General Info

Title: 2018 World Live Surgery Workshop: Dubai
Dates: March 8-10, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday)
Venue: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Hotel
Organizer: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Official Language: English

The Workshop will begin on Thursday afternoon with registration and welcome lunch, followed by “basic” lectures and discussion to brush up on hair transplantation principles and concluding with several hot topics.  The evening will include a welcome cocktail.  Friday and Saturday will include lectures and panel discussions in the mornings at the hotel, followed by lunch, and then live surgery demonstrations in the afternoon at the hospital.  There will be 5 simultaneous surgeries in operating theaters on each day in which attendees may freely rotate to observe.  We are planning a progression of usual cases (intermediate level, to deepen knowledge) on Friday and then advanced and special cases (intermediate to advanced level) on Saturday.

We are planning both FUE and FUT cases, scalp and facial hair, male and female cases, and a repair case.  Various tools and instrumentation will be demonstrated.

The location of Dubai is easy for international access. The Workshop will take place in the renowned Dubai Healthcare City. The Workshop location is an easy 10 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport.

Workshop Purpose: The goal of the Workshop is to offer a comprehensive regional meeting on state-of-the-art hair transplantation techniques with both didactics and a live surgical observational setting.

Hospital Partner

Chair: Conradin von Albertini, MD, FISHRS | Switzerland
Co-Chair: Bessam K. Farjo, MBChB, FISHRS | United Kingdom

Meeting Secretariat
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
303 West State Street, Geneva, Illinois, 60134, USA
Tel: 1-630-262-5399; Fax: 1-630-262-1520

Victoria Ceh, MPA, Executive Director
Kimberly Miller, Lead Registrar & Headquarters Manager
Jule Uddfolk, CMP, Meeting & Exhibits Manager
Melanie Stancampiano, Program Manager
Katie Masini, Membership Manager & Registrar
Davin Ayarzagoitia, Membership Coordinator & Registrar
Sue Reed, Registrar
Jeffrey Miller, Registrar & Technical Support

Target Audience: Who will benefit from attending?

  • Hair Transplant Surgeons – all levels
  • Physicians with an interest who are new to the field of hair restoration surgery

The meeting is not sanctioned for CME PRA Category 1 Credits.  However, the meeting will comply as much as possible with the policies and best practices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.  All individuals in a position to control the content of the activity, including speakers and authors, moderators, and planning committee members, will properly disclosure relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertinent to their talk or the subject of the meeting.

A certificate of attendance suitable for framing will be provided to all attendees.

Official Language
The official language of the meeting is English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be available.

In March the average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F), with moderate heat and humidity.

Meeting Attire
Thursday lunch, lectures, and welcome cocktails:  business casual
Friday and Saturday lectures, lunch, and live surgery observational:  surgical scrubs.  You will be given disposable coverings at the hospital.
Friday evening: evening on your own
Saturday Conclusion Party: business attire

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Registration fees, less a $100 USD administration fee, will be refunded upon written notice of cancellation to the ISHRS office received on or before February 8, 2018. After February 8, 2018, there will be no refund of fees for cancellation or for lack of attendance without notification. It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation request has been received by the ISHRS headquarters office. “No shows” who have not prepaid will be invoiced for the total registration fee.

Video, Photography & Audio Recording Policy
Video recording and/or photography are strictly prohibited in all educational sessions including the surgeries. Under no circumstances are video, digital or still cameras to be utilized in the educational sessions. This includes photos and videos taken with cellular phones. Violators will be dismissed from the meeting and have their cameras/equipment confiscated until the end of the meeting. Photography of scientific material and patients is strictly prohibited. The only exception to the photography policy is photos taken by the official ISHRS photographer, for purposes of podium photos to use in ISHRS publications.

NOTE: We have hired a professional photographer to take a podium headshot and panel shot of every presenter. We will offer the link to download the photos after the meeting. Disclaimer: We will do our best to capture every presenter and panel, there is no guarantee on quality of photo. 

Cellular Phone Policy
The use of cellular phones in the sessions is strictly prohibited. Attendees must either turn off or vibrate cellular phones.

Rules and Proper Etiquette
The WLSW is an educational activity. Attendees are expected to maintain professional etiquette and extend proper courtesies. There are ongoing debates in any field of evolving science, and disagreement between professionals is expected. However, inflammatory or inappropriate criticism of any specific lecture that has been made in good faith and according to the ethical standards of our Society is prohibited. Inappropriate behaviors will not be condoned.

The meeting should not be used as an opportunity for solicitation of other physicians’ staff or other unethical, inappropriate, and distasteful activities. It may seem obvious, but it is inappropriate and rude to make negative or soliciting comments to the patients. Negative or disparaging comments to the patient, or in the presence of the patient, about a patient’s procedure or result are offensive, psychologically hurtful, and violate our ethical commitment to “do no harm.” Patients who agree to participate in our WLSW, as well as the doctors who operate on them, deserve our respect and support for their willingness to subject their performance and results to scrutiny and contribute to our learning experience.

Soliciting business in the meeting rooms or meeting area hallways is prohibited. Only registered exhibitors may solicit business. There will be no distribution of handouts, flyers or promotional items other than the official workshop program, or other than exhibitor items in the exhibit areas. Any handout or flyer intended for the handout table by the registration desk must be pre-approved by the ISHRS Executive Director. Any unapproved handouts will be removed and discarded. Inappropriate postings on the message boards will be removed and discarded. The timing of any private social functions must be approved by the ISHRS.

The local currency in Dubai is the Emirati Dirham (AED).

There are no rules when it comes to tipping in Dubai. It is customary to tip in most cases, but it certainly isn’t compulsory.  Here is some guidance:

Waitstaff: Although most restaurants will note at the bottom of the menu that taxes and service charge have already been added to the bill, it is still common to tip the service staff between 10 to 15 percent, depending on the quality of the service.

Hotel Housekeeper: AED 5-10 per night of your stay is appropriate.

Taxi Drivers: Usually a small tip of AED 5-10 is given, but generally passengers just round the fare up to the nearest note and allow the driver to keep the change.

Bellmen and Valet Drivers: Most guests would give between AED 5-10, more if your luggage is heavier.

Electrical in Dubai
The electrical current in Dubai is 220/240V, 50 Hz AC, using British-style 3-pin electrical plugs (Type G or 13 amp plug).