Meet our council members

Prof. Marina Orsi

FISPGHAN President

Emeritus Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology-Hepatology & Hepatointestinal Trasplant 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), Buenos Aires
Past President of LASPGHAN (2011- 2014)
FISPGHAN Secretary Treasurer (2012-2016)
President, FISPGHAN (2021-2024)
Professional interests: Food allergy, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease are my main areas of interest. 
I am an author of 29 peer reviewed publications.  Trained multiple fellow from Argentina and other Latin American countries. Pioneered the introduction of pH probe and intraluminal impedance in Latin America.

Professor 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 at the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, 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 became 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 pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology through her involvement in several international conferences. She organized the 14th APPSPGHAN Congress in 2018, which garnered 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.

Benjamin D. Gold MD

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


Dr. Benjamin D. Gold is a popular clinician with a loyal following of patients. Dr. Gold is one of those rare “quadruple threats” who can do it all: research, teach, provide excellent clinical care to his patients, and manage healthcare programs involving research or clinical-care delivery.

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 for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, where he also completed his research fellowship at the Research Institute as a Medical Research Council of Canada Research Fellow.

He went into private practice in 2009, joining GI Care for Kids after more than 17 years in academic medicine. Prior to joining CCDHC, Dr. Gold had an outstanding traditional academic career at Emory University where he had been an endowed Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and 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 treatment of pediatric H. pylori infection. He was former Medical Director of the Helicobacter pylori Laboratory at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, facilitated setting up anti-microbial resistance testing of H. pylori infections at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and has been involved in NIH-funded studies of the impact, transmission, and epidemiology of H. pylori in children living in the U.S., as well as in other countries, and the impact of this gastric pathogen in underserved populations in the world (Bolivia, Guatemala, and Tanzania).

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 and the development and management of IBD, as well as GI allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis, EoE. Dr. Gold has diligently served the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) in numerous capacities including being committee chair, being elected to counsel, and is currently the NASPGHAN President-elect.

Dr. Gold has published over 165 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 35 book chapters, and over 65 manuals, videos, webinars, teaching aids and other CME, CEU related enduring materials. Dr Gold is a sought-after lecturer on upper GI disease in children, as well as, is an international thought leader on pediatric esophageal disease (gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD; eosinophilic esophagitis, EoE), Helicobacter pylori infection, as well as gut-microbial interactions leading to intestinal inflammation, allergy and immune-mediated disease, including pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis).

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.


Dr. Neelam Mohan

President  – Commonwealth association of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition (CAPGAN)
President – Indian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ISPGHAN)2022 -23

Director & HOD Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Liver Transplantation; Incharge Pediatrics at Medanta Medicity – Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), India

Current Posts

  • Advisor to National Authority  of India
  • Advisor to National Board of Examinations (India)
  • Academic council member of Indian College of Pediatricians
  • National coordinator : Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Women’s Wings  North Zone

Past Posts

  • Executive member of Central IAP  2020 ( an organization of 30,000 pediatrics doctors)
  • Founder Chairperson of Women Wings of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • National Convener for Diarrhea Module -2018, Nutrition module 2020-2021 & Gastroenterology Module 2021-2022
  • Associate editor of ‘Transplantation’ Journal International Liver Transplant Society .

Academic & Research

  • >900 presentations (international >200) and  >120 indexed publications  with 50 chapters  and contributed to several national and international guidelines

Awards & Achievements

  • Dr B C Roy National Award” by Hon’ble, President of India.
  • “Distinguished Teacher Award by NBE ( National Board of Examinations), 2021
  • Zee Swasth Bharat Samman Award (2012), DMA Centenary Award  (2014)  and National Healthcare Award (2017) given  by Health Minister of India

Ulrich Baumann, MD

President of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN)

Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology Hannover Medical School Germany

Professor of Paediatric Hepatology University of Birmingham Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy United Kingdom

Dr. Baumann is a subspecialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. He studied in Essen and Birmingham (GB), worked for six years as a clinician and scientist at Birmingham Children's Hospital (Consultant Pediatric Hepatologist).

In 2008 he was appointed to the W2 Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Hannover Medical School. Focusing on the field of childhood liver diseases, in particular, rare metabolic diseases of the liver, autoimmune hepatitis, portal hypertension and liver transplantation.

Professor Baumann is Principal Investigator at the EnprEMA-recognized European Pediatric Liver Transplantation Network and leads the international ChilSFree study.

In 2012, the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine appointed him as a member of the working group on transplant medicine.

From 2010 to 2016, Professor Baumann was elected to the Hepatology Committee of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Since 2014, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Liver Transplantation, specializing in pediatric hepatology.

In 2019, Professor Baumann was elected to the board of the European Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Association (ELITA).


Jose Vicente Spolidoro, MD, MS, PhD

President of LASPGHAN

Professor of PUCRS Medical School

Doctor of Pediatrics, specialist in Gastroenterology and Pediatric Nutrology

Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the PUCRS

Pediatric Residency Preceptor at Moinhos de Vento Hospital, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil


Dr. Nezha Mouane

President of the Pan Arab Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (PASPGHAN)

Professor and Head of the of Paediatrics’Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition Department at Academic Chidren Hospital- Ibn Sina - University Mohammed V- Rabat- Morocco.

Previous General Director of the University hospitals Ibn Sina.

Specialization/Clinical experience at Necker Children Hospital-Paris, and Great Ormond Street Hospital-London.

Academic positions: Director of Training and Research department in Nutrition and Food Sciences - Medical School of Rabat.

National Expert: For the Ministry of Health, the ministry of high education and research; WHO- EMRO (Child and adolescents Public Health Programs).  

International Expert: CCNFSDU Committee member (Codex Alimentarus), SAG expert group member (IPA), previous Vice-President of Scientific board of NNIA (Nestle Nutrition Institut Africa).

Scientific Societies: President of the Moroccan Society of Pediatrics’ Gastroenterology hepatology Nutrition, former vice-president of Francophone Group of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition. 

Recognition award: Royal decoration, national order of merit- exceptional level (2020), Recognition from the Moroccan Society and the Mauritanian of Paediatrics (2018).

Main area of interest: Infant Nutrition- micronutrients deficiency, Gastroenterology Hepatology Diseases, Endoscopy, Metabolic diseases.

Articles, National and international Conferences: In collaboration with different national, regional and international scientific societies and medical Centers.


Professor Mohamad Miqdady

Expert member of the FISPGHAN Council (Federation of International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition); Malnutrition/Obesity Expert team.

American Board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

  • Division Chief, GI, Hepatology & Nutrition Division at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in UAE.
  • Clinical Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Khalifa University, UAE.
  • Program Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Training program, SKMC, UAE.
  • Adjunct Staff at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio USA.

Professor 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 nutritional disorders, feeding difficulties, picky eating, obesity, procedural sedation, allergic GI disorders and celiac disease. He has 20 publications in peer reviewed journals. On the Editorial Board of few journals including Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Reviewer for

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