Congress of the Emirates Plastic Surgery Society and ISAPS Course
The first ISAPS course to be held in the United Arab Emir- ates, Come See the Future, was held on January 24-25 in Dubai. ISAPS would be proud of us. The venue was the Emirates Towers hotel. The faculty came from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, Greece, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE, USA and the UK. The audience represented 31 different countries. The organization was managed by the Cni- dus Company in Istanbul and they were perfect in their timing and communication. I had the pleasure to serve as Course Director.
The scientific program covered most of the aesthetic surgery topics and the idea was that the attendees could “see the future” not only scientifically, but also the future of the world by looking at Dubai. The social program included a faculty cocktail at Medical Arts Clinic, faculty din- ner at the Pierchic Restaurant of the Al Qsar Hotel and another at the Al Nafoo- rah Lebanese restaurant. Desert Safari and Dune Bashing with an oasis barbecue and belly dancing was attended by most of the faculty.
Three members of the ISAPS Board attended, Dr. Nazim Cerkes, Gianluca Campiglio and Lina Triana. Three of the five members of the Board of the EPSS—Emirates Plastic Surgery Society —attended the course including the vice president, Dr. Venkat Ratnam, and the secretary, Dr. Jamal Jomah. We were also pleased to welcome Dr. João Prado Neto, the current president of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery.
It has been our idea for a long time to have an ISAPS Teaching Course in Dubai. In the last decade Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East. Dubai’s many innovative construction projects, skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, including the world’s tallest Burj Khalifa, the man-made islands, hotels, the indoors ski and the largest shopping malls in the region and the world became an example to be followed by many nations. It seemed there was no limit to what people could achieve in Dubai until the financial crisis of 2007-2008 affected its economy. However Dubai has made a steady and gradual comeback. Today Dubai is rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East and in the World. It is now a common saying: If you want to see the future,come to Dubai.
Luiz Toledo, MD – UAE – ISAPS Course Director
Nazim Cerkes, MD – Turkey – Chairman, ISAPS Education Council
Marwan Al Zarouni, MD – UAE – ISAPS NS for the UAE
The program will include these topic areas:
Face – Nose – Breast – Body – Face – Eyes – Laser Resurfacing
Marwan Al Zarouni, UAE – Jaime Anger, Brazil – Venkata Ratnam Bandikatla, UAE
Gianluca Campiglio, Italy – Nazim Cerkes, Turkey -Onur Erol, Turkey – Raul Gonzalez, Brazil
Moustapha Hamdi, Belgium – Nicanor Isse, USA -Jamal Jomah, Saudi Arabia – Vakis Kontoes, Greece
Yann Levet, France – João Prado Neto, Brazil -Sanjay Parashar, UAE – Malcolm Paul, USA
Oscar Ramirez, USA – Sami Saad, Lebanon – Gaith Shubailat, Jordan – Henry Spinelli, USA
Luiz Toledo, UAE -Lina Triana, Colombia – Shailesh Vadodaria, UK – Woffles Wu, Singapore
http://www.isapsdubai.org/ – To be connected to the official course website
http://www.isapsdubai.org/Scientific.asp – For scientific program details
http://www.isapsdubai.org/RegDetails.asp- For registration pricing and on-line form
http://www.isapsdubai.org/Accommodation.asp – For hotel information