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Honorary Member, Outreach Committee
Education Committee, Outreach Committee, Basic Training Task Force (Chair), Validation Task Force, 3D Special Interest Group
Dr Reem S. Abu-Rustum obtained her medical degree and completed her residency training at the University of Florida (USA). She is a fellow of the American College of OB/GYN (ACOG), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American College of Surgeons. She is certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in first and second trimester ultrasound.
She is ISUOG's Ambassador to Outreach in Lebanon and the Middle East, Chair of ISUOG's Basic Training Task Force, a member ISUOG's Outreach Committee and a member of ISUOG's 3D Special Interest Group. She serves as Co-Chair of the AIUM Annual Convention Committee, is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, is a member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine's Education and Global Health Committees, and is a member of the Fetal Heart Society's Education Committee. She is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly newsletter of the Centre for Advanced Fetal Care. She served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the AIUM OBGYN Ultrasound Lecture Series and currently serves on the SMFM-AIUM Task force on Curriculum Development and Competency Assessment Tools for MFM Fellowship Training.
She has authored the text "A Practical Guide to 3D Ultrasound" (CRC Press 2014). Her primary areas of interest are the first trimester fetus and the fetal heart. She is also actively involved in the integration of ultrasound in medical education and is the co-founder and President of SANA Medical NGO, which is dedicated to obstetrical care within an outreach setting.
She is an Associate Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF. The 3 sweep approach for fetal anatomic assessment in the outreach setting. Journal of Fetal Medicine 2017; 4(1): 25-30.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF, Abu-Rustum SE, Danawi H. The Role of Ultrasound in the Lebanese Outreach Setting. International Journal of Childbirth Education. 2015; 30(2): 43-48.
Abu-Rustum RS. A Practical Guide to 3D Ultrasound. First Edition. CRC Press. 9 Dec 2014.
Abu-Rustum RS, Ziade MF, Abu-Rustum SE. Reference values for the right and left fetal choroid plexus at 11-13 weeks: an early sign of ‘developmental’ laterality? J. Ultrasound Med 2013; 32: 1623-1629.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; aneuploidy screening; fetal heart; 3D & 4D ultrasound; basic training; the first trimester fetus; ultrasound in medical education.
Languages: English; Arabic
"My ISUOG membership over the past decade has empowered me to establish SANA Medical NGO in North Lebanon, modelled on ISUOG Outreach. This has been a most gratifying experience: spreading ISUOG's teachings and providing training to midwives and nurses in our neediest underserved areas. Our trainees are now enabled to provide comprehensive antenatal care, positively impacting the lives of under-resourced Lebanese mothers as well as Syrian refugees."
Maya Al-Memar has been working as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist since 2009, and is currently based at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in West London. She graduated with first class honours from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2007. Since then, Maya has developed a special interest in early pregnancy and gynecological ultrasound. She is currently completing her PhD in this field. Maya has presented her research nationally and internationally and has received grants and awards for her work at a number of conferences.
Education Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Governance group, Basic Training Task Force, CME Task Force, Patient Information Task Force, Validation Task Force
Prof. dr. C.M. (Katia) Bilardo is Professor of Fetal Medicine at UMCG in the Netherlands and is an expert on ultrasound and invasive prenatal diagnosis. Her areas of interest include Doppler Ultrasound, 1st trimester screening, fetal cardiology including heart function and fetal anomalies. She is current President of ISUOG and her other activities within ISUOG include enhancing the didactic and scientific value of the Congress, expanding ISUOG's membership and developing a patient information platform.
Country: The Netherlands
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics
Languages: English; Italian; French; Dutch
Treasurer (2015-20019), Bids Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Governance group
Prof. Tom Bourne is an authority on early pregnancy complications, emergency gynecology and gynaecological ultrasound. He is known both nationally and internationally for his expertise in terms of “hands on” clinical care and his extensive clinical research. He has edited seven books and published over 300 papers.
In 1994 he worked at University of Göteborg, Sweden as Swedish Medical Research Council visiting scientist. He wrote his Ph.D. on detecting ovarian & endometrial cancer. Following this, he was appointed consultant gynaecologist at St George's University Hospital, London in 1996, he obtained MRCOG in 1990 and FRCOG in 2003. Prof. Bourne was appointed Reader in acute gynecology & gynaecological ultrasonography at University of London (2005) & Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium (2007). In 2014 he was awarded honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) & honorary membership of Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) in 2016.
He is President of the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU), Trustee of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) trial.
Basic Training Task Force
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
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.
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.
Honorary Member (Outreach Committee)
Titia Cohen-Overbeek has worked as a physician in Fetal Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Erasmus University Medical Centre since 1987. Prior to that she obtained her training in prenatal diagnosis during a 5-year period at Kings College Hospital in London under the guidance of professor Stuart Campbell. During that period, she was the first to visualize the blood flow in the uterine artery by Doppler ultrasound.
The early collaboration with many pediatric specialists resulted in numerous scientific papers on prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, their postnatal outcome and the long term follow up of these children. Her thesis “Detection of congenital anomalies before or after birth; does it make a difference?” was published in 2008. Following the introduction in the Netherlands in 2007 of the fetal anomaly scan as part of the national prenatal screening program she established an widely attended ultrasound training program for obstetricians. Since 2015 she became member of the national quality committee geared towards assessing the quality of the various prenatal screening tests available within the national prenatal screening program
She has been member of the ISUOG outreach committee from 2012-2018, participated in the outreach project in Somaliland in 2012 and has been the leader of the outreach project in Oman from 2017 onwards. She was a member of the ISUOG Basic Training Taskforce since 2016 and was particularly involved with the formation of the Basic Training theoretical curriculum. In a collaboration of Medical Aid Films with ISUOG she was part of the team that made the two Basic Training instruction films “The principles of ultrasound” and “The Basic Steps of an Obstetric Ultrasound Examination” which are free available on the ISUOG website.
Country: The Netherlands
Field: Obstetrics, MFM
Languages: English, Dutch
Specialties: Congenital anomalies, Doppler, teaching methods, audit methods.
Dr Monique Haak is a fetal specialist at the Department of Obstetrics at Leiden University Medical Center, focusing on diagnostic imaging in pregnancies with fetal malformations. Her special interest is in fetal cardiac defects, fetal therapy and multiple pregnancies. She is the leader of research projects on developments in fetal echocardiography, fetal therapy and screening in pregnancy. Monique has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and has taught various ultrasonography courses. She was project leader in the founding of the National Ultrasonography Course for residents in training, which is ow an e-learning course (www.echocursus.net), and organised the first fetal echocardiography course in the Netherlands, which has now been running for 11 years.
Education Committee (Chair), incl. education task forces, Honours Committee, Outreach Committee
Prof. Jon Hyett trained in obstetrics and gynecology and sub-specialised in maternal and fetal medicine in the UK. He is currently Joint Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonataology at the University of Sydney. He is involved nationally with the Nuchal Translucency Accreditation Program of RANZCR / RANZCOG and internationally with the obstetric ultrasound accreditation programs run by the Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK and ISUOG. Jon is also involved in the Scientific Committee, which oversees the production and development of the scientific program for the ISUOG World Congress.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; genetics
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 &T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy
Stuart Campbell Award for Education winner, 2014, Ian Donald Gold Medal winner, 2007
Prof. Gianluigi Pilu is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Università di Bologna, Italy. He is a researcher in the fields of Obstetrics and Prenatal Diagnosis.
Notable Publications: Authors of more 200 original scientific articles published in journal with perl review listed in Index Medicus, 5 books and several multimedia products.
Scientific Committee (Chair), Clinical Standards Committee, Honours Committee, Basic Training Task Force, Fetal MRI Focus Group
Prof. Laurent Salomon is a senior consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital and full professor at Paris Descartes University. His special interests are imaging technologies including MRI, Twins, Fetal surgery, Statistics, Teaching processes and Quality control. Laurent completed a PhD in Physics with distinction (Paris XI Sud, Science University – Orsay), applied to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the placenta. He also completed a MSc in Medical Statistic with distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Laurent is an associate director of a Master Degree in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine at Paris Descartes University. He is on the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and involved in many committees and task forces of ISUOG. Laurent also serves on a regular basis as an expert for the National Agency for Biomedicine, French Health Authority and National Security Agency in Health Products, as well as for international research projects.
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
Dr S.Suresh is the Managing Director of Mediscan Systems a tertiary referral centre for Fetal Medicine in India. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of O&G London (honoriscausa) and is actively involved in training over 4000 physicians from India and other countries in Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine for over 35 years. He has several publications to his credit and is involved in various Research projects in Fetal Medicine. He has set up the Birth Defects Registry of India which is recognized as a subnational registry by the WHO. He is the managing Trustee of Fetal Care Research Foundation a Charity organisation that aims to provide access to treatment options for the underprivileged. He is a recipient of several awards and was one of the earliest to set up a Fetoscopic surgical service in India.
He is a visiting Prof in Perinatology at the Sri Ramachandra Medical University and the Chief functionary of the Voluntary Health Services, a charitable hospital in Chennai which aims to achieve affordable quality health care for all .
Radio frequency ablation in Complicated Monochorionic Pregnancy : Initial Experience DOI: 10; 1007/s/40556-017-0145 Journal of Fetal Medicine, 2017 Nov PP 1-6. Pm;ome [in;ocatopm 30th Nov 2017]
Suresh Seshadri; Down Syndrome Screening in India, Are we there yet? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology India; 2017 Dec 17. 67(6) ; 393-399, Epub 2017 August 17 DOI : 10. 1007/S12098-017-2528-5
Field: Fetal medicine
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening 1st trimester and 2nd trimester; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies screening; aneuploidy screening; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal intervention procedure; early pregnancy; fetal growth.
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.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 &T2; aneuploidies; preterm delivery
Languages: English; Danish; French
UOG Editorial Board
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.
Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy
Languages: English; Dutch; French
UOG Editorial Board, Courses Task Force
Prof. Lil Valentin has been a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lund University, Sweden, since 2002. She is Head of the Ultrasound Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skåne University Hospital Malmö, Sweden. Her research is mainly in gynecologic ultrasound, especially Doppler ultrasound (both 2D and 3D), but also obstetric ultrasound (RCT on nuchal translucency screening, cervix in pregnancy, cesarean hysterotomy scars).
With more than 200 scientific publications and vast teaching experience, she is often an invited speaker at Congresses and courses. She has organised many ultrasound courses herself and is a current member of the Editorial Board for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; safety of ultrasound
Languages: English; Swedish
ISUOG Ambassador to Egypt and North Africa, CME Task Force, 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.
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
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".
Institutions and Organisations
The International Ovarian Tumor Analysis
Medicina Fetal SAS