Organizing Committee Members

Antonio Ruggiero

Catholic University, Italy

Prof. Ruggiero received his medical degree from the Catholic University in Rome in 1992. He holds Board of Pediatrics in 1996 and Board of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology in 1998 at the Catholic University of Rome. Prof. Ruggiero is currently an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Catholic University of Rome where he is responsible for teaching Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Carrying a regular patient load as consultant in pediatric oncology allows him to maintain his clinical skills and to promote improvements in safety and quality of healthcare. Examples of activities include producing guidelines for prevention of healthcare associated treatments and improvements in basic safe medical practices. His research interests focus on pediatric clinical trials, clinical pharmacology of antineoplastic drugs, pain therapy and pediatric drugs.

Professor Mehmet Emre Atabek

Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey

Professor Mehmet Emre Atabek has completed his Ph.D. at the age of 37 years from Erciyes University and postdoctoral studies from Selcuk University School of Meram Medicine. He is the director of Pediatric Endocrinology, a premier pediatric endocrinolgy and diabetology service organization. He has published more than 140 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute. He has been interested in searching metabolic problems of obese children in most of his articles. His articles have been cited more than 1500 citations by another article in Web of Science so far. He continues to work as head of the Department of Pedaitric Endocrinolgy, Necmettin Erbakan University.

Waldo Concepcion

Stanford University, USA

In my early publications in my professional career, I focused on liver transplantation because this was a great focus in my training and career development. I published with my team in outcomes and new techniques in liver transplantation that were important improvements in patients undergoing liver transplants, children as well as adult patients. In the last 12 years of my career, I have re-focused my professional focus in the field of pediatric kidney transplantation. At my arrival to Stanford University, I became Chief to Pediatric Kidney Transplantation and have dedicated my research and innovation to improve the outcomes in children with complex urological and vascular disorders undergoing kidney transplantation. With the support of a dedicated team of experts, we have provided solutions for these disorders and published these results to enhance the field. The same can be said about our work in immunosuppression in children. For many years, steroids were the cornerstone of immunosuppression in transplantation. Through our innovation and multicenter trials, we brought to the field the concept that steroid-free immunosuppression was feasible and safe in children undergoing kidney transplant in selected patients without adverse outcomes to compromise graft survival. In the latest part of my career, my contribution to science is the development of new strategies to diagnose and treat children suffering of viral infections in the post-operative course. We have done extensive research in the field of BK infection and sequencing the virus to understand better new strategies for treatment. We are also developing the new generation of therapies based in Cytotoxic T-cells derived therapies for the treatment of viral infections.

Dario Galante

University Hospital Ospedali Riuniti of Foggia, Italy

Dr. Dario Galante is a pediatric, neonatal and obstetric anesthesiologist of the University Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, University Hospital Ospedali Riuniti of Foggia, Italy. Author of many publications indexed on PuBMed, member and Editor in Chief of editorial boards and peer-reviewer of many international journals. He is expert in ultrasound regional anesthesia and pedaitric and neonatal anesthesia and pedaitric intensive care. He is President and founder many important scientific society and is committed and expert in the management of scientific societies, international conference activities and in developing guidelines and recommendations: SIAATIP, SUA and Società Italiana di Partoanalgesia, Scuola Italiana Emergenze. He invented a new innovative technique in simultaneous noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring and ventilation through proseal laringeal mask airway and transesophageal doppler called “TED-PLMA Technique”, and a new innovative ultrasound abdominal block called "UAT - Ultrasound Abdominal Tri-block" (a combination of TAP Block and Ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric blocks) in pediatric patients.

Abdelmonem Awad Hegazy

Zagazig University, Egypt

Dr. Abdelmonem A. Hegazy is currently working as Professor of Human Anatomy and Embryology Department in Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University (Egypt); as well as he is a Consultant of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility. He is the former chairman of the Anatomy and Embryology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University; and Professor in King Saud and Majmaah Universities (KSA) and Misurata, Faculty of Medicine (Libya) 2000. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the following international journals: International Journal of Human Anatomy (USA); Journal of Experimental Medicine and Biology (Singapore) & Women Health and Complications (UK). He is the Former Editor-in-Chief of Zagazig University Medical Journal (Egypt). He is also a referee member of scientific research submitted for promotion of professors in Egyptian Universities. He participates in Zagazig University academic, scientific, educational and professional development activities in the fields of medical sciences development, including basic and clinical research, policy implementation, design programs, set coursework plans, curricula, syllabi, scientific conference paneling, as well as designing and delivering a wide scope of continuous professional development programs, including training, strategic planning, research methodology, scientific thesis and dissertation writing; research proposal, medical ethics, organization’s behavior issues, all with emphasis on system and staff development. Dr. Hegazy has plenty of scientific publications and projects with many citations. He has got many national and international honors and awards. Dr. Hegazy has been supervising post graduate students in their thesis works. He is also a well-known reviewer/referee/editorial board member in more than 120 international indexed journals. Prof Hegazy is a Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA). He is also an Advisory Board Member "Motherhood and Childhood of Arab-African Union for Sustainable and Integrated Development; & in Supreme Council for the Defense of Child Rights Egypt.

Prithvi Narayan

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, USA

Dr. Narayan is a board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon who joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences faculty as associate professor and section chief of pediatric neurosurgery. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. His residency training was completed at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri. With more than a decade in academic medicine, he has served on the faculty of such institutions as Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York Medical College in Valhalla, and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Most recently he served as director of neurosciences and medical director of pediatric neurosurgery at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, California. Multi-published in peer-reviewed journals, he has also made significant contributions to books, chapters and monographs and has lectured nationally and internationally. He is actively involved in teaching and training residents and medical students and has a keen interest in clinical and translational research. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Pediatric Neurosurgery Section and served for two years as a member of the Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery Working Group for the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Dr Narayan’s clinical expertise includes but is not limited to pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors, neuro-endoscopy, pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, hydrocephalus, spina Bifida and tethered Spinal Cord, Chiari malformations and syringomyelia, surgical treatment of spasticity, Moya Moya Disease/syndrome and vascular malformations.