International Facial Gender Symposium

A WPATH GEI Certified SymposiumA WPATH GEI Certified Symposium


Transgender patients across the world are increasingly seeking gender affirming surgery, including facial gender surgery; but accessibility to competent providers able to offer quality medical care is increasingly difficult. The International Facial Gender Symposium is a collaboration between FACIALTEAM Training & Education and Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health to introduce new techniques and encourage advancement in patient care. As part of their commitment to the best quality care for the transgender community, the symposium has been thoughtfully designed to maximize exposure to proven techniques by internationally and nationally recognized providers.

The first annual International Facial Gender Symposium will be a high-level, immersive 2 day program, designed to encourage discussion and introduce novel techniques and approaches to improve gender congruence in the face. It will include a full day of theoretical sessions and panel discussions, plus a full day of cadaver practicum. The program features invited presenters of both international accolade and from respected, established practices across the United States.

The program is aimed at plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists and other craniofacial specialists who are interested in learning the surgical techniques involving bone and soft tissue specifically employed in facial gender surgery.

The symposium has been accredited by WPATH, so attendees may obtain GEI continuing education credits.


FACIALTEAM Training & Education and Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health

Depending on the training modules:

  • Theoretical day (Friday 26): until full capacity
  • Theoretical day and cadaver lab (Friday 26 and Saturday 27): limited to a maximum of 16 students

Specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, reconstructive and plastic surgery, and ENT surgeons

The program runs for 2 consecutive days

July 26-27, 2019

Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


  • Theoretical day only (Friday 26) for trainees and residents without evening event: 250€ *
  • Theoretical day only (Friday 26): 650€
  • Theoretical day and cadaver lab (Friday 26 and Saturday 27): 2,800€

*Verification is required and must be on record by July 26th, 2019. Valid documentation: proof of payment of academic tuition, letter from residency supervisor or academic supervisor.

To enroll in the inaugural International Facial Gender Symposium, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill in the form with all your personal data. You will receive a notification email indicating your reservation number and bank details.
  2. Proceed with the payment by bank transfer. Please indicate your name and reservation number in the subject line.
  3. Send the proof of payment to, indicating your name and reservation number. An invoice confirming the final acceptance will be sent to you once the transfer is complete.

Registration is open until June 30th

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Dr. Fermín Capitán Cañadas, PhD
FACIALTEAM Training & Education Director, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Melissa Noyes, Clinical Program Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, Baltimore, MD, USA


Schedule may be subject to change

Friday, July 26

Time Topic Speaker/Moderator
8:00 – 9:00 Registration / Breakfast with Exhibitors  
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks, Introduction Devin O’Brien Coon 
9:15 – 9:40 Medical Necessity of Facial Gender Surgery Jens Berli
9:40 – 10:05 Psychological Considerations and Screening in FGS  
10:05 – 10:35 Panel: Medical Necessity, Evidence and Insurance: Where Are We Headed? Moderator: Devin O’Brien Coon
10:35 – 10:45 Refreshments/Break  



10:45 – 11:00 Forehead Contouring: Indications  Luis Capitán
11:00 – 11:30 Forehead Contouring: Surgical Approach Luis Capitán
11:30 – 11:50 Pretrichial Approach to the Forehead Thomas Satterwhite
11:50 – 12:30 Panel: Controversies in Management of the Frontal Sinus: Anterior Wall Designs and Fixation Methods Moderator: Jens Berli
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch with Exhibitors  



13:30 – 14:00 Rhinoplasty Techniques in Facial Gender Surgery Toby Meltzer
14:00 – 14:20 Managing the Midface: Malar Implants, Fat Grafting and Other Options Devin O’Brien Coon
14:20 – 14:50 Panel: Feminizing Rhinoplasty – Obtaining Optimal Aesthetics while Avoiding Disaster Moderator: Devin O’Brien Coon
14:50 – 15:00 Refreshments/Break  



15:00 – 15:10 Jaw Contouring: Preoperative Evaluation and Indications Daniel Simon
15:10 – 15:40 Jaw Contouring: Comprehensive Technique Daniel Simon
15:40 – 15:55 Tracheal Chondroplasty: Obtaining Safe and Reproducible Results Sol Mundinger
15:55 – 16:15 Vocal Cord Surgery and Voice Therapy Simon Best & Ashley Davis



16:15 – 16:30 Virtual Surgical Planning and Osteotomy Guides  
16:30 – 16:45 Osteotomy Options: Piezosurgery, Conventional Saws and Burs  
16:45 – 17:00 Panel: New Technology in FGS:
Game-changers versus Novelties
Moderator: Luis Capitán
17:00 – 17:30 Day One Wrap-Up / Instructions to Cocktail Reception  
18:00 Cocktail Reception  


Saturday, July 27

Time Topic Speaker/Moderator
7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast  
8:00 – 11:45 Cadaver Practicum on upper third of face Luis Capitán
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch and Open Discussion  
12:30 – 17:00 Cadaver Practicum on midface/lower third of face Toby Meltzer, Daniel Simon
17:00 – 18:00 Day Two Wrap-Up / Instructions to Closing Dinner  
19:00 Closing Dinner  




Founder and Director
FACIALTEAM, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

With an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Granada (2000), he obtained the title of specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery via the exclusive MIR system (2006) after 5 years of residency at the University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada.

Dr. Devin O'Brien-Coon

Devin O’Brien-Coon, MD, MSE

Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

Dr. Devin O’Brien Coon is an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland

Dr Simon

Daniel Simon, DMD

Founder and Director
FACIALTEAM, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

After specializing in surgical anatomy of the face, Dr. Daniel Simon began his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Sao Paulo, in 2001, and finished it in 2004. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Simon completed a fellowship in Belgium for the Department of Oral and

Carlos Bailón, MD

Carlos Bailón, MD

FFS Specialist
FACIALTEAM, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

With an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Granada (2006), he obtained the title of specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery via the exclusive MIR system (2012) after 5 years of residency at the University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada.

Dr Jens Berli

Jens Berli, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Dr. Berli received his medical degree from the University of Zurich. His residency was spent in general surgery/ortho-trauma in Switzerland, and in plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Berli has been a visiting physician at the premier centers  for transgender health and since

Simon Best, MD

Simon Best, MD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, MD, USA


Dr. Simon Best is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and a member of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. His clinical practice is focused on the surgical care of voice and airway disorders, including vocal cord surgery for the transgender 

Ashley Davis MS

Ashley Davis, MS

Assistant of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

Ashley Davis graduated from The University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theater. She received an MS degree with honors in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University of Maryland with a specialty in voice disorders. Ms. Davis’s clinical interests focus primarily in the areas of adult and pediatric voice disorders, disorders of the

Toby Meltzer

Toby Meltzer, MD

Founder and Director
The Meltzer Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dr. Toby Meltzer graduated from LSU Medical School in 1983 and is board certified in Plastic Surgery. An active member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, he started practicing at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1990 and began private practice in 1996 in Portland, Oregon.
In 2003 he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona

Sol Mundinger

Sol Mundinger, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Dr. Gerhard S. (Sol) Mundinger completed medical school and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and craniofacial fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital / Harborview Medical Center. He is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he is the Craniofacial Center Director, Associate

Dr Thiago Tenorio


FFS Specialist
FACIALTEAM, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

With an undergraduate degree in medicine from Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, Brazil (2004), he obtained the title of specialist in general surgery and plastic surgery (2011) after 5 years of residency at the Hospital Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Thomas Satterwhite

Thomas Satterwhite, MD

Founder and Director
Align Surgical Associates Inc
San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Satterwhite, a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, obtained his bachelor’s degree (Human Biology with Honors) and medical degree at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He remained at Stanford Hospital to complete his residency in plastic surgery, a highly regarded training program. His expertise in facial surgery was further


International Facial Gender Symposium at Baltimore

Baltimore is a coastal city nestled in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region. There are things to do for nearly every interest. Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the national anthem, is located on the mouth of the Inner Harbor, in downtown Baltimore. Downtown Baltimore is home to eclectic restaurants, waterfront night spots, and family fun from the National Aquarium to the Maryland Science Center, and everything in between, there is something for everyone in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, a leader in medicine for over 125 years, is just minutes away from downtown Baltimore.



We have secured partnerships with the local hotels listed below. More information will be sent with your registration packet.

Residence Inn by Marriott, Johns Hopkins Medical Campus
800 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Four Seasons Hotel
200 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202