Current FISPGHAN Congress President:
Prof. Berthold Koletzko
Bert is Professor of Paediatrics at LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and heads the Div. Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Univ. of Munich Medical Centre. He co-authored 1030 journal articles (Web of Science Citations 24 867, H-index 80), 224 book chapters, and 40 books/monographies. Bert is Chair, charitabale Child Health Foundation (Stiftung Kindergesundheit); Past-President, Eur Soc Paediatr Gastroenterol, Hepatol & Nutrition (ESPGHAN); President-Elect, Int Soc Res Human Milk & Lactation; Treasurer, United Eur Gastroenterol; Chair Tertiary Care Council, Eur. Academy of Paediatrics Strategic Nutrition Advisor and Standing Committee Member, International Paediatric Associaton; Chair, Committee on Nutrition, German Society of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; and Board Member, Biomedical Alliance in Europe. His research grant funding exceeded 20 mio.€ since the year 2000 provided by European Union, European Research Council, German Research Council, government programmes of Germany, Bavaria and Norway, , and other funding bodies. He has been acting as Co-ordinator of the EU funded projects CHOP, PIANAO, EARNEST, and EarlyNutrition and the EU Erasmus+ Projects Early Nutrition eAcademy South East Asia and Capacity Building to Improve Early Nutrition and Health in South Africa. He is member of the grant review board medicine, German Research Council and chairs their Clinical Trial grant review board. Bert is Editor in Chief of Ann Nutrition & Metabolism and of World Rev Nutrition & Dietetics, and Associate Editor of Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metabol Care and Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde. He has been acting as Scientific Advisor to the German Federal Government, the Innovation Initiative of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation, and other national and international governmental bodies and organisations
Email contact: info@FISPGHAN.org
Yen-Hsuan Ni, 倪衍玄 Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics,
Dean, College of Medicine,
National Taiwan University
8, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Dr. Yen-Hsuan Ni is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Dean of College of Medicine at National Taiwan University (NTU). He completed medical school education in NTU and then received his pediatric residency training in Department of Pediatrics of NTU hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. Later on, he did his post-doc at University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA.
Dr. Ni’s clinical expertise is in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. His research and clinical interests are the followings: (1) pediatric liver diseases: viral hepatitis, NAFLD, and hereditary diseases (2) gut microbiota, and (3) pediatric IBD. He has already published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers in the aforementioned areas.
Dr. Ni participated in many international academic activities; he is the President of 4th World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (Taipei, 2012), which convened more than 1800 delegates from 88 countries. He delivers more than 20 lectures every year in the international and domestic medical conference/ symposium. In addition to the scientific work, he is also involved in the reform of medical education in Taiwan. Because of his enthusiastic work and achievement in medical education and research, he was appointed to be the Dean of College of Medicine, NTU in 2019. And is now leading the medical education and research in NTU.
Prof. Suporn Treepongkaruna, M.D.
President of the Asian Pan-Pacific Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (APPSPGHAN)
Dr. Suporn Treepongkaruna is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Head of Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok. In her years of dedicated work, she has become an expert in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. Her research interests include functional GI disorders, IBD and liver transplantation, and she has published several peer-reviewed papers on these topics. Dr. Treepongkaruna also dedicated herself to the growth of the Ramathibodi Liver Transplantation Center, which she was a chairperson of between 2017 and 2019.
In 2017, Dr. Treeponkaruna has become the President of the Thai Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology (TSPGH). She is not only active in the domestic scientific community but has also made significant contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology through her involvement in multiple international conferences. She has organized the 14th APPSPGHAN Congress in 2018, which garnered a lot of attention and positive feedback. In the same year, she was nominated as the President of the APPSPGHAN. In her role, Dr Treepongkaruna continues to shape the future of the society towards higher sustainability through new initiatives and promoting collaboration between member countries and partnering societies.
Dr. Neelam Mohan
Professor Sanja Kolaček, MD, MSc, PhD
Sanja Kolaček is Professor of Paediatrics, Head of University Division of Paediatrics at the Children's Hospital Zagreb, Croatia. She is also chief of the Referral Center for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Children's Hospital Zagreb
Prof. Kolaček is the current ESPGHAN President, and is/was also serving in different ruling and educational bodies of the ECCO, ESPEN, UEG and in various Croatian medical associations. Her editorial activities include being Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (JPGN), and membership of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis.
Her main clinical interests include chronic enteropathies and chronic intestinal failure, clinical nutrition and nutrition of healthy infants, while her present research activities are in the field of IBD, Coeliac disease, Probiotics and Disease-related malnutrition.
Raanan Shamir, MD (Short CV)
Raanan Shamir is Professor of Pediatrics and the Lea and Arieh Pickel Chair for Pediatric Research at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel.
Prof. Shamir has published about 400 original papers, reviews and comments, book chapters and guidelines (times cited 23,776; H index:70, March 5, 2020). His research has been supported by prestigious funds such as the European Community Framework Funds and the Israel Science Foundation.
His current research areas include pediatric nutrition, nutrition and growth, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and childhood hyperlipidemia.
Current committee appointments include: Member of the National Council on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Member of the ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) Advisory Board, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Nutrition and Growth Network, Member of the UEG (United European Gastroenterology) Research Committee, Council Member, FISPGHAN (Federation of International Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), Member of the Steering Committee of the ESPGHAN (European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) Coeliac Special Interest Group, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the celiac association of Israel.
Prof. Shamir serves as the ESPGHAN Chair of the publication committee of JPGN (Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition), an Editor for the Pediatric Section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and was the Senior Associate Editor (2010-2013) and Acting Editor in Chief (2013-2014) of JPGN. He serves as a reviewer for journals in the field of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Gastroenterology and Atherosclerosis.
Past committee appointments include: President of ESPGHAN (2016-2019), President of the Israel Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Milk and Human Health at the Israel Ministry of Health, Chief Scientist Office, Member of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition, (ESPGHAN CoN), 2004-2012, ESPGHAN Council Member, 2005-2009, Council Member of the Israel Pediatric Association, 2008-2012, Chairman of ESPGHAN CoN, 2008-2012, Member of the General Assembly, Upper Gastrointestinal Section, Scientific Committee of the UEGF (United European Gastroenterology Federation) 2010-2013, ESPGHAN Council Member as the President of the 2014 Annual Meeting and Chairman of the Governmental Supreme Committee on Food, Israel Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Commerce and Environment (2010-2014), Chairman of the Nutrition Committee of the Israel Pediatric Association (1996-2017), Member of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, 2013-2017).
LASPGHAN Jose Spolidoro
Reinaldo Pierre-Alvarez, MD
Reinaldo Pierre-Alvarez is, starting from January the 1st. 2020, the President of the Latinamerican Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (LASPGHAN). Reinaldo is a certified specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition from the Central University of Venezuela and works as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Chief of Pediatric Endoscopy in a third-level private hospital in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
He is also the Past President of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Section of the Venezuelan Gastroenterology Society, Coordinator of several Working Groups, including the Latinamerican Working Group on Pediatric Eosinophilic esophagitis and
Co-author of more than 30 publications in specialized indexed journals including papers and epidemiological - clinical studies focusing in areas such Eosinophilic esophagitis, Helicobacter pylori and others.
As Coordinator of the Endoscopy Working Group he is Editor and Author of LASPGHAN' s Atlas of Pediatric Gastrointentinal Endoscopy published in 2019.
NASPGHAN: James E. Heubi M.D.
Dr. Heubi is President of NASPGHAN and Secretary-Treasurer of FISPGHAN. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. His general gastroenterology practice, with an emphasis on liver disease, is located at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Karen F. Murray, MD
Dr. Karen Murray is President of NASPGHAN. She also is Chair of the Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, and President of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Murray is board certified in general pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric transplant hepatology. In addition to providing clinical care in gastroenterology, hepatology and transplantation, she has an active clinical research program focused on childhood liver disease, especially the treatment of hepatitis B and C viral infections, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cholestatic liver diseases in childhood.
Dr. Murray attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she was also Chief Pediatric Resident. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology in the combined program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Murray was on faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital from 1998-2019 where she was Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and for the year prior to moving to Cleveland, served as Interim-Chair for the Department of Pediatrics, and Pediatrician-in-Chief for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
PASPGHAN Mohamad Miqdady
Dr. Mohamad Miqdady is American Board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is the Division Chief, Ped. GI, Hepatology & Nutrition Division at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in UAE. Also an Adjunct Staff at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio USA.
Member of the FISPGHAN Council (Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastruenterology Hepatology, and Nutrition) Expert member FISPGHAN Malnutrition/Obesity Expert team.
Dr. Miqdady completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX, USA. He held the position of Assistant Professor at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan for six years prior joining SKMC.
Main research interests include feeding difficulties, picky eating, obesity, procedural sedation, allergic GI disorders and celiac disease. He has several publications and authored few book chapters including www.uptodate.com. On the Editorial Board of few journals including Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
Pr. NEZHA MOUANE
Head of the of Paediatrics’Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition Department
Academic Paediatric Hospital- Ibn Sina University Mohammed V
Clinical experience at both Necker Children Hospital, Paris, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK. Academic positions include Director of Training and Research in Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Medical School of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rabat.
President of the Moroccan Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology hepatology and Nutrition and the current General Secretary of the PanArabSociety of Pediatric Gastroenterology hepatology and Nutrition. Previous General Director of the Academic Hospitals IbnSina – Rabat. A consultant of the Ministary of Health and WHO- EMRO, in various Public Health Programmes, and previous member of the steering Committee of WHO Geneva.
2005-2013, Coordinator of the Telemedicine Program between Morocco and The Telemedicine Center of Washington DC.