Joon Pio Hong


Joon Pio Hong, MD, PhD, MBA, is Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine and Asan Medical Center. He has board certification in trauma, hand along with plastic surgery.

He received his BS degree from the Yonsei University of College of Medicine and his MS degree in medicine and PhD degree from the Graduate School of Yonsei University.

He received his M.B.A. on medical management from University of Southern California at Marshall School of Business.

He is active member is number of professional associations such as American society of plastic surgery, World society of reconstructive microsurgery, and Korean society of Plastic surgery.

His major work has been research and clinical practice in wound healing, diabetic foot reconstruction and microsurgery. He is on the editorial board for numerous journals including Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, International Wound Journal, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Journal of Plastic and reconstructive surgery and more. He has been invited over 80 countries to present his work and is visiting professor for more than 20 institutions. He has over 160 publications in this field of practice with 24 book chapters including the Neligan Plastic surgery. He was recently awarded the “Godina Travelling Fellowship” from the 2015 American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Bauback Safa


Internationally renowned reconstructive microsurgeon and hand surgeon at the Buncke Clinic, widely considered to be the birthplace of microsurgery.

He graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and then obtained his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

He subsequently completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford, followed by a fellowship in microsurgery and hand surgery at The Buncke Clinic where he has been on staff since 2007. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with a certificate of added qualification in Hand Surgery (CAQ). Dr. Safa serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at both Stanford and UCSF divisions of plastic surgery. He also holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley.

Melissa Poh


Melissa is a fellowship-trained reconstructive microsurgeon who developed and currently heads the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Regional Surgical Team for Gender Affirmation Surgery. She performed the first ever vaginoplasty in Kaiser Permanente Southern California, leads a high-volume genital feminization practice and is currently building a genital masculinization program as well.

Melissa studied chemical engineering at MIT, followed by medical school at Georgetown University. She then completed her general surgery residency at Duke University, followed by plastic surgery at Vanderbilt and a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition to her work at Kaiser Permenante, she serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at USC. Her practice consists almost entirely of reconstructive microsurgery of the breast, head and neck, and extremities, as well as gender affirmation surgery.

Stefan Hofer


Dr. Hofer obtained his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1992. He then completed his PhD studying tissue oxygen tension as an indicator of tissue perfusion in the Department of Surgical Research, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam. He obtained his board certification in Plastic Surgery from the Netherlands in 2000 and became the first Plastic Surgeon to be awarded the highly prestigious Dutch Cancer Society clinical fellowship, which funded his one-year Microsurgery Research fellowship at the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery at St. Vincent's Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Hofer is internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions in the areas of clinical service, education, and research. Prior to becoming the Division's first international candidate to be recruited in over a decade, Dr. Hofer was an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam and the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Oncology.

Daniel Lazo


Bernardo Batista


Dr. Batista is a plastic and microsurgeon practicing in São Paulo, Brazil. Trained at the university of São Paulo, he graduated as a doctor in 2005 and completed his residency and microsurgical tranining in 2011. After a fellowship in Paris with Drs. Laurent Lantieri and Corrine Becker, two leaders in the fields of vascularized composite transplantation and lymphatic surgery, Dr. Batista has successfully established a reconstructive and microsurgical practice in his private clinic (Clínica Narumi) and as an attending physician at the Hospital Sírio Libanês, one of the most important Healthcare Medical Centers in Brazil.

Lawrence Gottlieb


Lawrence J. Gottlieb, MD, is an internationally known reconstructive plastic surgeon. He has clinical and research interests in reconstructive microsurgery, and the care of patients with burn injuries, difficult wounds, or complex reconstructive needs. Dr. Gottlieb works on many multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive, state-of-art treatment for a wide variety of adult and pediatric patients.

He serves as the director of the UChicago Medicine Burn and Complex Wound Center, which has been verified by the American Burn Association and the Committee of Trauma of the American College of Surgeons for the past 15 years. Dr. Gottlieb is also an active member of the Head and Neck Cancer Tumor Board, the Melanoma Tumor Board, the Center for Pelvic Health and the Genitourinary Reconstructive Team. In addition, he is a faculty member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

Demetrius Evriviades


Mr Evriviades holds the FRCS(Plast) Examination and is on the GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery. He is a Full Member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the governing and representative body for Plastic Surgery in the UK.

Demetrius Evriviades was born in Derby and educated at Nottingham High School before attending Liverpool Medical School to read Medicine, graduating MB ChB BSc(Hons) in 1994. He has served in the Royal Air Force Medical Branch since 1992. He trained initially in general practice before surgical training in Portsmouth, Peterborough, Stoke Mandeville and Southampton, qualifying MRCS(Ed) in 2000.

After a period of time spent researching new treatments for chemical burns, he went on to complete an intensive training program in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in the UK and overseas at the prestigious Wharton Centre for Head and Neck Surgery, Toronto qualifying FRCS (Plast) in 2007. During this time he completed Advanced Surgical Fellowships in Cosmetic Surgery, Nasal Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Eyelid Surgery, and Microsurgery.

Demetrius lives in Birmingham with his wife and four young children. He enjoys life drawing, portrait sculpture and trying to keep up with his son at Karate classes.

Farida Ali


Farida Ali FRCS(Plast) is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in London.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, she read medicine at the University of Birmingham. She completed general surgical training in the West Midlands before moving to London to undertake her specialty training in plastic surgery.

She developed an interest in reconstructive microsurgery early on in her career and completed two intensive microsurgery fellowships in Taiwan and London. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2007.

She is based at St George’s University Hospital in London, specialising in Breast Reconstruction and Reconstructive Microsurgery of the Trunk and Extremities.

Eldon Mah


Mr Eldon Mah is an Australian trained specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with special interest in complex microsurgical reconstructions, particularly sarcoma, breast cancer and skin cancer.

He received his medical degree from University of Melbourne and was awarded Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2010. After a short period of consultant work, Eldon further his training in Toronto and completed his microsurgery fellowship at Toronto General Hospital in 2011.

Eldon now works as a consultant plastic surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne where he is the clinical lead for soft tissue tumour reconstruction and fellowship supervisor. He is particularly interested in perforator flaps and innervated muscle transfers aimed at improving functional recovery after sarcoma resection.

Andrés Rodríguez


Andres Rodriguez, MD, PhD Chief and Associate Professor in Plastic Surgery Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden. Dr. Andres Rodriguez completed his medical education,postgraduated PhD studies and plastic surgery residency in Spain followed by two-years microvascular fellowships at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

He works in Uppsala, Sweden since 2010 leading one of the most active microsurgical centers in Scandinavia. He is the program director of the International Fellowship Program in Microsurgery at the Uppsala University and his main focus of clinical and research activity is head and neck reconstruction and facial paralysis. He has over 45 peer-reviewed publications and he is member of the Editorial Boards of Microsurgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Jamie Levine


Rudy Buntic


Dr. Rudy Buntic is a plastic, hand and microsurgeon. A native of Canada, his clinical interests include reconstructive microsurgery with a focus on reconstruction of traumatic injuries and defects caused by cancer. He emphasizes the most advanced microsurgical techniques that use the patient's own tissues for reconstruction. Dr. Buntic is the head of the division of microsurgery at California Pacific Medical Center.

Sinikka Souminen


Adjunct Professor at the Plastic Surgery Department of Helsinki University Hospital Medically trained in Helsinki, specializing in both general surgery and plastic surgery; Ph.D. on “Complications in Free Flap Surgery” 1997; Microsurgery Fellowship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan 1999–2000; appointed as Adjunct Professor in Helsinki University 2007; has contributed to 16 book chapters, 38 original articles, 9 review articles and given more than 80 invited international lectures Specializes in: breast reconstruction, lymphedema and supermicrosurgery, facial paralysis, head and neck surgery, genital reconstruction Former President of the Finnish (2007–2010) and Scandinavian (2010–2012) Associations of Plastic Surgeons; member of EURAPS Exco and Treasurer of ESPRAS (2010–2014); founding member of the Pyrenean Workshop on Plastic Surgery; co-founder of the International Master’s degree program in Reconstructive Microsurgery (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona) and its co-director since 2009

Tomas Kempny


Born 1970, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Graduated Medical school in 1994 at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

  • From 1994-1999 he completed a specialty training (fellowship) in Traumatology department at University Hospital, Ostrava, Czech Republic. During his fellowship in University hospital in Ostrava, he also set up Replantation center.
  • In 1999 he started his new position in Plastic surgery department and became Plastic surgery consultant in 2005.
  • In 2009 he completed Ph.D. with final theses – “Methods of thumb reconstruction” in Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • From 2007 till 2018 continued his carrier as Microsurgeon in Uniclinic, Salzburg and Wels, Austria. From 2019 he is primarily working in plastic surgery clinic Medicent in Ostrava and performing Microsurgical reconstructions in Brno and Prague, Czech Republic.
  • In 2017 he founded Medicent humanity z.s., charity focusing on development of plastic surgeons in Ethiopia.

Pedro Cavadas


Born in Valencia in November of 1965, Pedro C. Cavadas Rodriguez completed his degree in Medicine in 1989 at the University of Valencia and he was a resident in the La Fe Hospital in Valencia, where he became a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1995.

He got his PhD degree at the University of Valencia in 1995.

Since January 2011 he commands the Hospital of Manises’ Microsurgical and Reconstructive Surgery Unit.

Mauricio Mendieta


Dr. Mauricio Mendieta, is the medical director of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center, and current President of the Nicaraguan Plastic surgery Society.

He received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Guadalajara, and completed his plastic surgery residency at the Hospital General de Mexico, the first residency program in Mexico City, founded by Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio. He developed his skills and training in microsurgery in this hospital, and fellowship in breast reconstruction, then returning to his country Nicaragua, where he established his practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Microsurgery.

He combines his medical practice, with tuition at the Univesidad Americana, in Managua, Nicaragua, and is an international associate editor of PRS Globlal Open Journal, and an active member of professional plastic surgery societies, and served in the board of Microsurgery Chapter of the Latinamerican Plastic Surgery Federation (FILACP), since 2016, and as an International Member at Large, of the International College of Surgeons.

Dr. Mendieta has lecture at numerous scientific meetings, where he also shares his experience and publications as author or co-author in the field of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Giovanni Montealegre


El Dr. Giovanni Montealegre Gómez, es Médico Especialista en Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva. Egresado de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia en 1997. Tiene como segunda especialidad Postgrado en Cirugía de la Mano y Microcirugía, con una amplia trayectoria académica y profesional a nivel Nacional e Internacional.

Actualmente se desempeña como Profesor de Cirugía Plástica de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia y la Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud (FUCS). Además es el Presidente de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Microcirugía y Secretario Ejecutivo de la Seccional Central de la Sociedad Colombiana de Cirugía Plástica.

El Dr. Montealegre combina su actividad Docente en Cirugía Reconstructiva y Microcirugía en el Hospital Universitario de San José y el Hospital de la Misericordia, con su práctica privada en Cirugía Estética con el Grupo de Especialistas en Cirugía Plástica Eciplast, Ubicado en el Centro Médico La Carolina, en la Ciudad de Bogotá.

Javier López Mendoza


Juan Socas


Dr. Socas is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in all aspects of Plastic & Reconstructive surgery including breast reconstruction, complex microsurgical reconstruction, lymphedema surgery and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. He practices primarily at IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Socas received his medical degree with highest distinction from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina where he received awards for his scholastic achievement. After graduating, he attended one of the premier General Surgery Residencies at Indiana University School of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe.

Following his General Surgery training at Indiana University, Dr. Socas was accepted, out of applicants world-wide, into the Plastic and Reconstructive program at Indiana University under the leadership of Dr. John J. Coleman III, with a strong interest in microsurgical reconstruction. Dr. Socas perfected advanced microsurgical techniques including perforator flaps (DIEP, SIEA, SGAP, IGAP, PAP, ALT, TUG) for treating complex reconstructive problems. He did an International Scholarship at Chung Gung Hospital and China Medical University in Taiwan under the guidance of Ming Huei Cheng and Hung Chi Chen. Currently Dr. Socas is one of the few surgeons in the country performing surgery for debilitating lymphedema, isolated or in combination with breast reconstruction. He has developed unique techniques in the treatment of lymphedema including the vascularized Right Gastroepiploic Lymph Node Transfer for the treatment of lymphedema.

In addition to his exceptional knowledge and technical skill, Dr. Socas is an incredibly caring and compassionate human being who has received praise from patients, their families, and colleagues alike for his gentle bedside manner and warm, respectful, and personal approach to the Patient-Doctor relationship. Through his belief in patient-centered care, Dr. Socas will listen to your goals and provide you with the most up-to-date and individualized information to help you make an informed and educated decision about your care. Equipped with your personalized plan and using cutting edge techniques, Dr. Socas will strive to exceed your expectations and deliver the best possible results.

Dr. Socas’ interests include microsurgery, breast surgery and microsurgical breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery including vascularized lymph node transfers and lymphovenous anastomoses, cancer reconstruction (including head and neck reconstruction, Sarcoma and skin cancer excision/reconstruction, and Mohs reconstruction), complex nasal reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face (facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, brow lift), breast (augmentation, mastopexy, reduction), and body (abdominoplasty, mommy-make over, body contouring after weight loss), as well as trauma reconstruction (complex lacerations, facial fractures, hand/extremity fractures and trauma reconstruction), complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and wound care/reconstruction.

Joaquín Pefaure


Born in Buenos Aires 1973

Study Medicine at Universidad del Salvador

Residence General Surgery at Municipalidad de Buenos Aires

Plastic Surgery Universidad de Buenos Aires

Fellowship Craneofacial Surgery UCLA

Chief of División Plastic Surgery Hospital Santojanni Buenos Aires

Staff member Oncological Surgery Alexander Fleming Institute

Prívate Practice

Hinne Rakhorst


Hinne Rakhorst is a plastic surgeon from the Netherlands who's main motivation and stimulator in plastic surgery is microsurgery for reconstruction of head and neck, autologous breasts and lower limbs.

His focus is on teaching, efficacy and practicality in workup and dissecting flaps.

He did his training in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a microsurgical fellowship in Perth, Australia. His research work focusses on breast implant registries, microsurgery, international collaboration on breast implant registries, BIA-ALCL and microsurgery.

He became board member of the Dutch Society for Plastic and Reconstructive surgery during training and was the youngest president of this society. After this he became founding board member, treasure and currently secretary of ICOPLAST, a confederation with over 20.000 plastic surgeons united globally.

WIthin icoplast he developed a free 'flash webinar' program where 2 hour online sessions focus on one specific topic in a collegial, practical atmosphere.

Hinne is all for collaboration, teaching, sharing knowledge and practical tricks, but mostly about having fun in surgery, inspiring young surgeons to achieve personal goals.

If you want to become active in the international plastic surgery 'scene', please be in touch!

Jorge Alejandro Conejero


Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Jorge Alejandro Conejero earned his medical degree from the University of Chile. He has been invited to lecture throughout Central and South America on craniofacial surgical techniques as well as breast reconstruction and plastic surgery in children and adults. He has also published extensively on plastic surgical techniques, including cleft palate repair, diabetic wound and amputation repair, and breast reconstruction.

Following a general surgery residency from the University of Valparaiso, Dr. Conejero went to Boston and then New York to complete a general surgery residency at Mass General Hospital and a craniofacial research fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia Medical Center respectively. After two years in central Massachusetts completing a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Dr. Conejero returned to Chile and to a craniofacial surgery fellowship at the University of Chile.

Patricio Andrades Cvitanic


Estudios de Medicina (1990-1997), Cirugía General (1997-2000) y Cirugía Plástica (2000-2002) en la Universidad de Chile

Estudios de Postgrado en Microcirugía y Cirugía Craniofacial en el Departamento de Cirugía Plástica de la Universidad de Alabama en Birmingham, Estados Unidos (2005-2007)

Beca Internacional Fundación AO en el Departamento de Cirugía Craniomaxilofacial, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España (2008)

'International Guest Scholar' del Colegio Americano de Cirujanos (2009)

Actualmente: Cirujano Plástico en el Servicio de Cirugía Maxilofacial del Hospital del Trabajador de Santiago y Profesor Asociado en el Equipo de Cirugía Plástica del Hospital Clínico de la Universidad de Chile. Desempeña su actividad privada en Clínica AC2.

Alejandro Ramírez


El Dr. Alejandro Ramírez es Médico Cirujano egresado con Distinción Máxima de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Especializado en Cirugía General y con subespecialidad en Cirugía Plástica y Reconstructiva en la misma casa de estudios.

Entre los perfeccionamiento que ha desarrollado, cuenta un Clerkship en Cirugía en el Massachusetts General Hospital, en Boston, MA, USA, hospital afiliado a la Universidad de Harvard, durante el 2007.

Durante un año, entre el 2011 y 2012, realizó un Fellowship en Microcirugía en Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, considerado “la Meca” de la Microcirugía Reconstructiva en el mundo. Estuvo bajo la supervisión directa del reconocido Dr. Fu Chan Wei, premiado como uno de los 20 Cirujanos Plásticos más importantes de la historia.

En noviembre del 2014 tuvo la oportunidad de realizar Observership en Cirugía Estética, con el famoso Dr. Sherrel Aston, experto en cirugía estética facial y corporal, en Manhattan, New York, USA. Durante su estadía aprendió conceptos y detalles invaluables en Cirugía Plástica Estética.

En Mayo del 2015 desarrolló un Preceptorship en Cirugía de Reanimacion Facial junto al experto mundial Dr. Akihiko Takushima, en la Universidad de Kyorin, Tokyo, Japón. Durante este entrenamiento, logró un gran avance en sus conocimientos en cirugía para la parálisis facial y técnicas de cirugía plástica mínimamente invasivas, aplicables tanto a la cirugía estética como a la cirugía reconstructiva. Durante el mismo periodo, en el hospital de la Universidad de Tokyo de la mano del Dr. Isao Koshima, perfeccionó conocimientos en supermicrocirugía y cirugía del linfedema.

El 2016 realizó Fellowship en Cirugia Craneofacial en Chang Gung Craniofacial Center en Taipei, uno de los mejores centros del mundo, con énfasis en Cirugía Estetica y Reconstructiva Facial. Para luego realizar observership junto al Dr. Guyuron en Cleveland, en cirugía facial y de la Migraña.

Su entrenamiento, en resumen, ha estado enfocado a la Cirugía Plástica Estética y Reconstructiva de vanguardia, buscando las mejores opciones de tratamiento tanto desde el punto de vista estético como funcional.

Claudia Albornoz