Our confirmed speakers are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Dr Russell Aldred

Dr Russell Aldred is an Honorary Plastic Surgeon and Chairman of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Vincent’s Clinic and St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Sydney. His areas of interest include Minimal Scar Reconstructive, Burns and Aesthetic surgery as well as Facial Skin Cancer Surgery. He runs various advance plastic surgery courses for medical professions from different background including nurses, interns and residents from around Australia and New Zealand. He is also the founder of VAPS nursing conference which is a training course for nurses in plastic surgery.

Associate Professor Sydney Ch’ng

Associate Professor Sydney Ch’ng is a leading specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery. She continues to be a prominent surgical researcher, winning numerous awards throughout her career for her scientific papers, book chapters and extensive research, eventuating in the awarding of a PhD. Her work has led to changes in global guidelines for the management of skin cancers and she is currently the Associate Professor of Surgery at the Institute of Academic Surgery, University of Sydney and the Research Lead for Plastic Surgery at RPA. Associate Professor Ch’ng has completed extensive training in both Australia and overseas, and has special interests in facial skin cancers, advanced skin cancers requiring complex reconstruction, parotid surgery and blepharoplasty.

Dr Vlad Ilie

Dr Vlad Ilie is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Trainee at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.


Dr Thomas Lam

Dr Thomas Lam is a graduate of UNSW in 1984 and attained FRACS in General Surgery in 1990 and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 1996. He has a comprehensive practice in the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with a special interest in breast reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer with microsurgery flaps or implants, and liposuction for lymphoedema. He is a Clinical lecturer at the Sydney University and has published a number of original scientific papers on breast reconstruction, receiving the PRS Best Guest Nation Paper Award in 2014 and the PRSGO Best Oceanic Paper Award at the recent PSTM 2016. He is also currently completing a Doctoral thesis on the topic of Prosthetic breast reconstruction and the impact of radiotherapy.

Professor Peter Maitz

Professor Peter Maitz, a specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, has been the Medical Director of the Burns Unit at Concord Hospital since 2000. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to the victims of the Bali bombings. His clinical work includes all areas of burn surgery, with a special interest in burns reconstruction especially in the head and neck region. In addition to his clinical work, Prof Maitz is published extensively in peer reviewed journals and is a member of numerous surgical societies worldwide. He established the tissue culturing laboratory at Concord Hospital, which supplies cultured skin substitutes to all patients in NSW and serves as the base of a burns research group whose main research areas include skin substitutes, cell technology and microsurgery.

Dr Tim Wang

Dr Tim Wang is a former neurosurgical registrar and current Plastic Surgery SET Trainee with a keen interest in teaching and founder of ‘Anatomy X’, an anatomy revision course for junior doctors and senior medical students preparing to sit the GSSE. Upon qualifying from Imperial College London in 2010, he completed a preceptorship in plastic surgery at Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a subinternship in Trauma Surgery at Lincoln Memorial in the Bronx, NYC. His original research interests were within the field of surgical simulation with Prof Lord Darzi’s unit at Imperial College and later in microsurgical breast reconstruction as an honorary research fellow at the Royal Marsden. Currently, he is completing his masters thesis on perceptive thresholds in facial asymmetry.