ONLINE Conferences

  • Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg Department of Surgery

    Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg

    Department of Surgery

    We are excited to introduce our next confirmed speaker, Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, a well-known name in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

    SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Jacobs School of Medicine, University of Buffalo, USA, Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, has undergone extensive training in minimally invasive surgery and has worked on thousands of cases, teaching surgeons around the world, being nationally recognized as a pioneer in his field.

    He has written over 90 research investigations and has contributed to over 28 books. His research interests cover a multitude of topics, from laparoscopic surgery and the future of surgical technology to children's trauma management in the Emergency Department.

    With a professional experience of over 20 years, Steven Schwaitzberg, MD, FACS, was awarded several prizes. Among his titles, he is considered one of Buffalo's top surgeons and he is greatly appreciated by the patients, winning the Patient’s Choice Award and being elected America’s Most Compassionate doctor in 2013.

    He is a board member of SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), a national organization that works to improve patient care and advance the field of surgery, and an honorific member of the Japanese Society for Endoscopic Surgery.

  • Prof. Salome Maswime Prof. Salome Maswime Head of Global Surgery

    Prof. Salome Maswime

    Head of Global Surgery

    We are glad to introduce to you the next speaker of SURGICON 2022, Prof. Salome Maswime, MBChB, PhD, a pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynecology!
    Salome Maswime is a Full Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at the University of Cape Town, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and the President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society.
    She completed a Fellowship and a Masters in Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as well as a PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, after graduating from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a medical degree. She has worked in various hospitals in South Africa 🇿🇦, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg for approximately 10 years.
    Because of her contributions to research on caesarean sections, Prof. Salome Maswime, MBChB, PhD is known as a global surgical specialist. Her areas of interest in study include global obstetric surgery and placental science. She is a proponent of women's health rights and equity in surgical and maternity care, as well as an advisor and consultant to a number of organizations, including the World Health Organization.
    She has garnered multiple honors for her perseverance and dedication to maternal health. Prof Maswime was recognized as a Trailblazer and Young Achiever by the President of South Africa in 2017, as well as one of the Mail and Guardian's 200 most influential young South Africans and 50 most powerful women in 2020. One Africa awarded her the Research in Health prize in 2020. In 2021, Encyclopaedia Britannica named her one of the 20 Shapers of the Future of Medicine.


  • Dr. Jay K. Harness Dr. Jay K. Harness Surgical Oncology

    Dr. Jay K. Harness

    Surgical Oncology

    Cancer is a global disease affecting all countries around the world. The leading cancer killer of women worldwide is breast cancer.  All physicians know that regular exercise promotes good health. Most physicians are not aware of the scientific evidence that validates the roles and benefits of exercise for cancer patients. This adjunctive therapy is called „Exercise Oncology”.

    Jay K. Harness, MD, has expertise in the fields of Medical Devices, Surgical Oncology, Breast & Thyroid Cancer, Healthcare Management and is the Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Answers, an all video Social Media site for breast cancer patients. We are thrilled to announce that he will be presenting a conference at this year's edition of SURGICON!

    Jay K. Harness, MD, received both his MD degree and training in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He continued as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan, developing one of the first multidisciplinary breast centers in the United States in 1985. 

    His career in the medical field, both as a physician and educator, led to his recognition as one of the "Super Doctors in Southern California" and "Best Doctors In America". He has also been awarded the Medal of the Danish Surgical Society, and the Orange County Physician of Excellence Award. He has over 100 publications and book chapters.

    Jay K. Harness, MD, has served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and Breast Surgery International, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

    Join us at SURGICON 2022 and find out more about Exercise Oncology for cancer patients from Dr. Jay K. Harness himself!

  • Prof. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin Prof. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin Cardiac Xenotransplantantion

    Prof. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin

    Cardiac Xenotransplantantion

    Prof. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin earned his MBBS (MD) degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and after completing his surgical training at Civil Hospital Karachi, he moved to the United States, where he completed his first fellowship in Transplantation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania (Verdi DiSesa), and later multiple fellowships in bone marrow transplantation at Institute of Cellular Therapeutics (Suzanne Ildstad), MCP Hahnemann University (now Drexel University), in transplantation surgery at Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, MCP-Hahnemann Medical School (Allegheny University) and in human islet transplantation, University of Pennsylvania.

    Prof. Mohiuddin was formerly the leader of the transplantation department of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Program and a Senior Scientist at the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Prior to joining the NIH in 2005, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Rush University in Chicago.

    Prof. Mohiuddin has been working in the subject of xenotransplantation since 1992 and was essential in the establishment of xenotransplantation research programs at the aforementioned universities. His principal research focus is on the role of B lymphocytes in transplantation, particularly xenograft rejection. Other areas of interest for him include transplantation tolerance and immunological regulation. He has contributed to the disciplines of transplantation and xenotransplantation with over 120 publications, 100 abstracts, and several speeches. His research group holds the record for the longest xenograft survival in a big animal model. The immunosuppressive regimen he created is currently extensively utilized in the field of xenotransplantation.

    Prof. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin, MBBS is a member of the International Xenotransplantation Association / TTS's council. He is a member of the Transplantation Society and the American Society of Transplant Physicians. Transplantation, Transplant Immunology, Xenotransplantation, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and other publications he assesses articles for. Throughout his academic career, he has earned a number of NIH and non-NIH grants. His latest work on cardiac xenotransplantation has received widespread attention in the international press.

  • Prof. Leonard Y. Lee Prof. Leonard Y. Lee Chairman for the Department of Surgery

    Prof. Leonard Y. Lee

    Chairman for the Department of Surgery

    From common procedures like angioplasty, to complex heart and lung transplants, cardiothoracic surgery covers a vast range of techniques, providing treatment to a multitude of medical conditions.

    Specialized in minimally invasive aortic valve repair and complex mitral valve repair, thoracic aortic aneurysm repair and percutaneous aortic valve replacement, Prof. Leonard Y Lee, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP will be joining SURGICON 2022 as a speaker, uncovering the complexity of cardiothoracic surgery for medical students and surgery enthusiasts worldwide.

    Leonard Y Lee, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP is a Professor of Surgery and Endowed Chair in Surgery Chairman. He serves as Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chief of Surgical Services at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

    With over 200 published articles and performing 400 heart surgeries per year, he is among the most experienced cardiac valve and cardiothoracic surgeons in the USA.

    If you're curious about the mysteries of cardiothoracic surgery, join the SURGICON 2022 experience and discover more about the surgical world!

  • Prof. Anthony Atala Prof. Anthony Atala Urology and Organ Transplantation

    Prof. Anthony Atala

    Urology and Organ Transplantation

    We are honoured to announce our next speaker, Prof. Anthony Atala, MD, an influential name in biotechnology and a pioneer in organ transplantation research, developing the first lab-grown organ to be implanted in a human!

    Prof. Anthony Atala, MD is the G. Link Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology. He is a practising urology and paediatric urology surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine.

    Prof. Anthony Atala, MD is editor of 25 books and 3 journals. He has published over 800 journal articles, and has received over 250 national and international patents.

    His work was listed twice as Time Magazine’s Top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year, and once as one of 5 discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants.

    Prof. Anthony Atala, MD, one of the creators of the first 3D bioprinters, is one of the foremost leading figures in the field of organ printing. He is also developing experimental technology that can 3D print human tissue on demand.

  • Prof. Sanduk Ruit Prof. Sanduk Ruit Ophthalmic Surgery

    Prof. Sanduk Ruit

    Ophthalmic Surgery

    The ability to restore sight has inspired doctors to envision a world in which blindness vanishes, with the help of modern science. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure, for more than 50% of people over the age of 80. An intraocular lens is used to replace the cloudy one, through a small incision. The procedure usually ends with full recovery, which can take up to eight weeks.

    We invite you to learn more, with the help of our next speaker, Prof. Sanduk Ruit, MD, FRACO, the surgeon who has restored sight to 130,000 blind people at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. Graduating at the top of his class at All India Medical College and developing his skills in Australia, he managed to found his own clinic and is now treating up to 1500 patients a day.

    Besides teaching new generations of young doctors, he also reaches out to vulnerable populations, offering medical assistance, quickly earning the nickname of "God of Sight". Prof. Ruit, MD, FRACO has worked to promote "A world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired, where those with unavoidable vision loss can achieve their full potential."

     If you are curious to find out more about his work, join us in the next chapter of SURGICON!

ON-SITE Conferences

  • Dr. Melania Matcovici Dr. Melania Matcovici Department of Paediatric Surgery

    Dr. Melania Matcovici

    Department of Paediatric Surgery

    Paediatric surgery is a vast domain, encompassing not only the complexity of the human body and its pathologies, but also the particularities shown during childhood. While the adult body undergoes slow changes while aging, children undergo rapid development, each age coming with its own landmarks and specific pathologies. 

    Our next speaker, Miss Melania Matcovici, MD, is a UK consultant pediatric surgeon, specializing in neonatal, colorectal surgery, and surgical malformations of the chest and abdomen in children.  

    Miss Matcovici, MD, has done her training throughout tertiary paediatric centers from UK and Ireland. She is a member of Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, as well as European Board of Paediatric Surgery. She is also a faculty member of International Paediatric Surgery Training Programme (SPRINT) and reviewer of the Journal of Paediatric Surgery.

    At the beginning of her career, she had already written numerous book chapters and published in peer reviewed journals on paediatric surgery on a variety of topics.  

  • Dr. George Ungureanu Dr. George Ungureanu Neurosurgery Department

    Dr. George Ungureanu

    Neurosurgery Department

    We are happy to bring to your attention to one of the first SURGICON 2022 confirmed speakers, George Ungureanu, MD, elected member of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, a member of the Southeast Neurosurgical Society, and a member of the Romanian Society of Neurosurgery! 

    He is a specialist Doctor in Neurosurgery, whose medical career began at Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy and continued at the Cluj-Napoca Neurosurgery Clinic, where he completed his residency in neurosurgery, further completing multiple internships and mastering multiple neurosurgical techniques in Centers of Excellence in Neurosurgery from China, Hungary, Spain, Greece and Italy.

    George Ungureanu MD is a PhD student in Neuroscience at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He is the author of several articles and chapters published in neurosurgical journals and treatises. In the surgical field, he focuses on the implementation of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

    One of his greatest wishes is to have the chance to contribute to the well-being of the country, not just through medical practice. One of his fields of activity is educating people about the brain, spine and spinal cord health through his website ( and Facebook page (

    Join us at SURGICON 2022 and find out more about Traumatic Brain and Spine Injuries from George Ungureanu MD himself!

  • Prof. Leela Biant Prof. Leela Biant Academic Head of the Department of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

    Prof. Leela Biant

    Academic Head of the Department of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

    Aiding in all movements of the human body, joints are connection points between different bones. As essential as they are, there is a large number of diseases that can affect them, from genetic afflictions to trauma. Developed from the need to restore joint function, cartilage repair surgery aids in the treatment of various Orthopaedic conditions. 

    It is our greatest honour to announce the next speaker, Prof. Leela Biant, MD, Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon, specialist in cartilage assessment, stem cell regenerative medicine, joint preserving surgery and advanced bespoke joint replacement. 

    Prof. Leela Biant, MD, completed her training in London, worked as Clinician Scientist in Edinburgh prior to moving to Manchester and becoming Academic Head of the Department of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery.

    With over 100 scientific research papers and books, she has been peer-selected as one of the top 15 cartilage repair surgeons in the world to attend research summits on advancing the science and surgery of cartilage repair. Her work was awarded multiple times, including with the NRS Clinician Scientist Award, BASK Travelling Fellowship Award, Presidents Prize Paper at the Royal Society of Medicine and twice The William Little Medal.

    Currently, she serves as the President of the UK Knee Society BASK, a Senior Fellow of the ICRS and deputy chair of the finance committee of the ICRS, Editorial Board of JISAKOS, Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the UK Biological Knee Society.

  • Prof. Mike McNicholas Prof. Mike McNicholas Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon

    Prof. Mike McNicholas

    Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon

    Trauma Care and Orthopaedic Surgery combine some of the most complex procedures in the medical field. Orthopedic trauma ranges from tackling simple fractures to severe, life-threatening accidents with multiple lesions.

    This year, we are offering you a glimpse into the innovative world of Orthopaedic Trauma surgery. It is a great pleasure to announce our next speaker: Prof. Mike McNicholas, MD.

    Prof. Mike McNicholas, MD, is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at the Liverpool University Hospitals, Broadgreen, where he has a regional referral elective knee surgery practice. He is treats all aspects of soft tissue knee pathology and sports injuries, including arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction, articular cartilage resurfacing, osteotomy or knee replacements.

    His activity over the past 19 years includes over 1100 knee replacement procedures, 7000 arthroscopies and 1600 knee ligament reconstructions. He is also the President of the UK Biological Knee Society, the Chair of the International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society (ICRS) and has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester since 2019. 

    His current research interests include graphene and stem cell applications in knee injury, ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair and arthroplasty, but also the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis, using novel implants.

  • Prof. Natalie Roche Prof. Natalie Roche Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Prof. Natalie Roche

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Plastic Surgery covers a vast area of procedures, from reconstructive techniques to aesthetic surgery. Beginning with skin grafts first used in Ancient India, and developing into a complex field tackling hand surgery, craniofacial interventions, microsurgery and many more, Plastic Surgery is a rapidly-growing domain, thousands of years after its beginnings. 

    Dive deeper into the world of Plastic Surgery, guided by our next speaker: Prof. Nathalie Roche, MD, PhD. 

    Prof. Nathalie Roche, MD, PhD trained in General and Plastic Surgery and graduated in 2000 from the training program of the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Ghent under guidance of Prof. Dr. S. Monstrey. She currently works as Professor in the department of Plastic Surgery of the University Hospital Ghent. Her main fields of interest are paediatric plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and breast surgery. 

    As member of the surgical team that performed the first successful face transplant in the Benelux in 2011, she wrote her PhD thesis "Face Off: Multidisciplinary Approach to Facial Transplantation" in 2015. 

    She is the author of more than 90 clinical and scientific papers and presented at several national and international meetings. She also performs charity work as a volunteer plastic surgeon in developing countries for cleft lip and palate and burn surgery.

  • Prof. Iain Hutchison Prof. Iain Hutchison Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

    Prof. Iain Hutchison

    Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

    We are honoured to announce our next speaker, Iain Hutchison, BDS, FRCS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCS, who is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Barts and the London Medical and Dental School, Director of The National Facial Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC), Civilian Consultant in OMFS to the British Army and President of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) 2012.

    Professor Hutchison has founded Saving Faces in 2000 and serves as an unpaid Chief Executive. Saving Faces was founded on his mission to improve patient care through clinical research. He has also founded the world’s only National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre, which was launched in 2014. Through research, this centre's goal is to revolutionise treatment for patients with facial diseases, deformities or injuries worldwide.

    Professor Hutchison inspires and trains future doctors, while also funding PhD students and surgeons during their studies on cancer stem cells, the molecular biology of precancerous lesions and cancer, and the psychological aspects of facial diseases and injuries. 

    He has numerous articles and papers published in prestigious journals, giving frequent career talks in schools and universities, and is in high demand as an international conference and event expert media commentator and scientific lecturer.