Invited Speakers

Naiem S Moiemen

Naiem S Moiemen is a plastic surgeon in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK. As Clinical Service Lead for Burns at QEHB, he oversees one of the country’s leading burns treatment facilities, which has developed particular expertise in treating military patients.

Prof Moiemen specialises in breast surgery, burn care, cosmetic surgery, medico-legal, skin malignancy and hand surgery. As well as his clinical work, Prof Moiemen is Clinical Director for the Midland Burn Network and a member of the Burns Clinical Research Group. He has been an Honorary Senior Clinical lecturer University of Birmingham since 2003.

Prof Moiemen has developed a research interest in vascularisation and the integration of skin substitutes and aspects of acute burn resuscitation. He is the Director of the Scar Free Foundation Birmingham Burns Research Centre, leading a strong UK burns collaborative network between University Hospital Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, University College London and the Royal Free Hospital. Dr. Moiemen has developed a research interest in vascularisation and the integration of skin substitutes and aspects of acute burn resuscitation. He led the successful bid for the Healing Foundation Burns Research Centre in Birmingham in 2012 and now he is the Director of the Burns research Centre. The research is focused on the acute inflammatory response after thermal injury.

He is the President of the International Society for Burn Injury ISBI, and member of the Executive Board of the European Burn Association EBA, Senior member of the editorial board of BURNS and Deputy Editor-in –Chief of Journal BURNS and TRAUMA.


Joel Fish

Joel Fish is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the Medical Director of the Burn Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. SickKids has the largest paediatric burn program in Canada with more than 300 new patients treated each year.

Joel has got large experience with adult burn patients, too, from his previous role as a medical director of Ross Tilley Burn Centre in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. Dr. Fish’s current clinical interests are pediatric burns and complex pediatric wound problems. Joel’s research team is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of laser therapy to improve burn scars in children. His work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals and he is a reviewer on the editorial board for the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation as well as the Journal of Burns. Also, he regularly reviews for the Journal of Trauma as well as the World Journal of Surgery.


Ludwik Branski

Ludwik Branski is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He currently serves as a staff surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, Texas, USA, as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch. He is an expert in surgical reconstruction of severe burns.

His research covers areas of burn metabolism (growth hormone and propranolol for long-term therapy), hypertrophic scarring (role of pharmaceutical modulators and various scar treatments), burn reconstruction (fat injection and fat grafting in burn reconstruction), CO2 laser for treatment of hypertrophic scarring, wound healing and burn wound infections. He has authored 35 peer-reviewed publications and presented his work at numerous national and international meetings. He is the recipient of several awards, including a young investigator award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Thomas Potokar

Tom Potokar is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. As founder and director of charity Interburns Tom has led the development of a comprehensive integrated approach to capacity building and quality improvement in burn care in resource poor environments. These have been successfully delivered in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. Professor Potokar is Chair of the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy & Research at Swansea University.

He an active member of the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. He has over 40 publications including several book chapters and has presented at numerous national and international meetings and is a regular reviewer for a number of burns journals. His main interest is in the field of implementation science and systems thinking for improving global burn care and prevention.

Tom was awarded an Order of British Empire in the 2017 for services to global burn care and prevention.


Peter Dziewulski

Mr Peter Dziewulski FFICM, FRCS, FRCS (Plast) is a consultant plastic & reconstructive surgeon. He has held a Consultant post at the St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery & Burns, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex since 1998, and is Clinical Director of the St Andrew’s Centre.

He is a Visiting Professor at the St. Andrews Anglia Ruskin (StAAR) Burns and Plastic Surgery Research Unit, Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University, Essex.

He is the author of over 100 published articles and fifteen book chapters mainly relating to burn care. He also co-edited the ‘ABC of Burns’ for BMJ publishing.

He trained in Plastic Surgery in London, Yorkshire, Newcastle and Texas, U.S.A. and has a special interest in burn management and skin cancer. He belongs to the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons, England. He is past Chairman of the British Burns Association and is on the Editorial Committee of the Burns Journal.  


Habib Ur Rahman Qasim

Habib Ur Rahman Qasim is a paediatric burn surgeon who heads up the unit of 40 beds for burns at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kabul, Afghanistan. They treat around 1,000 inpatients a year from all over the country in very difficult circumstances.

He was internationally awarded “Zora Janžekovič Prize” for 2017 by European Club for Paediatric Burns for his tremendous advancements in the quality of burn care for the children of Afghanistan. 




Mattias B Donelan

Mattias Donelan is a plastic surgeon, Chief of Staff, at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, USA. He is a widely recognized specialist in the field of burn reconstructive surgery and has developed numerous innovative techniques to enhance the care of burn patients. He has multiple publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has written definitive textbook chapters on burn reconstruction.

Dr. Donelan has long been an advocate for scar rehabilitation through tension relief and the use of the pulsed-dye laser. He is currently investigating fractional CO2 laser treatment for aesthetic and reconstructive indications in burn and trauma patients. In addition to clinical and scientific activities he is involved in residency training and is on the executive committee of the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Training Program.


Martin Meuli

Martin Meuli is a surgeon serving as a Director of the Surgical Clinic, Co-Director Center for Fetal Diagnostics and Therapy and Member of the Executive Board, Children's Hospital Zurich. He is also Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Zurich. He has dealt with pediatric burns since 1986, i.e. for 33 years. He is considered a pioneer of pediatric and fetal surgery. In 2010 he operated as one of the world's first surgeon a fetus in the womb. His original specialty, however, are operations of children with severe burns. 20 years ago, Meuli developed a method to grow the patient's own skin in the laboratory for the treatment of burns and other skin problems. Under his leadership, a team of scientists has achieved this breakthrough. Currently, the first patients are treated with this novel method. 

Meuli has published more than 120 scientific papers. He is a member of numerous national and international professional societies, as well as a broad co-editor or reviewer of respected scientific journals. He was also president of the Swiss Society for Pediatric Surgery and is its delegate to the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons.


Robert Zajicek

Robert Zajicek is a clinic lead of Prague Burn Centre and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He is an expert in surgical treatment of severe burns. His research covers areas of artificial skin, wound infection, use of nanofibers, and novel strategies in acute burn care.

Robert is a co-founder of the Bolito Foundation and since 2002 he has been its president. Bolito Foundation is dedicated to improving life of paediatric burn survivors in the Czech Republic.


Bohumil Bakalar

Bob Bakalar is an anaesthetist and intensivist specialising in multiple trauma and burn injuries. He is a leading intensivist of Prague Burn Centre, and consultant anaesthetist in DBH NHS Teaching Foundation Trust, Doncaster, UK.

He is a researcher in the field of nutrition, insulin resistance and anabolic manipulations in the critically ill. He is a member of the team responsible for managing multiple casualties’ disaster for the area of 7 million inhabitants.



Jaromir Matejek

Jaromir Matejek’s specialisation is clinical ethics consultations services and leadership. He received his ethical erudition at Akademie für Ethik in der Medizin, Göttingen, Germany. He is a paediatrician, theologian and university teacher of clinical ethics.

He took an active part in several national and international projects (e. g. member of European Clinical Ethics Network, or COST Action IS1201 - Disaster Bioethics: addressing ethical issues triggered by disasters, 2013), and conferences (e.g. XVII International Intensive Course in Bioethics, Udine, „Bioethics and Human Values in Modern Healthcare Systems“, Italy).


Jarmila Stukova

Jarmila Stukova is a recognized Czech photographer and a film documentary maker. She has been focusing on countries suffering from war, poverty and social problems since 2005.

Amongst other issues, she has documented acid attacks in India, violence against women in Afghanistan or the frontlines in Iraq and Syria. Now she is – amongst other things – filming her documentary about a girl burnt by acid. She was eleven times awarded in in the prestigious Czech Press Photo competition.