Meet our council members

Dr. 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.

Dr. Suporn Treepongkaruna

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.

Dr. Benjamin D. Gold

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

Dr. Ulrich Baumann

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).


Dr. Sanja Kolaček

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

Professor of Paediatrics, Head of University Division of Paediatrics at the Children's Hospital Zagreb, Croatia.

Sanja Kolaček is 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.


Dr. Jose Vicente Spolidoro

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.


Dr. 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


Dr. Yen-Hsuan Ni, 倪衍玄

Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Dean, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University 8, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Professor of Paediatrics, Head of University Division of Paediatrics at the Children's Hospital Zagreb, Croatia.

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. Raanan Shamir

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).

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, 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).  


Dr. Karen F. Murray

Ex-President of North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). 

Dr. Karen Murray 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, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is also Past-President of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

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 had an active clinical research program focused on childhood liver disease, especially the treatment of hepatitis B and C viral infections, 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. She relocated to Cleveland Clinic in 2019.

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