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Current International Scholars

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) / The Plastic Surgery Foundation's (The PSF) International Scholar Program and the Scholar Program of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) enables plastic surgeons from abroad to study at host plastic surgery institutions in the United States for three to six months.

Carlos Fonfach Zahn, MD

Chile| PSF Scholar

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Microsurgery
  • Aesthetic

I hail from Valdivia, a city in Southern Chile. I work at the main hospital in the region, which treats a wide array of patients from the young to the elderly with oncologic pathologies, trauma, and all types of disease and afflictions.

More complex cases must be transferred to other cities, bringing about the inherent complexities that arise from the process, which take a toll on our patients and their families. I have the intention to build up and put into practice more complex reconstruction in order to be able to offer better alternatives for our patients.

I also work in private plastic surgery, most of these are aesthetic cases. As an International Scholar Plastic Surgery, I would be able to learn from the experts to improve my practice and can contribute in serving my patients.

The topics of most interest to me are: Cosmetic Surgery, Cancer Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction and microsurgery.

As an International Scholar and visiting the best centers of Plastic Surgery, I would be able to incorporate what I learned to improve my practice to contribute maximally in serving the people.

Muhammad Amin MBBS, MS Plastic Surgery

Pakistan | Achauer Scholar

  • Burns
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Aesthetics
  • Body Contouring
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

I am working as consultant Plastic surgeon in Jinnah Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Centre (JB&RSC), Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The J.B.&R.S.C. is one of the largest 78 bedded, state of the art Centre to manage the burns, reconstructive and plastic surgery patients.

I got my Masters in Plastic Surgery from PGMI under University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. Being a senior member of burn team, I have a lot of burden to manage the burn victims so needs a lot to learn and to serve with highly skilled expertise to give these victims quality life full of satisfaction and confidence.

The International scholar's program is the right portal where above mentioned dream can become true. I am grateful to Achauer Foundation to provide me with this opportunity to learn and then to serve the deserving burn victims.

Apart from patients being a senior burn team member needs to teach my juniors who may be precious forthcoming competent burn surgeons. So, this training program would definitely is a source of light for me to way out both the burn victims and team members (surgeons).

I am thankful to ASPS/PSF who provided me the chance to visit the world's highest standard and reputed Hospital/Centers to improve my skills and to enhance my knowledge that would help not only me but also to my juniors and patients too.

Ana M Paredes M, MD

Colombia | PSF Scholar

  • Facial Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Brest Surgery

I work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in two different public hospitals as well in my private practice and as Hispanic physicians we always dream to practice medicine as the ones who write the books do. I am not saying we don't do it in a proper way, but we would like to go as fast and further than developed countries can go. Social media changed our lives in various ways and now we feel closer to all those people, teachers and plastic surgeons we admire and would love to have as our mentors. I was born in Colombia; I did my general surgery and plastic surgery with one of the pioneers of the area in Brazil and from that I learned dreams are achievable and I feel I should always pursue new experiences with the very best in the areas in which I am interested. Now this program is bringing me closer to that goal.

The final outcome after my fellowship will be reflected on all my patients which are my reason to be, being able to offer fresh ways to approach all my cases and to offer solutions to challenging situations. Although I am not a professor as such I am constantly surrounded with students and I want to grow in them a seed of what plastic surgery really is and show to them how things can be done in the best possible way to change lives every day.

Chai Siew Cheng, MD, MRCS, M. Surg (Plastic)

Malaysia | PSF Scholar

  • Cleft and craniofacial surgery
  • Cleft and aesthetic rhinoplasty
  • Aesthetic surgery
  • Body contouring surgery
  • Facial reconstruction

It is a great honor for me to be selected as the international scholar of the PSF for Year 2020. America is known for being the global hub for plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; it gives me immense pleasure to learn from the world-renowned experts. With the experience gained, I can ameliorate my knowledge and skills especially in the fields that we are lacking expertise. Being a resident plastic surgeon and a honorary lecturer for our Plastic Surgery Training program, it's my responsibility to enhance our training to equip the future plastic trainees.

This program will not only expand my personal surgical abilities, it will also be beneficial for the citizens in my country. In line with global surgery, I would like to provide safe, affordable and accessible surgery to everyone in need. I strongly believe that this program will empower me for the betterment and future of plastic surgery in my country.

Abdul Malik Mujahid, MBBS, FCPS

Pakistan | PSF Scholar

  • Head and Neck Reconstruction with Breast Reconstruction
  • Clefts with Craniofacial Clefts
  • BURNS Management
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Transgender Surgery
  • Nasal reconstruction and
  • Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
  • Facelift Surgery

Serving the humanity is my prime interest and goal of life, for that I choose medical sciences as profession. After my basic medical education (M.B.B.S) from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, my professional interest developed in surgery and I did my fellowship in PLASTIC SURGERY (FCPS) from college of physicians and surgeons Pakistan in 2016 which is equivalent to board certification exam in USA .Currently I am working as Senior Registrar and practicing plastic surgeon in a public sector hospital in Lahore, Pakistan (Jinnah Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Center/ Jinnah Hospital).Plastic Surgery in general and Head & Neck Reconstruction, breast reconstruction, lymphedema, burns, transgender alongside cleft surgery in particular is still underdeveloped specialties in our health system. There is a very high demand of these services due to higher incidence of head and neck and breast cancers, burns, lymphedema cases with no center in Pakistan, cleft lip & palate with other craniofacial clefts, higher incidence of trauma resulting from accidents and civil violence and other congenital or acquired non-cancerous conditions like facial paralysis and other nerve injuries.

Government of Punjab, Pakistan has established a new plastic surgery department in far area of Punjab DERA GHAZI KHAN, which still lacks basic plastic surgery facilities along with trained plastic surgeons. I am being the native of that area may be deputed over there to run that center along with other plastic surgeons and plastic surgery team.

I wish to spend my time in these state of art centers which I feel have dedicated and world class experienced teams for Head & Neck Reconstruction, breast reconstruction, lymphedema, burn management, nerve injuries and transgender surgery alongside the clefts work with wide variety of cases and state of art clinical techniques. I feel this ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) fellowship program will enable me to get acquainted with the modern reconstructive techniques. I have some personal interest for cosmetic surgery too including cosmetic rhinoplasty and face lift surgery My aim is to be a trained General plastic, Head & Neck& breast Reconstructive and cleft surgeon and to be able to effectively manage any reconstructive challenge presented to me. My specific objective is to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for complex reconstructive problems and to form a solid foundation which has a potential to build upon and is able to develop further advances in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery.

This experience will help the people of my country, my colleagues, my students and our health system in greater perspective. For the community, they will get the treatment which either previously was not up to standard or they must go abroad for complex reconstruction. For health system this will result in development of a sub specialty with advancement in the field of Head & Neck Reconstruction, breast reconstruction, lymphedema, transgender surgery, burns and clefts surgery. As being deputed to that needy area, I feel this experience will help me to develop most of plastic surgery facilities with standard of care treatment to the people of that area under one roof.