March 3-4, 2023

Chicago Surgical Symposium 2023



Experience the Future of Regenerative Surgery at the Kerecis Chicago 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 field 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 the length of stay in hospital and reduce the need for autografting.

Previous Kerecis Symposiums have had the privilege of hosting guest such as the 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 Chicago Surgical Symposium will take place on March 3-4, 2023. The chairs of the symposium will be joined by clinical doctors to demonstrate the application techniques along with other reconstructive best practices. The workshop's aim is to offer hands on training with the intact fish skin graft, to exchange best practices across the US, and to discuss future research and application in the field.

Attendance Eligibility

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance to the Kerecis Chicago Surgical Symposium is for practicing surgeons only, in the field of Plastic Surgery, Podiatric 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

Attendance to the full symposium is optional, but highly encouraged. We kindly ask attendees to actively participate in discussions and feedback in the form of answering follow-up questions.

Standard travel air fare, 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 Chicago 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.

* Please note the VA employees are not eligible to participate in the event.

Fertram Sigurjonsson
Founder & CEO

Event Agenda


March 3, 2023

03:00 PM – 06:00 PM CT
Transport from Airport to Hotel

06:00 PM CT
Reception and light refreshments

06:30 PM CT
Dinner Presentation. Dinner location: TBD

09:00 PM CT
End of Day One


March 4, 2023

07:00 AM CT
Arrive at OLC Education & Conference Center, catered breakfast

08:30 AM CT
Didactic Sessions: Surgical Applications of Kerecis Fish Skin Grafts to Improve Patient Outcomes in General, Podiatric and Plastic Surgery

09:45 AM CT

10:00 AM CT
Hands-on cadaver lab

12:00 PM CT
Lunch and Roundtable discussion

01:00 PM CT
End of Program


Michael S. Romberg, MD is Board Certified with over 30 years of experience in general surgery. An undergrad of the University of Chicago, he received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Romberg specializes in a full-range of general and cancer surgery procedures. Dr. Romberg’s oncology expertise includes lung surgery, lumpectomy, mastectomy, thoracoscopy, mediastinoscopy, and was instrumental in bringing sentinel node biopsy to Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He was one of the first in the area to receive certification to perform this lymph node-sparing procedure.

Dr. Michael Romberg, MD


Dr. Thea Price, MD

Dr. Thea Price is a general surgeon practicing in Chicago, IL. Dr. Price specializes in abdominal contents including the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and often thyroid glands. General surgeons are able to deal with almost any surgical or critical care emergency, also involving the skin or soft tissue trauma. Dr. Price provides quality surgical service for gravely ill or injured patients and is able to respond quickly due to knowledge of various surgical procedures.
Price’s career in medicine began when she graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. After medical school, Thea P. Price, MD completed residency at Rush General Surgery.
Dr. Ariel Aballay is director of the West Penn Burn Center, as well as a practicing surgeon with specialized expertise in management of burn injuries and burn surgery. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional De Cordoba Facultad De Ciencias Medicas in 1999.

Dr. Aballay is affiliated with Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr Ariel Aballay MD

Dr. Ariel Aballay, MD

Other Arrangement

All travel arrangements will be booked by Kerecis. Self-made travel arrangements will not be reimbursed.

What's Included?

The Chicago 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. 

What to Bring?

Attire for the event is business casual.

Protective covering and clothes will be provided during the hands on session as needed. 


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


During the event, attendance will be offered a single night lodging.

Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare
6155 N River Rd,
IL 60018


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