subscription from ProQuest Supports Increasingly Diverse Curricula and Research Demands

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Enrollment in Canadian public postsecondary institutions reached more than 2 million in 2013/2014 and continues to grow steadily. To support the needs of these researchers and students in Canada and French-speaking countries, ProQuest has launched a new Canada Ebook Subscription/Collection canadienne globale. This is the first of many local-focused offerings that ProQuest aims to launch over the next year in response to increased demand from librarians in Canada.

The development of this new ebook subscription was a collaborative effort between ProQuest and Canadian librarians to curate content aligned with the needs of researchers and mapped to popular and region-specific curricula. More than 9,800 titles from 70 publishers were chosen, including 1,600 French-language titles and a wide variety of high-use books, in addition to unique content unavailable from other ebook subscriptions.

Such essential, award-winning titles as Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity (UBC Press) and The Weariness of the Self (McGill-Queen's University Press) are highlights of the collection. World-renowned contributing University Press publishers include University of Toronto Press and Presses de l'Université Laval, as well as contributing trade publishers such as Dundurn Press. With unlimited multi-user access and coverage in local interest topics ranging from Canadian and European history to multi-disciplinary French language titles, academic and public libraries can now accommodate region-specific needs on demand.

"In developing this collection, we consulted intelligence-based usage data and survey results from Canadian and francophone librarians who are charged with providing access to foundational content critical to better learning and research outcomes," said Theresa Herbst, Director of Content Product Management at ProQuest Books. "Reflecting ProQuest's subscription evolution, this modular, manageable collection simplifies the delivery of premium, high-demand content—at the right price – to more libraries and their users than ever before."

To supplement the Canada Ebook Subscription/Collection canadienne globale, a comprehensive selection of titles from Canadian publishers is available in print via OASIS, as well as through flexible ebook acquisition models. Additional titles can be added via Perpetual Access, Demand-Driven Acquisition, and Access-to-Own.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Alexander Street™, Bowker®, Dialog®, Ex Libris® and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, the Pivot® research development tool and the Ebook Central®, ebrary®, EBL™ and MyiLibrary® ebook platforms. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.


Return to Castle Rock in Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

BALTIMORE, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cemetery Dance Publications, the world's leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, just published hardcover and eBook editions of Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The novella marks a return to King's fabled town of Castle Rock, Maine, and the first-ever collaboration between these two longtime friends and award-winning authors.

"It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years," Stephen King said. "I had a story I couldn't finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better."

Gwendy's Button Box is now available through Cemetery Dance Publications and all major booksellers. The audio version is available by Simon & Schuster.

"Steve and I have corresponded about books and movies and life for twenty years now," said Richard Chizmar, "I'm a huge admirer of both his work and the man himself. Writing Gwendy's Button Box with Steve was truly a dream come true for me."

"Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story," Chizmar explained. "I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again — one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters."

Gwendy's Button Box is the coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson, who spends the summer of 1974 running the "Suicide Stairs" that connect Castle Rock to the Castle View Recreational Park. One day, while she catches her breath at the top of the stairs, a stranger calls to Gwendy. On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat.

Journey back to Castle Rock in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.

Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world's leading publisher of horror and dark suspense. Celebrating twenty-eight years in business, Cemetery Dance magazine has won every major genre award. The Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover imprint has published over 300 titles from the genre's most acclaimed authors.

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Ladies, Does ‘Mr. Right’ Always End Up Being Wrong for You?

Author Reveals Why It Might Be Your Own Fault!

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It's easy to blame the other person when a relationship goes wrong, but could some women be doing all the wrong things when looking for love? After decades of talking to over 15,000 brides, and many who were jilted at the altar, internationally celebrated wedding dress designer and author Rani St. Pucchi knows the formula for relationship success.

In her new book, The Soulmate Checklist, St. Pucchi reveals what women need to consider before getting into a serious relationship as she takes them through a thorough checklist of dating dos and don'ts. She also advises women on why they need to examine their own behavior to make sure they're bringing their best to a relationship.

Invite this knowledgeable expert with decades of experience advising women on relationships to answer:

  • What makes a woman irresistible to men?
  • Are you doing things to push men away?
  • Can you trust your intuition?
  • Do you really know what you bring to the relationship?
  • When is it too soon to have sex?

Praise for The SoulMate Checklist

"The Soulmate Checklist takes you on a journey to help plant ideas and concepts that will enlighten and empower you to recognize your soul mate when he appears in your life." —John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus 

CREDENTIALS:  For three decades, Rani St. Pucchi has been an internationally recognized and award-winning designer of wedding dresses and the founder of St. Pucchi Bridal House. Hailed as the pioneer for introducing color to the U.S. bridal scene, Rani's designs have been embraced by an all-star roster of celebrities, actresses, athletes, and singers and have been featured by global media. St. Pucchi is famous for designing the wedding dress worn by "Phoebe" on the finale of the hit television show Friends. Her couture collections have been shown on runways in Milan, the UK, Dusseldorf, Osaka, Saint Petersburg, New York, Chicago, and Dallas, among others. In addition to The Soulmate Checklist, she is also the author of Your Body, Your Style, and her forthcoming books: Secrets about Success Every Woman Should Know as well as her memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer's Story. St. Pucchi has been featured by CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Cosmopolitan, E!, People magazine, Harper's Bazaar, the Los Angeles Times, Brides, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, Huffington Post, and many more.

CONTACT: Rani St. Pucchi, (310) 990-3912;

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Would a Family Reunion Strengthen Your Family Ties?

Lynn Fuhler shares how to engage all ages during this popular summer event

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Half of all family reunions take place in the summer when children are out of school; weather conditions are less restrictive; and people are more willing to travel to meet up with cousins, uncles, aunts and assorted other relatives they may see infrequently, if at all, according to the travel booking website

Event planner Lynn Fuhler is a big fan of family reunions. If they are done right, they can bridge the geographical and emotional distance found in today's mobile society between those who share the same family heritage. What is more, she suggests that thanks to online surveys and online invitations pulling off a well-received family reunion is now easier than ever.

As the author of the new book Secrets to Successful Events: How to Organize, Promote and Manage Exceptional Events andFestivals, Fuhler can talk about:

  • Planning: how far in advance to begin and what to keep in mind.
  • Enlisting others to carry out the necessary tasks.
  • Finding the perfect location.
  • Protecting the family's privacy if you promote your reunion online.
  • Picking activities that appeal to all generations.
  • Selecting food and beverages for lacto ovo vegans and other family members with special dietary needs.

Praise for Lynn Fuhler

"I have seen Lynn learn first-hand the right ways — and the wrong ways — to run festivals and major events. She learned from the best, learned from mistakes, and became a leader in the field. She has been where you are headed and knows how to guide you when you approach the fork in the road. It's all here in her detailed roadmap, Secrets to Successful Events." Bob Andelman, The Wawa Way, Host/Producer Mr. Media®Radio & TV Interviews

Credentials: Lynn Fuhler has successfully organized events and festivals throughout her career. She is the former tourism director of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and former chairman of the largest free jazz festival in the Southeast. She is the internationally known author of Secrets to Successful Events:  How to Organize, Promote and Manage Exceptional Events and Festivals, which is used as a textbook at one of 2017's Top 15 Best Colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report. She has also written Secrets to Successful Events Resource Guide.

Availability: Central North Carolina, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone and Skype

Contact: Lynn Fuhler, (336) 499-6372;

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Plastic Surgeon George Bitar, MD, FACS, Named One of the Most Influential Lebanese in New Book by GPN Holding

The 100 - Meet 100 Influential Lebanese Figures Around the Globe Features an Interview with Award-Winning Surgeon and Philanthropist

FAIRFAX, Va., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- George Bitar, MD, FACS, an award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Washington, D.C. area, has been named one of the most influential figures in the Lebanese community worldwide, according to a recently-released book by GPN Holding. The 100 – Meet 100 Influential Lebanese Figures Around the Globe features a collection of inspiring one-on-one interviews with leaders and innovators in everything from the arts and entertainment to science and technology.

"When I saw the list of names being considered for the book, I was deeply honored that GPN Holding would ask me," said Dr. Bitar.  "Everyone in the book is someone who has brought about significant change and influence in the world.  The collective list of accomplishments is overwhelming."

Written to inspire the next generation of Lebanese leaders, The 100 includes profiles of such dignitaries as fashion designers Elie Saab and Reem Acra, pop star Shakira, consumer advocate and former 2000 presidential candidate Ralph Nader, recording artist and music producer Emilio Estefan, NASA director Dr. Charles Elachi, former New Hampshire Gov. and President George H. W. Bush Chief of Staff John Sununu, President Barack Obama's Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising awareness organization for St. Jude Research Foundation, Richard Shadyac, Jr.

Dr. Bitar's interview in the book exemplifies someone who despite phenomenal career success has never forgotten the importance of family and community service.

"Growing up in Beirut I used to visit the emergency room with my pediatrician father.  Seeing the faces of children injured by the country's civil war made me want to pursue medicine and make a difference," said Dr. Bitar, who is actively involved with such organizations as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for whom he was the top fundraiser in a campaign that raised 7 million dollars, earning him the Society's "National Man of the Year" title in 2006.

Additionally, he has authored and co-authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books on such topics as his signature neck lift technique, breast augmentation, and non-surgical rhinoplasty.  He speaks at national and international medical conferences and is one the founding members of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of Lebanese Descent.  

Upon graduating from medical school at George Washington University and completing a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a surgical residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, a plastic surgery residency at UVA,  and an advanced fellowship in Charlotte, NC, he trained abroad with such renowned surgeons as Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, the father of Brazilian plastic surgery, in Rio de Janerio, Dr. Marchac in Paris, Dr. Mendelson in Melbourne, Dr. Widgerow in Johannesburg, and Dr. Ellenbogen in Beverly Hills.  It was during these years he would develop a keen understanding of cultural influences on beauty, which would contribute to him being named one of the top plastic surgeons by Washingtonian magazine.

In 2002, Dr. Bitar founded the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute with the goal of having an all-encompassing practice for patients to get all their cosmetic procedures – from skin care and lasers to injectables and cosmetic surgery – completed in one place.  The center currently has locations in Fairfax and Manassas, VA, and offers a summer internship program for medical students.

To date, Dr. Bitar has performed more than 15,000 cosmetic procedures.

Katie Planchak
Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute

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Grin & Share It: Chinese City Shenyang Celebrates Sending Smiles across the World

SHENYANG, China, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang is celebrating sending smiles around the world after five years of a government-run project to boost its image at home and abroad.

A ceremony was held in Shengyang, the capital and largest city of China's Liaoning Province, to honor those who have played a key role in the "Shenyang Smile" campaign on 8 May 2017.

The initiative, first launched by the city's publicity department in 2012, is said to have touched millions of people around the globe, mainly through "drifting books" - blank journals that positive messages are written in before being handed on to others.

According to the Shenyang government, such books have forged tens of thousands of paths over the last half-decade, making their way to countries as far afield as France, USA and Japan.

On the ceremony, three awards were set to reward a group of people who had made a great contribution to "Shenyang Smile" in these 5 years. The "Practice and Strength of Shenyang Smile" honored those seen as personal advocates of the Smile campaign. An award for the "Contemplative Faculty of Shenyang Smile" was handed to a group commended for explaining the concept of Shenyang Smile, building a consensus around it, and inspiring action. The award for "Transmitting Shenyang Smile" was granted to assorted local media for spreading the spirit of smile.

Among the representatives of this award was a taxi driver named Teng, known locally as "Smiling Brother". Teng broke into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 after taking 30,000 selfies with his passengers. Teng has since posted his photos on Chinese social media sites such as Weibo, a microblog similar to Twitter, and earned himself celebrity status, appearing on countless TV shows and even previously winning an award as Shenyang's "Most Beautiful Transportation Worker." He has also been named a brand ambassador for Shenyang Smile.

"It is universal in its ability to convey everybody's mood and thoughts." In a statement, the Shenyang Municipal Government said, "Smiles make foreign places feel like home. Smiles make indifference turn to warmth. We believe that we will create more miracles by the spreading of smiles."

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