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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Success of WSRM Seoul and Future of Microsurgery

Message From the Editor, Isao Koshima, M.D:

I have recently taken over the position of President of the World Society from Professor David Chuang. First of all, I sincerely bless the success of the last WSRM conference in Seoul. I am thankful to all the participants from all over the world who gathered and I am sincerely thankful for the efforts of the Korean Society of Microsurgery conducted by the local chair, my old and best friend, Prof. Myong Chul Park.

Looking at the success of this academic society in such magnificent Korea, I remember here that Professor SM Baek, the father of microsurgery in South Korea. Professor Baek learned the procedure of plastic & microsurgery at New York and returned home to Korea and was able to start modern plastic surgery, craniofacial/aesthetic surgery in Seoul. He is also the founder of the current Korean facial aesthetic surgery. In 1983, a historical paper from Korea was published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery. Even now I still remember my emotion at that time. It is the world’s first paper
of thigh flap (AMT flap) which remains in history. It is well known that the ALT /AMT flap was reported first by Professor Song of China in 1984, but one year ago, Professor Baek also reported thigh flap (AMT flap).

Afterwards, as you know ALT flap got the first position to be selected as a free flap for head, neck and limb reconstruction. Another pioneer of the Korean Society of Microsurgery is Professor Wang. He succeeded the first finger replantation in Korea. Professor Emeritus Yoshikazu Ikuta of Hiroshima University Orthoplastic Surgery had a workshop on mico-technique in Seoul in the early ‘70’s, which is said to have led to Dr. Wang ‘s success. Without this pioneer’s efforts, I believe that there was no prosperity of the current Korean Society of Microsurgery. Thanks to their great predecessors.

As for the future direction of the WSRM, first of all, I believe that we stimulate the young microsurgeon and appealing the interest of microsurgery. In addition, the technology of microsurgery is popular only in developed countries, and there are many underdeveloped countries without this technology. Many patients in these countries suffer from the disease without receiving the microsurgical benefit. How to plant the latest technology in a country without microsurgery must also be a big goal.

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