The next official in-person meeting of ISAR will be held in Toronto, April 11-13, 2024 as voted on at our last in-person meeting.


Stéphane Guichard

Stéphane completed an internship in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Paris, France from 1985 to 1992, gaining valuable experience in the field.

Following this, from 1992 to 1999, he served as a senior consultant at Hôpital Saint Louis, where their responsibilities included overseeing soft tissue reconstruction on the face, honing their expertise in facial reconstruction techniques.

In 1999, Stéphane Guichard became an associate of Dr. Françoise Firmin. From 2005 to 2020, they held the position of senior consultant at Hôpital Universitaire de Genève, specializing in ear reconstruction, further expanding their repertoire of surgical skills and contributing to advancements in the field.
Dr Kathleen Sie

Kathleen Sie, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Director of the Childhood Communication Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School, she completed residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and a research fellowship in auditory research at the University of Washington. She received fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She returned to the University of Washington as faculty in 1992 where she started programs for children with deafness and hearing loss, microtia and aural atresia and complex speech disorders. Dr. Sie created a multidisciplinary team for management of children with microtia and aural atresia. She is committed to optimizing care for children with communication challenges and holds the Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research. She is a Director on the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and served as its President from 2022-2023.
Dr Zung-Chung Chen

Dr. Chen is the Director of the Craniofacial Centre in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan.

He received his medical degree from China Medical College in Taichung, Taiwan. He underwent post-graduate training at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, serving as a resident in the Surgical Department from September 1992 to July 1995, and then as a resident in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department from 1995 to 1997, followed by a position as Chief Resident in the same department from 1997 to 1998. He furthered his training as a Clinical Fellow in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department at Akiba Hospital in Japan from 2001 to 2002.

He holds board certifications from the Medical Board, ROC; Surgical Board, ROC; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Board, ROC; and Board of Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Chen is affiliated with several professional associations, including the Surgical Association of the Republic of China, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Association, Society of Surgery of Hand, and Association of Craniofacial Surgery.

Dr. Chen has been recognized for his contributions in the field, notably receiving the Burt Brent Prize at the 1st Congress of the International Society for Auricular Reconstruction held in Paris, France.
Dr Maria Fernanda Valotta

Dr Maria Fernanda Valotta is a plastic surgeon from Argentina. She completed her residency in the Ramos Mejia Hospital, specialized mostly in craniomaxillofacial surgery. She completed her training visiting Manuel Gea Gonzalez hospital in Mexico, with Fernando Ortiz Monasterio and Fernando Molina, Sao Paulo with Dr Vera Cardim and Tucson with Dr Frederick Menick. She started doing ear reconstruction in year 2000 with the Brent technique until 2007 when she met Francoise Firmin, visiting her in many opportunities in Paris and in surgical missions through Latin America.

She wrote several papers in facial reconstruction and gave many lectures about Facial palsy and auricular reconstruction, including the main lecture of the Argentinian Society of Plastic Surgery in 2021, and the keynote lecture in cartilage reconstruction at the ISAR congress in 2022. With more than 400 cases operated, nowadays she dedicates her career exclusively to ear reconstruction.
She won the first prize in the best scientific paper of the Buenos Aires Society of Plastic Surgery in 1994, the senior prize of the Argentinian Society of Plastic Surgery in 1996, the prize of the best framework at the ISAR workshop during the congress in Paris in 2014.

She is an active member of the Argentinian Society of Plastic Surgery, FILACP, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and International Society of Auricular Reconstruction.
Dr Sharon Cushing

Dr. Sharon Cushing is a full time paediatric otolaryngologist and the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Full Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cushing has a clinical and surgical interest in disorders of the external, middle and inner ear, including hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. Her research interest include vestibular and balance function and dysfunction in children, and its association with hearing loss and cochlear implantation.
Prof Dr Corstiaan Breugem

Professor in Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery
Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Emma Children’s Hospital, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
President, Dutch Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
Vice-President, European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
President, Interplast Holland The Netherlands

Corstiaan Breugem is professor in the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is pediatric plastic surgeon working in the Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam. He is also director of Interplast Holland. This NGO help plastic surgery unit’s in Low Income Countries create durable and long lasting care, by training, inspiring and funding plastic surgeons to provide care in their own region.

After obtaining his registration as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Amsterdam, he did a pediatric plastic surgery fellowship in Vancouver, Canada 2005/2006. In 2003 he finished his PhD in vascular malformations. After working Utrecht for 12 years, he started working again in Amsterdam in 2019. He has published > 175 peer reviewed articles and has given > 100 international presentations. He has performed > 1000 cleft surgeries. He was initiator of the International Cleft Palate Dissection course. He was also coordinator and initiator of the international Robin sequence consensus meetings in 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

He is member of the Dutch Association of Plastic Surgeons (NVPC), Dutch Association of Cleft Palate / Craniofacial anomalies (NVSCA), American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA), International Cleft lip/palate Foundation (ICPF) and International Society for Auricular Reconstruction (ISAR). He is President of the Dutch Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association and vice-president of the European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. In microtia his research interests include ways that imaging can improve the way we treat these patients.