Boston Surgical Symposium

May 10 - May 11, 2024
| Boston, MA

Future of Regenerative Surgery at the Kerecis Boston Surgical Symposium

Over the past several years, Iceland has emerged as a vibrant center for medical and scientific innovation, with Kerecis at the forefront in the area of wound healing and tissue repair.

The discovery of intact fish skin grafts and research on its surgical applications has led surgeons to develop new treatment protocols that have changed the way they practice reconstructive surgery. In this symposium leading researchers will gather to present surgical techniques and their corresponding treatment algorithms that are designed to shorten length of stay in hospital and reduce the need for autografting.

Previous Kerecis Symposiums have also had the privilege of hosting guest such as president of Iceland, Gudni Th. Johannesson, former Icelandic president, Olafur R. Grimsson, Iceland’s Minister of Health and Innovation, the U.S. ambassador to Iceland, and Admiral Matthias Winters of the U.S. Navy.

The Boston Surgical Symposium will take place on May 10th and 11th, 2024. The chairs of the symposium will be joined by clinical proctors to demonstrate the application techniques along with other reconstructive best practices. The workshop’s purpose is to receive hands-on training on the application of intact fish skin grafts and muscle and cutaneous flaps. Further, the lab intends to disseminate clinical best practices and applications and discuss future regenerative research.


May 10 – May 11, 2024


Boston, MA

Attendance Eligibility

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the Kerecis Boston Surgical Symposium is for residency programs and for practicing surgeons in the field of Plastic Surgery, General/Trauma Surgery, and Vascular Surgery, with a focus on tissue injuries and reconstructive procedures for:

  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Traumatic Injury and Degloving
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Open Abdomen
  • Burn Injury
  • Pilonidal Sinus
  • Muscle & Cutaneous Flaps

Attendees are required to provide active participation in the full symposium, discussions, and active feedback in the form of answering follow-up questions

Standard fare air travel, meals, and lodging are covered by Kerecis for attending doctors and medical professionals for the duration of the workshop. Travel has to be booked by Kerecis; self-booked travel arrangements will not be reimbursed. Kerecis does not pay for family members and/or spouses.

Government employees are not eligible to participate in this event without prior written approval.

A One Evening, One Morning Event

The Boston Surgical Symposium is a one evening, one morning event open to eligible surgeons. Air travel*, meals and lodging for those one night is covered by Kerecis for participating doctors and medical professionals.

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Fertram Sigurjonsson
Founder and CEO


Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2024
  • 5:45 PM EST
  • Shuttle to restaurant
  • 06:00 PM EST
  • Arrive at the dinner location for light refreshments. Restaurant: Strega Italiano - 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA 02210
  • 06:30 PM EST
  • Dinner Presentation
  • 10:30 PM EST
  • End of Day One

Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • 07:30 AM EST
  • Breakfast and presentation at Michael Jaharis Jr., M87P, H15, Anatomy Laboratory Tufts University School of Medicine, Biomedical Research and Public Health Building (M&V Building) 3rd Floor, 136 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
  • 08:30 AM EST
  • Didactic Sessions: Surgical Applications of Kerecis Fish Skin Grafts to Improve Patient Outcomes in General and Plastic Surgery
  • 09:45 AM EST
  • Break
  • 10:00 AM EST
  • Hands-on cadaver lab
  • 12:00 PM EST
  • Lunch and roudtable discussion
  • 01:00 PM EST
  • End of Program. Depart to airport
FacultyDr. Ian Valerio MD, MS, MBA, FACS

Dr. Ian Valerio is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). In 2000 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserves and attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (MD, 2004). He then completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2004-2010) prior to pursuing additional international fellowships in craniofacial and microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), Linkou, Taiwan. In June 2010, he entered Active-Duty service as an attending surgeon at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, MD.

During his Active-Duty tour, he served as the Director of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC)/Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Combined Program, the Director of Plastic Surgery Research Programs, the Co-Director of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Program, and was a founding member and Co-Director of the Center for Advancements and Innovations in Regenerative Surgery (MISSION CAIRS). Dr. Valerio successfully completed his Active-Duty tour in 2014 and entered the Active Reserve Component of the US Navy in January 2015.

Currently, Dr. Valerio currently holds hospital privileges at the Massachusetts General Hospital and academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

FacultyDr. Saju Joseph MD

Dr. Saju Joseph is a Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery at Touro University Nevada. Dr. Joseph established the General Surgery Residency at Valley Health System.
Dr. Joseph graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.
Additionally, Dr. Joseph completed the transplant and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Dr. Joseph is a Board-certified, General Surgeon atending at Valley Health System in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FacultyDr. Matthew R. EndaraMD - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - Columbia, TN

Dr. Matthew Endara is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinburg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. During
his residency Dr. Endara earned formal recognition through awards including recognition for his outstanding performance in wound care and limb reconstruction. Dr. Endara has authored and co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research at several national meetings covering a variety of topics in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Endara became one of the busiest reconstructive breast surgeons in the Chicagoland area. He now continues his work serving a variety of patients’ reconstructive needs in Columbia, Tennessee.

Other Arrangement

All travel arrangements will be booked by Kerecis. Selfmade travel arrangements will not be reimbursed.

What's included

The Boston Surgical Symposium is a one-evening, one-morning event. For attending surgeons, Kerecis covers standard airfare, one night’s lodging, and meals for the duration of the workshop in return for full participation in the symposium and the follow-up surveys. Kerecis does not pay or reimburse for travel arrangements for family members, including spouses.


All flights will be scheduled by Kerecis. If you have registered for the event, you should have been contacted by our agent to schedule the flight. If you have not yet had any emails from us or our agent, please contact us at

What to Bring?

Attire for the symposium is business casual.

Protective clothes and covering will be provided during hands-on sessions as needed.

Hotel and Lab

During the symposium, attendants will be offered a single night of lodging.

Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
450 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

Cadaver Lab
Michael Jaharis Jr., M87P, H15,
Anatomy Laboratory Tufts University School of Medicine,
Biomedical Research and Public Health Building (M&V Building) 3rd Floor,
136 Harrison Ave,
MA 02111


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