SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Director, surgical program

Dr. Per Hedén was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1951. After completing medical training in Stockholm at the Karolinska Institute he entered his plastic surgery training program in 1978.

Dr. Hedén was subsequently one of the driving forces in establishing microsurgery in the region and this led to the first microsurgical operation in Stockholm, performed in 1981. After completing his plastic surgery training in 1982, he held a plastic surgery position in Australia. He subsequently pursued plastic surgery research in the United States, first in Springfield, Illinois, and later at Harvard University in Boston. His research, which dealt mostly with blood circulation and metabolism in skin flaps, led to his thesis, “Monitoring techniques and animal models as guides for free flap surgery,” in 1988. After continuing his research  he achieved, and still holds, an Associate Professorship at the Karolinska institute in 1990. He became the head of the microsurgery unit at Sabbatsbergs Hospital in 1990. He still has a devoted interest for microsurgical repair of facial paralyses and patients from all of Sweden are sent to Dr. Hedén for this kind of surgery.

Over the years he has published more than 50 scientific papers and also a number of chapters in plastic surgery textbooks. He has also been, and continues to be, an advisor for young plastic surgeons doing research.

In 1991 he founded Akademikliniken together with Jan Jernbeck, which today is Northern Europe’s largest private plastic surgery hospital. Today, more than 60 000 procedures are performed per year at Akademikliniken. At Akademikliniken a world leading experience in the use of anatomical high cohesive silicone breast implants has been gained. Dr Hedén has developed new techniques applying to the use of these devices and he has held a large number of international workshops and lectures on this subject. He has also been invited to many countries where he has performed operations  to demonstrate his techniques. Dr Hedén has also been invited as honorary lecturer to speak on the subject of facial aesthetic surgery. Dr. Hedén sits on the review board for doctoral theses in plastic surgery and has served as faculty opponent. He is regularly called on to review papers for publication in the Scandinavian journal of plastic surgery and has been on the Board of Reviewers for International Abstracts of the American journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a member of the editorial board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal.

Dr Hedén has written the patient information book: “ Plastic Surgery and You”  published  in Swedish 1996. It has since also been translated and published in English and Russian. The book is richly illustrated with over 700 photographs and drawings. It is printed and sold in 10 000 copies in Sweden. The photographs of patients in this book show a few examples of what Dr. Hedén has accomplished over the years. Dr Hedén has also been the organizer and president of several international meetings among these is the plastic surgery congress Beauty through Science held each year in Stockholm.

Director, non-surgical program

Dr. Hema Sundaram is a fellowship-trained dermatologist based in suburban Washington, D.C in the USA. She has a special interest in elucidating the scientific basis of new and emerging aesthetic technologies. After receiving her undergraduate, masters and medical degrees with honors from Cambridge University in England, she completed dermatology residency at the University of Chicago, post-doctoral research in molecular biology, and a medical staff research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health during which she served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S Public Health Service.

Dr. Sundaram is a Visiting Professor for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). She feels fortunate to maintain an active involvement in medical research and education, serving as a mentor for the ASDS Future Leaders’ Network to prepare the next generation of leaders in dermatologic surgery, on the ASDS Educational Exchange and Media Relations Work Groups, and on the Strategic Planning Committee of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS). Dr. Sundaram has received awards for her clinical and research work and her publications. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), has served as a session moderator or director at the ASDS and AAD Annual Meetings, and has been a keynote speaker at plastic, oculoplastic and facial plastic surgery academy conferences.  She serves on scientific and advisory boards of conferences including the International Master Course in Aging Science (IMCAS) Congresses, and has been an organizer or president of a number of international conferences and academic meetings.

Dr. Sundaram is a Principal Investigator for US FDA studies of fillers, botulinum toxins, lasers and other devices. She directs physician education initiatives in the US, Europe and Asia, and founded the Global Aesthetics Alliance which brings together dermatology and plastic surgery experts from throughout the world to optimize procedural safety and outcomes. She has been an advisor to Medscape, the Dermatology Education Initiative, The HealthCentral Network and Fitness magazine. Dr. Sundaram is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Editorial Advisor to Prime and other journals, and a peer reviewer for journals including Dermatologic Surgery and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Her book, “Face Value”, was honored by the National Press Club. Her medical publications include chapters and original papers on injectables, lasers, threads and cosmeceuticals, and a new fillers book currently in press with Drs. Mark Magnusson and Tim Papadopoulos as co-editors. Her clinic is noted for its commitment to holistic medicine and for its charitable donations.

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