Speakers

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Prof. Dr. David Chwei-Chin Chuang (Taiwan)

Prof. Dr. David Chwei-Chin Chuang, the president of WSRM (World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery),  committed his surgical career to microsurgical reconstruction of the peripheral nerve. His work with more than 3000 peripheral nerve patients and innumerable academic contributions in the past three decades reflect his dedication to the development of microsurgery. Prof. Dr. Chuang’s zeal for increasing professional awareness of peripheral nerve microsurgery is one of his most valuable assets, which extends beyond his involvement in clinical and academic apprenticeship at his home base with the renowned Chang Gung Memorial University Hospital Microvascular Surgery Fellowship. His teaching inspires students to “think outside the box” and explore new frontiers in medicine. He has trained countless residents and fellows and deeply influenced numerous department chairs throughout the world. His vast contribution has been shared in more than 200 presentations worldwide and passed on to the next generation of microsurgeons in numerous journals and essential plastic reconstructive surgery textbooks.

 

Dr. Manfred Frey

Prof. Dr. Manfred Frey (Austria)

Prof. Dr. Manfred Frey dedicated his early studies to topographic anatomy and finished General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna. He gained his expertise in numerous countries throughout Europe and the USA before he was nominated to the Chairs of the University of Aachen, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. In 1996 he was appointed head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna. Throughout his career he contributed to the advances in the areas of muscle transplantation, nerve regeneration, functional electrostimulation, quantitative assessment of movements in the face, breast reconstruction and reduction mammaplasty engaging himself in research and development of technical skills together with teaching courses. Prof. Frey is regarded as worldwide expert for facial palsy, highly valued guest speaker and founder of many prestigious national and international societies. He was awarded numerous prizes for his scientific work. 

 

Prof. Dr. Shai Rozen (USA)

Dr. Shai Rozen is Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the Director of Microsurgery and the Facial Palsy Program at UTSW Medical School. He trained in General Surgery followed by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He pursued advanced training in Craniofacial Surgery and Peripheral Nerve surgery before joining the faculty at UTSW in 2007. Today he is considered as a leading expert in the area of facial paralysis, and is the author of numerous leading publications in the area. He has given numerous talks in the USA, Europe, and Asia on the treatment of facial palsy and as a consummate educator participates in many visiting professorships in academic centers worldwide working closely with residents and faculty. He is the Primary Investigator in several large funded studies and concentrates his research in several areas in peripheral nerve and facial paralysis.

 

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Prof. Dr. Lars Jonsson (Sweden)

Dr Lars Jonsson completed his medical education at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is associate professor in oto-rhino-laryngology at Uppsala University and senior consultant at the Department of Otolaryngology, Uppsala University Hospital where he also is Head of the Outpatient Clinic.

He is one of the founding members of the Sir Charles Bell Society and his main area of research is Bell’s palsy where he has published extensively including immunology, neurophysiology, radiology and treatment aspects of the disease. 

 

Dr. Ahmet Bozkurt

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bozkurt (Germany)

Prof. Bozkurt is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon. He was recently appointed as Medical Director and Head of the Department for Plastic and Hand Surgery, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal (Germany) in 3/2017. In 10/2015 Dr. Ahmet Bozkurt received an Extraordinary Professorship (APL-Professur) from the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Technical University in Aachen (Germany), after he was appointed as Full (W2) Professor in 6/2013.

Prof. Bozkurt graduated from Aachen University in 2004 and joined the residency program at the Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Burn Center at the University Hospital in Aachen. After finishing his PhD-Studies in 2009, he received his board certification in 2010. He participated in a number of clinical rotations in national as well in international renowned University Hospitals (e.g. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Medical University of Vienna / Austria; Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UPMC-University of Pittsburgh/USA).

Prof. Bozkurt received a high number of national and international research fellowship, scholarships and awards (e.g. the most prestigious Hans Anderl Award of the European Society [EURAPS, 2013] and the Science Award of the German Society [DGPRÄC, 2009]). Prof. Bozkurt was the principal investigator and main applicant of several major grants and raised external funds of more than 1 million euro.

 

Dr. Steffen Eisenhardt

Prof. Dr. Steffen Eisenhardt (Germany)

Dr. Eisenhardt is a Professor of Plastic Surgery and clinical Consultant at the University of Freiburg Medical Centre/ Germany. He graduated from Freiburg University in 2005 and after his postdoctoral studies in Melbourne/Australia joined the residency program at the Department of Plastic and Hand surgery at the University of Freiburg Medical Centre. He is the director of the facial reanimation program,  the busiest clinic in that field in Germany, and his clinical focus lies on reconstructive microsurgery in the head and neck and trauma reconstruction. Dr. Eisenhardt is strongly involved in student and resident training and he is responsible for the Microsurgery training program at his institution.
Dr. Eisenhardt is PI of several major grants of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship in 2014, the most prestigious personal fellowship awarded by the DFG, honoring his scientific contribution to the field of inflammation research. 

 

Dr. Boban M. Erovic

Prof. Dr. Boban M. Erovic (Austria)

Dr. Boban M. Erovic studied Medicine at the University of Vienna and finished his residency at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the Medical University of Vienna in 2007. He earned his PhD degree in 2006. He finished his 2-years fellowship in microvascular reconstruction at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2011. Since 2013 he is Associate Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and head of the Head & Neck group. Clinically he is focusing on microvascular reconstruction after tumor ablation of the head and neck.

 

Prof. Dr. Christos Perisanidis

Prof. Dr. Christos Perisanidis (Austria)

Dr. Christos Perisanidis received 1996 his dental degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and 2002 his medical degree from the University of Ioannina, Greece. His completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the University Hospital “Evangelismos” in Athens, Greece in 2006. Since 2008 he is a consultant surgeon at the Department for Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna. In 2013 he was appointed as an Associated Professor for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and he received his PhD from the Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2014. In 2014 he became Clinic Team Leader at the Department for Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna. In 2016 Professor Perisanidis became Director of the Clinical Department for Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology and Microsurgey at the Medical University of Vienna. His research focus are microvascular reconstruction of the face and definition of new biomarkers in patients with head and neck cancer.

 

Prof. Dr. Othmar Schuhfried (Austria)

Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ofthe Medical University of Vienna. His research focuses on electrophysiology, functional electrical stimulation, outpatient neurological rehabilitation and physical modalities. Currently head of the electrophysiological ambulance and the thermography ambulance of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Medical University of Vienna.

 

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weninger (Austria)

Dr. Weninger studied Medicine at the University of Vienna, graduating 1995 as MD. 2000 he spent a year with Dr TJ Mohun at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London. 2002 he received his Habilitation and 2003 his certificate as medical specialist for Anatomy. Since 2016 he is head of the Division of Anatomy of the Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Weninger focuses on clinically applied anatomy, morphological phenotyping of biomedical model organisms and on developing and exploring novel imaging methods http://www.wolfgangweninger.at .

 

Prof. Dr. Andres Rodriguez-Lorenzo (Sweden)

Dr. Andrés Rodríguez Lorenzo, after plastic surgery residency in Spain, completed his two-year microvascular fellowship at the Cannieburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. Since 2010, he is Associate Professor for Plastic Surgery and Director of Microsurgery at Uppsala University Hospital, 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 research is head and neck reconstruction including preclinical studies on face transplantation, virtual planning and facial paralysis. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Microsurgery.

 

Prof. Dr. Chieh-Han John Tzou (Austria)

Dr. Chieh-Han Tzou completed his medical education and plastic surgery residency at the Medical University of Vienna and a one-and-a-half-year microvascular fellowship at the Chang Gung Memorial University Hospital in Taiwan. Currently, as an Associate Professor for Plastic Surgery, he is the Director of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Facial Surgery and Reconstructive Lymphsurgery. He is also the program coordinator of the International Fellowship Program of the Department of Surgery. The main focus of his research is facial palsy, nerve reconstruction, microsurgical reconstruction and reconstructive lymphsurgery.