Faculties

Sam Assassa, M.D.

President

Dr. Sam Assassa is a world-renowned non-invasive and aesthetic cosmetic surgery specialist. In 1995, he founded Beverly Hills Aesthetics, a cosmetic surgery center providing clients with non-invasive surgical and laser services in the comfort of his state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Assassa has extensive experience in minimally invasive medical and surgical aesthetics, has performed over 25,000 aesthetic procedures, and has lectured in over 15 countries in 3 continents to over 5,000 delegates. He is an avid contributor to the global advancement of innovative liposuction techniques and medical aesthetic procedures.

Dr. Assassa received his medical degree with honors, and completed his internship at Loyola University-affiliated hospitals in Chicago and his residency at Case Western University-affiliated hospitals in Cleveland. He is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine and regarded as one of the top experts in the field of minimally invasive aesthetic surgery. He routinely travels nationally and internationally to lecture and teach his techniques to other physicians and nurses

Dr. Assassa is a certified educator for International Academy of Aesthetics, an associate member of the American College of Physicians, an affiliate member of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, member of American Society of Liposuction Surgery, a member of the American Mesotherapy Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine as well as an advisory committee member of the American Aesthetic Medicine Association. He is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

Ayman Hakki, M.D.

Vice President

Dr. Ayman Hakki is a board certified general surgeon who received plastic surgery training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the Baltimore, Maryland area and an esteemed member of the team at Chesapeake Plastic Surgery Associates. Dr. Hakki is a recognized portrait artist and brings his artistic skill to his work as a non-invasive cosmetic surgeon. He has written a number of cosmetic surgery scientific papers and often presents at national aesthetic surgery meetings.

Dr. Hakki established his cosmetic surgery office in the Washington, D.C. area in 1993, and also runs a successful practice in Maryland. Dr. Hakki has been featured on MTV’s “True Life,” and has a monthly-published article in the Medical News of Maryland. Dr. Hakki is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. He continues to be active in cosmetic surgery training for younger physicians.

Nabil Fakih, M.D., MSc.

Director of Nanofat™ Training Program

Dr. Nabil Fakih is one of Lebanon & Spain’s leading facial surgeons and a world-renowned expert in the field of facial plastic surgery. He is the former vice president of the Spanish Society of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is passionate about and exclusively performs Facial Plastic Surgery and Orthognathic Surgery. Dr. Nabil Fakih specializes in Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery with a sub-specialization in Facial Plastic Surgery and has worked for the most prestigious hospitals of Europe and the US. He is a supporter of “Facial Makeover” surgeons who can work out the entire facial frame focusing on the beauty of the face, enhancing the best and most natural results.

Dr. Nabil Fakih is devoted to furthering the field of facial plastic surgery. His techniques represent the state of the art in facial plastic surgery. He has authored and co-authored several papers and scientific manuscripts on facial plastic reconstructive surgery. He works with a large range of patients whose livelihood depends on their faces, including models, actresses, and social elites.

Eduardo Costa, M.D.

Director of Bioplasty Training Program

Dr. Eduardo Costa brings to AAAMS his knowledge and wisdom in bioplasty to provide excellent training courses that teach natural results. After 10 years of experience as the speaker of Lebon Laboratory and Linnea Safe Manufacturer with over 3,000 documented cases, Dr. Costa has perfected the bioplasty technique and has evolved it over the last 8 years. Dr. Costa owns three clinics in Brazil and visits the U.S. often to consult and train medical professionals.

Maurizio Ceccerelli, M.D.

Director of Bioregeneration Medicine Training Program

Dr. Maurizio Ceccarelli is the Director of International Centre for Study and Research in Aesthetic and Physiological Medicine in Rome, Italy and Chairman of Bioregeneration Medicine for the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery. A pioneer in bio-stimulant anegenerative aesthetics, Dr. Ceccarelli earned his degree in Biological Sciences at the Universita ‘degli Studi di Roma, and his degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Rome Universita’degli.

Mr. Kareem Assassa

Speaker

Kareem Assassa serves as the head Business Development Executive of The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery (AAAMS). Kareem overhauled the entire operation and secured international partnerships that drove the association into the global market. He currently serves as a speaker of AAAMS, co-founder and CEO of the International Academy of Aesthetics, a leading online academy in the field of aesthetics, and founder & CEO of Pursue Solutions, a specialized business and project management consulting firm.

Nikolay Serdev, M.D.

Director of Facial Surgery Training Program

Dr. Nikolay Serdev is the innovator of the Scar-less Serdev Suture Suspension Lift. This method is used in the face and body to correct early ptosis and flabbiness of the tissue. Dr. Serdev is an international speaker and a well-known professor at the International College of Cosmetic Surgery and CIUniversity. He is a national consultant in aesthetic cosmetic surgery for the Ministry of Health in Bulgaria and a member of the Bulgarian Examining Board in Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine. An Honorary member of the French Society of Aesthetic Surgery and an Honorary Professor of the East Asian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Serdev also acts as a Professor and Program Director for the International University Program of Post Graduate Specialization in Cosmetic Surgery at New Bulgarian University in collaboration with ICCS and IBCSM.

Since 1994, Dr. Serdev has been the Director and Head Surgeon of Sofia Medical Center, Program Director of the Postgraduate NBUniversity Program Specialization in Cosmetic Surgery, and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Serdev is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the “International Journal of Cosmetic Medicine & Surgery” and participates on the editorial board of the “International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology”.

Roberto Sanchez, D.D.S.

Head Director of Aesthetics Program for Latin America and Mexico Region

Dr. Roberto Sanchez graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico with a speciality in maxillofacial surgery. In addition, he completed the Advanced International Educational Program in Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University. Dr. Sanchez opened his private clinic focusing his energy and talents on implant and progressive dentistry.

He served as the President of the Mexican Federation of Oral Implantology in 2009 as well as a speaker, educator and key opinion leader for several implant and dental companies. Dr. Sanchez is the Founder of Implant XP Instituto in Monterey, Mexico and is a Certified IAA Educator for the International Academy of Aesthetics.

Luis Sanchez, D.D.S.

Director of Aesthetics Program for Latin America and Mexico Region

Dr. Luis Sanchez graduated with honors from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico. He completed his post-graduate program in Advanced Esthetic & Restorative Dentistry at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Sanchez opened the first private multi-specialty dental practice in San Pedro, Mexico, most famous for combining esthetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. He is renowned for his signature style of progressive dentistry and his high-profile patient base.

Dr. Sanchez was recently recognized as the Best Aesthetic Dentist in the Americas by Ivoclar Vivadent and received 1st place in the entire North and South America region at the IPS e.max Smile Awards 2016. He is an active speaker, an avid educator for the Implant XP Instituto in Monterey, Mexico and a Certified IAA Educator for the International Academy of Aesthetics.

Julio A. Ferreira, M.D.

Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training Program

Dr. Julio A. Ferreira is a pioneer of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Argentina and South America. In 1986, he co-founded the Argentine Society of Aesthetic Medicine in Buenos Aires, the first of its kind in the country. He is renowned for his extensive work, diffusion and development of the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery in South America and Europe.
Among other titles he is:

• University professor of medicine
• President of the South American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
• Former president of the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
• Board director of the International Board of Cosmetic Surgery in Cambridge, England
• Corresponding fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
• Associated professor in plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine at Oradea University in Romania
• International editorial advisory board member of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery

Julio Gustavo Ferreira, M.D.

Director of Aesthetic Surgery Training Program

Dr. Julio Gustavo Ferreira has been the coordinator of SAACS surgical courses since 2008. He graduated from Favaloro University in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1999 and completed his residencies in General Surgery at Magdalena V. de Martinez Hospital of Buenos Aires and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Prof. Dr. José Juri at Clínica Juri in Buenos Aires.

From a very young age, he worked and traveled the world with his father, Prof. Dr. Julio A. Ferreira, in the fields of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, which gave him expertise in combining Aesthetic Surgery and minimally invasive procedures, with classic plastic surgery techniques.

He has an active private practice in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in Clínica Ferreira, Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an SAACS delegate, he is frequently invited to be a speaker for international congresses, coordinates educational activities for surgeons, and has developed a broad range of courses for aesthetic auxiliary staff.

Mr. James Peng

President of AAAMS Asia-Pacific Region

James Peng is the President of AAAMS in the Asia-Pacific region. He is the Chairman and President of C.P.D. Global, a leading training program provider for Continuing Medical Education in the Greater China Region and Chairman and President of Global Star Medical Agency which provides a platform for cross-straits value-added aesthetic medicine end-to-end service which aims at establishing a service network within ASEAN Plus One. Mr. Peng has acted as Chief Strategy Officer of Global Education Center, GEC Group, a reputable international medical cooperate organization since 2006. Before that, he was a professional business manager working for Delta Network and Acer Group.

Owing to his remarkable interdisciplinary training and extensive international experiences, Mr. Peng carries multiple titles as International Representative for Royal Society of Medicine in Greater China and Executive Secretariat of Asia-Pacific Office of CEU San Pablo University Foundation, Spain.

Chun-Tang Chiu, M.D., PhD

Director of Aesthetic Medicine Training Program for Asia-Pacific Region

Dr. Chun-Tang Chiu is a board-certified dermatologist from Taiwan who received his M.D and PhD degrees in biochemistry and biotechnology from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. Dr. Chiu has 15 years of extensive clinical experience and has been recognized as one of a few leading talents in the group of middle-aged aesthetic practitioners in Taiwan due to his passion, outstanding injecting skills and sense of the art in the field of aesthetic medicine. He has performed thousands of aesthetic procedures and has regularly been invited by many aesthetic medical societies and vendors such as Allergan and Galderma as a keynote speaker and lecturer to share his knowledge and techniques with medical professionals in Asia. In Dec. 2014, Dr. Chiu represented Allergan China as an internationally-certified educator and completed a 2-week long road-show giving advanced aesthetic and technical workshops to Chinese doctors in 13 hospitals across 5 main cities in 3 provinces.

Dr. Chiu is not only well-known for his professional work, but also for his celebrity-like outlook. He is a media and vendor favorite. He enjoys media interviews and loves to share his professional knowledge and tips with the public about cosmetic products and treatment concerns people face every day. Dr. Chiu has also often been featured as an advertising spokesperson for product endorsements for international brands such as Philips, Bioderma, Neutrogena, Bodyshop, Photo, Clinique and Avene. Among other titles, he is:

-Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, UK
-Reviewer of Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
-International Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
-Assistant Professor, Department of Cosmetic Science, Chang Chung University of Science and Technology
-Director of the Aesthetic Medical Program, C.P.D.Global
-Council member, Taiwanese Cosmetic Dermatological Association

Jeff Huang, M.D.

Asia-Pacific Region Educator

Dr. Jeff Huang received his training in dermatology from Mackay Memorial Hospital after his graduation from National Taiwan University. He is a board-certified doctor in both internal medicine and dermatology. He has extensive experience in cosmetic dermatology; mainly in the fields of lasers, non-invasive, and minimally invasive procedures. He is currently the president of iBeauty Clinic in Taipei, the international speaker for Galderma and Merz, as well as the international trainer of many energy-based devices. He travels to China and Southeast Asia frequently to share his techniques and experience with both physicians and beauticians.

Dr. Jeff Huang is also a dedicated volunteer. He went to Kiribati (islands in the Pacific ocean) in 2008 to diagnose and treat tropical skin diseases. In 2009, after a catastrophic typhoon in Myanmar, Dr. Huang volunteered as a medic. In 2011, he joined an international trip to Gambia, organized by Mackay Memorial Hospital, to help with medical services. He sometimes visits rural orphanages and rural areas in Taiwan to offer free medical services.

Dr. Jeff Huang is a member of the Taiwan Dermatology Association, Taiwan Internal Medicine Association, American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, and Taiwan Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery.

Cheng-Sheng Chiu, M.D.

Asia-Pacific Region Educator

Dr. Cheng-Sheng Chiu is a board-certificated dermatologist and the chief of Chiu Skin and Beauty Clinic in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Chiu is an expert in aesthetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery and active in giving lectures about various topics in cosmetic and micro-cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Chiu received his MD degree from National Yang Ming University in Taiwan, and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. He became a Diplomat of Dermatology in Taiwan, received an international diploma of dermatopathology, is a research fellow of diagnostic pathology at Tokyo Medical University, and is a clinical fellow of dermatologic surgery in Toranomon Hospital in Japan.

Dr. Chiu is a former assistant professor of Dermatology at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and a lecturer of Dermatology at Chang Gung University. He is a member of the Taiwanese Dermatological Association, American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Additionally, he is a reviewer of many professional medical journals about dermatology and aesthetic medicine.

Wayne Su, M.D.

Asia-Pacific Region Educator

Dr. Su graduated from the Chung Shan Medical University. He completed his specialty training at Veterans General Hospital Taichung Center, followed by fellowship training at the National Taiwan University Hospital.

Dr. Su concentrated his talents on treating leprosy in cooperation with Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. He was a trustee in cosmetics production and manufacturing, certified by the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry Technology and Development Center. He also held roles at the Laser and Aesthetic Medical Center in Veterans General Hospital Taichung Center.

Dr. Su is presently the director of the Chen Chih Dermatological, Cosmetic and Laser Clinic in Taichung. He is also an active speaker and certified trainer for many cosmetics products, including Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, Anteis, Sculptra and Ultraformer.

Yao-Yuan Chang, M.D.

Asia-Pacific Region Educator

Dr. Yao-Yuan Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Taiwan and the director of Yes Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Clinic in Taipei. He completed his plastic surgery training at the Mackay Memorial Hospital after his graduation from National Chung-Kung University and received his master’s degree in biomedical material from Taipei Medical University. He has published several papers in aesthetics industry journals and translated several books on mini-invasive procedures.

He has a broad interest in beauty for general recognition, aesthetic surgery, and procedures. He was also invited to Southeast Asia and China to share his experiences in aesthetic evaluation, surgery procedures, filler injections, and botulism toxin use. He provides training courses including detailed lectures and live demos for international trainees at his clinic.

Dr. Chang has been invited to be the advertising spokesperson for product endorsements and media expressions for companies including Avon and Numen Biotech. He is a certified lecturer for the Taiwan Ministry of Education, an international speaker for Merz, Allergan, and Dysport, and a lecturer for the Taiwan Medical Beauty Nursing Society, Taiwan Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, and the Chinese Society of Cosmetic Surgery and Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Chang is a member of the Taiwan Society of Plastic Surgery, the Taiwan Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is also a reviewer of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and has ever been the editorial board member of Plastic and Aesthetic Research and Deputy Secretary of the Taiwan Mini-Aesthetic Society.

Daniel Julien, NP

Founder of Danesthetics Medical

Dan is triple certified by the Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine. He is the founder of Danesthetics Medical, whose renowned non-surgical aesthetic clinic is located in the heart of Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. 

His clinical philosophy and perspective for medical aesthetics is in line with our association goals: “Teaching the art of aesthetics in a practical, clear-cut approach with safety in mind.”

Dan’s knowledge and expertise on injection techniques, facial anatomy and filler rheology are splendid. When it comes to teaching aesthetics, his approach is very enjoyable and simplified. His YouTube channel has been making waves in the medical aesthetics industry.