Stefan Froschauer

Dr Stefan Froschauer is the current President of the International Microsurgery Simulation Society.

He graduated from Innsburck Medical School and attended the Charite Berlin Medical School as an undergraduate student. His postgraduate training in trauma and orthopaedics has been achieved in Vienna, Deggendorf, Linz and Berlin. He is a hand surgeon and accomplished micro surgeon and philanthropist who worked in South America and Africa.

He has joined the MAZ Centre for Microsurgery Training in 2003 and continues to contribute extensively to microsurgery global standardisation and advancement of training methodologies.


Dr Santolo Cozzolino, DPharm

Dr. Santolo Cozzolino obtained his degree in Pharmacy and his Specialization in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of Naples
“Federico II”. He had his Postgraduate Training in Philadelphia and Leeds. Santolo Cozzolino is Head of the Centre of Biotechnologies of Cardarelli Hospital since 1991. The Centre has been authorized by the Ministry of Health to use animals for experimental and scientific purpose and, therefore, is equipped with an animal housing facility which,under agreement, hosts about 5000 animals including mice, rats and rabbits. The Centre has as been authorized by the Ministry of Health to breed these animals, and it has also a Committee for Animal Experimentation Ethics composed of professional from within the Hospital as well as external components to whom any research or training project which involves the use of experimental animals is presented for approval.


Dr Yelena Akelina, DVM, MS

Yelena Akelina is an Associate Research Scientist and Associate Director/Instructor in Clinical Microsurgery at the Microsurgery Research and Training lab at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University. She has been teaching microvascular surgery to different medical personnel from all over US and abroad since 1996. Dr. Akelina completed her Doctrine of Veterinary Medicine from Moscow Veterinary Academy in 1987 and obtained her Master Science in Toxicology in 1991. Dr. Akelina is an active member of AALAS, SMS (Society for Microsurgical Specialists), WSRM (World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery), ASRM (American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery), RAMSES ( Robotic assisted microsurgery society). The program she runs at Columbia University train microsurgery to more than 160 surgeons and researchers a year from many institutions form all over US and from more than from 35 countries.


Professor Simon Myers, PhD, FRCS (Plast)

Mr. Simon Myers was awarded his PhD from London University in keratinocyte growth and differentiation in cutaneous wound healing and cultured keratinocyte grafting in 1999. He raised a 2,127,000€ European Commission Research and Technological Development Grant for skin engineering in 1996. He completed a Burn Fellowship at the Broomfield Burn Centre in 2001, and became Director at the Chelsea & Westminster Burn Centre in 2002, achieving designation for that service in the National designation process. He became Medical Director of the Stephen Kirby Skin Bank, and established a collaboration between the burn service, the Children’s Fire and Burn Trust, and the London Fire Brigade aimed at burn prevention. He has been involved in International humanitarian ventures in burn care with Professor Navsaria.

He received an award of merit as an NHS Champion from the King’s Fund in 2004. At the beginning of 2006 he was appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary & Westfield College , and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the St. Bartholomew’s and The London NHS Trust, and Honorary Consultant Burn and Plastic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital. He was recently appointed visiting Professor in Plastic Surgery to Anglia Ruskin University.


Mr Venkat Ramakrishnan MS, FRCS, FRACS (Plast)

Venkat Ramakrishnan is presently a consultant plastic surgeon at the regional St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns in Chelmsford, Essex. He is an internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon with a special interest in breast reconstructive microsurgery. He lectures at international meetings and trainees from all over the world come to work with him in Essex. He was the first ever National Tutor in Plastic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons England, and has set up many training courses to teach plastic surgeons.

He has over 100 publications  in international journals for plastic surgery. He founded the prestigious Mentor Cosmetic Fellowship and the St Andrew’s centre microsurgical fellowship and is an authority on evaluation and assessment methods for microsurgical skills.


Prof Yoshihiro Kimata, M.D, PhD

Yoshihiro Kimata is a Chief Professor at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at Okayama University, Japan. Prof. Kimata has been performing reconstructive microsurgery for 30 years but his major filed is head and neck reconstruction. He has with co-authored more than two hundreds scientific papers and book chapters.

From his extensive experiences in the field of microsurgery, he established the Microvascular Research Centre at Okayama University, and has developed the Microvascular Research Centre Program (MRCP) to strive for the best microsurgical techniques. Many young doctors and medical students from the all over Japan have participated in the MRCP, and to date more than thirty doctors have completed the MRCP and have become great reconstructive surgeons.


Dr Pierluigi TOS, MD

Pierluigi Tos is the President of the Italian Society for Microsurgery (, head of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Unit in the Orthopaedic Department of Torino Trauma Center CTO. Specialist in both Orthopaedic and Plastic surgery is director of the Advanced Course of Microsurgery in Naples and director of the basic Micro course in Torino from 1997. Contract Professor at the Turin University from 2001, Dr Tos is the Chairman of the Training Program of the Italian Society for Microsurgery and involved in standardization of basic courses in Italy.


Mr Ali Ghanem, MPhil, MSc, MRCS(Ed), MRCS(Eng), MD, PhD

Mr Ali Ghanem obtained his Doctorate in Medicine from Damascus University. He received his undergraduate education at Medical Schools of universities of Damascus, Manchester, Oxford and Edinburgh. Dr Ghanem is also qualified in Medical Law and Ethics (Glasgow University) and Surgical Science (Distinction – University of London). He completed his basic surgical training at Central Manchester University Hospitals and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at University College London working on molecular regulation of embryonic stem cell early differentiation under the supervision of Professor Claudio Stern.

He was awarded two prestigious awards: The Arnold Huddard Medal of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the First Prize of the British Syrian Medical Society on his research investigating the role of anatomical muscle dissection repair of submucous cleft palate conducted at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health London under the supervision of Mr Brian Sommerlad.


Prof Mihai Ionac

Professor Mihai Ionac is the head of the Clinical Department of Vascular Surgery at Timisoara Hospital and a consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Vascular Surgeon. He is Professor of vascular surgery and microsurgery at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF) Victor Babes Timisoara.

He obtained his extensive microsurgery experience in Cluj-Napoca, Munich, Edinburgh and Ludwigshafen. He leads and directs microsurgery research and education at the The Pius Branzeu Centre for Laparoscopic Surgery & Microsurgery, Victor Babes University, Timisoara, Romania.


Lucian P. Jiga, MD, PhD

Lucian Jiga is an Associate Professor for Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at the Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania (, President of the Romanian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (, Director of the Postgraduate Training Program in Reconstructive Microsurgery at the Pius Branzeu Center ( and country delegate for Romania in the directory board of the European Federation of Societies for Microsurgery (EFSM).

Since 2005, Dr. Jiga becomes the coordinator of the Postgraduate Training Program in Reconstructive Microsurgery at the Pius Branzeu Center, a program endorsed by EBOPRAS (European Board for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery) and WSRM (World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery), which hosted over 700 surgeons from around the world during the last 12 years. As president of the Romanian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, he acts as co-founder of the Werner Spingler Training Fellowship in Microsurgery, one traveling grant which since 2010, enables resident surgeons from around the world to enrol for microsurgical training in Timisoara.


Dr Norbert Nemeth M.D., Ph.D., med. habil.

Norbert Nemeth is an associate professor and head of the Department of Operative Techniques and Surgical Research, Institute of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary. His fields of interest are: ischemia-reperfusion, microcirculation, hemorheology, experimental microsurgical models. He is a board member of the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR, Award Committee) and from 2014 president of the International Society for Experimental Microsurgery (ISEM; He is also vice-president of the Hungarian Society of Laboratory Animal Science, vice-president of the Hungarian Society of Hemorheology, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Microsurgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery, The Open Circulation and Vascular Journal and the Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation.


Pasqualino de Marinis, MD

Dr Pasqualino de Marinis got his degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1982 and the specialization in Neurosurgery in 1988 at the University of Napoli (Italy). He did his post-graduate training in Neurosurgery in Cincinnati (USA), Zurich (Switzerland) and Hannover (Germany). Dr de Marinis is currently Neurosurgeon at the Cardarelli Hospital of Napoli. His surgical activity is particularly dedicated to skull base tumors and spinal pathologies. Since 1991 he has been organizing basic and advanced Courses of Microsurgery and, more recently, Workshops on Skull Base Surgery by using human specimen with the support of the Italian Society of Neurosurgery.


Savitha Ramachandran MB BS MS MRCSEd

Dr Ramachandran has undertaken MSc in surgical science at Imperial College London focusing her research project on learning curves and skill acquisition of microsurgery at the Microvascular Simulation Anastomosis Hub (MASH). Dr Ramachandran continues to support the educational programmes following her work as a teaching fellow in Barts and The London Academic Plastic Surgery Group and currently she is completing her higher surgical training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Singapore University Hospitals, Singapore.