The Fourth Middle East Congress on Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery (MERC2014)

Date: April 23-25th, 2014
Venue: Razi International Convention Center, Tehran

Over the last couple of years MERC meetings earned recognition around the region and in many parts of the world as a top-class learning experience. The meeting was organized by Rhinology Research Society (RRS) and Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), under auspices of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (EAFPS). The opening ceremony was inaugurated with presidential welcome by Dr. Mohesn Naraghi, followed by presentation of Professor Reza Award.

The attendees enjoyed a wonderful chance to tour the beautiful city of Tehran, with all its historical monuments, palaces, museums, and cultural heritage.  Also, some had the opportunity of a trip to the historical cities of Isfahan and Shiraz, visiting many world-famous tourist attractions.
The MERC2014 was structured in a fashion that covered both scopes of aesthetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, and also rhinology and skull base surgery, in different halls at the same time.
More than seven hundred attendees from 24 countries took part in this program.

The distinguished faculty included renowned international guest speakers from different countries, the United States and Germany having the highest rate of speakers.
The meeting commenced with a session including keynote lecture on “FESS: What Has Changed Over Three Decades?” delivered by Professor Heinz Stammberger from Austria, followed by a lecture on “Options in Advanced Rhinoplasty” by Coray Maas from San Francisco. Among all afternoon programs, workshops on non-surgical rejuvenation of the face were underway in other halls. The second day of the meeting began with instruction course on facelift surgery.

Each day was concluded with video demonstrations of original unpublished cases performed by their masters. These presentations included primary and revision rhinoplasty, nasal reconstruction, facial rejuvenation and endonasal endoscopic surgery. Our interactive sessions allowed participants to virtually tour the operating rooms with the experts, to be guided with greater detail through cutting edge techniques, and observe before-after documentations that represent the outcome of various procedures.
The third day started off with instruction courses on nasal tip surgery and Rhino-Neurosurgery.

The congress was well attended in a rich program from 8 am to 7 pm and was proved to be of exceptional value to attendees at all levels. It included 26 instruction courses, 16 symposia and 8 workshops that aimed toward structured learning for experienced surgeons, while at the same time contributed greatly to the teaching of the next generation of facial plastic surgeons and rhinologists.

The social programs included dinning out at various traditional Persian restaurants. Various traditional Iranian songs and dances were performed during the evenings. more...