Irvine Surgical Symposium

August 16 - August 17, 2024
| Irvine, CA

Future of Regenerative Surgery at the Kerecis Irvine 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 Irvine Surgical Symposium will take place on August 16th and 17th, 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.


August 16 – August 17, 2024


Irvine, CA

Attendance Eligibility

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the Kerecis Irvine 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 Irvine 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.

Gudmundur Fertram

Fertram Sigurjonsson
Founder and CEO


Day 1

Friday, August 16, 2024
  • 5:45 PM PDT
  • Shuttle to restaurant
  • 06:00 PM PDT
  • Arrive at the dinner location for light refreshments. Restaurant: TBD
  • 06:30 PM PDT
  • Dinner Presentation
  • 10:30 PM PDT
  • End of Day One

Day 2

Saturday, August 17, 2024
  • 07:30 AM PDT
  • Breakfast and presentation at TBD
  • 08:30 AM PDT
  • Sessions: TBD
  • 09:45 AM PDT
  • Break
  • 10:00 AM PDT
  • Hands-on cadaver lab
  • 12:00 PM PDT
  • Lunch and roudtable discussion
  • 01:00 PM PDT
  • End of Program. Depart to airport

Speakers - TBD

Other Arrangement

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

What's included

The Irvine 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.


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16662 Hale Ave
CA 92606


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