Co-Conference Chairs

Professor Jian Farhadi, Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Professor Farhadi is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He trained in Switzerland and London, where he developed a specialisation in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, including microvascular breast reconstruction. Due to his extensive experience he has become an authority on this subject, where he is regularly invited as a speaker to national and international conferences. Mr Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is the Chair of the London Breast Meeting, an annual international conference. Jian is the founder of BRA Foundation, a registered charity to raise awareness on the options of breast reconstruction. He is co-Chair of the European Master’s in surgical oncology, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.

Due to his extensive experience he has become an authority on this subject, where he is regularly invited as a speaker to national and international conferences. Mr Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is the Chair of the London Breast Meeting, an annual international conference. Jian is the founder of BRA Foundation, a registered charity to raise awareness on the options of breast reconstruction. He is co-Chair of the European Master’s in surgical oncology, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.

Professor Jaume Masia, Professor of Plastic Surgery Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Paul, Barcelona

After achieving his medical degree at Barcelona University, Professor Masia carried out plastic surgery training at Sant Pau University Hospital in Barcelona. He completed his training through fellowships at Canniesburn Hospital (Glasgow, UK) and Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead, UK).

In 1999, he introduced DIEP flaps for breast reconstruction in Spain. He got a post as consultant in plastic surgery at Sant Pau University Hospital in 2001. Two years later he became the Chief of the Microsurgery Unit and in 2007 he won the position as Chief of Plastic Surgery Department and Professor in Plastic Surgery at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Professor Masia was President of the Spanish Society of Plastic Surgery from 2011-13 and currently he is the President of the Spanish Society of Plastic Surgery Foundation for Education. Since 2010 he has been the Director of the International Master’s Degree on Reconstructive Microsurgery at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He has been invited as lecturer and visiting Professor in more than 100 international meetings on plastic surgery. He is author of several papers and books; his current main interests are perforator flaps, lymphoedema surgery and medical education.

Conference Secretary

Marlene See, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Marlene See is a Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London. Marlene's specialist interests are breast and microsurgical reconstruction.

Marlene trained in London and East Grinstead. Before embarking on her plastic surgery training, Marlene carried out research on 3D imaging and its application in facial analysis, for which she was awarded a Masters in Surgical Science. She completed her training with a fellowship in microsurgery at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London, and has published on the subjects of breast reconstruction, facial analysis and lower limb reconstruction. Her current practice involves breast reconstruction following therapeutic and risk-reducing mastectomies, including microvascular breast reconstruction; correction of congenital breast deformities and aesthetic breast surgery.

International Faculty

Chris Andree - Germany

Professor Christoph Andree attended medical school at the University of Bonn, Germany. After his postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, he obtained his training in plastic and hand surgery at the University Hospital Freiburg, Germany. Presently, he is Head of the Department of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery at the SANA-Clinic in Düsseldorf, specialising in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Further, he is the Founder and Owner of the Breast & Body Center of Excellence in Breast Surgery at the Königsallee in Düsseldorf. He has been awarded several research grants and received various honours.  


Seidenstücker K, van Waes C, Munder B, Claes K, Witzel C, Roche N, Stillaert F, Mahajan A, Andree C, Blondeel P: DIEAP flap for safe definitive autologous breast reconstruction; Breast, 26; 59-66, 2016.

Otte, M, Nestle-Krämling C, Fertsch S, Hagouan M, Munder B, Richrath P, Stambera P, Abu-Ghazaleh A, Andree C: Conservative mastectomies and immediate-delayed autologous (IDEAL) breast reconstruction: the DIEP-flap. Gland Surgery, 2015.

Seidenstücker K, Munder B, Mahajan AL, Richrath P, Behrendt P, Andree C: Morbidity of mircrosurgical breast reconstruction in patients with co-morbid conditions. J Plast Reconstr Surg,127, 1086-1092, 2011.

Andree C, Farhadi J, Goossens D, Masia J, Sarfati I, Germann G, MacMillan RD, Scheflan M, Van Not H-P, Catanuto G, Nava MB: A position statement on optimising the role of oncoplastic breast surgery. E-plasty, 12:e40, 2012.

Christoph Andree, Stefan Langer, Katrin Seidenstuecker, Philipp Richrath, Philipp Behrendt, Tobias Koeppe, Mazen Hagouan, Christan Witzel, Samma Al Benna, Beatrix Munder: A single center prospective study of bilateral breast reconstruction with free abdominal flaps: A critical analyses of 144 patients Med Sci Monit 2013; 19:467-474

Phillip Blondeel - Belgium

Phillip Blondeel is an international leading expert on aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and one of the pioneers in the so-called 'perforator flap' surgery. He is Professor of Plastic Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Gent, Belgium, as well as an attending plastic surgeon at LaClinic in Montreux, Switzerland.

A native of the USA, Phillip Blondeel received his medical degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Medical School in Leuven, Belgium. He underwent postgraduate training in plastic surgery in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Catholic University Leuven as well as at Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and earned his Doctor in Medical Sciences (PhD) degree at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Gent in 1998.

Professor Blondeel is a fellow of the Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum (Belgian Boards) and a diplomate of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He holds membership in numerous scientific societies, among them the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the European Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Plastic Surgery. He is honorary member of the South African and Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery.

A world-renowned expert in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Professor Blondeel is a much sought-after speaker and teacher who has also authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and abstracts. He currently sits on the editorial boards of PRS-Go, the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. At the end of 2011, Professor Blondeel led the team that performed the first face transplant in Belgium (#19 worldwide) and is the Chairman of the Vascularized Composite Tissue Allograft Program at the University Hospital Gent.

Christian Bonde - Denmark

Christian Bonde, MD, PhD, Associate professor at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Microsurgical Consultant at the Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Plastic Surgery. Denmark.

Mr Bonde trained at the University of Copenhagen and won the University of Copenhagen Honorary Prize and Medal. His PhD from the University of Copenhagen was awarded for his thesis on autologous breast reconstruction and he is now responsible for the autologous breast reconstruction programme at the Copenhagen University Hospital.

His current main clinical interests are microsurgery, breast reconstruction and perioperative optimisation. He is involved several PhD and other research projects ranging from enhanced recovery in microsurgery to the use of stem cells and lipofilling, and the establishment of a national/Scandinavian microsurgical database.

As one of the pioneers of enhanced recovery in microsurgery, he has been an invited lecturer at multiple international conferences. Mr Bonde has multiple peer reviewed publications and presentations at national and international meetings. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery. He is the President of The Danish Microsurgical Society and the only Danish member of EURAPS.

David Chang - USA

Professor Chang is Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and also Director of the Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago Medicine, Illinois.

Professor Chang has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and is Co-Editor of 3 books: Principles of Reconstructive Surgery in Africa, Atlas of Oncologic Reconstructive Surgery and Principles and Practice of Lymphedema Surgery.

Professor Chang is currently President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and President-Elect for the World Society of Lymphatic Surgery and the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Roy de Vita - Italy

Chief of Plastic Surgery Department, National Institute for Cancer of Rome & Coordinator of the Breast Unit at National Institute for Cancer of Rome

Roy de Vita MD, full boarded in plastic reconstructive and aesthetic Surgery, has been Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of the National Cancer Institute “Regina Elena” in Rome since 2002 and he is also Coordinator of the Breast Unit of the same Institute.

His main fields of clinical and scientific interest are reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, an area in which he is widely published.

In his department, more than 700 breast surgical reconstructive procedures are performed every year including implant based breast reconstruction, both DTI and 2 stage, and autologous tissue, both microsurgical and pedicle flaps.

In private practice he performss more than 200 breast augmentations/year and 40% of these procedures are for revisional surgery.

Roy de Vita is a member of the Italian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SICPRE); American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and Italian Society for Surgery (SIC).

Daniel Del Vecchio - USA

Dr Daniel Del Vecchio holds a BA degree summa cum laude from Yale University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital. After that he completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Dr Del Vecchio received an MBA at Columbia Business School, where he specialised in corporate finance. Since 1998, he has worked as a consultant at Ferrer Freeman and Company (“FFC”), a private investment firm focusing on healthcare. Dr Del Vecchio specialises in medical device technology.

Dr Del Vecchio is on the Associate Staff at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He holds medical licences and is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery in the USA and in The EU. Hs is currently the ASAPS Visiting Professor and has been the Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Pittsburgh, Southern California, and at Georgetown University. His areas of research include the basic science and clinical applications of fat grafting to the breast and body.

Gregory Evans - USA

Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery, The University of California, Irvine.

Dr Gregory Evans is Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and Chief of the Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Institute. Dr Evans is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is former director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and immediate past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr Evans is a medical graduate of the University of Southern California and completed his plastic surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr Evans is a surgeon best known for performing cancer reconstruction procedures, including free tissue transfer for breast, and head and neck. However, he also specialises in the full spectrum of plastic surgery, with a focus on cosmetic surgery such as face, eyes, abdomen, breasts and body contouring.

Dr Evans interest in plastic surgery research has been in tissue engineering and specifically nerve regeneration. His initial work focused on the effects of adjuvant therapy on nerve regeneration. He also examined the effects of absorbable conduits for nerve regeneration. The thought behind this was to develop a conduit that would maintain its structure while allowing the nerve to regenerate but then dissolve as the nerve continued to heal. In an effort to continue to examine the effects of growth factors and extracellular matrix on nerve regeneration, he further evaluated the ability to genetically modify external cells that could be applied within the conduit but up and down regulated at critical time points in the nerve regeneration process. The final area of research focus has been on fat and stem cell technology and how these can be applied in the clinical setting and utilized for nerve regeneration.

Although Dr Evans spends 70 to 80 hours a week in his practice, he also spends a good deal of his free time with his wife of 29 years and their two boys who are now both graduates of USC. He is a runner, mountain biker, snow skier and says he “dabbles in golf.” Traveling extensively for both work and pleasure is important to him because he loves to integrate himself into the culture, learn about international trends that he can apply to his practice, and discover new ways to solve surgical problems.

Positions and Honours

  • President, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • President, Plastic Surgery Practice Solutions
  • British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. (Hon)
  • Top 5% of Best Doctors in America List
  • US News and World Report Top 1% of Plastic Surgeons Nationally
  • The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons (Hon)
  • Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Hon)
  • The Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa (Hon)
  • President American Society of Plastic Surgeon
  • President, American Society of Peripheral Nerve
  • Chair, Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • President, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

Florian Fitzal - Austria

Professor Fitzal obtained his medical degree from the University of Vienna Medical School, and is currently undergoing a Master’s degree in healthcare management at the University of Vienna Business School.

Professor Fitzal is currently Chief of the Surgical Breast Unit, Deputy Chief of the Breast Health Centre and Senior Consultant in General Surgery in the Department of Surgery, General Hospital Vienna.

Dennis Hammond - USA

Dennis Hammond, MD, is a Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He received his MD and undergraduate education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; his combined general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Center, also in Michigan. He completed two Fellowships; one in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast in Nashville, TN and the second in hand and microsurgery in Milwaukee, WI.

His primary areas of specialisation are: aesthetic breast surgery, breast reconstruction, revisionary breast surgery and body contouring. As a well-respected international speaker, Dr Hammond is in continual demand to lecture at peer-level conferences worldwide and in the United States. He designed and marketed his own tissue expander for breast reconstruction, developed the internationally utilised BodyLogic evaluation system used for implant sizing in breast augmentation and has participated in nearly every known breast implant study since 1990.

He has authored numerous publications and book chapters, co-edited two textbooks on breast surgery, has authored his own Atlas of Aesthetic Breast Surgery, and he continues to pursue an active clinical and research interest in every aspect of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Dennis Hammond is a member of, and serves on, numerous committees for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He is also a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Hammond has performed live surgery as part of surgical demonstrations at various meetings all over the world, including at the prestigious Baker-Gordon Aesthetic Surgery Symposium and multiple times at the Atlanta Breast Symposium.

Mark Harries - United Kingdom


JP Hong - South Korea

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.

Mark Ho-Asjoe - United Kingdom

Mark Ho-Asjoe is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, UK. His work covered a broad spectrum of plastic surgery with a special interest in both malignant and aesthetic breast reconstruction. Microsurgery remains the main focus of his work but in addition, he has developed an interest in the use of dermal matrix in breast reconstruction for both neoplastic and aesthetic correction.

The use of dermal matrix has transformed the scene of implant-based breast reconstruction and Mark is one of the early users of acellular dermal matrix for reconstruction in the UK. Over the past decade, he has travelled to many places to present his work and has published in peer-reviewed journals.

Tari King - USA

Dr Tari A King is the Chief of Breast Surgery at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, the Associate Division Chief for Breast Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Anne E Dyson Associate Professor of Surgery in the Field of Women’s Cancers at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as the associate chair for multidisciplinary oncology in the Department of Surgery and directs the efforts of the Breast Cancer Personalized Risk Assessment, Education and Prevention (B-PREP) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr King received her medical degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed a general surgery residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital (now Ochsner Medical Center) in New Orleans. Dr King completed both a surgical research fellowship and a breast surgery clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Michael Knauer - Switzerland

Dr Michael Knauer is Head, Breast Surgical Oncology in the Breast Center at cantonal Hospital St Gallen in Switzerland. He completed his medical degree at Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria and his PhD at the Private University Liechenstein. He is a member of national and international oncology and surgery societies, and is on the executive board of the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Study Group, the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology and the Swiss Society of Senology.

Tibor Kovacs - United Kingdom

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer (Postgraduate education), King's College London
  • Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London
  • ESSO President-Elect
  • EJSO Associate Editor

Tibor Gyorgy Kovacs graduated from the University of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Cluj, Romania and received his specialist training in general and thoracic surgery in Budapest, Hungary.

Dr Kovacs received his training in breast cancer surgery and surgical oncology at the National Institute of Oncology from Budapest, followed by further training in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic mentorship at South Manchester University Hospitals and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Breast Units.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng.) and since 2006, he has been Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS) in Surgical Oncology and Breast Surgery. He is currently President-Elect of the European Society of Surgical Oncology for 2018.

Between 2005 and 2010, as a Consultant and Lead Clinician at Glan Clwyd Hospital in North Wales, he developed and established a new breast reconstructive service and promoted innovative techniques in breast cancer management (radio guided surgery, dermal flap based breast reconstruction, lipomodelling).

From these years he achieved excellent clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction by establishing the Sentinel Node Biopsy technique and offering immediate and delayed reconstructive options (implant based, ADM and LD flap reconstructions) for his patients.

Mr Kovacs is a regular Examiner in Surgical Oncology and Breast Subspecialty for the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), and Director and Faculty member on regular European Breast Cancer and Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Courses and Masterclasses.

He is the Associate Editor for Breast of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Currently Dr Kovacs is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Education at King's College London.

His ethos and goal is to offer individually tailored care for his patients, that matches the needs and personal choice of women presenting with breast cancer.

Mr Kovacs believes in the evidence-based approach to breast cancer management, focusing on principles of surgical oncology and oncoplastic surgery, where cosmetics have the same importance as efficient treatment of the disease.

Fields of interest:

  • Oncoplastic breast conservation
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Risk reduction surgery for BRCA carrier women
  • Education in oncoplastic surgery

Nicolas Leymarie - France

Dr Nicolas Leymarie is a Plastic Surgeon, Senior Consultant at Gustave Roussy Hospital, one of the main comprehensive cancer centres in France. He graduated from Paris Diderot University. Dr Nicolas Leymarie is specialised in prosthetic and autologous breast reconstruction, microsurgery and oncoplastic surgery. He is a member of the French Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SoFCPRE) and educational coordinator for the International Master’s Degree of Reconstructive Microsurgery (MRM) and for the European Master’s Degree in Surgical Oncology, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery (MRBS). Dr Nicolas Leymarie is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Paris Breast Rendez-Vous, France’s largest annual international congress dedicated to oncological, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.

Albert Losken - USA

Dr Losken is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Emory University Hospital. He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed his training at Emory.

He specialises in breast reconstruction and has devoted over 15 years of practice taking care of women with breast cancer. He is devoted to his patients and to advancing techniques and technology to improve outcomes. He is a member of local and national plastic surgery societies and is a speaker at numerous breast surgery meetings. His contributions to the field include more than 170 scientific articles and numerous book chapters focusing on breast reconstruction.

Fiona MacNeill - United Kingdom


Patrick Maxwell - United Kingdom


Nigel Mercer - United Kingdom

Nigel is committed to inter-specialty collaboration, encouraging young doctors to enter the profession of surgery, improving patient safety and collaboration between all the colleges of surgery in the British Isles. He has just been elected as a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leaders and Management.

Nigel was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 1991, taking up his post after a Fellowship in North America in 1992, and remained in NHS practice until 2018. He remains in active cosmetic surgical practice and chairs the MHRA Committee looking at BIA-ALCL and is President of the Federation of Surgical Specialist Association (FSSA).

Nigel is the Past President of British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS 2015-16) and has been President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and twice the President of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS).

Nigel was the Lead Delegate for the British Standards Institute Mirror at the CEN negotiations on Aesthetic Surgery in Europe and he has been at the core of improving patient safety in cosmetic surgery and medicine in the United Kingdom and Europe. He was invited to give advice to the Keogh Review into cosmetic surgery after the PIP crisis and advised the Minister of Health in preparing one of the reports. He is the lead assessor for the Certification Scheme in Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a founding member of the board of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA).

Nigel has significant media experience and has given numerous interviews to TV, radio and the print media. He was invited to debate with ‘Belle du Jour’ at the ‘How the Light Gets In’ Festival of Philosophy and Ideas at Hay on Wye and he has been a film critic for The Guardian newspaper on one occasion. In addition, he has been quoted by the BBC on several occasions. Outside medicine, he loves the theatre and walking with his partner, he also enjoys skiing and flying, but rather more than his partner! He has 3 adult children, all of whom went into professional sports.

Alexandre Munhoz - Brazil

  • Plastic Surgeon / Full Member Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Master, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate Degree, Plastic Breast Surgery, University of São Paulo School of Medicine
  • Chief Breast Surgery Division, University of São Paulo School of Medicine
  • Head of the Breast Reconstruction Department of the Cancer Institute of São Paulo (ICESP)
  • Professor, Post-Graduation Course (Master and Doctorate), Research Institute of Hospital Sírio-Libanês, São Paulo
  • Chief of The Plastic Surgery Department, Hospital Moriah, São Paulo
  • Associate Editor - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open

Degree in Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of São Paulo - USP (1994) and residency in plastic surgery at the Hospital das Clínicas University of São Paulo - USP (1999). He served as a physician preceptor of the Department of Plastic Surgery (1999-2000) and defended his Master's degree (2004), doctorate (2006) from USP, all theses in the field of breast surgery. He was coordinator of the HCFMUSP Breast Reconstruction Group in the 2000- 2009 period, where he developed research in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Dr Munhoz is a full member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) and since 2006 has participated as a guest member of the international consultants of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Breast Journal. In the period of 2010-2014 he took over as permanent member of the editorial board of the Annals of Plastic Surgery and the coordination of the National Commission of Breast Reconstruction of Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery.

Currently Dr Munhoz has 25 scientific awards related to plastic surgery research, 115 published scientific papers, has had 82 indexed in PubMed platform, 72 studies as a first author and in the area of aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery which has resulted in about 1700 citations with H-Index of 20.

In 2013, he became Head of the Breast Reconstruction Department of the Cancer Institute of São Paulo (ICESP). In 2015, Dr Munhoz took over the Department of Plastic Surgery of the Moriah Hospital. In 2016, he was elected by American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) as Associated Editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open Journal. In the same year, he took over the Chairmanship of the National Prize Committee of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, position responsible for stimulating research and awards for the best scientific studies in plastic surgery in Brazil. Dr Munhoz is passionate about sharing his knowledge with colleagues around the world, frequently being invited to international events.

Gemma Pons - Spain

Gemma Pons MD, PhD, is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Head of the Microsurgery Unit of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona. She graduated from medical school of Universitat de Barcelona. She undertook her training in Barcelona and completed abroad: Belgium, USA and Japan.

As an accomplished clinician, her expertise focuses on breast reconstruction, lymphoedema surgery, supermicrosurgery and medical education.

Gemma is author and co-author of multiple articles and book chapters and presents her work internationally. She is actively involved in teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Peter Neligan - USA

Dr Neligan was born in Ireland, receiving his medical education at Trinity College Dublin, graduating MB, BCh, BAO, in 1975. He obtained his FRCSI (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) in General Surgery in 1980 and completed his plastic surgery training in Ireland. In 1983 he moved to Toronto completing fellowships in research, paediatric plastic surgery, microvascular surgery and burn surgery. He received his FRCSC (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) in Plastic Surgery in 1988. He joined the surgical faculty of the University of Toronto, ultimately becoming Chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery in 1996 and Wharton Chair in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in 1999).

In 2007, Dr Neligan moved to the University of Washington in Seattle where he is Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical interest is in reconstructive microsurgery and specifically in perforator flaps, lymphatic surgery, facial re-animation and composite tissue allotransplantation.

He has published 9 books including the 6 volume set entitled Plastic Surgery which is widely regarded as the definitive textbook of the specialty. He has also recently edited a textbook entitled Lymphedema: Complete Medical and Surgical Management with Dr Jaume Masia and Neil Piller. He has written more than 80 book chapters and over 185 peer-reviewed papers. He has been invited to over 245 hospitals, universities or major societies as visiting professor or honoured guest. He sits on the editorial board of 5 journals and is past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Dr Neligan is a former President of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery as well as the North American Skull Base Society. He is also a past board member of the American Head and Neck Society. He is a trustee of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and a member of the board of directors of that organisation.

Dr Neligan is married to Dr Gabrielle Kane, a radiation oncologist and medical school classmate and they have 2 adult children.

Charlotte Ngo - France


Sarah Pinder - United Kingdom

Sarah Pinder is Chair of Breast Pathology at King’s College London. She is Lead Breast Pathologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals (50% time NHS). She Chairs the Royal College of Pathologists/UK NHS Breast Screening Pathology (BSP) Coordinating Committee and is a member of various other BSP committees, such as the BSP Research Advisory Committee, as well as the Sloane Project Steering Group.

She is a member of a number clinical trial and translational research committees, including the low risk DCIS trial (LORIS) (for which she is one of three central review pathologists) and OPTIMA, amongst others. Her translational research interests are focused particularly on in situ carcinoma and she has published over 275 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and over 100 invited articles and chapters.

Stefano Pomepi - Italy


Andrea Pusic - USA

Andrea L Pusic, MD, MHS, is an internationally-renowned innovator and leader in the area of patient-reported outcomes and surgical experience, an area of increasing importance in the current healthcare environment, in terms of measuring quality, assessing value, and in the end, influencing how healthcare is funded.

She is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard University. She is the American College of Surgeon’s representative to the International PROM Collaborative and was recently elected President-Elect of the Plastic Surgery Foundation/American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Her research focus is the measurement of quality of life and patient satisfaction in surgery. She completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and Plastic Surgery residency at McGill University. This dual training has enabled her to lead a team of experts in psychometrics, quality of life and social science methods to develop, validate, and use new quantitative measures to assess patient outcomes.

The PRO instrument she developed for breast surgery, the BREAST-Q, has been widely adopted for research and clinical care. It has been translated into 30 languages and The National Health Service in Great Britain used it in a national audit of mastectomy and reconstruction outcomes. Her team’s work to develop the BREAST-Q has served as the basis for the development of other outcome measures in surgery, including the FACE-Q (for facial reconstructive and aesthetic surgery), BODY-Q (for bariatric and body-contouring patients) and most recently, the CLEFT-Q (for children and adults with cleft lips and palates).

Throughout her career, Dr Pusic has been involved in a number of research studies that seek to better understand the patient perspective on surgical outcomes and experiences. She is Principal Investigator of a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) that examines how electronic patient-reporting of symptoms may improve surgical care, Co-Principal Investigator of numerous federal research grants, including the National Breast Implant Registry (in collaboration with FDA), Co-Principal Investigator of the Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium (R01-CA-152192-01-A1) and is a past Board Member of the International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL). Altogether, she has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $10 million in federal research grants.

In 2014, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Foundation and in 2017 she was awarded the Research Achievement Award by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Richard Rainsbury - United Kingdom

Dick Rainsbury was appointed Foundation Breast Tutor then Director of Education at The Royal College of Surgeons, and subsequently President of ABS. A strong advocate of comprehensive breast and reconstructive services in the NHS, he secured funding for the National Oncoplastic Fellowship Programme, which has now trained over 100 consultants. He has given more than 130 national and over 100 international invited presentations, and is senior author of more than 60 papers. He chaired the UK National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit, and edited the 2013 Guidelines for Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction. He currently co-chairs a new International Forum for the ABS which aims to improve training in low and middle income countries.

Venkat Ramakrishnan - United Kingdom

Mr Venkat Ramakrishnan is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Chelmsford, United Kingdom. His main area work involves microsurgical reconstruction of the breast and aesthetic surgery of the breast. His secondary interests are microsurgical reconstruction of the chest wall, abdomen and lower limb.

He has a major role as a trainer in microsurgery and was an inaugural Tutor in plastic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. He was the Director of the St Andrew’s Centre until recently and has had roles in the BAPRAS Council and the project board of the National Mastectomy and Reconstruction Audit. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and Archives of Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Mr Ramakrishnan has numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. His main areas of research and audit work are in microsurgical techniques, service delivery and microcirculation in free flaps. He is a visiting Professor at the Anglia Ruskin University.

Alberto Rancati - Argentina

Alberto Rancati MD, PhD, graduated in 1984 from medical school at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he is board certified in general surgery, mastology, and plastic surgery. He undertook his training in plastic and oncologic surgery in Argentina, Italy and the USA. He is member of ASPS, (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), SACPER (Sociedad Argentina de Cirugia Plastica, and AAC (Asociacion Argentina de Cirugia).

He is currently Chief of Oncoplastic Surgery of the Instituto Oncologico Henry Moore, at Buenos Aires Argentina, and Director of Plastic Surgery for Latin America at the CFS -UCSD (Center for the Future of Surgery, at University of California, San Diego, USA. His private practice is based at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr Rancati has published comprehensively within the plastic surgery literature throughout his career and presents his work internationally at mastology and plastic surgery conferences. He is actively involved in teaching both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His broad training and international fellowships have enabled him to develop special interests within the field of oncoplastic and aesthetic breast surgery.

Michael Saint-Cyr - USA

Director, Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor Scott & White, Temple, Texas.

Michael started his medical studies at the University of Strasbourg, before moving to University of Montreal in Canada to carry out his plastic surgery training> He specialised in microvascular surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

From 2013-2015 he was Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, before moving to Baylor Scott & White, as Director of Plastic Surgery and Vice-Chair of Surgical Services.

Marzia Salgarello - Italy

Marzia Salgarello has been Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery since 2014 at the Catholic University of “Sacro Cuore”, Rome, Italy.

Since 2014 she has been the Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the University Hospital “A. Gemelli”, Rome, Italy, where she is also in charge of the Plastic Surgery Specialisation Course of the Catholic University of “Sacro Cuore”, Rome, Italy.

At the present time she focuses her activity on breast reconstruction and aesthetic, and in post-oncologic reconstructive microsurgery.

She is author of about 110 peer-reviewed articles, of chapters on reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery in 12 books, and she is the Editor of the book “Breast reconstruction: current techniques”, published by InTech in 2012.

She has given presentations at national and international plastic surgery meetings, covering all aspects of breast reconstruction and aesthetic breast surgery, and microsurgery.

Marzia is a member of the Italian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SICPRE), the Italian Society of Microsurgery (SIM), the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES), and the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS).

Eric Santamaria - Mexico

Eric Santamaria MD, is Professor of Reconstructive Microsurgery of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Associate Professor of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Hospital General Dr Manuel Gea Gonzalez and the Insituto Nacional de Cancerologia in Mexico City. He did a 3 year fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, in Taipei, Taiwan and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

As an accomplished clinician, his expertise focuses on surgery of the breast, head and neck and extremity reconstruction. His research interests focus predominantly on pre-laminated free flaps and perforator flaps. Widely published, with more than 64 peer reviewed journal articles and 15 book chapters, Dr Santamaria also actively participates in senior leadership activities of many international and national professional societies and associations.

Javier Sanz - Spain


Isabelle Sarfati - France

Dr Safarti’s primary professional interest is plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. She is dual trained in both in general and plastic surgery and her duties include both aesthetic breast surgery as well as reconstruction of the breast for women with breast cancer. Over the past 10 years, Dr Safarti has been a major contributor in breast reconstruction at the breast cancer centres in both the Institute Gustave Roussy and the Curie Institute, both located in Paris.

More recently, Dr Safarti became a founding member of the Paris Breast Center in collaboration with Dr Krishna Clough, former chief of surgical oncology at the Institute Curie. Currently, the centre is treating 500 new breast cancer cases each year. The surgical group at the Paris Breast Center is actively involved in developing innovative technologies and surgical practices for the treatment and reconstruction of women with cancer.

Dr Safarti is pioneering the exciting field of lipofilling for both aesthetic breast augmentation and correction of breast defects. This innovative technology allows Dr Safarti to reconstruct a patient’s breast using her own tissue harvested by liposuction, providing a more natural approach to breast reconstruction.

In addition, in collaboration with Dr Clough, she has made major contributions to the progressive field of oncoplastic surgery. This field is now becoming the standard of breast surgery throughout Europe for patients that require a more advanced surgical approach for the treatment of breast disease.

The surgical team at the Paris Breast Center has become a major leader in clinical breast research with the aim of developing a global surgical expertise for breast surgery. This expertise ranges from non-palpable breast cancer, sentinel node biopsy, free-flap breast reconstruction and includes all possible surgical procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction of the breast.

Hyung-Bo Sim - South Korea

Hyung-Bo Sim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Hospital in Seoul. He trained in the College of Medicine, Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, and carried out his Plastic Surgery Residentship in Asan Medical Center in Seoul.

HB Sim, SH Sun: Nipple Reduction With the Chullo-Hat Technique
Aesthet Surg J (2015) 35 (6): NP154-NP160 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjv049

HB Sim, SH Sun: Transaxillary Endoscopic Breast Augmentation With Shaped Gel Implants
Aesthet Surg J (2015) 35 (8): 952-961

Sim HB: Transaxillary Endoscpic Breast Augmentation
Arch Plast Surg 2014 Sept: 41:5:458-465

Sim HB, Hwang K: Anatomy and Tensile Strength of the Abdominal Head of the Pectoralis Major Muscle in Relation to Transaxillary Breast Augmentaion
Aesth Plast Surg (2013) 37:359-363

Hong YG, Sim HB: Three Dimensional Circumferential Liposuction of the Overweight or Obese Upper Arm
Aesth Plast Surg (2012) 36:497-503

Hwang K, Sim HB: Myofibroblasts and Capsular Tissue Tension in Breast Capsular Contracture
Aesth Plast Surg (2010) 34:716-721

Sim HB: Textbook of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery vol.III: chap.14. Management of Complications in Breast Augmentation, chap.17. Periareolar Breast Augmentation, chap.19. Vertical Reduction Mammaplasty., 2017, Kunja Press.

Mark Smith - USA

Dr Mark L Smith is Professor and System Vice-Chair for the Department of Surgery at Northwell Health System, the largest integrated health system in New York State. He also serves as Director of Oncologic Reconstruction at Northwell Health Cancer Institute and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Northwell’s Surgical Service Line.

Dr Smith is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and fellowship-trained in both microsurgery and craniofacial surgery. He specialises in microsurgical reconstruction for breast cancer, facial paralysis and lymphoedema as well as the surgical treatment of lipoedema.

Constantin Stan - Romania


Koenrad van Landuyt - Belgium

Koenraad van Landuyt (Belgium) MD, PhD Koenraad Van Landuyt is Associate Professor of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the Department of Plastic Surgery of the University Hospital Gent, Belgium. He is also appointed as Consultant Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in microsurgical breast reconstruction at the St Lucas Ziekenhuis Gent, Belgium.

His main interest is reconstructive microsurgery, including paediatric and lower extremity, with a rather vast experience in autologous breast reconstruction.

He is also involved as a tutor in the international Master’s degree in reconstructive microsurgery in the European School of Microsurgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Author/co-author of multiple articles in peer reviewed plastic surgery journals, he has published mainly on the different aspects of perforator flap surgery and as such has been an invited guest at multiple international conferences on the subject.

Marcella Sanchez Vargas - Colombia

Marcela completed her medical degree at the Javeriana University in Bogota in 1999. She went on to specialise in plastic reconstructive and hand surgery at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the San Rafael Hospital in Bogota, completing her practices in various locations including Mexico City.

Marcela became an Oncological Plastic Surgeon at Colombia’s National Cancer Institute working as a teacher and member of the reconstructive speciality group. She has led and formed many breast reconstruction groups across Bogota’s numerous teaching hospitals.

Marcela currently works as a Senior Plastic Surgeon at the Reina Sofia Hospital and is also the Head of Plastic Surgery at the Clinica Colombia Teaching Hospital in Bogota.

Sinikka Suominen - Finland


Walter Weber - Switzerland

Professor Walter Weber is Head of Breast Surgery at Basel University Hospital, Swizerland, and Director of the University Hospital of Basel Breast Center.

Prof Weber is President of the Swiss Society of Senology Working Group for Swiss certified breast centers and is Co-Director of the Society’s diploma course. He is Co-Founder of the Basel Breast Consortium: www.baselbc.org and Founder of the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium: www.oncoplasticbc.org.

Roger Wixtrom - USA

Dr Roger Wixtrom, from LSCI, is a board-certified toxicologist specialising in the safety evaluation (preclinical, clinical, scientific/medical literature) of a range of medical products, including many within the fields of plastic & reconstructive surgery. He received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Davis in 1987 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr Wixtrom has more than 28 years’ experience specifically evaluating the safety and clinical performance of breast implants (including biofilms and their link to commonly associated complications) and has presented before the FDA, Health Canada and the Institute of Medicine as well as to surgeons in more than 25 countries.