Biography Professor Jaume Masia is currently Full Professor and Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Sant Pau Hospital - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He received his medical degree at Barcelona University, and his PhD at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Professor Masia carried out his plastic surgery training at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona.
He completed his training with fellowships in Canniesburn Hospital (Glasgow) and in Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead). In 1999, he introduced DIEP flaps for breast reconstruction in Spain. He got a post as plastic surgery consultant at Sant Pau University Hospital in 2001. Two years later he became the Chief of 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 (SECPRE) in 2011-13 and President of Plastic Surgery Foundation for Education in 2014-15. Since 2010 he has been the Co-Director of the International Master’s Degree on Reconstructive Microsurgery and also Co-Director of the European Masters in Oncology, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Currently he is the President of the Educational Committee of the European Federation of Microsurgery Societies. He has been invited as lecturer and visiting Professor in more than one hundred international meetings in plastic surgery, author of several papers and books as well. His current main interests are perforator flaps, lymphoedema surgery and medical education.
Biography Claudio graduated with an MD degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1972. He carried out his surgical residency at the Medical College of Ohio USA. Claudio then became a micro fellow at Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital in 1980 and became Visiting Professor Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation in 1992. He won the Robert Ivy Award for Best Paper at the ASPS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in 1996.
Biography 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.
Biography Maurice Nahabedian, MD was formerly a Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and the Inova branch of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2017, he has been in private practice at the National Center for Plastic Surgery in McLean, Virginia.
Dr Nahabedian completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1995 and was on their faculty until 2005 where he served as program director under the leadership of Paul Manson, MD. In 2005, he joined the faculty at Georgetown University where he was Vice Chairman under the leadership of Scott Spear, MD.
Dr Nahabedian has published over 240 scientific manuscripts, editorials, and invited discussions; served as principal or associate editor of 10 textbooks; and written 107 book chapters focused primarily on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. He was an associate editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from 2005 – 2009 and was the Breast Section Editor from 2009 – 2017. He is the current editor for the Aesthetic Breast Reconstruction Section of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Dr Nahabedian has been a visiting professor at 116 hospitals and universities nationally and internationally, delivered over 1,300 lectures on topics related to reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery and chaired 21 national and international conferences.
Biography Professor Farhadi is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and previous 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. Professor Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is co-Chair of the European Master’s in surgical oncology, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.
Gemma Pons is a consultant plastic surgeon and Head of the Microsurgery Unit in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona. She was graduated from Universitat de Barcelona medical school in 1997. She undertook her training in Barcelona, Belgium, US and Japan.
As an accomplished clinician, her expertise focuses on breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery and supermicrosurgery.
Gemma has authored and co-authored multiple articles and book chapters and presents her work internationally. She is actively involved in teaching both at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Plastic and Reconstructive Microsurgeon
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.
Biography Dr Constantin Stan is a member of the Romanian Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Society, member of the European Academy for Cosmetic Surgery (EACS), member of the French Society for Aesthetic Surgery (FSAS), member of the North-American Academy for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, honorary member of the South American Academy for Aesthetic Surgery. In 1997 he became a first physician, specialising in ORL and cervical and facial surgery and since then he has performed only aesthetic surgery in private centres. Throughout all these years, Dr Stan has attended several specialised courses in Romania and abroad; culminating in the Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Surgery at the University in Milan, Italy, within the School of Plastic Surgery, in university year 2000-2001 (Professor Donatti and Professor Pellegrini). In 2003 Dr Stan started his second specialisation training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, in the clinic of Professor Ioan Lascar in Floreasca Emergency Hospital in Bucharest.
Koenraad van Landuyt
Koenraad van Landuyt, 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.
Biography Dr Kim is a Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He was educated at Harvard College and received graduate degrees in Medicine and English Literature from Stanford University. He completed an integrated plastic surgery programme at Baylor and did his microvascular hand fellowship with Dr Neil Ford Jones at UCLA. His clinical practice focuses on breast reconstruction and cosmetic breast and body contouring. He is an Associate Editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chair of the ASPS Annual Program Sub-Committee for Breast. He has published over 170 peer reviewed papers, holds 16 issued patents, and has founded two start companies on novel medical devices.
Biography Dr Gregory Evans is a Distinguished Professor of Plastic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. He is the Bruce F. Connell Endowed and Found Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery.
Dr Evans specialises in cancer reconstruction including breast and has had a full and active clinical practice. He has been the past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons along with many other Societies.
Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon
Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Dr Randquist has been a Board certified plastic surgeon since 1996 and received his degree at Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, sub-specialising in microsurgery.
In the year 2000 he opened his own private hospital, Victoriakliniken (www.victoriakliniken.com).
Due to his experience since 1996 with form-stable, anatomical implants, his main focus became primary and re-constructive breast surgery. Over the years he has conducted studies on implants by various manufactures trying to understand the multilevel complexity of these procedures and the impact of different texturing, gels and shape and surgical technique on outcomes.
Since 2005 Dr Randquist offers Preceptorships in "How to run your best breast practice" based on the principals of the 5 Ps in his clinic, emphasising on how to create predictable outcomes with less short-/ and long-term complications.
Dr Randquist believes in a simple message when teaching.
“There is no perfect implant for every patient, nor is there a perfect implant for every Doctor. However, based on your World, there will always be better choices or not “
Professor Leo is Head of the Breast Center of Kantonsspital Baden, Switzerland and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, she trained in Germany, becoming a board certified gynecologist. She specialised in breast surgery as well as in the oncological treatment of breast cancer. Another focus of her work lies on hereditary breast cancer and risk-reducing surgery. She runs an active research group and serves as co-investigator in a variety of clinical trials.
Due to her expertise in different aspects of breast cancer, she frequently contributes as a speaker to national and international conferences. Professor Leo serves currently as Vice President of the Swiss Society of Senology.
Biography Simona Francese is Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), UK. She holds a degree in Chemistry obtained from the University of Salerno, Italy in 2000, and a PhD in Chemical Sciences awarded in 2004 by the same University. In her current role, she is Deputy Head of the Centre for Mass Spectrometry Imaging.
She is an expert in the development of MALDI MS Imaging applications and has pioneered its development for the analysis of latent fingermarks and blood to profile offenders. More recently she has engaged in research at the interface between forensics and clinical diagnostics using sweat in fingertip smears.
Her research has been implemented in police casework in UK and Europe and has been partly funded by the Home Office, West Yorkshire Police and The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK. She engages public dissemination at all levels and one recent endeavour was the delivery of a TED talk in Vancouver on molecular fingerprinting.
Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Dr Anna Kirby is current President of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) which facilitates radiation oncology research dissemination, education, training, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional support and advocacy both in Europe and beyond. She studied Medical Sciences with Psychology at Cambridge University and subsequently trained in clinical oncology at the Royal Marsden becoming a Consultant in 2009. She leads research into novel breast radiotherapy techniques at The Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London and was recently appointed as a Reader at the ICR. She is Technical Radiotherapy Lead for the UK Breast Proton Trial (PARABLE), Chief Investigator of the UK HeartSpare studies, Chief Clinical Co-ordinator of the IMPORT breast radiotherapy trials, and Breast Lead Investigator on the CORE trial evaluating the role of stereotactic radiotherapy in treating oligometastatic disease. She has a track record in investigating pragmatic innovations and translating these promptly into the clinic.
Foad Nahai is the former Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the editor-in-chief of Aesthetic Surgery Journal and the past president of several organizations including the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Plastic Surgery and Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council. Professor Nahai has published over 275 peer reviewed articles, edited or co-edited 14 textbooks, covering all aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.
Professor Nahai is internationally recognized as an innovator in the field of plastic surgery, where he has developed and refined many aesthetic and reconstructive procedures.
Professor Nahai has been invited to lecture and demonstrate plastic surgical procedures all over the world. In addition to numerous professional honors and awards, he is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” and has been listed in W Magazine as one of the top plastic surgeons in the world.
Professor Nahai is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and served 6 years as a Director of the Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been honored by numerous organizations worldwide including Honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Thailand.
Alex Mesbahi, MD, FACS is an ABPS board certified plastic surgeon in practice since 2008. He is co-founder of the National Center for Plastic Surgery and now working in the Washington DC Metropolitan area and Beverly Hills, California. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a microvascular surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast including complex aesthetic and reconstructive revision breast surgery and microvascular breast reconstruction.
He has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year Award by the residents in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital and is on the Editorial Board for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.
Director, Breast Microsurgery
Ara Salibian is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, Davis. He is the Director of Breast Microsurgery as well as the Center for Lymphatic Disease. He received his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine and subsequently went on to complete his Plastic Surgery training at the NYU Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery in New York City. He then completed a microsurgery fellowship at the University of Southern California. His clinical practice and research interests focus on alloplastic and microvascular breast reconstruction, lower extremity salvage and lymphatic surgery.
I am a board-certified plastic surgeon and microsurgeon, and President of PRMA Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Texas. My primary surgical interests are perforator flap breast reconstruction, techniques to maximize aesthetic outcomes after breast cancer surgery, and restoring sensation after mastectomy.
I am also a strong advocate for shared decision-making (SDM) between the healthcare team and patient, and am very proud to co-lead the Shared Decisions and Personalized Care Expert Group at the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS).
I am the founder of Toliman Health, a digital health company committed to helping physicians, healthcare organizations, and industry improve patient experience and outcomes via empowering shared decision-making technology. Toliman’s flagship product, the Breast Advocate App, is the World's first shared decision-making app for breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. Breast Advocate® provides anyone with a breast cancer diagnosis, or at risk of developing breast cancer, a much-needed voice in their breast cancer surgery decision making.
Head of Plastic
Prof. Pierre Guerreschi is Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at Lille University Hospital. He is Secretary of the Research and Innovations Chapter of the French Society of Plastic Surgery SOFCPRE. His numerous clinical activities in microsurgery in particular, in teaching and in research have led him to the development of innovative solutions in tissue engineering of soft tissues. As such, he is co-founder of Lattice Medical, a startup created in 2017 for the development of the MATISSE medical device for autologous breast reconstruction. He carried out the first implantation of MATTISSE in women in 2022. He participated in the research dynamics of tissue engineering, 3D printing of resorbable polymers allowing progress in autologous reconstruction techniques.
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Yazan Masannat is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and one of the Associate Post Graduate Deans at NHS Education for Scotland. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and an E-Tutor with the University of East Anglia. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Breast Surgery, a member of their education and training committee and as the meetings secretary. He is also on the Education and training committee for the European Society of Surgical Oncology. He is the communications lead at the iBRA-net in addition to being an examiner at the European Board of Surgical Oncology and the European Board of Breast Surgery exams (UEMS)
Flavia Morellato is a Brazilian Dermato-Functional Physiotherapist who possesses an unwavering passion for the lymphatic system. With over 12 years of clinical experience, and a wealth of knowledge in her field, Flavia has emerged as a mentor and leading authority in demystifying misconceptions around lymphatic drainage, particularly in the realms of pre- and post-operative care. Flavia’s advanced recovery technique is characterised by her deep understanding and respect for the physiological functions of the lymphatic system and the body’s soft tissues. Through her bespoke treatment approach, she provides a significantly smoother journey for the client, optimising surgical outcomes and enhancing their overall experience. As pioneers in manual lymphatic drainage in the UK, Flavia and her team have earned recognition from reputable sources in the UK and the Emirates, solidifying their position as leaders in the field. With Flavia’s guidance and expertise, she truly revolutionises the recovery process and has a profound impact on the wellbeing of clients.
Director, Breast Surgical Oncologist
Dr Toesca plays a leading role in Candiolo Comprehensive Cancer Center in Italy as Director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Program. His renowned breast care group specializes in the multidisciplinary care of patients with breast cancer.
He maintains a busy clinical research program and is also a Principal Investigator for the Robotic Breast Cancer Surgery Program in Europe.
Dr. Toesca leads the premier program to train Robotic breast cancer surgeons.
He serves as a Professor on Master's Degree Course of Mastology in Madrid and member of Educational Committee of "Italian School of Breast Disease".
Dr. Toesca is heavily involved with the Candiolo Comprehensive Cancer Center Network clinical expansion in terms of assessment, benchmarking, and review of potential new partners and ongoing member hospital and programmatic relationships nationally and internationally.
He is a regularly invited speaker at academic and international meetings and has authored or coauthored peer-reviewed scientific reports, editorials/commentaries, and text chapters
Pedro Gouveia, MD, PhD is a dedicated breast specialist, medicalXR researcher and futurist at the Breast Unit of Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal since 2013. Pedro graduated in Medicine in 2004 at NOVA Medical School|Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (NMS|FCM), Portugal. He completed his General Surgery residency program in 2013 at Hospital de Matosinhos, after an Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship at the Paris Breast Center (2012/2013). He is a board certified breast surgeon by the European Society of Surgical Oncology since 2015. In 2021 he has received a PhD degree at Lisbon Medical School with the theme: 3D Digital Breast Cancer Surgery with Augmented Reality. Invited Assistant Professor at Lisbon Medical School since September 2022. Member of the European Society of Surgical Oncology Education and Training Committee - Breast working group - since October 2022. Head of the new Digital Surgery LAB at Champalimaud Foundation since December 2022.
Founder and Director
Terri Coutee is the Founder and Director of DiepCFoundation. She started the nonprofit organization in 2016, two years after her own successful breast reconstruction, to provide support, education, and resources for those affected by breast cancer facing mastectomy. Terri hosts the DiepCJourney podcast and the DiepC Foundation educational channel where she interviews surgeons, patients, healthcare professionals, and individuals to provide resources and lived stories to listeners. Terri is a Project LEAD graduate, an intensive six-day science course designed to train patient advocates from the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is co-lead on the World Health Innovation Summit shared decision-making expert group. Terri is a consumer patient advocate serving on the DoD-CDMRP for the breast cancer vaccine under the leadership of the team at the Cleveland Clinic. Terri believes education is the key component for patients being able to have a shared decision-making conversation with their health care team.
Nakul Gamanlal Patel
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Nakul is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He specialises in major reconstructive surgery, breast reconstruction, skin cancer and cosmetic surgery. He is also a Trustee for LOROS hospice which supports terminally ill patients.
Nakul trained at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry and received world-class training in plastic surgery around the UK and North America, completing six prestigious fellowships, including Cosmetic Surgery, Laser, Skin Cancer, Breast Reconstruction and Microsurgery.
Nakul is passionate about innovation in the medical field and being at the forefront of new techniques, materials and technologies that improve patient care. He is the author of two medical textbooks, three book chapters and is currently writing ‘Core Surgical Procedures at a Glance: Plastic Surgery’, a textbook to help train junior plastic surgeons.
His enthusiasm has led him to be the Co-Lead for Innovation for the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), as well as a NHS Clinical Entrepreneur with NHS England. He gained numerous prizes for research papers and innovations and was a Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Canada. At present, he is in the process of inventing new surgical instruments to improve patient outcomes.