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Nadja Katharina Sinsel (M.D. Ph.D.) finished her medical training Cum Laude at the University of Limburg in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

During this medical training she started to work euregionally in the departments of Plastic and reconstructive surgery at the academic hospital of Maastricht (the Netherlands), the academic hospital of Leuven (Belgium) and the academic Klinikum in Aachen (Germany).

After finishing her medical school, she was trained in Plastic, reconstructive, and esthetic surgery at the University hospital of Leuven (Belgium).

During that period she defended a Ph.D. thesis on june 18th 1999 on the subject of craniofacial growth disturbances after facial palsy at the renowned Katholic University of Leuven.

Her work was awarded in 1997 with the prestigious Euraps nomination of the European Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; as well as in 2002 by the Belgian Society of Plastic Surgery by an Oscar nomination.

She attended multiple international congresses, gave several international presentations, and published various articles on diverse subjects in the plastic surgery field in ‘The American journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery’, an international reference journal.

She is mainly specialized in the management of facial soft tissue deformities as well as esthetic plastic surgery.

She is member of the Dutch (NVPC) as well as the Belgian society of plastic and reconstructive surgery (BSPRAS) and BIG registrated by the nummer 49042872201 plastic surgery in the Netherlands.

Scientific Education, Career and Contributions

15/17-5-1997: Euraps Award (European Society of Plastic Surgery) Research category
19-12-1997: Certificate of the course on Laboratory Animal Science Category C, Organized by the Belgian Council for Laboratory Animal Science (BCLAS), according to the recommendations of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA).
18-6-1999: PhD thesis defense on the subject:
The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment modalities upon craniofacial growth and development: An experimental study in the rabbit.
23-11-2002: Oscar Award of the Belgian Society of Plastic and reconstructive surgery concerning:
The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment modalities upon craniofacial growth and development: An experimental study in the rabbit.
August 1-26, 2004: Scientific and clinical sabbatical for Facial Palsy at the International Institute of reconstructive microsurgery, Prof. J.K. Terzis, MD PhD, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Attended International Meetings

1. Versalius Course, Microsurgical dissection of free flaps and their clinical applications.
March 25-27, 1992: Brussel, Belgium.
2. Euraps (European Association of Plastic Surgery), 5th Anual Meeting.
May 12-14, 1994: Geneva, Switserland.
3. 12th Congress of the International Microsurgical Society.
Oct. 2-7, 1994: Nara, Japan.
4. 4th International Muscle Symposium.
March 23-25, 1995: Zurich, Switserland.
5. Group Advancement Microchirurgie.
May 25-27, 1995: Lille, France.
6. 4th International Symposium on Microsurgery in Recontructive & Plastic Surgery,
Oct. 2-3, 1995: Jena, Germany.
7. 13th Congress of the International Microsurgical Society.
June 19-23, 1996: Montreal, Canada.
8. VIII International Symposium on the Facial Nerve,
April 13-18, 1997, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan.
9. Würzburger Kurs für mikrovasculäre Chirurgie in der Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde.
April 24-26, 1997: Würzburg, Germany.
10. 8th Esser Course on Paediatric Plastic Surgery.
May 12-14, 1997: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
11. Euraps, 8th Annual Meeting,
May 15-17, 1997, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
12. New developments in face lift and eye lid surgery
December 6-7, 1997: Munich, Germany.
13. American Association of Plastic Surgeons,
77th Annual Meeting, May 17-20, 1998, Monteal, Canada.
14. Euraps, 9th Annual Meeting
May 28-30, 1998, Verona, Italy.
15. Update on electrical stimulation in the denervated muscle.
June 20, 1998, Aachen, Germany.
16. International Symposium on vascular diseases.
November 21, 1998, Leuven, Belgium.
17. 13th Annual British Virgin Island Workshop in Plastic Surgery
January 25-29, 1999, Road Town, Tortola.
18. Euraps 10th Annual Meeting,
May 20-22, 1999, Madrid, Spain
19. Giants in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics of the Aging Face.
November 17-20, 1999, New York, USA.
20. 5th International Muscle Symposium,
May 19-21, 2000 Vienna, Austria.
21. Euraps, 11th Annual Meeting
June 1-3, 2000, Berlin, Germany
22. Functional bladder reconstruction
May 18, 2001, AZM Maastricht, The Netherlands
23. 37eme congres annuel de la societe suisse de chirurgie plastique reconstructive et esthetique
September 7-8, 2001, Geneva, Switserland
24. Inaugural Congress of The World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
October 31-November 3, 2001, Taipei, Taiwan.
25. 16th Annual British Virgin Island Workshop in Plastic Surgery
January 28-2 Februari 1, 2002, Road Town, Tortola.
26. Euraps, 13th Annual Meeting
May 30-June 1, 2002, Crete, Greece
27. 17th Annual British Virgin Island Workshop in Plastic Surgery
January 27-January 31, 2003, Road Town, Tortola.
28. Euraps, 14th Annual Meeting
May 29-31, 2003, Vienna, Austria
29. Second Congress of The World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
June 11-14, 2003, Heidelberg, Germany
30. 18th Annual British Virgin Island Workshop in Plastic Surgery
February 2-6, 2004: St. John, USVI
31. 4th Coupure Seminars
May 6-7, 2004: Gent Belgium
32. Euraps, 15th Annual Meeting
May 27-29, 2004: Genoa. Italy
33. 11th Esser Course, Aesthetics in facial reconstruction: New perspectives
May 20-21, 2005, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
34. Euraps, 16th Annual Meeting
May 26-28, 2005, Marseille France
35. 12th Esser Course, Aesthetics in facial reconstruction: New perspectives
June 1-2, 2007, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
36. Fourth Congress of The World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
June 24-26, 2007, Athens, Greece
37. 11th ESPRAS Congres
September 20-26, 2009, Rhodos, Greece
38. ISAPS Instructional Course
September 26-27, 2009, Rhodos, Greece
39. 14th Esser Course
Aesthetic and functional Reconstruction of the Nose by F. Meninck
November 21, 2009, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Oral presentations at National and International Meetings

1. Craniofacial growth and development after neckburn injury at young age: an experimental study in the rabbit.
N. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, P. Guelinckx
Belgium Society for Plastic, Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Autumn meeting Nov. 1993, Morlanwelz Belgium.
2. Large AV-malformation of the forearm: accesable for surgery?
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx.
Belgium Hand Group, May 1994, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium.
3. Large AV-malformation of the forearm: accesable for surgery?
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx.
Dutch Society for Handsurgery, May 1994, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
4. Craniofacial growth and development as related to facial paralysis. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H. Opdebeeck.
Symposium of Experimental Surgery, sept. 18, 1995, KUL, Belgium.
5. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment by nerve repair upon craniofacial growth and development; an experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, F. Decock, P.J. Guelinckx.
VIII International Symposium on the Facial Nerve, April 13-18, 1997, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan.
6. Chair of session 7: Central and Peripheral Changes following Nerve Injury.
K. Murakawa (Japan), N.K. Sinsel (Belgium)
VIII International Symposium on the Facial Nerve, April 13-18, 1997, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan.
7. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment by nerve repair upon craniofacial growth and development; an experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, F. Decock, P.J. Guelinckx.
Euraps, 8th Annual Meeting, May 15-17, 1997, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Prize of best paper - Research Category
8. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis on craniofacial growth and development.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H. Opdebeeck.
19th Meeting of the Dutch Society on Facial Paralysis, November 14, 1997, Groningen, The Netherlands.
9. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment by nerve repair upon craniofacial growth and development; an experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, F. Decock, P.J. Guelinckx.
American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 77th Annual Meeting, May 17-20, 1998, Monteal, Canada.
10. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment by nerve repair upon craniofacial growth and development; an experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, F. Decock, P.J. Guelinckx.
20th Meeting of the Dutch Society on Facial Paralysis, November 6, 1998, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
11. Growth mechanisms explaining the craniofacial growth alterations observed after unilateral partial facial paralysis.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H. Opdebeeck
Euraps 10th Annual Meeting, May 20-22, 1999, Madrid, Spain
12. The effect of muscle transplantation after unilateral partial facial paralysis upon craniofacial growth and development. relation with muscle and nerve histomorphometrical findings. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
5th International Muscle Symposium, May 19-21, 2000, Vienna, Austria.
13. Growth mechanisms explaining the craniofacial growth alterations observed after unilateral partial facial paralysis.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
IX th International Facial Nerve Symposium, July 29-Aug 1, 2001, San Francisco, USA.
14. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and its treatment modalities on craniofacial growth.
N.K. Sinsel
The 2004 Versalius Course, September 23-25, 2004, Brussels, Belgium
15. Chair of Session 16: Dynamic Surgical Correction of facial paralysis
A.O. Grobbelaar, N. Sinsel
10th International Facial Nerve Symposium, September 4-7, 2005, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Co-authored abstracts at National and International Meetings

1. Choledochoscopic experience in common bile duct exploration: a retrospective study: 1981-1989.
B. Devos, N. Sinsel, F. Bongaerts, J. Munting.
17th European Federation Congress, Internal College of Surgeons, June 1991, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2. Parodidectomy: long term results 1972-1990.
J. Debets, N. Sinsel, J. Munting.
Surgical days, May 1992, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
3. Free TRAM breast reconstruction using the internal mammary artery and superficial jugular vein as recipient vessels.
W. Boeckx, M. vandeVoort, P. Guelinckx, N. Sinsel.
The European Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery IPRAS, June 1993, Berlin, Germany.
4. Craniofacial growth after neckburns: an experimental study.
P. Guelinckx, N. Sinsel, H. opdeBeeck, E. LeSaffre.
Vth International Congress - International Society of Cranio-Facial Surgery, Oct. 24-26, 1993, Oaxaca, Mexico.
5. Thumb reconstruction by means of the microvascular serratus muscle-fascia-rib flap: the so called Eva procedure.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
Dutch Society for Handsurgery, May 1994, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
6. Nosereconstruction: epithesis or reconstructive surgery?
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
Lustrum Dutch Society of ENT, Oct.13-14, 1994, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
7. Opponens function after total hand reimplantation.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
GAM, May 25-27, 1995, Lille, France.
8. Nasal reconstruction, a challenge to the plastic surgeon.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
GAM, May 25-27 1995, Lille, France.
9. Anal Sphincter reconstruction with the gluteus maximus muscle: conventional and dynamic gluteoplasty.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel, J.A. Gruwez.
XII Grenzland Symposium "Update in colorectal surgery", March 15-16, 1996, Liege, Belgium.
10. Dynamic long-standing facial reconstruction: How to overcome the uncertain and long-lasting cross-face-nerve-graft procedure.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
6th Annual meeting of hellenic society for reconstructive microsurgery, Oct. 9-13, 1996, Crete, Greece.
11. One-stage minigracilis muscle transplantation for reanimation of the midface after longstanding facial paralysis.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
VIII International Symposium on the Facial Nerve, April 13-18, 1997, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan.
12. Iatrogenic nerve lesions: our current approach.
P.J. Guelinckx, B. Van Nimmen, N.K. Sinsel
Belgian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oct. 11, 1997, Liege, Belgium.
13. One-stage mini-gracilis muscle transplantation for reanimation of the midface after longstanding facial paralysis.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Xeme video-forum de chirurgie plastique et esthetique, June 26-27, 1998, Toulouse, France.
14. The dorsalis pedis flap with vascularised tendon grafts for handreconstructions.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.Sinsel, G. Fabré
Belgian Hand Group, January 9, 1999, Brugge, Belgium.
15. One-stage Minigracilis Muscle Transplantation for Reanimation of the Midface after Longstanding Facial Paralysis.
Paul J. Guelinckx, Nadja K. Sinsel
Fifth international muscle symposium, May 19-21, 2000, Vienna, Austria
16. Biceps Muscle Reconstruction: Experimental and Clinical Data
Paul J. Guelinckx, N adja K. Sinsel
Fifth international muscle symposium, May 19-21, 2000, Vienna, Austria
17. Progress in larynx-sparing surgery for glottic cancer through tracheal transplantation
P.J. Guelinckx, N. Sinsel, B. Vandenhof, P. Delaere
Euraps 11th Annual Meeting, June 1-3, 2000, Berlin.
18. Surgical management of facial paralysis: a review of our current approach.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
IX th International Facial Nerve Symposium, July 29-Aug 1, 2001, San Francisco, USA.
19. Simultaneous vascularized fibula and latissimus dorsi transfer for large tibia defects.
L. Makmur, N. Sinsel, B. Oelbrandt, P. Guelinckx
Belgian Society of Plastic Surgery, October 13, 2001, Spa, Belgium.
20. Reconstructieve Chirurgie bij facialisproblematiek van jong tot oud.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
23 th Meeting of the Dutch Society on Facial Paralysis, November 23, 2001, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
21. The Eve procedure, ten years of follow up
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Benelux Meeting of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, November 23, 2002, Affligem, Belgium
22. Surgical management of facial paralysis
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
KNGF congres, November 7-8, 2003, Den Haag, The Netherlands
23. Complications in dynamic facial reanimation: How did we solve them?
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
10th International Facial Nerve Symposium, September 4-7, 2005, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Scientific Publications

1. Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava. Report of two cases and a plea for surgical reconstruction.
N. Sinsel, J. Samijn, M. vonMeyenfeldt, P. Soeters, R.Krause.
The European Journal of Surgery, 161: 365-368, 1995.
2. Neurovascular intact muscle transposition for anal sphincter repair.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel, J.A. Gruwez, M. Lammers, Y. Bourgeois.
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 38: 878-885, 1995.
3. Reconstructieve chirurgie als alternatief voor epithese na chirurgie bij carcinoom van de neuspunt en het vestibulum nasi.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 17 juni: 1258-1259, 1995.
4. Maxillofacial growth after neckburn injury at young age: an experimental study in the rabbit.
N. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, E. LeSaffre, W. Wieland, P. Guelinckx.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 96: 1588-1599, 1995.
5. Peculiar indications for the pedicled or free rectus abdominis flap in reconstructive surgery. A review of our experience.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
Acta Chirurgica Belgica, 95: 289-296, 1995.
6. Gluteus muscle transposition for anal sphincter repair. The first electrically paced gluteoplasty: a two years follow up.
Guelinckx PJ, Sinsel NK, Gruwez JA, Habets F, Dom R .
Proceedings of the 4th International Muscle Symposium, eds M.Frey, P. Giovanoli, chapter 64, p226-229, 1995.
7. Refinements in the One-Stage Procedure for the Management of Chronic Osteomyelitis.
Guelinckx, P.J., Sinsel N.K.
Microsurgery, 16: 606-611, 1995.
8. The Eve-procedure: transfer of vascularised seventh rib, fascia and serratus muscle for reconstruction of difficult defects.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 97: 527-535, 1996.
9. The use of cryopreserved allograft material in the plastic and reconstructive surgery field.
Guelinckx, P.J., Sinsel, N.K.
International Proceedings of 'The 4th International Conference European Association of Tissue Banks, Jr Chr Byk, A Lechat, R von Versen eds., Monduzzi Editore, p63-74, 1996.
10. Experimental investigation of expanded myocutaneous flaps in rabbits.
Guelinckx, P.J., Sinsel, N.K. De Mayer A.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 19: 191-196, 1996.
11. Transplantation and transposition of the temporoparietale fascia flap. A workhorse for the plastic surgeon.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.Vos, N.K.Sinsel
European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 19: 185-190, 1996.
12. Anal Sphincter reconstruction with the gluteus maximus muscle: anatomical and physiological considerations.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K.Sinsel, J.A. Gruwez
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 98: 293-302, 1996.
13. Muscle transplantation for reconstruction of a smile after facial paralysis: past, present and future.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Microsurgery, 17: 391-401, 1996.
14. Comptemporary Muscle Morphology as related to Nerve Pathology.
Guelinckx, P.J., Sinsel, N.K., Dom, R.
Chapter 65, p 663-668 in: Management of Peripheral Nerve Problems, 2nd edition, edited by Omer, G.E., Spinner, M., Van Beek, A.L, WB Saunders Company, 1998.
15. Intercostal nerve grafting procedure as a new treatment for long-term postthoracotomy pain.
Guelinckx, P.J., Sinsel, N.K, Lerut, T.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 21: 139-146, 1998.
16. Surgical management of vascular malformations of the upper extremity.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Proceedings of the 7th IFSSH Congress 1998, Eds. Roth & Richards, Monduzzi Editore, p 873-885, 1998.
17. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis and muscle ablation upon craniofacial growth and development. Relation with muscle histomorphometrical findings. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, P.J. Guelinckx
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 102: 1894-1912, 1998.
18. Dynamic reconstruction of long-standing facial paralysis. How to overcome the uncertain and long-lasting cross face nerve graft procedure.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
In: New horizons in facial nerve research and facial expression. Proceedings of the VIII International Symposium on the facial Nerve 1997. Eds. Yanagihara & Murakami, Kugler Publications The Hague, The Netherlands: p 465-470, 1998.
19. The effect of nerve repair after unilateral partial facial paralysis upon craniofacial growth and development. Relation with muscle- and nerve histomorphometrical findings. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H. Opdebeeck
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 104: 445-463, 1999.
20. The effect of unilateral partial facial paralysis on nasofrontal sutural growth. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H.Opdebeeck
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 103: 1887-1892, 1999.
21. Facial contour restoration for the treatment of Barraquer Simons syndrome using two free anterolateral thigh flaps. a report of two cases.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 105: 1730-1736, 2000.
22. The effect of muscle transplantation after unilateral partial facial paralysis upon craniofacial growth and development. Relation with muscle and nerve histomorphometrical findings.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx, H. Opdebeeck
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 105: 111-127, 2000.
Discussion by M. Frey: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 105: 128-129, 2000.
23. One-stage Minigracilis Muscle Transplantation for Reanimation of the Midface after Longstanding Facial Paralysis.
Paul J. Guelinckx, Nadja K. Sinsel
Proceedings of the fifth international muscle symposium, Chapter 47 Eds. M.Frey, P. Giovanoli, R. Koller, ISBN 3-9250611-0-8, Vienna, p 143-148, 2000.
24. Biceps Muscle Reconstruction: Experimental and Clinical Data
Paul J. Guelinckx, Nadja K. Sinsel
Proceedings of the fifth international muscle symposium, Chapter 26 Eds. M.Frey, P. Giovanoli, R. Koller, ISBN 3-9250611-0-8, 2000, p 78-81, 2000.
25. The effect of muscle transplantation after unilateral partial facial paralysis upon craniofacial growth and development. Relation with muscle and nerve histomorphometrical findings.
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
Proceedings of the fifth international muscle symposium, Chapter 41 Eds. M.Frey, P. Giovanoli, R. Koller, ISBN 3-9250611-0-8, Vienna, p 118-127, 2000.
26. Recente evoluties in esthetische en reconstructieve borstchirurgie
P. J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 56: 765-772, 2000.
27. Mandibular condylar growth alterations after unilateral partial facial paralysis. An experimental study in the rabbit.
N.K. Sinsel, H. Opdebeeck, P.J. Guelinckx
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 109: 181-189, 2002.
28. An unusual cause of clitoral enlargement: its differential diagnosis and surgical treatment.
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel
Acta Chirurgica Belgica, 102: 192-195, 2002.
29. Toe transfer for the reconstruction of digital injuries
P.J. Guelinckx, N.K. Sinsel, B. Defrene
Acta Chirurgica Belgica, 102: 152-158, 2002.
30. The Effect of Unilateral Partial Facial Paralysis upon Periosteal Growth at the
Muscle-Bone Interface[MBI] of Facial Muscles and Facial Bones
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 111: 1432-43, 2003.
31. An algorithm in the surgical management of midface reanimation: A review of our current
Approach to midface reanimation
N.K. Sinsel, P.J. Guelinckx
The Facial Palsies. Complementary approaches. Chapter 17, Lemma Publishers, Utrecht 2005.
Eds. C.Beurskens, R. van Gelder, P. Heymans, J. Manni, JP. Nicolai. ISBN 90-5931-350-X; Lemma Publisher, Utrecht, p215-226, 2005.