This joint mission by ISUOG and FMF is dedicated to addressing the needs of healthcare professionals from low-resource countries and serving as an inclusive platform for knowledge exchange, skill enhancement, and improved healthcare outcomes in regions facing resource challenges. Renowned speakers from the field will contribute their expertise, further enriching the event's impact. Read more about these speakers below.


Course chairs: 

Executive Committee, Honours Committee, Nominations Committee

Professor Tom Bourne

ISUOG President 2020 - 2022, Virtual World Congress Technical Congress Chair 2020 and 2021, 2022 World Congress Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Finance & Risk Committee, Nominations Committee

Professor Tom Bourne was ISUOG President between 2020 and 2022 and is curently Chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London, Hon Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea hospital and Visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is an authority on managing early pregnancy complications, emergency gynaecology and gynaecological ultrasonography. He trained in ultrasound at Kings College Hospital in London. He subsequently worked at the University of Göteborg, Sweden as Medical Research Council visiting scientist, Hamar in Norway, and Leuven in Belgium. He was appointed senior lecturer and consultant gynaecologist at St George's University Hospital London before moving to Imperial College. He has edited seven books and published over 400 papers. He sits on the management committee of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. He is medical advisor and trustee of the patient group, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. He is immediate Past-President of the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units. He is co-founder and CEO of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) group and sits on the steering committees of several large multicentre international trials. He is founder member of the RCOG task force on “supporting our doctors”. He is honorary fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, honorary member of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and honorary member of the Brazilian and Hungarian Ultrasound Societies.

His principal research interest is diagnostics in early pregnancy and gynaecology including the IOTA, IETA, IDEA and MUSA studies, microbiome, metabolomics, novel biomarkers, and AI. His interests include the psychology of pregnancy loss and physician welfare including studies with the BMA and RCOG.

Country: UK

Language: English

Field: Gynaecology

Specialties: Early Pregnancy Care, Emergency Gynaecology, Ultrasound in Oncology, Gynaecological Ultrasonography, Physician Wellbeing

Selected Notable Publications:

Sporadic miscarriage: evidence to provide effective care. Coomarasamy A, Gallos ID, Papadopoulou A, Dhillon-Smith RK, Al-Memar M, Brewin J, Christiansen OB, Stephenson MD, Oladapo OT, Wijeyaratne CN, Small R, Bennett PR, Regan L, Goddijn M, Devall AJ, Bourne T, Brosens JJ, Quenby S.

Lancet. 2021 May 1;397(10285):1668-1674. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00683-8. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Validation of models to diagnose ovarian cancer in patients managed surgically or conservatively: multicentre cohort study.

Van Calster B, Valentin L, Froyman W, Landolfo C, Ceusters J, Testa AC, Wynants L, Sladkevicius P, Van Holsbeke C, Domali E, Fruscio R, Epstein E, Franchi D, Kudla MJ, Chiappa V, Alcazar JL, Leone FPG, Buonomo F, Coccia ME, Guerriero S, Deo N, Jokubkiene L, Savelli L, Fischerová D, Czekierdowski A, Kaijser J, Coosemans A, Scambia G, Vergote I, Bourne T, Timmerman D.

BMJ. 2020 Jul 30;370:m2614. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m2614.

Posttraumatic stress, anxiety and depression following miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy: a multicenter, prospective, cohort study.

Farren J, Jalmbrant M, Falconieri N, Mitchell-Jones N, Bobdiwala S, Al-Memar M, Tapp S, Van Calster B, Wynants L, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Apr; 222(4):367.e1-367.e22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.10.102.

Risk of complications in patients with conservatively managed ovarian tumours (IOTA5): a 2-year interim analysis of a multicentre, prospective, cohort study.

Froyman W, Landolfo C, De Cock B, Wynants L, Sladkevicius P, Testa AC, Van Holsbeke C, Domali E, Fruscio R, Epstein E, Dos Santos Bernardo MJ, Franchi D, Kudla MJ, Chiappa V, Alcazar JL, Leone FPG, Buonomo F, Hochberg L, Coccia ME, Guerriero S, Deo N, Jokubkiene L, Kaijser J, Coosemans A, Vergote I, Verbakel JY, Bourne T, Van Calster B, Valentin L, Timmerman D.

Lancet Oncol. 2019 Mar; 20(3): 448-458. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30837-4.

Defining safe criteria to diagnose miscarriage: prospective observational multicentre study. Preisler J, Kopeika J, Ismail L, Vathanan V, Farren J, Abdallah Y, Battacharjee P, Van Holsbeke C, Bottomley C, Gould D, Johnson S, Stalder C, Van Calster B, Hamilton J, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

BMJ. 2015 Sep 23; 351:h4579. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h4579.

Evaluating the risk of ovarian cancer before surgery using the ADNEX model to differentiate between benign, borderline, early and advanced stage invasive, and secondary metastatic tumours: prospective multicentre diagnostic studies. Van Calster B, Van Hoorde K, Valentin L, Testa AC, Fischerova D, Van Holsbeke C, Savelli L, Franchi D, Epstein E, Kaijser J, Van Belle V, Czekierdowski A, Guerriero S, Fruscio R, Lanzani C, Scala F, Bourne T, Timmerman D; International Ovarian Tumour Analysis Group.

BMJ. 2014 Oct 15;349:g5920. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g5920.

Diagnostic criteria for nonviable pregnancy early in the first trimester. Doubilet PM, Benson CB, Bourne T, Blaivas M; Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Multispecialty Panel on Early First Trimester Diagnosis of Miscarriage and Exclusion of a Viable Intrauterine Pregnancy, Barnhart KT, Benacerraf BR, Brown DL, Filly RA, Fox JC, Goldstein SR, Kendall JL, Lyons EA, Porter MB, Pretorius DH, Timor-Tritsch IE.

N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 10; 369(15): 1443-51. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1302417.

Limitations of current definitions of miscarriage using mean gestational sac diameter and crown-rump length measurements: a multicenter observational study. Abdallah Y, Daemen A, Kirk E, Pexsters A, Naji O, Stalder C, Gould D, Ahmed S, Guha S, Syed S, Bottomley C, Timmerman D, Bourne T.

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov; 38(5): 497-502. doi: 10.1002/uog.10109.

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.

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1999 Gold Medal Award article

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.

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Hebatallah is currently an obstetrician and gynecologist at Legacy Clinic Kigali, Rwanda. She obtained her medical and Masters degree from Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt and spent her residency training in the military hospitals in Egypt. She started working in Rwanda in 2010. She is a member and a co-founder of the Rwandan society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She speaks Arabic, English and German. She practices obstetrics and gynecology Ultrasound: first trimester screening, 2nd trimester anomaly scan, fetal biometry and growth assessment, fetal and maternal Doppler, Gynecological scan and reproductive medicine. 
She has joined ISUOG with intentions to spread its membership and educational resources and joining ISUOG programs which can reach countries in need, as she believes that this will improve the quality of the medical performance provided in those countries which will reflect positively on the maternal mortality and morbidity rate.
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Maya Al-Memar is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, with specialist clinical interests in complex benign gynaecology, acute diagnostic services including early pregnancy and acute gynaecology, rapid access for suspected gynaecological cancer, and paediatric & adolescent gynaecology. She completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in North-West London including specialty training at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, and St Mary’s Hospital. Having worked in the largest gynaecology & reproductive medicine service in London at Imperial, she has experience in managing complex patients. Her focus is to provide the best possible care for women using high quality diagnostics ultrasound skills to streamline care. She graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine with first class honours in 2007, where she also completed her PhD and is now an honorary clinical lecturer. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She currently has on-going research projects in the fields of early pregnancy, miscarriage, ovarian cysts and use of ultrasound to improve diagnosis of ovarian masses.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Specialties: Early pregnancy and gynaecology imaging, adnexal masses, paediatric and adolescent gynaecology

Languages: English, Arabic


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MD. Director of the Ultrasound Unit of Centro Gutenberg, Málaga, Spain
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Dr Jen Barcroft is a clinical research fellow and specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrar based at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with clinical interests in gynaecological ultrasound within early pregnancy, rapid access, and reproductive medicine. 
Alongside clinical training, she is currently doing a PhD at Imperial College London, exploring the applications of machine learning within gynaecology diagnostics. Her research is focused on the development of machine learning-based models to support the classification of adnexal masses on ultrasound and the use of online search data to identify individuals at risk of disease.  
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Dr Olivia Barigye is a Fetal Maternal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician Gynaecologist. Of East African origin, and formerly based in London, she now runs The Olive Tree Centre for Fetal Care, a dedicated Fetal Medicine Centre she designed and built in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1997, before undertaking UK-specialist training with The London Deanery and advanced RCOG-accredited training in Fetal Maternal Medicine. She was a Fetal Medicine Research Fellow at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, has published in international peer-reviewed journals, and presented at numerous international symposia.
As an appointed Consultant for Barts Health NHS Trust, she led Fetal Medicine Multidisciplinary Management meetings and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality review for Newham University Hospital’s high-risk population.
Committed to education and recruitment, she has been a Faculty Member in Obstetric Ultrasound training at University College London and The Royal London Hospitals, lectured at King’s College and Queen Mary‘s School of Medicine and Dentistry, been a University College London OSCE examiner, and a London Deanery Specialist Training interview panellist.
She has been a passionate global advocate, sensitizing donors, investors, and health ministries to the role of high-standard Obstetric Ultrasound in improving African Maternal and Perinatal outcomes.
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Consultant Gynaecologist at Nepean Hospital and Director of OMNI Gynaecological Care, Centre for Women’s Ultrasound.
He is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School, Nepean, University of Sydney and specialist in Gynaecological Ultrasound and Advanced Endosurgery. He set up the first and only Acute Gynaecology Unit in Australia which utilises ultrasound at the first point of contact for women with emergency gynaecological as well as early pregnancy complications (miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy). He is also responsible for the One-Stop Ultrasound based diagnostic clinics; which review women with abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain (endometriosis), adnexal pathology (ovarian cysts) as well as post-menopausal bleeding. He performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women who need intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Country: Australia
Field: Gynecology
Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; early pregnancy
Language: English


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Dr. Lorraine Dugoff is a Professor and the Chief of Reproductive Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. She has been actively engaged in multiple national (U.S.) and international societies. Dr. Dugoff's clinical work and research is focused on fetal imaging, the application of emerging genetic technologies to clinical care and first trimester prediction of adverse obstetric outcomes.
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Dr Ehigha Enabudoso obtained his medical degree and had his residency training at the University of Benin and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria respectively. He had his training in Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He is an examiner and a member of the Faculty Board of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He has certifications from the Fetal Medicine Foundation in various aspects of Fetal Ultrasound and Obstetric Doppler Ultrasound.

Through the Fetal Diagnostic and Ultrasound Center in Nigeria and collaborating with other organizations, Dr Enabudoso has run the ISUOG endorsed Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound workshop since 2014. This has trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in and around West Africa and has also facilitated livestreaming of many ISUOG courses in Nigeria. He has also been involved in the HealthyMagination Mother and Child Initiative (HMCI) of the GE Healthcare and USAID as master trainer to train Community Midwives on limited basic ultrasound scan for healthcare service in rural Nigeria.

His more recent research area is in advancing ultrasound in LMICs. He is presently working on tools for competence assessment in basic ultrasound. Two recent related publications include:

  • Enabudoso E, Adams OH. An international standard fetal ultrasound training programme organized in a low resource setting: The ISUOG‑Benin City experience. Trop J Obstet Gynaecol. 2016: 33(3); 292-296
  • Ehigha Enabudoso, Osikhueme H Adams. Organizing an international-standard obstetric ultrasound training program in a low-resource setting. IJGO. 2017: 136(1); 102-104.

Dr Enabudoso has been involved in various medical outreach programmes mainly in West Africa. He works presently as Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Benin and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. He worked recently too as Associate Clinical Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA in the World Bank collaborative programme at the Liberia-Japanese Friendship Hospital, Monrovia-Liberia (2019). He hopes to use his interest, passion and experience to assist in furthering the growth and scope of the ISUOG outreach programme in LMICs.

Country: Nigeria

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal ultrasound, Obstetric Dopplers; Ultrasound education.

Language: English

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Francesc Figueras 

•    Head of Fetal-Maternal Medicine at Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) and Full Professor of the University of Barcelona.  
•    Research interest in Fetal Growth Restriction and Preeclampsia: ~285 authored articles in indexed journals (~700 Impact Factor). H-index 57. 
•    Principal Investigator of 9 public-funded competitive research projects. 
•    Master Degree in Health Methodology by the University Autonomous of Barcelona.
•    Postgraduate Degree in Public Health by the University of Edinburgh.  

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Wouter Froyman graduated as a Medical Doctor at KU Leuven in 2011. He finished his specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2018 and has since then worked as a consultant in this department at the University Hospitals Leuven.

His main clinical activities and research are related to gynecological ultrasound and treatment of benign gynecological pathology, with special interest in minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery.

In 2019, he obtained his PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences, with a doctoral thesis entitled "Progress in differentiation and clinical management of adnexal masses".  In 2020, he was appointed associate professor at KU Leuven. He is also a steering committee member of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) studies.

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Dr Luis A Gadama is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist from the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Blantyre Malawi. His main core responsibilities are teaching undergraduate and postgraduate maternal reproductive health students, clinical service provision and conducting research that drives into policy. He is currently instrumental in improving obstetric and gynae scans to postgraduate students as well as training and mentoring midwives in conducting basic obstetric scans (dating, presence of fetal heart rate, fetal presentation and liquor volume) at primary health care level facilities. This innovation is one of the ways in improving early initiation of antenatal care in Malawi and also an intrinsic motivator for the midwives to attain a lifelong skill as long as they are in practice.

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Prof Galadanci is the founding Director of ACEPHAP, a World Bank funded Africa Center of Excellence to strengthen inter-disciplinary evidence-informed policy development in West and Central Africa. she has established a research network and delivered over 20 studies with WHO, Mac Arthur Foundation, FIGO, MRC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
She has trained and mentored over 600 medical students, residents, and postgraduate students and has published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals. She has extensive experience in working and conducting projects with WHO, USAID, UNICEF, UNFPA and MNCH2.
She is an inspiring model for women, particularly women clinical academics, being the first female obstetrician to be trained in the Kano region and has won multiple awards for her leading work in maternal health in Nigeria.
 She has served as a member in several initiatives and working groups including the TETFUND NRF and RDSC committee.
She has a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Masters in Reproductive Health and Sexual Health Research from University College London and a Diploma from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. A Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology United Kingdom.
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Dr María del Mar Gil qualified in Medicine and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Madrid, Spain. She completed a Fellowship in Fetal Medicine at the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, King’s College Hospital, London, where she developed a special interest in the first trimester of pregnancy, specially, in the early screening of pregnancy complications, including fetal malformations, fetal anomalies, preeclampsia or preterm birth. Currently, she is a Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics at Hospital Universitario de Torrejón, and Professor at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, both in Madrid. She is active in clinical research on the field of Fetal-Maternal Medicine and has a large number of publications in the prediction and prevention of pregnancy complications.
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Dr Nguyen Ha T is the Head of the Imaging Diagnostic Department, Tu Du Maternal Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for nearly 20 Years. Tu Du Hospital, the leading referral Fetal-Maternal Hospital in Vietnam, is responsible for 70,000 deliveries and thousands of fetal abnormalities a year. Dr Ha is also the Vice President of the Vietnamese Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, which has strong ties to and collaboration accitivites with ISUOG. As a pioneer in the first trimester screening and diagnosis of chromosomal abnormality, managing fetal structural abnormalities and high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Ha has contributed to building up the standard prenatal care in Vietnam as well as trained thousands of Vietnamese doctors in OBGYN Ultrasound and fetal medicine. 

Country: Vietnam

Field: Diagnostic Imaging in OBGYN, Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Routine fetal anomaly screening in first and second trimester, management of high-risk pregnancy, fetal growth restriction, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, fetal brain MRI.            

Languages: Vietnamese, English

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Professor Huirne is a Gynaecologist and senior researcher at the Amsterdam University Medical Center (VUmc), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She leads the Uterine Repair Center (URC) at the VUmc. This center serves women suffering non-cancerous gynaecological disorders, such as myomas, adenomyosis, niches or congenital uterine abnormalities.
She specialises in minimally invasive treatments of uterine abnormalities. She has been involved in the development of various new diagnostic techniques and treatments for uterine abnormalities, and founded the European expert group on uterine abnormalities.
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Professor Bo Jacobsson (MD, Ph.D.) is the Head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the head of the Perinatal Research Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also a Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway. He is Chief Physician in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal/Fetal Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. 
Professor Jacobsson is a leading expert on the mechanisms and epidemiology of preterm birth. His research group is the world's leading in the genetics of preterm delivery and the timing of birth. The main research aim is to identify and apply different strategies to prevent preterm delivery to improve the clinical outcomes of preterm-born children. He has also performed extensive clinical genetic diagnostic trials within fetal diagnostics. He is chairing the Genomic Medicine Sweden complex diseases group and is a steering group member of Genomic Medicine Sweden. He is also a Swedish Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine representative. He has also studied infections during pregnancy about pregnancy and child outcomes.
Professor Jacobsson has been involved in the work of different international Maternal and Child Health organizations for more than 20 years. He is presently the FIGO Division Director of Maternal and Neonatal Health (2021-2025) and the past chair of the FIGO's Committee of Preterm Birth 2019-2021. He is also leading the European Branch of PREBIC. Within the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, he is a board member and leads the special interest group of preterm birth. He is a part of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Knowledge and Evidence Working Group and co-leads the MNCH workstream. He co-edited the "Born-too-soon - the decade version" (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, PMNCH report) and co-chaired the Global Advocacy group for the same publication. He is also serving and has served as an expert on several WHO special task groups.
Prof. Jacobsson has published over 360 peer-reviewed papers between 2002-2023. Among other journals, he has published in Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, PLOS Medicine, and JAMA. In addition, he has been invited to lecture at more than 200 international scientific conferences.
H-index: 82 (Google Scholar), 60 (Web of Science) and 65 (Scopus) by January 2024.
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Prof. Mohamed Kamal Etman trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Ain Shams University, and subspecialized in fetal medicine. At present, Prof Kamal is consultant in fetal medicine and high risk obstetric care. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Fetal Medicine at Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University. Previously he was a consultant In Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Ain Shams University Hospital, where he is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in the unit's practice. He is also a Founder and Chair of  of Egyptian Fetal Medicine Foundation. Prof Kamal obtained his medical degree and underwent his residency training at Ain Shams University. He is a visiting Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound and Fetal Echo in Radiology Department at Sidney Kimmel Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, PA, USA. He has run the ISUOG endorsed Fetal Medicine and OBGYN Ultrasound workshops since 2017 and trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in Egypt and MENA region. Through his ISUOG membership, he has delivered several ISUOG approved courses attracting hundreds of doctors in MENA region to be ISUOG members. He has been an organiser and Chair of ISUOG's 16th International Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.

Notable Publications:

Endometrial Evaluation by Transvaginal Ultrasonography Saline Infusion Sonohysterography, Hysteroscopy versus Endometrial Office Biopsy in Perimenopausal Bleeding: A Comparative Study. Mohamed Kamal, Almandouh H. Bosilah, OJOG. Vol.10 No. 8. August 24, 2020.

Five-dimensional long bones biometry for estimation of femur length and fetal weight at term compared to two-dimensional ultrasound: a pilot study. 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. 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, Fetal Medicine

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 Chris Kyriacou is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London, UK, with a specialist focus on early pregnancy complications, evaluating clinical, ultrasound and novel biochemical biomarkers that may enable earlier ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage diagnosis.

He has contributed to research on pregnancy of unknown location risk assessment and has presented internationally. 

He is working under the supervision of Professor Tom Bourne, chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London and president of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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Chiara Landolfo, Italian MD and PhD, French and English-speaking, is a consultant Gynaecological Oncologist Surgeon at Imperial College London. She completed her training at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (Italy), combining her education at Policlinico Sant’Orsola Malpighi (Bologna) by also working at CHU Saint-Pierre in Brussels and KU Leuven (Belgium). With a special interest in gynaecologic ultrasonography, she joined the International Ovarian Tumour Analysis group (IOTA), one of the largest multicentric diagnostic trials on ovarian tumours in the world. She worked together with Prof D. Timmerman at KU Leuven, Prof T. Bourne at Imperial College London and Prof A. Testa at Gemelli Hospital in Rome. She is active in research on gynaecologic ultrasound, translational analyses and artificial intelligence. She also contributes to the International Endometrial Tumour Analysis (IETA) and the Morphological Uterus Sonographic Assessment (MUSA) studies. She is member of ISUOG, SIEOG (Italian Society of Ultrasound in Gynaecology and Obstetrics), and ESGO (European Society of Gynaecological Oncology). Chiara is an active member of the ISUOG Clinical Standards Committee and of the ISUOG Task Force for the Basic Training in Gynaecology. She also collaborates to VISUOG project , and worked as a member of the ISUOG Next Generation group. She regularly takes part in education, scientific presentations and courses on gynaecologic ultrasound at national and international conferences.
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Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group (Chair), UOG Editorial Board

Christoph Lees is Professor of Obstetrics as Imperial College London; Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Head of Specialty for Fetal Medicine at the Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Clinical Director for Fetal Medicine for North West London and Visiting Professor KU Leuven (Belgium).  His research interest is on fetal assessment and in particular the use of Doppler ultrasound to assess the health of the baby, scanning in labour, and non-invasive fetal surgery. He is the Chief Investigator of The Trial of Umbilical and Fetal Flow in Europe (TRUFFLE), a Collaboration of 51 Centres across Europe; co-founder of the International Working Group of Maternal Haemodynamics and Intrapartum ultrasound ISLANDs group. He was awarded £2.2m grant from the Medical Research Council for first in human studies of high-intensity focused ultrasound in 2017, a £2.5m grant from the NIHR in 2019 to undertake the TRUFFLE 2 RCT and a £2.1M grant from the NIHR for a study on ultrasound of breech pregnancy at 36 weeks in 2023. 
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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Prof. Dr. Liesbeth Lewi is a fetal medicine specialist from Leuven Belgium. She defended her PhD in 2008 on complicated monochorionic twin pregnancies. She has a special interest in the monochorionic twin placenta as a cause of complications. She spend sabbatical time with Prof. Nicolaides in London 2008-2009 and Prof. Ryan in Toronto 2020-2021.
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Dr Simon Meagher is consultant sonologist at the Perinatal department, Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne. He also serves as Medical Director of Monash Ultrasound for Women where he oversees a team of 50 sonologists, sonographers, genetic counsellors, phlebotomists and administrative staff in delivering a tertiary level ultrasound service across south east Melbourne. Dr Meagher has dedicated 30  years of his term as Medical Director, teaching and lecturing in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound both locally and overseas. He has delivered over 800 lectures, across 17 countries, and 43 cities worldwide. In 2015, he was awarded ‘Sonologist of The Year’ by the Australian society of Ultrasound in medicine (ASUM) in recognition  of his teaching skills and his commitment to  hands on training within the hospital setting at the Mercy Hospital for Women and for  his commitment and contributions to ASUM.

His interest in clinical research has focussed on early pregnancy screening and diagnosis he has published over 100  articles in peer review journals, including 15 articles  in the last 3 years focusing on first trimester  pregnancy screening and diagnosis. Dr Meagher has described five original sonographic fetal markers during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. He is now focusing his interest on aneuploidy and embryo development from  seven to 10 weeks as we approach the dawn of a new era of genetic screening via free fetal DNA analysis.  

Dr Meagher has taken on multiple leadership positions - early in his career as the Chair of the Standards of Practice Committee at ASUM, examiner and executive board member for the ASUM Diploma of diagnostic ultrasound and later as council member of ASUM. Thereafter he served as Chairman of the Victoria Obstetric Sonologists group and on several  ISUOG Sub-Committees  at the  International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound.

Country: Australia

Field: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Specialties: Prenatal Diagnosis. First and Second Trimester Fetal anomaly screening. Aneuploidy screening and diagnosis. NIPT and prenatal Exome sequencing. Maternal and Fetal Doppler Ultrasound. Invasive Prenatal Procedures.  Ultrasound and Infertility. Tubal Patency Testing. 

Languages: English


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Prof. 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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Dr. Nuruddin Mohammed is an Associate Professor and Consultant Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi, Pakistan. He obtained his medical degree and postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Pakistan and subsequently completed 3 years of Clinical Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine from National University Hospital, Singapore. Dr. Nuruddin attained Master of Science (Clinical Sciences) and PhD from National University of Singapore and Diploma in Advanced Obstetrics Ultrasound from Joint Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecolgists/Royal College of Radiologists. He also completed his Postdoctoral Research and Clinical Fellowship training at the Fetal Medicine Foundation Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. Nuruddin has been the former Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit and Director Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He initiated the clinical service of genetic sonography and first trimester screening for preeclampsia in Pakistan. As the founding President of the Pakistan Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and Director of the DOHaD research group at the Aga Khan University, he introduced DOHaD concept locally. He is currently serving as the Executive Secretary at the International Society for the DOHaD.
Dr. Nuruddin is the recipient of several awards including Mobil-National University of Singapore (NUS) Scholarship, NUS-Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Aga Khan University Faculty Development Award. Recently, he has been conferred with Honorary Fellowship (FRCOG ad eundem) by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK. This award acknowledges his highest level of dedication and achievement in the development of women's healthcare.
His research interest is in preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and fetal origins of health and disease. He is passionate about imparting training of obstetric ultrasound skills and has collaborated with ISUOG for the provision of free online educational resources on preeclampsia for healthcare professionals in Pakistan.
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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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Francesca Moro, MD, PhD is a gynecologist at Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli, IRCCS, in Rome. She is a specialist in clinical research/a clinical researcher in the field of ultrasound and gynecologic oncology.
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Mr Naji qualified from the University of Baghdad with an MBChB in Medicine and Surgery in 2003. He completed further specialist training at some of the UK's leading centres of excellence including the Assisted Fertility Unit at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, the Early Pregnancy Centre at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital and The Women's Rapid Diagnostic Centre at St Mary's Hospital. Furthermore he obtained a CCT from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency Program of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and an MD in Gynaecological Imaging from Imperial College London. 

Mr Naji's clinical research has been published in over 70 peer-reviewed journals, and one of his papers contributed to an update in current UK guidelines on miscarriage diagnosis. He also delivers lectures, conferences and workshops both in the UK and the Middle East. He has active teaching roles to both undergraduate and postgraduate training doctors at King’s College London. 

Mr Naji is a member of various professional organisations including the International Ovarian Tumour Analysis Group (IOTA), the International Society for Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) and the British Menopause Society (BMS), alongside the British Fertility Society (BFS), the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
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Dr. Lisa Noguchi is a certified nurse-midwife, infectious disease epidemiologist, and Certified Professional in Patient Safety. Her 24+ years of experience includes clinical practice in a range of rural and urban hospital settings, clinical and implementation research, and health systems support in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. She obtained her PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and MSN from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noguchi currently serves as Director for Maternal Newborn Health at Jhpiego, the global health implementation arm of JHU. She recently served as Zika Response Team Lead for USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, where she co-led a five-country assessment of obstetric ultrasound capacity. She is Jhpiego’s Research Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ARC network, which is supporting implementation research on feasibility of introducing point-of-care ultrasound into antenatal care in Malawi. Dr. Noguchi has served on the WHO Antenatal Care Guideline Development Group and WHO Perinatal Guidelines Executive Steering Group. She has published research and commentary in a range of journals, including Gates Open Research, Birth Defects Research, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Malaria Journal, AJOG, Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Lancet HIV, The Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine.
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Dr Alex Novak is a Clinical Research Fellow working at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He has taken time out of Obstetrics and Gynaecology training to focus on ultrasound and research, concentrating on early pregnancy and uterine niche. He is working under the supervision of Professor Tom Bourne, chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London.
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A health systems researcher and a tenure track fellow at the University of Liverpool in the Department of Women's and Children's Health and  based in Malawi. She is also a faculty member of the Department of Health Systems and Policy at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in malawi. She teaches and supervises students’ research projects that are primarily on health systems and policy.  Her research interests are in Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on health service delivery including quality management.  Her areas of interest are HIV and AIDS across different populations, Malaria, and Maternal and Newborn Health. She is co-leading an NIHR funded project that aims at improving the quality of maternal and newborn health in Malawi and Zambia.  Linda has a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Malawi (UNIMA); and is a trained Registered Nurse and Midwife. Linda has vast experience in health systems strengthening including improving delivery of health services and application of quality management techniques. She has published over 60 research articles in peer reviewed journals and also a chapter in a book on systems thinking in Global Health. She currently serves as an Academic Editor  for both PLoS One and PLoS Global Public Health. 
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Dr Regina Rosario Panlilio-Vitriolo is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines, College of Medicine and attending consultant at the UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) the premier medical school  and national university hospital in the Philippines respectively. She is a graduate of the UP College of Medicine and had her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and her fellowship training in obstetrics and gynecological  ultrasound   at the UP-PGH. She was Chief of the Division of Ultrasound of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UP-PGH from 2007 to 2020. Prior to this, she also served as the division’s training officer for 7 years. Her expertise is on gynecologic ultrasound with special interest in oncology and female genital tract tuberculosis. She is currently the president of the Philippine Society of Gynecologic and Interventional Ultrasound Inc, an ultrasound society she established with 9 other gynecologic ultrasound experts that is focused on advanced gynecologic ultrasound and ultrasound guided gynecologic interventional procedures. She is also currently chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Marikina Valley Medical Center. She also had training in high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) at Chongquing and Suinning , China and at Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
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Outreach Committee

Theodora Pepera was born in Ghana.

She began her medical career in London, qualifying from the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in Hampstead. She undertook basic and higher training at Teaching hospitals, mainly in London and was then appointed a Consultant Gynaecologist and Colposcopist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

At the end of 2013, Dr Pepera stepped down from full-time NHS employment and has been involved in teaching in Volunteer programmes Ghana, particularly in the field of cervical cancer prevention and women’s ultrasound.

She has been an ISUOG Outreach Volunteer Trainer since 2015, serving on Programmes in Ghana and Rwanda, and as an Observer in Oman.

She is an accredited member and trainer of the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and developing Colposcopy Training Courses for Ghanaian Doctors and Nurses.

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Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, China Sub-Committee, 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. 

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: China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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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Honours Committee Member

Prof. Angela Ranzini is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and full professor of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University. Her special interests include anomaly identification, prediction of prematurity, Twins, Teaching processes and Quality control. Angela completed her MD at Medical College of Virginia (VCU), her Ob/Gyn residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY and her Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. 

Angela is the Director of the Fetal Diagnostic Center at the MetroHealth System and the  Program Director for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the MetroHealth/Case Western Reserve University joint fellowship with University Hospitals. She is a Fellow member of AIUM and is a  reviewer for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. She is currently the Chair of the Education Committee, the Project Lead for the Rwanda Outreach program and serves as the VISUOG Abdomen section editor. She has been involved in many Committees and Task Forces of ISUOG.

Country: USA

Field: Obstetrics; Imaging; Fetal Medicine

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

Languages: English

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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.


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Executive Committee, Finance & Risk Committee, Nominations Committee, Fetal MRI Special Interest 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. 

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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Dr. Benjamin Dabo Sarkodie is an Associate Professor at the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) and a Consultant Vascular and Interventional Radiologist of high repute. He is the medical director of Euracare Advanced Diagnostics and Heart Center , Ghana and holds the distinction of being the first certified Interventional radiologist in Ghana . He has pioneered several minimally invasive treatments in Ghana and the sub-Saharan Africa subregion, including performing the first endovascular treatment of brain aneurysm, mechanical thrombectomy for acute strokes, and more than 20 other procedures.
Dr. Sarkodie finished multiple clinical fellowships in Ghana, USA, Singapore, and South Korea. He is a fellow of the the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and a member of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also the vice president of the Ghana Association of Radiologist (GAR)
In pursuit of his vision of expanding capacity and manpower development in VIR he pioneered a VIR fellowship training programme in Ghana (since 2020 ) and currently has 2 fellows in training. This fellowship program is accredited and run, in collaboration, with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr Sarkodie has published many papers in VIR and has special interest in Neuro and oncological interventions. Dr. Sarkodie runs a busy uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) clinic and has treated many patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids.
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Dr Srdjan Saso is a Gynaecological (Cancer) Surgeon at Imperial College NHS Trust and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London. Dr Saso is a great believer in translational clinical and academic work and projects that have the potential for ‘cross-fertilisation’ between medical and non-medical specialties. His main academic and clinical interest lies in gynaecological surgery (cancer and non-cancer) and the diagnostic application of ultrasound, with a particular focus on fertility-sparing surgery and oncofertility in general. Hence, the management of gynaecological issues in women who have not started or completed their families.

His other main research themes focus on the growing influence of Artificial Intelligence (and technology in general) in gynaecology. He is currently a PI on a machine learning and ovarian cancer diagnosis project. In addition, he is co-Principal Investigator on a point-of-care ovarian cancer diagnostic tool project and a co-Investigator on a project developing biomaterials strategies for preventing endometrial fibrosis and promoting endometrial regeneration.

Country: United Kingdom

Field: Gynaecological Surgery and Oncology, Ultrasound Diagnostics

Specialties: Gynaecological Surgery, Gynaecological Cancers, Oncofertility, Fertility-sparing Surgery, IOTA, Ultrasound Diagnostics

Languages: English, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, French

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Ahmad Sayasneh completed his training in gynaecological oncology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London Deanery. Having completed his MD (Res), he has was appointed as an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the Imperial College London in 2015.
In 2007 he joined the national training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology in the Eastern Deanery, UK and completed the advanced training modules accredited by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Ahmad was accredited as a colposcopist by the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) in 2010.
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ISUOG International Faculty Member

Dr Mala Sibal is presently a consultant physician at the department of Fetal Medicine and Obstetric and Gynecological Ultrasound, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. She is also the course director and faculty member of the Gynecological Ultrasound online learning portal ‘’Gynecology Academy’’ (
She is the author of the book “Ultrasound in Gynecology: An Atlas and Guide” published by Springer in February 2017.
She is authorised by the IOTA steering committee to conduct IOTA certification programs both nationally and internationally. She is especially interested in Gynecological Ultrasound and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences on this subject.
She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles on novel diagnostic ultrasound techniques in the American Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. She is also a principal investigator in the ongoing International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA 5 & 7) International Research Program.
Notable publications
Mala Sibal (2017). Ultrasound in Gynecology: An Atlas and Guide, Springer Verlag, Singapore. The book has over 49,000 downloads.
Country: India

Field: Obstetrician and Gynecologist doing exclusive Fetal Medicine and Obstetric & Gynecological Ultrasound

Specialties: 3D/4D Ultrasound, Gynecological ultrasound, Gynecological oncology

Languages: English
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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.

Country: Italy

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological oncology, gynecological ultrasound

Languages: Italian, 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. Tsai-Goodman has been a Consultant Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist for almost 20 years, and she is currently working at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Her main interest lies with detecting abnormalities of the fetal heart as early as 14-15 weeks gestation as well as managing newborn infants and children with congenital heart defects.
Dr. Tsai-Goodman is passionate about education, and she works closely with obstetricians and obstetric sonographers to improve recognition of congenital heart disease before birth. She has delivered many lectures and hands-on training at local and national level.
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Honours Committee Member

Prof. Thierry Van den Bosch defended his PhD in 2007 on the diagnosis of endometrial disease. His clinical research focuses on the diagnosis of endometrial and myometrial pathology, endometriosis and fertility exploration. He has published over 150 papers and has been over 100 times invited speaker at international conferences in English, Dutch and French.

He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the KU Leuven (Belgium) and at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In 1992 he was appointed consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Unit of Gynecologic Oncology, of the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital (South-Africa). In 1994 he moved back to Belgium. He worked as gynecologist at the Regional Hospital RZ Tienen, consultant UZ Leuven and KU Leuven and became the Head of department in RZ Tienen.

He currently works at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital UZ Leuven, at the Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, and is Senior Clinical Investigator of the Scientific Research Fund (FWO) Flanders, Belgium. 

Notable Publications

Country: Belgium

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound

Languages: English; French; Dutch

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Dr Dominique Van Schoubroeck completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the KU Leuven (Belgium) and at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). After two postgraduate years at the Unit of Obstetrical and Gynaecologic Ultrasound of the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital (South-Africa) she moved back to Belgium where she was appointed at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven at the Unit of Obstetrical and Gynaecologic Ultrasound and Foetal Surgery.

She defended her PhD thesis at the KU Leuven on the role of ultrasonography in female fertility investigation.
Currently her main topics of interest are ultrasound scanning in female fertility exploration including endometriosis and congenital uterine anomalies, early pregnancy and first trimester screening.
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Dr Sikolia Wanyonyi is an assistant professor of obstetrics and fetal medicine based at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. He is lead of fetal medicine services at the hospital.  He is also the interim president of the Kenya Maternal Fetal Medicine society. He holds a Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Aga Khan University and membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom.  Dr Sikolia also undertook a clinical research fellowship in fetal medicine at the University of Oxford Hospitals prior to re-joining the Aga Khan University Hospital in 2014 where he has been keen on introducing fetal medicine services in the region. He also holds an international Master in Maternal and Fetal Medicine from the University of Barcelona, Spain and a Diploma in fetal medicine from Fetal Medicine Foundation-Barcelona. His main interests are in high-risk pregnancy, fetal growth, fetal echocardiography and intrapartum management.

Notable Publications:

Wanyonyi SZ, Orwa J, Ozelle H, Martinez J, Atsali E, Sudhir V, Temmerman M, Figueras F. Routine third trimester ultrasound for the detection of small-for- gestational-age in low-risk pregnancies (ROTTUS) study: a randomized controlled trial. DOI:10.1002/uog.23618 PMID: 33619823 

Wanyonyi SZ, Napolitano R, Ohuma EO, Salomon LJ, Papageorghiou AT. Image scoring for crown rump length measurements. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Mar 27. doi: 10.1002/uog.13376. [Epub ahead of print]

Wanyonyi ZS and Mutiso S. Monitoring fetal growth in settings with limited ultrasound resources. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 Mar 14. pii: S1521-6934(18)30042-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2018.02.001.

Wanyonyi SZ, Mariara CM, Vinayak S, Stones W. Opportunities and challenges in realizing universal access to obstetric ultrasound in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ultrasound International Open 2017; 03(02): E2 –E59 DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-103948

Country: Kenya

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal Medicine and quality control in obstetric ultrasound

Languages: English; Swahili

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Joseph Yazbek is a Consultant Gynaecologist and a Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust and an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London. He promotes the one stop approach in the management of women with various gynaecological problems including benign and malignant conditions. His multitude of skills, including expertise in gynaecological ultrasound, colposcopy and complex open and minimally invasive surgery for malignant and benign gynaecological conditions have enabled him to provide comprehensive and individualised high-quality care to his patients. He leads a research programme, which investigate the role of gynaecological ultrasound in the management of women with ovarian tumours, the management of borderline ovarian tumours, fertility preservation and restoration. He has promoted the use of intraoperative ultrasound for various gynaecological procedures especially in the case of recurrent borderline ovarian tumours in patients requiring fertility preservation. He regularly lectures about these subjects nationally and internationally.
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UOG Social Media Editor

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, where he became a consultant since 2015. He has published over 120 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the field of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and ultrasound evaluation of the pelvic floor.
Languages: English; Italian; Arabic; French
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More speakers will be confirmed in due course.