Faculty 2018-05-25T05:18:10+00:00

MAFAC Faculty

Prof Mark W Ashton // Course Chairman


Professor Ashton is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Plastic Surgery at Epworth Freemasons Hospital. He is the past Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Mark is President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is an Invited Editor for The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal in America and Editor in Chief of the Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. He is an invited Faculty Member of the International Perforator Flap Course in Belgium, Chairman of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course and Part of the Organising Committee for the upcoming Breast Masters Symposium.

Mark is Director of the Taylor Research Lab within the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne and is a Board Member and past Chair of the Surgical Committee for Interplast, a not for profit charity providing Plastic Surgery to the Asia Pacific. Professor Ashton has published 7 book Chapters and over 200 articles on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in peer reviewed national and international journals.

Dr Bryan Mendelson // Head of Faculty


Dr Mendelson is in private practice in Melbourne Australia. He is a graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, and undertook his Internship at the Alfred Hospital Melbourne. He trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, USA for six years and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery. This was followed by a fellowship at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in New York under Doctors Converse, Rees and Aston.

Dr Mendelson is known for his contributions on the surgical anatomy of the face. This work has led to several important anatomical findings that are published in a series of classic surgical anatomy papers, on the Surgical Anatomy of the Temple, the retaining ligaments of the orbit and Prezygomatic Space, the Surgical Anatomy of the Mid Cheek as well as the Surgical Anatomy of the Premasseter space and Jowl. The terms Prezygomatic space and Premasseter spaces were introduced as well as the important surgical concept of Facial Spaces, which are now beginning to be appreciated by plastic surgeons.

This anatomical based approach to Aesthetic Surgery has led to many invitations to speak at teaching courses and Congresses overseas. These include ISAPS Instructional Courses worldwide (12 times), at the Congresses of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on 10 occasions, including being awarded the Prize for the best scientific presentation by a Visiting Physician (2 times). He has also been Guest Professor at the Brazilian Society (2 times), Guest Professor at SOFCEP, the French Aesthetic Society (3 times), and Guest Professor of the Japanese Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (3 times), as well as other societies such as the British Aesthetic Society, BAAPS and the Canadian Society as well as at renowned Instructional Courses, such as Baker and Gordon, Dallas Aesthetic Symposium, Cutting Edge Symposium, New York. Planas, Course in Barcelona, CAFTAS, Ghent. The most recent live surgical demonstrations showing the anatomical approach in facelifts have been performed in Brazil, Istanbul, Cologne, Milan and Moscow, between 2011 and 2014.

Dr Mendelson is a Past President of ISAPS, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In Australia he served on the Council of ASAPS for 6 years and delivered the Second ASAPS ORATION in 2007 and has won the prize for the Best Scientific Presentation at the ASAPS Congress on 3 occasions.

Dr Mendelson is one of the founding members of the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course.

Mr Peter Callan // Dissection Director


Peter Callan is a plastic surgeon in Geelong, Australia.  His initial plastic surgery training was in Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by fellowships at Canniesburn Hospital, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Toronto General Hospital, the Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Toronto, and Southfield Hospital Michigan.

Peter Callan’s active cosmetic plastic surgery practice focuses on the face, nose and breast.  His main teaching passion is running advanced facial anatomy courses for Allergan based on cadaver dissection for plastic surgeons, neurologists, dermatologists and cosmetic practitioners.  He has conducted over 20 of these courses, which concentrate on facial and neck anatomy, with particular emphasis on facial muscles, planes in the face, neck anatomy and eyelid anatomy related to surgery and injectables.

Peter Callan is honoured to be on the faculty for the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course.

Mr. Keith Mutimer // Dissection Tutor


Mr Keith Mutimer is a specialist plastic surgeon based in Melbourne, Australia. He operates from Cabrini Brighton Hospital and his own day surgery Brighton Plastic Surgery. Mr Mutimer believes in fully informing his patients in detail about the procedure they are considering and consults personally with all patients.

For thirty years Mr Mutimer has focused on a range of plastic cosmetic techniques, in particular craniofacial and maxillofacial, cleft lip and palate, facial deformities and hand surgery, for adults and children.

Mr Mutimer has been in private practice for over two decades. He performs a range of cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women. They include full face lift, eye lid surgery, breast augmentation, reduction and lifting, liposuction, facial implants including chin implants and cheek implants, neck surgery, endoscopic brow lift, laser resurfacing, ear reduction, thighlift/armlift, wrinkle reduction with fat injections and dermal fillers, and men’s chest surgery.

For many years Mr Mutimer has worked with Interplast, an organisation which provides expert plastic and reconstructive surgery for people in South Pacific and northern Australian regions. His volunteer work with cleft lip and palate patients has changed the lives of many people in China, Fiji, Tonga, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Mr Mutimer is also currently serving on the Interplast Board.

Mr Mutimer won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Monash University. His early surgical training was at Melbourne’s Prince Henry’s Hospital, Western General Hospital, Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Preston and Royal Melbourne Hospital. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic surgery in 1986.

He has studied, worked and taught overseas in London, Paris and America. He was a Fellow in Plastic Surgery at Oxford University in England, worked at Harvard University, the Children’s Hospital, Brigham, was Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery at Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Locum Chief Surgeon at the Lautoka Hospital in Fiji. He has published papers in plastic and reconstructive surgery, lectures plastic surgeons internationally on invitation and regularly attends conferences and workshops around the world.

Dr Chin-Ho Wong  // Lecturer



Dr Wong is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon working at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2000. He completed his Basic Surgical Training in General Surgery in 2004 and went on to complete his Advance Surgical Training in Plastic Surgery at the Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the Singapore general Hospital in 2008.

Upon completing his Plastic Surgery training, he went on to do a 1-year Reconstructive Microsurgery and Aesthetic Surgery fellowship in 2007 under Professor Fu-Chan Wei at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. This was followed by a 6 month Advanced Facial Aesthetic Fellowship with Dr Bryan Mendelson in Melbourne Australia in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded the first International Fellowship by the American Society of Aesthetic Surgery (ASAPS). This scholarship gave him the opportunity to spend time with and learn from top American plastic surgeons throughout the USA.

He is currently Consultant at the Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital. He is active in research and has published over 60 peer review articles and contributed to several key reference textbooks in plastic surgery. His research interests include facial anatomy, anatomical changes of the ageing, aesthetic surgery of the Asian face and Asian Rhinoplasty.

A/Prof Mark Magnusson // Dissection Tutor


Assistant Professor Mark Magnusson is in private practice and has been working as a Plastic Surgeon in Toowoomba, Queensland, since 2001. He has a special interest in the interactions between surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation modalities, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body contouring, facial skin cancer and microvascular head and neck reconstruction.

A/Prof Mark Magnusson has been the Chairman of Education for the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery since 2012. In this role he convenes scientific meetings run by the Society including Non-Surgical Symposia and Aesthetic Surgical Meetings. In addition to his role on the MAFAC Faculty A/Prof Magnusson also runs Facial Anatomy Injecting and Cadaver Dissection Workshops for plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors and nurses concentrating on anatomy relevant to non-surgical rejuvenation methods and aging.

A/Prof Mark Magnusson is also the current President of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Mr Ian Carlisle // Dissection Tutor

Mr Ian Carlisle has undergraduate degrees in Dental Science (University of Queensland) and Medicine (Melbourne University).

Post Graduate training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Melbourne and Perth as well as Clinical Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and the Brigham and Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Ian has held Consultant appointments at The Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit, and The Alfred Hospital Melbourne.

He has been involved with Interplast since its inception in1983 and has been on more than 40 missions. He currently sits on the Board of Interplast Australia, is a member of the Surgical Committee (Chair 1997 – 2011) and is Country Coordinator for Indonesia.

He was awarded the International Medal, Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2012.

He has been invited on numerous occasions in Australia and overseas to present his experience in non-surgical rejuvenation techniques, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

He is currently in private practice at Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne and is Medical Director at Erase Aesthetic Services in Melbourne.

Dr Tim Papadopoulos // Dissection Tutor


Dr Tim Papadopoulos is in private practice and has been working as a Plastic Surgeon in Sydney, NSW since 2002. He is the Medical Director at CosmeticCulture Injectable & Laser Clinics and has a special interest in breast surgery, body contouring and rhinoplasty.

Dr Papadopoulos is the current President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and is on the Education Subcommittee for the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). In Australia he has served on ASAPS Council for 7 years and has won the prize for the Best Scientific Presentation at the ASAPS Annual Meeting in 2012. He is very active in the scientific meetings run by the Societies especially the Non-Surgical Symposia (NSS) and ASAPS Annual Meetings. In addition to his role as a dissection tutor on the MAFAC Faculty, he also tutors at the Cadaver Dissection Workshops for plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors and nurses concentrating on facial anatomy relevant to non-surgical rejuvenation methods and aging. Dr Papadopoulos was also honoured to be on the faculty for the Aesthetic Meetings in New York in 2013 and San Francisco in 2014 running courses on body contouring on both occasions.

Dr Papadopoulos has published papers in plastic and reconstructive surgery, lectures to plastic surgeons internationally on invitation and regularly attends conferences and workshops from around the world.

Mr Howard Webster // Dissection Tutor



Mr Howard Webster is a specialist plastic surgeon at ARC Plastic Surgery. He consults in Melbourne, Shepparton and Albury. With over 20 years’ experience in private practice, he focuses primarily on body, breast, face & nose, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Howard trained in Melbourne and Brisbane, and subsequently spent three post graduate years overseas training in the UK and the USA.

Howard is a past president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the peak Australian professional body for plastic surgeons. He served for nine years on the ASPS Council. Howard was the founding Chairman of the new Australasian Plastic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, is an honorary senior lecturer in Surgery with the Melbourne University Rural Clinical School, and over the years has co-authored five chapters in plastic surgery texts. He has presented at many national and international plastic surgery meetings and was on the teaching faculty for the IPRAS World Congress in Plastic Surgery in Vancouver, 2011. More recently, Howard was the Scientific Convenor on the Organising Committee for the 2013 Plastics Surgery Congress.

Passionate about the quality of patient care, Howard has spent his career actively seeking and advocating for improvements in patient safety standards. He has served on the Avant (Insurance) Medical Advisory Council, whose role is to continually develop standards, reduce surgical risks and improve safety of practice.

Howard established and co-owns the Linley Clinic Private Hospital, a small, fully accredited centre of excellence focusing on the surgical care of plastic surgery patients, which has now treated over 20,000 patients in its 10 year history with an impeccable record of patient safety.

Howard is constantly keeping up to date with the latest clinical developments and research, and fosters ongoing improvement, communication and excellence in his surgical team.

ARC Plastic Surgery is a training practice for Plastic Surgery Specialists, having frequent local and overseas Fellows. This increases the quality of care offered by the practice, as teaching improves quality and standards within it.

Howard is available for consultation at ARC Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, GV Specialist Centre in Shepparton, and in Albury.

Dr Dan Kennedy // Dissection Tutor


Dr Kennedy attended Medical School at the University of Queensland from 1979 completing his M.B.B.S. in 1984.

He did his internship and Junior House Officer jobs at Princess Alexandra Hospital before spending a year as a Senior House Officer at the Frenchay Plastic Surgery Unit in Bristol. He returned to Australia performing a year of General Surgery before beginning advanced training in Plastic Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital.

He finished his training with a year in London at Mount Vernon in 1992. As a Senior Registrar in a busy plastic surgical unit he covered the full gamut of plastic surgery procedures but specially focussed on facial reanimation surgery.

Dr Kennedy went on to do a Cosmetic Fellowship at the Wellington Hospital in London before returning to Australia to set up private practice in mid 1993. Since that time, he has worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Mater Adults Hospital in Brisbane and run a successful private practice specialising in the areas of facial and breast surgery.

Dr Kennedy is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Director of Medical Services and CEO at Pacific Day Surgery and the Head of Unit at the Mater Adults Hospital in Brisbane.

Dr Steve Jacobson // International Faculty

Steven R. Jacobson, MD recently started a private practice after 9 years on staff at the Mayo Clinic as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and consultant in the Division of Plastic Surgery in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Jacobson earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, He completed both his general and Plastic Surgery residencies  at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, College of Medicine. Even among the best he was awarded a prestigious Mayo Foundation Scholar fellowship to train in Australia under Dr Bryan Mendelson, the world’s leading authority on facial anatomy.

He is immediate past President of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons, member of the Priestley Society and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Jacobson has had articles published in multiple journals such as the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, American Journal of Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Jacobson has served as a consultant and Principal investigator in breast reconstruction studies, and he is a frequent presenter at both national and international conferences and symposia.

Dr Jacobson currently resides in Rochester, Minnesota with his wife Dyan and their 4 children. He enjoys hockey, boating, wake surfing and other outdoor activities. He is excited to share his passion for Aesthetic Surgery.

Mr. Matthew Hansen // Dissection Tutor


President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial surgery and Head of Department of Plastic Surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Matthew Hansen attended the University of Western Australia and completed medical school in 1982. Following this he worked in the West Australian public hospital system doing General Surgery and then Plastic Surgery training, completing FRACS in Plastic Surgery in 1991. Following completion of Plastic Surgical training he went on to do another 3 years of Fellowship in Cranio-Facial, Head & Neck and Skull Base surgery initially in Oxford in the United Kingdom, then at Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts and finally with Ian Jackson in Michigan.

He returned to Perth in 1995, commencing private practice in West Perth and public practice at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. He was Head of Department of Plastic Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital from 2003 to 2006 before focusing his public hospital work on cranio-facial surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital where he continues to work today.

Matt is a founding member of the Australian Society of Cranio-Maxillo Facial Surgeons and is currently Vice-President of that society. He is also a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Head & Neck Society. He was President of the West Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2009 and 2010 and was the West Australian representative of the Board of Training for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons from 1997 to 2003. He continues to be involved with the training of Plastic Surgeons both through Princess Margaret Hospital and in the private system. He supports and is involved in overseas aid programmes via the Rafiki Programme in Africa and Interplast as well as supporting Operation Rainbow.

Dr Scott Ingram // Dissection Tutor


Dr Scott Ingram is a highly accomplished specialist plastic surgeon. He first commenced specialist practice in 1997, and established the Form & Function Clinic in Brisbane, Australia in 2003. Dr Ingram has specialist qualifications from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and General Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr Ingram has almost 20 years’ experience as a specialist plastic surgeon and prides himself on providing his clients cutting edge treatments across the spectrum of plastic surgery, including skin cancer management, hand surgery, breast reconstruction, and microsurgery. Given his extensive experience, his practice is now also extremely highly regarded for the outcomes he achieves in aesthetic surgery of the face, body and breast. Dr Ingram also offers his clients a comprehensive range of non-surgical treatments including laser/IPL, cryolipolysis, injectable treatments and skin care.

As well as delivering outstanding results for his clients, Dr Ingram is passionate about educating other medical professionals, trainees and students, and the public alike. He is also committed to his own ongoing education and regularly attends conferences in Australia and overseas. Dr Ingram has a number of research interests, holds two international patents and is collaborating with the CSIRO in developing a novel UV filter for the use in sunscreen.

Dr Ingram is immediate past president of the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and has served on ASAPS council for the past 10 years. Dr Ingram also generously gives his time to philanthropic organisations such as Chicks in Pink, the Cancer Councils of Queensland and South Australia, and the Beat Cancer Tour.

Dr Ingram holds the unique dual distinction of being not only the best looking, but also the most skilful plastic surgeon in Australia with the initials SI. He’s also just a good bloke.

Dr Ingram can be contacted via his website at www.ffclinic.com.au or by telephone on +61 7 3010 3300.

Dr Jeremy Wilson // Dissection Tutor


Dr. Wilson is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville, Australia with a special clinical interest in Facial Aesthetic Surgery, Facial Reconstruction, and Head and Neck Microsurgery. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Wilson is currently a Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Wilson’s research interests include the Applied Vascular Anatomy of the Face, Soft Tissue Mechanobiology, and the Mechanical Regulation of Fat Graft Outcomes.
After graduating from The University of Melbourne in 1994, Dr. Wilson undertook his internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. He completed his training in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery in Melbourne in 2004. At the conclusion of his training he undertook a Microsurgical Research Fellowship at The Bernard O’Brien Institute from 2004 to 2007. During this period his research focused on Functional Adipose Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Mechanobiology.

Dr. Wilson has published numerous textbook chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has been invited to speak at a number of international and local meetings on subjects relating to Facial Anatomy, Aesthetics and Reconstruction. Dr. Wilson described both the Superior Thyroid Artery Perforator (STAP) Flap for Head and Neck Reconstruction, and The Facial Artery Advancement Rotation Myomucocutaneous (FARM) Flap for aesthetic functional reconstruction of total lower lip defects. He is the recipient of numerous awards and competitive scholarships, including The University of Melbourne Melville Hughes Scholarship (2006), The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Surgeon Scientist Award (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), The University of Melbourne Faculty Medical Research Scholarship (2004, 2005), and the St Vincent’s Health Research Scholarship (2004, 2005). Dr. Wilson received the Best Free Paper Award at the 19th Congress of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) in 2008.

Dr. Wilson is in private practice in Melbourne with a special interest in Facial Aesthetic Surgery and Reconstruction, and Head and Neck Microsurgery. He is honoured to be part of the MAFAC faculty.

Dr Richard Bensimon // International Dissection Tutor


Dr Bensimon obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor after which he trained in general surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He trained in plastic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center also in New York. Following this, he entered into private practice and obtained certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr Bensimon’s academic endeavors have centered on deep plane facelift techniques and the development and implementation of deep croton oil peels in facial aesthetic surgery. He is a frequent lecturer nationally (USA) and internationally. He has performed live peel demonstrations at the CATFAS, Ghent meeting twice, in the US, Holland, Spain, Mexico, and Australia. He is a regular lecturer and surgeon at the annual Live Surgery Workshop in Ghent, Belgium.

Dr Bensimon is a co-editior and author of the upcoming book “Centrofacial Rejuvenation” along with Alexis Verpaele and Patrick Tonnard. Dr Bensimon is particularly proud of being a member of the MAFAC faculty for the last two years.

Dr Bensimon is in private practice in Portland, Oregon, USA concentrating exclusively in aesthetic surgery. His most recent work has been the design and development of microsculpting cannulas which allow a significant refinement in liposuction.

Dr Andrés Freschi // International Dissection Tutor


Dr Andrés Freschi is a Buenos Aires, Argentina-based plastic surgeon. He graduated from the school of medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina and is Board certified in aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery by the UBA. He did the internship at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL. USA.

Dr Freschi trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at Hospital Argerich of Buenos Aires, which has an extremely good reputation in aesthetic plastic surgery residency programs in Argentina and one of the few in offering free public access to aesthetic surgery in the world. After 10 years of training since a very young age, he decided to focus on aesthetic surgery in his private practice.

Particularly interested in facial plastic surgery and looking for a higher level of surgical education, he supplemented his training with further postgraduate studies. He did a fellowship at the Esthetic Medical Centre of Ghent, Belgium and cadaver dissections at the University of Regensburg, Germany, University of Vienna, Southwestern University of Texas, USA. He has travelled as a fellow, visitor, attendee and over the shoulder observer, gaining experience and refining his surgical craftsmanship by the masters.
Dr Freschi is full active member of the Argentinian Society of Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SACPER), the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS) and the International Society of
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Reviewer of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open.

He is regularly invited to lecture and teach peers and colleagues on advances in modern aesthetic face surgery. He works with a team of leading medical professional providing exemplary care for his patients.
Overall, Dr Freschi loves to teach and is very proud to be part of the faculty members of MAFAC.

Dr Min-Hee Ryu // International Dissection Tutor


Dr. Ryu is a Korean plastic surgeon who has been in private practice in Seoul since 2015. He has been working for the affiliated hospital of Nanjing Medical University Friendship Plastic Surgery Hospital in Beijing, since 2015. He is an active member of the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (KSPRS) and the Chinese Association of Plastics and Aesthetics (CAPA).

Dr. Ryu has been invited to speak as part of the panel at meetings in Korea, US, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, and other countries. He is very interested in Asian Facelift surgery and facial anatomy. The demand for Facelift procedures is rapidly increasing in Asia and as a result of continued economic development and significant growth of the aged population. As we know Asian’s facial features are different from Caucasian’s. It is unfortunate there are very little research papers for Asian facelift. It is for this reason, Dr Ryu is keen to contribute to the development of research in this area.

Dr. Ryu is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He is enthusiastic to learn from the ‘masters’ and share his experiences with colleagues.

Dr. Ryu is extremely honoured to be on the Faculty for the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course.

Dr Ruth Graf // International Dissection Tutor


Dr. Graf is Associate Professor in Plastic Surgery at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. She is a graduate of Federal University of Paraná in 1976 and finished her plastic surgery training in Barata Ribeiro’s Hospital, Rio de Janeiro in 1980. Prof Graf acts also as Plastic Surgeon at Pietà Medical Center where she is Clinical Director.

Dr Graf has worked at the Burn Unity at the Evangelic Hospital and Cleft and Palate Unity at the Nossa Senhora das Graças Hospital during her first ten years of practice. Her fellowship was with Professor Stephen Mathes at the University of San Francisco, California (UCSF) in 1995. She gain a Master Degree in 2000 and the Doctor Degree (PhD) in 2001 in Plastic Surgery at the UFPR. Prof. Graf was invited as Visiting Professor at the Yale University by Prof. John Persing in 2009 and at the University of South California by Prof. Grant Stevens in 2017.

Dr Graf has actively worked with the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP), as President of the Regional section of SBCP – Paraná, 2002 through 2004.  She cooperated with ISAPS as National Secretary and Chair of the National Secretary of ISAPS in Brazil, 2004 through 2006. From 2006-2009 she worked as Editor in Chief of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Newsletter (ISAPS) and Assistant Chair of the ISAPS Educational Council, 2012-2014.

Prof Graf has over 50 publications in peer review journals and more than forty chapters in Brazilian and International plastic surgery books. The main topics of all the publications are face, including facelifting, endoscopic forehead, blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing and breasts reduction and augmentation.

Dr Graf is a current member of various Societies as, Active Member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) since 1981; Ibero-Latinoamerican Society of Plastic Surgery (IPRAS) since 1981; ISAPS – International Society of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery since 1997 and Correspondent Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) since 2000.

Prof Graf has been invited to give lectures in Meetings all over the world and has been awarded  prizes for the Best Scientific Panel at the ASAPS Congress in 2002 and will receive the award as the best international article at the Blue Journal at next ASAPS Meeting in San Diego this year.

Since the last year Prof Ruth Graf participate as Faculty Member at the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course at the ASAPS Meeting.

Dr Utsugi Ryuichi // International Dissection Tutor


Dr Utsugi is a board qualified plastic surgeon and the director of Clinic UTSUGIryu in Tokyo, Japan (opened 2007).

He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Kitasato University School of Medicine in Sagamihara and the Yokohama City University School of Medicine. His clinic specializes in facelift procedures. He graduated from the University of Kitasato School of Medicine in 1980. He later became the founder & Director of the Aesthetic Medical Center at Kitasato Institute Hospital in Tokyo from 1999 to 2007.  It was the first anti-aging plastic surgery facility in Japan. He was a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr Linton Whitaker from 1992 to 1995. He has had a long standing interest and understanding of facial anatomy based facelifts shown by his procedures. He has created his unique ‘MIR-Lift(Mimetic Muscles Immobilized And Relaxation Forehead Lift)and ‘Ligament to Ligament Facelift’. He completed the full MAFAC in Melbourne. Dr Bryan Mendelson has helped his progress with his facelift procedures greatly and has been a mentor for him.

Dr Nina Schwaiger // Faculty Support

After finishing her studies at the University of Vienna, Dr Nina Schwaiger commenced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Graz, Austria in 2006. Prioir to specialising in Plastic Surgery, Dr Schwaiger completed her general medicine training in Austria. She then moved to Germany to finalize the Plastic Surgery training program in Hannover and Cologne. During her training, she worked as a medical research officer in Sydney to investigate a new anastomosis device in microsurgery in 2005.

Since 2010 Dr. Schwaiger has been employed at Dreifaltigkeits-Hospital, Wesseling, Germany where she works under the guidance of Dr. Dirk Richter. In 2013, Dr Schwaiger successfully passed her board exams in Germany. Her main interests include Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery of the face and body, especially periorbital surgery.

During 2015 and 2016 Dr. Schwaiger had the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Bryan Mendelson in Melbourne. She has co-authored several papers and book chapters over the last years and in 2017 has been invited to join the MAFAC support Faculty. Dr Schwaiger is currently working as a Consultant of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit at the Dreifaltigkeits-Hospital, Wesseling, Germany.

Dr George Kolios // Faculty Support

Dr. med. Georgios Kolios MBA is the head of the Unit for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery in a hospital close to Hamburg, which is predominantly a teaching hospital for three German Universities.

Upon completion of Plastic Surgery training in 2012, he completed a 16 month Reconstructive Microsurgery and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in 2014 under Professor Fu-Chan Wei at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. Followed closely by a 2 month Advanced Facial Aesthetic Fellowship with Dr Bryan Mendelson in Melbourne Australia in 2015.

He was invited to complete a 6 month Fellowship of the Dutch Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (DAFPRS) where he worked with World Renowned Plastic Surgeons in London (Royal Free, Wellington, Harley Street) and Germany.

In 2016 he was awarded the first German Plastic Surgeon with the International Fellowship by the American Society of Aesthetic Surgery (ASAPS). This scholarship provided him the opportunity to learn from highly reputable American Plastic Surgeons throughout the USA.

Additionally, Dr. med. Georgios Kolios is a Consultant for Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery for the Holsteinisches Breast Cancer Center (4 departments) and the Breast Cancer Center of Marienhospital Hamburg. He was recently honoured with the leading position in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery in the Hanse Chirurgie which is a group of celebrated surgeons from all fields in Hamburg.

Terry Tiong // Surgeons Assistant

Ms Jilda Cosentino // Course Secretary


Jilda Cosentino has worked in private Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Practice for 17 years, most of her time spent with Dr Bryan Mendelson in the role of Patient Advisor and Practice Manager.

Jilda is a registered nurse who begun her nursing career in at The Victorian Burns Unit at The Alfred Hospital.

MAFAC has always interested and inspired Jilda, initially assisting with adhoc administration and in early 2017 taking on the role of Course Secretary from her predecessor Georgie Morgan. Jilda looks forward to assisting Plastic Surgeons in learning more about the uniqueness of the Course and facilitating their MAFAC experience.

Clin A/Prof Christopher Coombs // Associate Chairman

Retired from MAFAC Faculty 2017


Christopher Coombs trained in Melbourne in plastic and reconstructive surgery after completing his medical degree through Monash University graduating with Honours. He completed training in Plastic Surgery in 1992 and then was the craniofacial fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Following this he did further postgraduate studies at Harvard University in Boston and Toronto Sick Kids in the field of paediatric hand and microvascular surgery. He has particular interests in aesthetic surgery, facial palsy, paediatric hand surgery and microsurgery, ear reconstruction, and congenital genital anomalies.

He has published over 30 papers in peer review journals on a variety of plastic surgery topics and has been invited to be a member of numerous panel discussions at both local and international society meetings particularly in the fields of facial palsy reconstruction and ear reconstruction and otoplasty utilizing his anatomical subunit approach.

He currently is Chief of Hand and Microvascular Surgery and Head of the Microtia clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Victorian Board of Plastic Surgery and immediate past Deputy Chairman of the Australasian Board of Plastic Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He also is a member of the Victorian Dept. of Health Leadership Group for the Paediatric Clinical Network which is looking at the delivery of Child Health services for the State of Victoria.