A prominent cosmetic surgeon and his daughter have lost a 2017 paper on treating men with excessive neck flab — otherwise known as “turkey neck” — because much of the work appears to have duplicated a book chapter he co-authored about the topic.
The first author of the retracted article is Ronald L. Moy, a plastic surgeon to the stars in Beverly Hills, Calif., and a past president of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatology. In a 2012 article about area plastic surgeons, LA Confidential Magazine dubbed Moy the “youth guru” and a local leader in the use of “new research and a comprehensive approach to restore a youthful complexion—no cutting required.”
His co-author was his daughter, Lauren Moy, who appears to be working with him in his Rodeo Drive dermatology practice.
The retracted article, “Male surgical neck rejuvenation,” was published last November in Dermatologic Surgery — which Moy edited from 1996 through at least 2000.
According to the retraction notice, the article:
is being retracted due to evidence of redundant publication (text-recycling) per guidelines of the Council [sic] of Publication Ethics and the International Council of Medical Journal Editing [sic, again] (ICMJE). Large portions of the text appeared previously in Chapter 4 “Neck rejuvenation” in Rejuvenation of the Aging Body-Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments published by JP Medical Ltd. in 2017, and therefore, do not meet the Dermatologic Surgery requirement that all articles are original in nature. While it is acknowledged that short phrases do appear in more than one article in similar topics, for larger portions of re-used text, the original work must be cited.
We contacted Ronald Moy, but haven’t heard back.
We also asked William Coleman III, editor in chief of the journal, for a bit more information. His reply:
The article “Male Surgical Neck Rejuvenation” was retracted after the duplication was brought to the attention of the editor in chief.
Coleman did not respond to our questions about how he learned about the duplication.
Richard Furn, publisher of the textbook, said he had not been aware of the retracted article. The Amazon listing for the book says the publication date was October 2016, not 2017, as per the retraction notice.
The article noted that the doctors Moy “have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.” That statement appears to be out of date. In early December, the company DermTech announced that Ronald Moy had joined its board of scientific advisors. He also helped found a company called DNARenewal, which “marks the culmination of his passion to create a clinically proven regimen that effectively repairs photo-damaged aging skin.”
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