International Speakers

Prof Horacio Abramson - Argentina
Horacio Abramson studied medicine in the Buenos Aires University (UBA), where he graduated in 1973 as Doctor in Medicine. He started his career in 1979 as Thoracic Surgeon at “Antonio Cetrángolo Thoracic Institute” where since 1997 until 2018 he was Chief of Thoracic Surgery Services.  He is also an Associate Director of Thoracic Surgery career at Buenos Aires University and member of the Argentina Society of Thoracic Surgery and the Argentina Respiratory Medicine Society.Since 1990 he has specialized in Chest Wall Malformations. In 2000 he begins utilizing the minimally invasive technique developed by Dr Nuss to resolve Pectus Excavatum disease. Since 2002 he developed an Apparatus and a particular technique for minimally invasive Pectus Carinatum repair. He’s medicine studies include training experiences in Children Hospital of the King’s Daughters HDK, Norfolk, Va (D.Nuss, MD); Babies & Children Hospital of NY  (C.J.H. Stolar, MD; S. Stylianos, MD) and Children´s Hospital, Boston (R.Schamberger, MD).

Prof Guy Brusselle - Switzerland
Guy Brusselle received his medical degree (M.D.) at Ghent University in Belgium in 1990. Investigating the functional role of cytokines interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-5 (IL-5) in allergic asthma, he obtained his Ph.D. in 1997. As a respiratory physician with a keen clinical and scientific interest in asthma, severe asthma and COPD, he joined the Ghent University Hospital in 2002. Since 2008, he is professor of medicine at Ghent University, teaching “Study design” and “Immunopathology of airway diseases” to medical and biomedical students, respectively. Since 2015, he teaches the course “Methods and design of clinical studies” to master students in pharmaceutical sciences. Currently, he is head of the Laboratory for Translational Research of Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases at Ghent University. From September 2012 to October 2015, he has served the European Respiratory Society (ERS) as Guidelines Director. Since September 2016, he is the chair of the ERS Science Council. Since September 2017, he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and he has joined the Board of Directors of GINA.

Jose Ribas M. Campos - Brazil
He holds a medical degree from the Federal University of Goiás (1979), is a Specialist in General Surgery by the Ministry of Education and Culture (1982), Specialist in Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital das Clínicas of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo (1984). PhD in Medicine (Surgical Clinic) at the University of São Paulo (1987), Perfection in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery by the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery (1998). He currently works at the Hospital das Clínicas of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo (USP) as Physician Assistant. He is also a member of Thoracic Surgeons of the Brazilian Israeli Beneficent Society Albert Einstein and also a Technical Director of Health Service of the Heart Institute of HC-FM-USP. He has experience in the area of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Trauma, with an emphasis on Minimally Invasive Surgery, working mainly on the following topics: Thoracic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis, Thoracic Chest Wall Tumors and Congenital Chest Wall Deformities, also having more than 65 articles published in periodicals indexed in PubMed. Recently nominated Chair of the Chest Wall Working Group in the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Sjoerd De Beer - Holland
Sjoerd de Beer obtained his medical degree at the Free University of Amsterdam (2002). He is a specialist in General Surgery (2009) and Pediatric Surgery (2012) and performed part of his surgical residency on the Netherlands Antilles (2003). He is currently working as a pediatric surgeon at Amsterdam University Medical Center and is a member of the Pediatric Surgery Society of the Netherlands. He has ample experience in treating congenital disorders, especially esophageal atresia and anorectal malformations. His experience extends in the area of Thoracic and Upper GI surgery with the emphasis on Minimally Invasive Surgery and focusing on the surgical treatment (Nuss, Ravitch and Abramson procedures) and non-surgical treatment (Vacuum Bell and Dynamic Compression bracing) of chest wall deformities. He is currently working on his PhD on chest wall deformities at the University of Amsterdam and published multiple articles on this topic.

Dr Duane Duke - USA
Duane S. Duke, M.D., FACS, is a Board Certified Pediatric and General Surgeon.  He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2003.   He completed general surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C. and pediatric general surgery fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.  Dr. Duke served as a pediatric surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He is a combat veteran, having been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to East Africa, where he provided battlefield trauma surgical care and life-saving damage control surgery.  He continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Dr. Duke served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Guinea, West Africa where he also taught high school calculus in French to over 270 students per year and managed fundraising and construction for a primary school and health center.  Dr. Duke joined Children’s Surgical Specialty Group-Pediatric Surgery full-time in July 2018 with a clinical interest in ECMO, in which he serves as the Surgical Director of this program. 

Dr Caroline Fortmann - Germany
Dr.Fortmann is a resident in pediatric surgery (7th year) at the Hannover Medical School in Germany. During her training, she worked at the Bult’s children hospital for 1 year, especially to learn the operative treatment of bone fractures and be taught in burn treatment. She also spent 1.5 years on the preterm and newborn intensive care unit of the Hannover Medical School. Her clinical and research interests are in the field of thoracic surgery, in particular chestwall deformities. She is currently evaluating trace metal release after MIRPE and also implemented a 3D scanner for pectus patients in the clinic. Dr.Fortmann is an active CWIG member since 2015.

Prof Mario Claudio Ghefter - Brazil
Director of Thoracic Surgery Department of the Hospital do Servidor Publico Estadual de São Paulo - Brazil.
Thoracic Surgeon at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein - São Paulo - Brazil.
General Secretary of the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery.

Prof Frank-Martin Haecker  -Switzerland
Frank-Martin Haecker, MD, FEAPU, is a German and Swiss Board Certified Pediatric surgeon, who specializes in Pediatric urology as well as in the conservative and surgical treatment of chest wall deformities. He is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Basel (Switzerland). He served as a junior staff member at the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospital of Tuebingen and at the Department of General Surgery at the Hospital of Baden-Baden (Germany). In 2000, Dr.Haecker became Attending Surgeon at the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the UKBB in Basel (Switzerland). In 2005, he started with a spezialised outpatient clinic for Pediatric urology. Furthermore, in 2007 Dr.Haecker started a spezialized outpatient clinic for chest wall deformities. Under his leadership, the pectus program at his previous positions in Basel as well as in St. Gallen (both Switzerland) could be established as a center of excellence for chest wall diseases, mentoring the world’s largest series of pectus excavatum patients treated conservatively using the vacuum bell. Relocating to American Hospital Dubai in 2018, hestarted with a new pectus program in UAE. In 2008 Dr.Haecker became an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Basel. In the same year, he was graduated as Fellow of the European Association of Pediatric Urology (FEAPU). Since 2014 he is Professor of Pediatric Surgery. From 2014 to 2016, he was senior consultant at the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the University Hospital of Freiburg (Germany). Furthermore, he served as a seniorconsultant at the department of thoracic surgery at the hospital of Aarau (Switzerland) as well as a senior consultant at the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Loerrach/Germany.Professor Haecker is a member of several national and international professional societies (Swiss and German society of Pediatric surgery, German society of general surgery, ESPU, EUPSA, IPEG). He is a founding member of the CWIG (Chest Wall International Group), member of the executive committee and currently president of CWIG.

Dr Andre Hebra  - USA
Dr. André Hebra is the Chief Medical Officer and Physician in Chief of Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Florida. He is Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Central Florida. Dr.Hebra received his M.D. degree in 1987 from the Medical University of South Carolina. He was involved in the early development of laparoscopic surgical techniques and developed a special interest in the field of Minimal Access Surgery & Robotic Surgery.  He trained in pediatric surgery and critical care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is board certified in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care. He has more than 130 publications of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.  He has received awards for original research and excellence in teaching. He has focused his clinical practice on the management of congenital chest anomalies. 

Dr Dawn Jaroszewski - USA
Dr.Jaroszewski is Professor of Surgery and Chair of Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Texas and M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She trained at Mayo Clinic in general surgery, Baylor/MD Anderson in Cardiothoracic Surgery and did an advanced chest fellowship at U.C.L.A. She returned to Mayo Clinic Arizona in 2006 and serves as Director of the Mayo Clinic Chest Wall and Thoracic Surgery Program. The program has become the largest volume adult pectus treatment site in North America and cares for patients from all over the world. Specializing in chest wall deformities and oncology, she has performed over 1,000 surgeries, 100 research projects and publications including journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters and presents internationally on her expertise. Dr.Jaroszewski is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and an Executive Committee Member of the Chest Wall International Group. She is an NIH investigator and NCCN committee member. Voted Top Doc by Phoenix Magazine and Castle Connelly Top Surgeon multiple years in a row, she is also the top rated surgeon on Pectus.com and Pectus Awareness and Support Foundation for adult pectus repair. She is affectionately referred to as “Dr. J” by her patients.  In addition to her clinical research activities, Dr. J is active in education, including curriculum and course development. She is currently chair of Thoracic Curriculum and the Anatomy Laboratory at Mayo Medical School AZ. She provides mentorship to medical students, residents, fellows, and regularly hosts visiting MD’s from around the world for training in her specialty. 

Prof Robert Kelly - USA
Robert E. Kelly, Jr., M.D., FACS, FAAP, is a Board Certified Pediatric and General Surgeon. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  Dr. Kelly also completed an ECMO and Surgical Research Fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine. 
Dr. Kelly joined Children’s Surgical Specialty Group-Pediatric Surgery in 1994 with special interests in chest wall deformities, inguinal hernias and newborn anomalies. Dr. Kelly has introduced new surgical techniques with Dr. Nuss, developer of the Nuss procedure. Since his arrival at CHKD, Dr. Kelly has pioneered many well-regarded research collaborations, including ongoing work with Old Dominion University's engineering department to develop a simulator for teaching surgeons the Nuss procedure. He has also collaborated with ODU's department of psychology -- led by CHKD's Dr. Michele Lombardo, which has grown out of the multicenter study assessing body image on pectus carinatum patients.  In 2014, Dr. Kelly received the title of Adjunct Professor of Modeling and Simulation Engineering with Old Dominion University/Batten College of Engineering and Technology Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering.
Dr. Kelly is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters since 1998. He is the Vice President for Surgical Affairs/Surgeon in Chief for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. He served on the Medical Executive Committee for over 15 years.  He holds the academic appointment of Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics in the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr. Kelly has been the Program Director for an intensive international pectus workshop and training course each year at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters since 2008.

Dr Manuel Lopez - Spain
Head of Department of Pediatric Surgery &Urology at the University Hospital of Valld’Hebron,
Barcelona, Spain. Head of Valld’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) Laboratory: CIBBIM-Nanomedicine Bioengineering,
Cell therapy and Surgery in Congenital malformation. Professor at the University Autonoma of Barcelona.
Past Position: Professor in Pediatric Surgery & Urology, Habilitation to lead research.  University Hospital of Saint Etienne, France.
Fellow in Pediatric Surgery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Clinical Fellowship in France and Switzerland, in the areas of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Urology and Minimal Invasive Surgery. Frequent presenter of papers at international conferences. Author of more than 90 scholarly articles and chapter of books, on current issues and practices in pediatrics, published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric of Urology and Journal of Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques. Guest speaker and lives surgical demonstrations at congresses and annual meetings of professional bodies in Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Colombia, Spain, France, Cambodia and Cuba and Iberoamerican meeting. Faculty of Pediatric Surgery at the IRCAD (Research Institute Again Cancer of the Digestive System), Faculty of International of Pediatric Endoscopic group (IPEG), European society of Pediatric endoscopic Surgeon (ESPES). Member and Secretary of the Executive committee of Chest Wall International Group (CWIG).
Member of editorial board of world journal of Clinical Pediatrics, Journal Clinical Urology, Frontiers in Pediatric and Journal of pediatric surgery in Colombia and Ukraine Journal of pediatric surgery.  Pass president of French Group in Pediatric Endoscopy in 2009-2011. Founding member of European Society of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgery (ESPES). Actively involved with humanitarian missions and education in training in Pediatric Surgery in Cambodia.

Marcelo Martinez-Ferro  - Argentina
Marcelo Martinez-Ferro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine in 1983, completing his residency in pediatric surgery at the Ricardo Gutierrez Children´s Hospital. Later, at Garrahan National Children`s Hospital, where he stayed for 15 years, he focused in drastically improving survival of newborn surgical patients, whose mortality rate was historically very high in Argentina.
In 1992, the completion of a fellowship at the Fetal Treatment Center of the UCSF, confirmed his passion and interest in fetal treatment and video surgery. Upon his return to Argentina, Dr. Ferro became a pioneer in pediatric minimal access surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy) developing techniques, tools and multidisciplinary teams to perform pediatric surgeries never done before in the country. In the early 90's, Dr. Ferro and his team performed the first pediatric minimal access surgery procedure in Argentina and in 2001, together with the CEMIC Surgical and Obstetrical Team, the first fetal surgery of myelomeningocele in South-America.
Many of the novel minimal access surgical techniques and procedures used today resulted from Dr. Ferro’s innovative approaches, especially in the treatment of esophageal atresia, hepatobiliary disorders, neonatal thoracoscopic and laparoscopic procedures, and chest wall deformities. One of his most significant contributions was the invention of the FMF Dynamic Compressor System, an adaptable brace used to correct chest wall deformities, which is currently used worldwide with excellent results.
Author of the Latin American best seller “NeonatologiaQuirurgica” (Surgical Neonatology) text-book, more than 23 other book chapters and over 150 publications, he remains a highly-requested lecturer and guest speaker for numerous surgical and medical societies and is a former IPEG (International PediatricEndosurgery Group) President.
As current professor of surgery and pediatrics, Chief Division of Pediatric Surgery, at FundaciónHospitalaria Children´s Hospital in Buenos Aires, he keeps a busy academic life and intense medical practice, fostering research, team-work, academic excellence and career development of his staff.  Always restless and in search of new trends and challenges, he is currently investigating potential clinical applications of 3D printing in pediatric surgery.

Antonio Messineo - Italy
Educational background & professional experience (in sequence of the latest year):
Fellow in Pediatric Surgery, University of Toronto, 1989-1991. Chief of Surgery, Trieste Children Hospital, 1998-2002
Chief of Surgery and Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Meyer Children Hospital & University of Florence, Florence, Italy from 2002 to today. Pectus Florence Center from 2015 to today

Prof Donald Nuss - USA
Donald Nuss received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1963.  He completed his General Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota in1971 and his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town in 1973.  From 1974 to 1976 he was a full-time faculty member of the Department of Surgery at the University of Natal in Durban. In 1977 he moved to Norfolk, Virginia and served as Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr. Nuss served on the Medical Executive Committee of the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk for 25 years and as Surgeon-in-Chief and Vice President for Surgical Affairs for 20 years. In addition he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System.
He was instrumental in getting operating rooms developed at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and saw the volume of surgical patients grow from 2,200 patients per annum to over 11,000 patients per annum during his tenure as Surgeon-in-Chief.
In 1987 Dr. Nuss developed the Minimally Invasive Procedure for Pectus Excavatum and was instrumental in initiating an intensive international workshop and lecture course each year at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter’s in Norfolk, Virginia that was attended by surgeons from all over the world.   Dr. Nuss is presently emeritus Professor of Surgery at EVMS.

Dr Hyung Joo Park  -South Korea
Hyung Joo Park received his medical degree from Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea in 1982.  He completed his Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency at Korea University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.  From 1993 to 2011, he was a Professor of Soochunhyang University and Korea University. Since 2011, he has been serving as Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea.
Dr. Park started pectus surgery using pectus bars according to the Nuss principle in 1999, the first time in Korea and now dedicated himself only for pectus surgery since 2011. The technique he developed for pectus repair were techniques for Asymmetry, 1999; Morphological Classification of pectus excavatum, 2000; the Crane technique, 2002; New CT Indices, 2003; the Sandwich Technique for Pectus Carinatum, 2010; and currently, the New Concept: Entire Chest Wall Remodeling with the Cross-bar technique and the Totally Craned Approach, 2017. Also, he has developed the devices including the Crane; pectus bar fixation trio (Claw Fixator, Hinge Plate, and the Bridge); pectus carinatum Compressor; and the Pectoscope.
Dr. Park is a CWIG Executive Committee member and served as the President (2016-18). He hosted the 14th and 18th CWIG Annual Meeting in 2013 and 2018. He operates on around 300 pectus cases annually and keeps the database on over 5000 pectus deformity. He has been running over 20 Live Surgery Workshops and his operating room is open for international visitors all year round.

Prof Claus Petersen - Germany
After his training in surgery, obstetrics and tropical medicine, Claus Petersen went to Bénin, West Africa, in the early eighties. There he served as a volunteer and, for more than two years, ran a primary health care project in a rural area. Back in Germany, he completed his training as a general surgeon and, in 1991, joined the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Hannover Medical School. There, he completed his training as a pediatric surgeon.The main emphasis of his work  is hepatobiliary surgery, pediatric urology and thoracic surgery, particularly chest wall deformities. He started performing Nuss procedures in 2000. His research activities cover biliary atresia and related diseases in terms of clinical studies, basic research in the infective mouse model and development of international and interdisciplinary registries.He is also coordinator of the academic development project “Pediatric Surgery for Yemen – teaching to train” since 2005.  This project was initiated in order to support long-term development assistance in one of the world’s poorest countries and includes nowadays similar projects in Tunisia and Pakistan. Claus Petersen is member of the CWIG Executive Committee and responsible for the CWIG website.

Prof Hans Pilegaard - Denmark
Born in 1951. Graduated from the Medical School Odense University in 1977. Completed general surgical training in 1989 and thoracic surgical specialisation in 1992. Appointed as a Consultant in thoracic and cardiac surgery at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark in 1993. Ass. Professor at the University of Aarhus since 2000. Retired from the University Hospital at the end of 2015 and now working in a private hospital.Has performed over 1000 heart operations, more than 6000 general thoracic operations including more than 2000 corrections of  pectus excavatum and 250 corrections of pectus carinatum.Is the lead for research in Thoracic surgery from 2007. Has authored chapters in 10 books and contributed to more than 100 papers. Has presented internationally on various aspects of thoracic surgery particularly Pectus surgery and has presented more than 100 Oral presentations and 25 Posters.Was the Chairman of the Danish Society of Thoracic Surgery between 1995-97 and the Chairman of the Danish Surgical Lung Cancer Group from 2002-2016. Is member of the Chest Wall International Group (CWIG), president of CWIG 2013-2015 and faculty member of the EACTS academy.

Dr Suhail Raoof - USA
Suhail Raoof, MD, Master FCCP, MACP, FCCM, CPE is Director of the Lung Center at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at HofstraNorthwell.  
Dr.Raoof’s medical career spans over 25 years.   He is a full time hospital based clinician and teacher who devotes his time to both in-patient and out-patient care.    His clinical interests include chest radiology for the pulmonologist and advanced modes of mechanical ventilation.   He is well published and has over 100 publications, book chapters, and abstracts.   He was the co-editor of the ACP Manual on Mechanical Ventilation and Editor of the ACP Manual of Critical Care.   He has participated in numerous physician and executive leadership programs to further enhance his leadership skills through organizations such as the American Association for Physician Leadership and the American College of Chest Physicians.  Professionally, he is an Elected Member of the Fleischner Society, Master Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Fellow in the Society for Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), Master in the American College of Physicians (MACP), and Past President of the American College of Chest Physicians (2011-2012).   He is the CHEST 2016 Edward C. Rosenow III, MD, Master FCCP/Master Teacher Honor Lecture recipient.

Dr RekhaRaveendran - USA
Rekha was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  She received her MD from Northeastern Ohio Medical University in 2007.  After medical school she finished both her Internal Medicine residency and Allergy/Immunology fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  She went into private practice in Washington, DC for three years before returning to academic practice at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in 2015.  At this time she is involved with the combined Allergy/Immunology fellowship at OSUWMC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital and sees both pediatric and adult patients. Her main interests include practice management, chronic rhinosinusitis, and allergic rhinitis.

Prof Karen Rodham - UK
Karen Rodham is a Professor of Health Psychology at Staffordshire University (UK). Her research focuses on understanding how we can better help people cope well when they are living with persistent health conditions. The questions she seeks answers to are those that require understanding of the experience of the people whom she studies. As such, the majority of her work is qualitative in nature. In this presentation she will share the preliminary findings of a study of peoples experiences before and after corrective surgery for pectus excavatum.

Chris Satur - UK
Mr Satur is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, with a mixed practice.  He qualified from The London Hospital Medical School, in 1982.  During paediatric cardiac surgical training he published papers in regard to the changes in the physiology of magnesium during cardiac surgery in children and in adults, and won the Arris and Gail Lectureship from The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He also published a dissertation for a Masters Degree in Surgery, on the potential of using radioisotopes to quantify myocardial injury in donor hearts after brain death. His Consultant career commenced as a cardiac surgeon in 2002. He added a thoracic surgical portfolio to his job plan in 2004, and have subsequently introduced lung sparing surgery and pulmonary optimisation protocols to maximise treatment of lung cancer in patients with poor risk profiles, achieving cancer resection rates in excess of 25%. He also introduced acute pulmonary embolectomy for the management of massive pulmonary embolism, oversaw the introduction of chest wall reconstruction in the management of major chest wall injuries and  introduced our regional service for the management of Chest Wall Abnormalities.

Prof SadaUemura - Japan
Educational background & professional experience (in sequence of the latest year)
~ 2004                   Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Kawasaki Medical School
1997-2004            Chief of Pediatric Surgeon, Iwakuni National Hospital
1994-1997            Research Fellow of Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
1988-1994            Lecturer, Dep. of Pediatric Surgery, Kagawa Medicala School
1985-1988            Fellow of Pediatric Surgery, Shizuoka Children’s Hospital
1983-1985            Assistant Professor, Dep. of Pediatric Surgery, Kagawa Medical School
1981-1983            Fellow of Pediatric Surgery, National Children’s Hospital
1980-1981            Fellow of Anesthesiology, Kobe Children’s Hospital
Clinical/Research Interests include minimally invasive surgery for pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum and laparoscopic surgery for children

Dr Nick Watson - UK
Nick Watson has been a Cardiothoracic Radiologist for 20 years in a major University Teaching Hospital.  He has wide experience in chest imaging working closely with his Cardiothoracic Surgical colleagues.

Prof Jean-Marie WIHLM - France
Professor Jean Marie Wihlm, MD, was born in 1945 in Colmar, Alsace, France. He graduated as Medical Doctor at the Faculty of Medicine of Strasbourg, University “Louis Pasteur” (1975). Surgery residency at Strasbourg University Hospital (1976-1982), qualified in General surgery and Thoracic surgery (1985), appointed Professor of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1989), Head of Thoracic Surgery Department, HopitauxUniversitaire de Strasbourg, France (1996-2013) and Consultant at University Hospital Cochin, Paris, France (2014-2017). His main interest for 25 years is chest wall reconstruction for deformities, tumors, trauma and sternal problems. Since 2006 he has developed with the MedXpert, Germany, novel osteosynthesis systems in titanium for these indications : STRATOS and STRACOS. He is founding member of the Chest Wall International Group (CWIG), and member of :SociétéFrançaise de ChirurgieThoracique et Cardio-vasculaire (1980), EACTS (1986), NASPE (1992), STS (2005), SCTS (2010).

Prof Dr Mustafa Yüksel - Turkey
Mustafa Yuksel was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1953. He graduated from the Ankara University Medical Faculty in 1977. He had his postdoctoral training at the Ankara Ataturk Thoracic Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Center to become a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. Until 1990 he worked at the Heybeliada Thoracic Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Center as a vice chief. In 1991 he had the founder and chief of the Marmara University Medical Faculty, Department of Thoracic Surgery. He worked together with Doctor Peter Goldstraw at the Royal Brompton National Heart-Lung Hospital in London, UK for one year  from 1991 to 1992.  He become an associate professor in 1994, and a professor in 1999. Having written many articles and chapters in the field, Doctor Yuksel has been working at the Marmara University Medical Faculty as the Head of Thoracic Surgery Department then on.  Prof.Yuksel has become the President of the Turkish Thoracic Surgery Society in November 2012. He is also the founding member and the previous President of the Chest Wall International Group (CWIG). He retired in 2019 and he is lecturer  at the DemiroğluBilim University, Thoracic Surgery Department İstanbul.