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WFSA Council nominees 2020-2024

Dr Philippe Mavoungou - Congo

Mavoungou PDr 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.

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Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe - Nigeria

Onajin ObembeDr 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.

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Professor Patricia Yazbeck – Lebanon

Yazbeck PProfesor 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.

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Professor Yuguang Huang - China

Huang YDr 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.

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Professor Il-Ok Lee - Korea

Ilok LeeProfessor 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.

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Professor Shigeru Saito - Japan

Saito SProfessor 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.

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Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands 

Dr David Pescod – Australia

Pescoed DDavid 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.

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Professor Stefan De Hert – Belgium

De Hert SStefan 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).

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Dr Emilia Guasch – Spain

Guasch EDr 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).

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Dr Anna Spacek - Austria

Spaceck ADr 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.

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Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands

Dr Luiz Fernando dos Reis Falcão - Brazil

Falcao LFDr 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.

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Dr Pedro Ibarra – Colombia

Ibarro PDr Ibarra 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 Ibarra 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.

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North America and Canada

Dr Dylan Bould - Canada

Bould DDr 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).

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Dr Elizabeth Drum – USA

Drum EDr 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.

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