Biomedical Alliance in Europe (BioMed Alliance), Belgium
Michel Ballieu studied economics at the Brussels University, in Belgium, and holds a postgraduate in Management from the Solvay Business School. He gained his first professional experiences, mainly within BASF and Xerox, by coaching and managing sales teams, including several years of marketing management at the multinational level. 25 years ago, he entered the Not-For-Profit world by running the European Operations of the Up with People exchange student programme. Later he acted as the European Executive Director for several US based professional associations (on behalf of MCI). And as a Chief Executive Officer he joined ECCO – the European CanCer Organisation in 2006, overseeing a team of 30 professionals, and retired in 2016. Today he works as an association adviser, and in that capacity acts as the Executive Director for the Biomedical Alliance in Europe. He is also specialized in staff recruitment for not-for-profit organisations.
University of Virginia School of Medicine, US
Dr Jann Balmer
Jann Balmer was appointed as the full-time Director for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in December 1990. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Nursing and has provided strategic direction in the creation of the School of Nursing Continuing Education Program. Jann serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission for Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD). She also served as a member of the Vision Commission for Continuing Board Certification convened by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) to re-envision board certification for physicians. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2017. Jann served as the President, Past President and Board Member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (formerly Alliance for CME) from 2005 -2012. Jann received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (CEHP) in 2014. She continues to discuss innovative approaches to interprofessional and organisational change for healthcare teams.
Liberum Independent Medical Education, UK
James Bannister is a scientific writer and instructional designer specialising in medical education. With over 7 years’ experience in medical education, he leads the scientific writing team at Liberum Independent Medical Education (IME) to develop education that translates novel science into clear guidance and meaningful practice change. James’ particular areas of speciality include microlearning, cardiometabolic medicine and adapting educational content to digital and audio-visual formats. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), and was recently recognised with a High Commendation as a Young Achiever of the Year at the 2020 Communiqué awards.
Francisco Serrano Baptista Coaching et Consulting, Switzerland
Francisco Serrano Baptista is the founder and creator of the Lead with Impact Programme, a learning programme for leaders working digitally and in remote workplaces. Francisco is also the Director of the Academy of Choices, the leadership capacity development division of Leadership Choices, Germany's largest consultancy on leadership and executive coaching. A passionate coach himself, Francisco brings a practical and experiential philosophy to training events so that participants are able to operationalise their learning within their workspaces immediately.
European Society of Cardiology, France
Isabel Bardinet is the Chief Executive Officer of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Isabel started her career in the meetings industry in 1988 when she entered SOCFI, a French PCO company, where she organized national, international and governmental congresses, presented many international bids and learnt association management. In 2002 she took over as Executive Sales Director at the Palais des Congrès in Paris and actively participated in the creation and development of the “Leading Venues of Paris”. In 2005, she joined the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) to become the Congress Division Director. The ESC organises over 12 congresses a year, including the largest medical congress in Europe and biggest cardiovascular disease congress in the world with over 35 000 participants. In 2009 Isabel became CEO of the ESC which currently gathers 7 sub-specialty associations, 15 working groups, 57 national cardiac societies and 6 councils in addition to the main cardiology association, with just over 100,000 members in over 90 countries. Isabel Bardinet was president of the AC Forum (association of associations) from 2010 to 2012, creating the association management chapter. She served as Vice President of the Club des dirigeants of the technopole Sophia Antipolis from 2012-2014. In 2014, she obtained the Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD. Isabel received the 2015 Professional Convention Management Association Chairman’s Award, for her creative involvement of the community in advancing the ESC’s mission at ESC Congress 2015, in London UK and the 2017 JMIC Power & Profile Award. She has been named one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry and received the ‘Lifelong achievement ‘award from IBTM.
Kenes Group, The Netherlands
Diana van Brakel
Diana van Brakel, Senior Manager Continuing Education of Kenes Group, is leading the Kenes Education Team. Diana has a true passion for medical education and she is at her best when managing complex projects and creating engaging learning experiences. At Kenes Group, Diana is responsible for CME/CPD accreditation and industry compliance, managing the implementation of online learning academies linked to (virtual) medical events and providing quality and effective medical education to its clients. Throughout her time with Kenes, Diana has built a reputation for her outstanding expertise in medical education, industry regulations and educational design. Before joining Kenes Group, Diana worked with various organisations and stakeholders as a Consultant, developing learning strategies to support their unique needs and establishing professional development programmes. Diana completed a Bachelor of Education and a Master in Educational Design & Consultancy at the University of Utrecht.
FHML, Maastricht University/Horacio Oduber Hospital, The Netherlands
Jamiu Busari is an Associate Professor of Medical Education at Maastricht University, The Netherlands and immediate past department Chair and Programme Director of Paediatrics at Zuyderland Medical Center, The Netherlands. Jamiu currently works as a consultant paediatrician and Dean of Health Professions Education at the Horacio Oduber Hospital in Aruba. He is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar and a HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery. Jamiu is a former Executive Board Member of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) and a founding member of ‘sanokondu’, an international community of practice dedicated to fostering health professional leadership education worldwide (www.sanokondu.com). Jamiu is a public speaker, writer, educator and healthcare leader. He is a fervent advocate for diversity, social accountability and social responsibility.
Genentech, Inc., A Member of The Roche Group, US
Arthur Cannon, JD is the Director of Scientific Alliances in the Product Development Medical Affairs Oncology organisation of Roche/Genentech. In his role, Arthur mainly works with academic cooperative groups and medical societies in oncology. In January 2020, Arthur became co-chair of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Industry Group, a group of 10+ companies brought together by ESMO to assist in fostering collaboration between ESMO and industry on topics of high importance to ESMO and its members.
EIT Health, France
Céline Carrera is EIT Health’s Education Director. Céline has more than 15 years’ experience in the space of medical education, much of that spent working with accreditors and learned societies. She has also been on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), serving as Secretary and Chairperson of the Nominations Committee. In addition, Céline has held several volunteer positions on various councils and committees of the Union Europeenne des Medecins Specialistes (UEMS). She was appointed as a founding member of the Biomed Alliance Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee, where she led an environmental study of learned societies in the field of CME/Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Throughout her career, Céline has contributed to a series of peer-reviewed publications in CME. Before joining EIT Health, Céline worked for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), where she was the Head of Education.
American Nurses Credentialing Center, US
Dr Kathy Chappell
Kathy Chappell is the Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for developing board certification examinations and certification of individual registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Kathy is responsible for the accreditation of organisations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education, and the accreditation of residency and fellowship programmes for RNs and APRNs. She directs the Institute for Credentialing Research, analysing outcomes related to credentialing and the quality management department. Kathy also leads the APRN Initiatives department. She holds a baccalaureate in nursing with distinction from the University of Virginia, US, a master of science in advanced clinical nursing and a doctorate in nursing from George Mason University, US. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.
William Harvey Hospital, UK
Dr Heather Davis
Heather Davis is a core surgical trainee with an interest in general surgery, teaching and quality improvement. Heather has spoken nationally at several British Medical Association and Insight Education conferences, and recently presented a national study on weekday surgical handover at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) international conference. She has just completed a four-year term in the national British Medical Association Committee on Community Care, looking at improving the primary secondary care interface in the United Kingdom. When not at work, Heather works with the charity Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme to support young people aspiring to a career in medicine.
Siyemi Learning, UK
Camilla De Filippi
Camilla De Filippi is Director of Accreditation Services, responsible for CME compliance at Siyemi Learning. She obtained her BSc in Biology and worked for three years as a researcher at the DIBIT AIDS Immunopathogenesis department before joining leading Italian pharmaceutical company, Chiesi Farmaceutici. Here, she covered medical sales and international marketing positions, focussing on developing business and marketing strategies for the Chiesi respiratory portfolio. After moving to the UK, she worked for 10 years in medical communications, managing a variety of marketing and publication activities on behalf of leading pharmaceutical companies. Camilla has been working in continuing medical education (CME) since 2013 after joining Siyemi Learning.
Crystal Interactive, UK
Chris Elmitt is a professional facilitator who has pioneered the use of technology to help large groups collaborate and reach decisions. Since 2006, Chris has been the Managing Director of Crystal Interactive. Crystal Interactive developed the Collaborate platform for face-to-face collaboration and this is used by many of the world’s largest organisations. In February 2020, shortly before global lockdown, Chris started work on a new platform to address the issue of collaboration for remote teams. This platform (JAM) launched in June 2020 and has since been used for over 60 events, from 10-person advisory boards to global leadership events for many hundreds.
European Respiratory Society, Switzerland
Amy Farr is the Educational Programmes Manager for the European Respiratory Society (ERS), a non-profit membership society with over 30,000 members representing over 160 countries worldwide, with an annual congress that attracts more than 22,000 respiratory health professionals each year. Amy has 15+ years of experience working in membership organisations. Over the last 10 years, she has focussed primarily on the strategy, development, implementation and evaluation of diverse educational interventions, ranging from events, online courses and fully blended learning structured training programmes to live broadcasted medical procedures.
Kenes Group, The Netherlands
Pamela Funes is an Online Education Specialist. Pamela has more than 6 years’ experience in adult education and the development of online training programmes in medicine. Through her knowledge of adult-learning principles and instructional design, she manages the content development of online education platforms and the communication with all the stakeholders involved. Pamela does this by working hand-in-hand with the experts in the field to identify learning gaps and translate existing educational needs into innovative learning experiences. Pamela is passionate about education, languages and cognitive learning, and she is on the constant lookout for new educational trends and opportunities.
AO Foundation, Switzerland
Monica Ghidinelli is the Project Manager for Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation & Educational Research at the AO Foundation, Switzerland. The AO Foundation is a medically-guided, not-for-profit organisation created to improve the surgical treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Monica is supporting the implementation of processes and quality standards to ensure accreditation of educational activities. She is also assisting the team and surgeon network in establishing and conducting medical education research projects.
Association for Medical Education in Europe, UK
Professor Trevor Gibbs
Trevor Gibbs is the current President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and an independent Professor and Consultant in Medical Education and Primary Care. Trevor holds the positions of World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant in Medical Education, Adolescent Health & Primary Care, Senior International Development Officer for AMEE, Educational Consultant for International Affairs Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland and Educational Consultant to the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME). He is also currently Inaugural Professor of Medical Education at Sun Yat-sen University Medical School, Guangzhou, PRC. As an oncologist, general practitioner and academic for over forty years, Trevor has extensive experience in the development and delivery of hospital-based, primary care and community-based education. Throughout his career Trevor has been involved with many of the innovations in primary care in the UK and overseas. His experience in general practice and medical education have given him the opportunity to develop curricula in many parts of the world, specifically in those regions in which in medical and healthcare education is often a challenge. Trevor writes extensively on the subject of medical education, with a special interest in curriculum development and the social accountability of medical schools. As Associate Editor of Medical Teacher, his responsibilities include the development of the AMEE Guides in medical education, the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Guides in medical education, the Medical Education around the World series, and other general publication duties. He is now Associate Editor for the new e-journal MedEdPublish, which approaches publication through an alternative post-publication review process.
Dr João Miguel Grenho
João Miguel Grenho obtained his medical degree from Nova Medical School, Portugal in 2002 and completed his internship in General Surgery in 2011. João currently works in Hospital de Loures, Lisbon. He was elected to the board of the Portuguese Medical Association in 2013 and appointed Portuguese Head of delegation to the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) Council from 2013 to 2019. In late 2016, João was elected UEMS Vice President for the 2016 - 2019 mandate. In late 2019, he was elected UEMS Secretary General for the 2020-2024 mandate. João is currently the Head of the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).
European Cardiology Section Foundation, Germany
Professor Reinhard Griebenow
Reinhard Griebenow has been working at Praxis Rheingalerie, Germany since 2017. From 1988-2017, Reinhard was Assistant Medical Director and Head of Training in the Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Diabetology, Municipal Hospital Cologne (Merheim), University of Cologne, Germany. Since 2010, he has been Chairman of the Board at the European Cardiology Section Foundation (ECSF) and was Chairman of the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) Advisory Committee from 2010-2018. Reinhard was Vice-chair of the Continuing Medical Education-European Accreditors (CME-EA) until 2019. For 20 years, Reinhard was Head of the Academy for Training and Education, Chamber of Physicians North-Rhine and a member of the Standing Committee for Continuing Medical Education (CME), German Medical Association. Reinhard was also a Board Member of the Chamber of Physicians North-Rhine from 2005-2019. In addition, he is a member of the Education Committee of the German Cardiac Society, an Editorial Board Member at the Journal of European CME (JECME) and a member of the Committee for Training and Education Politics, Marburger Bund.
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Ireland
Professor Hilary Hoey
Hilary Hoey is Director of Professional Competence at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Vice President of the European Paediatric Association, Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA/UNEPSA) and Chairman of Diabetes Ireland. Hilary is also Emeritus Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin. She graduated from University College Dublin, trained at the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, the University San Francisco, Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh and medical education at the University of Dundee. Hilary is a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges UK Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, International Academy for CPD Accreditation, European Union of Medical Specialists-European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS-EACCME) Advisory Council and Irish Medical Council CPD Review Group. She was also President of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) from 2013-2014 and received the ESPE Outstanding Clinician Award in 2016. Hilary was elected Fellow TCD, Royal Society of Medicine London, Royal College of Physicians London, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health UK, RCPI. She has over 200 peer reviewed publications and has been an External Examiner at the University of Cambridge, Nottingham, Kuwait and Cairo.
Janssen The Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J, Austria
Dr Eva Hofstädter-Thalmann
Eva Thalmann is External Scientific Relations Lead for Oncology at Janssen Medical Affairs Europe, Middle East and Africa. Throughout Eva’s career she has worked in Haematology/Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Virology. Her focus is on strong strategic collaborations to major oncology societies, top experts and publishers. Her other focus is on strategic quality aspects for Janssen in education over all disease areas. Eva is member of several external strategic groups, including International Pharmaceutical Alliance for Medical Education (iPACME) Lead, the Board of Directors for Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), Board Member of the Journal of European CME (JECME), Chair of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Medical Education Working Group, and Co-chair of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)/Industry Working Group. Eva obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria. She had various positions in Medical Affairs and Strategic Marketing for Janssen-Cilag and Johnson & Johnson within both Europe and the US.
Patty Jassak is the Director of Independent Medical Education (IME) and Medical External Affairs at Astellas, Medical Affairs US. Patty is actively involved in developing educational strategies, evaluating educational grants and advocating for high quality impactful continuing medical education (CME) activities. Patty started her career with an AB degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Rush College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. Patty practiced as an oncology clinical nurse specialist/advanced practice nurse and also as an oncology administrator in the Chicagoland area prior to joining the pharma industry in 2003 with Aventis. Patty is an active member of the Alliance, the Industry Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (IACE), the Global Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (GAME) and MAPS focus area working group on medical education.
Dr Dean Jenkins
Dean Jenkins works for Global Medical Affairs at UCB in external engagement and learning. Previously, Dean worked at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) supporting the development of innovative learning projects following the acquisition of an e-learning company he founded called onExamination.com. Dean is a physician and is passionate about finding out what works in healthcare and in learning.
Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, UK
Dr Adrian Jennings
As Associate Medical Director for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) since 2018, Adrian Jennings is the Federation CPD clinical lead. He graduated from the University of Bristol, UK and has been a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology in Kings Lynn for 27 years. Adrian has been closely involved in education and training at a local, regional and national level. He worked as an associate postgraduate dean for 5 years, introducing Foundation Training in the Eastern Region. During that time, Adrian devised and led the introduction of the first fully funded deanery-wide preparation for professional practice programme for foundation trainees in the UK; the scheme was subsequently adopted nationally. He has acted as a regional adviser for the Royal College of Physicians, London (2009-19) and as a College Censor (2015-18). He was an elected councillor for the Royal College of Physicians, London (2015-8) and was a Trustee Councillor until 2020. Adrian has been involved in organising and approving CPD for 10 years
Cleveland Clinic, US
Dr Steven Kawczak
Steven Kawczak directs Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic, US where he leads the centres of Continuing Medical Education (CME), International Medical Education, Scientific Publications and the Simulation Center. Steven is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine. He has been active in CME for over 20 years, implementing educational collaborations globally, developing training for education planners and directing educational programme design, accreditation and management. His areas of interest include CME and quality improvement, issues of bias in medical education and the humanities and medicine, specifically on cultural approaches to end of life care. Steven is a Past-President of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the global society for continuing education professionals, and a surveyor for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
Eli Lilly, UK
Elizabeth Kelly started her career as a registered nurse (RN) in Oxford, UK before moving back to the North West of England where she specialised in community nursing. Elizabeth joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1992, initially as a nurse adviser supporting the education of GP practices in heart disease prevention management. This was followed by many successful years in various commercial roles driven by a desire to add value through education, including helping to establish acute schizophrenia and early memory clinics to better diagnose and manage patients. Since being at Lilly, Elizabeth has continued to develop her passion for medical education in oncology at national and regional levels and is now responsible for developing the Global Thoracic, GI and Precision Medicine Medical Education Strategy and solutions. Last year, she spent 7 months in China supporting the establishment of the Lilly China Med Ed function. She is also part of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Medical Education Working Group.
KWHC GmbH, Germany
Dr Thomas Kleinoeder
Thomas Kleinoeder is Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer at the German KWHC GmbH. For over 20 years the company with its staff of 50 employees has provided medical education. The team is specialised in electronic formats of education in the medical sector and works on the national, European and international market. Thomas is a physician with a specialisation in internal medicine and a medical informatics specialist. He worked for 12 years at the University Hospital in Göttingen, Germany. In addition to his current position, Thomas is also cooperating with several universities for research projects and is an active member in several scientific societies. Thomas is a member of the committee for health economy of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).
Liberum IME, UK
Celeste Kolanko has a master’s degree in education and more than 20 years of experience in business and education. She has worked the past 15+ years in Independent Medical Education (IME)/Continuing Medical Education (CME), delivering large-scale, global programmes across a variety of therapy areas. Celeste is President of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) and is an active member of the Good CME Practice Group (gCMEp), where she currently serves as a member of the Steering Group. Celeste is Managing Director of Liberum IME, which was started to meet the needs of a growing European market. She brings international IME/CME best practice experience to the group. Celeste has held other senior leadership roles in both Europe and the USA, including Managing Director of PCM Scientific in the UK and a senior leadership role at DIME, an accredited provider that achieved accreditation with commendation under the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
Global Alliance for Medical Education, US
Dr Dale Kummerle
Dale Kummerle is a pharmacist and has been involved in education his entire career. Dales’ lifelong passion for learning and teaching has provided him with opportunities to speak internationally, including North America, Europe, China, and Japan. Invited lectures have included the European CME Forum, Association of Medical Education in Europe, Asia-Pacific Medical Education Congress, the Alliance, and the Global Alliance for Medical Education conferences. Dale has worked as a Nova Southeastern University Assistant Professor and a HIV public health clinical pharmacist, with 14 years educating healthcare professionals and patients as a Medical Science Liaison in the US and Europe and 10 years developing global capabilities for independent medical education at two major pharmaceutical companies. Dale enjoys professional association volunteerism, including national and state pharmacy associations, committee work with the Alliance, and now as Past President of the Global Alliance for Medical Education.
European Pain Federation EFIC, UK
Sam Kynman is the Executive Director of the European Pain Federation EFIC, the organisation representing healthcare professionals and researchers in the field of pain. EFIC is a multi-professional organisation representing physicians, physiotherapists, nurses, and psychologists, amongst others. EFIC aims to improve the understanding of and clinical management of pain. Before this, Sam worked for a public affairs agency and previously worked for two Members of the European Parliament, focusing on health policies.
Dr Damian Largier
Damian Largier completed a Masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on Developmental Endocrinology. After five years in clinical practice he joined the pharmaceutical industry, initially with Glaxo Welcome and then as Country Medical Director for Pfizer in South Africa. Damian was instrumental in the development of an industry-government partnership providing free anti-fungal medication to patients with complications of HIV. This has since expanded to become a global programme. Damian has held leadership positions for Pfizer Medical Affairs in Europe and the US, with a particular focus on medical communications and late stage product development, and he is now the Vice President for Medical Affairs for Europe and Developed Asia.
Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), Slovenia
Alesa Lehmann Ivancic
For the past 20 years, Alesa Lehmann Ivancic has held different positions within a variety of departments and responsibilities within the pharmaceutical industry. Alesa’s experience has enabled her to possess a deep understanding of the complex regulatory environment in the US and globally, with a special interest in medical education and learning. Alesa is currently part of regional medical affairs capabilities team at Merck Sharp and Dohme. Her experience in the commercial and medical organisations taught her to become proficient at balancing business opportunities with strict internal and external guidelines. Working across departments and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders in healthcare has been a great challenge and opportunity to develop even further as a business professional.
Physicians’ Education Resource (PER), US
Ann Lichti is the Vice President of Outcomes, Accreditation, and Compliance for Physician’s Education Resource®, LLC and Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™. She is accountable for the strategic oversight of educational outcomes measurement design, analysis and reporting. Ann has worked in accredited continuing healthcare education for almost 20 years. She is a Distinguished Member, Fellow and Board Member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions and the liaison to their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee. Ann is a former Editorial Board Member for the Alliance Almanac and was the author of the column ‘CME Consult’ for Medical Meetings. She is a regular presenter at accredited continuing education (CE) industry conferences where outcomes are showcased that demonstrate the value of accredited education.
Medscape Education, US
Dr Katie Stringer Lucero
Katie Stringer Lucero, PhD is the Director of Outcomes and Insights at Medscape Education. Katie has 18 years of experience in research and evaluation in developmental psychology, public health, health outcomes and education (K-12 and continuing medical education (CME)). At Medscape, Katie oversees and leads strategy in all endeavours where data are used to tell a story. Prior to that, she was Director of Research and Evaluation for McREL International where she was responsible for designing, pursuing and managing education evaluation and research studies. She was Primary Investigator for a $2.6mm grant from the US Department of Education and led a variety of programme evaluations. Finally, she directed numerous QI-CME and health outcomes studies at her tenure at Total Therapeutic Management (TTM) and evaluated public health programmes at the CDC. Katie earned her BS, MS and PhD at Auburn University, US in Human Development and Family Studies.
Dr Alvaro Margolis
Alvaro Margolis is an internist from Uruguay with a Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah, US. Alvaro has held academic positions at the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, University of the Republic, Uruguay. He was Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and President of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME). He is Associate Editor of Applied Clinical Informatics, Founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics and President & CEO of EviMed.
Pamela Mason, BS, CHCP, FACEHP, ATSF is Senior Director of the Medical Education Grants Office at AstraZeneca. Pamela began her career in the pulmonary/allergy research labs at Johns Hopkins and she now has more than 30 years pharmaceutical experience. Her leadership experiences include clinical research, field medical teams, medical communications, medical education, independent grants and compliance. Pamela is a recognised leader in medical education, an invited speaker, conference chair and has received multiple awards. She is a Fellow of the Alliance (ACEhp), past Leader of the Industry member section, and has served on numerous committees and task forces over the years. She was a Founding Director Emeritus, served two terms on the Board of Directors, Commission for Certification of Healthcare Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Professionals. Pamela was invited to serve on the National Task Force on Continuing Medical Education (CME) Provider/Industry Collaboration from 1998 to 2012. She is a member of the American Thoracic Society, International Pharmaceutical Alliance for Medical Education (iPACME) and Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME).
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), US
Dr Graham McMahon
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The ACCME sets standards for high-quality continuing medical education (CME) that improves physician competence and performance and contributes to healthcare improvement for patients and their communities. As President and CEO, Graham leads efforts to strengthen the role of accredited CME as a strategic resource to public health initiatives on the national and international level. Graham serves as an endocrinologist in practice in Chicago and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University, US.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, US
Professor Don Moore
Don Moore is Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, US. At the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he serves as Director of Continuing Professional Development and Director of Evaluation for the American Medical Association (AMA)-funded Re-imagining Residency project. Don received an MA in history (emphasis China) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and his PhD in education (emphasis continuing education) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters and presented over 240 lectures and workshops at local, national and international conferences. Don continues to work on: CME/CPD Outcomes Framework (Moore, 2003; Moore, Gallis, Green, JCEHP 2009; Moore, Chappell, Sherman, and Vinayaga-Pavan, Medical Teacher 2018); Learning in the healthcare practice setting (Moore, Pennington, JCEHP 2003; Moore, Fleming, Miller, 2018); and Master Adaptive Workplace.
University of Leuven, Belgium
Professor Bart Morlion
Bart Morlion initially trained as an anaesthesiologist but has worked for over 25 years in pain medicine. Bart is the Director of the Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management at the University Hospitals of Leuven, Belgium and a clinical professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he teaches pain management, pharmacology and evidence-based medicine at the medical school. He ended his term as President of the European Pain Federation EFIC in September 2020 and is currently serving as immediate past President in the Executive Board of EFIC. Bart is also past President of the Belgian Pain Society (2006-2012). He is Programme Director of the Belgian Interuniversity Postgraduate Studies in Algology and is also an active member of several committees in international scientific societies. Bart is Deputy Editor of the European Journal of Pain and author of numerous publications on the management of pain.
Independent CPD/CME Professional, UK
Dr Ron Murray
Formerly the Associate Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Ron Murray provided oversight and direction for the office's CME Affiliate and Outreach Services (AOS) programme - a joint provider enterprise for 32 affiliates representing community hospitals and other healthcare organisations at local, state and national levels. In semi-retirement, Ron continues to be involved in CME/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as an independent consultant, advisory panel member, journal editorial board member and writer. He has also managed international educational initiatives serving healthcare providers in the Middle East, in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Lebanon. His volunteer work has included conducting more than 100 accreditation surveys on behalf of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), as well as committee work for Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhP) and Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME). Ron has organised and presented at a range of educational meetings and webinars in US, Canada and Europe and published in the relevant literature. Ron received a doctorate in Health Education from the University of Virginia, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of London and a BSc Hons in Applied Microbiology from the University of Strathclyde. He received the Fellowship Award from ACEhP in 2013, the Alliance’s President’s award in 2011, the Distinguished Member award in 2007 and the ACCME’s Robert Raszkowski MD, PhD Hero Award in 2009. He enjoys his ‘retirement’ status at the edge of the North York Moors, UK where he continues his lifelong passion for Robert Burns and Rugby Union.
AXDEV Group, Canada
Suzanne Murray, often referred to as the ‘Professional & Credible Provocateure’ - a leader provoking change, evolution and improvement - is the Founder & CEO of AXDEV Group, Global (US) and Europe GmbH, with a professional career spanning over 30 years in organisational development, management, healthcare research, education and performance improvement. Suzanne’s leadership and innovative approach have guided decision makers in major organisations and in various industries to assess strategies and operational needs for professionals as well as organisational performance excellence. She has presented and published in over 100 international peer-reviewed conferences and journals specialising in human, organisational performance and education. Suzanne is a recipient of multiple international awards in medical education and as an entrepreneur dedicated to healthcare. She is a Board Member for the Journal of European CME (JECME) and for Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME).
Liberum IME, UK
Mia Neve has over 7 years of experience in medical communications with a focus on Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Independent Medical Education (IME). She has acted as team lead in delivering a number of global eLearning platforms, global educational outreach programmes, CME-accredited conferences and satellite symposia. Mia holds a postgraduate certificate in education with distinction and brings invaluable expertise of adult learning theory and educational design to all educational outputs. Mia has experience across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including urology, oncology, cardiology, neurobiology, allergy, nutrition, pulmonology and opioid dependence. In 2017, Mia’s innovation, creativity and educational expertise was recognised when she was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2017 Communiqué Young Achiever of the Year award.
Julie-Lyn Noel, MD, MBA is the Director of Education and Research of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe. In addition to being a licensed physician, Julie-Lyn has over a decade of international medical education experience in the non-profit environment. She has been instrumental in driving continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) within multiple organisations, including the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in their Harmonised Education in Respiratory Medicine for European Specialists (HERMES) initiative.
Margareta Nordin is a professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Environmental Medicine at New York University, US. Margareta is past President of EUROSPINE and Chair of EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC). She has authored more than 250 scientific papers and several books on musculoskeletal disorders with focus on spine care. Margareta’s main current interest is prevention of disability, evidence-based, patient-centred and interprofessional care.
Karolinska Institutet/Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden
Dr Jonas Nordquist
Jonas Nordquist is an educational expert in medical education based at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Jonas is the associate residency director at Karolinska University Hospital and the director of Karolinska Institutet's Prize for Research in Medical Education’s Fellows Program. He is currently deeply engaged in the area of designing and implementing high quality learning events in a digital format. His research focuses on educational leadership and how space impacts on learning. Jonas has several international roles, such as for the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, US and the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. He collaborates regularly with broadcasters at the BBC, architects, art gallerists, artists and dramaturgs in order to extend the boundaries of medical education and learn from other industries and sectors. Jonas is an overseas fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Med-IQ CE, US
Jason Olivieri is Director of Outcomes at Med-IQ. Jason has devoted 15+ years to the assessment of continuing medical education (CME) across a variety of provider types, including accredited medical education providers, healthcare systems and academia. He has published numerous articles regarding CME assessment, presented at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhP) annual meeting and industry summit, Society for Academic CME (SACME), regional CME associations (MAACME, IACME) and CMEPalooza. He also maintains a CME assessment blog: www.assessCME.wordpress.com.
Fundació Puigvert, Spain
Professor Juan Palou
Juan Palou Redorta, Prof, MD, PhD is a world-renowned expert in bladder cancer and in uro-oncology. Juan graduated at the Medical School of the UAB and became a urologist at the Hospital Vall d’Hebrón, Spain. He spent some short periods in different centres in the US during his residency training. He is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Chairman of the Urology Department at the Fundació Puigvert in Barcelona. Juan is Chairman of the European School of Urology. In 2016, he became a member of the American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons (AAGUS). He is also a member of the Asociación Española de Urología (AEU), the European Association of Urology (EAU), the American Urological Association (AUA) and the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). Juan is an expert in laparoscopy and robotic surgery belonging to a cooperative group in robotic radical cystectomy. He has published many chapters in medical and urology books and more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has also given countless lectures in national and international meetings.
AXDEV Group, Canada
Sophie Péloquin, MMedSc, is Vice-President of Strategy & Performance at AXDEV Group. She owns a Bachelor of Sciences in Nutritional Sciences, a Minor degree in International development from McGill University and a Master of Medical Sciences in Public Health from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Sophie has 14 years of experience as a consultant in the health sector. Over the years, her clients have included government bodies (Ministries of Health, Public Health Institutions), professional organisations and medical specialty societies, universities, non-profit organisations, as well as corporations in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Her role with these organisations have included strategic planning, development of communication campaign and design, development and management of programs and interventions aiming at behavioural change. Sophie is involved in providing innovative solutions to clients from various industries looking to optimize performance.
European CME Forum, Siyemi Learning, UK
Eugene Pozniak is Programme Director of European CME Forum and Managing Director of Siyemi Learning, UK. Eugene runs the European CME Forum, a not-for-profit organisation now in its 13th year, that brings together key stakeholders in European and global Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development (CME-CPD). Eugene is also Managing Director of Siyemi Learning, an independent medical education provider that he set up in 2006. It has experience of having activities accredited by over 25 different accreditation bodies across Europe and the globe. In 2015, Siyemi Learning became the first organisation outside of the US to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Eugene is a chemistry graduate and spent his early career working in the pharmaceutical industry, advertising and medical communications agencies, specialising in digital services when it was in its infancy. He left the promotional sector in 2000 and has since worked exclusively in CME-CPD, initially devising and delivering e-learning for the European Society of Cardiology ("ESCed" being the first CME accredited e-learning platform in Europe, and a top-16 award winning project of the Leonardo da Vinci fund of the European Commission) and the Federation of European Cancer Societies (FECS – now the European CanCer Organisation, ECCO). He was Director of Global CME (ex-US) at Wolters Kluwer Health, before setting up Siyemi Learning and the European CME Forum. Eugene also manages and serves on the Editorial Board of the open access, PubMed-indexed, Journal of European CME (JECME) and is a Founding Member of the Good CME Practice (gCMEp) group.
European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), Switzerland
Dr Julia Rautenstrauch
Julia Rautenstrauch is a physician (MD) and communications expert. Julia previously worked as a medical journalist; Head of Press and Public Relations department of the German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg; General Secretary of MEDICA e.V. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Interdisziplinäre Medizin and Managing Director of MedCongress GmbH (PCO, full subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions GmbH), Stuttgart; General Secretary of the German Society of Rheumatology and Managing Director of the related CME Academy Rheumaakademie, Berlin. Since January 2017, she has been Executive Director of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) in Kilchberg, Switzerland.
Mental Health Europe, Belgium
Marcin Rodzinka is an Advocacy & Policy Officer at Mental Health Europe (MHE), joining in 2018. Marcin previously worked at the Jagiellonian University and the National Institute of Public Health, Poland. At MHE, he focuses on transparency, prevention and health systems. He co-authored articles published in Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research and BMC Health Services Research. Marcin is also an author of the report ‘Shedding light on transparent cooperation in healthcare: The way forward for sunshine and transparency laws across Europe’. Marcin holds a Master’s degree in Public Health – Health Economics and Governance of Health Systems from the Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland.
Novartis Pharma, Germany
Christian-Claus Roth has been employed at Novartis Pharma since 2001, in different roles of increasing responsibility. After his studies in Business Administration, Christian started his career with the International Pharmaceutical wholesaler GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH and later Celesio AG, Germany. From there, he moved to the Novartis Pharma affiliate in Bern, Switzerland where he set up the congress and event department for the Swiss market. Shortly after, he was promoted to the Global Headquarter in Basel with responsibility for the Pain and Urology Areas as International Congress Manager, with additional responsibility later for the Bone area. Christian now oversees the Scientific Engagement Governance focusing on the impact of external regulatory requirements on global medical event management – one of several key areas for which the team is responsible. Additionally, he regularly participates as a panel member and speaker at conferences. In July 2017, Christian was honoured by 'Successful Meetings' as one of the most influential strategists in the meetings industry worldwide.
Salus Global Corporation, Canada
Dr James Ruiter
James Ruiter is Medical Director and Vice President for Salus Global. James co-chairs the Obstetrical Content Review committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. He is a member of the Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science faculty of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. During his 20 years in rural practice in Alberta, James became an active participant of the moreOB programme. As he became more involved in change in medicine, he became interested in the process of change in the culture of medicine. Burning out of practice, James joined Salus Global in 2008 to help others achieve some of the successes he and his team were able to share. In this capacity, he has worked with hundreds of teams across North America from coast to coast to coast. James’ interests include complexity science in healthcare and the practical application of resilience thinking to help rebuild engagement and improve the quality of life at work in healthcare.
Dr Paul Scheffer
Paul Scheffer completed his PhD in 2017 in sciences of education on how medical students can be better prepared in their medical education to cope with pharmaceutical promotion. Since 2019, Paul has been an active member of Formindep, a French non-profit organisation dealing with conflict of interests in health (https://formindep.fr). He is the President, and has particularly dedicated his work to bringing some changes in medical education nationally and internationally since 2017. He is also a staff member of the French independent drug bulletin Prescrire (https://english.prescrire.org/en/Summary.aspx).
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany
Graduating as a lawyer in Italy in 1994, Olga Salvidio has more than 15 years’ experience in Pharma Industry in the area of Medical Education and Academic Relationships. Currently, she is leading the Neurology and Immunology team within the Global Medical Education & Academic Organization Relations Unit at Merck Healthcare KGaA, Darmstadt Germany. Olga’s role includes strategic planning, development of medical education programme portfolio at global regional and country level, as well as development and management of company led medical education programmes and interventions aiming to improve knowledge and competencies of health professionals. In addition, she represents Merck within professional organisations such as European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) Medical Education Working Group, International Pharmaceutical Alliance for Medical Education (iPACME) and Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) Focus Area Working Group for External Education.
Physician’s Education Resource, US
Janvi Sharma is a Manager of Educational Strategy for Physician’s Education Resource® (PER). Janvi works closely with PER’s medical affairs team and thought leader experts in oncology to align identified educational needs with strategic continuing medical education (CME) programming. She has worked in oncology CME for almost 4 years and is experienced in developing posters that showcase the impact of CME programming to industry supporters.
Meducate Global, US
Lawrence Sherman is a global medical education futurist with a proven history of assessing healthcare professions education systems, developing and improving healthcare professions education faculty, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating strategic Continuing Medical Education (CME), Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities around the world. He frequently gives keynote presentations on topics, including interprofessional continuing education, global medical education, humour in medical education, social media and technology in medical education, the role of the patient in medical education, and assessment and evaluation. Lawrence also leads presentation and communications skills workshops.
Journal of European CME, UK
Professor Robin Stevenson
Robin Stevenson is a retired consultant physician and honorary professor of respiratory medicine at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Glasgow University, UK. Robin has been President of the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (2003 – 2010), President of the Pneumology Section and Board of Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) (2006 – 2010) and a member of the European Respiratory Society “Hermes” project to develop European respiratory medicine syllabus, curriculum and examination (2005 – 2010). He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of European CME (JECME) since 2012.
AO North America, US
Dr Chitra Subramaniam
Chitra Subramaniam is a passionate learning strategist, educator who brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in all areas of education. Chitra is an Educational Technology expert who has been involved in implementing online learning systems, learning object repositories, integrating technology solutions in learning, leading the design and implementation of tools related to social learning and mobile learning. A nationally and internationally recognised leader and consultant in continuing medical education, she has a deep interest in knowledge management and its effective translation to healthcare practice, with several committee and advisory board appointments and awards. Chitra has worked in several capacities in education and training in academic, corporate, government, publishing, and not-for-profit organisations. Before joining AO North America, she served as Principal, Learning and Change within the Premier Research Services group at Premier Inc. Chitra also served as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the Duke School of Medicine and was the Assistant Director for the Center for Educational Excellence at the DCRI. She has worked with the American Society for Clinical Pathology as the Director of Educational Design and Technology, a master designer for IBM, AT & T, CMS and several academic, corporate, government and non-for-profit organisations. She has held several leadership and administrative roles in education and is currently involved in several committees including SACME, AAMC, Harrison Survey Group, SGEA and several others within Duke. She recently has been elected to serve as Treasurer, Board of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Chitra’s special interests include design, development and delivery of large scope educational implementation projects working in collaboration with the Health systems, gathering real world evidence on education and its impact working with research networks, community organisations and education providers.
In Vivo Academy Limited, Australia
A veteran of the global pharmaceutical and medical communications industry, Lisa Sullivan is the founder and Managing Director of In Vivo Academy Limited, an Australian registered not-for-profit education charity established in 2013 and dedicated to the development and deployment of independent, accredited continuing education predominantly across Australia and Asia. With more than 35 years of direct industry experience, Lisa has fostered and galvanized her reputation as a senior executive with proven leadership credentials and strategic insight. She is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as a provider of Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD), where she has been instrumental in the development and delivery of numerous accredited programmes to Australian GPs, nurses and pharmacists, both face-to-face and online. Lisa is a past president of the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) and sits on numerous advisory boards.
Physicians’ Education Resource, US
Phil Talamo, CHCP is the President of Physicians’ Education Resource®, LLC (PER®), which is the continuing medical education (CME) accredited education business unit of MJH Life Sciences™ (www.mjhlifesciences.com), the largest privately held medical communications company in the US. As President, Phil oversees business development/sales, account management, marketing, content/medical affairs, growth, strategy, P&L, and financials for the US and Global Ex-US (with a focus on Europe) divisions. Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Cornell University. In 2018, Phil received the Brian P Russell Exemplary CME Professional Award. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medical Education Companies (NAMEC) and is a regular presenter at CME/CPD conferences like the Alliance for CME, CME Palooza, and the Informa-Connect CBI Independent Medical Education and Grants Summit.
AO Education Institute, AO Foundation, Switzerland
Miriam Uhlmann has expertise in education, including leadership and administration, marketing communication, marketing information strategies, educational technology, curriculum and instructional design, measurement and evaluation, faculty development, mobile/social learning, online learning and business operations. Miriam has a proven ability to work successfully with medical doctors from all over the globe and from different specialty societies. She is a successful facilitator and educator with experience in designing and delivering faculty development, educational leadership, and teaching workshops, online and face-to-face in different languages and for learners with different cultural backgrounds. In her current role, Miriam implemented a comprehensive, global faculty development programme in five languages with certified teachers for more than 1,500 faculty and educational leaders from over 80 different countries annually, including and ongoing community of practice.
Ogilvy Health, UK
Jo Varney is a medical learning and communications professional with more than 15 years’ experience working for agencies in the creative and healthcare industries in London, UK. Jo has experience in designing and delivering evidence-based learning and behaviour-change programmes on behalf of clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Her career to date has encompassed a wide spectrum of healthcare-related work, including medical learning, public relations, stakeholder engagement, patient support solutions and corporate communications.
Kenes Group, The Netherlands
Margarita Velcheva is a Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation and Compliance Specialist at Kenes Group. During the last 6 years, Margarita has been involved in medical education with an emphasis on CME, CPD and industry compliance. She is a member and Chair of the Good CME Practice group (gCMEp). Before joining Kenes Group, she worked in a Marketing Communication’s Department at Intergraph, a provider of enterprise engineering software. Since 2007, Margarita has been living in The Netherlands, where she initially moved for her studies at The Hague University-International Communication Management. In her current role Margarita is responsible for CME/CPD accreditation and industry compliance for the medical educational activities managed by Kenes Group.
European Academy of Neurology (EAN), Slovenia
Professor David Vodušek
David Vodušek received his MD (1976) and PhD (1989) from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Board certified in1982, David was appointed full Professor at the University of Ljubljana in 1997. Emerited in 2018, he continues as consultant in Neurology. His research interests include uro-neurology and clinical neurophysiology. David has authored more than 150 articles in peer reviewed journals and he co-edited the 130th volume of the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series (Neurology of Sexual and Bladder Disorders). David is a member of the Slovene Medical Academy, the Slovene and German Neurological Association, the British Association of Clinical Neurophysiology, the European Academy of Neurology (FEAN) and the European Federation of Autonomic Societies. David serves as Chair of the EAN Sub-Committee for European Affairs; co-chair of the Joint UEMS SN - EAN Education Board and Chair of the BioMed Permanent Experts Committee on CME. He is also on the Editorial Boards of Neurourology and Urodynamics and the Journal of European CME (JECME).
UpToDate/Wolters Kluwer, US
Wendy Walsh is the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Manager for UpToDate, an internet point of care resource produced by Wolters Kluwer, in Massachusetts, US. Wendy joined UpToDate in 2004 and is responsible for CME/CPD accreditation and compliance with national and international accreditation and regulatory bodies. She also works with internal project teams to build and improve features to further support clinicians in meeting their licensing and other professional certification requirements. Wendy moved to Boston in 2001 to work at Massachusetts General Hospital as a CME coordinator for the palliative care service. Wendy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Public Health degree from Emory University. As a regular attendee of European CME Forum since 2012, Wendy is looking forward to sharing her experiences as a CME/CPD professional and learning from other stakeholders about their work to advance CME/CPD.
St. Bartholomews Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
Dr Mark Westwood
Mark Westwood is a Consultant Cardiologist who clinically practices in cardiac MRI and cardiac CT. His interest in training and education spans many years, where he has been a Training Programme Director for Cardiology in North East London for seven years and responsible for all the training and education for all cardiology trainees (about 70) in this area. More recently he has become Vice President of the Cardiology Specialty Advisory Committee, the national body in the UK responsible for all cardiology training. He has held many positions of responsibility in national and international societies around training, education, examination delivery and assessment of examination quality. He is the current President of Council for European Specialists Medical Assessment (CESMA), the part of European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) responsible for appraising European postgraduate assessments (such as examinations) and also mentorship of UEMS sections across medicine and surgery to provide high quality postgraduate assessment.
Health Action International, The Netherlands
Ellie White is a policy advisor in the European Projects team at Health Action International (HAI). Ellie has a background in health policy and advocacy and worked for five years at some of the UK’s largest health charities before moving to Amsterdam. At HAI she works on access to medicines, including policy areas such as health technology assessment, clinical trial transparency, cross-country collaboration and the development of therapeutics for Covid-19. Ellie sits on the European Medical Association’s (EMA) Patients and Consumers Working Party and supports the European Parliament Working Group on Access to Medicines.
AO Education Institute, AO Foundation, Switzerland
Jane Thorley Wiedler is an educationalist working for the AO Education Institute, part of the not-for-profit AO Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland. She has a PhD in medical education and for the past 15 years has built on her expertise in curriculum and faculty development of surgeons.
International Medical Press, UK
Dr Sophie Wilson
Sophie Wilson joined International Medical Press (IMP) at the beginning of 2005 and is Director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Services. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK where she undertook research and published on surface cell glycoproteins that determine blood Rhesus factor. Prior to joining IMP, she worked in medical communications with Meditech Media for over 13 years, first as a medical writer and then as a project manager. Since joining International Medical Press in 2005, Sophie has directed a broad range of projects involving a variety of communication formats – peer-review publications, live events, webcasts and online educational initiatives. Therapy areas include virology, immunology, endocrinology and respiratory. She is a driving force for CME/independent medical education (IME) programmes at IMP and is responsible for CME/CPD accreditation and compliance. Working closely with content teams, she strives to integrate adult learning principles in all activities and ensure learning outcomes. International Medical Press are members of the Good CME Practice (gCMEp) group (www.gcmep.org).