International Faculty Guests

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Consultant, Pediatrician, Pulmonologist, Sleep Physician
Head, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center “PSDC”
In-Charge, RSV prophylaxis program (2018 -present)
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program (2009-2011)
Deputy Executive Director, Academic Affairs
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
(Previously Riyadh Military Hospital), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (2008-present)
College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Founder & President, Arab Pediatric Pulmonology Association “APPA“ (2008-2014)
Vice President, Gulf Society of Pediatric Respirology“GSPR“ (2007-2013)
Founder & Chairman, Saudi Pediatric Pulmonology Association “SPPA” /
Saudi Thoracic Society (2010-present)
Vice Present, Saudi Thoracic Society “STS” (2014-present)
Founder & Present, Middle East Cystic Fibrosis Association “MECFA” (2015-present)
Founder and Executive Committee Member of Saudi Sleep Medicine Group “SSMG” (2009-present)
Scientific Council Member, Saudi Pediatric Board, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
Chairman, The local Supervising Committee of Saudi Pediatric Residency Training Program
for Central Region, Saudi Commission for Heath Specialties. (2010-2014)
Committee Member, Examination Committee of Saudi Pediatric Residency Training Program
for Central Region, Saudi Commission for Heath Specialties. (2010-2014)
Associate Editor, Annals of Thoracic Medicine ‘ATM” (2010-present)
Associate Editor, Saudi Medical Journal (SMJ) 2014-present

Ahmad Kantar
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Current position (initiated 2012)
Head of Department of Pediatrics
University and Research Hospitals
Policlinico Ponte San Pietro
Via Forlanini 15
24036 Ponte San Pietro (BG)

Head of Pediatric Asthma and Cough Centre
University and Reseach Hospitals

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Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics), April 2013-
Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial School of Medicine at National Heart and Lung Institute
Director of the Academic Department of Paediatrics, National Heart and Lung institute
Senior Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital
Platinum Clinical Excellence Award, September 2011, renewed 2015
Formerly Clinical Director of Paediatrics, Royal Brompton Hospital, 2004-5
Principal Investigator, MRC-Asthma UK Asthma Centre, Guy’s Hospital and Imperial College, 2007-
Severe Asthma Consortium Head in the successful Biomedical Research Unit bid of £12.85 million (NIHR Funding £5.35 million)
Chronic Suppurative Lung Disease Consortium Head in the successful Biomedical Research Unit renewal bid 2011, NIHR Funding £9.7 million)
Principal Investigator, Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, 2014-9, renewed 2019-2024
Chief Investigator, Wellcome Strategic Award £4.64 million, 2016-21
Co-Investigator, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strategic Research Centre, 2019-2024, £750,000 Sept 2018-Aug 2021
Non-executive director representing Imperial College on ICHT Board, and Trustee of the Hospital; Chair of Safety Committee; member, Committee making local clinical excellence awards
Advisor to the Commonwealth Office on awards of Commonwealth Scholarships, 2016-

Bulent Karadag
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Dr. Bulent Karadag was born in Kilis in 1968.
He completed medical education at Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1992.
After completing his residency in pediatrics, he started working in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Marmara University Faculty of Medicine in 1997.
He received ERS Training Fellowship and worked at Royal Brompton Hospital, London with Prof. Andrew Bush between 1994-95 on Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD).
Dr. Karadag was awarded ERS Research Fellowship and worked at Munich University Children’s Hospital, Germany with Prof. Erika von Mutius on asthma&allergy epidemiology in2005-6.
He was the Chair of Pediatric Assembly of TTS between 2006-2010 and currently the Foreign Relations Chair at the TTS Executive Committee.
Dr Karadag has been elected as the Head of the ERS Pediatric Respiratory Epidemiology Group.
He served as the Country Representative in the ERS Task Force on PCD and national member of a current COST Project on PCD.

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Dr. Enrico Lombardi, MD graduated in Medicine from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1991. From 1995 to
1996 he was a research associate in Tucson, Arizona, where he worked and published in the fields of lung
function testing in young children and the epidemiology of pediatric asthma. He completed his residency in
Pediatrics in 1997 in Florence, where in 2001 he took a position as Pediatrician at the “Anna Meyer” Children’s
Hospital. In 2006 he completed the specialization in Diseases of the Respiratory System and since then he is in
charge of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit at Meyer Children’s Hospital in Florence. Dr. Lombardi was the chair of
the 7.1 Group “Paediatric Respiratory Physiology and Sleep” of the European Respiratory Society from 2012 to
2015 and chair of the International Relation Committee of the Pediatric Assembly of the American Thoracic
Society from 2010 to 2016. His main area of interest is lung function testing in young children, on which he has
published extensively and presented nationally and internationally.

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1988 – Dottorato di ricerca in Fisiopatologia Respiratoria Infantile, Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, sede amministrativa presso l’Università di Roma “La Sapienza”.
1984 – Specializzazione in pediatria, Università degli Studi di Roma, 70/70 e lode.
1980 – Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia, Università degli Studi di Roma, 110 e lode, discutendo la tesi “Siero-epidemiologia delle infezioni da Adenovirus in bambini viventi nell’area di Roma”, dopo aver superato 30 esami ed aver riportato una media finale di 29.2/30.
1979 – Allievo Interno presso l’Istituto di Clinica Medica III, Università degli Studi di Roma (Prof. G. Giunchi).
1977 – Allievo Interno presso l’Istituto di Patologia Generale, Università degli Studi di Roma (Prof. L. Frati).
1978 – Allievo Interno presso la Cattedra di Semeiotica Medica IV, Università degli Studi di Roma (Prof. D. Scavo).

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President Pan African Thoracic Society
Immediate Past President Nairobi Club
Consultant Pulmonologist Nairobi Hospital
Medical Practice for over 50 years
Respiratory Medicine and Infectious diseases/HIV Medicine
Patron: Kenya Lung Association
Patron: Kenya Association of Physician
Chairman: HIV Clinician Society of Kenya.
Past Chairman of several medical association and societies
Overseas Representative – Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Over 60 publication in international and national journals

Joseph EL-MIR
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Graduated from Lebanese German University, Department of Physical Therapy in 1993
Doctor of Physical Therapy and lecturer at the Physical therapy institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Saint-Joseph – Beirut.
Specialized in the field of Respiratory Care from Hospice Civils de Lyon (HCL)
Head of Respiratory Care Unit at SESOBEL since 1999.
Founder and is currently the Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Neuromuscular Diseases (LAN)
Holds a Master degree in research from University of Saint-Joseph – Beirut and he is the author & supervisor of several national studies in the field of respiratory care.
More than 18 years of experience in respiratory care for children.
He has been a speaker in a lot of national and international congresses.

Jonathan Grigg
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Work                                       Centre for Child Health

Blizard Institute

Queen Mary University London

Title                                         Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine

Deputy Director, Blizard Institute.



1992 – 1993             Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pediatric Leukocyte Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

1993 – 1995             Thoracic Fellow, Department of Thoracic Medicine, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne,

1995 – 1997             Paediatric Senior Registrar, Department of Paediatrics, St. Mary’s Hospital, London

1997-2006               Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Department of Child Health, University of Leicester

1999- 1999              Visiting Associate Professor. Department of Pediatric Leucocyte Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.


Grigg J, Savill J, Haslett C, Saraff C, Silverman M. Neutrophil apoptosis and clearance by macrophages in the lungs of neonates with pulmonary inflammation. Lancet 1991;338:720-722.

Grigg J, Barber A, Silverman M. Increased levels of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid Interleukin-6 in preterm ventilated infants after prolonged rupture of membranes. American Review of Respiratory Disease 1992;145:782-786.

Grigg J,  Arnon S, Jones T, Clarke A, Silverman M. The delivery of therapeutic aerosols to intubated babies. Archives of Disease in Childhood 1992;67:25-30.

Maha Eldabagh
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Name Of Speaker:    Maha Mohammad Al Dabbagh
Specialty:                   Pediatric        
Subspecialty:           Pediatric  Pulmomlogist        
Grade:                       Senior Consultant               
Present Designation:      Section Head Pediatric Pulmonology

                                            Director of Child & Family Protection Center


Qualification/s , Place &Date:

  • MBBCH Cairo University 1980
  • MSC Pediatrics Cairo University 1984
  • DCH Child Health Royal Collage of Physicians Dublin Ireland 1989
  • Arab Board Pediatrics 1995
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Royal College of Physicians University Of Bristol 1997
  • Flexible Bronchoscopy Course University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA,.1998
  •  Intensive Course Pediatric Pulmonology, Nice France. 2007

Pons Odena
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Paediatrician Expert in:

Respiratory care in the critical patient. No-invasive mechanical ventilation

Coordinator of the home ventilation programme

I have been a paediatric intensive care physician at the SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital since 1998. I finished my residency in Paediatrics in 1994, advancing my knowledge in Paediatric Intensive Care until 1997. My areas of special interest currently include research on mechanical ventilation and the international promotion of the use of non-invasive ventilation in both acute and chronic patients. I follow the old adage, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

  • Course on chest ultrasounds. Parc Taulí Hospital , Sabadell, 2017.
  • Basic Statistics. Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2013.
  • PhD in Medicine. University of Barcelona, 2013.
  • Training placement on flexible bronchoscopy. Parc Taulí Hospital, Sabadell, 2004
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine. University of Barcelona, 1990.

Refika Ersu
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Prof. Refika ERSU



Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist / Children Health and Diseases Specialist
2012 – Present, Turkey


Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist / Children Health and Diseases Specialist
2012 – Present, Turkey


Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist / Children Health and Diseases Specialist
2001 – 2012, Turkey

Hisarcık Health Center

Compulsory Service
1992 – 1993, Turkey



Children Chest Diseases Minor Specialisation Training
1998 – 2001 , Turkey


Pediatric Chest Diseases Department Researcher
1997 – 1998 , England


Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist / Children Health and Diseases Specialist Training
1993 – 1997 , Turkey


Medical Training
1986 – 1992 , Turkey

Attended Vocational Education, Training & Conferences

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Sertifikası, 2000, ABD


  • Thorax Foundation Pediatric Chest Diseases Work Group Director, 2010
  • Sleep Foundation
  • American Thorax Association
  • European Respiratory Foundation

Renato cutrera
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  1. Main tasks and responsibilities:
  • Member of the PhD College of Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Applied Biotechnology (2017-2018)
  • President of the “Italian Society of Respiratory Infant Diseases” (SIMRI) from 2014 to date
  • President-elect of the Italian Federation of Associations and Scientific Societies of the Pediatric Area (FIARPED) appointed from 01.01.2018
  • Member of the Steering Committee for Pediatric Palliative Care – Emilia Romagna Region (from 2016 to date)
  • Member of the Regional Coordination Committee for Pediatric Palliative Care and Pain Management for the Lazio Region
  • ERN-LUNG Center European Reference Network on Rare Respiratory Disease (Rare Lung Diseases)
  • Coordinator Expert Center for respiratory diseases ORPHANET Italy (Portal for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs)
  • Member of the Maternity and Infancy Commission of the Medici Order of Rome and Province
  • Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Pio XII Institute of Misurina – Onlus

. Teaching activity:

  • Member of the PhD College of Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Applied Biotechnology (2017-2018)
  • Professor of Chronic pulmonary pathology for:

Master’s Degree in Neonatology – Sapienza University of Rome (2016)

  • Teacher of Respiratory Pathology for:

2nd level Master in Pediatric Pneumology – “Sapienza” University of Rome (2016-2017)

Sally Ward
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Honors, Awards:

2008 to Present America’s Best Children’s Hospitals U.S News & World Report
2009 Guide to America’s Top Physicians Consumers’ Research Council of America,

2020 Pennslyvania Avenue NW #300-A, Wasington, D.C., 20006

2009,2010 Parent’s Choice Award Parents Choice Foundation,

201 W. Padonia Rd., Suite 303, Timonium, MD, 21093

2010-2012, 2015-2018 Super Doctors Los Angeles Magazine,

5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2010-2018 Top Docs Pasadena Magazine,

479 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

2015 Who’s Who in America Marquis Who’s Who,

430 Mountain Avenue, Suite 400, New Providence, NJ 07974

2016 Top Doctors Pasadena Magazine,

479 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

2018 CA SIDS Advisory Council

Lifetime Achievment in SIDS Research

CA SIDS Advisory Council

PO Box 997377, MS 0500, Sacramento, CA 95899


Department Service:

2010-Present Member, Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Cabinet Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2013- Member, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2014-Present Member, Gastroenterology Division Chief Search Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2015-Present Member, Neurology Division Chief Search Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Hospital or medical group service:

2010-Present Member, Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Cabinet Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2011-Present Board of Directors, Children’s Hospital Medical Group Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2013-Present Member, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Commiettee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2014-2016 Member, Gastroenterology Division Chief Search Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2015- Co-Chairperson, Nominating Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2015-2016 Member, Neurology Division Chief Search Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2016 Chair, Neonatology Division Chief Search Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2017 Member, Search Committee-Chair of ACCM Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Professional Service

2011-2012 Member, Sleep Apnea Definitions Ad HOC Committee American Academy of Sleep Medicine
2012-2015 Member, Sleep Medicine Maintenance of Cerification Self-Evaluation Process Question Writing Committee American Board of Internal Medicine
2016 Member, Edwin L. Kendig, Jr. Award Committee American Academy of Pediatrics

Samya Nasr
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Samya Z. Nasr, M.D.: Graduated from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.  She completed residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, USA, 1988 and completed fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology in 1991 at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.  Currently, she is Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology. She is the Cystic Fibrosis Center Director since 1993, and Certified Clinical Investigator.  She has been the Michigan CF NBS Coordinator since the start of the CF NBS in 2007.  She is the President of Michigan Thoracic Society. She has been conducting clinical research since 1990. She has been funded by the CF Foundation, NIH and Biomedical industry.  She has been publishing widely in the areas of Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiolitis and Asthma.  She has been presenting her work nationally and internationally over the years.

Thomas Ferkol
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Thomas Ferkol, M.D. is the Alexis Hartmann Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri), and past President of the American Thoracic Society, only the second pediatrician to hold that position in the 115-year history of the organization.

Dr. Ferkol received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and was pediatric resident and chief resident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ferkol moved to Case Western Reserve University for fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology, and subsequently joined the pediatric faculty. Dr. Ferkol was recruited to Washington University School of Medicine eighteen years ago, where he is currently Director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine, overseeing successful, multidisciplinary clinical and research programs at the Washington University School of Medicine. An American Lung Association Edward Livingston Trudeau Scholar and recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation LeRoy Matthew’s Physician-Scientist Award, Dr. Ferkol’s research has largely focused on characterizing genetic and molecular factors that contribute to infection and inflammation in chronic suppurative respiratory diseases, including cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia, with nearly twenty-five years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, as well as support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and March of Dimes. He has published over 160 original articles, scholarly reviews, and book chapters.

Tan Hui
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Dr Hui-leng Tan is consultant in paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital. She cares for a large number of children on non-invasive ventilation, working closely with the paediatric long term ventilation and adult sleep teams. Dr Tan received a Fellowship from the European Respiratory Society to attend the University of Chicago, one of the leading paediatric sleep centres in the world. Here she studied the latest developments in clinical paediatric sleep medicine and participated in cutting-edge research into sleep disordered breathing in children. She was awarded the Scadding-Morriston Davies Fellowship for her work on T regulatory lymphocytes in paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea and endothelial dysfunction.

Uros Krivec
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University of Ljubljana


  • Researcher


  • Researcher at the Center for clinical physiology

Oct 2011

Ljubljana University Medical Centre

  • Unit of Pulmonary Diseases (Pediatric Clinic)
  • Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • Head of Department

Apr 2008 – Jun 2008

Hôpital Armand-Trousseau (Hôpitaux Universitaires Est Parisien)


  • Researcher

Apr 2008 – Jun 2008

Hôpital Armand-Trousseau (Hôpitaux Universitaires Est Parisien)

Field of study

  • Pediatric Respiratory Medicine

Nov 2002 – Oct 2007

Ljubljana University Medical Centre

Field of study

  • Residency in Pediatrics

Jul 2001 – Sep 2001

University of Lusaka

Field of study

  • Tropical Medicine