2nd REAL Africa – Initiating a liver transplant program in Africa
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- Introduction of the REAL Webinar Initiative – Iman Fawzy Montasser and Wendy Spearman
- Ethical Considerations for Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT): The Donor’s Side – Hany Dabbous
- Starting a Liver Transplant Programme in sub-Saharan Africa: Experience from Sudan – Abdelmounem E Abdo
- Q&A moderated by Nazia Selzner and Mark Ghobrial
- Closing Remarks
Iman Fawzy Montasser
Iman Fawzy Montasser is a Professor of Tropical Medicine and Hepatology at Ain Shams University, she is a Transplant Hepatologist and Physician Scientist in Ain Shams Center for Organ Transplantation (ASCOT) since 2008 till now. Special research interest in viral hepatitis, Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), immunosuppression and living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications on gastrointestinal and liver diseases in scientific journals and is a reviewer for many international journals. She is a member of the African Society of Organ transplantation (ASOT), The Transplantation Society (TTS) and Diversity, equality and inclusion (EDI) Committee of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS).
Wendy Spearman is Head of the Division of Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She is Head of the Liver and Liver Transplant clinics at Groote Schuur Hospital. She completed her 2-year Hepatology Fellowship under Professors Ralph Kirsch and Simon Robson at the UCT/MRC Liver Research Centre in 1991 and obtained her PhD in 2008 from the University of Cape Town on “The effect of two novel C-type lectins, Ba100 and Ba25, isolated from the venom of the puff adder, Bitis arietans on T lymphocyte proliferative responses.”
Hany Dabbous is a professor of Transplant Hepatology and Advanced Endoscopy, Ain Shams Center of Organ Transplant (ASCOT), Cairo, Egypt. Fellowship of Transplant Hepatology, LSUHSC, LA, USA. The current President of Egyptian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDE), Member of Egyptian committee for viral hepatitis and Ex-Director of Ain Shams University Endoscopy Center. Dr Dabbous has many international publications in the field of viral hepatitis, living donor liver transplantation and Budd Chiari syndrome.
Abdelmounem E Abdo
Dr Abdelmounem E Abdo is a Consultant physician and Interventional Gastroenterologist working at Ibn Sina Gastroenterology Centre, Khartoum, Sudan. He is the Director of the National Centre for Gastrointestinal and Liver disease and is the Director of World Gastroenterology Khartoum training Centre. He is the Vice President of the Sudanese Society of Gastroenterology, President of the African and Middle East Association of Gastroenterology and Secretary General of Panarab Association of gastroenterology. Dr Abdelmounem is leading through the National Centre for Gastrointestinal Liver disease in collaboration with the department of Infection disease control, FMOH and WHO, great efforts in the hepatitis strategic eradication program.
Dr. Nazia Selzner is a Transplant Hepatologist and Medical Director of the Living Donor Liver Transplantation at the Ajmera Transplant Center, University Health Network, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nazia Selzner is a Scientist at the Institute for Medical Science (IMS) as well as at the Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI). Dr. Selzner graduated from Medical School at the University of Paris VII, France and completed her Gastroenterology training in France. She completed her PhD in 2003 at the University of Paris VII, France, after four years of research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC and at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interest is in on mechanism of ischemia/reperfusion injury of the liver.
R. Mark Ghobrial
Dr. Ghobrial is a Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Director of the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, Houston Methodist, Houston, Texas, and he holds the J.C. Walter Jr. Presidential Distinguished Chair. He obtained his MD from Cairo University and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas. His medical training was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the recipient of multiple awards and honors and was elected to the Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons-Edinburgh and the American Surgical Association.