Discover who you can hear and learn from at the Virtual International Symposium. There will be international and local experts in obstetrics, gynecology and imaging. Please note that this page will evolve as we confirm more speakers.
Honorary Member, Outreach Committee
Dr. Tejal Amin is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK. Her main specialist interests include early pregnancy and gynaecological ultrasound (benign and malignant conditions), emergency/ambulatory gynaecology and complex benign gynaecological surgery. Dr. Amin completed a 3-year clinical research fellowship in advanced gynaecological ultrasound with Prof. Davor Jurkovic, and was awarded an MD (Res). Her thesis was entitled “Ultrasound studies of the uterine venous circulation” and reported unique findings such as pelvic vein thrombosis and establishing diagnostic criteria for pelvic venous diameters. She has been involved in novel research in the areas of intrauterine adhesions, ectopic pregnancy and endometrial cancer.
Dr. Amin is a passionate advocate for the importance of high-quality ultrasound in early pregnancy/ gynaecological care and improving access to “hands-on” ultrasound training. She regularly lectures on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists ultrasound courses as well as organising in-house training at her base hospital. Dr. Amin continues to be actively involved in clinical research and is currently co-Principal Investigator on a project investigating intra-uterine factors for recurrent miscarriage.
Country: United Kingdom
Field: Gynaecological ultrasound, early pregnancy, gynaecological surgery, ultrasound education
Specialties: Early pregnancy imaging and management; Gynaecological imaging; 3D imaging; Intra-operative use of ultrasound; Ambulatory gynaecology; Minimally invasive gynaecology
2020 Virtual Congress Technical Congress Chair, Bids Committee, Executive Committee, Finance & Risk 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.
Stuart Campbell Award for Education winner, 2018
Prof. Dr Rabih Chaoui, was born and schooled in Beirut, Lebanon. His medical studies and specialisation in obstetrics and gynecology were undertaken at the Charité Medical School, Humboldt University, in Berlin, Germany. Between 2001 and 2004, he was professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin and since 2004 he has worked at the Center of Prenatal Diagnosis and Human Genetics in Berlin. An ISUOG member since 1994, he has been a Board member from 2003 to 2013, including two terms as Chair of the Education Committee, and received the Stuart Campbell Award for Education in 2018.
Prof. Dr Chaoui has written three books on fetal ultrasound and more than 250 papers and monographies. Since 1986, his major interest has been in fetal ultrasound to include fetal heart, fetal 3D, first trimester ultrasound, ultrasound in genetic diseases and high-resolution ultrasound.
ISUOG World Congress Chair 2018
Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy
Patient Information Task Force (Chair), Education Committee, Clinical Standards Committee
Dr Alain Gagnon is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. He practices maternal-fetal medicine and is currently a Senior Medical Director for the Ambulatory Programs at BC Women's. He performed the first laser surgery for TTTS in Canada.
Audibert F, Gagnon A + SOGC Genetics Committee. “Prenatal Screening for and Diagnosis of Aneuploidy in Twin Pregnancies.” J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2011;33(7):754-767.
Gagnon A and the SOGC Genetics Committee. “Evaluation of Prenatally Diagnosed Structural Congenital Anomalies”. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2009;31(9):875-881.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; genetics
Languages: French; English
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Parma where he is the Director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit.
Main field of research: Obstetrics, ultrasound in labor and prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies.
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
In 2019 he Founded the ISLANDS group (International Society of Labor and Delivery Sonography)
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 T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; multiple pregnancy; prenatal screening and diagnosis
Davor Jurkovic is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Director of Gynaecology Diagnostic and Outpatient Treatment Unit at University College Hospital London. His main clinical and academic interest is the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy and gynaecological abnormalities. He has pioneered the use of colour Doppler in gynaecology and early pregnancy as well as the use of three-dimensional ultrasound for the diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies. He has published more than 250 papers in the international peer review journals and has edited five books on gynaecological ultrasound. Read more.
Specialties: Endometriosis, early pregancy complications, ultrasound in gynaecology, benign gyanecological conditions, diagnosis of uterine and ovarian cancer.
Executive Committee, Finance & Risk Committee (Chair), Safety Committee (Chair), Scientific Committee, Governance group, Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group (Chair), UOG Editorial Board
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.
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; preeclampsia; safety of ultrasound
Dr. Mathew Leonardi is an advanced gynecologic surgeon and sonologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hamilton Health Sciences and assistant professor at McMaster University. His special interests are imaging technologies including transvaginal ultrasound, endometriosis, advanced gynecologic surgery, innovation in diagnosis, and research. Mathew is completing a PhD in Medicine (University of Sydney, Australia), focusing on the utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of endometriosis. He completed his MD and residency at the University of Toronto and fellowship at the University of Sydney.
Mathew is an early career researcher, co-supervisor of a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and appointee in the Medical Sciences department at McMaster University. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and an Associate Editor for Reproduction & Fertility. He is involved in with the VISUOG Gynecology endeavour. Mathew is committee member of EndoAct Canada and contributing the latest clinical practice guidelines on endometriosis in Canada. He is leading a research program locally and contributing to international research studies.
Field: Gynecology; Imaging; Surgery
Specialties: Endometriosis; adenomyosis; intracavitary pathology; ovarian masses; intra-abdominal adhesions; advanced gynecologic surgery; transvaginal ultrasound; transrectal ultrasound
A/Professor Meagher is an obstetrician gynaecologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology University of Melbourne. He commenced his ultrasound training in 1991 and has been in full time ultrasound practice after obtaining RANZCOG subspecialty certification in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound (COGU) in 1995. He also serves as Medical Director of Monash IVF / Monash Ultrasound for Women where he oversees a team of 50 sonologists, sonographers, genetic counsellors, phlebotomists, and administrative staff delivering a tertiary level ultrasound service across south east Melbourne.
◦ ISUOG Ambassador to Asia and Pacific region
◦ ISUOG International faculty of speakers
◦ ISUOG Joint Head of Courses committee
◦ ISUOG Online education committee
◦ ISUOG VISUOG committee
A/Prof Meagher immersed himself in education over the years and has delivered over 700 lectures, across 20 countries, and 46 cities worldwide. In 2015 he was awarded ‘Sonologist of the year’ by the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) in recognition of his commitment to teaching both locally and across the Asia pacific region
Prof. Kypros Nicolaides is Professor of Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. He was born in Cyprus and studied medicine at Kings, training in obstetrics and gynecology and specialising in fetal medicine. He has carried out extensive research in many aspects of fetal diagnosis and therapy leading to the publication of more than 1400 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. His research publications on imaging and prenatal diagnosis have transformed ultrasound practice and his work to implement quality control for nuchal translucency has led to this technique becoming an established screening test of Down's syndrome and other genetic conditions. He was awarded the ISUOG Ian Donald Gold Medal in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field.
He has provided training in fetal medicine to more than 500 doctors from 50 countries and has supervised more than 50 doctors to undertake research leading to PhDs and MDs. In 1995 he founded the charity The Fetal Medicine Foundation, which has donated more than £45 million to promote research and training in fetal medicine throughout the world.
UOG Editorial Board, Scientific Committee, China Task Force
Prof. Aris Papageorghiou holds the following positions within ISUOG's Board and Committees:
- Member of the ISUOG Scientific Committee
- Member of the UOG Editorial Board
- Member of the Basic Training Task Force
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
Scientific Committee, China Task Force, UOG Editorial Board
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 preeclampsia, 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.
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: China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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)
ISUOG Trustee (2013-2019), Governance group, 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.
Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Radiology
Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal brain
Languages: English; German
Ian Donald Gold Medal Winner, 2004
Dr Roberto Romero, MD, D.Med.Sci., is Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD/NIH. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University, where he was Director of Perinatal Research, before joining NIH. Dr. Romero’s team has made seminal contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, prediction and prevention of preterm labor/delivery, and the role of infection/inflammation in preterm and term parturition.
In addition, Dr. Romero is an author of over 1000 peer-reviewed publications and several books, including the medical best seller, Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Anomalies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of 14 Doctorate Honoris Causa and Honorary Professorships from Universities worldwide.
Dr. Romero has been honored by national and international professional societies for his medical and scientific contributions, including the Ian Donald Gold Medal (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology), the Erich Saling Award from the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Maternité Prize in Obstetrics, awarded by the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, and also, is the first obstetrician to receive the prestigious Asan Award in Medicine from the Asan Foundation in South Korea.
Dr. Romero is Editor-in-Chief for Obstetrics of one of the oldest journals in its discipline, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The journal has a circulation of 42,000 in the United States and has published seminal work that has the changed the lives of mothers and children.
Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Scientific Committee (Vice Chair, Obstetrics), Clinical Standards Committee, Honours Committee, Basic Training Task Force, Fetal MRI Focus Group, UOG Editorial Board
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
Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Baylor College of Medicine
Specialties: Fetal anomalies; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal therapy and intervention
Languages: English; Spanish
ISUOG Trustee (2011-2019), ISUOG Committees and Working Groups: Editorial Board of UOG, VISUOG Task Force, Governance group
Dr Antonia Carla Testa studied medicine at the Catholic University in Rome. She did her residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the same university and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained a Doctorate in fetal and pediatric cardiological sciences.
Since 1998 she worked in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Catholic University in Rome. In 2004 she became an Assistant Professor in the same University. Since 1989 she has been involved in ultrasound research, at first in the use of Doppler velocimetry in pregnancy and then in the study of ovarian masses and oncological pathologies. At present she is in charge of the gyne-oncological ultrasound service at the Catholic University in Rome.
Specialties: Gynecological oncology, gynecological ultrasound
Languages: Italian, English
Professor in Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital, University of London, Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital, former Editor-in-Chief UOG 2011-2018
Prof. Basky Thilaganathan is a specialist in the medical and surgical management of highrisk pregnancies (materno-fetal medicine) with a focus on twin pregnancy, fetal growth, fetal abnormality and pre-eclampsia. 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.
He has authored two undergraduate and five postgraduate textbooks in obstetrics and fetal medicine and is the lead trainer for the Maternal-Fetal medicine sub-speciality training programme at St George’s Hospital, London. Prof. Thilaganathan was Editor-in-Chief of ISUOG’s Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology for nearly 8 years, within that time raising the Journal’s impact factor to 5.654. Furthermore, he has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals. He is a Council Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), member of the National screening Committee and also the Clinical Lead
for the first dedicated high-throughput NIPT lab in the UK NHS to undertake cfDNA aneuploidy screening in pregnancy.
Bids Committee, Clinical Standards Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee (Chair), Honours Committee, Governance group, ISUOG Task Forces & Special Interest Groups
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.
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
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