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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.

Dr. Tahmeedullah Tahmeed M.B, B.S, FCPS(Plast), MCPS-HPE

Pakistan | Achauer Scholar

  • Burns
  • Cleft & Craniofacial
  • Aesthetics
  • Body Contouring
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

I am working as Professor of Plastic surgery in Burn & Plastic Surgery Centre Hayatabad Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pakistan.

I did my Fellowship in Plastic Surgery from College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. I am also Medical Educationist and did my MCPS-HPE (Health Professions Education) from College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. The ASPS & PSF scholarship will help me to manage the Burn & Plastic Surgery Centre in a much better manner. This Scholarship will help to modify and improve the plastic surgery training and curriculum here in Pakistan. This opportunity will help me to observe different Burn & plastic surgery centers in the United States of America and will learn the recent advances in different fields of Plastic surgery like Burns management, Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery, Microvascular Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery etc.

As I am Training Program Director and this Scholarship will help me to observe different Training Programs in the United States, so it will help me to improve our training and assessments in plastic surgery etc. here in Pakistan.

I will try to be part of a research activity during my stay in the United States and it will help me in promoting valid and ethical plastic surgery research in my country.

I am very fond of reading and writing and want to learn about medical writings. I hope to see the eminent writers and editors in Plastic surgery like Peter C Nelligan, Editor of the Plastic Surgery Bible.

During my stay in America, I will observe how they manage the Hospital Infection Control Protocols and will try to implement those protocols in my country.

Abizer Kapadia, MS, DNB, MCh Plastic Surgery

India | PSF Scholar

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Microsurgery
  • Aesthetic Surgery

I come from India, a developing country. It is also one of the fastest growing economies of the world. The lifestyle of people is changing at a rapid pace, standard of living has increased, and life expectancy is higher. A direct result of this is seen in an increased number of patients identified with Plastic Surgical Problems. Improved social standards, increase in the affording capability of the patients/ health insurance /government policies, has led to the options of Breast Reconstruction Surgery, Cancer Reconstruction, Microsurgery and Cosmetic Surgery becoming more explored and sought after.

However, according to the Census Report of India, there is just one doctor for every 1700 patients, and the availability of Plastic Surgeons is abysmally low. The mammoth task of providing quality care to patients with Plastic and Reconstructive problems is a distant dream. Exposure of practitioners to improvements in technology, infrastructures and practices, often seen in developed nations, is the necessity of the hour.

As an International Scholar and visiting the world-class centers of Plastic Surgery, I would be able to incorporate the nuances to improve my practice and can contribute maximally in serving the society. My expertise in my areas of interest such as Microsurgery, Cancer Reconstruction, Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Surgery, can be improved to a great extent by getting exposure and learning from the best in the world in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.

Let me assure you that given this opportunity, I will make every possible effort in learning and serving the ever-increasing numbers of people with plastic and reconstructive problems.

Assoc. Prof. Mario Cherubino, MD, FEBOPRAS

Italy| PSF Scholar

  • Microsurgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Orthoplasty

It's a great honor for me to has been selected as the 2019 International's scholar of the PSF/ASPS. Since the begin of my career, I think that searching and comparing are extremely important, but the sharing of knowledge is the key to success. With this program, I'll have the opportunities needed to develop other skills. It will let me compare the highest plastic surgery realty in the word, the American one, with my reality, allowing to improve the surgical skills and the organization. Now, my team is made up of a small number of surgeons. However, the team needs to grow, and I need to improve my dexterities as an innovator and motivator for people that are currently working with me and those who will work with me in the future. Moreover, as a professor, it is one of my principal goals to become an inspiring mentor and supporter of the new generation of surgeons. Because of this, I really think that the opportunity of this scholarship will improve the plastic surgery not only on my person but also to the students and to the people that I'll teach in the future.

Hatem Alnoman, MD, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Saudi Arabia | PEER Scholar

  • Cleft lip and palate primary repair and secondary surgeries
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Cleft and aesthetic Rhinoplasty
  • Facial re-animation
  • Pediatric hand

Representing the ASPS/PSF international scholar program and being one of its privileged fellows is an outstanding opportunity to join selected world class plastic surgeons in the united states who devoted their lives helping people and teaching young plastic surgeons to improve the global quality of care. Bearing in mind that choosing the international scholar fellow is not only about how good is the candidate but also how can this fellow help his/her community, this is a life time chance that must be utilized properly to gain the knowledge and the expertise needed to enhance plastic surgery practice and hence better patient care. Being exposed to different schools, discussing challenging cases and watching top notch plastic surgeons operating will expand my horizon which certainly will be reflected on my work environment and my patients. I will make sure when I come back to my practice to use my clinical expertise and promote for the best health care, my focus will be helping pediatric population with congenital anomalies all over the globe.