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.

Aldona J. Spiegel

Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel is the director of the Center for Breast Restoration at the Houston Methodist Hospital's Institute for Reconstructive Surgery. Her clinical expertise is in advanced breast reconstruction techniques and microsurgery, particularly in the area of surgical reconstruction with reinnervated autologous muscle-preserving perforator flaps, including the DIEP Flap, SIEA Flap, SGAP Flap, TUG Flap and TAP Flap. She specializes in both cancer and non-cancer related breast correction, lymphedema procedures, advanced implant and latissmus reconstruction and has pioneered sensory innervation procedures which have the ability to reestablish sensation to the breast, resulting in the most complete form of breast restoration.

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.

Evan Garfein

Dr. Garfein received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Between his general surgery and plastic surgery training, Dr. Garfein conducted research at Harvard Medical School, concentrating on the role of hematopoietic stem cells in wound healing.

Dr. Garfein completed his plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program, serving as chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also completed a microsurgery fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University.

Dr. Garfein's clinical interests are in microsurgical and complex reconstruction.

He has received advanced training in the use of perforator flaps to minimize donor-site morbidity. His major interests are in breast, lower extremity, and head and neck reconstruction. Dr. Garfein performs all methods of breast reconstruction, including the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap, transverse upper gracilis (TUG) flap, thoracodorsal artery perforator (TDAP) flap and superficial inferior epigastric artery (SIEA) flap. He has significant experience with free fibular osseocutaneous flaps for reconstruction of head and neck defects. He is also interested in aesthetic surgery, particularly of the face, breasts and abdomen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Cristián Schauvinhold

El Dr. Cristian Schauvinhold, es Médico Especialista en Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva. Egresado de la Universidad Nacional de Cordoba en 1996. Su formación básica la realizó en el Hospital Británico de Buenos Aires. Luego realizó un fellow en Cirugía Maxilofacial en la Universidad de Lille, Francia. Al finalizar su formación se estableció en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Se desempeña como Cirujano Plástico en el Servicio de Cirugía Plástica del Hospital Británico, Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín y en el Hospital Universitario Austral en Pilar. Actualmente es el director del programa de formación en Microcirugía que cuenta con un Fellow anual con dedicación exclusiva.

Además es el Presidente de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Microcirugía y de la Asociación Argentina de Microcirugía. También es vocal del capítulo de Microcirugía de la FILACP. El Dr. Schauvinhold es profesor del Postgrado de Cirugía Plástica de la Universidad Católica Argentina y Faculty AOCMF

El Dr Schauvinhold se ha entrenado en la confección de colgajos de perforantes para disminuir así la morbilidad de la zona dadora. Su principal área de especialización es la reconstrucción de defectos del macizo facial, reanimación facial o de partes blandas de la cara, así como la reconstrucción de mama con tejido autologo (DIEP, SIEA, TDAP)

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.

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.

Pedro Ciudad

Dr. Pedro Ciudad completed his residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Federico Villarreal National University in Lima, Peru. Professor Hung-Chi Chen was his mentor and he had worked with him for 7 years in Taiwan performing many challenging microsurgical reconstructions in Taiwan.

He obtained Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine in Taiwan. Then he became an Assistant Professor and Consultant at the Plastic Surgery department at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan.

As a devoted researcher, he has more than 86 publications in the field of reconstructive microsurgery, including lymphedema surgical treatments, sex reassignment surgery, complex reconstructions of various body regions (head and neck, breast, upper/lower limb, abdomen, thorax). His major focus in research has been lymphedema surgical treatments, where he has published more than 30 articles and authored a book “LYMPHEDEMA - Surgical Approach and Specific Topics”, which was edited by Elsevier Taiwan.

Dr. Ciudad has visited and presented his work at many prestigious hospitals and conferences around the world.

Dr. Ciudad contributes to the development of the field by serving on the Editorial Board of Microsurgery and reviews for many important plastic surgery journals.

Clemens Gstöttner

During his studies at the Medical University of Vienna, Clemens Gstöttner developed a strong interest in anatomy, prompting him to become a tutor for dissection courses at the Institute of Anatomy. He first came into contact with peripheral nerve surgery and research during his time at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, where he was involved in a research project targeting peripheral nerve regeneration. After earning his medical degree, he went on to joint the Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation as the personal assistant of its director Prof. Oskar Aszmann. In this position, he is dealing with all aspects of reconstructive surgery for restoration of extremity function, from basic research in the lab to busy outpatient clinics.

Pursuing a PhD in neuroscience, his main research work focusses on the use of technology for neurorehabilitation, in particular the evaluation of novel approaches to improve signal transduction at the prosthetic interface. He is currently leading two projects in collaboration with international institutions, both evaluating novel implantable technologies. Furthermore, he is continuously working on anatomical projects, where he has developed a particular interest on the basic principles of modern perforator flaps. In an attempt to transform the current way of preoperative planning in peripheral nerve surgery, he is overseeing the development of an interactive 3D software for nerve surgeons.

Yelena Akelina

Yelena Akelina , DVM MS has been a Director of Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory at the Dept of Orthoapedic Surgery Columbia University Med Center, New York since 1996.Her educational background is a veterinarian medicine from Veterinary Academy in Moscow , Russia.

Dr Yelena is a one of the leading instructors around the world and one of the founders of International Microsurgery Simulation Society (IMSS) that connects educators in microsurgery from all over the globe. Yelena is an active member of many societies ASRM, WSRM, RAMSES, ISEM, IMSS. She trains about 130-200 surgeons a year from 10 specialties and from 60 countries .