The 23rd Congress of ISAPS was held at the Miyakomesse Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan from October 23 through 27, 2016. More than 1,650 persons from 89 countries participated and the Congress was a great success. On October 23, basic procedures for aesthetic plastic surgery were presented under the title of ISAPS Course for Residents and Fellows.
This course was provided for free and the venue was filled with participants. The lecturers were Dr. Nazim Cerkes (Turkey), Dr. Bryan Mendelson (Australia), Dr. Jim Grotting (USA), Dr. Ozan Sozer (USA), Dr. Joca Sampaio Goes (Brazil), Dr. Luis Vasconez (USA), Dr. Tom Biggs (USA), and Dr. David Park (South Korea). All of them are top-level plastic surgeons in the world. It was a great contribution to patient safety, which is one of the missions of ISAPS, to provide young plastic surgeons an opportunity to learn from these experts for free. As ISAPS President, I deeply appreciate that these great plastic surgeons volunteered to provide these lectures.
The Congress itself continued on October 24 through 27. Dr. Kunihiko Nohira, the Program Chair, and Dr. Lina Triana, ISAPS Education Council Chair, prepared an excellent program. I thank them for doing a wonderful job.
At this Congress, we presented a practice management and marketing program under the title ISAPS Business School – a first in the history of ISAPS. This program was very successful and I think we should include this type of session by raising its level in the future. Renato Saltz, our new President, will include a new panel under the title of ISAPS Skin in addition to the Business School when we hold the Congress in Miami two years from now.