The Ian Donald Gold Medal is awarded once a year to an individual who has made a significant scientific contribution to the advancement of diagnostic ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and who has changed the way ultrasound is practiced through research or innovation.
Prof. Eduard Gratacós is director and professor at BCNatal, a referral clinical and research center in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University Hospitals Clinic and Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. His main research lines have been placental insufficiency, fetal programming and fetal therapy in general, including most recently artificial placenta.
He has published +600 peer reviewed papers, directed +60 national and international research projects and +40 doctoral theses. He has provided training in maternal-fetal medicine to +400 specialists. Founder of Fetal Medicine Barcelona, which offers medical education worldwide, with over 25,000 registered users.
Field: Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Fetal Surgery
Specialties: Fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia, monochorionic twins, fetal surgery
Languages: English, Spanish
Head, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centers, Jerusalem, Israel
Prof. Simcha Yagel heads the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centers in Jerusalem and the Ultrasound Unit within the department. He teaches in the Faculty of Medicine and at the School of Ultrasound of the Israel Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He founded the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Laboratory, and was a founding member and president of the Israel Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as founding member and president of the Israel Society for Placenta Research. Prof. Yagel has served as editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is one of the past members of the ISUOG Board of Trustees.
He has published over 380 basic and clinical research articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. In the clinical sphere, his work focuses primarily on 3D/4D ultrasound of the fetal cardiovascular, CNS, and other fetal organ systems, and the female pelvic floor. He is best known for his work on the 3-vessel-and-trachea view and the 5-planes approach to fetal cardiac scanning, the developmental nature of fetal anomalies, and the fetal head circumference and its impact on the birth process. His recent work has branched out to applying artificial intelligence to develop predictive algorithms for obstetric care.
Prof. Yagel’s work in basic and translational research focuses on placental cell function and gene expression in the development of the placenta, and NK cells at the maternal-fetal interface and their role as builders in implantation and placental and fetal development. With the advent of the pandemic Prof Yagel and colleagues have investigated the prevalence of CoViD-19 antibodies in the peripheral blood of three groups of parturients: infected-recovered, vaccinated, and unvaccinated, as well as in their placentas and newborns, to determine the rate of vertical transmission of the virus in pregnancy and transmission of vaccine protection.
Field: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perinatology
Specialties: Fetal Cardiology, Fetal Anatomy Scanning, Congenital Malformations, Fetal Venous System, Basic and Translational Research
Languages: Hebrew, English
Davor Jurkovic is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Director of Gynaecology Diagnostic and Outpatient Treatment Unit at University College Hospital London. His main clinical and academic interest is the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy and gynaecological abnormalities. He has pioneered the use of colour Doppler in gynaecology and early pregnancy as well as the use of three-dimensional ultrasound for the diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies. He has published more than 250 papers in the international peer review journals and has edited five books on gynaecological ultrasound. Read more.
Specialties: Endometriosis, early pregancy complications, ultrasound in gynaecology, benign gyanecological conditions, diagnosis of uterine and ovarian cancer.
UOG Editorial Board, Courses Task Force
Prof. Lil Valentin has been a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lund University, Sweden, since 2002. She is Head of the Ultrasound Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skåne University Hospital Malmö, Sweden. Her research is mainly in gynecologic ultrasound, especially Doppler ultrasound (both 2D and 3D), but also obstetric ultrasound (RCT on nuchal translucency screening, cervix in pregnancy, cesarean hysterotomy scars).
With more than 200 scientific publications and vast teaching experience, she is often an invited speaker at Congresses and courses. She has organised many ultrasound courses herself and is a current member of the Editorial Board for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; safety of ultrasound
Languages: English; Swedish
Jan Deprest MD PhD FRCOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the KU Leuven (B) and UCL (UK). He has a research interest in fetal surgery, in particular to antenatal interventions to modulate fetal development in case of congenital birth defects.
He directs the clinical fetal surgery program in Leuven, and sets up the program at University College London Hospital to treat fetuses with spina bifida and congenital diaphragmatic hernia, funded by the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
Dr Greggory DeVore has pioneered work in the identification of congenital heart defects using 2D, 3D, 4D, and color Doppler ultrasound. As a result of Dr DeVore’s research, he has published numerous studies in the peer-reviewed medical literature describing the use of fetal echocardiography to detect fetuses with Down syndrome and other chromosomal defects. Dr DeVore has the highest detection rate reported in the medical literature for the detection of Down syndrome using Genetic Ultrasound.
Genetic sonography: the historical and clinical role of fetal echocardiography. Devore GR. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2010 May;35(5):509-21. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 20443195 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Tomographic ultrasound imaging of the fetal heart: a new technique for identifying normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy. Devore GR, Polanko B. J Ultrasound Med. 2005 Dec 24(12):1685-96.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st and 2nd Trimester; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; 3D & 4D ultrasound
Dr Lawrence Platt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr Platt continued his training with a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was offered a full-time faculty position where he attained the rank of full professor after seven years. A Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr Platt also holds a sub-specialty board certification in maternal-fetal medicine. In addition to his private practice work, he is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A former chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and vice chairman at UCLA, Dr Platt is currently on attending staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the UCLA Reagan Medical Center, and on the attending staff at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica where he co-directs the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.
Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; preterm delivery; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics; gynecological ultrasound; safety of ultrasound
Prof. Gianluigi Pilu is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Università di Bologna, Italy. He is a researcher in the fields of Obstetrics and Prenatal Diagnosis.
Notable Publications: Authors of more 200 original scientific articles published in journal with perl review listed in Index Medicus, 5 books and several multimedia products.
Dr Roberto Romero, MD, D.Med.Sci., is Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD/NIH. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University, where he was Director of Perinatal Research, before joining NIH. Dr. Romero’s team has made seminal contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, prediction and prevention of preterm labor/delivery, and the role of infection/inflammation in preterm and term parturition.
In addition, Dr. Romero is an author of over 1000 peer-reviewed publications and several books, including the medical best seller, Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Anomalies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of 14 Doctorate Honoris Causa and Honorary Professorships from Universities worldwide.
Dr. Romero has been honored by national and international professional societies for his medical and scientific contributions, including the Ian Donald Gold Medal (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology), the Erich Saling Award from the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Maternité Prize in Obstetrics, awarded by the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, and also, is the first obstetrician to receive the prestigious Asan Award in Medicine from the Asan Foundation in South Korea.
Dr. Romero is Editor-in-Chief for Obstetrics of one of the oldest journals in its discipline, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The journal has a circulation of 42,000 in the United States and has published seminal work that has the changed the lives of mothers and children.
Receiving her MD in 1976 from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Benacerraf went on to complete her internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her fellowship in ultrasound and computed tomography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During her 30-year academic affiliation with Harvard Medical School, she has risen to the rank of clinical professor in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology and radiology. From 1991 through 1993, Dr. Benacerraf was codirector of high-risk obstetric ultrasound at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and from 1993 through 1999 she was director of the obstetric ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Active in the ultrasound community, Dr. Benacerraf has directed and organized a host of postgraduate ultrasound courses. Among her many roles in the ultrasound community, she is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, was treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology for 7 years and is a current board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was treasurer of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) for 2 years, is the current President of that society. Dr. Benacerraf is also the medical director and president of Diagnostic Ultrasound Associates, PC, a medical practice that she founded in 1982. She has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine from 2000 to 2010. Her contributions to the field of diagnostic ultrasound have been recognized by the receipt of the Ian Donald Gold Medal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Frye Award and the Holmes award both of the American Institute of Ultrasound. She was selected to deliver the Silver Lecture at Barnard College in 2007, and received the 2008 Marie Curie Award from the Association of Women Radiologists. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Larry Mack award for lifetime achievement in ultrasound research from the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound.
Dr Karel Marsal is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Sweden.
Notable publications: Dr Marsal has published 280 peer reviewed scientific papers, 131 chapters and reviews and has edited 11 textbooks.
Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; safety of ultrasound
Languages: English; Czech; Swedish
Prof. Kypros Nicolaides is Professor of Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. He was born in Cyprus and studied medicine at Kings, training in obstetrics and gynecology and specialising in fetal medicine. He has carried out extensive research in many aspects of fetal diagnosis and therapy leading to the publication of more than 1400 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. His research publications on imaging and prenatal diagnosis have transformed ultrasound practice and his work to implement quality control for nuchal translucency has led to this technique becoming an established screening test of Down's syndrome and other genetic conditions. He was awarded the ISUOG Ian Donald Gold Medal in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field.
He has provided training in fetal medicine to more than 500 doctors from 50 countries and has supervised more than 50 doctors to undertake research leading to PhDs and MDs. In 1995 he founded the charity The Fetal Medicine Foundation, which has donated more than £45 million to promote research and training in fetal medicine throughout the world.
Schoonderwaldt EM, Groenenberg IA, Hop WC, Wladimiroff JW, Steegers EA. Reproducibility of echocardiographic measurements of human fetal left ventricular volumes and ejection fractions using four-dimensional ultrasound with the spatio-temporal image correlation modality. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2012; 160: 22-9.
The outcome of gastroschisis after prenatal diagnosis or a diagnosis only after birth. Recommendations for prenatal surveillance. Cohen-Overbeek TE, Hatzmann TR, Steegers EA, Hop WC, Wladimiroff JW, Tibboel D. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2008; 139: 21-7
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy
Languages: English; Russian; Dutch
Scientific Committee, 2020 Virtual Congress Honorary Congress Chair
Professor Stuart Campbell is a pioneer of Ultrasound Diagnosis in medicine. He as introduced many new techniques such as the routine pregnancy scan, the early diagnosis of fetal abnormalities, the assessment of fetal growth and wellbeing and ultrasound screening for ovarian cancer. He holds numerous international honours and has recently introduced 3D scanning to the UK and set up the first 4D Ultrasound Clinic. He has also pioneered the screening for pre-eclampsia by uterine artery Doppler.