August 18-19, 2023

Tampa Surgical Symposium 2023



Future of Regenerative Surgery at the
Kerecis Tampa 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 Tampa Surgical Symposium will take place August 18-19, 2023. 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 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 Tampa Surgical Symposium is for residency programs and for practicing surgeons in the field of Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, General/Trauma Surgery, and Vascular Surgery with the 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 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 Tampa 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

Tampa is in the Eastern Standard Time.


August 18, 2023

06:00 PM EDT
Arrive at dinner location for light refreshments

06:30 PM EDT
Dinner Presentation (Dinner location TBD)

09:00 PM EDT
End of Day One


August 19, 2023

07:30 AM EDT
Breakfast at USF CAMLS, 5 min walk from hotel Luggage will be stored at the center

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

09:45 AM EDT

10:00 AM EDT
Hands-on cadaver lab

12:00 PM EDT
Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

01:00 PM EDT
End of Program Depart to airport for departures


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. Selfmade travel arrangements will not be reimbursed.

What's Included?

The Tampa 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.

Hyatt Place Downtown Tampa
325 N Florida Ave,
FL 33602


Contact us at