Prof. Marina Orsi

Current FISPGHAN Congress President


Emeritus Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology- Hepatology & Transplant Unit, Hospital Italiano, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA




Associate Professor of Pediatrics at:

•            University of Buenos Aires (U.B.A.)

•            Medical Career of the University Institute of Hospital

 Italiano, Buenos Aires (IUHI)

•            Post Graduate Training Program for Adult &  Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Universidad del Salvador ( USAL ) in Buenos Aires


Past President of LASPGHAN (2011- 2014)

President, FISPGHAN (2021-2024)


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Prof. Suporn Treepongkaruna, M.D.


President of the Asian Pan-Pacific Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (APPSPGHAN) 

Secretary Treasurer FISPGHAN


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.




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.





Dr. Neelam Mohan



Director – Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Liver Transplantation

ISB - Advanced Healthcare Management :  2019-2020

+91 9811043475 ;


•           A proud alumni of Osmania Medical College 1989, she did her further training in Pediatrics  from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi and All India Institute of medical sciences.    She had her training in Pediatric Hepatology and  Liver Transplantation from Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK 1997-1998 and  thereafter has been honored  with Fellow Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2010,  Fellow American College of Gastroenterology 2012  and Fellow Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health 2015.


•          She is a pioneer in setting up a successful pediatric liver transplant program in India first at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, then moved as Director of the first of its kind Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver transplantation, in India at Medanta the Medicity Hospital, Gurugram (Delhi, NCR) in 2010. Her sincerity, dedication and passion were fruitful in producing excellent outcome at par with the best centers in World.  She is credited with several firsts in her field  in India besides,  few firsts in the world such as Words youngest liver transplant in 2.4kg baby in 2016, Worlds first living related liver transplant in baby with factor VII deficiency in 2010, Worlds youngest domino liver transplant in 2009. She is responsible for establishing one of the busiest pediatric liver transplant program in country with more than 300 liver transplants in small children.


•           She has been  conferred with the most prestigious in medicine award “Dr B C Roy National Award”  by  Hon’ble President of India for her pioneering work.


•           Dr. Mohan is Advisor  to Arogya Bharat : Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna  from 2020 an endeavour of Govt. of India.  She was Co-chair of Standard Treatment Workflows (STWs) development  in Pediatrics, endeavour by Government of India (Niti Ayog)  with  Indian Council of Medical Research in 2019 -2020. 


•           She’s President of Commonwealth Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. She is the founder Chairperson of Women’s Forum of  Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO).


•           She is President of CHILD (children intestinal and liver disease) society which supports children with liver and gastro-intestinal diseases. The society runs several awareness programs for doctors and schools and in covid time donated and arrange 600 PPE Kits with 680 N95 masks to civil hospitals and ESI Hospital, Haryana to overcome the immediate shortage.


•           As part of her social responsibility, she runs regular free clinics, health camps for children and organizes health awareness seminars. Founded CHILD society which is involved in community health projects of public health awareness and education.


•           She’s a popular academician and has contributed  in several global and  national guidelines  such as




  • EPIC 1000 module on empowering parents in child care in  first 1000 days -2021
  • Pediatric GERD Practice  guidelines : 2021
  • Parenting for children & adolescents -2020
  • Milk protein allergy – practice guidelines : 2020
  • IAP diarrhea modules ; 2019 -2020
  • Management of Constipation (2017). Practising guidelines
  • Management of neonatal cholestasis : Consensus statement (2014)
  • Management of Acute Liver Failure in Infants and Children: Consensus Statement (2013)
  • IAP Diarrhea Modules  (2010)


Global guidelines on 

  • Probiotics for gastrointestinal disorders: proposed recommendations for children of Asia- Pacific region (2016).
  • Management of Chronic Hepatitis B in children  (2008, 2012, 2016) 
  • Chronic hepatitis C Virus in Children  (2012)


•     She is an  popular orator with  >800 presentations (>150 international) , >100 indexed publications,  >45 chapters in books and  is Ex-Associate Editor of international Journal of “Transplantation”.


•     Beside BC Roy National award , she has received several other awards, to name a few:- Zee Swasth Bharat Samman Award 2012 by Hon. Health Minister of India; DMA   “Vashisht Chikitsa Ratan Award” by Governor of Delhi -2012; “ National Health Award” by IMA jury, given by honorable Health Minister J.P.Nadda for her contribution in the field of Pediatrics May 2017;SGRH Alumni Award by chairman of Hospital for appreciation to her services to the medical profession and community- 2014; Distinguished Service Award - 2007 by Indian Medical Association  (Academy of Medical Specialties) for her contribution and achievements in liver transplantation; Dr. Sadhana International Empowerment of Women Award -2010;Eminent Doctor of the Year -2009 by Delhi Medical Association; Doctor of the Year Award - 2010 by eMedinews; “Most Popular Doctor”  Award  for 2011 by eMedinews


•     Dr. Neelam Mohan has a good presence in Media electronic (>100 interviews) and various press releases (>250). She is a proud  alumni  of  Indian School of Business (ISB), where she did Advanced healthcare management for a  year.  Her leadership ability are also reflective of her training from Harvard Medical School on leadership.


•     She is a responsible administrator and has been 


Executive member of central IAP

  • Member of advisory board to FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and represented pediatric gastro forum in project “Diet4life”; and was instrumental for getting elemental and specialized formulas for metabolic diseases in India (2016).
  • Executive member of 2nd IYNCI (Infant & Young Child Nutrition Council of India) Advisory board meeting (2016).
  • Member of  Indian Medical Association (IMA) standing committee for Women (2016 -2017)

Secretary of Pediatric Gastroenterology Chapter of IAP for  2010 – 2014

Executive member of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (2009 -2011)


Vice President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Delhi (2010)


Executive Member of  Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Delhi (2009 – 2010)


Executive Member, Indian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition – ISPEN (2009 – 2010)


Executive member  - Journal committee of Indian Pediatrics for the year 2009


Secretary, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, South Delhi City Branch - 2002 – 2005   


Executive Member of  Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Delhi : 2003 – 2004


Divisional IAP Post Graduate Quiz coordinator (2010 -2014 & 2020)       


Recently Dr. Neelam Mohan was quoted in Forbes magazine, March 2021 among the list of “Powerful Performers”.




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).  




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.




Jose Vicente Spolidoro, MD, MS, PhD


Vice-president of LASPGHAN

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrology

Professor of PUCRS Medical School

Preceptor of Pediatric Residence at Hospital Moinhos de Vento










 Benjamin D. Gold MD



GI Care for Kids, LLC Children’s Center for Digestive Health Care, LLC Attending Physician, Medical Staff, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Quality Director, Aerodigestive Center and Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Co-Lead Investigator, Gi Care for Kids Site for ImproveCareNow, Quality Improvement Collaborative

President, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition(NASPGHAN)


Dr. Gold received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC. He completed an internship and a residency in Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Hospital forSick Children in Toronto, Canada, where he also completed his research fellowship at the ResearchInstitute as a Medical Research Council of Canada Research Fellow.


Benjamin D. Gold, MD, joined Children’s Center for Digestive Healthcare, LLC. GI Care for Kids, LLC. in 2009. Prior to joining CCDHC, Dr. Gold had an outstanding traditional academic career at Emory University where he had been a Marcus Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and the Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.


Dr. Gold is a national leader in the pursuit of critical questions regarding the epidemiology and pathobiology of acid-related diseases in children, in particular, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other esophageal disease (i.e. Eosinophilic Esophagitis, EoE). He has been a key organizer and participant in all of the national and trans-Atlantic, clinical practice guidelines for trea tment of pediatric H. pylori infection. In addition, 2005, he established the Aerodigestive Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and has been the Director of Quality for this multidisciplinary center that now follows almost 300 fragile, medically-complex children with Aerodigestive disease. He is the co-Director of GI Care for Kids site for the Improve Care Now Quality Improvement Collaborative which follows almost 1,100 children with IBD, and, is co-investigator on multiple national pediatric inflammatory bowel disease consortia as well as the evaluation of dietary approaches (i.e. specific carbohydrate diet; SCD) in the management of pediatric IBD. He was a member of the FDA panel establishing GRAS status for Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, and he has been actively involved in characterizing the gut microflora and its relationship to diet, as well as gut-microbial interactions leading to intestinal inflammation, allergy and immune-mediated disease, and the development and management of IBD, as well as GI allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis, EoE. Dr. Gold has published over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 35 book chapters, and over 65 manuals, videos, webinars, teaching aids and other CME, CEU related enduring materials.


Finally, Dr. Gold has diligently served the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) in numerous capacities

throughout his career, including being committee chair, being elected to counsel, and is the current president of NASPGHAN.




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.



Nezha Mounane



Head of the of Paediatrics’Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition Department
Academic Paediatric Hospital- Ibn Sina University Mohammed V

Rabat- Morocco


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.

Numerous articles and conferences in areas of Infant Nutrition, Gastroenterology, metabolic diseases and Hepatology.




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 On the Editorial Board of few journals including Gastroenterology & Hepatology.