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Speakers are listed alphabetically by surname.

Alia Abdel Alfattah (Egypt)


Alia Abdel Alfattah (Egypt)

MB., B. Ch., "Very Good" (Cairo University, 1978). Master of cardiology (Cairo University, November, 1984).

Critical Care Unite since 1982 in Cairo University.

Nuclear Cardiology at: Philadelphia heart institute USA (1993) up to 1994.

Bermingham, Ulabama University USA (2000). ECLS

Fellow in Critical Care Unit, Cairo University 1982-1992. Lecturer of Critical Care, Cairo University (1992 - 1997).

Assistant Professor of Critical Care, Cairo University (1997- 2002).

Professor of Critical Care, Cairo University (2002).

Member of Egyptian Society of Cardiology (1981).

Member of Egyptian Society of Hypertension (1994).

Member of American society of Nuclear Cardiology (1994).

Director of nuclear cardiology laboratory, Cairo University Hospitals (1998).

Secretary of Egyptian league for nuclear cardiology (league from Egyptian society of cardiology).

Board Reviewer in Journal of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (2001).

Member Of European Society Of Nuclear Medicine (2004).

Board Reviewer in Journal of European Society of Nuclear Medicine (2005).

Chief of Critical Care Department, Cairo University (2005).

Vice – president of new kasr el-Aini Hospital, Cairo University (2007 - 2010).

Consultant for Ministry of Health (2010).

Chief of Critical Care Department, Cairo University (2011).

Director of ECMO unit in Critical Care Department, Cairo University (2013)

Khalid Abdel Noor Saifeldeen (Qatar)


Khalid Abdel Noor Saifeldeen (Qatar)

Dr Saifeldeen is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK with Master degree in Healthcare Management (Ireland). Dr Saifeldeen is a senior Emergency Physician and the Director of Hamad International Training Centre (HITC) at Hamad Medical Corporation. HITC is Qatar's largest accredited centre for multi-professional healthcare trainings. Dr Saifeldeen is a strong advocate of educational governance and the translation of training activities into high quality and safe patient care. In recent years, HITC has expanded the diversity of its trainings activities to include more than 50 courses, learning platform, bigger than ever emphasis on team and multi-professional training and the importance of educational governance.

Akram Abdel-Barry (Egypt)


Akram Abdel-Bary (Egypt)
Critical Care Department Cairo university Egypt
Assistant professor of Critical Care, Cairo University.

Trained in La Pitie Salpetriere, Cardiology institute, Paris, France. ECLS diploma, University of Pierre Marie Curie, Paris, France. Head of ECMO unit, Cairo University. Consultant of Critical Care and interventional Cardiology.
Member of ACC, ESC, ESCIM, ECCC, EAPCI, ELSO and SCCM.

Ahmad Lutfe Abdussalam (Qatar)


Ahmad Lutfe Abdussalam, MD, MRCP, (Qatar)

Dr. Abdussalam is Senior Consultant, Critical Care Service, SRF-ECMO consultant and Director of Critical Care Fellowship Training Program in Hamad Medical Corporation, as well as an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. He graduated from Medical School Tripoli, Libya. He is Board Certified in General Critical Care and Neuro-Critical Care and was attending physician at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan; and at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia (USA).

Abeer Ahmed (Qatar)


Abeer Ahmed (Qatar)

Mrs. Abeer graduated with a BSc. in Chemistry/Zoology from Qatar University and joined HMC in 1991 as a Cardiopulmonary Bypass Technician. After two years she became a qualified Perfusionist and obtained her certificate of Cardiopulmonary Perfusion. She has been working as Senior Clinical Perfusionist in the Heart Hospital Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Department for the last three years. She is the perfusion ECMO Lead for both Hamad General Hospital and Heart Hospital since 2014 and contributed to developing the HMC SRF ECMO Service.

Naseem Al Badw (Qatar)


Mr. Naseem Al Badw RN-B.Sc. (Qatar)

RN-B.Sc. in nursing science, graduated from the university of Jordan, Started my career working in intensive care service in Jordan. I have been part of intensive care nursing –MICU in Hamad general hospital- Qatar since 2012. I am one of the core team of ECMO programme which started in 2014 working as ECMO Nurse specialist. Underwent ECMO training at Guys and ST Thomas hospital- London, berlin and Abu Dhabi. Interested in nurses’ development and education, ECMO education, simulation and transport.

Samira Al Maraghi (Qatar)


Samira Al Maraghi (Qatar)

Samira Al-Maraghi is Medical Technical Consultant, chief of Pediatric Perfusion in HMC, She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in science from the university of Qatar, followed Post graduate diploma in perfusion science from the University of Surry, United kingdom.

She had undergone her professional perfusion training at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS trust in London, Great Ormond street Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary, London, UK.

She is Accredited Clinical Perfusionist by the society of Clinical Perfusion Scientist of Great Britain & Ireland.
LCCP from the College of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Loua Al Shaikh (Qatar)

Loua Al Shaikh (Qatar)

MBChB, BSc (Hons), FRCA

Dr Al Shaikh graduated from Dundee and Glasgow Universities and gained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (London) in 1995. He was a consultant intensivist/ anaesthetist in the UK National Health service until 2010 when he was appointed as the Medical Director of the Ambulance Service Group at HMC. He is clinically active with high acuity in-hospital patients as well as national and international transfers and retrievals.

Said Al-Hanshi (Oman)
Said Al-Hanshi (Oman)
Hassan Al-Thani (Qatar)


Hassan Al-Thani MD, FACS, MBA, MBBch, CABS, FRCSI/C Sr. Consultant, Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery Hamad General Hospital (Qatar)

Dr. Hassan Al Thani is the Head of Trauma and Vascular Surgery Sections of Hamad General Hospital, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his surgical training in both Qatar and Canada. He completed his training in trauma and vascular surgery at McMaster University Health Sciences, Canada. In 2004, after completion of his training, he joined Hamad General Hospital as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Surgery. In the same year he established the Vascular Surgery Section.

Dr. Al Thani was involved in a number of administrative duties which included Board Member of Hamad Medical Corporation from 2006-2008, Chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee from 2008-2009, Board Member of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar from 2008 - 2012, Executive Board Member of the Gulf Vascular Society from 2007, President of the Gulf Vascular Society from 2009 and Board Member of Qatar Medical College and Chair of ATLS Chapter.

Guillaume Alinier (Qatar)


Guillaume Alinier MPhys, PGCert, PhD, SFHEA (Qatar)

Professor Alinier, Director of Research (HMC Ambulance Service, Doha), is a National Teaching Fellow (2006) and holds a tenured Chair (University of Hertfordshire, UK). He has been involved in setting up the ECMO training programme in Qatar from the onset as the local simulation lead. He is a regular keynote speaker who has held various positions in the international healthcare simulation education community and has published widely on the topic in over 60 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Khalid Alkhamees (KSA)


Khalid Alkhamees MD, MSc, EMBA, DESC (KSA)

Dr. Alkhamees is Consultant Cardiac, VAD and ECMO Surgeon and Executive Director of Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Al-Hassa, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.He is member of the Executive Board, Directorateof Health Affairs inAl-Hassa, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. He is also Board Member of The Saudi Society forCardiac Surgeons, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Dr. Alkhamees is a visiting Professor Cardiac Surgeon at Pitie-Salpetriere Heart Institute in Paris.

Abdul Aziz Alkhulaifi (Qatar)
Abdul Aziz Alkhulaifi (Qatar)
Dana Bakdach (Qatar)
Dana Bakdach (Qatar)

Dr. Dana Bakdach was graduated from Qatar University, College of Pharmacy with an honor degree in Bachelor of Science / Pharmacy in 2012. She then completed her post-graduate Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 with the Head of the Graduating Class distinction. Since then, Bakdach has been practicing as a clinical pharmacist in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Hamad General Hospital (HGH). Meanwhile, she finished her critical care traineeship with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and finished her On-site training at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bakdach assisted the training of the post-graduate PharmD students during her clinical expertise. She also assisted in delivering several educational lectures to the undergraduate pharmacy program as part of the teaching curriculum. Dr. Bakdach had couple of publications pertaining to pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice. Her research interest is currently focused on intensive care managements and medication safety. Dana is an integral part of the ECMO program; her knowledge and experience in extracorporeal physiology and Drug-Patient interaction have been instrumental for the success of the ECMO program at HMC.

Nicholas Barrett (UK)


Nicholas Barrett (United Kingdom)

Dr. Nicholas Barrett is a consultant in critical care medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust who originally trained in both anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Australia. He has set up and continues to lead the severe cardiac and respiratory failure programme at GSTT, with particular interests in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R). He is a specialist advisor to NICE on ECMO & ECCO2R, a founder and committee member of EuroELSO, a CQC inspector, an advisor to Japan and Qatar on ECMO and a member of the ECMO advisory group to the ICU CRG.

Robert Bartlett (USA)


Robert H Bartlett MD (USA)

Dr. Bartlett developed extracorporeal life support (ECLS) from the laboratory through the first successful clinical trials to routine practice worldwide. ECLS has led to new understanding of the pathophysiology of renal, cardiac, and pulmonary failure which provides the basis for much of modern critical care. Dr Bartlett continues laboratory and clinical research at the University of Michigan where he is Professor of Surgery, Emeritus.

Richard Beale (UK)


Richard Beale (UK)

Richard Beale is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at King’s College, London, and a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and his clinical and research interests include sepsis, haemodynamic monitoring, advanced ventilation, nutrition in the critically ill, and ICU informatics. He is Clinical Director for Perioperative, Critical Care and Pain Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and also has responsibility for Cardiovascular Services. He is also Leader of the Clinical Academic Group within King’s Health Partners AHSC that includes Critical Care, and is acute Clinical Academic Group Development lead for King’s Health Partners, with honorary membership of the KHP Executive. He is past Chair of the Research Committee of the ESICM, and was a member of the ESICM Executive. He has been an ESICM representative on the Steering Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign since 2004, and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings. Professor Beale is Clinical Director for London Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks.

Giulia Bravetti (Italy)


Giulia Bravetti (Italy)

2006 graduate in Cardiovascular perfusion
Since 2008 work as a perfusionist in Bambino Gesù pediatric Hospital in Rome
Since 2013 part of Bambino Gesù high fedelity ecmo simulation team
2015 completed Simulation Masterclass level 1
2016 completed Simulation Masterclass advanced level

Daniel Brodie (USA)


Daniel Brodie MD (USA)

Dr. Brodie is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York (USA). He is the Director of the Medical ICUs and the Medical Critical Care Service, the Co-Director of the Center for Acute Respiratory Failure and the Director of the Medical ECMO Program at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is the Executive Committee Chairman for the International ECMO Network (ECMONet), an organization dedicated to fostering high quality research in the field of ECMO.

Craig Campbell (Australia)


Mr Craig B Campbell BTech, MSc (Australia)

Mr Campbell has a B.Tech Degree in Emergency Medical Care and MSc: Cardiology (University of Brighton, UK). He is currently completing a Doctorate in Professional Practice in Organisational Change. He has 24 years of experience as a Critical Care Paramedic, in both aeromedical and ground based high acuity transfers and seven years in higher education. He was involved in the HMC ECMO programme, including design of the ECMO simulation programme. He is now a Senior Lecturer on the Paramedicine programme of the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine, Australia.

Gerry Capatos (South Africa)


Dr. Gerry Capatos (South Africa)

Dr. Gerry Capatos is an Intensivist, working in Johannesburg, South Africa, at Arwyp Medical Centre. His interest lies in the integration of ECMO as a modality in ICU. He is currently establishing programmes to use ECMO early and appropriately. His other interests include developing protocols for antibiotic stewardship and early warning systems in the critically ill patient. Gerry enjoys mountain biking in his spare time.

Simon Sin Wai Ching(Hong Kong)

Simon Sin Wai (Hong Kong)

Dr. Sin Wai Ching , Simon is the Associate Consultant of the Department of Adult Intensive Care ,Queen Mary Hospital. Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Education Co-chair of the ELSO Asia Pacific Chapter . His major interest is ECMO simulation and he is the course director of the APELSO ECMO course held in Hong Kong. He was also invited in various SE Asia country to run ECMO simulation workshops.

Alain Combes (France)


Alain Combes MD, PhD (France)

Professor Combes is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at Sorbonne University, Pierre & Marie Curie, and Head of ICU, Cardiology Institute, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France. His research interests are: cardiogenic shock, acute myocardial infarction, complicated heart surgery and heart transplantation, ECLS, Rescue therapies for severe ARDS, including ECMO and ECCOR, and Pulmonary infections in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. He is a member of several European and international societies.

Steven Conrad (USA)


Steven Conrad (USA)

Steven Conrad, MD PhD, MCCM is Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport and Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at University Health System – Shreveport. His clinical practice includes adult and pediatric critical care. His research interest is in computational modeling of artificial organs. He has been a member of ELSO for 25 years and has served as past Chairman of the Steering Committee.

Heidi Dalton (USA)


Heidi J. Dalton MD, MCCM (USA)

Dr. Dalton is currently the Director of the Adult and Pediatric ECLS program at INOVA Fairfax Health Center in Virginia. She was inducted as a Master of Critical Care by the American College of Critical Care Medicine and Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2014. She has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is a sought-after international speaker. Her research focus is on elimination of bleeding and thrombotic complications during ECMO.

Kathleen Daly (UK)


Kathleen Daly PhD, SRN (UK)

Dr. Daly is Consultant Nurse in Critical Care Medicine. During her time at Guy’s and St Thomas (GSTT) NHS Foundation Trust (UK) she has led, developed, and implemented the Critical Care Outreach Service at GSTT and in 2010 became the lead nurse for adult ECMO, responsible for the development of the ECMO nurse specialist role, including their training/education in collaboration with the Medical Lead and Senior Perfusionist. Research interests include long-term outcome and quality of life following ICU.

Carl Davis (Scotland)
Carl Davis (Scotland)
Matteo Di Nardo (Italy)


Matteo Di Nardo (Italy)

Dr Di Nardo graduated in General Medicine and Surgery in 2001 and specialized in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care in 2006. He recently completed a Master in Public Health. He is a pediatric anesthetist and intensivist at Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesù of Rome, Italy. He is the Coordinator of the Respiratory ECMO program and of the neonatal and pediatric ECMO transport system for Italy (center and south) and Director of high fidelity simulation for ECMO training.

Mark Duthie (UAE)


Mark Duthie (UAE)

Dr. Duthie is PICU Consultant at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE since 2015. He trained in Paediatrics in Manchester, UK. Travelled first to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital in Australia and then to BC Children’s in Vancouver, Canada as a PICU Fellow.He then returned to the UK as a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist in Leicester where he worked from 2005 until 2015.

Khaled El-Rifai (Lebanon)


Khaled El-Rifai (Lebanon)

Provide patient care (both adult and pediatric perfusion) in support, treatment, measurement and supplementation of the circulatory and/or respiratory system including the performance of short term and long term cardiopulmonary bypass, mechanical cardiac/circulatory support, autologous blood safety, monitory and diagnostic measurement, organ procurement and preservation. Provide leadership in the evaluation of techniques and/or equipment, which supports the clinical application of pre-clinical trials of the techniques and/or equipment being evaluated. Support the mission and vision of the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and that of the OR Administration Department.

Ibrahim Fawzy Hassan (Qatar)


Ibrahim Fawzy MD (Qatar)

Dr. Fawzy graduated from National Medical University (Kiev, Ukraine). He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship in New York Presbyterian Hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College, and was the Chief Resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (USA). Currently, Ibrahim is the Director for Critical Care and ECMO Program Director for Hamad Medical Corporation and the Chairman of Education and Simulation for the South and West Asia Chapter of ELSO (SWAC-ELSO).

Rohan Foote (Qatar)


Rohan Foote (Qatar)

Rohan holds the position of Critical Care Flight Paramedic and Clinical Support Supervisor within Retrieval Services, HMC Ambulance Service, Qatar. He has over 25 years of experience in providing Critical Care across a range of settings both within the hospital (CCRN) and beyond (CCP) . Over the last 10 years he has specialized in Pre-Hospital & Retrieval aeromedical services. His international experience has taken him across three continents from Europe to the Middle East and Australia. Rohan has Post Graduate qualifications in his area of experience including a Masters Public Health (Aviation and Retrieval Medicine) Grad Dip (Intensive Care Paramedic). He has a particular interest in international bariatric transport and critical care retrieval from remote and clinically austere settings.

James D. Fortenberry (USA)


James D. Fortenberry MD, FAAP, MCCM (USA)

Dr. Fortenberry is Pediatrician in Chief at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Professor of Pediatric Critical Care at Emory University School of Medicine, USA. He recently completed service as President of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, the world’s largest society devoted to these pediatric and adult patients. He has long-standing involvement in medical research and clinical quality improvement. His area of expertise is in extracorporeal approaches to treating lung injury and sepsis. He also serves as Associate Editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Nigel Gooby (UK)


Nigel Gooby (United Kingdom)

Mr Gooby qualified as a Clinical Perfusionist in 1991 after 5 years as a Medical Physics Technician. With over 20 years of adults/paediatrics ECMO experience, he is Senior Clinical Perfusion Scientist and Perfusion ECMO lead at Guy’s and St Thomas Trust (London, UK), and involved in the development and delivery of multidisciplinary ECMO training programs. He was Executive Committee member of the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland and Editor of its magazine.

Venkat Goyal (India)

Venkat Goyal (India)

D.M. Cardiology (K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai) M.D. Medicine (Jaipur) M.B. & B.S. (University of Rajasthan) After Post graduation (> 7 years training in Cardiology as senior resident)

Nearly 2 years (22 months) training in Cardiology at Bombay Hospital

More than 5 years (62 months) training in Cardiology at KEM Hospital, Bombay

Total exposure of 19 months in I.C.C.U /I.C.U during the above experience

About 5 years of cardiac Cath lab training in all interventions and diagnostics

More than 2 years of private practice in western suburbs from Virar to Malad

During Post Graduation (Sept. 1989 to August 1992)

3 years residency in Internal Medicine, S.M.S. Hospital, Jaipur (Rajasthan) of which 1 year training was in I.C.C.U and 4 months training in Cardiology

After graduation (1988) 1 year internship at A.K. Hospital, Beawar, Rajasthan

Arzak Hamed (Qatar)

Arzak Hamed, BSc (Qatar)

Miss Hamed is Charge Nurse and ECMO Nurse co-lead at Hamad General Hospital MICU, Doha, Qatar. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Alexandria University, Egypt, and a Diploma in Transplant Procurement Management from Barcelona University (Spain) in 2011. She joined Hamad Medical Corporation in 2008 as MICU Charge Nurse and recently underwent ECMO training at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London. Arzak is particularly interested in nurses’ development and education and leads on induction and supervision of new staff.

Ijaz Hidayat (Qatar)


Ijaz Hidayat (Qatar)

HIjaz Hidayat has 20 years experience as Clinical Perfusionist. In 1992 he completed his BSc in biology at the Aga Khan university hospital Karachi in Pakistan and also completed a Diploma in Clinical Perfusionist. Mr Hidayat did his BS in Perfusion Sciences Degree from Dow university of Health Sciences Karachi, Pakistan. Specialised in Pediatric and Ecmo perfusion from Freeman hospital New Castle upon Tyne UK. From 2000 till 2014 he worked as head of perfusion in the sciences department of the Aga Khan University Hospital. Mr Hidayat joined Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar as Senior Clinical Perfusionist as a Co lead Ecmo perfusionist in medical intensive care unit and engaged with SRF group as Ecmo team member.

Majed Hijjeh (Qatar)


Majed Hijjeh (Qatar)

Ali Ait Hssain (Qatar)


Ali Ait Hssain MD, DESAR, MSc (Qatar)

Dr. Ait Hssain is a Senior Consultant Intensivist at Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar. He received his medical degree and completed his anesthesiology and critical care medicine residency at the University of Limoges, France. In 2006, he was Assistant Clinical Professor at the University d’Auvergne and worked for 9 years as Consultant Intensivist in Medical ICU in Gabriel Montpied University Hospital (France). His specific ICU interests include ICU nutrition, renal replacement therapy, ECMO, and simulation.

Hani Jaouni (Qatar)


Hani Walid Jaouni MD (Qatar)

Dr. Jaouni graduated from Jordan University Medical School (Amman), did his Internal Medicine Residency at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia, USA) and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is American Board Certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care. He joined Hamad General Hospital in 2012 as Senior Consultant, Medical Intensive Care Unit. His interests include long-term mechanical ventilation weaning, early ambulation in the critical care setting, and veno-venous ECMO management and simulation.

Mohamed Kabbani (KSA)


Mohamed Kabbani (KSA)

Dr. Kabbani is Assistant Professor (King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University) and Pediatric Cardiac ICU Consultant (King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center, Riyadh, KSA). He graduated from Damascus Medical School (Syria) in 1987, finished Pediatric Residency training in Rush Presbyterian St Luke University (USA), and received his American Board of Pediatrics certification in 1992. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (University of Florida) and American Board of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine subspecialty in 1998. He has many publications and participated in many national/international meetings.

Megha Kamble (Qatar)
Megha Kamble (Qatar)
Munir A.M Karjaghli


Munir A.M Karjaghli, RRT

Highly skilled and responsible respiratory therapist with strong expertise in mechanical respiration Recruitment manoeuvre, transpulmonay pressure measurement, and volumetric capnography. 16+ years of first-hand experience coupled with relevant training and extensive practice as a respiratory therapist at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) and Clinical application specialist with Hamilton medical AG.

Praveen Khilnani (UAE)


Praveen Khilnani MD FICCM, FAAP (UAE)

Dr Khilnani specialized in Anesthesiology (AIIMS, Delhi, India) and completed a pediatric residency (St Louis Missouri) and fellowship in Pediatric critical care (Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA). He served as ECMO Society of India President and SWAC ELSO founding member. He is American board certified in pediatric critical care medicine and editor in chief of the Journal of Pediatric Critical Care. He is now Consultant and HOD Pediatric intensive care, Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai.

Jorg Kuhne (Qatar)


Jorg Kuhne, FRCA, FFICM (Qatar)

Dr. Jorg Kuhne is the Associate Medical Director of Hamad Ambulance Service leading the Transfer and Retrieval Division

He studied Medicine in Germany and subsequently trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in the United Kingdom.

After completion of his training at St George’s Hospital he worked as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in the South West of England.

His interests are Human Factors and Patient Transfer.

Chris Langrish (UK)
Chris Langrish (UK)
Sven Lindell (UAE)


Sven Lindell, MD (UAE)

Dr. Lindell received his MD from the University of Lund (Sweden) in 1987. He has Swedish Board Certification as Specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, and Neonatology. He has been working in the UAE for the past 10 years and joined the Cardiac PICU team in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), Abu Dhabi, as Consultant Intensivist in 2009. He shows a great interest in teaching. He was a member of the 2016 ELSO SWAC conference Scientific Committee, held in Abu Dhabi.

Roberto Lorusso (The Netherlands)


Roberto Lorusso (The Netherlands)

Professor Lorusso is a staff member, Head of ECMO Programme, Associate Professor (Maastricht University) - Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department, Heart & Vascular Centre, Maastricht University Medical Centre ( He has been the Euro-ELSO Chair (2015-2018) and is also the Global Chapter Leader, Member of the ELSO Executive Committee (2015-2018)
He has been the Editor-in-Chief, The Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (Adult Section), EACTS, from January 2016.

Giorgio A. Lotti (Italy)


Giorgio A. Lotti, MD (Italy)

Professor of Anesthesiology, Università degli Studi di Pavia Head of “Anestesia e Rianimazione Generale” Dpt, Fondazione IRCCS “Policlinico S. Matteo” Italy

Giorgio Iotti is Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Pavia and Head of the “Anestesia e Rianimazione Generale” Dpt. at the Policlinico San Matteo Hospital of Pavia, in Italy. Clinical researcher since the ‘80s, he has been involved in study and also development of several mechanical ventilation technologies that today are currently used in intensive care: pressure support ventilation, automatic breath analysis (continuous P0.1, passive mechanics by least square fitting, respiratory system time constant, static PV curve), noninvasive ventilation by helmet, advanced automation (ASV and INTELLiVENT-ASV). He leads an ECMO team active on support for acute respiratory or cardiac failure as well as on bridge to lung transplantation, with experience on prolonged extracorporeal support, awake ECMO, remote missions, transport by aircraft or helicopter.

Poonam Malhotra (India)


Poonam Malhotra (India)
Michael McMullan (USA)


Mike McMullan MD (USA)
President, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Professor of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, Washington  USA

Mike McMullan is the President of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Executive Committee and Chairman of the ELSO Steering Committee. He is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a practicing congenital heart surgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is also Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Cardiac Support and Medical Director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital ECLS program. Dr. McMullan and his team have developed a number of novel and innovative simulation-based training systems that are being utilized by centers to reduce clinical errors and improve team performance during ECLS procedures.

Chris Meadows (UK)
Chris Meadows (UK)
Malaika Mendonca (UAE)


Malaika Mendonca (UAE)
Division Chief Paediatric Cardiac Critical Care 
ECMO Program Director
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, managed by Cleveland Clinic – Abu Dhabi – UAE

Dr Malaika Mendonca graduated from the Essen Medical School University (Universitäts Klinik Essen) in 1996. During her residency training for anaesthesia and critical care, she encountered her first practical experiences in the field of Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS), while rotating through the ICU. She acquired International experience and knowledge through electives and observership in the Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA After completing her Board Certification (Facharzt) in 2001, she joined the Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital in Munich to lead the Cardiac Paediatric Critical Care Unit, and in this capacity had major exposure to ECMO, ventricular assist devices and heart transplant. Always interested in new perspectives and challenges, she was offered in 2004 to support the creation of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi. After an initial set up phase limited to 6 beds, the Unit expanded to the current 27 beds, and serves the whole UAE. Dr Malaika Mendonca is the Division Chief of the Cardiac PICU since 2010. As ECMO Program Director, she established the foundation and growth of the program so that SKMC is now the reference centre in the UAE and leading centre in the Gulf region. Her dedication to education, teaching, knowledge exchange and update has made her a frequently invited speaker in local and international conferences, and Dr Malaika Mendonca is delighted to have been given the honour to organize and chair the 3rd SWAC ELSO Conference.

Kelly Morris (UK)

Kelly Morris Sc (Hons), MSc, MCSP (UK)

Kelly Morris is the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for Critical Care at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTFT). In her current post, Kelly is responsible for the Critical Care physiotherapy team across the 30 bedded ICU at St.Thomas’Hospital, which incorporates a tertiary referral Severe Respiratory Failure Unit. Kelly has significant expertise in the assessment and treatment of complex critically ill patients, encompassing delivery of advanced respiratory techniques for airway clearance and optimisation of ventilation, and rehabilitation commencing on admission to the ICU and progressing through the patient pathway. In particular Kelly has a wealth of experience of treating patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and the particular requirements of this specialist cohort.

Ibrahim Ali Musa Ibrahim (Qatar)


Ibrahim Ali Musa Ibrahim (Qatar)

Accredited clinical Perfusionist by the Society of Perfusionists of Great Britain and Ireland. LCCP of the college of clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland. Member of the SRF team in MICU Hamad General hospital. Title: Chief Clinical Perfusionists and Supervisor of Perfusionists of Cardiothoracic surgery Department at Hamad Medical Corporation Qatar.

Shalini Nalwad (India)


Shalini Nalwad MBBS.,FCAI.,MRCA (India)

Undergraduate from Mysore University, Fellowship in Anaesthesia from College of Anaesthetist Ireland and Membership from Royal College of Anaesthetist, UK. Flying Intensivist, jet-setting the world with  the sickest patients in the slickest possible way. ECMO specialist from Leicester Glenfield hospital UK, will be launching dedicated Airborne ECMO in India. To save young lives from road traffic accidents and to do planned transfers by air, Co-founded the company ICATT, which is making emergency medical transfer a reality in India.

 
Paul Nixon (Australia)
Paul Nixon
Mark Ogino (USA)


Mark T Ogino MD (USA)

Dr Ogino is Director of Critical Care Services, and Medical Director of the Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management and Nemours Partnership Network. His passion is education and clinical expertise is in Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). He is currently Global Education Director and Chair-elect for the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), and previously served as Chair of Logistics and Education and member of the Steering Committee. He developed internationally established educational programs and continues to expand ELSO’s outreach.

Pranay Oza (India)


Dr Pranay Labhshankar Oza (India)

Dr. Oza is the General Secretary of the ECMO society of India and Secretary of the Protocol & Research Committee of South and West Asian Chapter of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation. He underwent ECMO training in Taiwan, USA, and UK.

Kenneth Palmer (Sweden)


Kenneth Palmer MD (Sweden)


Research Experience Ann Arbor Michigan 1989 ECMO coagulation and sSVO2 Karolinska University Hospital ECMO coagulation and Carmeda Surface

Federico Pappalardo (Italy)

Federico Pappalardo (Italy)

Dr Federico Pappalardo has graduated at Catania Medical School in 1995; therefore, has spent his residency program in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. He is Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit in San Raffaele Hospital, Milan. His major fields of interest are mechanical circulatory support, coagulation, biocompatibility and bioengineering.

Vincent Pellegrino (Australia)


A/Prof. Vincent Pellegrino, MBBS, FRACP, FCICM (Australia)

Vince completed undergraduate training from Monash University in 1990 and completed training as a Physician and Intensive Care Specialist in 1999. He was awarded the Matt Spence Prize for research. Vince is currently employed as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, is Head of the ECMO Clinical Service and holds a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor appointment in the Monash University School of Public Health & Preventative Medicine. He has had a lead role in the development of ECMO services at The Alfred since 2003 and has provided ECMO training programs nationally and internationally. He is on the Executive Committee for ECMOne and the Education Committee of APELSO. He is active in clinical and animal research in ECMO, circulatory physiology and control of the circulation.

Suneel Pooboni (UK)


Suneel Pooboni, MD, DCH, FRCP, FRCPC
University Hospitals of Leicester, UK

Dr Pooboni is the current chair of the SWAC ELSO Chapter. He has practiced critical care and ECMO in India, Canada, and United Kingdom. He is working as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Pediatric Critical Care and ECMO, at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, United Kingdom. He is passionate about Infection control, Transport medicine, Pulmonary hypertension, and ECLS.

Brian Racela (Qatar)


Brian Racela (Qatar)

Mr. Racela is the clinical nurse lead for Qatar Severe Respiratory Failure ECMO Program. He obtained his Bachelor degree from Philippines in 1995, and he is well rounded Critical Care nurse with 20 years experience in Philippines, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Hecompleted his ECMO training at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS in London 2014 and played a crucial role in establishing the Qatar SRF-ECMO Program. He currently leads several projects in critical care and ECMO such as simulation education, quality metrics, and competency evaluation for nurses.

Ahmed Ragab Zein (KSA)


Ahmed Ragab Zein , MB.BCh., M.Sc., MD (KSA)

Dr. Ragab studied Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt, and specialised in Critical Care. a. In 2006 he moved to Riyadh, and then joined King Fahad Hospital Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2007. He is currently Head of the ICU Department and member of several hospital committees. He is also Head of the Jeddah ECMO Center since 2013.

Lakshmi Raman (USA)


Lakshmi Raman, MD (USA)

Dr. Raman is currently the Medical Director of the Pediatric and Neonatal ECLS program at Dallas Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Texas, USA, an ELSO center of Excellence. Dr. Raman’s research interest is understanding neurological injuries on ECMO. She has American Heart Grant to study cerebral autoregulation on ECMO. Dr. Raman has authored more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and currently directs an educational course to teach ECLS in Dallas, Texas.

Tasleem Raza (Qatar)


Tasleem Raza MD, MS, FCCP (Qatar)

Dr. Raza graduated from Pakistan with further training in the UK and USA. ABIM certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary diseases, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. His areas of interest include interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, severe acute respiratory failure, and invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation. He joined the HMC ECMO program at its inception and is currently one of the members of SRF-ECMO service and involved in ECMO simulation training courses.

Abdul Salam Saif Ibrahim (Qatar)


Abdul Salam Saif Ibrahim, MBBS, ABIM, FCCP

Dr. Ibrahim is Senior Consultant in pulmonary and critical care in the Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital and Assistant Professor in clinical medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar. He served in senior clinical administrative posts and been the lead on various innovative programs. He has designed the first critical care registry in Qatar and is leading on quality for the MICU. He has many publications in the area of pulmonary and critical care.

Gabriele Salvadori (Italy)
Gabriele Salvadori (Italy)
Mohamed Shalaby (KSA)


Mohammed Abdulrahman Shalaby, MD (KSA)

Dr. Shalaby is Assistant Director of ECMO Program, Consultant in Critical Care Medicine, and Deputy Head of Intensive Care Department since 2010 at King Fahad General Hospital, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). He is Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Mansoura University (Egypt), where he received his master degree and PhD. He has 4 years experience in VV and VA ECMO support for severe ARDS, catastrophic PE, Septic Shock, and E- CPR.
Ahmed Labib (Qatar)


Ahmed Labib(Qatar)
MBBCh, FRCA, FFICM, EDIC, MSc

Dr. Labib is a Senior Consultant at Hamad General Hospital, Doha-Qatar. He accomplished advanced training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and attained dual UK-GMC accreditation. He investigated extracorporeal liver support in the form of single pass albumin dialysis (SPAD) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and co-wrote several chapters in ultrasound textbooks. His main interests are patient safety, ECMO, sepsis, and ultrasound. He is the Corporate Sepsis Chair and the Aeromedical Lead at HMC.

David Sigalet (Qatar)


David Sigalet (Qatar)
MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Professor David Sigalet is the Chair of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of the Outpatient Center at Sidra. He is also Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar, the President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons, and Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Professor Sigalet is a pediatric general surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in surgery, research and academia. His background in conducting pioneering research will be crucial for enabling Sidra to become a beacon for advancing standards of pediatric care globally.

Prior to joining Sidra, Professor Sigalet was Professor of Surgery in the Department of Pediatric General Surgery at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Calgary, one of Canada’s top research universities. Before taking up his position at the University of Calgary, Dr. Sigalet held a post at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

He is President of the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons, a member of the Publications Committee for the American Pediatric Surgery Association, and a member of the Editorial Boards of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

Rahul Singh (India)


Rahul Singh (India)
MBBS., FCAI

He is an Intensivist and Aviation Medical Consultant and Co-founder and Director of ICATT – International Critical-care Air Transfer Team. Having done all his training in the NHS, UK in Anaesthesia / Intensive care, he pursued further training in Pre-hospital Trauma Intensive care in UK, France (Mountain Medicine) and Sydney, Australia. Relocating back to India, he co-founded a highly specialized Air ambulance flying ICU service called ICATT.

Francesca Stoppa (Italy)

Francesca Stoppa (Italy)

Dr Stoppa is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesu in Rome, Italy. She graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1989.

Darwin Tan (Qatar)
Darwin Tan (Qatar)
Adel Tash (KSA)


Adel Tash (KSA)
Judit Till (UAE)


Judit Till (UAE)

Mok Yuen Tin (Hong Kong)
Mok Yuen Tin (Hong Kong)
Richard Trimlett (UK)


Richard Trimlett (United Kingdom)
Ngai Chunn Wai (Hong Kong)
Ngai Chunn Wai (Hong Kong)
Niranjan Yeslur (Qatar)
Niranjan Yeslur (Qatar)

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