50 Years ago, Professor Guido Matton founded the department of plastic Surgery at the Ghent University Hospital. He created an environment for research and innovation in this rapidly evolving and broad field of medicine. Today, his legacy lives on in the Ghent Academy of Plastic Surgery, training the Belgian Plastic Surgeons of tomorrow and sharing their knowledge in perforator flap surgery and facial aesthetic surgery with fellows from every corner of the world.
25 Years ago Phillip Blondeel hosted the first ever International Course on Perforator Flaps (ICPF) in Ghent and in 1999 Patrick Tonnard and Alexis Verpaele held the first of many outstanding courses on Controversies, Art and Technology in Facial Aesthetic Surgery (CATFAS). Thereby they created a forum for training and discussion in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
In 2022, the GAPS will bridge the gap between these specialties, mixing aesthetic and reconstructive topics on breast, facial, transgender, body contouring and extremity surgery as well as innovations in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. In these sessions, participants, former GAPS fellows and an outstanding international faculty can exchange surgical techniques and tips and tricks, share their worst cases and debate on controversies, all in a friendly atmosphere.
Bridging the GAPS will be a source of knowledge for every plastic surgeon, combining aesthetic and reconstructive surgery in their daily practice. And if not, you will still enjoy a journey in the charming and historical center of our city, Ghent!