Bengaluru, 20th April 2017: Bengaluru is set to play host to national & international cosmetic dermatologists at the 12th Edition of World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology (WCOCD) from 4th to 6th May 2017 at Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad International Convention Centre, GKVK.

From your left- T S Nagaraju, D A Satish, B S Chandrashekar, Venkataram Mysore, Raghunatha reddy, S C Rajendran, Umashankar Nagaraju
From your left- T S Nagaraju, D A Satish, B S Chandrashekar, Venkataram Mysore, Raghunatha reddy, S C Rajendran, Umashankar Nagaraju

WCOCD is planned as a premier all-encompassing event in cosmetology, laser surgery, aesthetics and dermatology, and promises to be the largest event held in the field of cosmetic dermatology in India so far. With the rise in the demand for the total transformation of the body & face, the Indian wellness industry and skin care treatment is set to witness exponential growth in the number of consultants in cosmetic dermatology.

WCOCD will focus on educating health professionals on the latest updates and modalities of treatment with respect to aesthetic dermatology.

The 12th World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology will bring together more than

•        4000 International & National Delegates

•        400 Indian & International Speakers and experts

•        70 worldwide Industry participation

•        Sister Societies from Iran, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa as well as the World Health Academy

•        150 International topics of discussion

•        50 well-structured Plenaries

•        40 Lectures and Symposia

•        Special session on Gender Dermatology

•        6 Workshops on Lasers, Injectables, Pigmentation and Body Contouring

•        6 Courses on Liposuction and fat transfer, Hair transplantation, post-acne scarring, Vitiligo surgery, Practice management and Anti-aging treatments

•        Master classes on several dermatology topics

•        Yoga Classes

•        Tree Plantation Drive

•        Cycle Rally

Speaking on the public announcement of the event, Dr. Venkataram Mysore, Congress President, said “We are very pleased to bring this World Congress to Bengaluru. It is yet another step towards establishing the city as a key destination in medical tourism. It is the first world congress on the subject to be held in the city and it will bring in the latest in technology to India.”

Dr. B. S Chandrashekhar, Secretary General – WCOCD Bengaluru said, “WCOCD 2017 will focus on educating the health professionals regarding the latest updates and modalities of treatment with respect to Aesthetic dermatology. This is crucial for our growth. WCOCD 2017 will also give an opportunity to explore our country, and know about all that is unique about India”.

True to the theme of the conference, Cosmetic Dermatology - Global Perspectives the congress has more than 40 International faculties, over 200 National faculties, and around 150 interesting topics for discussion. Impeccably designed parallel events - well planned workshops, comprehensive instructional video courses and master classes - have been designed in the field of lasers, aesthetics, dermatosurgery and practice management.

Sister society sessions too have seen an expression of interest from different countries, making the event truly global. With the plethora of awards to be won through award paper session, quiz competition, innovations, investigations and essay competition, the stage is set for all the young achievers to showcase their talent.

Associated Activities:

The organising committee would also like to take this opportunities to create awareness regarding various socially-relevant issues such as misuse of steroid-based creams, vitiligo, misguiding advertisements that lure people into bad treatments etc.

The committee has initiated a number of activities to create awareness about these issues.

A cycle rally will be held on 2nd & 3rd May 2017, with over 50 doctors cycling from Mysore to Bengaluru.

The Congress will also host a photography exhibition & contest, poetry reading sessions and more during the event days.

Dr R Raghunatha Reddy

Dr R Raghunatha Reddy is a well trained and highly experienced Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon and Laser Physician, having a vast teaching experience of 25 years with Postgraduate teaching and has been a postgraduate examiner at many universities.

Completed his MBBS from Mysore University in 1992, MD (Skin & STD) from reputed Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute in 1999, and DNB in Dermatology and venereology from National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. He completed postdoctoral fellowship in dermatosurgery from RGUHS, Bangalore and has the distinction of being the first qualified dermatosurgeon with a post doctoral fellowship from an Indian university. After his post graduation he underwent training in dermatosurgery and cosmetology from Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai and dermatopathology fellowship training from CMC, Vellore.

Some of his significant achievements are:-

•Adjudged the best dermatologist below 45 years for his overall contribution for dermatology association and academic work and was awarded L N SINHA AWARD by IADVL for the year 2010- 11.

•Organized many National, zonal and State level conferences and workshops in Bangalore and across the country.

•Delivered more than 120 guest lectures at National & International Conferences.

•Authored 12 articles in indexed journals and 25 chapters in standard textbooks.

•Conducted around 55 live workshops in Dermatosurgery and Cosmetology across India.

Positions and Titles held by him:-

•Editorial Board member – ACSI Textbook of Dermatosurgery , Pigment International & International Journal of Diabetes (IJOD).

•International Travelling Mentor  for  ISDS in Dermatosurgery.

•Former National Convener of Dermatosurgery , IADVL.

•Past Senior Vice president of  IADVL national and Immediate past president of IADVL, Karnataka.

•Organizing Secretary – ACSICON 2013, Bengaluru.

•Past Joint secretary IADVL 2010 -11, Past vice president & Joint Secretary ACS(I).

•Organizing Secretary for Dermacon International, 2019 at Bengaluru.

Presently Dr.Raghunatha is working as professor and Head of the Department of dermatology at MVJMC & RH, affiliated to RGUHS. He is also the chief consultant dermatologist, dermatosurgeon and Laser physician at Dr Raghu's Mathapitha skin clinic.

Dr. S.Sacchidanand

Dr. S.Sacchidanand, M.D., D.V.D., D.H.A., F.R.C.P. [Gl], is a pioneer in the field of Dermatology since the last 26 years. He is currently the Director of Medical Education, Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru. He has previously served as a Professor & former HOD, Department of Dermatology at Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute and as Former Registrar (Evaluation) (2007 – 2010) at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Bangalore, Karnataka.

He completed his MBBS and MD from JNMC, Belgaum, Karnataka University. He  joined service through KPSC during Feb 1985 as Assistant Surgeon in Health & Family Welfare Department while pursuing Diploma in Venereology and Dermatology( D.V.D.) at MMC, Mysore University.

Some of his glorious achievements in the field of Dermatology are :-

•Procured Dr.B.S.Jirge Memorial Gold Medal in Anatomy at J.N.Medical College, Belgaum during M.B.B.S. in the year 1979.

•First to the Mysore University in D.V.D. (Diploma in Dermatology and Venereology) in the year 1985.

•First Dermatologist from Bangalore to become the National President of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists at the age of 47 years and also Vice-President of Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India (2011 – 2012).

• First Indian Doctor to be successfully audited by Food and Drugs Administration, FDA, USA in 2004.

•First Indian Dermatologist to start a full – fledged fellowship program in Dermato-Surgery under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006.

•First Indian Dermatologist to start a fellowship program in Medical  Cosmetology in 2008.

• First Indian Dermatologist to start a fellowship program in Pediatric Dermatology in 2010.

• First Indian Dermatologist to organise two National conferences at Bangalore i.e. (DERMACON) in 2000 and again in 2009 .

•First Indian Dermatologist to have organised more than 15 conferences at local, state, regional and national levels.

•Authored 7 books in Dermatology, Edited 5 books and reviewed 5 books.

Positions and Titles held by him:-

• Secretary, Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) during 1990 - 92

•Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of Karnataka-Tamilnadu branch of IADVL during 1997-99

•President, Karnataka-Tamilnadu branch of IADVL from 2003 – 2004

•Former Honorary Secretary, Karnataka Government Medical & Dental Teachers’ Association.

•Former Secretary General of South Asian Regional Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists (SARAD) .

•Board Member, International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) WCD 2007 at Buenos Aires, Argentina and WCD 2011 at Seoul, South Korea.

•Former Vice – President, Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India (ACSI).

•Convenor, World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), 2015; IADVL International Conferences Bidding Committee (Bangalore as the proposed venue); Designated Secretary General, WCD 2015.