Chairman 2016-2018

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Letter from the Education Council Chairman

It is my great honor to have been appointed as the Education Council Chairman by our President, Renato Saltz, for the next term, 2016-2018.

In my capacity as the EC Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2016, I had the opportunity to organize many educational events in cooperation with the previous Chairs and the EC committee members. The Education Council achievements in these last years have raised the bar very high and it is now the new EC’s responsibility to honor them and move forward.

The EC has a new and expanded role within the ISAPS organization including organization of the entire worldwide ISAPS Course program, review and approval of Endorsed Program applications, and coordination of ISAPS Symposia. The EC will work closely with ISAPS members, the National Secretaries and National Societies to ensure their involvement and full support during the organization of ISAPS educational events.

The EC guidelines have been revised, approved and circulated to the regional representatives around the globe for their information and implementation during ISAPS educational events.

Every effort will be made so that the EC Chair and/or Vice-Chair will be present at every educational event worldwide, while in their absence the regional representative(s) will represent the EC.

The scope of our work will insure the highest quality of our education events – not quantity. My goal, with the support of my entire EC team, is to strive for this target for the next two years. Our mission is to provide high standard Aesthetic Education Worldwide.

There are three programs that can be offered and organized by the Education Council:

ISAPS Instructional Courses

ISAPS Courses are fully organized by ISAPS. The EC is responsible for content and faculty selection. An ISAPS member, a National Secretary or a National Society affiliated with ISAPS can request a course to be held in their country. The EC will schedule an official Instructional Course on the ISAPS Calendar to avoid conflicts with other meetings. Local hosts will be asked to assist with arrangements for the course and a portion of the profit will be paid to ISAPS. Travel, hotel and all expenses for faculty speakers are the responsibility of the hosting organization. EC guidelines offer comprehensive and detailed description of the organization steps and are available on our website.

Updated information about our courses can be found on our website, in ISAPS News, and in our journal, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Optional donations to the Education Council to support our educational efforts in underserved countries can be made with annual dues payments using our secure on-line system.

ISAPS Symposia

Symposia are free one-day education events organized by ISAPS members and/or National Secretaries and are usually scheduled the day before a National Society Meeting. Members are encouraged to contact ISAPS to arrange for a Symposium and to help with faculty selection. Travel, hotel and all expenses are the responsibility of the hosting organization. ISAPS faculty are usually the guests of the society to attend the National Society meeting following the Symposium.

ISAPS Endorsed Programs

These education activities are sponsored and produced entirely by ISAPS members, National Secretaries and National Societies. A completed application for endorsement will be promptly reviewed and once approved will provide your education program with the ISAPS logo, official endorsement statement, and worldwide marketing through our newsletter, journal and mass e-mails sent to our extensive global mailing list. There is a fee payable to ISAPS with the application for this program. The application form can be downloaded from our website or requested from the Executive Office.

Vakis Kontoes, MD, PhD
Chair, ISAPS Education Council

Education Council Members

Chair: Vakis Kontoes, Greece
Vice-Chair: Ozan Sozer, USA

Regional Representatives:


  • Ivar van Heijningen, Belgium
  • Apostolos Mandrekas, Greece

North America:

  • Constantino Mendieta, USA
  • Claudio De Lorenzi, Canada
  • Jose De la Pena Salcedo, Mexico

South America:

  • Ricardo Ribeiro, Brazil
  • Fabian Cortinas, Argentina


  • Mehmet Bayramicli, Turkey
  • Man Koon Suh, South Korea
  • Ashish Davalbhakta, India

Middle East and Africa:

  • Marcos Harel, Israel
  • Hussein Abulhassan, Egypt

Australia and Pacific:

  • Tim Papadopoulos, Australia
  • Marco Faria Correa, Singapore


  • Lee Pu, USA

Honorary Advisors:

  • Nazim Cerkes, Turkey
  • Lina Triana, Colombia

Related Topics

To learn more about the EC, review the following pages:

Calendar of Events

ISAPS Journal

Global Statistics

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