WFSA Council nominees 2020-2024
Counter/Additional nominations are now invited for the 2020-2024 WFSA Council (at large / regional positions).
Submissions must be made online via the WFSA Awards Platform https://wfsagrants.awardsplatform.com/ and must include:
1. A completed Application
2. An abbreviated CV (no more than one A4 page)
3. A passport style photograph (jpeg format)
4. Letters of support from your Member Society and 2 other Member Societies supporting the nomination
The deadline for submission of additional nominations is 5th August 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Africa and the Middle East
Dr Philippe Mavoungou - Congo
Dr Mavoungou is currently staff anesthesiologist at the Hopital Robert – Ancenis, France, and is a firm advocate of anaesthesiology in Africa and worldwide. He is founding member of the Société Congolaise d’Anesthésie Réanimation Urgences (SOCARU) and, amongst others, a member of the Societe Francaise d’Anesthesie Reanimation (SFAR) and of the Societe d’Anesthesie Reanimation d’Afrique Francophone (SARAF). He was elected as Council member of the WFSA in 2016 and has served as a co-opted Member of the Board (2018-2019), He is currently Chair of the WFSA ad hoc Anaesthesia Equipment Committee.
Dr Abel Mwale - Zambia
Dr Abel Mwale is a consultant anaesthesiologist from Zambia with a rich experience of both the public and private sector. He is the current Secretary for the WFSA African Regional Section (ARS) and also for the Society of Anaesthetists of Zambia as well as being a WFSA local and international trainer for SAFE courses. He is also a Council Member and Fellow of the College of Anaesthesiologists for East, Central and Southern Africa (CANECSA) where he also serves on the Education Committee. He is a lecturer for the Zambia Ministry of Health-led Specialty Training Programme (STP). Under the College of Surgeons for East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) he is a trainer of trainers for the Management of Surgical Emergencies programme.
Dr Kevin Umani Okech – Kenya
Dr Kevin Umani Okech is a consultant anaesthesiologist currently specialising in cardiac anaesthesia at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet County, Kenya. He has been in practice for 5 years, after completing his Masters in medicine anaesthesia training at the University Of Nairobi. He completed his Fellowship in cardiovascular anaesthesia in July 2019 at the Narayana Medical College. His other areas of interest are transesophageal echocardiography and the education and mentorship of anaesthesia trainees.
Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe - Nigeria
Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, River State, Nigeria.
She is Past President of both the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists and the Africa Regional Section of the WFSA. She is currently the Permanent Council Secretary and on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance).
Dr Onajin-Obembe graduated from the Medical College of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a Fellow in Anaesthesiology from the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and gained regional experience as a Fellow of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) as part of a professional and linguistic exchange programme within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She obtained her MBA in International Hospital and Healthcare Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany and is an executive scholar at the International School of Management, Paris.
Professor Patricia Yazbeck – Lebanon
Profesor Yazbeck is a specialist in of Anesthesia and Critical Care at St Joseph’s University, Beirut and has been a full time physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital since 1982 and Chair of the department since 2005. She is also Head of both their Ambulatory Surgery Committee and the Organ Procurement Unit.
She was President of the WFSA regional section, the Pan Arab Federation Societies of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management (PAFSA) from 2016-2018 and reappointed from 2018-2020.
In addition Professor Yazbeck is President of the Lebanese Society of Critical Care Medicine (LSCCM), an Advisory Board member of the Lebanese Society of Anesthesiologists (LSA) and a member of both the French Society of Anesthesia and Critical Care (SFAR) and the French Society of Reanimation (SRLF). She has been a co-opted member of the WFSA Council since 2016.
Professor Yuguang Huang - China
Dr Yuguang Huang is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing. He is the President of Chinese Society of Anesthesiology (CSA), Chairman and Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Dr Huang undertook his post-doctoral research training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA.
He is an active member of national and international societies, including Director of Anesthetic Quality Assurance Center of National Health Commission (NHC) of the People's Republic of China; Vice President of the China Ambulatory Surgery Alliance; Faculty member of the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) for Anesthesiology; Pain Management; a member of the 13th National and Municipal Committees of the The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and a member of the Committee on Education, Science, Health and Sport. He is currently a WFSA member of Council.
Dr Muralidhar Joshi – India
Dr Muralidhar Joshi is the Director of the Pain Management Centre for the Virinchi Hospitals, Telangana, Hyderabad and is considered to be one of the pioneers of pain management in Asia. His areas of interest include Safe Anaesthesia Practice, Pain Education and Professional Wellbeing. With over 25 years’ experience he has written six books, lectured worldwide and published many articles in indexed journals. He has been President and Treasurer of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA) and Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP). He is a member of the WFSA Pain Relief Committee and a Council member, as well as being sub-editor of the Pain section of Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW). He also plays a major role in WFSA-Masimo 'Safe Anaesthesia Practice'; 'EPM' project in India and heads the WFSA fellowship programme on Acute and Chronic Pain Management at Virinchi Hospitals.
Professor Il-Ok Lee - Korea
Professor Il-Ok Lee graduated from Korea University, Seoul. She is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the College of Medicine, Korea University. She was research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Boston and visiting professor and research associate for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is an editorial member of several reputed journals including the World Journal of Anesthesiology, Case Reports in Anesthesiology and the International Journal of Clinical Research & Trials and has authored 60 research articles. She was formerly President of the Korean Society of Anesthesiology, of the Korean Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Korean Society of Geriatric Anesthesia.
Dr Kumudini Ranatunga – Sri Lanka
Dr Ranatunga is Senior Consultant Cardio-thoracic Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. He is a past-President of the College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka and a member of the Board of Study in Anaesthesiology and Speciality Board in Emergency Medicine for the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. He was former Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society for Study of Pain (ISSP and an examiner and chief examiner for the Final MD in Anaesthesiology and in Emergency Medicine, Sri Lanka.
Dr Ranatunga is General Secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists- Asian-Australasian Regional Section (WFSA-AARS) and a member of the WFSA Education Committee.
Professor Shigeru Saito - Japan
Professor Shigeru Saito is Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology, Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Deputy Chief of Gunma University Hospital, Tokyo. He is a graduate of the Gunma University School of Medicine and went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience.
He has held numerous directorial posts, including a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists, a member of the Japan Society of Pain Clinicians past-President of The Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia and a member of Japanese Societies including Regional Anesthesia, Medical Gases, Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine and Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He is a current member of the The Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia and of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr Cong Quyet Thang - Vietnam
Associate Professor Cong Quyet Thang is Senior Lecturer at HaNoi Medical University and has more than 30 years of experience in Anesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care as Invited Consultant and Lecturer in many hospitals and Anesthesia Departments across Vietnam. He is President of the Vietnamese Society of Anaesthetists (VSA), President of CASA and Vice-President of the Asian and Oceanic Societies of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Congress (AOSRA-PM). He has contributed to over 100 publications and scientific papers in Vietnamese, two in English and was a contributor to 5 books including the 9th edition of Miller's Anesthesia.
Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
Dr David Pescod – Australia
David Pescod AO, is the Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is Deputy Director of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Northern Hospital, Melbourne. He is a currently a member of the WFSA Council, the Overseas Aid Committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and of the Overseas Development and Education Committee of the Australian Societies of Anaesthetists (ASA).
David has extensive experience in anaesthesia education and anaesthesia provision in low resource environments. He has received the Presidents Medal from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Medal of Honour from the Mongolian Ministry of Health and the Officer of the Order Australia from the Australian Government in recognition of his service.
Professor Stefan De Hert – Belgium
Stefan De Hert is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Research at the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Ghent University Hospital/Ghent University.
He has authored and co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and many chapters in different textbooks. He is Executive Section Editor of Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Outcomes of Anesthesia & Analgesia and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. He has over 65 scientific and clinical papers included in this and other journals.
Professor De Hert acted as chair of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Scientific Committee. He is currently President of the ESA and a board member of the Society for Anaesthesia and Resuscitation of Belgium (SARB).
Dr Katarina Galková – Slovakia
Dr Galková is Head of Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in the Faculty Hospital, Nitra. She is chief editor of the Slovak journal Anesteziologia a intenzivna medicina (Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine) which she established alongside Úrazová a itenzívna medicína(Traumatology and Intensive Care Medicine). She is also elected to the board of Slovak Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine.
Between 2006 and 2007, thanks to WFSA, she attended the International School for Instructors in Anaesthesiology (ISIA). Since then, she has helped organise ISIA annual courses in Slovakia. She considers the opportunity of representing WFSA to be a great challenge and honour.
Professor Dr Jan-Thorsten Gräsner – Germany
Professor Gräsner has been Director of the Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein since 2015 where he also has responsibility for the German Resuscitation Registry. Prior to that, he held posts of Assistant Medical Director and of Scientific Assistant in the Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Operative Intensive Medicine at the hospital and worked in Dortmund.
He is a long-time member of The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) Executive Committee and founder of their Emergency Medicine Scientific Working Days.
Professor Gräsner has over 160 published works, has edited seven scientific books and is editor of the journal NotfallmedizinUp2date. He is also a Scientific Advisory Council member of the journal Der Anästhesist.
Dr Emilia Guasch – Spain
Dr Guasch is a Spanish anaesthesiologist, who was born in Uruguay. She has always been involved in obstetric anaesthesia, which is her main field of interest. She is an advocate of patient safety and as a member of her national society in Spain, Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor (SEDAR) is involved in developing responsibilities in this field. She has been the Vice-President of SEDAR for the past six years and also involved in the European Society of Anesthesia (ESA) as a member of the Obstetric Anesthesia Subcommittee and the Gender Equity Committee. She is also Honorary Secretary of the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA/UEMS).
Dr Per Nellgård – Sweden
After medical studies in Gothenburg, Sweden Dr Nellgård became a consultant in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and subspecialised in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. He gained his PhD in Physiology and Anaesthesia in 1995. He has been a member of the Board of the Swedish Society of Anaesthesiology (SFAI) for 10 years and a member of the Board of the Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology (SSAI) since 2015.
At the University of Sahlgrenska Hospital he headed up departments including Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care for 25 years, ending in 2019. He also teaches courses regional and international courses on subjects including Difficult Airways, Pain, Advanced Intensive Care Medicine and Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. He has been a member of the Board of the Swedish Society of Medicine, the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. He is interested in the future development of anaesthesia and patient safety and was recently awarded the National Patient Safety Award (SFAI).
Professor Tatjana Šimurina – Croatia
Associate Professor Tatjana Šimurina is qualified in anesthesiology, resuscitation, emergency medicine and intensive medicine and has extensive professional experience in perioperative medicine. She is a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Scientific Subcommittee and Executive board member of the Croatian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (CSARIM) and of CSRAA. She has been a faculty member, invited lecturer and chairman at national and international conferences.
Professor Šimurina has been involved with WFSA and ESA as part of the Ambulatory Anesthesia Committee. She has taught courses at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Osijek and the Department of Health Studies, University of Zadar and has published and been cited in over 30 original peer-reviewed articles and chapters.
Dr Mostafa Somri - Israel
Dr Somri studied at the University of Padova School of Medicine, Italy and is Director of the Anesthesia Department for the Pain Clinic at the Bnai-Zion Medical Center, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He holds Fellowships at the Pediatric Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Cook Children’s Medical Center, Texas and at the Anesthesia Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa.
Dr Somri’s research interests include regional anesthesia and outcomes in high risk infants; introducing new airway devices, and peri-operative analgesic techniques surgical stress response in pediatric patients and has been involved in over 65 papers and published articles. He is Chairman of the Israel Society of Pediatric Anesthesia and a member of professional and scientific organisations including the Israel Medical Association, the Society of Anesthesiology, the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology and of the European Society of Pediatric Anesthesia.
Dr Anna Spacek - Austria
Dr Anna Spacek is Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna. She works at the General Hospital (AKH) in Vienna and studied in Stettin, Poland. She has specialist interests including pain management, acupuncture, intensive care management and anaesthesia in developing countries. She has been a Board member of The World Society of Pain Clinicians, member of the Editorial Board of The Pain Clinic, secretary of the World Society of Pain Clinicians and on the Editorial Board Member of Anestezjologia iRatownictwo. She is also past-President of the World Society of Pain Clinicians.
Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands
Dr Luiz Fernando dos Reis Falcão - Brazil
Dr Falcão is associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Medicine at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently Scientific Director for the São Paulo State Society of Anesthesiologists (SAESP) and from 2018 to 2019 was Director of International Affairs. Additionally, he is Chief Operating Officer of the Paulista Associated Anesthesiologists Group (GAAP).He holds an MBA in Business Management and a postdoctoral degree from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital), gained a superior title of anesthesiology in 2013 from the Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology and a PhD in Anesthesiology in 2012.
Dr Pedro Ibarro – Colombia
Dr Ibarro holds a critical care fellowship in trauma anesthesia from New York University and an MSc in Healthcare Informatics from the University of Bath. In 1992, he developed the Anesthesia Practice Minimal Standards of the Colombian Society of Anesthesiologists (SCARE), which were adopted by the Health Ministry as mandatory requirements for anesthesia practice in Colombia. As chair of the Safety Committee he also led the publication of the Consensus in Anesthesia Safety for Plastic Surgery and Sedation Practice by non-Anesthesiologists.
Over the last 25 years, Dr Ibarro has been at the forefront of a number new developments in Columbian anaesthesiology, including streamlined preanesthetic testing algorithms, dynamic volemia monitoring, rational fluid management, the concept of optimizing HbA1C prior to major arthroplasties in diabetics and the first Patient Blood Management program in Colombia.
He has been a member of the WFSA Education Committee and the Safety Committee as well as webmaster and is currently the Council representative for Latin America, and chair of the Safety Committee for CLASA.
North America and Canada
Dr Dylan Bould - Canada
Dr Bould is an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and cross appointed to the Department of Innovation in Medical Education. He holds a Master’s in Education and has sub-specialty fellowship training in simulation/education, pediatric anesthesia and pediatric cardiac anesthesia. He is chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society International Education Foundation and on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesiology, BJA Education and Advances in Simulation. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in the areas of medical education or global health. His research interests include strengthening the anesthesia and surgical workforce, medical migration and burnout in healthcare providers.
Dr Bould has been on the WFSA Education Committee since 2016. He has lived and worked in four continents and was involved in the development of the University of Zambia anesthesia residency program and has similar partnerships in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Guyana and Burkina Faso. (Should Dr. Cheng not be elected as treasurer he will replace Dr Bould as the Canadian candidate for Council).
Elizabeth Drum – USA
Dr Drum is a pediatric anesthesiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. She has been active in anesthesiology education and training for more than ten years, with her primary focus being on strengthening educational programs in anesthesia in Ethiopia.
She is Vice-Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Global Humanitarian Outreach Committee and directs the Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship program, through which she has coordinated rotations for over 40 anesthesiology residents and fellows. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Global Committee (SPA Global), the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) and Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP). She is also leading an effort with the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) to start an anesthesiology residency training program at Kijabe, Kenya.
Dr Drum has been a member of the Paediatric Anaesthesia Committee of the WFSA since 2016.