Georgios Psaras completed his medical studies at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg Germany and his specialty training in Plastic Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He lived and worked for 20 years in Johannesburg where he was appointed professor and chairman of the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, a position he held until his return to his hometown Lemesos, in Cyprus in 2009.
During his training and his time as a junior consultant he received many awards and fellowships mainly for his research work in cartilage arthroplasty and tendon repair.
He has presented in numerous local and international congresses as an invited speaker and is well published both in local, international medical journals as well as being co-author of a chapter in a textbook.
He has organized a number of conferences and workshops. Of special interest are the Facial Reanimation workshops he organized and executed in Johannesburg, South Africa, whose aim was to train skilled surgeons in facial reanimation.
He is currently affiliated to “Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry”, teaching microsurgery.
He is in private practice in Lemesos.
He is a member of a number of professional boards and associations including the ESPRAS executive committee. He is currently vice-president of the Cyprus Society of Plastic Surgeons (CySPRAS) and an examiner for EBOPRAS. He is the chairperson of ESPRAS 2018.
He is the medical director and co-founder of the “Smile Foundation”.
Fellowship with the College of Medicine of South Africa, (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) 1998.
Medical Degree from University of Freiburg, Germany, 1986
Academic and Professional Experience
He was employed by University of the Witwatersrand and Gauteng Province in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1988 and held the following posts:
Adjunct Professor, Academic Chair and Head of the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (05/02 – 06/08)
Full time examiner for the College of Medicine South Africa (2002-2008) (Medical Specialty Granting Institution)
Acting head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (10/98 – 05/02)
Member and secretary of the Educational Committee of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa (1999-2008)
Registrar in Plastic Surgery (04/93-10/98)
Acting Head Burns Unit – Baragwanath Hospital (11/92-04/93)
Registrar in General Surgery (01/91- 04/93)
Medical Officer in Plastic Surgery (07/90-12/90)
Medical Officer in General Surgery (01/89-06/90)
Senior House Officer in Plastic Surgery (07/88-12/88)
Senior House Officer in Orthopaedics (03/88-06/88)
The annual congress of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of South Africa (APRSSA) 2003 at the Mount Grace. Invited guests: Dr Barry Zide, Dr Mimis Cohen, Dr Craig Vander Kolk, Dr Vakis Kontoes, Professor Block and Mr. Jeremy Gardiner.
Cleft Lip and Palate Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. May 2008
First Facial Reanimation Workshop in Johannesburg South Africa for local surgeons. Presenter and main surgeon. (01/09).
Second Facial Reanimation Workshop in Johannesburg South Africa
Presenter and main surgeon (03/11).
Third facial reanimation Workshop in Cape Town South Africa. Presenter and main surgeon (03/11). Symposium on recent advances and Fat grafting course, Cyprus October 2011, Academic Committee chairperson.
Chairperson of the Cyprus bidding committee for the 2018 European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS) quadrennial conference.
Congress President for the upcoming ESPRAS 2018 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Delegate for EBOPRAS refresher course in plastic surgery in Gaia Portugal 28-30 October 2015
Awards, Prizes and Fellowships
Johnson and Johnson travel sponsorship to the “St Barnabas Burn Unit” New Jersey, USA (12/91).“David Lurie Memorial Research Fellowship” Dept of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand (07/94).
Award for best paper presented by a registrar at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Congress, Sun City (10/94).
Convatec Research Grant – R10 000, APRSA Congress, Sun City (10/95).
Prize for the best paper presented at the Hand Surgery Congress, Durban (09/95).
Second Prize at the “Burt Myburgh Research Forum” Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand (11/95).
Award for research paper presented at the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Congress, Berg-en-Dal, Kruger Park (10/95).
Third Prize at the “Burt Myburgh Research Forum” Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand (11/96).
Prize for the best presentation at the Hand Surgery Congress, Johannesburg (09/96).
“Oscar Norwich Traveling Fellowship”, R5000 (10/00).
“Bunny Angorn” prize of R5000, for the best presentation at the Surgical Research Society Meeting 2000, Cape Town (07/00).
Michael and Janie Miller Fellowship (traveling), Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, (06/01).
The Rotary “Paul Harris Award” for charity work performed within the scope of the Smile Foundation in South Africa (11/05).
South African government “Khanyisa Award 2007” for clinical excellence.
Memberships of Professional bodies/Associations/Organisations
Registered as a Medical Practitioner with the South African Medical and Dental Council MP 0313319 since 1988.
Registered as a Medical Specialist with the South African Medical and Dental Council since 1998.
Registered as a Medical Practitioner and Specialist with the Cyprus Medical Council.
Full member of the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Full member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa.
Full member of the Association of Plastic and reconstructive Surgeons of Cyprus.
Medical director and co-founder of “Smile Foundation” – South Africa.
Registered member of the Cyprus Medical Association.
Founder and director of “The Smile Foundation” – Europe / Middle East.
Vice-president of the Cyprus Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Congress President of ESPRAS 2018
Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Plastic Surgery
Examiner for European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (EBOPRAS).
Leading member of the Cyprus Medicleft Organisation for treating cleft lip and palate children in Cyprus.
Service to the University/Profession/Discipline/Community
International recognition gained through collaborations with Canadian and USA based surgeons for the surgical management of children with Moebius Syndrome. This collaboration is on going and aims in the improvement of local skills and the enhancement of existing ties with the Johns Hopkins and Toronto Universities.
Member of the Faculty Board of Health Sciences (HOD’s) of the University of the Witwatersrand.
Member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Hospital.
Developed two new surgical techniques:
- “Conchal Cartilage Interposition Arthroplasty”. In collaboration with Dr C.Song, for the salvage and reconstruction of severely damaged joints in the hand. Digits injured in this manner were previously amputated.
- “Prelamination of the free fibula flap for reconstruction of complex central facial defects”. This technique was presented at the Inaugural congress of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in November 2001. It was also the subject of a Discovery Channel-TV documentary (01/02).
Performed the first DIEP flap (microsurgical perforator flap) for breast reconstruction in South Africa (07/04).
Performed the first successful microsurgical transplantation of the gracilis muscle for facial reanimation in a patient with facial paralysis in South Africa (2002). To date the total number of procedures performed by the author exceeds fifty.
Co-founder and medical director of the “Smile Foundation”. The Smile Foundation is a charity-based organization that aims in eradicating facial deformity in children. This is achieved through regular Smile Weeks, a weeklong initiative where children from underprivileged backgrounds are operated free of charge by surgeons and anaesthetists volunteering their time pro bono. To date more than 300 children with facial deformities have been operated pro deo. Founder and CEO of the Smile Foundation The aims and goals are similar to the parent organization in South Africa.
Operation Smile volunteer. Latest mission in November 2007 in Madagascar. One hundred and thirty six children with cleft lip and palate were operated.
Biannual participation in “Smile Week”, a charity medical function of the Smile Foundation where children from disadvantaged background receive reconstructive surgery in South Africa.
Performs regular workshops (three in total thus far) to train additional surgeons and staff in facial reanimation in South Africa.