Personalized Medicine – A New Frontier in CMF Surgery

With over 40 highly interactive sessions spanning 3-D technology, tissue replacement, and complications, as well as compelling keynote speakers, and exciting networking events, FACE AHEAD is, without doubt, the can't miss craniomaxillofacial (CMF) event of 2020.

Explore the program summary and you'll understand what we mean!

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*Please note that this is the preliminary program, and the sessions are constantly updated.

An online live-streaming program will be available also for those who cannot travel to Barcelona. All sessions marked with  Live Streaming Event  will be live-streamed and available as recording during the summit. Be part of FACE AHEAD 2020 from the comfort of your home.

Scientific Program Summary
Sessions focused on professional development
3-D Technology: from innovation to personalization

Orthognathics, TMJ, Reconstruction, Sleep Apnea

Tissue Replacement in CMF: from the lab to the patient

Bone Grafts and Substitutes, Future Technologies Cells and Genes, Reconstruction

Complications: preventions and personalized solutions

Oncology, Orthognathics, Pediatric and Adult Trauma, TMJ, Soft Tissue Management, Face Transplant

Through my eyes, the patient – get a new perspective

Ballistic Injuries

  • The FACE AHEAD 2020 Young Surgeon Awards Competition (abstract submission open)
  • Perfect your online presentation skills (digital training)
  • Stress management - taking control
  • Tips and tricks sessions
  • Network with peers and heads of CMF departments - consider your next challenge
  • Corner chats - get to know the real experts
  • Meet your idol breakfast sessions
  • Fellowship applications
  • How to succeed in academic surgery
  • Leadership - how to get on
  • Crystal Ball Lunchtime Symposium - look into the future of CMF surgery. Technology and workflow for the future

What's happening when - program details

Day 1
Day 2

08:00 - 08:30 Registration participants

08:30 - 08:45 Welcome

Welcome to Face Ahead 2020  Live Streaming Event

Welcome introduction of the speakers and presentation of the summit's objectives

Gregorio Sanchez-Aniceto

Session 1 - 3-D Technology: from innovation to personalization

08:45 - 09:15

Keynote: 3-D Planning in reconstruction  Live Streaming Event

Daniel Borsuk


Panel discussion: Case based 3-D Technology  Live Streaming Event

  • State of the art surgery
  • Orthognathics
  • TMJ
  • Reconstruction

Oral free paper presentations


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

E-posters and exhibition

Corner chat with Daniel Borsuk (15 minutes)  Live Streaming Event

Oral free paper presentations


11:00-12:00 Small group discussions

Describing existing 3-D technology tools and applications to surgery

Orthognathics / Sleep
Orbital Trauma
Aesthetic surgery

12:00 - 13:00 Accelerate your career hour

Multiple sessions available for sign-up

Blind Dating - time with your idol
How to apply for a fellowship
To be confirmed soon
How to succeed in academic surgery
To be confirmed soon
AO Community development

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

E-posters and Exhibition

Q&A at the booth

13:30 - 14:30 - Sponsored Symposium Crystal Ball  Live Streaming Event

Session 2 - Tissue Replacement in CMF: from the lab to the patient

14:30 - 15:00

Keynote: Genomics, tissue engineering, replacement and reconstruction  Live Streaming Event

Jill Helms

15:00 - 16:00

Panel discussion: Debate on tissues replacement Live Streaming Event

  • Bone graft
  • Bone substitutes
  • Future techonologies, cells and genes

Oral free paper presentations


16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

E-posters and exhibition

Corner chat with Jill Helms (15 minutes)  Live Streaming Event

Oral free paper presentations


16:30 - 17:30 Small group discussions





Facial soft tissue reconstruction

17:30 - 18:30 Top young surgeons' presentations

This session will be live-streamed Live Streaming Event

Six chosen papers of six minutes each

Participants will be voting live during the session

19:30 Networking event

Details to be announced soon

Location: Fabrika Mortiz

08:45 - 09:00

My AO Journey (60th anniversary speech)  Live Streaming Event

Robert McGuire

Session 3 - Complications: preventions and personalized solutions

09:00 – 09:30

Keynote: Personalized treatment of head and neck oncology  Live Streaming Event

René Leemans

09:30 - 10:45 Panel discussions

Complex Patient Defects (pros and cons, clash of the titansLive Streaming Event
  • Dental alveolar augmentation autogenous versus biomaterial
  • Distraction veersus bone replacement: early versus late distraction

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

E-posters and Exhibition

Corner Chat with René Leemans (15 minutes)  Live Streaming Event

11:15-12:30 Small Group Case Discussions: Complications

Orthognathics / Sleep
Adult Trauma
Pediatric Trauma
Soft Tissue management
To be confirmed soon

12:30-14:00 Lunch

E-Posters and Exhibition

13:00 - 14:00 Sponsored Symposium  Live Streaming Event


Keynote: Through my eyes - the patient Live Streaming Event

Waleed Khan, Survivor of Army Public School attack

14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion

Complications: cases that made me lose sleep  Live Streaming Event

  • Orthognathic/malformation
  • Posttraumatic
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Oncology and reconstruction

15:30-16:00 Break (e-posters and exhibition)

E-posters and exhibition

Corner Chat with Eduardo Rodriguez (15 min)  Live Streaming Event


Keynote: Face Transplant  Live Streaming Event

Eduardo Rodriguez

16:30-17:30 Panel Discussion

Tips and tricks in facial reconstruction  Live Streaming Event

Speakers to be announced soon

17:30-18:00 Award ceremony for best free papers

This session will be live streamed  Live Streaming Event

18:00 - 18:15 Summit closing