As an organisation bringing together the world's most respected practitioners in the field of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, ISUOG receives regular communication from external course organisers who wish to invite some of ISUOG's most prominent members to speak at their event.

To facilitate this process, we have created the ISUOG International Faculty List, a compilation of ISUOG speakers who have indicated their willingness to consider speaking at courses around the world on their specialty areas.

Please note that all travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the course organiser and should be arranged directly with the speaker.

If you would like to submit an invitation to any of our speakers on this list, please contact Freya Ross, Membership Engagement Officer, at FRoss@isuog.org.

Dr. Mona Aboulghar is based in the Fetal Medicine Unit of Cairo University - Cairo, Egypt. She specialises in ultrasound and fetal medicine, first and second trimester scanning , gynecological ultrasound in infertility and ART.

Relevant publications:

The use of vaginal natural progesterone for prevention of preterm birth in IVF/ICSI pregnancies. 
Aboulghar MM, Aboulghar MA, Amin YM, Al-Inany HG, Mansour RT, Serour GI.
Reprod Biomed Online. 2012 Aug;25(2):133-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2012.03.013.

13-14-week fetal anatomy scan: a 5-year prospective study.
Ebrashy A, El Kateb A, Momtaz M, El Sheikhah A, Aboulghar MM, Ibrahim M, Saad M.
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;35(3):292-6. doi: 10.1002/uog.7444.

Country: Egypt

Field: Obstetrics/Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound; early pregnancy; gynecological ultrasound; reproductive medicine; preterm delivery; fetal growth. 

Languages: English; Arabic

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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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Dr Prashant Acharya is a consultant in fetal medicine and high risk obstetric care at Paras advanced center for fetal medicine, Ahmedabad, India. He is an honorary sonologist and fetal medicine consultant at the NHL municipal medical college & KM school of post graduate medical studies, affiliated to Gujarat University. He is a leader in Maternal Fetal Medicine. His expertise is in obstetrical ultrasound with a special focus on fetal growth, fetal Doppler, fetal echocardiography and fetal Interventions.

Notable publications:

1) Evaluation of Applicability of Standard Growth Curves to Indian Women by Fetal Biometry:   Prashant Acharya, Ashini Acharya
South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, September-December 2009;1(3):55-61

2) International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 119S3 (2012) S161–S260  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 
LOW COST IN UTERO FETAL TRANSFUSION :P. Acharya, A. Acharya

Country: India

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal growth; aneuploidy screening; fetal heart with fetal autopsy pathology specimen (video); fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedure. 

Languages: English; Hindi

"Working with ISUOG has been a lifetime opportunity. The Society has helped me provide better knowledge of Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology to our part of the world. In 2012 I organised ISUOG’S 8th International Symposium in New Delhi attracting more than 600 new members. ISUOG’s Symposium will be returning to New Delhi in 2015 and we are expecting to add more than 600 new members to ISUOG again. Our improved relations and efforts will give strength to the wonderful and herculean efforts of ISUOG in improving fetal and maternal health across the world."

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Prof. Juan Luis Alcazar is a full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He is a member of the Board of International Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Notable Publications:

Alcázar JL, Galván R, Albela S, Martinez S, Pahisa J, Jurado M, López-García G. Assessing myometrial infiltration by endometrial cancer: uterine virtual navigation with three-dimensional US. Radiology. 2009 Mar;250(3):776-83.

Alcázar JL, García-Manero M. Ovarian endometrioma vascularization in women with pelvic pain. Fertil Steril. 2007 Jun;87(6):1271-6 4. Alcazar JL, Galvan R. Three-dimensional power Doppler ultrasound scanning for the prediction of endometrial cancer in women with postmenopausal bleeding and thickened endometrium. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 

Country: Spain

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy

Languages: English; Spanish

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Prof. Zarko Alfirevic is Professor of Fetal and Maternal Medicine at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the largest maternity  hospitals in Europe with more than 8,300 births per annum. He is Head of Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of Liverpool.

His main research interests are evidence based medicine and clinical trials in high risk obstetrics.

He is the Editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group  and was Chair of the Clinical Standards Committee for the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology until 2013.

Notable Publications:

He has more than 170 publications listed in PubMed.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Maternal and fetal Doppler, Preterm delivery; research synthesis; pre-term births; fetal growth restriction.

Languages: English; Croatian

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Prof. Edward Araujo Junior is an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics at the Paulista School of Medicine at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP), with a particular specialization in fetal medicine.

Notable Publications: 

More than 360 articles indexed in PubMed

Country: Brazil

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities

Languages: Portuguese; English; Italian

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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, fetal anomalies, fetal anomalies screening, fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2, aneuplooidy screening, fetal heart, fetal brain, fetal growth restriction, multiple pregnancy, 3D/4D Ultrasound.            

Languages: Russian, English

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Country: Germany

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; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; French; German

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Dr Amar Bhide is currently a Consultant in Obstetrics and feto-maternal Medicine at the St. George’s Hospital in South London. He is a lead clinician for the Day Assessment Unit, Deputy Director of Medical Education and honorary Senior Lecturer at St. George’s University of London. His research interests are in placenta previa, multiple pregnancy, prolonged pregnancy and pre-eclampsia. His clinical interests are in invasive prenatal diagnosis and therapy, high risk pregnancy and medical problems in pregnancy. He had his basic training in obstetrics and gynaecology in India, and his sub-speciality training in the United Kingdom. He is a scientific editor of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters. He has authored four books. 

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

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

Languages: English

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Dr Tommaso Bignardi is a staff specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, the largest hospital in Milan. He has worked as a lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sydney, where he also completed an ultrasound fellowship. 
He has a keen interest in gynaecological ultrasound, endometriosis and early pregnancy complications. He is author/co-author of several papers in international journals and he has contributed to book chapters.

Notable Publications:

Van den Bosch T, Valentin L, Van Schoubroeck D, Luts J, Bignardi T, Condous G, Epstein E, Leone F, Testa AC, Van Huffel S, Bourne T, Timmerman D. The detection  of intracavitary uterine pathology using off-line analysis of 3-dimensional ultrasound volumes: interobserver agreement and diagnostic accuracy. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Mar 28. doi: 10.1002/uog.11163. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22461338.

Casikar I, Lu C, Oates J, Bignardi T, Alhamdan D, Condous G. The use of power Doppler colour scoring to predict successful expectant management in women with an incomplete miscarriage. Hum Reprod. 2012 Mar;27(3):669-75. Epub 2012 Jan 9. PubMed PMID: 22232130.

Van Den Bosch T, Van Schoubroeck D, Luts J, Bignardi T, Condous G, Epstein E, Leone FP, Testa AC, Valentin L, Van Huffel S, Bourne T, Timmerman D. Effect of gel-instillation sonography on Doppler ultrasound findings in endometrial polyps. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Sep;38(3):355-9. doi: 10.1002/uog.9043. Epub 2011 Aug 10. PubMed PMID: 21557371.

Bignardi T, Condous G. Sonorectovaginography: a new sonographic technique for  imaging of the posterior compartment of the pelvis. J Ultrasound Med. 2008 Oct;27(10):1479-83. PubMed PMID: 18809958.

Country: Italy

Field: Gyneocology

Specialties: 3D and 4D ultrasound; Gynecological ultrasound; Early pregnancy

Languages: English; Italian

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Education 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. Within ISUOG her activities 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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Finance Committee (Chair), Member of the Scientific Committee, Bids Committee

Prof. Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor and research team lead at Imperial College, as well as Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital London. He is visiting Professor and consultant at KU Leuven in Belgium. He has a specialist interest in the management of early pregnancy complications and the use of ultrasound for the assessment of gynaecological disorders. He is a medical advisor and trustee of the UK patient group, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. He is on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) and International Endometrial Tumor Analysis (IETA) trials, as well as a number of other trials in the UK.

Country: UK

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Language: English

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Online Education Content Review Task Force (Chair), Bids Committee, Scientific Committee, Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group, Safety Committee

Prof. Christoph Brezinka is an associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the reproductive medicine department of Innsbruck Medical University. He has an active interest in Doppler in Perinatal and periconceptional medicine since 1986. Christoph was secretary of the International Perinatal Doppler Society and organised this society's merger with ISUOG in 2002.

Notable Publications:

Brezinka C (2012). "Rare but typical" - a review of extrauterine dislocations of IUD's. J Gyn Endokrinol 6:12-17.

Brezinka C and Spitzer D (2012). Ultraschall in der Reproduktionsmedizin [ultrasound in reproductive medicine]. In: Gembruch U, Hecher K, and Steiner H, editors. Ultraschall in Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (in press). Berlin: Springer.

Country: Austria

Field: Obstetrics/Gynecology/Reproductive Medicine

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine; safety of ultrasound

Languages: English; French; Italian; Dutch

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Dr Michael Brusilov is a senior staff member at the Division of Ultrasound in OB-GYN at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel, fully dedicated to advise and provide second opinion consultations mainly in the field of fetal cardiology and neurology; and to train residents and staff on these fields. Born in Uzbekistan, he is fluent in Russian and has participated actively in the organization of meetings and courses in all the Russian speaking countries. 
He is also Senior invited speaker and trainer at the yearly Fetal Neurosonography Masterclases in Israel, an annual ISUOG approved course.

Country: Israel

Field: Obstetrics/Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal anomalies screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal neurosonography.

Languages: Russian, Hebrew, English

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Prof. Daniel Cafici is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He 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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ISUOG Fellowship, 2014

Country: Czech Republic

Field: Gynecology/Obstetrics

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; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics; gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; safety of ultrasound

Languages: English; German; Czech; Slovak

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Fetal Heart Special Interest Group (Chair)

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics/Fetal and Pediatric Cardiology

Specialties: Fetal heart

Languages: English; Portuguese

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Basic Training Task Force, Clinical Standards Committee

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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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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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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Member of the Scientific Committee

Country: Australia

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy

Language: English

 

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Bids Committee, CME Taskforce, Education Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Development Committee, Outreach Committee

Prof. Josh Copel is a Professor of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences and pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine. He is currently President of ISUOG and in addition, he is an active member of the society having served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2011, and is a part of several ISUOG Committees. He is also a past President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and a past President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Notable Publications:

Moore CL, Copel JA. Point-of-Care Ultrasonography. N Engl J Med 2011;364:749-757.

Werner EF, Han CS, Burd I, Lipkind HS, Copel JA, Bahtiyar MO, Thung SF. Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of prenatal surgery for myelomeningoceles: a decision analysis.  Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Apr 18. doi: 10.1002/uog.11176.

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal heart; fetal interventional procedures

Language: English

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Erich Cosmi is an Associate Professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of maternal and fetal medicine at the Department of Women and Child Health in the University of Padua (Italy)

Country: Italy

Field: Obstetrics; Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; pre-eclampsia; preterm delivery; 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Language: English; Italian; Hungarian

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Member of the Scientific Committee

Prof. Fabricio da Silva Costa (MD, PhD, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU, Diploma in Fetal Medicine, FMF-London, UK) graduated in medicine in 1995. He was awarded a PhD in 2001 from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil for Doppler studies in the prediction of pre-eclampsia. In 2005, Prof. Costa became an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and in 2014, he became Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Melbourne.
In 2009, Prof. Costa moved to Australia and worked at the Royal Women’s Hospital (University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) for 7 years.
Currently he is the Medical Director of Monash Ultrasound for Women, Adj. Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and a Consultant Sonologist at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.
Prof. Costa’s clinical and research interests focus on the use of ultrasound in maternal-fetal medicine, especially pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm labour. In addition, he has special interest in first trimester screening, including non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

Notable Publications: 

First Trimester Maternal Ophthalmic Artery Doppler Analysis For Prediction Of Pre-Eclampsia. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Feb 20. doi: 10.1002/uog.13338.

New directions in the prediction of pre-eclampsia. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Apr;54(2):101-7. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12151.

Country: Australia

Field: Obstetrics and Reproduction

Specialities: Fetal Anomaly Screening T1 & T2; Aneuploidy; Fetal Anomalies; Maternal and Fetal Doppler; Fetal Growth Restriction; Preeclampsia; Preterm Delivery; 1st trimester screening including NIPT and Pre-Eclampsia; Ultrasound in reproduction

Languages: English, Portuguese

"It was with great pleasure I was able to help to expand ISUOG's mission to Brazil and Australia. By promoting our society in Brazil (through a partnership with the FEBRASGO) and in Australia (through a partnership with ASUM and RANZCOG) we are attracting new members for the society and delivering in these regions high level education activities through ISUOG Approved Courses."

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3D Special Interest Group (Chair)

Dr Jing DENG's experience has been in developing novel methodology / technology for 3D/4D visualisation of the fetal heart and other moving body parts (such as infant tongues during feeding, male/female genitals during coitus, lips during osculation), and in teaching how to image the above dynamic morphologies in 4D at 3D Ultrasound Courses, such as those at Euroson (European Ultrasound School, run by the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology).

Notable publications:

Deng J, Gardener JE, Rodeck CH, Lees WR. Fetal echocardiography in three and four dimensions. Ultrasound Med Biol 1996; 22: 979-86. 

Deng J, Newton NM, Hall-Craggs MA, Shirley RA, Linney AD, Lees WR, Rodeck CH, McGrouther DA. Novel technique for three-dimensional visualisation and quantification of deformable, moving soft-tissue body parts [a Talking-Points paper - “a deep kiss with dynamic 3D ultrasound”]Lancet 2000; 356: 127-31. 

Country: United Kingdom

Field: 4D Medical Imaging Specialist

Specialties: Fetal heart; 3D/4D Ultrasound; 3D/4D methodology/terminology; 4D ultrasound of male/female genital dynamic morphology and breast feeding.   

Languages: English; Chinese (Mandarin)

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Dr Russell Deter is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Houston, Texas. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Notable Publications:

Deter, RL Individualized Growth Assessment: Evaluation of growth using each fetus as its own control. Semin Perinatol 2004; 28: 23-32.

Deter RL, Spence L.  Identification of macrosomic, normal and intrauterine growth retarded neonates using the modified Neonatal Growth Assessment Score.  Fetal Diagn Ther. 2004; 19:58-67

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics; Statistics; Data analysis

Specialties: Fetal growth, detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities

Language: English

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Ian Donald Gold Medal Winner, 2017

Dr Gregory 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.

Notable Publications:

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.

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st and 2nd Trimester; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; 3D & 4D ultrasound

Language: English

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Dr. Tiran Dias worked as a clinical fellow in Fetal Medicine at the Fetal Medicine unit at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust in London for more than two and half years. Afterwards, he returned to his native Sri Lanka where is now Senior Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka.  In addition, he runs an independent Fetal Medicine clinic at Ninewells Care Hospital in Sri Lanka.

Notable Publications:

Dias T, Patel D, Thilaganathan B, Prospective risk of late stillbirth in monochorionic twins: a regional cohort study. Southwest Thames Obstetric Research Collaborative (STORK).Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May;39(5):500-4

Dias T, Ladd S, Mahsud-Dornan S, Bhide A, Papageorghiou AT, Thilaganathan B. Systematic labeling of twin pregnancies on ultrasound. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Aug;38(2):130-3.

Country: Sri Lanka

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidy screening; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal doppler; multiple pregnancy; fetal anomalies; fetal anomalies screening.

Lanugages: English, Sinhalese

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Professor Hans Peter Dietz is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and RANZCOG-certified subspecialist in Urogynaecology. He is an internationally renowned expert in pelvic floor imaging. Professor Dietz’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of maternal pelvic floor trauma related to childbirth. For over 25 years, he has studied damage to pelvic organ support structures, associated with childbirth, and is recognised for his pioneering research in the field. 

Notable Publications: Dietz, H., Hoyte, L., Steensma, A. (2008). Atlas of Pelvic Floor Ultrasound. United Kingdom: Springer-Verlag.

Abdool, Z., Dietz, H., Lindeque, B. (2017). Ethnic differences in the levator hiatus and pelvic organ descent: a prospective observational studyUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 50(2), 242-246.

Dietz, H. (2006). Pelvic floor ultrasound. In Linda Cardozo, David Staskin (Eds.), Textbook of Female Urology and Urogynecology, (pp. 355-375). United Kingdom: Informa Healthcare.

Country: Australia

Field: Gynecology/Urogynecology

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; urogynecology

Languages: English; Spanish; German

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Country: Sweden

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology

Languages: English; Swedish

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Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal heart; pre-eclampsia; 3D & 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; Spanish

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Country: Italy

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Languages: English; German; Italian

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Dr Helen Feltovitch's clinical appointment is with Intermontain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). She also conducts research on developing ultrasound technologies and preterm birth in developing and developed areas.

Publications:

Feltovitch H, Gall TJ. Quantative imaging of the cervix: setting the bar. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2013 Feb 41 (2): 121-8

Myers KM, Feltovitch H, Mazza e etal, The mechanical role of the cervix during pregnancy. J Biomech 2015; Mar 11 (epub ahead of print)

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly Screening 1T and 2T; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; safety in ultrasound; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities in low and middle income countries. 

Languages: English

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Prof. Daniela Fischerova is an associate professor of OBGYN at the First Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. She has dedicated her career to the implementation of ultrasound in gynecological oncology and in the planning of individualized treatment of cancer patients based on ultrasound diagnosis and staging. Daniela is a past member of the Scientific Committee, Editorial Board of UOG and ISUOG Advisory Membership Group.

Country: Czech Republic

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological oncology, gynecological ultrasound

Languages: English; Czech; German

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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.

Notable Publications:

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.

Country: Canada

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; genetics

Languages: French; English

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Prof. Helena Gardiner is a cardiologist and a professor at the University of Texas in Houston (USA). Previously, she was Reader and Director of the Perinatal Cardiology programme at Imperial College in London. She leads in perinatal cardiology at the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Fetal Medicine Centre and is honorary consultant the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Her expertise lie with ultrasound and fetal therapy. She has pioneered the evaluation of new imaging techniques and fetal cardiac interventions through her involvement with the European Paediatric Cardiology Association. She founded a charity,Tiny Tickers, to improve sonographer education and expertise in cardiac screening throughout the UK. She also has a special interest in monochorionic twins and TTS as well as cardiovasular effects on in-utero surgery.

Notable Publications:

Eliasson H, Sonesson SE, Sharland G, Granath F, Simpson JM, Carvalho JS, Jicinska H, Tomek V, Dangel J, Zielinsky P, Respondek-Liberska M, Freund MW, Mellander M, Bartrons J, Gardiner HM; Fetal Working Group of the European Association of Pediatric Cardiology. “Isolated atrioventricular block in the fetus: a retrospective, multinational, multicenter study of 175 patients”. Circulation.124(18) (2011) 1919-26.

Gardiner HM, Barlas A, Matsui H, Diemert A, Taylor MJO, Preece J, Gordon F, Greenwald SE Hecher K.  “Vascular programming in twins: the effects of chorionicity and fetal therapy for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.” Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 3(3) (2012) 182–189. 

Country: USA

Field: Fetal Cardiology

Specialties: Fetal heart

Language: English

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Country: France

Field: Prenatal Imaging

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; Fetal brain

Languages: English; French; Italian; Hebrew

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Ian Donald Gold Medal winner, 2009

2009 Gold Medal Award article

Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures

Languages: English; German

 

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Country: Italy

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; preeclampsia; ultrasound on the labour ward

Languages: Italian; English; French

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Dr Liat Gindes is a specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and ultrasound, as well as the Director of Women Ultrasound Unit at Wofson Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Her main fields of research are 3D and 4D fetal ultrasound, fetal echocardiography and fetal brain. She has participated in a research/clinical fellowship in 3D ultrasound, at the University of California San Diego, and in fetal echocardiography at Imperial College of London. She is Chair of the 3D specific interest group of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), and chair of Fetal Echocardiography Community of Practice, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

Notable Publications:

Feasibility of detection of the 3-vessel and trachea view using 3-dimensional sonographic volumes. Weissmann-Brenner A, Zajicek M, Weisz B, Pretorius DH, Achiron R, Gindes L.J Ultrasound Med. 2014 Apr;33(4):681-5

Identification of the fetal hippocampus and fornix and role of 3-dimensional sonography. Gindes L, Weissmann-Brenner A, Weisz B, Zajicek M, Geffen KT, Achiron R. J Ultrasound Med. 2011 Dec;30(12):1613-8.

Comparison of ex-vivo high-resolution episcopic microscopy with in-vivo four-dimensional high-resolution transvaginal sonography of the first-trimester fetal heart. Gindes L, Matsui H, Achiron R, Mohun T, Ho SY, Gardiner H. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Feb;39(2):196-202. doi: 10.1002/uog.9068.

Country: Israel

Field: Gynecology/Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal blood vessels

Languages: English; Hebrew

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Dr Steven Goldstein is an obstetrician-gynecologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Read more.

Country: USA

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine; abnormal uterine bleeding; postmenopausal ultrasound; incidental findings in gynecological ultrasound; ovarian cancer screening

Language: English

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Dr Luis Goncalves is a Pediatric Radiologist with 26 years of experience in fetal imaging. He specialises in both obstetrics and pediatric radiology, and has expertise with advanced imaging techniques such as three-dimensional ultrasound and fetal MRI. He has dedicated a substantial portion of his career to the prenatal diagnosis of congenital malformations.

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics; Pediatric Imaging

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal MRI

Languages: English; Portuguese

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Prof. Stefano Guerriero is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cagliari, Italy from 2016 to present. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1988, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992 at the same university. He was Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cagliari University from 2006 to 2016 and Assistant Professor from 1999 to 2006. He has been an editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2011.

He is the author of more than 145 scientific publications.

Country: Italy

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; endometriosis

Languages: English; French; Spanish; Italian

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Country: France

Field: Prenatal Imaging

Specialties: Fetal brain; fetal anomalies; CNS malformations

Languages: English; French

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Dr Karina Krajden Haratz is an obstetrician and gynecologist, working in the field of Fetal Medicine and Fetal Neurology for over a decade including clinical, academical and reasearch active work. She previously worked at the Federal University of Parana and São Paulo in Brazil. She has been affiliated with the Tel Aviv University since 2012. She also currently works at The Fetal Neurology Clinic at Wolfson Medical Center, Holon and the US in ObGyn Unit at Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv. She is a faculty member and director of several teaching programs in Fetal Neurosonography, Fetal Neurology and Fetal Brain MRI worldwide. For more informtaion, please visit her website.

Notable publications: 

The fourth ventricle index - a sonographic marker for severe fetal vermian dysgenesis / agenesis. Haratz KK, Shulevitz SL, Leibovitz Z, Lev D, Josef S, Tomarkin M, Malinger G, Lerman-Sagie T, Gindes L. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Prenatal diagnosis of brainstem anomalies. Haratz KK, Lerman-Sagie T. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology. In Press Accepted Manuscript Published online: July 6, 2018

Country: Israel

Field: Obstetrician; Gynecologist

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; 3D/4D Ultrasound; Fetal neuroimaging (US and MRI)

Languages: Portuguese; English; Hebrew; Spanish

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ISUOG World Congress Chair 2019

ISUOG Board Member (2000-2010)
ISUOG President (2006-2008)
Editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (since 2003), Deputy Editor-in-Chief since 2011 and Chairman of the 19th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (13-17 September 2009, Hamburg)

Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy

Languages: English; German

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Prof. Wolfgang Henrich is a Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics as well as Head of the Department of Obstetrics at Charite' - University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany.

He studied at the University of Heidelberg, in San Diego and Zurich and gained his medical degree in 1989. In 2007 he became University Professor at Charite'. He also serves as a Board Member of DEGUM.

His focal points are high risk pregnancy, prenatal diagnostics and therapy, medical and intrauterine therapy.

Notable publications:

Intrapartum translabial ultrasound (ITU): sonographic landmarks and correlation with successful vaccum extraction
Henrich W, Dudenhausen J, Fuchs I, Kamena A, Tutschek B.
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Nov; 28(6): 753-60.

Detection of Spina Bifida by First Trimester Screening - Results of the Prospective Multicenter Berlin IT-Study
Chen FC, Gerhardt J, Entezami M, Chaoui R, Henrich W.
Ultraschall Med. 2015 Apr 14.

Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal heart; fetal growth restrictions; maternal and fetal doppler; fetal interventional procedure; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound; early pregnancy; gynecological ultrasound; preterm delivery; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities; ultrasound on the labour ward.  

Languages: English; German

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Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics; Maternal Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preterm delivery; ultrasound on the labour ward; 3D & 4D ultrasound; safety of ultrasound

Languages: English; Spanish

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Fetal Heart Special Interest Group, VISUOG Taskforce (Chair)

Prof. Mauricio Herrera is an OB/GYN with a particular speciality in maternal fetal medicine, fetal cardiology and fetal neurology. Prof. Herrera began his work in MFM and prenatal diagnosis in 2000. In the same year, he created the Maternal Fetal Unit of Colsanitas Clinic in Bogota, Colombia. He is also responsible for begining the first recognised fellowship program in MFM at the University of Rosary School of Medicine in Colombia.

Currently, he is the Director of the Fellowship program in MFM, Fetal Cardiology and Fetal Neurology at the Sanitas University and University of the Rosary. As Director of the fellowship program, he is responsible for research and education in the unit and for all courses and online education offered by Sanitas University.

He is currently ISUOG's Ambassador to Colombia and Latin America at large.

You can follow him on Twitter at @mherreram

Country: Colombia

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; fetal neurology; fetal CNS

Languages: English; Spanish

"Through my ISUOG membership I have delivered 14 ISUOG Approved courses in Latin America, since 2006, attracting around 300 delegates to each course and taking great care to share with the quality educational opportunities that the Society provides. I was also pleased to organise ISUOG’s 9th International Symposium in Colombia, attracting 550 delegates from the regions and introducing them to ISUOG. Since then I have also contributed to translating ISUOG’s guidelines, helping to extend the reach of the Society into my region."

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Education Committee (Chair)

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.

Country: Australia

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; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; genetics

Language: English

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Prof. Eric Jauniuax was appointed as a Senior lecturer and consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College London and University College Hospital in 1995. He had previously been a lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King’s College Hospital, London. He was a full time academic consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine until 2010. He developed the Early Pregnancy Unit in 1996 and the twin clinic in 1998. He was awarded a personal chair in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at UCL in 2002. His academic work and clinical activities have been focussed in placental and fetal development and the diagnosis management of placental related-complications of pregnancy– covering the full spectrum from the anatomy and physiology to the diagnosis and treatment in utero of placental and fetal diseases. He has also developed a special interest in the pathophysiology of miscarriage and the management of ART pregnancies and in particular twin pregnancies. In addition to his work with ISUOG, Prof. Jauniaux also runs courses in Africa for FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) and medical films for Medical Aid Films.

Country: UK

Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; ultrasound on the labour ward; early pregnancy

Languages: English; French

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Honorary Member, Outreach Committee

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics; Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly Screening T2; Fetal Biometry and Wellbeing; Aneuploides; Fetal anomalies; Fetal Heart

Other specialties: Skeletal anomalies, fetal tumors, pitfalls & artifacts, vasa previa, placenta, membranes, cord, amniotic fluid, sonohysterography, how to solve difficult cases, facial clefts

Language: English; French

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Outreach Committee (Chair)

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 &T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy

Language: English

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Country: Canada

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; multiple pregnancy; prenatal screening and diagnosis

Language: English

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Country: Sweden

Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Languages: English; Swedish; Russian

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Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics; Prenatal Medicine

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; early pregnancy; first trimester screening

Languages: English; German

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Dr. Karim D. Kalache is the Division Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sidra Medicine, overseeing prenatal care for pregnant women in Qatar and the Gulf. He manages high-risk obstetrical patients with a main focus on prenatal diagnosis in clinical research. Previously, Dr Kalache served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin which is also a joint institution of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2008, Dr. Kalache was appointed Professor in Obstetrics at the same institution. Prior to that Dr. Kalache was a Senior Lecturer and an Honorary Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Princess Anne Hospital of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. In 2001 he led the Fetal Imaging Department at the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Detroit Michigan.

He presented the Stuart Campbell lecture for authoring the most cited article in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009.

Notable Publications: Dr. Kalache has authored and co-authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on topics related to fetal imaging. Read more.

Country: Qatar

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; placental anomalies; ultrasound in labor

Languages: English; French; German

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Dr Mohamed Kamal trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Ain Shams University, and subspecialized in fetal medicine. At present, Dr Kamal is consultant and director of the scientific committee in the fetal medicine unit of Ain Shams University, where he is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in the unit's practice. He is also currently the president of the Egyptian Fetal Medicine Foundation. Dr Kamal is a regular organiser of ISUOG approved courses, which contribute to the ISUOG mission of educational training and provide educational opportunities in underserved areas in the region.

Notable Publications:
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

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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Dr Asma Khalil is a consultant obstetrician at St George's Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at St George's Medical School, University of London. She is a subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She is lead for the Multiple Pregnancy service at St George's Hospital, the referral unit for the South West London region. She gained her MD at the University of London in 2009. She also has a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MRC scholarship. She is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice and believes that they could reduce inequalities in care across the NHS. She is a representative member of the fetal medicine at the national Clinical Reference Groups for specialised services. She has active collaborations with international societies, particularly in developing countries.

You can follow her on twitter @MsAsmaKhalil

Notable publications: She has published more than 45 peer reviewed research papers in medical journals, and many review articles and book chapters. Read more.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; prenatal diagnosis; fetal therapy; interventional procedures during pregnancy.

Languages: English; Arabic

"I am committed to supporting ISUOG’s membership growth and providing educational opportunities in underrepresented regions of the world. I have contributed to the Society’s scientific program, speaking at their Intensive education courses and even running two Approved courses of my own, which have become popular in their own right. One of these courses takes place in Egypt, the other in the UK, where there is a shortage in opportunities for basic training in the field. Through these initiatives I have introduced more than 70 new members to the Society in the last year alone and strive to continue delivering ISUOG’s resources in areas where there is most in need."

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Professor Mark Kilby is a clinical scientist working in the field of fetal medicine and therapy. His work focuses upon diverse themes crossing the interface between laboratory-based research and translational clinical trials in valuating diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions. Read more. 

Notable publications: He has over 300 publications and multiple books and review articles. Read more.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; genetics

Language: English

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Ian Donald Gold Medal winner, 2015

2015 Gold Medal award article

Country: Norway

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; safety of ultrasound; fetal circulation

Languages: English; Norwegian; Amharic

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Country: Chile

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Multiple pregnancy; preterm delivery; fetal anomaly screening T1 and T2; fetal anomalies; maternal and fetal Doppler; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; preeclampsia.

Languages: English; Spanish

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Dr Tze Kin ("TK") Lau is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, subspecialised in prenatal diagnosis and fetal medicine. Dr Lau joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a clinical academic staff in 1994. Before he left the department in 2011 to start his private practice, he was a Professor and the Chief-of-service of the department, and the Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit. 

He currently holds the following professional positions:

- Chairman, The Chinese Fetal Medicine Foundation
- Board Member, The Fetus As A Patient International Society 
- Academic Editor, PLoS Medicine
- Editorial Board member, BJOG
- Editorial Board member, Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 
- International Editorial Review Board member, Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Editorial Board member, Chinese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis

Country: Hong Kong

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly screening 1st trimester; Fetal Anomaly screening 2nd trimester; Fetal biometry and wellbeing; Aneuploidies; Fetal anomalies; Fetal heart; Fetal brain; Fetal growth restriction; Maternal and Fetal Doppler; Fetal interventional procedures; Multiple pregnancy; Genetics

Languages: English; Chinese 

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Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group (Chair), Safety Committee, Simulation Task Force, Scientific Committee

Christoph Lees is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist, Consultant Obstetrician and Head of Fetal Medicine at Imperial College London where he is Clinical Reader. He is visiting Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium, was RCOG inaugural National Ultrasound Officer 2010-2013 and Vice Chairman, RCOG Subspecialty Committee 2011-2013. His research focuses on pre-eclampsia, cardiovascular adaptation, Doppler, intra-uterine growth restriction and non-invasive fetal surgery.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; preeclampsia; safety of ultrasound

Language: English

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Country: Hong Kong

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; Chinese

"It is my pleasure and honour to be an ISUOG Ambassador. In line with ISUOG’s strategy, I will continue supporting O&G ultrasound education activities in China to improve the standard and safety of local ultrasound practice, and thus women’s health. I have so far supported through co-Chairing the 10th International Symposium in Beijing, attracting more than 400 local delegates and running Approved courses in the area to bring ISUOG’s teaching to professionals in China. Furthermore, with the joint effort of my colleagues I translated some of ISUOG’s practice guidelines into Chinese to further support the dissemination of best practice in the field."
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Approved Courses Task Force (Chair), Fetal MRI Focus Group (Chair)

Gustavo Malinger is Associated Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Director Division of Prenatal Diagnosis Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel. He is also a current Board Member of ISUOG. He has organized and directed more than 40 courses and seminars on Fetal Brain imaging in 25 countries.

Notable Publications: 

Timor I, Monteagudo A, Pilu G, Malinger G.  Ultrasonography of the Prenatal Brain. Mc Graw-Hill, New York. 2012 (in press)

Farkas N, Hoffmann C, Ben-Sira L, Lev D, Schweiger A, Kidron D, Lerman-Sagie T, Malinger G. Does normal fetal brain ultrasound predict normal neurodevelopmental outcome in congenital cytomegalovirus infection? Prenat Diagn, 31:360-366, 2011.

Country: Israel

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal brain

Language: English, Spanish, Hebrew

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Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy

Languages: English; Italian

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ISUOG Honorary Fellowship award, 2010, Ian Donald Gold Medal Winner, 2000

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.

2000 Gold Medal Award article

Country: Sweden

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; safety of ultrasound

Languages: English; Czech; Swedish

 

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Notable Publications:

Martins WP, Welsh AW, Lima JC, Nastri CO, Raine-Fenning NJ. The "volumetric" pulsatility index as evaluated by spatiotemporal imaging correlation (STIC): a preliminary description of a novel technique, its application to the endometrium and an evaluation of its reproducibility. Ultrasound Med Biol 2011; 37: 2160-2168.

Martins WP, Rocha IA, Ferriani RA, Nastri CO. Assisted hatching of human embryos: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Hum Reprod Update 2011; 17: 438-453.

Country: Brazil

Field: Reproductive Medicine; Gynecology; Early Pregnancy

Specialties: 3D and 4D ultrasound; evidence based medicine; reproducibility of results

Language: English; Portuguese

"I’ve coordinated the translation of the ISUOG Clinical Standards Committee guidelines into Portuguese (Brazil) and I’ve divulged the free membership for trainees in Ob-Gyn and/or Ultrasound in Brazil. I greatly enjoyed these tasks because I believe these will improve the quality of ultrasound scans in Portuguese-speaking countries, particularly in Brazil."

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Prof. Francisco Mauad Filho graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto -USP / Brazil. He's a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, working in the field since 1970 within both private practice and government sector. He has been Professor of Medicine at USP-Ribeirão Preto since 1973 and is also currently the Director, Coordinator and Professor of Faculdade de Tecnologia em Saúde - FATESA

Country: Brazil

Field: Obstetrics, Gynecology, 

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; pre-eclampsia; early pregnancy; gynecological ultrasound; reproductive medicine; preterm delivery; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities.  

Languages: English; Portuguese; Spanish

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Dr Simon Meagher is a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at the Mercy hospital for Women and honorary senior lecturer department of Obstetrics and gynaecology, Monash University, Melbourne. He served as medical Director of  Monash IVF /Ultrasound for Women for over 20 years.  His previous appointments also included Council Member, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM), Chairman Standards of Practice Committee (ASUM) , executive board member and examiner for the Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (ASUM ) and Chairman of the Melbourne Sonologists group.

Notable Publications: He has published over 60 peer review articles.

Rightward convexity of the great vessel arising from the anterior ventricle: a novel fetal marker for transposition of the great arteries. Menahem S, Rotstein A, Meagher S. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb;41(2):168-71. doi: 10.1002/uog.11171.

The aqueduct of Sylvius: a sonographic landmark for neural tube defects in the first trimester. Finn M, Sutton D, Atkinson S, Ransome K, Sujenthiran P, Ditcham V, Wakefield P, Meagher S. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Dec;38(6):640-5.

Country: Australia

Field: Obstetrics; Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1T & 2T; fetal echocardiography T1 and T2; gynecological ultrasound.

Languages: English

"It is an honour to be appointed as ambassador to ISUOG for the Asia pacific region and I am committed to supporting and enhancing ISUOG’s membership across the region. I will continue with my commitment to education in the Asia pacific via conducting regular practical interactive symposia both locally and overseas.”

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Dr Anne-Elodie Millischer-Bellaiche is a radiologist in Necker Hospital Paris and IMPC Bachaumont Radiological Center Paris. Her two fields of practice are fetal ultrasound and fetal MRI, and gynecologic ultrasound and pelvic MRI. Her academic work and clinical activities are focused on fetal development (especially fetal MRI) and the diagnosis in imaging of placental abnormalities (accrete and others); along with imaging in endometriosis, infertility and other gynecologic pathologies.

Notable publications:
Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI of the placenta: A tool for prenatal diagnosis of placenta accreta?
Millischer AE, Deloison B, Silvera S, Ville Y, Boddaert N, Balvay D, Siauve N, Cuenod CA, Tsatsaris V, Sentilhes L, Salomon LJ
BJOG. 2017

Fusion imaging for evaluation of deep infiltrating endometriosis: feasibility and preliminary results.
Millischer AE, Salomon LJ, Santulli P, Borghese B, Dousset B, Chapron C.
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2015

Country: France

Field: Radiologsit

Specialties: Gynecological Ultrasound, fetal and placental MRI, reproductive medicine, fetal anomalies screening, fetal anomalies, gynecological oncology, pelvic gynecologic MRI (endometriosis)

Languages: French; English

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Hisham Mirghani did his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Toronto, Canada in 1999. He received his Master in Health Professionas Education and is currently Professor of OB/GYN at United Arab Emirates University. He is also ISUOG's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.

Notable publications:

Begam MA, Alsafi W, Bekdache GN, Chedid F, Al-Gazali L, Mirghani HM. Stuve-Wiedemann syndrome: a skeletal dysplasia characterized by bowed long bones.  Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2011;38(5):553-8.

Mirghani H, Begam M, Bekdache G, Khan F. Specialised fetal and maternal service: outcome of pre-gestational diabetes. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2012;32(5):426-9.

Country: United Arab Emirates

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restrictions; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; early pregnancy; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities.

Languages: English; Arabic

"It gives me great pleasure to accept the invitation to become an ISUOG Ambassador. I hope I will be able to contribute to ISUOG training, educational, and research activities in my region. I believe that the potentials for ISUOG in the region and other parts of the world with similar backgrounds are huge."

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Prof. Mohamed Momtaz has been Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cairo University since 2000. He founded the Fetal Medicine Unit in 2006 and was appointed Director of the unit from 2008 - 2011. He is Currently the Chairman of the department. He has been elected vice president of the Egyptian Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine and Vice president of the Egyptian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Country: Egypt

Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biomety and wellbeing; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; reproductive medicine

Language: English; Arabic

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Fetal Heart Special Interest Group;

Country: Chile

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery

Languages: English; Spanish

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Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Bids Committee, Membership Development Committee

Dr Andrew Ngu is a Fellow of RANZCOG with a subspeciality in ultrasound. He is currently the Chairman of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Health Epping and is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He is the principal of East Melbourne Ultrasound. He is also currently on the executive of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM). He is the Chairman of the Board of Examiners for DMU (Asia) and for DDU, by ASUM. He also served as President of ISUOG from 2014-2016.

Country: Australia

Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; reproductive medicine

Language: English

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Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

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; preeclampsia; preterm delivery

Language: English

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ISUOG Fellowship, 2014, Stuart Campbell Award for Education winner, 2011

Dr Dario Paladini is currently the Head of the Fetal Medicine and Surgery Unit at G. Gaslini Children's Hospital in Genova, Italy.

Country: 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

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

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 Lou Pistorius completed his MBChB (Pretoria) cum laude in 1986, and obtained the MMed (O&G) and FCOG (SA) at Stellenbosch University in 1993.  After a year in the UK he returned to Pretoria to the Kalafong Hospital, where his postgraduate experience in fetal medicine commenced. He moved to Sandton Mediclinic as a gynaecologist with interest in fetal diagnosis and therapy in 1998, where he started the first fetoscopic laser procedures for twin-twin transfusion syndrome in South Africa.  From 2004 to 2013 he has been attached to the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he completed a fellowship in maternal and fetal medicine, obtained his PhD on fetal brain imaging in 2008, and registered as perinatologist/maternal and fetal medicine specialist.

From 2009 he was the head of the obstetrical ultrasound unit of the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, with the responsibilities of organising and overseeing the performance of obstetrical ultrasound, as well as the training and audit of first, second and third trimester ultrasound. In July 2013 he returned to South Africa to open a maternal and fetal medicine practice in the Mediclinic Panorama and join the Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Stellenbosch/Tygerberg Hospital on sessional basis. His current research includes evaluation of fetal cortical folding and brain volume in various pathological conditions (including fetal alcohol syndrome) and the evaluation of prenatal ultrasound markers in prediction of postnatal outcome in fetuses with gastroschisis. He is a founder member of the Perinatal Neurology Working Group, and enjoys wide international scientific collaboration. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty scientific publications and organises or participates in a wide range of ultrasound courses, from primary to tertiary level.

Notable publications:

Pistorius LR, Stoutenbeek P, Groenendaal F, de Vries L, Manten G, Mulder E, et al. Grade and symmetry of normal fetal cortical development: a longitudinal two- and three-dimensional ultrasound study. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2010 Dec;36(6):700-8.

van der Heijden LB, Oudijk MA, Manten W, Ter HH, Pistorius L, Freund MW. Sotalol as first line treatment in fetal tachycardias and neonatal follow-up. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jan 10.

Country: South Africa

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1T and 2T; 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; fetal anomalies; 3D/4D ultrasound; fetal growth

Lanugages: English, Dutch, Afrikaans

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Ian Donald Gold Medal Award, 2008, ISUOG Honorary Fellowship award, 2000

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.

2008 Gold Medal Award article

Country: USA

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

Language: English

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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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Professor Liona Poon is an Academic Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine, devoted in improving maternal and fetal health. She has had a prolific research output throughout her clinical and research posts, including over 130 peer-reviewed publications in high impact international journals. In the last 10 years she has focused her research on establishing a programme for effective early prediction and prevention of preeclampsiam a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. With her success in developing a first-trimester prediction model for preeclampsia using maternal risk factors, ultrasound, blood pressure and biochemical markers, and on Aspirin prophylaxis against preeclampsia, her goal in the next 10 years is to improve obstetric care worldwide, through clinical research and education. 

Notable Publications:
Aspire trial: incidence of preterm preeclampsia in patients fulfulling ACOG and NICE criteria according to risk by the FMF algorithm. Poon LC, Rolnik DL, Tan MY, Delgado JL, Tsokaki T, Akolekar R, Singh M, Andrade W, Efeturk T, Jani JC, Plasencia W, Papaioannou G, Blazquez AR, Carbone IF, Wright D, Nikolaides KH.
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2018 Jan 30. doi: 10.1002/uog.19019 [Epub ahead of print]

Aspirin versus Placebo in Pregnancies at High Risk of Preterm Preeclampsia. Rolnik DL, Wright D, Poon LC, O'Gorman N, Syngelaki A, de Paco Matallana C, Akolekar R, Cicero S, Janga D, Singh M, Molina FS, Persico N, Jani JC, Plasencia W, Papaioannou G, Tennebaum Gavish K, Meiri H, Gizurarson S, Maclagan K, Nicolaides K.H.
New England Journal Medicine 2017, 2017 Jun 28. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1704559. [Epub ahead of print]

Country: Hong Kong SAR, UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; fetal growth; detection of fetal and neonatal growth abnormalities; ultrasound on the labour ward

Languages: English; Chinese (Mandarin); Chinese (Cantonese)

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ISUOG Committees and Working Groups: Fetal MRI Focus Group

Daniela Prayer is a Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria (MUW), Head of the Department Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy. She is also a Board member of ISUOG, ESMRMB, and the Austrian Society of Perinatology. She is a member of the European and Austrian Society of Neuroradiology, RSNA, International Society of prenatal Diagnosis and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Country: Austria

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Radiology

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal brain

Languages: English; German

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Clinical Standards Committee (Chair), Education Committee, 3D Focus Group, Patient Group Task Force

Dr Nick Raine-Fenning works as a Consultant Gynecologist and Reader/Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, UK. Clinically he manages women with benign gynecological pathology and subfertility including patients requiring IVF treatment. He is the Director of Research for the Assisted Conception unit (NURTURE: Nottingham University Research and Treatment Unit in Reproduction) and lead for the Academic Imaging Suite. Nick is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Wellbeing of Women and the lead of PREPARE (Patient-led Research into Early Pregnancy and Reproduction), a patient-led group he established in 2011.

Notable Publications:

Raine-Fenning N, Sur S, Horne AW, Wilkinson H, Bourne T. Pregnancy of unknown viability or location: less is more in the majority of cases. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2012: 38 (1); 7-10.

Raine-Fenning NJ, Campbell BK, Clewes JS, Kendall NR, Johnson IR. The reliability of virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL) for the semiquantification of ovarian, endometrial and subendometrial perfusion. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2003: 22 (6); 633-9.

Jayaprakasan K, Deb S, Batcha M, Hopkisson J, Johnson I, Campbell B, Raine-Fenning N. The cohort of antral follicles measuring 2-6 mm reflects the quantitative status of ovarian reserve as assessed by serum levels of anti-Mullerian hormone and response to controlled ovarian stimulation. Fertil Steril 2011: 94 (5); 1775-81.

Chan YY, Jayaprakasan K, Tan A, Thornton JG, Coomarasamy A, Raine-Fenning NJ. Reproductive outcomes in women with congenital uterine anomalies: a systematic review. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2011: 38 (4); 371-82.

Country: UK

Field: Gynecology; Reproductive Medicine; Early Pregnancy

Specialties: 3D and 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Languages: English

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Dr Federico Prefumo, MD, PhD, is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the University Hospital of Brescia, Italy. Dr Prefumo has previously worked at the Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genova, Italy and in the Fetal Medicine Unit at St. George's Hospital, London, UK. His main interests are in the field of high-risk obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, fetal therapy and prenatal diagnosis. He has also worked on endometriosis and gynecological imaging. Dr Prefumo is an Editor of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. For the years 2011-2012 and 2015-2017, he has been elected Vice-President of the Italian Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SIEOG).

Country: Italy

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; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; ultrasound on the labour ward

Languages: English; French; Italian

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Prof. Sahar Saleem's professional career in academia has been intensely focused on obstetrics and gynecology imaging, particularly using MRI. She authored several articles and has contributed to multiple books in the domain of imaging in obstetrics and gynecology. She has given lectures at ISUOG Approved Courses and abstracts in several international and national conferences. 

Prof. Saleem did a post-doctoral fellowship in Education of Radiology and MRI at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She adopted a problem-based teaching method in the scientific programs she designed, while also remaining aware of the evaluation methods of students, assessment of teachers and accreditation of education programs.

Notable publications:

Lancaster, M. A., Gopal D. J., Kim J., Saleem S. N., Silhavy J. L., Louie C. M., Thacker B. E., Williams Y., Zaki M. S., and Gleeson J. G. Defective Wnt-dependent cerebellar midline fusion in a mouse model of Joubert syndrome.  Nature Medicine 2012; 17(6): 726–731

Saleem SN. Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A Tool for a Better Understanding of Normal and Abnormal Brain Development. J Child Neurol July 2013(7):889-907

Country: Egypt

Field: Obtetrics; Fetal-Gynecology Imaging

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; multiple pregnancy; gynecological oncology; fetal MRI; MRI of placenta; MRI for maternal indications; MRI of gynecology indications (anomalies, oncology, etc).  

Lanugages: English, Arabic

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Clinical Standards Committee, Fetal MRI Focus Group, Vice Chair of the ISUOG Scientific Committee

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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Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal therapy and intervention

Languages: English; Spanish

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Country: Italy

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Languages: English; Spanish; Italian

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Notable Publications:

Schild R.L., Sachs C., Fimmers R., Gembruch U., Hansmann M.: Sex-specific fetal weight prediction by ultrasound. Ultrasound Obstet. Gynecol. 2004, 23, 30-35.      

Schild R.L, Maringa M., Siemer J., Meurer B., Hart N., Goecke T.W., Schmid M., Hothorn T., Hansmann M.E.: Weight estimation by three-dimensional ultrasound imaging in the small fetus. Ultrasound Obstet. Gynecol. 2008, 32(2), 168-175.  

Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; pre-eclampsia; 3D and 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; German

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Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Perinatal and placental pathology; autopsy

Languages: English

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ISUOG Fellowship, 2014

Dr Waldo Sepulveda studied medicine at the University of Chile (1975-1981) and his fellowship specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Concepción (1982-1985). In 1991 and 1992 he completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) and Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan). Read more.

Notable publications: His academic output includes nearly 200 scientific works published in international journals and book chapters. Read more.

Country: Chile

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; Spanish

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Professor John Simpson studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He then trained in children's and fetal cardiology at Guy’s Hospital, London and at the University of California, San Fransisco, USA. He has been a consultant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital since 1999 and leads the echocardiography service.

Country: UK

Field: Fetal; Pediatric Cardiologist

Specialties: Fetal and pediatric cardiology; 3D & 4D ultrasound; 3D echocardiography; fetal arrhythmas

Language: English

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Dr Elena Sinkovskaya earned a doctorate from the Russian State Medical University and subsequently did her residency in Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging at Bakulev’s Center for Cardiovascular Surgery in Moscow, Russia. She completed her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Perinatal Center, University of Bonn, Germany. She has been an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN and director of research in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine since August, 2008. Dr Sinkovskaya has a very unique background in both pediatric cardiology and fetal imaging. In this capacity, she has developed unique skills in this field and has trained many physicians and sonographers in fetal echocardiography. She is also ISUOG's Ambassador to Russia.

Notable publications:

Sinkovskaya ES, Chaoui R, Karl K, Andreeva E, Zhuchenko L, Abuhamad AZ. Fetal cardiac axis and congenital heart defects in early gestation. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):453-60

Sinkovskaya E, Klassen A, Abuhamad A. A novel systematic approach to the evaluation of the fetal venous system. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Oct; 18(5):269-78.

Country: USA

Field: Paediatric Cardiologist; Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal anomalies screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound; early pregnancy

Languages: Russian; English

"As an ISUOG Ambassador for Russia, I see my mission as promoting the safe and effective use of ultrasound in women’s health. This is accomplished through professional education of medical care specialists and providing access to the latest research and clinical guidelines in their native language. To reach this goal, we established an educational course entitled “Advances in Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Abnormalities” in collaboration with the Russian Association of Specialists in Ultrasound Diagnostics in Medicine (RASUDM). This ISUOG approved course has had a lot of success in the past 5 years and attracts about 500 participants from Russia and surrounding countries annually."

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Department Chief, Dept. Obs/Gyn, Yun-Lin Branch, National Taiwan University Hospital
Head of labor ward, Dept. Obs/Gyn, Yun-Lin Branch, National Taiwan University Hospital.
Vice Secretary General, 2017 WFUMB
Assistant Professor in Dept. Obs/Gyn, National Taiwan University 

Notable publications:
Antenatal depiction of the fetal ear with three-dimensional ultrasonography, Shih JC, Shyu MK, Lee CN, Wu CH, Lin GJ, Hsieh FJ., Obstet Gynecol 1998 Apr;91(4):500-5.

Role of three-dimensional power Doppler in the antenatal diagnosis of placenta accreta: comparison with gray-scale and color Doppler techniques, Shih JC, Palacios Jaraquemada JM, Su YN, Shyu MK, Lin CH, Lin SY, Lee CN. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Feb;33(2):193-203.

Country: Taiwan

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal heart, fetal anomalies screening, fetal anomalies, 3D/4D ultrasound, abnormally invasive placenta; placenta accreta, cesarean scar pregnancy

Languages: Mandarin, English

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Dr Povilas Sladkevicius has spoken on OB/GYN ultrasound all around the world as a lecturer at various courses: Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Russia, Poland, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Dr Sladkevicius is a senior consultant of the ultrasound unit at Skane University Hospital, Sweden. He has previously worked at St. George’s Hospital, London University, London, United Kingdom.

Notable publications: Dr Sladkevicius has more than 100 publications in English, Russian, Swedish and Lithuanian.

Country: Sweden

Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics; Fertility

Specialties: 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Languages: English; Russian; Swedish; Lithuanian

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Honorary Member, Outreach Committee

Prof. Ann Tabor is Professor of Fetal Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics, The Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen. Her main research areas are:

  • Prenatal screening
  • First trimester risk assessment of the fetus
  • Invasive diagnostic procedures in pregnancy
  • Intrauterine growth
  • Intrauterine monitoring of foetuses at risk
  • Teaching and training in obstetrical and gynaecological ultrasound
  • Physical and sexual abuse in women

Professor Ann Tabor received an Award from the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, in recognition of achievement in gynaecology and obstetrics, in 2000. In 2008 she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Singapore, and in 2011 she was rewarded with a grant from The Found called ‘A Good Beginning In Life” for her research on violence and abuse in women.

Country: Denmark

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 &T2; aneuploidies; preterm delivery

Languages: English; Danish; French

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Professor Baskaran Thilaganathan is a consultant obstetrician with a specialist clinical interest in obstetric ultrasound, doppler assessment, multiple pregnancy, fetal growth restriction, pre-eclampsia and chorion villus sampling. Prof. Thilaganathan also has a clinical interest in fetal blood transfusion and fetoscopic laser treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. He has a particular interest in medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies (materno-fetal medicine) with a focus on twin pregnancy, fetal growth, fetal abnormality and preeclamspsia. Prof. Thilaganathan's research methods include uterine Doppler and trophoblast invasion, screening for pre-eclampsia, echocardiography based studies of maternal cardiac adaptation to pregnancy, and clinical studies of twin pregnancies.

Notable Publications:

Singh T, Leslie K, Bhide A, D’antonio F, Thilaganathan B. Role of Second-Trimester Uterine Artery Doppler in Assessing Stillbirth Risk. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;119:256-261.

NICE Guideline Development Group. Antenatal care for twin and triplet pregnancies: summary of NICE guidance. BMJ. 2011;343:d5714. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5714.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

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

Language: English

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Prof. Dirk Timmerman  is a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at KU Leuven, Belgium, and Clinical Head of benign gynecology and early pregnancy UZ Leuven. He is also Vice-chair of the Medical Council at the University Hospitals Leuven and Senior Clinical Investigator of the Scientific Research Fund (FWO) Flanders. He is coordinator of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) collaborative group, including more than 50 centres for ovarian cancer diagnosis throughout the world. The IOTA group aims to develop new algorithms and liquid biopsies to diagnose and detect ovarian cancer and provide optimal care of adnexal tumors (included patients n>22,500). He has been awarded the Inbev Baillet-Latour Prize for Clinical Research 2014, Fellowship ad eundem from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG, London, 2014) and the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine  2016 at AIUM Annual Convention, New York.

Country: Belgium

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy

Languages: English; Dutch; French

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Dr Ants Toi is a radiologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and is on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has been involved with obstetrical ultrasound and evaluation of fetal anomalies for over 30 years. He has written and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in this area. His special interest is the fetal CNS.

Country: Canada

Field: Obstetrics; Radiology

Specialties: Fetal CNS; fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal anomalies; fetal brain

Language: English

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3D Focus Group (Secretary), Fetal Heart Special Interest Group, Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group, MRI Special Interest Group, Online Education Content Task Force.

Prof. Boris Tutschek is an ISUOG Board Member, a fetal medicine and gynecology ultrasound specialist in Zürich, Switzerland, as well as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Düsseldorf University in Germany. His expertise includes fetal maternal medicine, fetal cardiology, teaching and training obstetrics and gynecology as well as new technologies. He is an active member of several ISUOG Working Groups. 

Country: Switzerland

Field: Gynecology/Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 and T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; maternal and fetal Doppler; ultrasound on the labour ward; 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound

Languages: English; German

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Dr Fred Ushakov is a highly experienced fetal medicine professional with unique expertise in practical implications of ultrasound. He has more than 25 years of international practice within the world's leading institutions. His main research interest is diagnosis of anomalies at 11-13 weeks, which includes early fetal echocardiography and neurosonography, along with detection of spina bifida, other serious anomalies and genetic syndromes during the first trimester of pregnancy. 

He has exceptional knowledge in development and implementation of advanced interactive ultrasound courses with a solid track record in organisation of practical-oriented training in fetal echo, 3D/4D scan, neurosonography, and courses about facial, abdominal, renal, skeletal and other anomalies.

Notable publications:

Ushakov, F., Fernandez, M., Lesmes Heredia, C. and Pandya, P. (2014), OP06.08: “Crash sign”: displacement and deformation of mesencephalon against occipital bone in the diagnosis of spina bifida at 11–13 weeks. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol, 44: 80.

Loureiro, T., Ushakov, F., Montenegro, N., Gielchinsky, Y. and Nicolaides, K. H. (2012), Cerebral ventricular system in fetuses with open spina bifida at 11–13 weeks' gestation. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol, 39: 620–624.

Country: United Kingdom

Field: Obstetrics; 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; 3D & 4D ultrasound; basic training; early pregnancy; 11-13 weeks echocardiography; neurosonography; anomalies  

Languages: English; Russian; Hebrew

"I am motivated to train and support doctors in other countries and to help them to protect and preserve the health of mothers and unborn babies. I run many ultrasound and fetal medicine courses in the UK (ISUOG supported courses), Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, Portugal, Russia (ISUOG supported courses), Turkey and Ukraine.  Many of my colleagues (especially young specialists) have no opportunity to participate in expensive international congresses and courses. The emerging role of ISUOG is to develop low cost, high quality courses and to local medical communities by providing friendly, responsive and effective programs of ultrasound training and assistance."
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ISUOG Fellowship, 2014

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.

Country: Sweden

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; safety of ultrasound

Languages: English; Swedish

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Notable Publications

Country: Belgium

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound

Languages: English; French; Dutch

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Professor Yves Ville is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital at the Paris Descartes University. He is the Chair and lead clinician in the largest fetal medicine and therapy unit in France. He has pursued a platform of work that has allowed clinical and academic progress of the subspecialty of fetal medicine, both nationally and internationally.

Country: France

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1; fetal anomalies; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preterm delivery; genetics

Languages: English; French

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Country: Germany

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; pre-eclampsia; first trimester screening; fetal fist trimester pathophysiology

Languages: English; German

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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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Prof. Marcin Wiechec MD, PhD is a certified OB/GYN sonologist of the Polish Ultrasound Society and both an academic and post-graduate teacher at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. As an avid international speaker, he has spoken on OB/GYN ultrasound in over than 80 events around the world including in Europe, the Middle East, USA and Africa. He is also the co-founder of the recognised school of ultrasound- "MWU Ultrasound Workshops”. Marcin is the head of 3D printing projects: “3D printing of the normal and abnormal fetal heart for prentatal cardiac scan teaching”, and “MWU Hysteroscopy training set". 

Notable publications :

Wiechec M, Knafel A, Nocun A. Prenatal detection of congenital heart defects at the 11- to 13-week scan using a simple color. Doppler protocol including the 4-chamber and 3-vessel and trachea views. J Ultrasound Med  2015; 34: 585-594.

Wiechec M, Nocun A, Knafel A, Wiercinska E, Sonek J, Rozmus-Warcholinska W, Orzechowski M, Stettner D, Plevak P. Combined screening test for trisomy 21 - is it as efficient as we believe? J Perinat Med. 2017;45:185-191.

Country: Poland

Field: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; 3D & 4D ultrasound; gynecological ultrasound.  

Languages: English; Polish

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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 Fellowship, 2014

Country: Israel

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal heart; 3D & 4D ultrasound; evaluation of fetal cardiovascular system anatomy and function

Languages: English; Hebrew

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Dr Masami Yamamoto is an Obstetrician at Clinica Universidad de los Andes in Las Condes (Chile).

Notable Publications:

Yamamoto M, Astudillo J, Pedraza D, Muñoz H, Insunza A, Fleiderman J, Riveros R. Tratamiento por fetoscopía del Síndrome de Transfusión feto fetal en Clínica Alemana de Santiago. Rev Chil Obstet Ginecol 2009; 74 (4): 239-246. 
 
Yamamoto M, Barki G, Ville Y. Direct visual control on cord coagulation using a fetoscopy-guided bipolar fórceps. Description of a new technique. Prenat Diagn 2010 Feb 30 (2); 156-8.

Country: Chile

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy;  twin to twin transfusion; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; ethical issues in fetal interventions

Languages: English; Spanish

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Prof. Fang Yang is Professor and Director of Fetal Medicine Center of NanFang Hospital in China. She is a subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She gained her PhD degree in Maternal & Fetal Medicine from the University of Hong Kong. She was trained in the subspecialty of fetal medicine in Fetal Medicine Centre, Birmingham Women's Hospital in UK. She is the official Chinese interpreter for ISUOG guidelines translation.

Notable publications: 
3D birth weight prediction by fractional thigh volume at term gestation in a Chinese population 
Authors: F. Yang, K.Y.Leung, Y. W.Hou, Y. Yuan, M.H.Tang. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2011;38:425-433

Traditional karyotyping versus copy number variation sequencing for detection of chromosomal abnormalities associated with spontaneous miscarriage 
Authors: Lui S, Song L, Cram DS, Xiong L, Wang K, Wu R, Liu J, Deng K, Jia B, Zhong M, Yang F *(correspond author).Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015;46: 472–477

Country: China

Field: MFM

Specialties: Fetal anomalies, fetal growth restriction, fetal interventional procedure, multiple pregnancy

Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, English

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Outreach Committee, Member of the Scientific Committee, 2010 Stuart Campbell Award for Education Winner

Prof. George SH Yeo is a Fetal Medicine specialist at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), Singapore. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Singapore in 1975, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, in 1996 and a Fellow of College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Singapore in 2004. He led the development of Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialty in KKH and has been the Head of Obstetric Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis since 1993. He established the screening of beta Thalassaemia and the combined First Trimester Screening in Singapore.

Prof. Yeo is also a Professor of OBGYN at the Duke-NUS School of Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is head of the Maternal Fetal Section of the College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Singapore. He has more than 160 papers in indexed journals and speaks regularly to schools as well as national and international conferences. He also has a RG Score of 39.30 and Google Scholar citations of 5535. 

Country: Singapore

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal Anomaly screening 1st trimester; Fetal Anomaly screening 2nd trimester; Fetal biometry and wellbeing; Aneuploidies; Fetal heart; Fetal growth restriction; Multiple pregnancy; 3D and 4D ultrasound

Languages: English; Chinese (Mandarin)

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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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