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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 MB, BS, 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.

Lourna Leah Velasco-Victorio, MD

Philippines | Smile Train Scholar

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Aesthetic Surgery

Being entrusted to do surgery for patients is a big responsibility. I always try to the best of my capabilities, to provide the best service I can for each and every patient. This truly is a great opportunity for me, or for any surgeon, to further improve his/her craft. When doing missions, we do not have access to a lot of technology available in most hospitals. We usually bring our own machines and equipment because the local hospitals don't have their own. Being an International Scholar would expose me to techniques and equipment that I may adapt for these patients.

Sundereshwer C. Sood, MD

India | Smile Train Scholar

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
  • Microvascular Head Neck Reconstructions in Cancer Patients.
  • Maxillofacial Trauma

The main difference between other surgeons and us is while they treat a disease and the desired end point of the treatment is a cure, we treat deformities and the desired end point for us is rehabilitation of the cleft patient into the society as normal successful individual. The patients we treat are poor and have greater struggle than others in order to achieve success in life. This can only be achieved if we are able to deliver results which are as good or even better than what their more affluent fellow citizens can get. The effort to learn and improve should thus never end. This visit will allow me to observe and interact with some of the best surgeons in the world. Spending time with them will help learn new and better concepts dealing with evaluation, planning and execution of the treatment. I expect this to create a significant improvement in my work back home.

Masumbuko Mukamba Franck, MD

Democratic Republic of the Congo | Smile Train Scholar

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Alveoloplasty
  • Velopharyngoplasty
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Microsurgey

This scholarship program will allow me to benefit from a well thought out and competent training in cleft surgery. It will also allow me to benefit from this solid background training and then be able to address with satisfaction the varied problems of cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies in our region.

Thanks to the scholarship I will also be able to have my dream come true by developing a center of excellence in cleft surgery and Plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Provincial General Hospital of Bukavu taking into account the increasing demand of the population and the reference role of the Hospital for the whole Province of South Kivu with more than 6 millions of people.

Akinwale Adeyemi Efunkoya, MD

Nigeria | Smile Train Scholar

  • Cleft Lip/Nose Surgeries including Nasal Repair
  • Velopharyngeal Repair in Cleft Palate Cases
  • Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Orthognathic Surgery

The International Scholar program will help me to interact with other cleft care professionals around the world (including maxillofacial and plastic surgeons) with a view to improving the level of care and surgical techniques that i can perform in my country. I am particularly delighted with the opportunity to learn newer surgical techniques of cleft palate repair especially with regards to Velopharyngeal insufficiency.

I currently offer cleft surgical treatments in several hospitals and states in my country Nigeria. Improving my skill set and learning newer methods will enable me to treat some patients I previously could not and will also improve the quality of care I give to those I treat.

Cleft care is team work. I will also be able to teach other surgeons in my country all i have learnt so that we can all improve the level of our practice.