Keynote Lectures

The 2017 IASSS Symposium will bring together world-renowned surgeons from different specialties who will impart their knowledge and wisdom to the young generations of surgeons.

Their Keynote Lectures will focus on research perspectives in surgery and challenges faced in the road to becoming a successful surgeon.

Raman Mahabir MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Chair of Plastic Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Arizona
President of the Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Mahabir graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2000, after which he completed an integrated plastic surgery residency at the University of Calgary, becoming chief resident in 2006.  He proceeded to earn a Master’s Degree in Surgery and completed three fellowships including Hand and Microsurgery and Breast and Aesthetic Surgery.

Dr. Mahabir is an outstanding specialist – he has received numerous awards, among which are America’s Top Plastic Surgeons award and the Patient’s Choice Award. He is also deeply engrossed in academic work, having written and presented a staggering amount of articles and cases. Dr. Mahabir is a member of many medical associations and has always been an ardent supporter of education, having recently been selected as the incoming editor-in-chief of the Plastic Surgery Education Network, coordinating medical students and residents.

Irene Mathijssen MD, PhD
Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery
Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam

Dr. Mathijssen graduated from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands and went on to become a Plastic Surgery specialist. Currently, Professor Mathijssen teaches at both the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery of the Erasmus Medical Centre. In pursuit of excellence, Professor Mathijssen continued her training at Paris’ Hôpital Necker des Enfants Malades, finishing a fellowship in surgical treatment of congenital craniofacial malformations.

She is also the president of the Dutch Society for Plastic Surgery, the coordinator of European Reference Network on Rare Craniofacial Anomalies and ENT Disorders, and secretary-treasurer of the International Society for Craniofacial Surgery. Her academic activity includes reviewing articles for two journals – Journal of Craniofacial Surgery and Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.

Andrew G. Hill MD, PhD
International Society of Surgery
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Prof. Andrew G. Hill completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland in 1998 before undertaking research fellowships in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He completed his surgical training in 1997 and worked in Kenya as a medical missionary. Prof. Hill then returned to New Zealand at Middlemore Hospital, where he works to this day as a consultant on General and Colorectal Surgery. Additionally, he is the head of the South Auckland Clinical Campus and Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Prof. Hill is also vehemently passionate about furthering training of academic surgeons. He is heavily involved in the academic section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Society for Academic Surgeons, and runs the annual “Developing a Career as an Academic Surgeons” course (DCAS).

Clemens Dirven, MD, PhD
Professor and Head of the Neurosurgery Department
Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Dirven graduated in 1987 from the Faculty of Medicine in Nijmegen, Netherlands. After 2 years of medical auxiliaries, in 1990, he began training as a neurosurgeon in Groningen. Immediately after completion, he worked for 11 years as a staff member at the Neurosurgery Department of the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam. In 1998, he finished his PhD, defending his thesis on genetic aspects of pilocytic astrocytomas, brain tumors that often affect children.

Dr. Dirven concluded his research on neuro-oncological at the VU Medical Center and in 2007 was appointed professor and head of the Neurosurgery Department of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, where he is currently practicing. Additionally, since 2007 Dr. Dirven has been active in neuro-oncology research group that actively searches for new treatment options for malignant gliomas. Professor Dirven continues to develop his expertise in Neurovascular Surgery and Neuro-oncology, having published over 160 peer-reviewed papers.

Sameer Smadi MD, FACS
General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
King Hussein Medical Center in Amman, Jordan

Dr. Smadi is a leading specialist in the field of General Surgery, with a focus on Hepato-biliary, Pancreatic Surgery and Transplant Surgery. He pioneered Transplant Surgery in Jordan, being the first to successfully complete several complex procedures in his country, including: a living donor liver transplantation, the first cadaveric liver transplantation and the first pediatric liver transplantation.

Dr. Smadi completed a Fellowship in Liver Transplantation (Istanbul, Turkey) and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). In 2013, he was appointed Chief of HBP and Liver Transplant Unit at the King Hussein Medical Center. Proving that he has not forgotten his roots, Dr. Sameer Smadi is a Board Examiner at the Medical Colleges from the Jordan and Mutah Universities.

Kathleen M. Casey MD, FACS
International Society of Surgery, President of the US Chapter
Chief Medical Officer for Physicians for Peace

Graduating from Dartmouth Medical School in 1990, Dr. Casey pursued Surgery and her passion of being an advocate for equity in surgical care. Twenty-five years in surgical, humanitarian, philanthropic, and global health advocacy fields, she committed herself to finding and funding solutions to help provide access as well as surgical care for impoverished populations around the world. After finishing her residency in General Surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA, Dr. Casey became Department Head of General Surgery at the Okinawa Naval Hospital (Japan) in 1996. In 2004, she founded the Operation Giving Back program at the American College of Surgeons, which supports the surgical humanitarian ecosystem and fosters collaboration and innovation for the underserved and served as its director for nine years. She is a main architect of the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care – an initiative dedicated to advocating for the neglected surgical patients in global health affairs – and now serves on its Board. Dr. Casey currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for the non-profit Physicians for Peace, President of the US Chapter of the International Society of Surgery, and President-elect of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence.

Victor Volovici MD, PhD
Neurosurgery resident, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam
Microsurgery instructor

Dr. Volovici graduated from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Volovici organized the first edition of the “Masterclass in Neurosurgery” conference in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, standing firm in his belief that “no matter how many books one reads and no matter how many cadaver dissections one performs, it is nothing like what is seen during a surgical intervention”. Dr. Volovici now lives in Rotterdam and has been involved in publishing many medical works involving micro and neurosurgery. He consistently proves his dedication to helping others by uploading microsurgical tutorials and frequently organizing microsurgery RSSS workshops, training medical students with whom he shares the same passion for microsurgery, volunteering and teaching.

Duško Kozić MD, Phd
Neuroradiology, Institute of Oncology, Sremska Kamenica
Novi Sad School of Medicine, Serbia

Dr. Duško Kozić is one of Europe’s top neuroradiologists, a true pioneer in his field, currently practicing at the Institute of Oncology, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia. He is also an accomplished academic, Professor of Radiology at the University of Novi Sad School of Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia.

In 1997 he received his Board Certification in Radiology and in 1999 his medical degree was validated in the United States, proving that his ambition continues to push him to better himself. Between 2001 and 2002, Dr. Kozić completed a Clinical Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of Miami, School of Medicine at the Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Stephen Westaby, BSc, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery
Oxford Heart Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, United Kingdom

Graduating from University of London, earning several PhDs in Biomedical engineering and prestigious awards for his scientific achievements, developing interests for artificial implants as well as circulatory support systems, Professor Stephen Westaby established himself as a renowned heart surgeon, working at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for the last 35 years.

One of his greatest accomplishments was performed in June 2000, his patient becoming the oldest survivor with an electric heart pump in the world. Professor Westaby currently holds the lowest reported type A dissection mortality in the NHS (6% in over 10 years), finding himself among the most distinguished members of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery as well as the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and also author of his fascinating bestseller biography “Fragile Lives”.

Phillipe Liverneaux, MD, PhD
Professor of Hand Surgery
University of Strasbourg, France

Professor Liverneaux graduated from Reims Hospitals and Hopitaux de Paris. He proceeded to earn Masters degrees in both Biomechanics and Neuroscience, and a PhD from the University of Paris. His past positions include the President of Robotic Assisted Microsurgical & Endoscopic Society (RAMSES) and President of the French Society of Microsurgery. Currently, he is the General Secretary of the French Society for Hand Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Hand Surgery in Strasbourg University Hospitals.

His research focuses on minimally invasive wrist surgery and robotic surgery of the peripheral nerves, employing the latest advancements in nanomedicine. His expertise in endoscopic telemicrosurgery also allowed him to modernize some orthopedic procedures—turning classic approaches into minimally invasive ones. Classic incisions were large, being not only cosmetically detracting, but also involving higher risks of sepsis and local adherence formation which resulted in poor patient outcomes. It is the contributions of incredible specialists like Professor Liverneaux that showcase the breathtaking application of robotics in the field of microsurgery.

Chris Spencer, MD, FRCOG
Gynaecological Surgery Consultant
Broomfield Hospital, Essex, United Kingdom

Dr. Spencer finished his studies at Cambridge University and carried out most of his postgraduate training in London at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital, London. He worked as a research fellow at King’s College Hospital studying the metabolic effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Mr Spencer has a special interest in pelvic floor surgery, incontinence and minimal access surgery. He is also an accredited colposcopist with the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, publishing papers and abstracts in world leading journals, holding lectures in world known conferences.His qualifications include Gynaecological Surgery, Colposcopy (RCOG/BSCCP certified), Transvaginal Scanning (British Fertility Society), Minimal Access Surgery preceptor (RCOG) for both hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery and Advanced Training Certificates in Obstetric Ultrasound.

More speakers to be announced soon!