Theme event 1: Lessons from COVID 19 - a world transformed

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Dr. Alma Džubur Kulenović is an Associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo, currently working as Head of the Department of Psychiatry. A long time friend and supporter of SaMED, Professor Džubur Kulenović will be joining us this year as a guest speaker! Dr. Džubur Kulenović graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Univerity of Zagreb as a valedictorian (average grade 5.0) in 1984. She was awarded the Dean's Award and the President of the University of Zagreb Award for best student for 4 consecutive years. She is also a laureate of the prestigious Academic Academy of Drago Perović Trust as the best student of the Medical School in Zagreb. She passed her Psychiatry specialist exam by the Ministry of Health – Republic of Croatia in 1994. In 2007, Dr. Džubur Kulenović successfully defended her MA thesis 'Plasma lipid levels in veterans suffering from chronic PTSD' in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo. She received the title of PhD in 2013, successfully defending her Doctoral thesis 'Efficacy of psychoeducation in unipolar depression – multicentric RCT'. Dr. Džubur Kulenović boasts 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist in both clinical and research work. She co-authored many books and publications in the field of psychiatry and mental health as well as co-authoring over 50 research papers and abstracts in professional and scientific journals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and internationally. Dr. Džubur Kulenović is the Regional editor of the Croatian Medical Journal for Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as member of the Committee for Research in Neurology and Psychiatry in the Academy of Sciences and Art of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through projects of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Federal Ministry of Health of Bosnia and Herzegovina she worked on reforming mental health services.

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Dr. Monica Andreea Sandu is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Intensivist working in Bucharest, Romania. During the worst of the pandemic, Dr. Sandu worked in Intensive care units of COVID-19 hospitals in Italy, Moldova and Romania. Joining our Theme Event 'Lessons from COVID-19: A World Transformed' as a guest speaker, we will learn about Dr. Sandu's COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit experiences in difficult conditions and an over encumbered health care system. Dr. Sandu graduated as a Medical Doctor (MD) from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila' Bucharest, Romania in 2010. She worked as a Resident doctor in Anesthesia and Intensive Care for the „C.C.Iliescu“ Cardiovascular Disease Institute in Bucharest, Romania, then the Clinical Hospital Colentina in Bucharest, Romania, as well as the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hasomer, Israel from 2011 to 2015. She continued her affiliation with the Sheba Medical Center up to 2017 as a Board certified anesthesiologist and Fellow doctor in the Acute and Chronic Pain Management Department. Currently, Dr. Sandu works as a Board certified anesthesiologist at the Provita Medical Center for Diagnostic and Treatment in Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Sandu attended many congresses as a speaker and workshop trainer, especially in front of the Romanian Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Sandu worked in Intensive care units in the Ospedale San Leopold Mandic Merate, Italy and the County Hospital Ilfov in Bucharest, Romania.

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Dr. Damir Huremović is a board certified psychiatrist currently affiliated with North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Dr. Huremović is also an Assistant Professor within the Department Of Psychiatry in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Huremović graduated as a Medical Doctor (MD) in 1994 at our very own Faculty of Medicine in the University of Sarajevo. He achieved a Master in Public Policy (MPP) at Johns Hopkins University in 2000. He became a board certified neuropsychiatrist in Bosnia in 2001 at the Sarajevo University Medical Center. For his further education in the United States of America, he finished his residency at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2006. He completed his fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the LIJ – A. Einstein College of Medicine N. Hyde Park, New York. From 2001 to 2002, Dr. Huremović worked as an Attending psychiatrist on the Adult Inpatient Unit at the Sarajevo University Medical Center. From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Huremović was affiliated with the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, NY – starting as Acting Chief, Attending psychiatrist on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service and finishing his affiliation with the hospital as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Dept. Of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Dr. Huremović is both a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP). In 2019, Dr. Huremović published his book: 'Psychiatry of Pandemics: A Mental Health Response to Infection Outbreak'. It is an acclaimed and often cited book that analyzes mental health throughout the pandemics in history.

Theme event 2: Organ transplantation - Privilege or need

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Prof. Dr. Kamil Yalçin Polat was born 1962. in Karaman. He finished Ataturk University in Erzurum 1980-1986 and General Surgery Residency Training(1987-91.) He has finished Master’s Degree in HPB Surgery & Liver Transplant in Mount Sinai Hospital(USA), and General Surgery Training/ Hepatobiliary Surgery in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Polat was founder and Head of the Center for Organ Transplantation Training, Research and Application Center at the Ataturk University(2003-2010). Currently he works at Memorial Bahcelievler Hospital in Istanbul as General Surgery Specialist, and Head of Department of General Surgery and Transplantation at Memorial Atasehir Hospital. Dr Polat won many important awards for his work such as TUBITAK Scholarship, Second prize for Medical Faculty , First prize in General Surgery Specialty Exam, Outstanding Service Award from Palandöken Municipalit. He wrote 50 articles published in journals from SCI Expanded and more than 100 national articles. Dr Polat is also: Vice President of Turkish Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Society, Board Member of Turkish Transplantation Centers Coordination Association (TONKKD), Head of Liver Transplantation Scientific Board in The Turkish Ministry of Health, member of Turkish Surgical Association, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and International Hepatopancreatobiliary Association. He attended at international trainings, courses and conferences such as: Oncologic Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Member, 1999-2000, U.S.A., Master’s Degree on Liver, Bile Ducts, Pancreas Surgery and Multi-Organ Transplantation, New York University, Mount Sinai Hospital, 1998-2000, U.S.A, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Education, 1998, Germany, Istanbul University Transplantation Unit, 1991-1992

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Dr. Georg Schoen was born in Waldmünchen, Bavaria, Germany, where he has completed his medical studies at the University of Regensburg and the Technical University of Munich. In the period 1984-1998 he worked as senior physician at the Medical Mission Clinic in Würzburg and since 1998 as Chief physician at the Urological Clinic. Dr Georg Schoen worked as chief physician of the Department of Urology at Klinikum Würzburg Mitte, Würzburg, Bavaria untill 2020. He has completed his training at important international medical centres in the US. He is responsible for the setup of a prostate centre with more than 1000 operations of both benign and malignant prostate diseases per year. He has 30 years of experience and pioneer work with minimally invasive operations of bladder, kidney and retroperitoneum and participated in the development of the standards of extraperitoneal access for robotic-assisted operations. Dr Georg Schoen has experience in 650 robotic-assisted partial nephrectomies and 640 Procedures with one SI DaVinci per year. He is part of European reference and training centre for Da Vinci operations in Scandinavia, England, France, Austria and Switzerland, where he serves as visiting surgeon. He is trainer of urological surgeons at IRCAD Training centre in Strasburg. DR Schoen is member of the master class at international meetings and congresses where he held several live surgeries and 25 educational videos, honoured with several film awards. He is a member of the DGU working group ‚Laparoscopy and Robotics‘ Dr Shoen has also had great experiences with fistula surgery in Ghana. Since 2020 he is the Chief of robotic surgery department at the Urologial Clinic of Munich Planegg.

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Doctor Iva Dekaris, medical director of the Special Hospital for Ophthalmology Svjetlost works as a full-time professor and scientific advisor at the University of Rijeka and teaches at the postgraduate and graduate studies in ophthalmology in Zagreb and Rijeka. Dr. Dekaris is an associate member of the Department of Medical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU). She is the President of the European Eye Bank Association - EEBA(2019-2022). Dr Dekaris is the instructor in cataract surgery (theory and practice) for the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). Professor Dekaris specialized in anterior ocular segment surgery. In 2010, Doctor Iva Dekaris introduced for eye surgery in Croatia a multi-layered (or lamellar) transplantation of the cornea endothelium called DSAEK. She won the highest awards for scientific work: The annual national award for science (for young scientists in 1999) and for the field of biomedicine in 2013. Doctor Dekaris published over 300 scientific and professional papers, of which 50 in excellent international journals cited in Current Contents. She finished two postgraduate studies: biology (biomedicine field of study) at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb where she acquired her master’s degree and ophthalmology (partly at Harvard University in the United States and on the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb). Dr Dekaris also completed a postdoctoral research study in the field of cornea transplantation at the Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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Dr. Ali Jafarian born in 1968 in Tehran-Iran, finished Medical school of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) in 1985. He did his residency of General Surgery in Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex-TUMS from 1994 to 1998. Ali Jafarian was awarded the certificate of Vascular Surgery in 2006 and focused on Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation from that time afterwards. He is the Founding director of the Liver Transplantation program since 2002 and the head of the division of hepatopancreatobiliary and Liver Transplantation in Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, TUMS, since 2008. The service began fellowship training of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Abdominal Organ Transplantation since 2016 under his direction. The service has done more than 1100 liver transplantations for till July 2020. He is also appointed as a member of national board of General Surgery since 2015. He is associate member of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences from 2013. He was Dean of Medical School in 2008-2009 and Vice Chancellor in 2009-2011. Dr. Jafarian was also a member of Supreme council for Science, Research and Technology and National Council of Evaluation of State Education. TUMS memb He has contributed in more 70 published papers and 5 books. Dr. Jafarian is member of International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation (MESOT) and IRanian Society of Organ Transplantation (IRSOT).