Executive Committee, Council and Committee Chairs

The ILTS Council is composed of high caliber members with backgrounds, skills and experience relevant to ILTS' mission and current and future needs. Service on the ILTS Council requires a significant commitment of time and talent to advance the goals and objectives of the society.

ILTS Executive Committee and Council 2021-2022


Marina Berenguer, MD

Hospital University La Fe

Valencia, Spain

President-Elect 2021-22

Mohamed Rela, MS, FRCS, DSc

Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Center Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



John Roberts, MD

University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, USA



Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS
Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX, USA

Claus Niemann, MD

University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, USA




Gabriela Berlakovich, MD

Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Francois Durand, MD

Hopital Beaujon
Clichy, France

Bijan Eghtesad, MD

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH, USA

James Y. Findlay, MB, ChB

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN, USA


Valeria Mas, MS, PhD, FAST

University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Baltimore, MD, USA

Paolo Muiesan, MD, PhD

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Birmingham, UK

Nazia Selzner, MD, PhD

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON, Canada


Yaman Tokat, MD

Florence Nightingale Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey



Committee Chairs

Anesthesia / Critical Care Committee Chair

Annabel Blasi, MD
Hospital Clinic i Provincial de Barcelona Barcelona, Spain

Basic and Translational Research Committee Chair

Markus Selzner, MD
Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Development Committee Co-Chair

John Klinck, MD, PhD
Cambridge University Hospitals

Cambridge, UK

Development Committee Co-Chair

Elizabeth A. Pomfret, MD, PhD, FACS
Chief, Transplant Surgery / University of Colorado Hospital

Aurora, CO, USA

Education Committee Chair

Manhal Izzy, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair


Claire Francoz, MD
Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy, France

Finance Committee Chair

Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS
Houston Methodist Hospital

Houston, TX USA

Membership and Communications Committee Chair

Ahmet Gurakar, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

Pathology Committee Chair 

Hanlin L. Wang, MD

University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, California, CA

Pediatrics Committee Chair

Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos
Intermountain – Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT

Radiology Committee Chair

Tan To Cheung, MD
The Universtity of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

Vanguard Committee Chair

Varvara Kirchner, MD

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis, MN, USA



Nominations for Council

As ILTS continues to evolve and grow, the Council requires high-caliber members whose backgrounds, skills, and experience match the ILTS mission and its current and future needs. Service on the ILTS council requires a considerable commitment of time and talent to advance the goals and objectives of the society. Nominations for ILTS Council are invited yearly in October / November. An announcement will be made in the ILTS newsletter.

There is one council seat available for 2022-2023. Applications opened on November 1, 2021, and closed on December 1, 2021.