Pancreas Open Journal

Editorial Board


Pancreas - Open Journal


               Associate Editors

Lorenzo Dioscoridi, MD

Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine
Careggi Hospital of Florence
Firenze, Italy


Dr. Dioscoridi was born on October 25, 1986 in Florence, Italy. After humanistic studies, he did successfully the Medical School in Florence. He worked and studied at Karlova University of Prague and at Karoliska University. He performed a working stage at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York and at Niguarda-Ca Granda Hospital in Milan. He is now working at Careggi Hospital of Florence in the Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine.

László Czakó, PhD

Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Szeged
Szeged, Dugonics tér 13, 6720, Hungary


Dr. László Czakó is currently a Clinical Professor for the 1st Department of Medicine, University of Szeged. He is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and diabetology and holds a health economist degree. He is extensively trained in all aspects of gastroenterology in several leading endoscopic centers (Madrid, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Hamburg, Tokyo, Vienna). He received his PhD degree in 1999 and DSc degree in 2014. Dr. Czakó involves in lecturing on gastrointestinal diseases and training the fellows on various endoscopic procedures.

Vasudeva G. Kamath, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Human Genetics
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Middletown, NY, USA


ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

• Graduate: PhD: Biochemistry (Awarded, April -2008), Mysore University, Mysore, India. Work was carried out at Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, India.
• Master’s: M.Sc. By the faculty of science in Medical Biochemistry, with Human Anatomy and Physiology as supportive subjects. July -2001, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India.
• Bachelor’s: B.Sc. Major in Chemistry, Botany & Microbiology and minor in English and Sanskrit. June -1998, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, Mangalore, India.


POSITIONS AND EMPLOYMENT

• July 2015 – present: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, NY.
• October 6th 2011- June 30th 2015: Fixed-term Faculty at Department of Foundational Sciences, College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA.
• August 9th 2010 – October 4th 2011:Post-Doctoral Associate at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend, IN, USA.
• November 11th 2008 – July 21st 2010:Post-Doctoral Fellow at Department of Pharmaceutical Science, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne state University, Detroit, MI, USA.
• October 15th 2007 – October 31st 2008:Scientist-Biological Research at SAMI LABS Limited, Corporate and R&D Unit, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
• July 23rd 2004 – August 21st 2007:Senior Research Fellow at Food Protectants and Infestation Control Department, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) Mysore, Karnataka, India.
• October 29th 2001 – June 30th 2004: Research Assistant at Food Protectants and Infestation Control Department, CFTRI, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Jesús Espinel, MD

Department of Gastroenterology
Hospital Universitario de León
C/ Altos de Nava SN. 24071. León. Spain


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION


• (1982-1988) Graduate in Medicine and Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Valladolid (Spain)


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (1989-1992) Resident Physician by the M.I.R. system attached to the GastroenterologyService of Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid, Spain
• (1993-Present) Specialist Doctor in Gastroenterology(Hospital de León, Spain)
• (2005-Present) Gastroenterologist at San Francisco Clinic in León, Spain


               Editors


George Babiru Kudolo, PhD, CPC, FAIC, FACB

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Clinical Chemistry & Toxicology
                       and
Graduate Toxicology Program Director & Adjunct Professor
UTHSC Houston School of Public Health
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA


Dr. Kudolo has teaching responsibilities in undergraduate Clinical Chemistry and Graduate level toxicology, administrative responsibilities of directing the Graduate Toxicology Program - a unique forensic and analytical toxicology program and one of a kind in Texas. Teaching is his passion although he started his career as a Research Scientist.
He considers himself a very Versatile Scientist, with unique sets of skills stretching from reproduction to forensic toxicology, which he brings to his teaching responsibilities. He has worked on three different continents. He have conducted research with animal models, from rats to non-human primates, and conducted research from reproduction to diabetes and kidney function, worked with steroids and prostanoids, performed drug pharmacokinetic studies and conducted clinical human investigations in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). He have a special interest in the Effect of Ginkgo biloba extract several aspects of the insulin resistance syndrome, such as the pancreas having being the first scientist to demonstrate an increased beta-cell function upon ingestion of this herb.
His greatest achievement is developing the Graduate Toxicology program at UTHSCSA from the ground up and seeing the achievements of the graduates of our program, which now include the Chief Toxicologist at the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office, Toxicology chemists in several Medical Examiners Offices and Crime Labs in Texas and Program Director of the Forensic Science Program of the Dug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in Washington, DC, USA.

Mallika Tewari, MBBS, MS(General Surgery), M.Ch(Surgical Oncology) MRCS.Ed

Associate Professor and Head
Department of Surgical Oncology, Institute of Medical Sciences
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005, UP, India


Dr. Tiwari passed her High School with 92% marks and Intermediate with 91.3% (Science and Mathematics) marks. She stood 1st in IInd and final professional MBBS examination (73.1% marks). She was awarded 4 honours, 8 medals and 15 prizes for her academic performance as an undergraduate student at her Medical School. She passed MS (General-Surgery) in 1st attempt and also won a medallion for The Best Resident. Next she completed 3yrs as a Senior Resident in the Department of Surgical Oncology at AIIMS, New Delhi & BHU, Varanasi. She passed the Intercollegiate MRCS Examination in her 1st attempt in 2005. She passed the USMLE in April 2006. She passed M.Ch (Surgical Oncology) in July 2009 and also received the ICMR Financial Award for her M.Ch thesis. Was appointed Head (Surgical Oncology), IMS, BHU, Varanasi since May, 2014.
Pursuing her career in clinical-academic surgery, She have published 111 papers/articles and 7 book chapters. She have attended 51 conferences, presented several guest lectures, papers and 4 posters; won the ASI Best-Experimental-Paper-Award, coordinated symposiums and presented several Guest and CME lectures. She is a life member of National Associations like the IASO, IASG, ACRSI, ABSI and the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI). She was the Joint Organizing Secretary of the annual IASO meeting held at Varanasi in September 2006 and was honoured with the IASO Gold Medal for an efficient management; also Organizing Secretary of the First Joint CME of IASO with UP Chapter of ASI in 2013. She is also a member of ICMR National Cancer Task Force, ASI Cancer Registry and Executive Member of the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies (WFSOS). Besides she has been invited as a reviewer of the ICMR projects and by various National and International Journals. She was awarded Vice-Chancellors Medical Research Award for being the BEST researcher in the entire IMS, BHU, Varanasi. She is PI of a project sanctioned by the DBT, New Delhi. She have a wide experience in clinical Surgical Oncology, endoscopy and research in basic oncology.
As Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology She have focused on upgrading the operation theatre and ward facilities with the procurement of several state-of-art equipments; have submitted proposal for grants to DST, Health Ministry including one for a da Vinci Robot system; and am making efforts to establish a comprehensive Cancer Hospital at the B.H.U. She do her bit of creating awareness regarding cancer through organizing CMEs, FM Radio messages/talks and articles in newspapers.

Jiaqi Shi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan
4232 Medical Science Building I
1301 Catherine Street, USA


Dr. Shi received both her MD and PhD at Hunan Medical University in China. She underwent postdoctoral training and later became an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2010 with an NIH-funded research focus on pancreatic cancer. Dr. Shi completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Michigan Department of Pathology in 2014. Following Gastrointestinal Pathology fellowship training at the University of Michigan, she joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Among her many awards, Dr. Shi has won the 2011 Benjamin Castleman Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). She is currently active members of the USCAP, ASCP, CAP, Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, and the Michigan Society of Pathologists.

Akankasha Tiwari, MD

Faculty
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY, USA


Dr. Tiwari joined as Faculty in the Division of Endocrinology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2014 and as Faculty in the Global Diabetes Institute. She graduated from medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center, New York. She completed fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Her interest include global non-communicable diseases, particularly diabetes, and metabolic research in diabetes physiology. Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate adipose tissue inflammation and whole-body insulin sensitivity. Dr. Tiwari is skilled in performing state-of-art metabolic clamp studies in human subjects (gold standard for quantification of whole-body glucose metabolism). Her work has been well-recognized by American Diabetes Association and Endocrine Society and she has received Scholarly awards from the American Federation of Medical Research in 2014 and 2015.

Jaya Padmanabhan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Medicine
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620, USA


Dr. Padmanabhan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida, Tampa. She received her PhD from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala, India and came to Duke University, North Carolina to conduct postdoctoral studies. Following this she moved to Columbia University, New York where she worked as a Postdoctoral Staff Associate. Her studies at Columbia University demonstrated that cell cycle deregulation plays a role in neuronal apoptosis. Currently she is pursuing studies on molecular mechanisms involved in growth and metastasis of pancreatic cancer as well as mechanisms of neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimers disease. Her studies on pancreatic cancer cells have shown that ADAM10 inhibition sensitizes cancer cells to gemcitabine treatment and currently her laboratory is examining the signaling mechanisms that regulate ADAM10 and how this leads to proliferation and metastasis of pancreatic cancer.

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, PhD

Research Associate
Joslin Diabetes Center
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
One Joslin Place, Boston, 02215, MA
USA


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


• (2004), BS Biochemistr, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2006), MS Life & Health Sciences, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2009), PhD Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
• (2010-Present), MA Research Fellow Islet Cell & Regenerative Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


• (2013-Present), Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA
• (2010-2013), Research Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Viktoria Venglovecz, MSc, PhD

Research Associate
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
University of Szeged
Szeged
H-6724, Hungary


Dr. Venglovecz is currently working as a Research Associate at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Szeged. She has received scientific training in the UK (University of Liverpool) for a year after her PhD studies. Her field of research is the investigation of the pancreatic ductal cells under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Her recent research has focused on the role of acid-base transporters in the secretion of HCO3- rich fluid by the pancreatic ductal epithelia. She is the member of several societies (European Pancreatic club, American Pancreatic Association) and she was the secretary general of the International Research Workshop on Acute Pancreatitis in 2011 and the president of the 9th International symposium on alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases and cirrhosis (ISALPD/C) in 2014. She is the editorial board member of Journal of Pancreas and serves as a reviewer for several international journals.

Nicoletta Gagliano, PhD

Director of the Extracellular Matrix Lab
Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health
University of Milan
Milan, Italy


Dr. Gagliano graduated in Biological Scences at the University of Milan in 1992. From 1992 till 2002 her research activity was carried out at the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Gerontology and Geriatrics Chair of the University of Milan, Department of Internal Medicine as PhD and post doc student.
In 1998 she obtained the PhD degree in Physiopathology of Aging at the University of Milan, Italy. From 2002 to 2010 she was an Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and since 2010 she is an Associate Professor of Histology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health of the University of Milan.

Narayanan Venkatasubramani, MD, MRCP,MBBS

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA


Dr. Venkatasubramani received was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University in 2012. Dr. Venkat was awarded his medical school degree from Madras Medical College (India), received board certification from the Royal College of Pediatrics (United Kingdom), Pediatric residency (Philadelphia) and Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship (Wisconsin). He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University.

Yoshifumi Saisho, MD, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Keio University School of Medicine
Minato, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

Dr. Saisho received his Medical Degree in 1998 and his PhD degree in 2009, both from the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo. Before obtaining his current position as Assistant Professor, Dr. Saisho completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at the University of California-Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine (Prof. Peter C. Butler). Dr. Saisho has served as chief resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at Shizuoka City Shimizu Hospital in Shizuoka and at Hiratsuka Municipal Hospital in Hiratsuka, Japan and was also a clinical fellow in the Division of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Keio University School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Saisho is the author or coauthor of more than 40 publications.

Sarfaraz Jasdanwala, MD

Physician
Department of Internal Medicine
Salem Memorial Hospital in Salem
Salem MO, 65560, USA

Dr. Jasdanwala was born and raised in Gujarat, India. He attended Baroda Medical College and graduated in the top 5th percentile of his class. During his time in India, Dr. Jasdanwala also taught Clinical Pharmacologyat Maulana Azad Medical College. In 2012 he came to the United States for his medical residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, which he completed in 2015. He currently works as family physician for Salem Memorial Hospital in Salem, MO.

Feriel Sellam, MD

Professor
Department of Biology
DjilaliLiabès University
Faculty of Science
ex ITMA, Sidi bel Abbes 22000, Algeria


Dr. Sellam , PhD candidate in Cellular biology and pathology and graduated from Djillali Liabes University of Sidi bel Abbes with a Master Degree of didactics of English as a foreign language, She has published and presented works about pancreatic cancer, epidemiology and risk factors of pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal hormones, G protein coupled receptors cholecystokinin and gastrin and there differential expression and distribution in normal and cancerous pancreatic cells, pancreatic adenocarcinomas and solid pseudopapllary pancreatic tumours. She co-authored works on breast cancer and HER2 ER PR expression, CBL protein expression in gastric cancer, and also neonatal mortality of low birth weight babies.

Ulrich Friedrich Wellner, PD Dr.med

General Surgeon
Visceral and Pancreatic Surgery
Clinic of Surgery
University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) Campus
Lübeck, Germany


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


• (1986-1998) Elementary and High School, Schlema, Schneeberg and Schwarzenberg, Germany
• (1998-1999) Youth Culture Center Schneeberg University
• (1999-2000) Studies of Technical Physics, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
• (2000-2006) Studies of Human Medicine, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
• (2005-2006) University Medical Center of Freiburg, Germany, Rotations in Surgery, Anesthetics and Internal Medicine
• (2006-2012) Clinic of General and Visceral Surgery, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany
• (2010-2011) Rotation in Trauma Surgery, Dept. of Adult and Pediatric Trauma Surgery, St. Josephs Clinic, Freiburg, Germany
• (2013) General Surgeon by Board of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
• (2013-Present) Visceral and Pancreatic Surgery, Clinic of Surgery, University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Sivaprasad Siddapuram, PhD

Consultant
Department of Molecular Biology
                   and
In-charge, Molecular Biology Laboratory
Yashoda Hospitals
Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda
Hyderabad, Telangana 500082, India


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


• (2004 - 2009) PhD-Human Genetics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
• (1999- 2000)BEd-Biological Sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
• (1996-1998) MSc-Zoology; Spl Endocrinology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


• (2004-2009) Scholar in Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology: Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases, OU
• (2009-2013) Scientist & Consultant Medical Genetics: Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad
• (2014) Consultant Molecular Diagnostics: American Institute for Pathology and Laboratory Sciences, Citizens Hospitals (Ampath), Hyderabad
• (2014- Present)Consultant Molecular Biology, In-charge, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad

Offir Ben-Ishay, MD

Senior Surgeon
Department of the surgical oncology, pancreatic and Hepato-biliary
Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa
HaAliya HaShniya St 8, Haifa 3109601, Israel


Dr. Offir has completed his MD degree in Rome, Italy in 2005, and there after started surgical training at the Rambam Health Care Campus, in Haifa, Israel. He is now a Senior Surgeon at the surgical oncology, pancreatic and Hepato-biliary service in the Department of General of Surgery at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel.
Academic appointments include Iecturer in Surgery and Head of the surgery teaching program, Nursing faculty, and various activities within the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Isarael. He is an active Member at the American College of Surgeons, Israeli Medical Association and the Israeli Surgical Association. He has various publications in many International Journals and appointed as a reviewer for many more.

Mitnala Sasikala, PhD, MAMS

Head of Research Labs
Asian Health Care Foundation
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology
Institute of Basic Science and Translational Research
Hyderabad, Telangana, India


Dr. Sasikala is the Head of Research Labs, Institute of Basic Science and Translational Research at Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, apart from being the group leader and in charge of the islet core facility. She is instrumental in establishing Institute of Basic Sciences and Translational Research, a research wing of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. Sasikala is a Gold Medalist from Andhra University, clinical biochemist by training and is a recognized research supervisor. Working in close collaboration with clinicians she has developed her research interests for developing Cell Based Therapies for gastrointestinal diseases, focusing on islet cell transplantation, the avowed objective of establishing human islet transplantation programme in the country for pancreatic disease. Aided by a research grant from DBT, India, she has conducted substantial pre clinical studies with simian models towards islet transplantation in collaboration with National Centre for Cell Science Pune and National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. Her research on Islet functions and Type 3C Diabetes is funded by Indian Council of Medical Research. She has several publications on Functional and gene expression studies on β cell functions in chronic pancreatitis, the disease which affects younger generations in India.

Dirk Bausch, MD

Assisstant Medical Director
Department of Surgery
University Hospital Schleswig
Holstein-Campus Lübeck
Ratzeburger Allee 160 23538 Lübeck , Germany


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (1996-2003), Medical training in Heidelberg, New York
• (2003- 2004), Intern, Department of General and Visceral Surgery, University Freiburg, Germany
• (2004- 2007), Resident, Department of General and Visceral Surgery, University Freiburg, Germany
• (2007- 2010), Surgical Research Fellow Harvard Medical School, MGH, Boston
• (2010- 2011), Resident, Department of General and Visceral Surgery, University Freiburg, Germany
• (2011), Board certification General Surgery
• (2012), Attending, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein-Campus Lübeck, Departmentof Surgery
• (2013), Managing Attending, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein- Campus Lübeck, Germany, Department of Surgery
• (2015), Assisstant Medical Director, University Hospital Schleswig- Holstein-Campus Lübeck, Germany, Department of Surgery

Franz Robert Apodaca Torrez MD, PhD

Professor
Department of Digestive Surgery
Pancreato-Biliary Division
Federal University of Sao Paulo- Paulista Medical School
Rua Napoleão de Barros, 715-2 Andar
São Paulo-SP, Brazil


Dr. Torrez Graduated in Medicine - Universidad Mayor Real Y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (1988), specializing in Surgical Gastroenterology by Escola Paulista de Medicina - Federal University of São Paulo (1992-1996), masters degree in Medicine (Surgical Gastroenterology), University Federal de São Paulo (1999) and PhD in Medicine (Surgical Gastroenterology) at the Federal University of São Paulo (2006). He is currently Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Escola Paulista de Medicina - Federal University of São Paulo, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mogi Medical das Cruzes, Preceptor of the Medical Residency in Clinical Gastroenterology, UNIFESP, General Supervisor of the Medical Residency Program in Surgery General Hospital of pine Melo Luzia Clinics - SPDM, hired Liver Group Medical, Biliary Pathways and Pancreas Surgical Gastroenterology Discipline of the Federal University of São Paulo, medical Paulista Society for the Development of Medicine - Hospital São Paulo and Coordinator Surgical Gastroenterology Discipline of Medical Assistance SPDM-UNIFESP. Has experience in the area of medicine, with emphasis on bile ducts Surgery and Pancreas. - Surgical Gastroenterology.

Mihailo Bezmarevic, MD

General surgeon
Clinical for General Surgery
Military Medical Academy
Crnotravska 17, Beograd, Serbia


Dr. Bezmarevic finished primary and high school and primary music school, than he enrolled Faculty of medicine in the University of Belgrade in 2000. During college he was working as assistant for student practices in histology, pathology and anatomy, also he participated in student conferences in the country and abroad (field of research was cardiology, pharmacology, gastroenterology and abdominal surgery). Mihailo Bezmarevic graduated in 2006 after he enrolled postgraduate studies in digestive surgery with endoscoipy at the Faculty of medicine in the University of Belgrade. He defended his MSc thesis in June 2009 in the field of diagnostic procedures for the assessment acute pancreatitis severity and outcome. He started residency in general surgery in 2009 at the Clinic for General Surgery, Military Medical Academy, University of Defense, Belgrade. During residency he mastered in hernia, endocrine and mastered the techniques of laparoscopic surgery, also he carried out several research regarding pancreatic surgery and published several articles in this field during residency. Mihailo Bezmarevic finished residency in general surgery in 2014 and he passed the final exam with excellent marks. He started PhD studies in the 2013 and he is a PhD candidate. He bases his research on inflammation and pathophysiology of acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and clinical nutrition. He has published more than 30 papers in reputed journals and he is an editorial board member and reviewer of several journals.

Dobromir Dimitrov Dimitrov, MD,PhD

Surgeon (Consultant) in Surgery Department – St. Marina Hospital Pleven, Bulgaria
Teacher for Surgery in Medical University-Pleven
Head of Student Study Research Group of Surgical Oncology, Medical University Pleven
HIFU specialist in St. Marina Hospital-Pleven
r.Tuchenitza, Bulgaria


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION


• (1995- 1998) Secondary Education Vasil Levski Secondary school-Troyan
• (1998-2004) University College Medical University-Pleven
• (2010) General Surgery specialty Medical University-Pleven
• (2011) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Medical University-Pleven
• (2015- Present)Associate professor Medical University-Pleven

Everson Luiz de Almeida Artifon, PhD

Department of Pancreas
Universidade de São Paulo
Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da U S P, Serviço de Endoscopia
Rua Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 255
Ribeirão Preto - SP14020-130,Brazil


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (1994) Medico Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)
• (1996) Residenciaemcirurgiageral: UniversidadeEstadual of Campinas
• (1998) Trauma ResidenciaemCirurgia: UniversidadeEstadual of Campinas
• (1999)EstagioemEndoscopiadigestiva - USP
•(2001) MestradoemcirurgiapelaUniversidade Sao Paulo
• (2004) DoutoradoemCirurgiapelaUniversidade Sao Paulo
• (2005) Post doutoradoemCienciaspelaUniversidade Sao Paulo
• (2009) Free-DocenciaemCirurgiapelaUniversidade Sao Paulo


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• Coordinator of the Sector Endoscopy Bilio pancreatic (ERCP) Endoscopy HCFMUSP full service.
• Head of Endoscopy full service and Coordinator of ResidenciaMedicaemEndoscopia (CredenciadaCNRM-MEC and SOBED) Hospital Ana Costa.Santos
• Head of Endoscopy full service Hospital Irma Dulce (HMID), Praia Grande, Sao Paulo
• Member of the Comite Cientifico, Nucleo Coordinator of ERCP and representantena RAMB and Archives. Tudona Sociedade Brasileira of EndoscopiaDigestiva (SOBED)
Atualposicaona University of São Paulo
• Full Professor and Advisor Post graduacaoemClinicaCirurgica Program USP Surgery Dept.
• Docenteresponsavel of Disciplines MCG-5848 GMCE-5850

Ionut Negoi, MD, PhD

Attending Surgeon
General Surgery Department, Emergency Hospital of Bucharest
                  and
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Emergency Hospital of Bucharest
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest
Bulevardul Eroii Sanitari 8, București 050474, Romania


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (15/10/2014–14/11/2014) Observer Fellowship in Oncologic Surgery Department of General Surgery - Prof. Dr. med. Dr. hc Markus W. Büchler, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germania)
• (2007–2013) Resident in General SurgeryEmergency Hospital of Bucharest First position at the national examination
• (2008–2011) Assistant Professor - Anatomy Department Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest
• (2000–2006)University of Medicine Carol Davila University of Medicine of Pharmacy Bucharest First position at the admission exam
• (1996–2000)High School Anastasescu High School, Matematics and Physics, Roşiorii de Vede Third position at the admission exam


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (01/01/2013–Present) Attending Surgeon General Surgery Department, Emergency Hospital of Bucharest
• (01/02/2012–Present) Assistant Professor of Surgery, Emergency Hospital of Bucharest
• Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest
• (12/09/2012–Present) PhD Carol Davila Univeristy of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest Selective Nonoperative Management of Abdominal Visceral Lesions in Polytrauma Patient, doctoral thesis coordinator: Mircea Beuran, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
• (01/07/2014–31/12/2015) Postdoctoral ResearchCarol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy BucharestSurgical, pathological and molecular factors predicitive for survival after pancreatic resections for cancer.

Kyu Lim, PhD

Professor
Department of Biochemistry
School of Medicine
Chungnam National University
Moonhwa-dong Jungu
Daejeon, 301-747, Korea


Dr. Kyu Lim is currently full Professor (1996-Present), Department of Biochemistry, Chungnam National University School of Medicine, Korea. He graduated from Yeongnam University College of Pharmacy in 1975, received his Ph.D. from same University (Biochemistry: Enzymology) in 1987 and undertook his Postdoctoral training with Dr. Chi-Bom Chae in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill (1988-1990; Gene regulation) and Visiting Associate Professor in the same University (1991). He also worked as Visiting Professor on Inflammation and Cancer (including Omega-3 fatty acid and Cancer etc.) with Dr. Tong Wu,Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2005-2007). Dr. Lim was Chair in his Department (1994-2005) and Director, Cancer Research Institute in Chungnam National University (2009-2011). Recently, he was a Chair in Autophagy Reserch Session of KSBMB (2013-2014).
Dr. Lim is one of the leading scientists in the field of a research on the Omega-3 fatty acids and Cancer. He has worked to identify novel molecular mechanisms of anticancer action of omega-3 fatty acids in several cancers since 2005. For example, he found that omega-3 fatty acids inhibits wnt/beta-catenin signaling and Cox-2 (Cancer Res, 2008; Mol Cancer Ther, 2009; Pancreatology, 2011 etc.), and induces cell death through autophagy (Autophagy, 2011; BioMed Res Intl, 2013 etc.). Additionall, he found that DHA degrades HPV E6/E7 oncoprotein through Ubiquitin/proteasome activation(Cell death and Disease, 2014).He has also researched on Inflammation and Cancer, Regulation of gene expression on metastasis- and angiogenesis-related proteins.
He also published several books chapter and reviews on Omega-3 Fatty acids and Cancer. In 2010, he organized Korea-EU International Forum on Omega-3 fatty acids and Cancer. Dr. Lim has been invited to speak more than 70 times from International and domestic Laboratories.

Muhammad Wasif Saif, MD

Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
Director, GI Oncology Program, Tufts Medical Center
Program Leader, Experimental Therapeutics
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA 02111, USA


Recognized as an internationally renowned expert and Key Opinion Leader (KOL) in the fields of Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, Experimental Therapeutics and Pharmacogenetics. Dr. Saif has distinguished himself in terms of Clinical care, Teaching, Research and Administration both in clinic and research. He does carry the vision of a strategic leader with knowledge and experience in academic institutions, health centers, and teaching hospitals. He have demonstrated experience as a leader who inspires Faculty and Staff to work together to maximize the potential of the Department. He understand cancer research and cancer care from the perspective of personal clinical practice experience and He is a highly respected clinician. He have participated in the management of clinical enterprise and demonstrated an understanding of the issues involved. He have cultured over the years, the qualities of leadership, collaboration, communication, and fairness, which all are required to perform any executive job. He is always considered as a valuable member and an effective leader of successful multi-disciplinary cancer management teams with a passion for mentoring and thrives in highly pressurized working environments. Published over 450 peer-reviewed articles about cancer treatment and research and over 70 abstracts, and 21 book chapters. Selected as the America’s Top Oncologist as well as the Leading physician of the World.
In summary, he has excellent leadership and organizational skills with strong background in clinical research, mentoring and administration experience with a proven track record of significant achievements

Sreekanth Appasani, MD, DM

Medical Consultant
Department of Gastroenterologist
Continental Hospitals
Nanakramguda
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, TS 500035, India


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (1983-1995) School St. Josephs Secondary School, Visakhapatnam Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
• (1995-1997) College Dr. V.S. Krishna Govt. Jr. College, Visakhapatnam Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh
• (1997-2002) Graduation Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam NTR University of Health Sciences, AP
• (2002-2003) Internship King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, AP
• (2004-2006) Post-graduation MD – Internal Medicine Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad
• (2009-2011) Specialization DM – Gastroenterology Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (2013-Present) Consultant Medical Gastroenterologist, Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad
• (2012-2013) Senior Research Associate in the department of gastroenterology, PGIMER Under CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research), New Delhi
• (2009-2011) Senior resident, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh
• (2008- 2008) Senior resident, Department of Gastroenterology, NIMS, Hyderbad
• (2007-2008) Senior resident, Department of Gastroenterology, Andhra Medical College, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, India
• (2007-2007) Specialist physician at Lazarus Hospital, Visakhapatnam
• (2004-2006) Junior Resident, Department of Medicine, NIMS, Hyderabad
• (2002-2003) Internist, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam

Erkan Oymaci, MD

Chief
Department of Gastroenterology Surgery and Endoscopy Unit
Izmir Bozyaka Government Research and Education Hospital
Izmir, Province, Turkey


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (1977 -1980) İzmir Atatürk High School- Turkey
• (1981 -1987) University of Cumhuriyet School of Medicine, MD, Turkey
• (1986 -1987) UC Davis Medical Center General Surgery Department and Regional Burn Unit, Clinical Observer, Sacramento-USA
• (1992 -1997) Aegean University Medical School General Surgery Department, Research Assistant, Turkey
• (2003 -2007) TYIH Research and Training Hospital Gastroenterology Surgery Department, Clinical Fellowship, Turkey
• (2007) Training Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication Course Turkey
• (2013) Fellowship on Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) Department of Surgery SJOG Hospital Salzburg-Austria


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (1987 -1988) Government Health Center, KirsehirTurkey Medical doctor & General practitioner
• (1988 -1991) Provincial Health Directorates, KirsehirTurkey Medical doctor & Assistant Provincial Health Directorate
• (1992 -1997) Aegean University Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Surgery, Research Assistant
• (1997 -1999) Private Bodrum Hospital Department of General Surgery, BodrumTurkey MD, Chief of General Surgery Department
• (1999 -2000) Private Yucelen Hospital Department of General Surgery , BodrumTurkey MD, Chief of General Surgery Department
• (2000 -2002) Universal Hospital Department of General Surgery , BodrumTurkey MD, Chief of General Surgery Department
• (2003 - 2007) TYIH Research and Education Hospital, Gastroenterology Surgery Department MD Clinical Fellowship Assistant, AnkaraTurkey
• (2007- 2012) Mugla University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology Surger MD, Chief of Gastroenterology Surgery Department, Mugla Turkey
• (2012- 2015) Izmir Bozyaka Government Research and Education Hospital, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology Surgery Department and Endoscopy Unit Izmir, Turkey

Marianna Mastroroberto, PhD

Department Biostatistics Center
Sant Orsola Malpighi Hospital
Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna
Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy


Dr. Mastroroberto Graduated from Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in Medicine where she also obtained a PhD in surgical sciences. Her clinical and research activity develops in the hepatic field with particular interest to cirrhotic patients and portal hypertension. She worked in field transplant and the last two years she have been interested of new antiviral therapies for HCV infection in transplant patients and cirrhotic. She work in addition to the Unit of biostatistics in the department of medical and surgical sciences at the University of Bologna with producing multidisciplinary scientific publications.

José Pinhata Otoch, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
University of São Paulo
São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil


Yingheng Liu, MD, PhD

Department of Pancreas
New York University Internal Medicine Program
355 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, USA


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (2010-2015) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY MD with distinction in clinical research
• (2005-2009) University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD PhD in Basic Biomedical Science
• (2001-2004) Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Majors: Basic Biomedical Science and Chinese MedicineBCM & BSc (Honor)

Gopika Nair, PhD

Diabetes Center
Hebrok Laboratory
University of California
San Francisco, CA 94122, USA


Dr. Nair is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California-San Francisco in Dr. Matthias Hebrok’s laboratory. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked on the role of Pancreas specific transcription factor 1a (Ptf1a) in specifying the fate of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to the pancreatic lineage under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Odorico. Her interest has always been piqued by the applicability of ESCs to model human development & disease, and their therapeutic potential in treating diabetes. She has been involved in several path breaking publications in the field of pancreas biology, the most recent one being the generation of beta-cells from embryonic stem cells. Currently, she is focused on genome editing and modeling one of the key processes involved in diabetes, de-differentiation of beta cells, in vitro.

Kevin Peter Shotliff, FRCP (UK), MD, DCH

Consultant Physician
Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital;
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Imperial College London
Chelsea, London, UK


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (1982-1987) St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London
• (July 1987) MBBS, University of London
• (November 1989) Diploma of Child Health (DCH)
• (July 1991) Membership of the Royall College of Physicians MRCP (UK)
• (May 2002) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London)
• (May 1996) Degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD)
• (May 1997) Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training
• (September 2001) Certificate of Teaching (South West Thames Deanery)


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (31 March 2003-Present) Consultant Physician (General Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology) Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, UK
• (February 2004-Present) Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Brampton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK
• (August 2009-Present) Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London, UK
• (June 2008-Present) Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London, UK

Naina Sinha Gregory, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY 10075, USA


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (8/1991-5/1995) Bachelor of Arts, Columbia College of Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
• (6/1995-6/1999) Doctor of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
• (7/1999-6/2000) Intern in Internal Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, New York, NY, USA
• (7/2000-6/2002) Resident in Internal Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, New York, NY, USA
• (7/2002-6/2004) Fellow in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA
• (7/2004-12/2004) Research Fellow in Metabolic Bone Diseases, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


• (1/2005-Present) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, New York, NY, USA

Elio Jovine, MD, PhD

Chief of department of Surgery
Chief of surgical unit
Ausl Bologna, Italy


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


• (1982) Graduated from Medical School of University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
• (1987) Postgraduate in General Surgery cum Laude from University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (1990) Research Fellow at the Department of Transplant Surgery University of Pittsburgh, directed by Prof. Thomas Starzl, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA
• (1994) Visiting Surgeon at the Department of Paediatric Transplantation University of Pittsburgh, Prof. Thomas Starzl in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA
• (1996) Visiting Professor of the Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplant Department Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami (Director Prof. Andreas Tzakis) Miami Florida, USA
• (1997) Visiting Professor of the Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplant Department del Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami (Director Prof. Andreas Tzakis) Miami Florida, USA
• (1998) Visiting Professor at the Second Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo (Director Prof. Masatoshi Makuuchi), Japan
• (Oct 1998) Guest Research Associate at the Department of Transplantation Immunology (Director Prof. Koichi Tanaka), Graduate school of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine), Kyoto, Japan
• (March 2000) Participant of the Hands on Course Split Liver transplantation Hamburgh, Germany
• (October 2000) Attending Surgeon at the Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Center of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, MO, Italy
• (October 2001) Associate Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
• (October 2002-Present) Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Unit of General and HBP Surgery, Maggiore Hospital of Bologna, Italy
• (February 2005 Head of the Unit of General Surgery of S. Giovanni in Persi celo Hospital, AUSL Citta di Bologna, Italy
• (October 2005-Present) Chairman and Director of the entire Department of Surgery of the Province of Bologna Local Health District, which includes 7 general hospitals, Italy
• (October 2007-Present) Chairman of Department of Surgery of the National Hospital of the Republic of S. MARINO (RSM), Italy
• (June 2009) Director ad interim of Surgery B Unit, Maggiore Hospital Bologna, Italy
• (January 2011-Present) Director ad interim of the Unit of General Surgery, of Porretta Terme and Vergato Hospitals, Italy

Ercument Dirice, PhD

Research Associate
Joslin Diabetes Center
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215, USA


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

• (2000) BS, Biology, Akdeniz University, Turkey
• (2003) MS, Medical Biology and Genetics
• (2009) PhD, Medical Biology and Genetics
• (2009-Present) Research Fellow, Islet Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

• (2015-Present) Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School Boston, MA
• (2015-Present) Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center
• (2009-2015) Research Fellow, Joslin Diabetes Center

María I. Vaccaro, PhD, AGAF

Professor
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
University of Buenos Aires (UBA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina


• (1984) Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Viamonte 430, 1053 Buenos Aires, Argentina
• (1979) Biochemist University of Buenos Aires, Viamonte 430, 1053 Buenos Aires, Argentina
• (2009) American Gastroenterological Association Fellow, AGAF AGA Institute USA
• (2005) Magister in Medical Education, National University of Tucuman, 4000 San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina

Amir Houshang Mohammad Alizadeh, MD

Professor
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Taleghani Hospital
Shaheed Beheshti Medical University,Iran


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES


• (June 2010-Present) Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Shaheed Beheshti Medical University, Iran
• (January 2005- June 2010) Associate Professor and Full Time Member of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department
• (October 1988- October 1990) General Medicine, Hamedan Medical School, Hamedan University, Iran
• (September 1997-January 2005) Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Department
• (1980-1981) High School Diploma, Hamedan High School, Iran
• (October 1997) Board Certification of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
• (September 1995-September 1997) Fellowship Trainee, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
• (September 1995) Board Certification of Internal Medicine
• (September 1991-September 1995) Internal Medicine Resident
• (1991-1994) Internal Medicine, Tehran University
• (September 1990) Medical Doctor
• (September 1983-September 1990) Medical Student

Vishal Khurana, MD, DM

Consultant - Gastroenterology
Sarvodaya hospital and Research Center
Faridabad, Haryana-121006
India


EDUCATION


• (1999) All India Secondary Examination (X Standard): CBSE board with 86.8% marks
• (2001) All India Senior Secondary Examination (XII Standard): CBSE Board with 92 % marks
• (December 2005) Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): Institute of medical sciences (IMS), Banaras Hindu university (BHU), India. With average of 65% marks
• (1st January to 31st December 2006) Completed one year rotatary internship: Sir Sunderlal hospital, Banaras Hindu university (BHU), India
• (2010) Completed MD, Department of General Medicine, Institute of medical sciences (IMS), Banaras, Hindu university (BHU), India, With 64.25%, Topper of batch
• (July 2014) DM Gastroenetrology, IPGMER, Kolkata. West Bengal university of health sciences (WBUHS), With 59.25%, Topper of batch

Alus M. Xiaoli, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
1301 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461


Dr. Xiaoli received his PhD degree from Okayama University (Japan) in 2011. His doctoral research was focused on understanding how carbohydrates affect the metabolism of other nutrients in mammals. After five years of postdoctoral training, Dr. Xiaoli currently working as an Associate (Faculty) in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research interest is the molecular basis of obesity and diabetes. Brown and beige fat content or activity may be a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Xiaoli particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of brown and beige fat development and function and inter-organ regulation of metabolism.

Ajai Khanna MD., PhD., MBA., FACS., FRCS (Eng. & Glasg.)

Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4400 Penn Avenue, FP6
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224, USA


EDUCATION

1977 SSLC Honors Senior Cambridge Certification, St Joseph’s High School, Allahabad, India
1983 MD (First in Class) University of Allahabad Medical School, India
1986 MS General Surgery University of Allahabad Medical School, India
2000 Ph.D. (Immunology) University of Manchester, UK
2006 MBA (Healthcare Finance) Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

1982-1983 Internship, University of Allahabad, India
1983-1987 MS Residency in General Surgery, University of Allahabad, India
1987-1988 Clinical Instructor in Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute, University Madras Hospital; Chennai, India
1989-1993 General Surgery Residency, University Hospitals of Aberdeenand London, UK
1994-1995 Fellow/ Instructor Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh PA
1996-1998 Fellow/Instructor in Intestinal, Multi-visceral, Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation, Univ. of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Transplant Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA

Felix Rückert, MD, PhD

Professor
Surgical Department
University Hospital Mannheim
Mannheim, Germany


Dr. Rückert started research in Pancreatic Cancer in 2005 in the Surgical Department of the University Hospital Dresden (Prof. Saeger). The focus of his research was apoptosis signaling and the desmoplastic reaction. During this time period he finished his PhD and his specialization.
Since 2012, he continued his research and clinical work on the Surgical Department of the University Hospital Mannheim. Here, he shifted his focus to in vitro models of pancreatic cancer and cholangiocellular carcinoma.

Dr. Kelvin K.C. Ng

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Queen Mary Hospital
Hong Kong


Dr. Ng graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1995. He specializes in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation. He joined the Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong since 1996. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery and Liver transplantation of the department. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a member of several international professional organizations, including the International Society of Digestive Surgery and International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association. He is also honorary treasurer of International Society of Digestive Surgery.
Dr. Ng’s main research interests are in the field of surgical management of hepatobiliary- pancreatic cancer and liver transplantation. His clinical research interest in liver cancer ranges from surgical management for early cancer to local ablation therapy for advanced disease. He was awarded the postgraduate degree of Doctor of Philosophy on the study of local ablation therapy in animal models and the degree of Master of Surgery on the study of clinical applications of radiofrequency ablation for liver cancer. In 2002, he pioneered the application of radiofrequency ablation in the management of early liver cancer and he led a single-center randomized trial of hepatic resection versus radiofrequency ablation for early hepatocellular carcinoma, which was completed in 2007 with significant clinical results. Dr. Ng is also one of the few transplant surgeons in Hong Kong, who can independently perform various types of liver transplant, including adultto- adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) using right liver graft with middle hepatic vein or left liver graft using middle hepatic vein, adult-to-pediatric living donor liver transplantation, deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) and split-liver liver transplantation. Till now, his personal series of LDLT and DDLT is over 600 and 150, respectively. In 2009, he pioneered the issue of MELD exception policy for patient with T2 hepatocellular carcinoma in Hong Kong and he was involved in the first donorexchange living donor liver transplantation in Hong Kong.
Dr. Ng is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, including Annals of Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, Radiology and Hepatology. He is the editorial broad member of international journals, including Medicineâ. He has delivered numerous invited talks in various regional and international conferences on his research works. Based on his academic achievements, he has received several awards, including Gold Medal for Best Original Research, John Wong Young Surgeon’s Award, Young Investigator Award, the G.B. Ong Travelling Fellowship, International Guest Scholarship and Carlos A. Pellegrini’s Travelling Fellowship by American College of Surgeons.