Prof. Dr. Harikrishna K.R.Nair S.I.S Kmn


PG in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (Cardiff, UK) ICW

Chairman Wounds Malaysia

Head and Consultant Wound Care Unit, Dept. of Internal Medicine, KLH

Founding President, Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals

Prof. Dr. Harikrishna K.R. Nair, is the Chairman of the ASEAN Wound Council & President of the Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals (MSWCP). He holds the position of Recorder, Executive Board, World Union of Wound Healing Societies and Vice President of the Asian Wound Care Association. Currently, he leads the Wound Care Department in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, Malaysia as well as The National Advisor for Primary Health Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Besides being a prolific speaker & trainer in both local & international arena, he has also published many international wound care related studies & is the Editor in Chief of Wounds Asia Journal & the Journal of Wound Care Silk Road Supplement. He is a faculty member of NADI and Chairman DCOM, Professor of The Institute of Health Management, Austria, Chairman of Pressure Injury Prevention Committee, KLH and a member of the National Technical Committee on Wound Care MOH. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Dept of Surgery, IMS, BHU, INDIA and The Executive Director of The College of Wound Care Specialists since 2017.He is the Course Director of The Certificate in Clinical Wound Care (CCWC) since 2017 which is the first certification programme started in Malaysia.

He is instrumental in the formation of the First WC centre in Malaysia and was appointed as the President Elect for Asia Pacific Association of Diabetic Limb Problem (APDLP) as well as a member of the ISWCAP Board and International Partner Organisation Board The European Wound Management Association (EWMA). Prof. Dr. Harikrishna is also instrumental in initiating the collaboration with Wounds Canada, Wounds Australia and the New Zealand Wound Care Society.

Prof. Raj Mani

Prof Raj Mani is a trained and accredited Angiologist and clinical scientist: his research focus is the microcirculation, tissue hypoxia, and improved wound healing. During his years in the National Health Service (mostly based in Southampton) Dr. Raj was involved in clinical imaging and research into tissue viability. He developed ultrasound driven techniques to image the veins and established a clinical service.

Several graduate and PhD students worked in the lab directed by him: the last of his PhD students are in the process of finishing their research theses in the University of Southampton. Presently Dr Raj is an independent consultant, also an Adjunct Professor at Chiang Mai University, Thailand and a Consultant / Advisory Professor Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China.

He has an established track record of authoring over 350 scientific publications including refereed papers, reviews, and abstracts. Raj also has authored and edited 7 books in the field of wound healing.

Dr. Raj is the Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, a Sage Publications product and also serves on the Editorial Board of the Chinese Burns and Trauma journal. Recent research publications from their group includes a systematic review and meta-analysis of nutritional supplementation in chronic lower extremity wounds as well as a Consensus paper for optimising the use of technology in wound management. He is an experienced clinical trial list: his motto “A treatment be it a device or a drug is only as good as the number of patients who can access it”.

Prof. Dr. Sadanori Akita

Professor Dr. Sadanori Akita is a professor and chief of department of plastic surgery, wound repair and regeneration of Fukuoka University, school of medicine since 2016.

He did his residency in plastic surgery at Nagasaki University Hospital. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Nagasaki University specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He later did a research fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under supervision of ShlomoMelmed MD on a cytokine expression and its regulation in vivo by using a transgenic animal model.

He served as a general secretary of World Union of Wound Healing Societies for the years of 2012 to 2016. He was the president of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) from September 2012 to September 2016 and currently the president of the Asian Wound Care Association (AWCA). He serves as an editorial board member of renowned journals such as ePlasty, Wound Repair and Regeneration, Advances in Wound Care, WOUNDS, Advances of Wound Care, International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open and a regular reviewer in journals of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Lancet, Nature and Annals of Surgery.

His research interests include: cytokines and stem cells in wound healing, difficult wound healing (radiation injury), and regenerative tissue enhancement to HIV-drug related-wasting patients, reconstructive surgery, burn, craniofacial surgery and hemangioma /avascular malformations.

His list of publications includes 88 peer-reviewed English original articles in web of science, 20 English overviews and 11 English-book chapters and 5 editorship of the books.

Dr. Joon Pio Hong

Dr. Joon Pio Hong, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. is Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine and Asan Medical Center. He has board certification in trauma, hand along with plastic surgery.

He received his BS degree from the Yonsei University of College of Medicine and his MS degree in medicine and PhD degree from the Graduate School of Yonsei University. He received his M.B.A. on medical management from University of Southern California at Marshall School of Business.

He is an active member of a number of professional associations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgery, World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and Korean Society of Plastic Surgery.

His major work has been research and clinical practice in wound healing, diabetic foot reconstruction and microsurgery. He is on the editorial board for numerous journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, International Wound Journal, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and more. He has been invited in over 80 countries to present his work and is visiting professor for more than 20 institutions. He has over 160 publications in this field of practice with 24 book chapters including the Neligan Plastic surgery. He was recently awarded the “Godina Travelling Fellowship” from the 2015 American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Dr. Xiaobing Fu

Dr. Xiaobing Fu is a Professor and Director of the Key Research Laboratory of Wound Repair and Regeneration of PLA, the Director of the Institute of Basic Medical Science, College of Life Sciences, General Hospital of PLA (301 Hospital), Medical College of PLA, and the President of the Chinese Tissue Repair Society and the Chinese Trauma Society.

He serves as a member of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies and an editorial board member of international journals such as Wound Repair and Regeneration, International Wound Journal, International Lower Extremity Wound Journal, Advances in Wound Care and Science China Life Sciences. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering (Division of Medical and Health) in 2009.

Dr. Fu has made significant contributions to the fields of trauma, tissue repair, and regeneration, particularly in the fields of growth factor functions and their effects in regulating wound healing and stem cell biology as well as their application in sweat gland regeneration. His research has been supported in part by the National Basic Research Program of China, National Distinguished Young Scientists, and National Natural Science Foundation of China.

He has published more than 600 scientific papers, including approximately 260 papers in international journals. As an editor-in-chief, he has published 25 books, including Regenerative Medicine: Basic Principle and Practices and Modern Traumatology.

He has won three first prizes of the National Science and Technology Progress Award (one as the first accomplisher and two as the second accomplisher). He has won numerous international and national prizes for his achievements in the past 30 years.

Prof. Dr. Yur Ren Kuo

Prof. Dr. Yur Ren Kuo, is currently the Professor and Chairman of Department of Surgery, and Chief of Plastic Surgery, Director of Transplantation Center, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan. He has met full residency training of general surgery and plastic surgery in National Taiwan University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in 1991- 1997.

Dr. Kuo is an internationally renowned “Surgeon-Scientist”, not only in clinical practice, but also in basic research. Dr. Kuo attained his PhD degree from Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chang Gung Medical College in 2003. Then he served as the Post-doctor Research Associate position in the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA, between 2004 to 2005. His research focused on the immunomodulation of composite tissue all transplantation.

Prof. Kuo has been honoured with numerous awards, orations, professorship, and honorary appointments. He has been selected as “International Guest Scholar” awarded by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 2003. He was conferred the “Godina Lecture Award” sponsored by American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) in 2009. He was also awarded The “Young Investigator Award” of American Transplant Congress (ATC), USA in 2011, and 18 “Visiting Professorship Award” appointed by Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), USA in 2014. He also has been invited as Visiting Professorship in numerous famous medical centres in the world.

Prof. Kuo is active in his prestigious academic and professional career. Dr. Kuo is an expert focused on microsurgical reconstruction for head neck and extremity defects. Prof. Kuo has mentored 40 clinical fellows over the past 20 years. He also as a true physician scientist devoted in transplant immunology, reconstructive microsurgery, wound healing, keloids scar, stem cells regenerative medicine. He has authored more than 170 leading peer reviewed innovative clinical and numerous basic research papers, 6 book chapters, and editorial board committee of three scientific journals.

Dr. Apirag Chuangsuwanich

Dr. Apirag Chuangsuwanich Clinical Professor Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Siriraj Hospital Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University.

He is the President of The Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons of Thailand and also a member of the Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand. He also holds the position of the President of The Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand from 2009 until present and also the President of The Society of Thai Burn Care Physicians from 2008 until present. He is The Chief of Division of Plastic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital from 2009 until present. He is a Clinical Professor in Plastic Surgery Professional organization and also an editorial board member of Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

He started his career with his M.D. in 1977 at Siriraj Hospital. He then, obtained his Thai Board of General Surgery in 1984, followed by his Thai Board of Plastic Surgery in 1987 and his Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh in 1992. Dr. Apirag has been involved in multiple research as well as multiple publications to his name.

Prof. Geoff Rey Sussman

Professor Geoff Rey Sussman has been involved in wound management for more than 30 years, in clinical research, clinical practice and teaching, and has more than 100 publications. He’s been a member of Sports Medicine Australia for 20-plus years and has lectured for it on sports trainer courses and to sports medicine doctors. He’s an advisor to the Commonwealth Government on wound issues.

Professor Geoffrey Sussman OAM is a modern-day renaissance man. At 82 years old, he actively contributes to his profession, local community and faith, the arts and sporting worlds, and the wider Victorian and Australian communities.

Geoffrey’s international career in wound management has spanned almost 60 years. He is a pioneer, educator, researcher, clinician and author in the field. Widely acknowledged as the leading authority in Australia in wound management, he has even extended his skills to animal patients in the Melbourne Zoo.

Geoffrey has participated fully in life outside his chosen profession. He has a long, active career in amateur and professional theatre and in TV as a writer, director and performer. Until recently, Geoffrey was cantor in his local synagogue and taught at a religious school. He has made a significant contribution to the sporting world as a sport administrator at the grassroots level and as an Olympian. A Justice of the Peace, Geoffrey has also bred, shown and judged pedigree dogs.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aziz Nather

Associate Professor Dr. Aziz Nather has been a member of NUH Multi-Disciplinary Diabetic Foot Team since May 2003. He received his surgical degree in 1978 from University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow (FRCS Edin, FRCS Glas). He also obtained a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1988 for his thesis “Fracture healing and revascularisation of a large avascular segment of bone”.

Prof Nather is the Founding President of the Asia Pacific Association on Diabetic Limb Problems set up in Singapore in November 2004. He is currently the Honorary Secretary of this association. Prof Nather ran the inaugural APCDLP Conference and also the 5th APCDLP and the 10th APCDLP Conference in Singapore.

He was Chairman of the ASEAN Plus Expert Group Forum on the Management of Diabetic Foot Wounds from November 2012 to November 2014. In this capacity, together with the wound experts from member countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka, he produced the ASEAN Plus Guidelines on Management of Diabetic Foot Wounds in July 2014. Guidelines launched in Wound Care Summit 2015 on 18th to 19th April in Phuket, Thailand.

Prof Nather is also a corresponding member of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot of the International Diabetic Federation, The Netherlands, since 2010. He has been reappointed as Corresponding Member for the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot of the International Diabetic Federation in 2015 (20th – 23rd May) and also as Country Representative for Singapore to the 7th international symposium of the diabetic foot.

He has been appointed Chairman of URGO Asia Pacific Wound Expert Board in Sydney, April 2015 (Sydney, Diabetic Foot Conference) with member countries from Australia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to produce education materials for diabetic foot wounds—for professionals and patients. He is also a Specialist in Bone Allograft Transplantation and is currently also the Director of the NUH Tissue Bank and runs the IAEA/ NUS Diploma Training Course for Tissue Bank Operators in the Asia Pacific region held annually since 1997.

He has done clinical work and research on diabetic foot and on bone allograft transplantation and has written several books on the topics: Books on Diabetic Foot • Diabetic Foot Problems, A Nather (ed). World Scientifc. 2008. • The Diabetic Foot, A Nather (ed). World Scientific. 2013. • ASEAN Plus Guidelines on Management of Diabetic Foot Wounds. July 2014. •Planning Your Research and how to write it, A Nather (ed). World Scientific. Oct 2015. •Surgery for Diabetic Foot, A Nather (ed). World Scientific. In press, April 2016. Publications He has 17 publications on Diabetic Foot in: • Journal of Diabetes Complications (2) • Diabetic Foot and Ankle (8) • Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore (7)

Dr. Luinio S. Tongson

Head, Diabetic Foot and Wound Care Centre, Capitol Medical Centre Wound Care and Vascular Centre, Manila, Philippine
President, Philippine Wound Care Society

Director, Dr.Jame G. Dy Wound Healing & Diabetic Foot Centre
Chinese General Hospital & Medical Centre, Blumentrit, Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippine

Dr. LuinioTongson is a General Surgeon in Paligsahan, Quezon City and has an experience of 17 years in this field. Dr. LuinioTongson practices at Capitol Medical Centre Inc. – Room No. 1001 in Paligsahan, Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Centre – Room No. 423 Medical Arts Building in E. Rodriguez, Quezon City and The Medical City in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

He completed Clinical Epidemiology from University Of The East- Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Centre in 2009 and Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetology (PGDD) from Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation in 2003.

He is a member of Philippine Board of Surgery and Philippine College of Surgeons. Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Kidney Transplant, Liver Transplant, Blood Transfusion, Bone Marrow Transplant and Reconstructive, Microvascular Surgery etc.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Josephine

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Josephine IP, IP WING YUK, MBBS, FRACS, FRCS, FHKAM Associate Professor and Chief Department of Orthopedic & Traumatology University of Hong Kong China.

Dr. Josephine Ip is the Chief of Division of Hand & Foot Surgery in Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology in the University of Hong Kong. She was the past President of Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand, past Secretary of the Asian Pacific Federation for Surgery of the Hand and the past Congress President of the 7th Congress of APFSSH in 2008. She is the founder of the Hong Kong Society for Diabetic Limb Care. She is currently the President-Elect of Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand.

She is actively involved in clinical work in Hand Surgery, Microvascular reconstructive surgery and Diabetic hand & foot management. She is actively involved in basic research and applied research. She has over 100 publications including book chapters, peer reviewed journals and patents. Her research interest is in Biomaterials and their application in clinical problems including nerve conduit, bone regeneration and hand joint prosthesis. She is the advisor of the Southern China Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and she is a reviewer of various journals.

She also has great contribution in the sports of Weightlifting & Powerlifting and she is the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Weightlifting & Powerlifting Association. She is an enthusiastic athlete, a coach, an international referee and the medical committee member of International Powerlifting & Weightlifting Federations. Currently she is the Sports Captain of Hong Kong Medical Association.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Sriram Narayanan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sriram Narayanan, is a senior consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon performing complex venous interventions and varicose vein surgery, thoracic and abdominal aortic endovascular repairs for aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular re-vascularization for diabetic and non-diabetic arterial disease and dialysis access surgery. He has a special interest in deep vein thrombosis, venous angioplasty and stenting, pelvic congestion syndrome in women and vascular erectile dysfunction in men.

Dr. Narayanan obtained his medical degree from JIPMER, India in 1993 and basic surgical training at the Sir JJ Hospital, Mumbai, India leading to the Master of Surgery degree in 1997. He moved to the UK in 1997 for advanced surgical training and went on to train in Gastro-intestinal, Thoracic and Hepatobiliary surgery in Liverpool and Cornwall followed by 2 years of research in Transplantation at Nottingham.

He was selected for the All Wales Higher Surgical Training Program in Cardiff in 2002 with sub-specialty training in vascular surgery. In 2008, Dr. Narayanan was awarded a senior vascular and endovascular fellowship at the Imperial College, London under Professor Alun Davies (Chair of Academic Vascular Surgery, Imperial College of Medicine), training at the Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospital Vascular Units. He has also trained in minimally invasive vascular surgery with fellowships at the European Institute of Telesurgery at Strasbourg, France and at Park Krankenhaus Leipzig Heart hospital, Germany.

Following completion of his fellowship training, he was appointed as a Consultant vascular surgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in April 2010. He left this post to move to Singapore in March 2011 as a consultant vascular surgeon at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was the Chief of Vascular Surgery and a Core Faculty Member of the National Healthcare Group Surgical Residency program. He is an Adjunct Asst Professor to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and an examiner for the final MBBS examinations.

Dr. Narayanan has published on transplantation, vascular access, vascular and endovascular surgery and peer reviews for the International Journal of Surgery. He is the Chief Scientific Editor of the journal Wounds Asia. He is also the author of book chapters on “Angiosomes applications in critical limb ischemia” (2013) and “Diabetic Foot – the Asian Perspective” (2017). He was the first to describe the different vein anatomy in Asians, first to perform venous glue ablation for venous ulcers and is a key opinion leader, speaker and south-east Asian trainer for venous stenting, intravascular ultrasound and aortic surgery. He has co-supervised PhD and MSc research with Nanyang Technology University School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on computer modelling of Asian aortic aneurysms. He is the current General Secretary of the Asian Venous Forum.