Miami Surgical Symposium

February 9 - February 10, 2024
| Miami, Florida

Future of Regenerative Surgery at the Kerecis Miami 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 Miami Surgical Symposium will take place on February 9th and 10th, 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.


February 9 – February 10, 2024


Miami, Florida

Attendance Eligibility

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the Kerecis Miami 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 Miami 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, February 9, 2024
  • 07:00 PM EST
  • Arrive at the dinner location for light refreshments. Restaurant: Truluck's Miami. Address: 777 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL 33131
  • 07:30 PM EST
  • Dinner Presentation
  • 10:30 PM EST
  • End of Day One

Day 2

Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • 07:30 AM EST
  • Breakfast and presentation at Minimally Invasive Surgical Training & Education Center (M.I.S.T.E) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Suite 8059 (Glaser Entrance) Address: 1600 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
  • 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


ProctorDr. Hector Crespo Soto, MD, FACS, RPVIVascular Surgery

Dr. Hector Crespo Soto is board-certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. He completed his general surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

His vascular surgery fellowship was completed at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Hector Crespo Soto is currently a Vascular Surgeon at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute – Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ProctorDr. Matthew R. Endara, MDPlastic Surgery

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 patient’s reconstructive needs in Middle Tennessee.

ProctorDr. Dane Daley, MDOrthopaedics, Hand Surgery

Dr. Dane Daley is an orthopedic hand surgeon who is fellowship-trained and board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery. He specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, brachial plexus surgery, and congenital hand surgery.

Dr. Daley is currently an associate professor and the division chair of the orthopedic hand and microvascular surgery department at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He leads residents in orthopedic surgical mission work in Bonne Fin, Haiti, which is a significant focus in his career. He earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University Medical School in Johnson City, TN. Dr. Daley completed his orthopedic residency at MUSC and then went on to complete a fellowship in hand surgery at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC.

He has received numerous awards for research during his academic career. He is the president of the Charleston Hand Society and desires to improve the quality of hand surgery in the Charleston area.

Other Arrangement

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

What's included

The Miami 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 event is business casual.

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


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

Aloft Miami Brickell 1001 SW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33130


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