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International Faculty Guests

Andrew Bush

Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute.

Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital


Director, Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health, Imperial College.

Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute.

Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital

 His research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. He has raised more than £90 million in peer review grants and donations with my collaborators. He has supervised 48 MD and PhD degrees, authored more than 650 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 120 chapters in books and monographs. I co-edited the 7th – 9th Editions of Kendig’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children. He has been Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. He was the Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, then the 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post; He is Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in 2022. Currently He is Guidelines Director of the European Respiratory Society, having previously chaired the Publications Committee. He is an emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator, and Chief Investigator in a £4.64 million Wellcome Strategic Award. Most importantly, He has the six greatest grandchildren in the world, Dylan and Jack (both in South Africa, where a colleague unkindly but accurately described me as Professor of Wine, Cricket and Grandchildren at the University of Cape Town), Oscar and his twin siblings Aya and Fletcher in London, and Lydia in Bristol.

Anita Simonds MD FRCP FERS

Honorary Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.


Bulent Karadag

Head of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and the CF Centre at Marmara University, Turkey.

Chair of the European Respiratory Society Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Group under the Pediatric Assembly.


Dimos Gidaris

Paediatrician -Paediatric Pulmonologist – ( Senior Lecturer )


Dr Dimos GIDARIS, MRCPCH, MRCPE, PhD, European Diploma in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine

He graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology in Greece & the UK. He obtained MRCPCH in 2003 and his PhD in 2008 (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He was awarded the European Diploma in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine in 2011. He has served as an adjuvant lecturer at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and as a Senior lecturer at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He is currently

Elif Dagli

Specialist of Pediatric Chest Diseases Child Health and Diseases.

One of the first founders of the Turkish Thoracic Society


Emmanuel Rolides

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics & Infectious Diseases, Infectious Diseases Unit and Research Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, Aristotle Univ of Thessaloniki, Hippokration Hospital.


Joseph El-Mir

Professor of Physical therapy


  1. 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. A Founder and is currently the Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Neuromuscular Diseases (LAN). He 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.

Kohun Gohun Seo

Chief Medical Officer, 3billion, Inc., Seoul, Korea



Kostas Priftis

Professor in Pediatrics-Pediatric Pulmonology


 MD is Professor in Pediatrics-Pediatric Pulmonology, at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) Medical School, Greece. Graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1976), defended his PhD thesis at the NKUA (1982), and completed his research fellowship in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Children’s Respiratory Unit, University of Nottingham Medical School, UK (1989). His research focuses on childhood asthma, bronchology and allergy. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals (h-index 56), edited 8 books and special issues (in English) and his work has received over 10,800 citations (Google Scholar). He has Founded the two-year Master Program in Pedatric Respiratory Medicine of NKUA Medical School.

Mohammad Ashkan Moslehi

Associate Professor in Pediatric Pulmonology


  1. Professor Mohammad Ashkan Moslehi is a board-certified Pediatric Interventional Pulmonologist and Intensivist. He is the head of the Department of Pediatric Interventional Bronchology and Pulmonology at Shiraz University School of Medicine. He is the chairman of the World Association for Bronchial and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP)-Pediatrics, the Board of Directors of WABIP, the co-founder and vice president of the Asian Association of Pediatric Interventional Pulmonology (APIPA), and the director of the Iranian Association for Bronchial Pulmonology and Interventional Pulmonology Group. Furthermore, he is an expert in bronchoscopy techniques, such as foreign body extraction, transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB), bronchial biopsy (BB), correction of subglottic and laryngeal bronchial stenosis, cryotherapy, APC, electrocautery surgery, dilatation balloon, bronchi Internal mass resection, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and pleuroscopy including pleural biopsy. Recently, he started to form the International Association of Pediatric Airway Team (INPAT) and became a world expert in this area. He now serves as the WABIP Award Committee (the committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and award applications for the Killian Centennial Medal, WABIP-Dumon Award, and Heinrich Becker Award for Clinical Research and Innovation).

Nasser Mohamed

Consultant pediatrician and Pediatric Intensivist Sheikh Khalifa medical city, Abu Dhabi, UAE


  1. Dr. Nasser has almost 30 years of experience as Neonatologist and Pediatric Intensivist. He has graduated MBBCh in 1989 from Zagazig Faculty of Medicine, Egypt and did Residency program in Mataria Teaching Hospital, Egypt. He has obtained his Master’s degree of Pediatrics in 1994 and then was moved to work in Kuwait where he spent 20 years working between NICU and PICU Mubark Al Kabeer University Hospital. In 2015 he joined Sheikh Khalifa Medical City PICU managed by Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi as Pediatric Intensivist Specialist.

Refika Ersu

Pediatric Pulmonologist


Dr Refika is a Professor Doctor at University of Ottawa, and University of Marmara.

A Pediatric Respirologist at Children’s Hospital of Ottawa.

Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Research Associate at Royal Brompton and Harefield           NHS Foundation Trust.

Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Samya Nasr

Professor of Pediatric pulmonology, Ann Arborn, Michigan University


  • A pediatric pulmonologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hurley Medical Center and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. She received her medical degree from other and has been in practice for 38 years. She is one of 2 doctors at Hurley Medical Center and one of 8 at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health 0Centers, who specialize in Pediatric Pulmonology. She has been focused on clinical research in cystic fibrosis. Through her work, patients at the University of Michigan are among the first to receive new treatments for CF. She is a holder of a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-sponsored “Therapeutics Development Center” grant.

Sarabon Tahura

Associate Consultant of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine


  1. Dr. Sarabon is a medical graduate (MBBS) from Mymensing Medical College under Dhaka University and obtained her professional degree FCPS (Pediatrics) from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeon (BCPS). Afterwards, she completed fellowship in Pediatric Intervention Pulmonology from Qilu Children Hospital under Shangdong University, China. She started her career in Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital in 2006. At present she is working as Assistant Professor of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine in Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital.Dr. Sarabon Tahura is a member of the American College of Chest Physician (ACCP) and World Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP).