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ESGAR Executive Committee 2021 - 2023 (as approved by the electronic voting)

Prof. Andrea Laghi
Full Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Surgical-Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine at Sapienza – University of Rome
Chairman of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Unit at “Sant’Andrea” University Hospital in Rome, Italy
Member of the Superior Health Council of the Italian Ministry of Health


Professor Andrea Laghi is Full Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Surgical-Medical Sciences and Translational Medicine at Sapienza – University of Rome and Chairman of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Unit at “Sant’Andrea” University Hospital in Rome, Italy. He is currently member of the Superior Health Council of the Italian Ministry of Health.

His main areas of research are Abdominal Imaging, with particular expertise in CT Colonography, and Oncology, including hybrid imaging.

Author of 129 printed papers on "peer reviewed" journals, 8 textbooks and over 60 book chapters.

Prof. Andrea Laghi has been a member of the ESGAR Executive Committee since 2006 in various functions. He was voted Vice-President of ESGAR at the General Assembly in 2017. According to the by-laws, the Vice President proceeds automatically to President-elect and then to President.


Dr. Marc Zins
Chair of Imaging Department at the Groupe Hospitalier Paris Saint Joseph Hospital, Paris and
le Plessis Robinson, France
Paris, France

Marc Zins is a radiologist and Chair of Imaging Department at the Groupe Hospitalier Paris Saint Joseph Hospital, Paris and le Plessis Robinson, France, with particular interests in abdominal imaging. He graduated from Medical School in Paris, France, and completed his radiology training with a fellowship position in Beaujon Hospital (Clichy), before becoming a staff radiologist in Institut Montsouris, Paris. In 2003, he moved to his present position.

Dr. Zins’s main areas of clinical expertise and research include pancreatic and liver diseases and imaging of the acute abdomen. He reviews for numerous scientific journals and acts as Associate Editor for Radiology and Abdominal radiology. Dr. Zins currently serves as Vice President of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology and as Vice President of the French Society of Radiology in charge of Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Marc Zins was voted as Vice President at the General Assembly in 2019. According to the by-laws, the Vice President proceeds automatically to President-elect. Dr. Marc Zins will be the President of the Society 2023 - 2025.


Prof. Jaap Stoker
Professor of Radiology
Head of Research
Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Chair of the Division Radiotherapy, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Physics
University of Amsterdam UMC
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I am Professor of Radiology at the University of Amsterdam, Head of Research and vice chair of the Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam UMC, and chair of the Division Radiotherapy, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Physics, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands. I am an active researcher in the field of abdominal imaging with over 450 papers, 33 book chapters and I have supervised/supervise over 50 PhD students.

Most recently I have been active within ESGAR as chair of the ESGAR Research Committee, meeting president of the ESGAR 2020 annual meeting, ExCom member, member of the Program Planning Committee and representing ESGAR at the UEG Meeting of Members. Previous activities include chairing the guideline working group and the membership of  the Educational Committee and the Workshop Committee. I was involved in over 20 ESGAR workshops and organizer of several ESGAR workshops including being the organizer of the first ESGAR workshop in 2003.

J. Stoker is an ESGAR member since 1999 and has been appointed fellow in 2003.


Prof. Valérie Vilgrain
Professor of Radiology, University of Paris

Chair, Department of Radiology
Beaujon Hospital
Clichy, France

Dr. Valérie Vilgrain is Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University Beaujon Hospital and Professor of Radiology at the University of Paris, France. Her major research interests are diagnostic and interventional imaging of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts.

Dr. Vilgrain is member of several international and national societies, such as RSNA (Radiological Society of North America), ESR (European Society of Radiology), ESGAR (European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology), EASL (European Association for the Study of Liver) and SFR (French Radiological Society). She was chair of the Education Program Committee of the SFR annual meeting from 2000-2008 and has been Vice-Chair of the French Society from 2010 to 2014. She chaired the RSNA Regional Committee for Europe (2015-2018). She is member of ESGAR Executive committee and she is the Scientific Director of ESOR (European School of Radiology) since March 2018.

Dr. Vilgrain has published more than 470 peer-reviewed papers (H-Number: 78) and has been a principal investigator of several large multicenter clinical trials, including the trial. Since 2012 she has participated to many European guidelines: liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma, management of patients with neuroendocrine liver metastases, management of benign liver tumours, management of hepatocellular carcinoma, and consensus statement on liver MR imaging and clinical use of liver-specific contrast agents.

She has served on the Editorial Board of Radiology (Associate Editor 2007-2012, Consultant to the Editor 2012-2017), and she is currently on the Editorial Board of Abdominal Radiology. She is a reviewer for several radiological journals: Radiology, European Radiology, AJR, European Journal of Radiology, and clinical journals: Gut, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, and European Journal of Cancer.

She is an ESGAR member since 1999 and has been appointed fellow in 2003.


Prof. Christoph Zech
Professor of Radiology
Division Head of Interventional Radiology
Basel University Hospital
Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Christoph Zech is a professor of Radiology at Basel University Hospital / Switzerland. He has served there since 2012 as Division Head of Interventional Radiology with a main focus on tumor interventions to the liver. In the past his main areas of research have been mainly abdominal imaging with a special focus on liver imaging and MR hepato-biliary contrast agents. In his field of research he has published > 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given > 100 invited lectures. Dr. Zech has been tied to the ESGAR since 2003, when he first visited the annual meeting. He has been member of various subcommittees and has been organizing the Liver Imaging work-shop series of ESGAR for many years as scientific coordinator. He has served on the Executive committee of the ESGAR since 2017.

He is an ESGAR member since 2004 and has been appointed fellow in 2007.

Dr Zech is married and has two boys with 10 and 13 years of age. His free time he spends with his family or on his road bicycle.


Dr.Giuseppe Brancatelli
Universita di Palermo
Sezione di Scienze Radiologiche
Palermo, Italy

Dr Giuseppe Brancatelli received his medical degree from the University of Palermo, Italy, and completed his residency at the Medical University of Palermo, Department of Radiology. He was lucky enough to pursue further training in abdominal radiology through two one-year research fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, under the mentorship of Mike Federle and Rich Baron, and at the Hospital Beaujon, University of Paris, under the mentorship of Valérie Vilgrain.

Dr Brancatelli's clinical work and research are dedicated to abdominal radiology, with a focus on liver imaging, and he feels privileged to be involved in teaching radiology to undergraduates and radiology residents and to work collaboratively with patient-focused multidisciplinary teams.

He has been an invited speaker at both national and international meetings and has been published in clinical and radiology peer-reviewed journals.
He is an ESGAR member since 2003 and has been appointed fellow in 2006.

Dr Brancatelli lives in Palermo, Sicily. In his free time, he enjoys the great outdoors as well as spending precious time with his wife and two daughters.


Prof. Stuart Taylor
Professor of Medical Imaging
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Professor Stuart Taylor is a Professor of Medical Imaging at University College London. 

He is a clinical academic and educator. He is currently President of the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology and sits on the executive committee of ESGAR as secretary/ treasurer. He also sits on several ESGAR guideline consensus committees and helped develop the long running ESGAR CT colonography workshops. He is also currently chairman of the UK National NIHR Imaging Group. He is also a NIHR senior investigator. He has published over 280 peer reviewed publications and received over 5M Euros in grant income. He has a particular research interest in imaging Crohn’s disease, diseases of the pelvis, CT colonography and cancer imaging. 

He is an ESGAR member since 2003 and has been appointed fellow in 2007.


Prof. Maria Antonietta Bali, MD, PhD
Head of the Departement of Radiology
Institut Jules Bordet
Brussels, Belgium

Professor Bali completed the medical degree and training in diagnostic radiology at the University “Federico II” of Naples (Italy).

From 1999 to 2003 she was appointed as a clinical fellow in abdominal imaging in the Radiology Department of the Erasme Hospital, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and as a research fellow in the MR Unit, focusing on functional MR imaging of the pancreas with a research grant from the Erasme Foundation.

Her main clinical and research interests are in hepato-biliary and pancreatic diseases including cancer.

She obtained the PhD degree in Biomedical Science in 2011 with a thesis entitled  “Non-invasive quantitative evaluation of the exocrine pancreas in physiologic and pathologic conditions using functional magnetic resonance imaging” (ULB).

Between 2015 and 2018 she was appointed as Senior Consultant in Cancer Imaging at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK.  Since August 2020, she is Head of the Radiology Department at the Cancer Institut Jules Bordet in Brussels, Belgium.

Professor Bali is an active member of several international radiologic societies:  member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR), Chairperson of the ESGAR Workshop Committee, Chairperson for the Abdominal Imaging section for ECR 2016, fellow of the ICIS and member of the EORTC imaging and gastrointestinal cancer groups.

She accounts several invited lectures in national and international radiological and gastroenterological meetings as BWG, ECR, ISMRM, ESGAR, UEG, KCR, BAR, ESUR, ICIS.

In 2005 she received the European Radiology ESGAR Award and the Best Abstract UEG Award.

She is author of book chapters and several peer-review articles.

She is an ESGAR member since 2005 and has been appointed fellow in 2009. She was membership committee chair from 2017 - 2019 and is workshop committee chair since 2019. She is a member of the ESGAR Executive Committee since 2017.


Assist.Prof.Sofia Gourtsoyianni
Assistant Professor of Radiology
1st Department of Radiology, in Areteion Hospital
Athens, Greece

I am a Greek board certified Radiologist since 2009, having trained in LMU, Munich, DE and in University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, GR.

I have spent a year as a Research Fellow in body CT Applications at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA (2010-2011), and 11 months as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Cancer Imaging, King’s College London, UK (4/2012- 3/2013).

I have worked as a Consultant Radiologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK (3/2013- 9/2017) and hold the position of Honorary Clinical Lecturer (Research) at the Cancer Imaging department in the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, King’s College London.

In September 2017 I returned to Athens, Greece and worked again for a year as a Consultant Radiologist at Konstantopoulion Hospital and since 9/2018 I hold the position of Assistant Professor of Radiology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and work in the 1st Department of Radiology, in Areteion Hospital, in Athens.

I am an Editorial Board Member for the Gastrointestinal Imaging Section in European Journal of Radiology and have edited two textbooks on GI & Abdominal Radiology. I have given more than 100 invited lectures on Abdominal and GI Radiological topics.

During 2019-2021 I served the ESGAR Executive committee as a Member at Large and I am really looking forward to continue to serve ESGAR, a society very close to my heart, as a member of its ExCom.
S. Gourtsoyianni is an ESGAR member since 2007 and has been appointed fellow in 2011.


Dr.Muşturay Karçaaltıncaba
Professor of R
adiology
Director, Liver Imaging Team,

Department of Radiology
Hacettepe University Hospitals,
Ankara - Turkey

 

  • Nearly 23 years of experience in the field of radiology with key roles in diagnostics, academics and administration.
  • Leads Liver Imaging Team. Pioneer in Liver Multiparametric Imaging, Steatosis Imaging and Quantification.
  • Member of RSNA CIRE Committee, ESGAR Workshop Committee
  • Received Young Investigator Award From Turkish National and scientific Council, Turkish National Science Academy.
  • Delivered more than 350 lectures in 5 continents and 43 countries, including RSNA, ECR, ARRS, ESGAR, ACAR, ASEAN, APASL meetings was a RSNA International Visiting Professor.
  • Organized 15 International Meetings and Courses.
  • He was a member of  RSNA Educational Exhibit Award Committee and Scientific Committee Member of ARRS, ECR.
  • Over 200 indexed publications in Pubmed, predominantly on Abdominal Imaging and Cardiovascular Imaging related topics. His articles have been downloaded and read more than 380.000 times.
  • H-index: 36
  • Reviewer for 40 journals including JACC Cardiovasacular Imaging, Am J Gastroenterology, AJR, European Radiology, Urology, JMRI, PLOS One, Scientific Reports, Abdominal Radiology, Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
    He is an ESGAR member since 2007 and has been appointed fellow in 2014.

Assoc.Prof. Nikolaos Kartalis
Associate Professor in Radiology
Karolinska University Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden

CURRENT POSITION

2017 – to date: Senior consultant radiologist, Department of Radiology, Karolinska University Hospital.

2012 – to date: Affiliated researcher at Division of Radiology, CLINTEC, KI.

DOCTORAL DEGREE

2008 – 2012: PhD in Medicine; thesis title: “Optimized MRI methods for simplified oncological imaging in pancreas and liver”, KI, Stockholm, Sweden.

DOCENT-LEVEL COMPETENCE

Associate Professor in Radiology, 2019.

BIBLIOMETRIC PARAMETERS (Web of Scienceas of June 2021):

Total articles: 39 (Original research articles: 25, Reviews: 3, International guidelines: 4, Case report: 1, Book chapters: 6). H-index: 14, Times cited: 1.063.

Member of editorial board

January 2017 – to date: European Radiology (Magnetic Resonance section).

Referee for other scientific journals

European Journal of Radiology, Abdominal Imaging, Pancreatology, Academic Radiology, Journal of MRI, Acta Radiologica, Annals of Gastroenterology, Cancer Imaging, BMC Medical Imaging, Scientific Reports.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

2005 – to date: >140 invited lectures (among them faculty for: ESGAR annual meetings: 8 times, ESGAR workshops:14 times, ESOR: 5 times, ECR: 5 times, 2017-2021, RSNA: 2 times).

Organiser/co-organiser

9 national and international courses.

MANAGERIAL POSITIONS

2013 – to date: Radiology representative in the organising committee of the annual Stockholm’s Liver Week.

2014 – 2018: Secretary of the Swedish Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (SFGAR).

2015 – to date: Fellow member of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR).

2015 – 2017: Member of the steering committee of the Swedish Liver Register.

2016 – 2019: Member of the workshop committee of ESGAR.

2017 – 2020: Member of the European Congress of Radiology Abdominal and Gastrointestinal scientific subcommittee.

2018 – to date: Member of the European Society of Radiology Quality, Safety and Standards committee.

2019 – to date: Treasurer of the SFGAR.

2021 – to date: ESGAR Ambassador for Sweden.


Associate Professor Maija Radzina
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Liver Imaging Team,

Department of Radiology
President of the Latvian Radiology Association
Paula Stradina Clinical University Hospital
Riga, Latvia

Maija Radzina has been an ESGAR Member since 2016. She has recently become quite active in the society: she is a member of the Membership and Communication Committee since 2019 and in 2020 she was nominated to be ESGAR Fellow. Since 2021 she has been appointed as ESGAR Ambassador in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Due to her high competence, she was invited as a speaker to numerous congresses - in ESGAR workshops, ESGAR annual meetings and ESOR courses as well as many other European and International events (ECR, RSNA, EANM etc.)

Her professional career in Radiology educational and research fields were recognized and she obtained a title Associate professor from 2017. Previous experience as Latvian Radiology Association president (current), activity in ESR committees, EFSUMB Educational and Professional standards committee chairmanship (2019-2021) and RSNA European Affairs committee (since 2018) and UEMS Radiology Section member (since 2018) have given her the great opportunity to work in the international community, embracing diversity and at the same time facing the turf-battles and technological challenges. 

Dr. Radzina is the author of an impressive number of peer-reviewed original scientific manuscripts with H index 17, her main area of expertise is CEUS and Elastography. Her contribution to the professional guidelines and position papers has been relevant to every professional practice. Maija's interest in novel trends has shown her strength in promoting the importance of ultrasound as a key component in the radiologist practices. 

Dr. Radzina has a strong dedication to education, both in teaching and in mentoring students and fellows, demonstrating innovative approach in the clinical practice and is considered as opinion leader in the Baltic States.

Maija Radzina has an excellent international network and enjoys high international recognition. Moreover, she has a friendly, affectionate personality and a high level of social competence.


Dr.Damian Tolan
Gastrointestinal Radiologist
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS
Leeds, United Kingdom

I am a Gastrointestinal Radiologist from Leeds, UK where I have been a Consultant since 2007 following Radiology training in Yorkshire and a Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Imaging  at University College London Hospital. I have been an ESGAR member since 2007 and a fellow since 2014 serving as faculty member at ESGAR courses and Annual Meetings since 2010. ESGAR has a vital role in supporting members develop their knowledge and skills and also to encourage and nurture the next generation of specialist radiologists to improve care for our patients.

I really enjoy teaching and training and I organised the ESGAR CT Colonography workshop in Leeds in 2014. My research interests focus on large bowel and small bowel disease and particularly on colorectal cancer.

I have been active on ESGAR committees, serving on the ESGAR education committee since 2013 writing Journal Watch and Case of the Month Articles and co-author of the GI Radiology curriculum review for ESGAR. Since May 2020 I also represent ESGAR on the European Society of Radiology Curriculum Committee.

I contributed as member of several ESGAR guideline panels for small bowel and colonic imaging in 2017, Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 2019 and ECCO/ESGAR consensus guidelines for Inflammatory Bowel Disease imaging in 2012. I was the Deputy Lead of ESGAR 2020 Fistula Radiology guidelines and a working group Lead for Joint ECCO/ESGAR consensus guidelines for Reporting Inflammatory Bowel Disease imaging in 2021.

I would relish the opportunity to use my skills and experience to continue to build on ESGARs great achievements in the coming years and to develop the talent and commitment we have amongst the fellows and members of our rapidly developing speciality.


Assist.Prof. Luis Curvo-Semedo
Assistant Professor of Medicine at
Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra
Chief of the MRI Unit and Coordinator of the GI Imaging and the Research Scientific Areas at
Department of Medical Imaging of the Coimbra University Hospitals
Coimbra, Portugal

I am currently Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra. I also work in the Department of Medical Imaging of the Coimbra University Hospitals, where I am Chief of the MRI Unit and Coordinator of the GI Imaging and the Research Scientific Areas. I am also a researcher at the CIBIT - Coimbra Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Translational Research. 

I have served in several scientific societies. At present, I am Secretary-General of the Portuguese Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (SPRMN), and also the coordinator of its School. I am Member-at-large of the Research Committee of the European Society of Radiology, and chaired the GI Imaging Sub-committee for ECR 2018.

My scientific commitments include acting as a reviewer for 18 peer-review journals, as well as authorship of 10 book chapters, over 50 journal publications and over 200 congress presentations. I have presented more than 120 congress and workshop lectures (including ESOR, ESMRMB, ESGAR, ECR). 

Being a Fellow of ESGAR since 2011, I have been a member of the Educational Committee since 2013 and was involved in the Programme Committee of the 2020 and 2021 Annual Meetings.


Prof. Asunción Torregrosa Andrés
Professor of Radiology
Head of abdominal radiology in Medical Imaging Department
University and Polytechnic La Fe Hospital
Valencia, Spain

Born in Utiel (Valencia), a famous region of vineyards and wineries in Spain and graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Valencia in 1994. In 2000, I finished my training in Radiology at University Hospital Dr. Peset in Valencia with Dr. Vilar Samper as Chairman and Dr Marti-Bonmati as MRI Chairman.

I worked in some institutions in Valencia as an abdominal radiologist, always involved in MRI. Currently, I am in charge of abdominal radiology in Medical Imaging Department at University and Polytechnic La Fe Hospital, in Valencia, focused on liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases, prostate cancer and structured reports.

Served the Spanish Abdominal Imaging Society (SEDIA) as a President from 2016-2017, ECR abdominal subcommittee member since 2017 and Chair of the gastrointestinal subcommittee in ECR´21. Current ESGAR fellow as a member of the Educational Committee, President of the Society of Radiology in Valencia and Vice-president of the Spanish Society of Radiology. Speaker and panelist in SEDIA, ESGAR and ECR meetings, besides as author and co-author of more than 30 papers and book chapters.

Married, 3 children (one girl and two boys), none of them want to be a doctor. We are living next to the river Turia in a beautiful green place in Valencia.


Prof. Lennart Blomqvist
Professor of Radiology
Research group leader in Diagnostic Radiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery
Department of Imaging and Physiology
Karolinska University Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden

Lennart Blomqvist. Professor MD PhD at Department of Imaging and Physiology Karolinska University Hospital. Research group leader in Diagnostic Radiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden.

Special clinical expertise

Specialized in gastrointestinal radiology, with a particular focus and a vast experience in magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvis and liver with national and international consultations. Extensively involved in the development of several multidisciplinary teams and development of diagnostic programs in patients with cancer at the Karolinska University Hospital and in remaining Sweden. Part of the steering committee of the Swedish Colorectal Cancer Study Group.

President for Swedish Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (SFGAR). Head for Task Force Imaging in the Personalised Cancer Medicine (PCM) programme at Karolinska as part of Cancer Core Europe (CCE).

Publications

More than 120 scientific publications including original articles, reviews, editorials and case reports in peer reviewed journals. Principal investigator for several clinical trials and editor and author of several books and book chapters in the field of diagnostic radiology.

He is an ESGAR member since 2005 and has been appointed fellow in 2014.


Membership Benefits

  • Reduced fees at Annual Meetings and Workshops of the Society
  • Exclusive right to participate in Society sponsored activities
  • Free access to “European Radiology” on-line
  • Substantially reduced subscription rate to "Abdominal Radiology"
  • Eligibility to participate in Guideline Working Groups
  • Subspecialty Recognition Certificates
  • Personal ESGAR Account
  • ESGAR e-Newsletter and Annual Report
  • Unlimited access to the ESGAR e-Education Portal
  • Educational and networking activities

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