"Dr. Connie” graduated in medicine from Freiburg University and Munich Technical University/ Klinikum Rechts der Isar. Early during her clinical studies she was fascinated in the field of Plastic Surgery where Prof. Ursula Schmidt-Tintemann was her first teacher in this specialty. After working in Brazil with Prof. Ivo Pitanguy and becoming board certified in General Surgery, she trained in Plastic Surgery at the first Munich Burn Center with Prof. Mühlbauer. The combination of reconstructive and aesthetic surgical challenges in Plastic Surgery has ever since fulfilled her professional career.
Since 1989 she works in her private practice with hospital privileges in Munich and has maintained special interest in periocular, facial and breast surgery. Towards these special topics she also concentrates her scientific interest. She has organized and invited to teach in numerous international conferences in the field. Deriving from her longstanding engagement in the national and international societies of Plastic and Aesthetic surgery, she presently still serves as President of IQUAM (International Committee for Quality Assurance, Medical Devices and Technologies in Plastic Surgery). Finally after her children had grown up she and her long-time friend Professor Marita Eisenmann-Klein founded the IPRAS Women For Women Project. Female Plastic surgeons who have also achieved top positions in international Plastic Surgery realized that women with socio-cultural squeal of trauma are under-represented in humanitarian medical missions. During the first missions in India it could be verified that female patients feel more comfortable and encouraged by a female surgical team. As lady surgeons we learned that the reason for these untreated and often disguised burn injuries are domestic attacks or of suicides. In her surgical work she puts focus on the care of post-burn scars and contractures that involve functional as well as aesthetic defects. Having traveled all her life as a tourist in economically less privileged countries it seemed logical to get involved deeper. She now aims to grant medical care and collaborates closely with local colleagues to share insights and expertise also outside of conference rooms and scientific symposia. Motivating and delivering this message to young women plastic surgeons - among them her daughter, meanwhile a 5th year resident in plastic surgery - is crucial for her.
She lives together with her husband Lothar Strobach a journalist in Munich and preferably spends her weekends together with her two grown up children in the family millhouse in the Bavarian countryside.
“You have to lighten a fire in the hearts of many people to make the world become a warmer place!” Albert Schweitzer
"Dr. Marita” graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany she went through a full training in general surgery starting at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. In 1982 at a congress on trauma and burns she heard about incredible survival rates of burn patients in China. She was thrilled. She wrote to the Health Ministry in Peking and managed to get an invitation to Ruj Jin Hospital in Shanghai. In 1984 she spent several weeks there and was fascinated by the skills of her Chinese colleagues and determined to specialize in burn treatment. During her fellowship in Plastic Surgery and Burns at Klinikum München-Bogenhausen (Program Director Prof. Wolfgang Mühlbauer) she met Dr. Constanze Neuhann-Lorenz. The two of them became close friends and partners in many projects.
In 1988 Dr. Marita Eisenmann-Klein became director of Community Hospital in Nittenau, Oberpfalz. Five years later, she was appointed Director of the Department of Plastic and Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery at Caritas Hospital St. Josef in Regensburg, Germany. From 2008 to mid-2012 she was also the Deputy Medical Director of Caritas Hospital St. Josef in Regensburg. Since July 2012 she is Director of the Department of Plastic and Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery at Isar Kliniken Munich, Germany.
She was president and founding member of EQUAM, the European Committee on Quality Assurance and Medical Devices (which turned into IQUAM later) from 1992 to 1998. From 2002 to 2005, she was chair person of the Red Cross, administrative district of Regensburg. In 2005 she was elected to be the President of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. From 2006 to 2011 she was General Secretary of the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS). Since 2011 she is the President of IPRAS.
She serves as temporary adviser to the World Health Organization for Patient Safety and Trauma Care since 2008.
Marita Eisenmann-Klein`s efforts to support plastic surgeons in Iraq was awarded by an honorary professorship from Bashra University Medical College in 2007.
The Romanian Society of Plastic Surgery made her an honorary member and honorary professor in 2008. She also is honorary doctor of Carolus Davila University Bukarest since 2008. In 2009 she was the R.N. Sharma honorary lecturer at Lucknow University in India.
Marita Eisenmann-Klein always has been proud of the humanitarian efforts of her specialty. Now, since her three sons are in their twenties, she has more time to spend on missions. But she dreams of more than just curing the body of her patients. She is committed to develop a social plan for the victims of domestic violence. Cooperations with Training Centers for Nurses and Technicians in India and Africa are being built up.
Debra Ann Reilly, Culver, MD FACS received her medical school diploma from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas. As a first year medical student in 1979 she met her first burn survivor child while volunteering as a pianist in the Shriner's Hospital music room. On surgical rotations with Dr. Donald Parks she later studied the burn injury and developed a lifelong love of burn care. Her surgical training was completed at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston and her plastic surgery training back in Galveston. Each of those medical centers had large active acute burn and reconstructive patient care loads. A year with Basil Pruitt, MD at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas cemented her desire to make burn care her academic career goal. Dr. Reilly has studied and operated in 9 different burn units, learning from and teaching a variety of physicians and nurses and ancillary staff.
"Dr. Debo" participated in her first humanitarian oversees mission in on a trip to central Mexico. This was followed by trips to Armenia, Argentina, China, Peru and India. Each trip has included some acute and reconstructive burn care as part of its surgical mission (in addition to cleft lip and palate work with adults and children). Spending several weeks in one remote location of a country has given her the opportunity to live and learn from the host country about customs and personalities (as well as food and shopping options!). The ability to interact with other medical professionals throughout the world, to teach what she has learned to others hoping to improve medical care in the host country keeps her excited about each new mission trip. It is gratifying to see parents from all countries care very deeply about an injured child, to see a head nurse manage her personnel to maintain the highest standards of medical care for their patients, to see other medical professionals giving of their time and knowledge to ease suffering wherever they are needed.
When not travelling she is the Medical Director of the Burn and Wound Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is a member of many medical organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (committee member and former board of directors), the American Burn Association (committee member), the North American Burn Society (past president), the Nebraska Society of Plastic Surgeons (current president). She is married to Robert H. Culver, Jr. (an artist), has two cats and two wonderful step-children. She loves to read, cook, needlepoint, listen to music, meditate in yoga and shop!
"Dr. Sarah” is working as a plastic surgeon in private practice together with her mother Dr. Constance Neuhann-Lorenz in Munich, Germany. She completed her medical diploma in 2007 at the Munich Technical University. Due to close ties to her mother, admiration and respect for her and her friends’ (Marita and Debra) profession, her affection in plastic and aesthetic surgery and burn care almost naturally grew. Her working carrier started in the trauma unit of Schwabing Hospital in Munich. She received the main part of her formation at the department for plastic, reconstructive, aesthetic, hand and burn surgery - head: Prof. Dr. med. Milomir Ninkovic at Bogenhausen Hospital in Munich, where she acquired the skill to work with both, acute and post burn injuries. As a plastic surgeon she is board certified since January 2014.
During various professional visits in economically less privileged countries (India, Chile, Mexico, Argentina) she became familiar with the medical care under different socio-cultural circumstances. She experienced the need for plastic surgical humanitarian missions overseas for the first time, at the Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital Nepal, founded by Prof. Dr. med. Gottfried Lemperle. Spending four months in Africa, Tanzania, further intensified this awareness and deepened her respect for different cultural identities, that all have the right of physical integrity.
Apart from her passion for plastic surgery, a specialty that comes up with the most innovative and individual solutions for surgical problems, Sarah is a dedicated skier, mountain climber and diver, she loves nature and spending time with her family.