ISUOG’s Ambassador program aims to support membership growth and provide educational opportunities in under-represented regions of the world.

The following Ambassadors have been appointed in recognition of the work they are already doing to further ISUOG’s mission to improve education in key regions and to support our continued membership development:

Dr Roza Bataeva is the Head of the Fetal Medicine Centre in Moscow, Russia, and an Associated Professor at the Russian Medical Academy for Advanced Studies (RMAAS), lecturing about fetal medicine. She spent two years as a research fellow at King's College Hospital at Harris Birthright Research Centre (UK, London). In 2004 obtained her PhD degree. Dr Bataeva is not only a very experienced specialist in fetal medicine but she applies her knowledge for training other doctors in the field. Since 2006 she was actively involved in many international educational courses (Netherlands, Egypt, UAE, Hungary, Slovenia, Australia, Canada, Japan, Algeria,  and other countries) lecturing about application of 3D/4D ultrasound for the fetal heart (STIC), fetal brain and face/spine evaluation. At present Dr Bataeva lectures in Russia along with the CIS countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Belorussia. Her main interest today is the 1st trimester fetus, fetal echocardiography and fetal neurosonography. She is a co-organizer of ISUOG advanced educational course which is held annually in Moscow. She has more than 50 publications in Russian and English.

Notable Publications

R Bataeva, Hannah Bellsham-Revell, Vita Zidere and Lindsey D. Reliability of fetal thymus measurement in prediction of 22q11.2deletion. A retrospective study using 4D STIC volumes.  // Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology // 2013. Feb. 41(2):172-176

Vigneswaran TV, Kametas NA, Zinevich Y, Bataeva RS, Allan L, Zidere V. Assessment of cardiac angle in fetuses with congenital cardiac disease at risk of 22q11.2 deletion // Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2015. Dec, 46 (6):695-699

R. Bataeva. Sequentional approach to fetal cardiac assessment during the routine 2nd trimester scan // Ultrasound and Functional diagnostic. 2012, # 4, P. 2 – 25

RS Bataeva. The possibilities of three-dimensional ultrasound in the off-line diagnosis of congenital cardiac anomalies // Ultrasound and functional diagnosis. 2010. #5. P. 11-30

Country: Russia

Field: Obstetrics, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing, 1st trimester screening, fetal anomalies, fetal anomalies screening, fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2, aneuplooidy screening, fetal heart, fetal brain, fetal growth restriction, fetal echocardiography, multiple pregnancy, 3D/4D Ultrasound.            

Languages: Russian, English

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Dr Daniel Cafici is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also Director of Education and Research Department at Argentinian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (SAUMB), invited Professor of the National Northeast University Corrientes in Argentina as well as President-Elect of the Latin American Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (FLAUS).

Dr Cafici is the author of multiple books regarding obstetric ultrasound and doppler in obstetrics.

Notable Publications:

Ultrasonografia en Obstetricia y Diagnostico Prenatal (Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Prenatal Diagnosis)

Ultrasonografia Doppler en Obstetricia (Doppler Ultrasound in Obstetrics)

Country: Argentina  

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; early pregnancy; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities

Languages: English; Spanish

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Patient Information Task Force

Country: China

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies

Languages: English; Chinese (Mandarin)

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Outreach Committee

Country: Nigeria

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal ultrasound, Obstetric Dopplers; Ultrasound education.

Language: English

Dr Ehigha Enabudoso obtained his medical degree and had his residency training at the University of Benin and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria respectively. He had his training in Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He is an examiner and a member of the Faculty Board of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He has certifications from the Fetal Medicine Foundation in various aspects of Fetal Ultrasound and Obstetric Doppler Ultrasound.

Through the Fetal Diagnostic and Ultrasound Center in Nigeria and collaborating with other organizations, Dr Enabudoso has run the ISUOG endorsed Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound workshop since 2014. This has trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in and around West Africa and has also facilitated livestreaming of many ISUOG courses in Nigeria. He has also been involved in the HealthyMagination Mother and Child Initiative (HMCI) of the GE Healthcare and USAID as master trainer to train Community Midwives on limited basic ultrasound scan for healthcare service in rural Nigeria.

His more recent research area is in advancing ultrasound in LMICs. He is presently working on tools for competence assessment in basic ultrasound. Two recent related publications include:

  • Enabudoso E, Adams OH. An international standard fetal ultrasound training programme organized in a low resource setting: The ISUOG‑Benin City experience. Trop J Obstet Gynaecol. 2016: 33(3); 292-296
  • Ehigha Enabudoso, Osikhueme H Adams. Organizing an international-standard obstetric ultrasound training program in a low-resource setting. IJGO. 2017: 136(1); 102-104.

Dr Enabudoso has been involved in various medical outreach programmes mainly in West Africa. He works presently as Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Benin and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. He worked recently too as Associate Clinical Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA in the World Bank collaborative programme at the Liberia-Japanese Friendship Hospital, Monrovia-Liberia (2019).

He hopes to use his interest, passion and experience to assist in furthering the growth and scope of the ISUOG outreach programme in LMICs.

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Dr Evgeniya Fedorova is an expert physician with more than 25 years of clinical experience and is dividing her time between being an expert physician at Ultasound Department, Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and an Associate Professor at Ultrasound Diagnostics Department, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Postgraduate Education, Moscow; and an expert ultrasound consultant in the field of OB&GYN at Radiology Department Moscow International Medical Cluster Hadassah Medical Ltd, Skolkovo, Moscow. She is Editorial Advisory Board member of “Ultrasound and Functional Diagnosis” (Official journal of Russian Association of Specialists of Ultrasound Diagnosis in Medicine  (RASUDM)). She was a member of the organizing Committee and speaker of ISUOG approved educational courses since 2012 focusing on ultrasound diagnostics in gynecology and high-risk pregnancy monitoring topics. Her main scientific interest today is an assessment of fetal myocardial function in normal and high-risk pregnancies using tissue Doppler.

Notable publications: 

Fedorova E. V., Lipman A.D. Application of color Doppler mapping and dopplerometry in gynecology. Moscow: Vidar, 2002. 104 p.

Fedorova E. V., Ishchenko A. I., Lipman A.D., Semenov N. S. Ultrasound monitoring of invasive interventions in obstetrics performed for prenatal diagnosis. Chapter 6, P.1918-1947. // Guide to interventional medicine. Ed. by G. Nazarenko, I. M., Med., 2011, 2012 p.

Country: Russia

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly Screening 1st Trim. And 2nd Trimester, Fetal biometry and wellbeing, Fetal Anomalies Screening, Aneuploidy Screening, Fetal Anomalies, Fetal Heart, Fetal Growth Restriction, Maternal and Fetal Doppler, Multiple Pregnancy, 3D/4D Ultrasound, Early Pregnancy, Gynecological Ultrasound, Reproductive Medicine, Preterm Delivery, Detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities. 

Languages: Russian and English                  


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Dr Nguyen Ha T is the Head of the Imaging Diagnostic Department, Tu Du Maternal Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for nearly 20 Years. Tu Du Hospital, the leading referral Fetal-Maternal Hospital in Vietnam, is responsible for 70,000 deliveries and thousands of fetal abnormalities a year. Dr Ha is also the Vice President of the Vietnamese Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, which has strong ties to and collaboration accitivites with ISUOG. As a pioneer in the first trimester screening and diagnosis of chromosomal abnormality, managing fetal structural abnormalities and high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Ha has contributed to building up the standard prenatal care in Vietnam as well as trained thousands of Vietnamese doctors in OBGYN Ultrasound and fetal medicine. 

Country: Vietnam

Field: Diagnostic Imaging in OBGYN, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Routine fetal anomaly screening in first and second trimester, management of high-risk pregnancy, fetal growth restriction, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, fetal brain MRI.            

Languages: Vietnamese, English

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Prof Mohamed Kamal Etman trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Ain Shams University, and subspecialized in fetal medicine. At present, Prof Kamal is consultant in fetal medicine and high risk obstetric care. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Fetal Medicine at Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University. Previously he was a consultant In Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Ain Shams University Hospital, where he is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in the unit's practice. He is also a Founder and Chair of  of Egyptian Fetal Medicine Foundation. Prof Kamal obtained his medical degree and underwent his residency training at Ain Shams University. He is a visiting Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound and Fetal Echo in Radiology Department at Sidney Kimmel Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, PA, USA. He has run the ISUOG endorsed Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound workshops since 2017 and trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in Egypt and MENA region. Through his ISUOG membership, he has delivered several ISUOG approved courses attracting hundreds of doctors in MENA region to be ISUOG members. He has been an organiser and Chair of ISUOG's 16th International Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.

Notable Publications:

Endometrial Evaluation by Transvaginal Ultrasonography Saline Infusion Sonohysterography, Hysteroscopy versus Endometrial Office Biopsy in Perimenopausal Bleeding: A Comparative Study. Authors: Mohamed Kamal, Almandouh H. Bosilah, OJOG. Vol.10 No. 8. August 24, 2020.

Five-dimensional long bones biometry for estimation of femur length and fetal weight at term compared to two-dimensional ultrasound: a pilot study.
Authors: Laban M, Alanwar AA, Etman MK, Elsokkary MS, Elkotb AM, Hasanien AS, Khalaf Allah AE, Noah NMJ, Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Jul 27:1-7

Endometrial Volume Measured by VOCAL Compared to Office Hysteroscopy for Diagnosis of Endometrial Polyps in Premenopausal Women with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Authors: Mohamed Laban, Sherif H. Hussain, Alaa S. Hassanin, Waleed M. Khalaf, Mohamed K. Etman, Mohammed S. E. Elsafty, Ahmed M. Bahaa Eldin, Ahmad S. Hasanien, Noha A. Sakna, Mohammed Taema, Mohammed H. Mostafa, and Marwa M. Eisa, Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3561324

Country: Egypt

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening first and second trimester, fetal biometry and wellbeing, fetal anomalies screening, aneuploidy screening, fetal anomalies, fetal heart, fetal growth restriction, maternal and fetal doppler, multiple pregnancy, 3D/4D ultrasound, gynecological ultrasound, early pregnancy, preterm delivery; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities

Languages: Arabic, English

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Prof Rasha Kamel is currently a Professor of Ob/Gyn, Cairo University Hospitals, Consultant of fetal medicine, CAIFM, where she teaches undergraduates, postgraduates and ultrasound specialists.
She supervises management of inpatients and labour ward patients as well as minimal and major surgical procedures carried out in the university hospitals.
She organises basic and advanced ultrasound teaching courses as well as specialised courses.
Her work also entails research and currently conducting various projects with international bodies.

Notable Publications:

How reliable is fetal occiput and spine position assessment prior to induction of labor? Kamel R, Youssef A. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jun 26. doi: 10.1002/uog.19169. [Epub ahead of print]

Three-dimensional sonohysterography compared with vaginoscopic hysteroscopy for evaluation of the uterine cavity in patients with recurrent implantation failure in in vitro fertilization cycles. Negm SM, Kamel RA, Abuhamila FA. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2012;19:503-508

Country: Egypt

Field: Obstetrics; Gynecology; Fetal medicine 

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st Trim. And 2nd Trim.; Fetal biometry and wellbeing; Fetal Anomalies Screening; Aneuploidy Screening; Fetal Anomalies; Fetal Heart; Fetal Growth Restriction; Maternal and Fetal Doppler; Multiple Pregnancy; 3D/4D Ultrasound; Preeclampsia; Early Pregnancy; Gynecological Ultrasound; Reproductive Medicine; Preterm Delivery; Fetal Growth; Ultrasound on the labour ward

Languages: English; Arabic; French

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A/Professor Meagher is an obstetrician gynaecologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology University of Melbourne.  He commenced his ultrasound training in 1991 and has been in full time ultrasound practice after obtaining  RANZCOG subspecialty certification in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound (COGU) in 1995. He also serves as Medical Director of  Monash IVF / Monash Ultrasound for Women where he oversees a team of 50 sonologists, sonographers, genetic counsellors, phlebotomists, and administrative staff delivering a tertiary level ultrasound service across south east Melbourne. 

ISUOG appointments:
◦ ISUOG Ambassador to Asia and Pacific region
◦ ISUOG International faculty of speakers 
◦ ISUOG Joint Head of Courses committee
◦ ISUOG Online education committee
◦ ISUOG VISUOG committee 

A/Prof Meagher immersed himself in education over the years and has delivered over 700 lectures, across 20 countries, and 46 cities worldwide.  In 2015 he was awarded ‘Sonologist of the year’ by the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM)  in recognition of his commitment to  teaching  both locally and across the Asia pacific region

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Dr Gowrishankar Paramasivam is currently the Director of Chennai Fetal Care in India. His most reent employment includes working as Senior Staff Specialist in fetal medicine at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital (Imperial College Health Care NHS Truste) London. His academic employments include: Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London; Adjunct Faculty at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India; and Visiting Faculty at Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRIHER) in Chennai, India. Upon completion of postgraduate training in radiology, Dr Paramasivam moved to the UK in 2004 to pursue specialist training in fetal medicine and fetal interventions. He was trained by Prof. Kypros Nicolaides at the world-renowned Harris Birth Right Research Centre, Kings College Hospital and successfully obtained Diploma in Fetal Medicine. Dr Paramasivam also obtained RCOG/RCR Advanced Ultrasound Diploma in Obstetric Ultrasound and is also accredited by EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and EAPM (European Association of Perinatal Medicine) for training in fetal medicine. Dr Paramasivam is trained by Prof. Mary Rutherford (Imperial College London) to interpret and report fetal MRI. He was awarded MD (Res) by Imperial College London for his study on 'Prelabour assessment of fetal cardiac function'. He has also worked and collaborated with international experts in the field of fetal medicine and has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals to his credit. He is currently involved in conducting joint fellowship training programme in Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine with Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal University, India. 

Country: India

Field: Obstetrics, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Tertiary level fetal medicine scans across gestation, including specialised fetal echocardigraphy, management of high risk and complex pregnancy, routine fetal interventions (amniocentesis, chorion villous sampling, embryo and multifetal pregnancy reductions, insertions of fetal shunts - vesico amniotic, pleural shunts, etc.), management of high risk multiple pregnancy, including fetal interventions, expert in selective reduction of Monochorionic twins by Radio frequency ablation, fetal blood sampling (FBS) with intrauterine fetal transfusiions, fetoscopic laser ablation for twin-to-twin trasfusion syndrome (TTTs), fetal MRI and placental imaging in abnormally invasive placental disorders, advanced 3D imaging in fetal neurology and facial dysmorphology, expertise in management of IUGR, preeclampsia in singleton and multiple pregnancies.            

Languages: Indian, English

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Dr Solmaz Piri is an Obstetrician, Gynecologist and a holder of FMF Diploma in Fetal Medicine. She has been the Director of International Affairs at the National Association of Iranian Gynecologists and Obstetricians (NAIGO) since 2010. She has organised and participated in over 80 fetal ultrasound workshops in Iran, Dubai and Istanbul and has also been a member of the organizing committee of joint congress of NAIGO and FIGO in Tehran in 2017. In August 2019, she travelled to Oman as a voluntary trainer to deliver the phase 2 of ISUOG Outreach program and has continued to be ISUOG's virtual mentor for Oman since then. Sha also won NAIGO's Exemplary Physician Award in 2016 and is a registered doctor in both Iran and the UK. Dr Piri also became Director of ISUOG's Iranian Translation Team for COVID-19 resources and ISUOG Practice Guidelines to Persian, which have had over 40,000 reads. 

Notable Publications

Garshasbi M, Wang Y, Zadeh SH, Giti S, Piri S, and Hekmat MR (2000). Clinical Application of Cell-Free DNA Sequencing-Based Noninvasive Prenatal Testing for Trisomies 21, 18, 13 and Sex Chromosome Aneuploidy in a Mixed-Risk Population in Iran // Fetal diagnosis and therapy, 47(3), 220-227 

Sina A, Kajbafzadeh AM, Elahi E, Sina A, Sabetkish S, and Piri S (2019). Prenatal Diagnosis of Concomitant Accessory Scrotum and Diphallia in the Accessory Tissues: Case Report // Urology, 134, 217-220

Poon LC, Stratieva V, Piras S, Piri S, and Nicolaides KH (2010). Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy: Combined Screening by Uterine Artery Doppler Blood Pressure and Serum PAPP-A at 11-13 Weeks. // Prenatal diagnosis: Published in Affiliation with the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, 30(3), 216-223

Country: Iran

Field: Obstetrics, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening first and second trimester, fetal biometry and wellbeing, aneuploidies, fetal growth restriction, fetal echocardiography, maternal and fetal Doppler, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia, prenatal diagnosis, invasive diagnsotic procedures during pregnancy.            

Languages: English, Persian, Azeri Turkish

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Prof. Ritsuko Kimata Pooh was born in Osaka, Japan in 1960. She graduated from Law Department of Keio University, Tokyo, and thereafter graduated from the Medical School of Tokushima University with social, legal and ethical viewpoints. After her graduation from medical school in 1990, she has dedicated most of her time to clinical research and investigation in fetal medicine and perinatology. She has especially introduced the most sophisticated fetal neuroimaging from 1996 by using transvaginal sonography, three dimensional ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. She established CRIFM clinical research institute of fetal medicine in Osaka in 2007. Her recent study of medullary vein development and neuronal migration disorder of fetal brain are worthy of note, and she received the Alfred Alfred Kratochwil Award at the ISUOG Congress in 2011, Lifetime achievement award in WCPM (World Congress in Perinatal Medicine) in 2015, and Sir William Liley medal in International Congress on Fetus as a Patient in 2016. Her remarkable research on fetal brain has been internationally approved by perinatologists as well as neurologists and neurosurgeons. She published more than 70 original scientific papers 150 review articles and the books; An Atlas of Fetal Central Nervous System, Diagnosis and Management in 2003, Fetal Neurology in 2009, Atlas of Advanced Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2015.

 Her early detection of fetal abnormalities in ‘Sonoembryology’ can be described as art of science in the uterus. Furthermore, she has been establishing a new field of Sonogenetics, combining detailed sonogram with cytogenetics and molecular genetics from 2009 and performing quite a number of invasive genetic procedures including more than 1,500s CVS and 300 amniocenteses per year. In the era of prenatal diagnoses with advanced molecular genetics and maternal serum with cfDNA, she has emphasized the importance of observing fetuses by ultrasound. She established the clinical genetic laboratory (Ritz Medical Clinical Lab.) in Osaka with the aim of ultimate sonogenetics in 2011. She has truly been one of the international executives in research as well as education in a field of perinatology.

Notable publications

Ritsuko K. Pooh, Kohei Shiota, Asim Kurjak. Imaging of the human embryo with magnetic resonance imaging microscopy and high-resolution transvaginal 3-dimensional sonography: human embryology in the 21st century. AJOG. 2011;204(1):77-9

POOH RK. Sonoembryology by 3D HDlive silhouette ultrasound - what is added by the "see-through fashion"? Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Mar 2016; 44(2): 139-48.

Country: Japan

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester, aneuploidy screening, fetal anomalies screening, fetal anomalies, 3D/4D ultrasound, early pregnancy, genetics, fetal brain (fetal neurology)

Languages: Japanese, English

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ISUOG Advisory Group, Honours Committee

Dr Jessica Preisler is Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Clínica Alemana Santiago and Hospital Clínico University de Chile, Chile as well as 2012 Clinical Research Fellow in early pregnancy and acute gynecology Imperial College London, and recently part of the ISUOG Next Generation Group. During her fellowship, she worked on research projects about Ultrasound diagnosis of miscarriage and IOTA studies. In 2013, she relocated back to Chile where she has focused her work on the Gynecological Ultrasound Unit where she also teaches OBGYN residents. In the non-clinical area, she has been the IOTA Ambassador for South America since 2017, a role that has taken her to multiple countries within the Continent where she ran IOTA training courses. She is also a member of the Chilean Ultrasound Society where she actively organises courses, lectures and teaching sessions. In January 2021, she became part of the Board of the Chilean Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SOCHUMB). Her special interest includes education in gynecological ultrasound and early pregnancy and gynecological ultrasound training and research. During 2020, Dr Preisler was part of the Next Generation Group and collaborated with ISUOG promoting COVID webinars in Spanish. She also translated ISUOG COVID guidelines in gynecology and early pregnancy.

Country: Chile

Field: Gynecology, Early Pregnancy

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound with special interest in adnexal masses, early pregnancy.            

Languages: Spanish, English, German

Obstetrician and gynecologist Clínica Alemana Santiago and Hospital Clínico University de Chile, Chile, Clinical Research Fellow in early pregnancy and acute gynecology Imperial College, London and  part of ISUOG Next-Gen 

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Dr Prathima is trained in Fetal Medicine from Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at Kings College Hospital, London. Dr Prathima Radhakrishnan is the first Indian to get the Diploma in Fetal Medicine from the Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK. She is very passionate about fetal medicine and totally committed to the cause. Her special interest is in fetal therapy, early diagnosis of fetal abnormalities and pre-pregnancy counseling for fetal anomalies. She is Director and Consultant in Fetal Medicine at Bangalore Fetal Medicine Centre (BFMC), Consultant Fetal Medicine at IMA fetal care centres in Bangalore, Consultant Fetal Medicine at Manipal Hospitals Bangalore, Consultant in Fetal Medicine & Scientific Director, Lilac Insights.
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Dr Inessa Safonova is a Professor at the Department of Radiology and Diagnostics in Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Ukraine. Previously she worked as sonologist in Kharkiv Regional Clinical Hospital with Regional Perinatal Centre and Department of Gynecology. Between 2018-2020, she was also Edito-in-Chief of the ObGyn Ultrasound & Fetal Medicine Journal, Extempore, Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2019, she founded the Ultrasound School and mentored participants from more than 20 countries. She has over 20 years of experience in ultrasound in obstetrics, perinatology, fetal cardiology, gynecology and oncogynecology. She developed and has been administrating a professional social media network Ob&Gyn Ultrasound with 7.5k members from more than 20 countries, including Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe, disseminating ISUOG's vision and mission. In 2017-2019, she also organised the International Eastern European Ob&Gyn Ultrasound meetings in Kiev, Ukraine acting as a conference planner. At the same time, she founded a training centre providing online professional Ob&Gyn ultrsound courses for participants from more than 20 coutnries. In 2020, Dr Safonova invited faculty at the 2nd International Masterclasson Ob&Gyn Ultrasound for Russian speaking participants in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr Safonoa is an author of 140 publications in Ob&Gyn ultrasound (2006-2020). She also wrote 4 books in Russian dedicated to ultrasound monitoring of high risk pregnancy (Kiev, 2019).

Notable Publications

Safonova I, Ultrasound Examination of the Uterine Scar after Cesarean Section: Isthmocele, Scar Pregnancy, Niche of Myometrium, and Low Uterine Segment Thickness. // Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2020; 14(2):85-91 

Lesovoy V, Parashchuk Y, Shchukin D, Safonov R, Didenkova K, Safonova I. Fetus in the Bladder: Rare Complication of Vesicouterine Fistula. // Case Reports in Medicine, vol 2016, Article ID 5750710, 4 pages, 2016

Safonova I OC26.05. The predominance of the fetal right heart chambers in the second and third trimester //

Country: Ukraine

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatology, Oncogynecology

Languages: Russian, Ukranian, English

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Outreach Committee

Dr S.Suresh is the Managing Director of Mediscan Systems a tertiary referral centre for Fetal Medicine in India. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of O&G London (honoriscausa) and is actively involved in training over 4000 physicians from India and other countries in Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine for over 35 years. He has several publications to his credit and is involved in various Research projects in Fetal Medicine. He has set up the Birth Defects Registry of India which is recognized as a subnational registry by the WHO. He is the managing Trustee of Fetal Care Research Foundation a Charity organisation that aims to provide access to treatment options for the underprivileged. He is a recipient of several awards and was one of the earliest to set up a Fetoscopic surgical service in India.

He is a visiting Prof in Perinatology at the Sri Ramachandra Medical University and the Chief functionary of the Voluntary Health Services, a charitable hospital in Chennai which aims to achieve affordable quality health care for all .

Notable publications:

Radio frequency ablation in Complicated Monochorionic Pregnancy : Initial Experience DOI: 10; 1007/s/40556-017-0145 Journal of Fetal Medicine, 2017 Nov PP 1-6. Pm;ome [in;ocatopm 30th Nov 2017]

Suresh Seshadri; Down Syndrome Screening in India, Are we there yet? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology India; 2017 Dec 17. 67(6) ; 393-399, Epub 2017 August 17 DOI : 10. 1007/S12098-017-2528-5

Country: India

Field: Fetal medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal intervention procedure; early pregnancy; fetal growth. 

Languages: English

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Prof Mamoru Tanaka is a Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He is also President of the Japanese Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSUOG) and Trustee of the Japan Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Medicine as well as the Japan Society of Gestational Hypertension and the Japan Human Cell Society. Prof Tanaka is also a Councillor of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine, the Japan Society of Gestational Diabetes and the Japan Society of Reproductive Endocrinology. 

Notable Publications

Endo T, Ochiai D, Tanaka M. Right aortic arch with an aberrant left subclavian artery: sonographic features by HDlive Flow Imaging. // Cardiol Young. 2020 Jun;30(6):892-893

Akiba Y, Miyakoshi K, Ochiai D, Kawaida M, Matsumoto T, Tanaka M. Umbilical cord hemangioma: Sonographic features by HDlive Flow. // Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod. Biol. 2018 Feb;221:195-196

Ikenoue S, Miyakoshi K, Ishii T, Sato Y, Otani T, Akiba Y, Kasuga Y, Ochiai D, Matsumoto T, Ichihashi Y, Matsuzaki Y, Tachikawa K, Michigami T, Nishimura G, Ikeda K, Hosegawa T, Tanaka M. Discordant fetal phenotype of hypophosphatasia in two siblings. // Am J Med Genet A.2018 Jan;176(1):171-174

Country: Japan

Field: Obstetrics

Languages: Japanese, English

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Dr Iryna Tsikhanenka is a highly experienced specialist in prenatal ultrasound. She underwent her traineeship in Germany, USA and the UK. She had been a Head of Minsk prenatal ultrasound diagnostic center for many years as well as Dean of Belarussian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education and Associate Professor of the Ultrasound Department in Belarussian Academy of Postgraduate Education. She organised and led many education ultrasound courses  and hands-on training in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Egypt and delivered over 100 lectures.

Notable Publications

Jeanty P, Chaoui R, Tihonenko I, , Grochal FJ. A review of findings in fetal cardiac section drawings, part I: The 4-chamber view // Ultrasound Med. 2007 Nov;26(11):1601-10. Review

Jeanty P, Chaoui R, Grochal FJ, Tihonenko I. A review of findings in fetal cardiac section drawings, part II: High abdominal views // J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Dec;26(12):1743-6. Review

Jeanty P, Chaoui R, Tihonenko I, Grochal FJ. A review of findings in fetal cardiac section drawings, part III: The 3-vessel-trachea view and variants // J Ultrasound Med. 2008 Jan;27(1):109-17

Jeanty P, Tihonenko I. Fetal tumours - in: Twinning's Textbook of Fetal Abnormalities, 3rd Edition. Ed A.M.Cody, S. Bower.- 2014. - Pp. 535-560

Medvedev M, Tsikhanenka I. et al. Anomaliya Ebshteina: mul'titsentrovoi analiz 56 sluchaev prenatal'noi diagnostiki. // Prenatal'naya diagnostika. - 2018. - T. 17, № 4. - S. 310-317

Tsikhanenka I. Ultrasound features of unfavorable outcome in sacrococcygeal teratomas // EP16.05. E-poster. ISUOG Congress. 2019. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2019; V. 54 (Suppl. 1) Issue 51: 326.

Country: Belarus

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing, fetal growth restriction, maternal and fetal Doppler, fetal tumours, fetal anomalies screening, fetal heart, 3D/4D Ultrasound, basic training, early pregnancy, ultrasound in gynecology, ultrasound in medical edcation.            

Languages: Russian, English

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Dr Heron Werner Jr is a specialist in fetal medicine and ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology. Between 1992-1996, he underwent Internship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fetal Medicine at the Institut de Puericulture de Paris and Hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Paris, France obtaining the title of  Doctor "Assistant Étranger " at the "Université Paris Descartes". In 2000, Dr Werner completed his Master's degree in Obstetrics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2012, he also completed his PhD in Radiology with the same University. He is a 'Visiting Professor Lectureship' in Radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA, member of the Brazilian Academy of Ultrasoud (Chair n.27) as well as member of the Latino America Academy of Ultrasound (Chair n.30). 

Country: Brazil

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal medicine, fetal magnetic resonance, ultrasound and rapid prototyping.            

Languages: Portuguese, English, French

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Prof. Hye-Sung Won is currently the chairperson of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Ulsan College of Medicine and Asan Medical Center. She is a director of Fetal Treatment Center in Asan Medical Center.  Her special interests are Prenatal Diagnosis of fetal structural anomalies, Fetal Cardiology, Twins, Fetal Surgery and Fetal Interventional Procedures. She established the first Fetal Treatment Center in South Korea, which has been leading the diagnosis and treatment of fetal structural anomaly.

Professor Won is the President of the Korean Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (KSUOG) and the Chair of Fetal Assessment and Management Committee at Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Professor Won, as the leader in maternal fetal medicine on Korean society, promotes research and education in ultrasound and is actively involved in supporting and connecting many other institutions together.

Hye-Sung Won is also a leading clinician of the largest Fetal Treatment Center in Korea and there making clinical and academic progresses of fetal diagnosis and therapy possible to develop further both nationally and internationally. She is exceptional in making diagnoses for cardiac abnormality including rare diseases, which is a very important part of perinatal counselling and management. She is the first clinician to do balloon aortic valvuloplasty for a fetus with severe aortic valve stenosis at 29 weeks of gestation in Korea. Moreover, she is specialized in prenatal diagnosis for various fetal disease and fetal therapy including shunt operation, fetal transfusion, radiofrequency ablation and fetoscopic laser surgery. She made over 500 cases of shunt operation for fetal pleural effusion, ascites, and lower urinary tract obstruction since 1999. She had done more than 200 cases of fetoscopic laser surgery for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and the results showed high survival rate.

Country: Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Field: Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal-Medicine

Specialties: Prenatal diagnosis; Fetal anomalies; Fetal cardiology; Fetal therapy; Fetal interventional procedures

Languages:  Korean, English

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Part of the ISUOG China Task Force local leadership team along with Prof. Yuxin Jiang and Prof. Jiawei Tian.

Country: China

Field: "I have an absolute commitment to ultrasound education and since 2012 I have held an annual ISUOG Approved course - the first three were in Beijing and from 2015 we have been going to other provinces. These have been attracting around 400 – 500 delegates, and from this I have introduced around 300 people each year to the Society." 

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Dr Renato Ximenes is ISUOG member since 1993, Visitor Professor King's College with Prof. Kypros Nicolaides in 1995, Master Degree Fetal MRI limits and benefits in 1998, former President of Brazilian Fetal Medicine Society 2006-2008, ex- Member of ISUOG Educational Committe 1998-2008 . Prof. Renato Ximenes is Director of Fetal Medicine Foundation Latinamerica - FMFLA and a member of the Ultrasound Committe of the Brazilian College of Radiology along with the ISUOG Advisory Membership Group. He is also Coordinator of Fellowship Fetal Medicine Program of FMFLA. Prof. Renato Ximenes clinical and reseach interests are related to Maternal-Fetal Medicine, with special interest fetal heart, fetal neuroimaging, fetal growth restriction, pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery, first trimester screening and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

Notable publications

Oliveira Melo AS, Malinger G, Ximenes R, Szejnfeld PO, Alves Sampaio S, Bispo de Filippis AM. Zika virus intrauterine infection causes fetal brain abnormality and microcephaly: tip of the iceberg? Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2016; 47: 6–7.
Prayer D, Malinger G, Brugger PC, Cassady C, De Catte L, De Keersmaecker B, Fernandes GL, Glanc P, Goncalves LF, Gruber GM, Laifer-Narin S, Lee W, Millischer EA, Molho M, Neelavalli J, Platt L, Pugash D, Ramaekers P, Salomon LJ, Sanz M, Timor-Tritsch IE, Tutschek B, Twickler D, Weber M, Ximenes R, Raine-Fenning N. ISUOG practice guidelines: performance of fetal magnetic resonance imaging. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2017; 49: 671–680.
Pilu, G; Nicolaides KH; Ximenes R; Jeany P. (2001). Diploma in Fetal Medicine & ISUOG Educational Series:  The 18-23 weeks scan. [Software]. ISUOG Publications: London.
Nicolaides, KH; Sebire, NJ; Snijders, RJM; Ximenes, R; (2003) ISUOG Educational Diploma in Fetal Medicine & ISUOG Educational Series: The 11-14 weeks scan. [Software]. ISUOG Publications: London.
Nicolaides KH; Rizzo, G; Hecker, K; Ximenes R. (2003). Diploma in Fetal Medicine & ISUOG Educational Series:  Doppler in Obstetrics. [Software]. ISUOG Publications: London.

Country: Brazil

Field: Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly Screening 1st Trim. And 2nd Trim., Fetal biometry and wellbeing, Fetal Anomalies Screening, Aneuploidy Screening, Fetal Anomalies, Fetal Heart, Fetal Growth Restriction, Maternal and Fetal Doppler, Fetal Interventional Procedure, Multiple Pregnancy, 3D/4D Ultrasound, Preeclampsia, Early Pregnancy, Preterm Delivery, Fetal Growth

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English

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Dr Yuqing (Joyce) Zhou is a specialist in ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Master in ObGyn from the Shanghai Medical University, Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Graduate School, Shanghai, China. She also completed her overseas training with Augustino Gemelli Hospital, Universita Cattolica del S Cuore, Rome, Italy. Dr Zhou is currently a Professor as well as Director of the Ultrasound Department at the Shanghai Changning Maternity & Infant Health Hospital, East China Normal University. She has successfully organised 9 ISUOG approved courses in Shanghai since 2012 and has been a member of the ISUOG China Task Force.  

Country: China

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology

Languages: Mandarin, English

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Look out for our Ambassadors at our Congresses and events, who will be wearing red lapel pins.

ISUOG Advisory Group 
All our Ambassadors will form part of ISUOG Advisory Group set up to ensure more representation and feedback from across our membership on new activities, membership benefits and important Society decisions.