International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2024, ILTS proudly showcases the remarkable careers of three of our esteemed female members.

These three women, each representing diverse backgrounds and career stages, epitomize the thriving diversity within the ILTS community. By spotlighting their accomplishments, we amplify the presence of our female members and contribute to advancing gender equality within our professional society.

Eleonora, is a Transplant Hepatologist at the Centre Hépato-Biliaire, Paul Brousse Hospital, France has an extensive career in liver disease and transplantation. She graduated from the University of Padova and trained at renowned institutions such as Columbia University in New York and the Paul Brousse Hospital in France. Eleonora holds a Diploma in Transplant Medicine and a PhD. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Rare Disease Reference Centre for Inflammatory Diseases of the Biliary Tract and Autoimmune Hepatitis. Her expertise includes liver transplantation, autoimmune hepatitis, genetic cholestatic diseases, and hepatic drug toxicity. She’s also a notable figure in professional societies. She is the Past Chair of the ILTS Vanguard Committee and holds leadership roles in various organizations like the French-speaking Hepatotoxicity Network Foundation (REFHEPS). Additionally, Eleonora contributes to the field as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and Transplantation.

Dr. Wong’s is the Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong. Her expertise lies in expanding liver transplantation possibilities with small-for-size livers, hepatitis B core antibody positive and severely steatotic grafts, and hepatocellular carcinoma management. She’s garnered significant recognition, winning Best Oral Awards at prestigious international congresses like IHBPA, A-PHBPA and AASLD. Notably, she received the Rising Star Award from ILTS. Her research, supported by numerous grants, has been published in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Hepatology and Hepatology. Dr. Wong’s contributions extend to editorial roles as an associate editor at the American Journal of Transplantation. She was also honored with the APDWF Emerging Leader Lectureship in 2023.

Dr. Pai is the Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the Director of the Preoperative Evaluation Clinic, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, USA. She is also the Past-Chair of ILTS’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee, and is deeply involved in various professional societies, including ILTS, FSA, ASA, and SAMBA. She holds leadership roles in ASA subcommittees and is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Pai’s research focuses on improving intraoperative management during liver transplantation, targeting specific risk factors like intracardiac thrombosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. With over 50 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, she also contributes as a reviewer for scientific abstracts and journals. Dr. Pai’s expertise extends to multiple visiting professorships, reflecting her significant impact in the field of anesthesiology and transplantation.