With more than 1200 MTF primary vaginoplasties done in the past 11 years, Dr Bowers’ reputation for innovation and consistency in the field of GRS as made her a very sought after teacher and mentor. During the past 18 months, Dr. Bowers has demonstrated surgical techniques for plastic surgeons and urologists in Israel and from Mexico, Australia, Belgium and Brazil, among others. It is Dr. Bowers’ belief and conviction that improvement in base line surgical skills is the key to improving the lives of transgender persons around the world. By sharing technical aspects of her surgery, this allows other surgeons to learn and then innovate beyond what is learned from Dr. Bowers.
Israel 2013 & 2014
In October 2013, after years of planning and discussion, Dr. Bowers was invited to Tel Avi, Israel in order to revive the Transgender Surgery Program in Israel. Working in conjunction with Department Chairperson, Dr. Eyal Winkler and the Plastic Surgery Department at Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer, patients were selected. Training of the Israeli surgical GRS team and their primary surgeon, Dr Alon Liran took place over the course of four successful surgeries.
Doctor Bowers remains as an advisor to the Israeli Plastic Surgery team as they re-establish their Transgender surgery program. Dr. Bowers returned for a second round of surgeries in May 2014. The teaching and upgrade of surgical transgender techniques worldwide remain an active and crucial portion of Dr. Bowers’ personal mission. It is hoped that these fellowships in education and goodwill will lead ultimately to improved surgical care for Transgender persons locally and for the free flow of information and technological advances among surgeons globally.
Visitors from Around the World
In March 2014, Dr Ivan Aguilar, a urologist from Mexico, spent one month with us learning our GRS techniques.
In April, we had the honor to host Dr Matheus Manica, a plastic surgeon from Sao Paolo, Brazil, who visited us for two months.
Dr Marta Bizic, a member of Dr Miroslav Djordjevic’s team in Belgrade, Serbia came to visit our facilities in April 2014. Dr Bowers visited Dr Bizic and Dr Djordjevic in Serbia in August 2014.
Dr Massimiliano Timpano and Dr Marco Falcone, both urologists from Turin, Italy are planning to visit our practice next Spring. They met Dr Bowers while visiting Dr Djordjevic’s practice in Belgrade, Serbia who extended them an invitation to come and learn our GRS techniques.