Education Videos
Education sgeis 2020-02-06

ISCFS Founder Series

ISCFS Founder Series – Dr. Joseph G McCarthy, MD, New York City, NY, United States

Dr. Joseph G. McCarthy discusses where it all started, how he introduced distraction into Craniofacial Surgery and how it evolved since then.

ISCFS Founder Series – Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe, Miami, FL, United States

Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe discusses his path into plastic surgery and ultimately craniofacial surgery, his time spent with Dr. Paul Tessier, and the founding of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

ISCFS Founder Series – Dr. Henry K. Kawamoto, MD, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Dr. Henry K. Kawamoto discusses his path into plastic and craniofacial surgery, his time spent with Dr. Paul Tessier, and the founding of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

In Memoriam

We sadly report the loss of ISCFS Founding Member, Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe.
The following tribute was written by Council member Dr. Cassio Eduardo Raposo do Amaral (Brazil).


Our global craniofacial community and SOBRAPAR Hospital in Campinas, Brazil deeply regret the recent loss of Dr. S. Anthony “Tony” Wolfe who passed away on December 26, 2023. Dr. Wolfe’s numerous visits to SOBRAPAR since the 1970’s leave a special and permanent impact on the surgical philosophies and regimens at our hospital.

Commencing with a one-year post-residency fellowship with Dr. Paul Tessier in 1974, Dr. Wolfe subsequently developed fruitful and lifelong friendships with his craniofacial surgical colleagues and peers dedicating his professional life to all aspects of craniofacial surgery including research, education, and comprehensive care for all patients, especially those presenting with trauma, tumors, and congenital deformities. During his long medical career, Dr. Wolfe traveled to and performed operations in many countries and was always ready and willing to share the extensive knowledge he acquired from Dr. Tessier, along with his own unique understanding and expertise in craniofacial surgery, with colleagues and peers who sought his advice.

Dr. Wolfe was always interested in discussing difficult and complex cases, debating potential surgical outcomes, and adopting new techniques to obtain optimized results, decrease complication rates, and more effectively destigmatize a patient’s syndromic face. To that end, he always standardized his patients’ photographs, which enabled detailed comparison and long-term evaluation, which he demonstrated in lectures all over the world.

His articles and books on craniofacial surgery are “must-read” material for all craniofacial surgeons. Besides his numerous articles and books, the 2005 craniofacial supplement written in the PRS journal by Dr. Wolfe and other disciples of Dr. Tessier certainly belongs on the surgeon’s bedside table. Among the vast number of important articles that he authored over the course of his medical practice, Dr. Wolfe also wrote a landmark manuscript published in the 2019 PRS Journal addressing his extensive 42-year experience utilizing autogenous bone for craniofacial reconstruction without post-operative complication. The robust data from this manuscript currently guides many craniofacial surgeons worldwide.

Dr. Wolfe´s book, A Man from Héric, The Life and Work of Paul Tessier, MD, Father of Craniofacial Surgery, demonstrates his unparalleled respect for details, along with deep loyalty to craniofacial history, and to his mentor Dr. Tessier. He gave me a personally signed copy of this book with the inscription “Keep the flame burning” which serves as an inspiration when facing the daily challenges of craniofacial surgery.

In addition to his numerous leadership positions and memberships in other professional societies, Dr. Wolfe was a founding member and former president (2005-2007) of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery (ISCFS), and in conjunction with SOBRAPAR Hospital, organized the 2007 ISCFS International Congress in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He was a close friend of my father, the late Dr. Cassio Raposo do Amaral, and came to Brazil many times to operate, lecture, and subsequently travel around the country accompanied by their mutual lifelong friends Drs. Kawamoto and Tessier.

I feel personally privileged and am deeply grateful to have had a chance to witness Dr. Wolfe practicing his profession over the past three decades. His life as a craniofacial surgeon will serve as a wonderful example of motivation, dedication, and determination for future generations of craniofacial surgeons. His legacy will never be forgotten and his memory will live on with his loving family.


Tessier Facial Clefts
Dr. Nivaldo Alonso, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Nivaldo Alonso from the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil discusses the changes in surgical management over the past few decades, our current challenges, and where we can look for the future care of patients with rare Tessier Facial Clefts.

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Jong Woo Choi, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Jong Woo Choi from Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea discusses the changes in care pathways with orthognathic surgery, our current challenges with a surgery-first approach, and where we can look for the future care of patients dentofacial deformities or bony facial asymmetries requiring orthognathic surgery.

Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction Osteogenesis
Dr. Richard Hopper, Seattle, USA

Dr. Richard Hopper from Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington discusses the changes in indications for distraction osteogenesis over the past 30 years, our current challenges with the techniques, and what he is looking forward to in the future.

Craniofacial Trauma

Craniofacial Trauma
Dr. Henny Kreshanti, Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Henny Kreshanti from Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia discusses the management of craniofacial trauma at a major tertiary referral center in Indonesia. She discusses how technology has changed her practice and how timing of referrals impacts the surgical reconstruction.


Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis
Dr. Irene Mathijssen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Irene Mathijssen from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands discusses the changes in management of patients with nonsyndromic craniosynostosis over the past few decades, our current challenges, and what she believes the future holds for patients with nonsyndromic craniosynostosis.

Syndromic Craniosynostosis
Dr. Jesse Taylor, Philadelphia, USA

Dr. Jesse Taylor from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania discusses the changes in management of patients with syndromic craniosynostosis over the past few decades, our current challenges, and what the future holds for patients with syndromic craniosynostosis.

Monobloc Osteotomy
Dr. Eric Arnaud, Paris, France

Dr. Eric Arnaud from the Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, France discusses the monobloc osteotomy, the history of the technique, our current challenges, and what the future holds for patients with syndromic craniosynostosis. How do you use the monobloc osteotomy in your practice for patients with syndromic craniosynostosis? What are you most excited about learning from the ISCFS congress in September 2023?