Leadership

Leadership

Michael H. Tirgan, MD

KRF was established in 2011 by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan. Dr. Tirgan is a board-certified internist and medical oncologist (cancer specialist) with a special interest in keloid disorder. Over the past several years, Dr. Tirgan's medical practice has been focused on the treatment of patients with keloid disorder. Dr. Tirgan is on staff at Mount Sinai St. Luke's / Roosevelt Hospital Center as well as the Rockefeller University Hospital in New York City.

Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD

Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD, has been Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1986. He is also Director of the Jefferson Institute of Molecular Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for International Dermatology. He received his MD and PhD. degrees from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and completed his residency training in dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Uitto is internationally recognized for his research on connective tissue biology and molecular genetics in relation to cutaneous diseases. Dr. Uitto's publications include 704 original articles in peer-reviewed journals, 335 textbook chapters and review articles, and 1,015 abstracts on presentations at National and International meetings. Dr. Uitto has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Kuopio, University of Oulu and University of Turku, all in Finland, as well as Honorary Professorships in China Medical University, Shenyang, The 4th Military Medical University, Xi'an, and Hebei United University, Tangshan, all in China. In 2012 he was appointed to the membership of The National Academy of Science and Letters of Finland, and he has been honored by Universities and Dermatological Societies in Austria, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Since 1980, Dr. Uitto has served as a mentor of over 140 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, many of whom are now leading scientists as well as Chairs in their respective fields.

Dr. Uitto has held office in several scientific and professional societies, including President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology; and President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dermatology Foundation. Dr. Uitto has served as Section Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pathology, and he is on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Shuzhong Guo, MD, PhD

Prof. Shuzhong Guo is a distinguished professor of plastic surgery at the Peking University and Nankai University. He was the former head of Plastic Surgery Association Branch in Chinese Medical Association. He has accomplished the first "face changing" operation in Asia, which is the second in the world and got the first awards of State Science and Technology.

Prof. Guo has performed over 6,000 ear reconstructions. He has extensive experience in scar treatment and has published several articles on this topic. His other specialties include organ reconstruction, cosmetic surgery, and management of difficult and challenging reconstructive surgery cases.

Prof. Guo is the founder and director of the First BCC Plastic Surgery Hospital, Beijing, China. .

Patricia L. Danielsen, MD, PhD

Dr. Patricia L. Danielsen is a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology and Copenhagen Wound Healing Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. She has a PhD in wound healing and scar treatment science and a continuing academic career with a special focus on keloid scar disease. Dr. Danielsen has had clinical training in Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the UK as well as scar tissue research in Denmark and Australia. She is a board member of the European Tissue Repair Society. Dr. Danielsen is a member of the Board of Directors of Keloid Research Foundation.

Xiaoli Wu, MD, PhD

Prof. Xiaoli Wu is the head of the comprehensive surgical scar treatment group at the Plastic Surgery Department of Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine. She graduated from Qinghai Medical College in 1993 with a bachelor degree and Shanghai Second Medical University in 2005 with a Ph.D. degree. She has focused on scar treatment for nearly 30 years and repairing burn injuries for 7 years. Prof. Wu is a member of several Chinese medical associations. She has special interest and expertise in the treatment of keloid patients. She is the author of several publications, both in Chinese as well as international journals..

Wei Liu, MD, PhD

Prof. Liu graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1983 with an MD degree and graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Science in 1998 with a Ph.D. degree followed by two year postdoctoral training focusing on wound healing and scarring at Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of New York University School of Medicine. He returned to China in 2000. Currently, he is a Professor of Plastic Surgery of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He currently serves as Associate Directors of National Tissue Engineering Center of China and Shanghai Research Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Liu is the principal investigator of four national key projects of tissue engineering research sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and for 3 scar research grants of the National Nature Science Foundation. He is a standing committee member of the Chinese Society of Biomaterials and Chinese Society of Tissue Engineering, Vice President of Chinese Society of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Vice President of Chinese Society of Scar Medicine. Dr. Liu is the authors of more than 100 original articles published in international journals, the contributor of several international tissue engineering text books. Dr. Liu is an editorial member of Scar, Burns, and Healing (SAGE), Biomaterials, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Materials, He has presented more than 30 invited speeches at various international conferences, including TERMIS-AP and TERMIS-EU chapter meeting and TERMIS-World Congress and Scar Club. Dr. Liu is the organizer of 8th TESI Annual meeting and 2013TERMIS-AP meeting, is a Member-in large of TERMIS-AP, Member of International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE). Dr. Liu’s clinical work specializes in scar treatment with a focus on keloid and cosmetic scar revision and laser therapy. He is one of the founding member of Scar Club based on Montpellier, France since 2006, and the founding member of Global Scar Society (G-ScarS). Dr. Liu is the Conference President of The first G-ScarS World Congress held in Shanghai in October 2018 in Shanghai.

Reza Ghohestani, MD, PhD

Dr. Reza Ghohestani is an academic dermatologist, and a basic science researcher, based in San Antonio, Texas. For years, Dr. Ghohestani has lent his support to KRF. He has been the force behind our Spring 2017 Symposium in Marrakesh and also the visionary for establishing the Journal of Keloid Research. KRF is happy to have Dr. Ghohestani as a member of its Board of Directors.

Tae Hwan Park, MD, PhD

Dr. Tae Hwan Park is a board certified plastic surgeon in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and assistant professor at CHA Bundang Medical center in South Korea. He is the author of numerous keloid publications. Dr. Park has extensive experience in treating patients with keloid disorder. KRF is happy to have Dr. Park as a member of its Scientific Board.

Yingjun Su, MD, PhD

Prof. Yingjun Su majors in the burn, trauma, plastic surgery, skin tumors, and chronic wound repair. Major areas of expertise: (1) repair and reconstruction of severe skin and soft tissue trauma, defect and scar deformity; (2) treatment of body surface tumors; (3) treatment of burns.

He was supported by the Alexandra Brown-Coxe Post-doctoral Fund of Yale University, the Traumatic Surgery Research Fund of Yale University Medical College, the Ruth L. Kirschstein Research Fund of the National Institutes of Health, the Favano Medical Research Fund and the Shaanxi Social Development Research Fund.

He has won one first prize, two second prizes and one second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award of the People's Liberation Army. He also obtained many patents for invention and utility model.