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

Chair

Basic Training Task Force (Chair)

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.


Notable publications:

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.

Country: Lebanon

Field: Obstetrics

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."

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Task force members

Education Committee, Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, Patient Information Task Force, Basic Training Task Force

Dr Caterina 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

Field: Obstetrics

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

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Dr Gihad E. Chalouhi  MD, PhD is an Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist. He worked for 8 years with Prof. Yves Ville Y and Prof. Laurent Salomon in Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris and is subspecialized in fetal medicine and fetal surgery. He is specialized in fetal imaging and obtained his PhD in fetal functional MRI in Paris Descartes University and INSERM unit U970. He is a member of the CNGOF (French National College of obstetrics and Gynecology) and the LSOG (Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology). 

He is a pioneer in the implementation of simulation in obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound education, and remains actively involved in this integration. He is an active member of ISUOG's Basic Training Task Force, and leader of the Simulation Work Group. For the last five years he has worked as part of ISUOG's Clinical Standards Committee for the establishment of ISUOG’s Guidelines.

He is the co-founder and President of SimECHOle, the school for ultrasound training and education using simulators in Paris, France. He is the director of the Prenatal Institute of the Middle-East (PRIME) where he works in Beirut, and a co-founder of the Espace Natal in Paris.

Notable Publications: Dr Chalouhi has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications in internationally renowned journals and more then 10 chapters.

Use of simulators for the assessment of trainees' competence: trendy toys or valuable instruments?
Tolsgaard MG, Chalouhi GE. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2018  Apr 17. doi: 10.1002/uog.19071. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29667240.

"Fake it until they make it": Practical obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound education nowadays in France.
Chalouhi GE, Gueneuc A, Levaillant JM, Ville Y. Gynecol Obstet Fertil Senol. 2017 Nov;45(11):579-581. doi: 10.1016/j.gofs.2017.09.008. Epub 2017 Nov 3. French. PubMed PMID: 29108903.

Evaluation of trainees' ability to perform obstetrical ultrasound using simulation: challenges and opportunities.
Chalouhi GE, Bernardi V, Gueneuc A, Houssin I, Stirnemann JJ, Ville Y. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Apr;214(4):525.e1-525.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.10.932. Epub 2015 Nov 10. PubMed PMID: 26546849.

Ultrasound simulators in obstetrics and gynecology: state of the art.
Chalouhi GE, Bernardi V, Ville Y. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Sep;46(3):255-63. doi: 10.1002/uog.14707. PubMed PMID: 25346451.

Country: Lebanon and France

Field: Obstetrics/Gynecology/Fetal medicine and surgery

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; fetal interventional procedure; multiple pregnancy; early pregnancy; fetal growth; education in Ob-Gyn ultrasound; fetal MRI and functional MRI; fetal surgery.

Languages: French; English; Arabic

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Trish Chudleigh is a sonographer who has been involved in the teaching and practice of obstetric ultrasound since the mid 1970s, starting her scanning career with Stuart Campbell at King’s College Hospital, London. She has been actively involved with the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme for many years, in the establishment of the UK national guidelines, initially, for Down’s screening, subsequently, for fetal anomaly screening and, more recently, in the ongoing rolling out of the national cardiac training programme. She is the co-author of one of the standard obstetric ultrasound textbooks in the UK, the 4th edition of which is currently in press. She is the lead sonographer at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. 

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biometry & wellbeing; fetal anomaly screening; T1 & T2; aneuploides; fetal anomalies; fetal brain; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; early pregnancy; multiple pregnancy.

Language: English

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Email address
tchudleigh@isuog.org
Telephone number
+44 (0)20 74719955

Titia Cohen-Overbeek is a physician in fetal medicine who has been involved in this field from 1981 onwards. She worked under the supervision of professor Stuart Campbell at Kings College Hospital and moved after 6 years back to the Netherlands where she collaborated with professor Juriy Wladimiroff at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. She has published more than 75 scientific papers on subjects concerning Doppler ultrasound, pitfalls in detection of congenital anomalies and audit methods of ultrasound scanning.  Following the introduction of the 20 week anomaly scan in the Netherlands in 2007 she established an ultrasound training program for obstetricians to become familiar with this investigation. Obstetricians from approximately 70% of the Dutch hospitals have trained with her. For ISUOG she has participated in the outreach team to Somaliland in 2012 and Oman in 2016 and she is member of the Outreach committee and the Basic Training Taskforce.

Country: The Netherlands

Field: Obstetrics, MFM

Languages: English, Dutch

Specialties: Congenital anomalies, teaching ultrasound and audit methods.

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Bids Committee Chair, Nominations Committee Chair, Past Chair and member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Aris Papageorghiou holds the following positions within ISUOG's Board and Committees:

  • Trustee and Board member
  • Honorary Secretary 
  • Chair, ISUOG Bids Committee
  • Member of the ISUOG Scientific Committee
  • Member of the ISUOG Executive Committee
  • Member of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the UOG Editorial Board
  • Member of the Basic Training Task Force

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery

Language: English

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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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Editorial Board of UOG, Fetal MRI Focus Group

Prof. Laurent Salomon is a senior consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital and full professor at Paris Descartes University. His special interests are imaging technologies including MRI, Twins, Fetal surgery, Statistics, Teaching processes and Quality control. Laurent completed a PhD in Physics with distinction (Paris XI Sud, Science University – Orsay), applied to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the placenta.  He also completed a MSc in Medical Statistic with distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Laurent is an associate director of a Master Degree in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine at Paris Descartes University. He is on the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and involved in many committees and task forces of ISUOG. Laurent also serves on a regular basis as an expert for the National Agency for Biomedicine, French Health Authority and National Security Agency in Health Products, as well as for international research projects. 

Country: France

Field: Obstetrics; Imaging; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy

Languages: English; French

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ISUOG Honorary Fellowship Award, 2000, Ian Donald Gold Medal Winner, 1996

Notable Publications:

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

1996 Gold Medal Award article

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

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

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ISUOG Ambassador to Egypt and North Africa, CME Task Force (Chair), Education Committee

Dr Aly Youssef was a resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Alexandria University, Egypt until 2006. He worked as a trainee in the Obstetrics and Prenatal Medicine Unit, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Italy from 2008 to 2013 and has since become a specialist and research fellow. He has published over 35 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the field of Ultrasound in Obstetrics.

Notable Publications:

Youssef A, Ghi T, Pilu G. How to perform ultrasound in labor: assessment of fetal occiput position. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2013; 41: 476–478.

Youssef A, Ghi T, Pilu G. How to image the fetal corpus  callosum. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2013 42(6):718-20.

​Youssef A, Arcangeli T, Radico D, Contro E, Guasina F, Bellussi F, Maroni E, Morselli-Labate A, Farina A, Pilu G, Pelusi G, Ghi, T. Accuracy of fetal gender determination in the 1st trimester using 3D ultrasound. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2011 ;37:557-561.

Youssef A, Salsi G, Bellussi F, Arcangeli T, Farina A, Contro E, Maroni E, Pilu G, Rizzo N, Ghi T. Three-dimensional ultrasound is an accurate and reproducible technique for fetal crown-rump length measurement. Prenat Diagn 2012 ;32:220-227

Country: Italy / Egypt

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; maternal and fetal Doppler; ultrasound on the labour ward; 3D & 4D ultrasound; pelvic floor imaging

Languages: English; Italian; Arabic; French

"I have regularly organised, with the help of many local and international speakers, basic and advanced ultrasound courses in Egypt (and other countries in the middle-east). Many of these courses were ISUOG approved. It is always a pleasure to meet young people eager to learn, and to see year after year the positive feedback and the growing interest in prenatal diagnosis and ISUOG activities". 

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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.

Notable publications
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

Country: Greece

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, Fetal-Maternal Medicine

Specialties: Preterm labour, Down’s syndrome, fetal anomalies, and 3D/4D ultrasound

Languages: Greek, English

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With special recognition and thanks for the wonderful contributions of the following faculty members, without whose invaluable work the Basic Training  gynecology curriculum could not have been created: 

Maya Al-Memar has been working as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist since 2009, and is currently based at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in West London. She graduated with first class honours from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2007. Since then, Maya has developed a special interest in early pregnancy and gynecological ultrasound. She is currently completing her PhD in this field.  Maya has presented her research nationally and internationally and has received grants and awards for her work at a number of conferences.

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