List of keynote speakers announced!

We are thrilled to announce the exceptional lineup of keynote speakers who will take center stage at FACE AHEAD 2024! Prepared to be inspired and challenged as these world-renowned craniomaxillofacial experts share their knowledge and groundbreaking ideas that will shape the future of CMF surgery.


Gabriele A. Millesi

JP Hong

Leo Cheng

Mo Belal

Eduardo D. Rodriguez


Leo Cheng     


Leo Cheng has been a Consultant in Oral, Maxillofacial, Head & Neck Surgery for over 20 years and he is currently working as a Consultant Surgeon at St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London and Homerton University Hospitals in London.

Leo is clinical lead in Oral, Maxillofacial, Head and Neck Surgery at Homerton University Hospital, and the lead course organiser for the London Deanery. Every year, Leo trains 60 core trainees in London and South East England in his surgical skills and facial soft tissue courses.

Aside from his role as a specialist cancer surgeon for skin, thyroid, head & neck regions, Leo regularly lectures in the UK and abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia and America including an invitation to University of Florida in Jacksonville, USA as a visiting professor.  He has published numerous papers in peer review journals including invited editorial papers.

Finally, aside from his substantive National Health Service (NHS) practice and teaching commitments, Leo regularly serves as a volunteer Maxillofacial, Thyroid and Reconstructive Surgeon aboard the ‘Mercy Ships’ in West Africa.  He has recently served his 21st mission, performing life-saving and life-transforming surgery on critical patients.  Every year for the last 20 years, Leo has been giving up 2-3 weeks of his holidays to volunteer with the Mercy Ships bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.  In most of his mission trips, Leo was accompanied by his loving family members. 


Eduardo D. Rodriguez


Born and raised in Miami, FL, the son of Cuban immigrants, Dr. Rodriguez attended Belen Jesuit High School where he serves as an extremely active alumni mentoring students and giving back to the community. He subsequently earned his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from the University of Florida in 1988, followed by a DDS degree from New York University in 1992. He completed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1997. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1999 and completed general surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2001, which was followed by a combined plastic surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital/University of Maryland Medical Center in 2003. He also completed an International Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan in 2004.

Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, joined the faculty of NYU Langone Health in November 2013 as the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and chair of the Hansjӧrg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery. He is dually-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Rodriguez leads NYU Langone’s vascular composite allotransplantation (VCA) program, which encompasses face and limb transplantation. Two face transplants have been performed at NYU Langone since the program was established in 2014 and have been widely recognized for their superior outcomes. The success of these procedures has not only enhanced the quality of life for his patients, but will advance the field for future patients.

In August 2020, Dr. Rodriguez performed the world’s first successful face and double hand transplant on a 22-year-old New Jersey resident who had been severely burned in a horrific car crash. The surgery included transplanting both hands and the full face of a single donor. This is the fourth face transplant performed under the leadership of Dr. Rodriguez, and the first hand transplant under his direction.

NYU Langone’s VCA Program also has established a novel patient-specific, donor-patient matching protocol and an antirejection medication regimen to lessen drug toxicity without increasing risk of transplant rejection. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez and his team continue to plan for future transplant procedures and grow the program’s clinical, research and education efforts. Clinical advancement focuses on patient selection and achievement of optimal aesthetic and functional results, while education efforts concentrate on training surgeons and advancing the field of VCA.


Mo Belal

Mr Mo Belal is a Consultant Urological Surgeon; Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham since 2011 with a specialist interest in Female, Functional, Neuro-urology and Urinary tract reconstruction.

He is the currently the BAUS Honorary Secretary Elect. Previously the chair of the BAUS Section of FNUU. He is currently working with NHS England representing BAUS as the Mesh lead.