The Education Committee comprises of the Core Committee and seven task forces. It is responsible for the effective progression and maintenance of the various educational activities of the Society. These include ISUOG Education courses, ISUOG Approved courses, VISUOG and the development of new education media.
Core Committee Members
Education Committee (Chair), incl. education task forces, Honours Committee, Outreach Committee
Prof. Jon Hyett trained in obstetrics and gynecology and sub-specialised in maternal and fetal medicine in the UK. He is currently Joint Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonataology at the University of Sydney. He is involved nationally with the Nuchal Translucency Accreditation Program of RANZCR / RANZCOG and internationally with the obstetric ultrasound accreditation programs run by the Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK and ISUOG. Jon is also involved in the Scientific Committee, which oversees the production and development of the scientific program for the ISUOG World Congress.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; genetics
2020 Virtual Congress Technical Congress Chair; Education, Executive, Finance, and Nominations Committees; Governance group; Basic Training, CME, Patient Information, and Validation task forces
Prof. dr. C.M. (Katia) Bilardo is Professor of Fetal Medicine at UMCG in the Netherlands and is an expert on ultrasound and invasive prenatal diagnosis. Her areas of interest include Doppler Ultrasound, 1st trimester screening, fetal cardiology including heart function and fetal anomalies. She is current President of ISUOG and her other activities within ISUOG include enhancing the didactic and scientific value of the Congress, expanding ISUOG's membership and developing a patient information platform.
Country: The Netherlands
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics
Languages: English; Italian; French; Dutch
Patient Information Task Force (Chair), Education Committee, Clinical Standards Committee
Dr Alain Gagnon is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. He practices maternal-fetal medicine and is currently a Senior Medical Director for the Ambulatory Programs at BC Women's. He performed the first laser surgery for TTTS in Canada.
Audibert F, Gagnon A + SOGC Genetics Committee. “Prenatal Screening for and Diagnosis of Aneuploidy in Twin Pregnancies.” J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2011;33(7):754-767.
Gagnon A and the SOGC Genetics Committee. “Evaluation of Prenatally Diagnosed Structural Congenital Anomalies”. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2009;31(9):875-881.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; genetics
Languages: French; English
Specialties: Minimally invasive surgical treatment for gynecologic disorders, contraceptive and hormonal therapy, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
"For many women in the developing world, having an ultrasound becomes a point of entry into the medical system, a chance to have their blood pressure measured, their urine checked for protein, or blood drawn for hemoglobin. High-risk pregnancies can be identified and patients triaged for appropriate care. I have been fortunate to be part of nine ISUOG training programs to Haiti, Ghana and Somaliland. As one of our trainees from Haiti Outreach put it from his experience "....Not only have I gained a colleagues and friends but ISUOG gained its’ first volunteer from Haiti. Who knows, maybe someday the ISUOG Congress will be held in Haiti!"
Education Committee, Patient Information Task Force, Basic Training Task Force
Prof. Nikos Vrachnis is an As. Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fetal-Maternal Medicine at the University of Athens Medical School, Aretaieio University Hospital. Currently, he also serves as Chair of the Gynecology, Obstetrics and Perinatal Medicine Unit at Evgenideio University Hospital (Athens). He also serves as Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Nikos has written or edited 15 books, has more than 150 scientific publications and has been awarded four times for his research work. He has a special interest in medical education, simulation and training, preterm labour, Down’s syndrome, fetal anomalies and 3D/4D ultrasound. Has run more than 100 practical courses in Greece and Cyprus, including Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound courses, as well as courses in Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Presently serves as President of the Hellenic Society of Obstetric and Gynecologic Emergency.
Within the ISUOG he is a member of the Educational Committee, of the Basic Training Task Force and of the Patient Leaflets task force.
Soluble Fas and Fas-ligand levels in mid-trimester amniotic fluid and their associations with severe small for gestational age fetuses: a prospective observational study.
Vrachnis N, Dalainas I, Papoutsis D, Samoli E, Rizos D, Iliodromiti Z, Siristatidis C, Tsikouras P, Creatsas G, Botsis D. J Reprod Immunol. 2013 Jun;98(1-2):39-44
The fetus that is small for gestational age.
Vrachnis N, Botsis D, Iliodromiti Z. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Dec;1092:304-9
Elevated mid-trimester amniotic fluid ADAM-8 concentrations as a potential risk factor for preterm delivery.
Vrachnis N, Malamitsi-Puchner A, Samoli E, Botsis D, Iliodromiti Z, Baka S, Hassiakos D, Creatsas G. J Soc Gynecol Investig. 2006 Apr;13(3):186-90.
Resistin in mid-trimester amniotic fluid in trisomy 21.
Vrachnis N, Gkogkas L, Iliodromiti S, Grigoriadis C, Samoli E, Iliodromiti Z, Pangalos C, Pappa KI, Drakoulis N, Creatsas G, Botsis D. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Nov;26(16):1576-80
Three-dimensional ultrasound and three-dimensional power Doppler improve the preoperative evaluation of complex benign ovarian lesions.
Vrachnis N, Sifakis S, Samoli E, Kappou D, Pavlakis K, Iliodromiti Z, Botsis D. Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2012;39(4):474-8.
Hospital visiting in obstetrics and gynecology: a tool for the advancement of training.
Creatsas G, Vrachnis N. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2006 Dec;95(3):298-301
Placental growth factor (PlGF): a key to optimizing fetal growth.
Vrachnis N, Kalampokas E, Sifakis S, Vitoratos N, Kalampokas T, Botsis D, Iliodromiti Z. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Jul;26(10):995-1002.
Doppler assessment of the intrauterine growth-restricted fetus.
Botsis D, Vrachnis N, Christodoulakos G. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Dec;1092:297-303
Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Fetal-Maternal Medicine
Specialties: Preterm labour, Down’s syndrome, fetal anomalies, and 3D/4D ultrasound
Languages: Greek, English
Education Committee, Outreach Committee, Basic Training Task Force (Chair), Validation Task Force, 3D Special Interest Group
Dr Reem S. Abu-Rustum obtained her medical degree and completed her residency training at the University of Florida (USA). She is a fellow of the American College of OB/GYN (ACOG), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American College of Surgeons. She is certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in first and second trimester ultrasound.
She is ISUOG's Ambassador to Outreach in Lebanon and the Middle East, Chair of ISUOG's Basic Training Task Force, a member ISUOG's Outreach Committee and a member of ISUOG's 3D Special Interest Group. She serves as Co-Chair of the AIUM Annual Convention Committee, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, is a member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine's Education and Global Health Committees, and is a member of the Fetal Heart Society's Education Committee. She is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly newsletter of the Centre for Advanced Fetal Care. She served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the AIUM OBGYN Ultrasound Lecture Series and currently serves on the SMFM-AIUM Task force on Curriculum Development and Competency Assessment Tools for MFM Fellowship Training.
She has authored the text "A Practical Guide to 3D Ultrasound" (CRC Press 2014). Her primary areas of interest are the first trimester fetus and the fetal heart. She is also actively involved in the integration of ultrasound in medical education and is the co-founder and President of SANA Medical NGO, which is dedicated to obstetrical care within an outreach setting.
She is an Associate Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF. The 3 sweep approach for fetal anatomic assessment in the outreach setting. Journal of Fetal Medicine 2017; 4(1): 25-30.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF, Abu-Rustum SE, Danawi H. The Role of Ultrasound in the Lebanese Outreach Setting. International Journal of Childbirth Education. 2015; 30(2): 43-48.
Abu-Rustum RS. A Practical Guide to 3D Ultrasound. First Edition. CRC Press. 9 Dec 2014.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF, Abu-Rustum SE. Reference values for the right and left fetal choroid plexus at 11-13 weeks: an early sign of ‘developmental’ laterality? J. Ultrasound Med 2013; 32: 1623-1629.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; aneuploidy screening; fetal heart; 3D & 4D ultrasound; basic training; the first trimester fetus; ultrasound in medical education.
Languages: English; Arabic
"My ISUOG membership over the past decade has empowered me to establish SANA Medical NGO in North Lebanon, modelled on ISUOG Outreach. This has been a most gratifying experience: spreading ISUOG's teachings and providing training to midwives and nurses in our neediest underserved areas. Our trainees are now enabled to provide comprehensive antenatal care, positively impacting the lives of under-resourced Lebanese mothers as well as Syrian refugees."
ISUOG Trustee (2011-2019), ISUOG Committees and Working Groups: Editorial Board of UOG, VISUOG Task Force, Governance group
Dr Antonia Carla Testa studied medicine at the Catholic University in Rome. She did her residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the same university and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained a Doctorate in fetal and pediatric cardiological sciences.
Since 1998 she worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Catholic University in Rome. In 2004 she became an Assistant Professor in the same University. Since 1989 she has been involved in ultrasound research, at first in the use of Doppler velocimetry in pregnancy and then in the study of ovarian masses and oncological pathologies. At present she is in charge of the gyne-oncological ultrasound service at the Catholic University in Rome.
Specialties: Gynecological oncology, gynecological ultrasound
Languages: Italian, English
Outreach Committee (new member, TBC at the Glasgow Congress 2020)
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 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
Stuart Campbell Award for Education winner, 2011
Prof. Dario Paladini is currently the Head of the Fetal Medicine and Surgery Unit at G. Gaslini Children's Hospital in Genova, Italy.
Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; fetal therapy
Languages: English; Italian; Spanish
The following task forces come under the umbrella of the Education Committee, and are responsible for developing specific areas of ISUOG's educational activities.
The Basic Training Task Force is responsible for the development and maintenance of ISUOG’s state-of-the-art Basic Training modules and education material for dissemination. These modules provide trainees that are new to ultrasound an introduction to essential topics in obstetrics and gynecology
The CME Task force is responsible for directing ISUOG’s project for CME accreditation of its online content, and ensuring this content is both current and of the highest quality, in order to provide members with a comprehensive and interactive learning experience.
The Courses Task Force is responsible for planning and developing ISUOG’s intensive and approved course portfolio, based on the pedagogical needs of our members.
The Online Education Task Force is responsible for the review and restructuring of the existing and future education content of the Society into a comprehensive modular teaching framework.
The Patient Information Task Force is responsible for developing patient friendly information for broad dissemination to the general public.
The Validation Task Force is responsible for studying and validating ISUOG's curricula and assessing the long-term impact of ISUOG courses on trainees in order to develop effective and comprehensive learning programs.
The VISUOG Task Force is responsible for the development and expansion of VISUOG, ISUOG's visual encyclopedia, which aims to provide medical professionals with up-to-date information on the clinical use of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology..