IHF World Hospital Congress | Scientific Committee
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Scientific Committee


Prof. Antoni Trilla, MD, PhD, MSc.

Dean, University of Barcelona Medical and Health Sciences School (Spain)


Born in Barcelona (1956)

Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Master in Hospital and Health Services Management. Master in Health Economics and Health Management.

Senior Consultant at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. Director of the Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Unit. Former Director of Quality and Clinical Safety.

Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Director of the Master Degree in Hospital and Health Services Management. Dean of the University of Barcelona Medicine and Health Sciences School.

Research Professor at ISGlobal. Author of more than 250 original papers published in international peer-reviewed journals.

President of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Emerging Infections of Catalonia.

Former President of the Catalan Agency for Health Quality and Assessment (AQuAS)

Member of the Reial Acadèmia de Medicina de Catalunya (RAMC).

Member of the Governing Board of the Barcelona College of Physicians (CoMB)

Omar AlRawas

Prof. Omar Awadh Al-Rawas, PhD, MBChB, FRCP

Secretary General, Arab Board of Health Specializations (Jordan)


Professor Omar Al-Rawas is the Secretary General of the Arab Board of Health Specializations. He is Professor and Senior Consultant Pulmonologist at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (COMHS), Sultan Qaboos University SQU. He is a member of the Council of Trustees of Arabian Gulf University. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University of Glasgow, UK.

His research focus is on lung function and epidemiology of respiratory conditions. He contributed to more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to many conference presentations and published abstracts. He provides tertiary clinical care as Senior Consultant Pulmonologist in SQUH.

Leadership positions held in the past include; Dean of COMHS (SQU), Chairman of SQUH Board, Director of SQU Medical Research Centre, President of Oman Medical Association; Chairman of OMSB Internal Medicine Scientific Committee, and Chairman of the Health Sector Committee of the Research Council of Oman.

Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, American Hospital Association; CEO, American Organization for Nursing Leadership (USA)


Robyn Begley is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of the American Hospital Association. She previously served in leadership roles for various state nursing and professional nursing organizations. She has more than 40 years of experience in health care and has received numerous awards, including the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing’s Visionary Leader Award. She earned her D.N.P. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, obtained her M.S.N. at Widener University, Chester, Pa., and received her B.S.N. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Hong-I Chen

Prof. Hong-I Chen, MD, PhD, MA

Honorary Dean, College of Health Sciences, Chang Jung Christian University (Taiwan)


Professor Hong-I CHEN currently works as Honorary Dean of the College of Health Sciences in Chang Jung Christian University, consultant of Tri-Service General Hospital, also is a surveyor & team organizer of Joint Commission of Taiwan for hospital accreditation. He graduated from National Defense Medical Center as M.D. in 1973, after full training of urology/surgery, he served in 4 military hospitals. He acquired a PhD in neuropharmacology at the University of Oxford, U.K. in 1990, a master of medical management at Tulane University, U.S.A. in 2000, as well as an EMBA at National Taiwan University in 2006. He had rescued SARS disaster of Taiwan when he was the superintendent of Tri-Service General Hospital in 2003.

Dr. Eric de Roodenbeke, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, International Hospital Federation (Switzerland)


Eric de Roodenbeke became IHF CEO in June 2008. His previous positions included Senior Health Specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA); Senior Health Specialist, World Bank; Senior management positions at the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs; various senior management and executive positions in large French university teaching and general hospitals. He has been educated in France: Ph.D. in health economics, (Paris-Sorbonne); Hospital Administration Diploma (EHESP-Rennes); and Diploma in Public Health (University of Nancy). He has published several books and in professional journals.

Dr. Jaume Duran, MD, PhD, MBA

CEO, Fundació Sanitaria of Mollet; Board Secretary, Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association (Spain)


Jaume is a doctor that has been working as a general practitioner during his first professional years. From the nineteens he has become a manager in health organizations, as a medical director of primary care, in hospital care, and after as a CEO in different kind of provider institutions, as well as in primary care, social or speciality acute care, in private or for non-profit organizations. From 2008 is the CEO of the Fundació Sanitaria of Mollet, a for non-profit institution that deliver care and cure services for 165.000 citizens, involving more than 1200 professionals in a local area next to Barcelona city.

His career has promoted him in the UNIO Catalana as a board Secretary, and in this moment is a regular collaborator in different health management programs in Barcelona.

Anna García-Altés, PhD, MPH, MSc

Director, Catalan Health System Observatory, Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS)


Anna García-Altés is an Economist, PhD in Medicine and Surgery, MPH, and MSc Health Policy and Management. She is currently Director of the Catalan Health System Observatory, at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia. She has previously worked as Lecturer in Health Economics at King’s College London & London School of Economics, as part-time consultant for The World Bank, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and at the Barcelona local health administration. She is an active member of the Spanish Health Economics Association. Moreover, she has been recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, established by the European Commission. She has expertise in economic evaluation and applied econometrics, and has led and coordinated research groups. Her main interests are around the areas of economic evaluation, assessment of public policies, health capital, and the contribution of health services to population health, areas in which she has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Prof. Helmut Kern, MA

Advisor and Non Executive Director in multiple organizations and governmental bodies (Austria)


Prof. Helmut Kern is Chairman of the Board of the Austrian state holding company ÖBAG, Chairman of the Board of Statistics Austria and Deputy Chairman of the University Council of Vienna University. Helmut Kern was a Global Partner at Deloitte Consulting and Head of Consulting at PwC. He teaches Strategy at the Technical University Vienna. Prof. Kern holds degrees in Management, History and Medieval History and completed programs at Columbia University (NY) and Harvard Business School (Mass.). Helmut Kern is passionate about efficiency and deregulation. He lives in Vienna, Austria. Helmut is 54 years old, happily married, and has adult twin daughters. An Australian Shepherd completes the family.

Prof. Luís Velez Lapão, PhD, MSc

Professor of Digital Health, Global Health and Tropical Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)


Luís Velez Lapão, Habilitation, PhD, MSc, Professor of Digital Health at Global Health and Tropical Medicine at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Visiting Professor of Healthcare Management at Karolinska Institutet and at Dubai University. Member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Policy and Planning. He was Director of the PACES program (within the Ministry of Health) in Management and Leadership for Primary Healthcare Managers (2008-10). Auditor of the European Commission on Healthcare Information Systems and Associated Editor of the BMC Medical Informatics and Decision-Making. He is president of the General Council of the Lisbon Nursing School. He works in Digital Health, Health innovation and health information systems, mainly on implementation, Design Science, business models and telemedicine. He is the Principal Investigator in three research projects: INFACT-EU-WP6 – Health information flagship training program (2018-2021); HAITool-EEAGrants and Elemental_Diabetics. He is author of more than 120 papers and six books.

Prof. Sang Gyu Lee, MD, PhD, MBA

Professor and Chair, Department of Hospital Management, Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University (South Korea)


Sang Gyu Lee, MD, PhD, MBA is a professor and chair of Hospital Management at the Graduate School of Public Health at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. His research focuses on studying the strategy to innovate the way of healthcare delivery by combining the use of policy measures and digital technologies. He was the Director of the New Business Development at Yonsei University Health System, and was responsible for Yonsei University Health System’s several overseas businesses including Qingdao Severance Hospital project in China. He received an M.D. and Ph.D from the Yonsei University, and M.B.A. from the Wharton school at University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Maria Lourdes Otayza, MD

Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital & Medical Center; Corporate Secretary, Philippine Hospital Association (Philippines)




Medical Center Chief II, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center

Secretary, Philippine Hospital Association

Chairman, PNHRS Research Agenda Committee (RAC)

Chairman, Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC)

Board Member, Association of Health Administrators, Inc.(AHA)

Gawad Career Executive Services (CES)  Awardee 2017, Malacanang Palace, Office of the President

Dr. Jose P. Rizal Gawad Karangalan Awardee, Philippine Medical Association, 2012

Most Outstanding Ilocano Awardee, 2016

Civil Service Commission Pag-asa Awardee, 2016

IHF-SIG Member since 2016


International Hospital Federation 39th World Hospital Congress in Chicago Illinois, October 5-8, 2015

International Hospital Federation in Durban, South Africa- November 1-3, 2016

Dr. Adesola Pitan, MD

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Matters, Governor’s Office, Lagos State (Nigeria)


Dr. Adesola Pitan is a Medical Doctor and health services researcher with healthcare management expertise. He was recently appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Health Matters and in this capacity, he has been coordinating collaborative efforts amongst healthcare service delivery stakeholders and assisting the government in developing and implementing quality and performance improvement and human capacity development initiatives in the State’s healthcare system, amongst other policy and management roles.

Dr. Pitan has multiple health policy and management qualifications, and has both clinical and public health work experiences, including at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked as Research Scientist supporting the work of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF).

Dr. Hamid Ravaghi, PhD

Regional Adviser for Hospital Care and Management, Department of Health System Development, WHO EMRO (Egypt)


Hamid Ravaghi is currently working as Regional Advisor for Hospital Care and Management in WHO/ Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Cairo, Egypt. Hamid has a PhD degree in Health Policy and management from University of York, UK. He is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and management in Iran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He has worked as an international consultant in the area of hospital care and management in different countries. He has served as hospital director, policy maker and advisor for health (hospital) sector since 20 years ago. He has taught in various masters and PhD programs.

Dr. Anna Riera, MD, MBA, Executive MPA

Head of International Affairs, Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association (Spain)


Anna Riera is MD, MBA, MPA, nowadays Head of International Affairs at Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, Catalan Hospital, Health and Social Services Association. She holds a degree in Medicine from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and Internal Medicine specialist. MBA from ESADE Business and Law School and Georgetown University, Executive Master in Healthcare Organizations Leadership, Health and Health Care Administration and Management. Executive Master in Public Administration from ESADE. She has also worked as healthcare consultant, in Spain and abroad. She is member of the Global Health Leadership Forum, from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Health Research Center (CRES). She has deep knowledge about Healthcare systems organization.

Dr. Sameen Siddiqi, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University Karachi (Pakistan)


Dr Sameen Siddiqi is the Professor & Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi Pakistan since January 2018. From 2002 onwards, he worked for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO and served as Director, Health Systems Development and spearheaded the work on universal health coverage. He has also served as WHO’s Representative to Lebanon and Iran. In Iran, he led the development of an innovative program to train 1,000 hospital managers. Earlier, he has also worked for the World Bank and Ministry of Health, Pakistan. Dr Siddiqi has a fellowship in internal medicine, master and doctoral degrees and fellowship in public health from United Kingdom. His areas of interest are health system governance, quality and safety of care, private health sector and public private partnership. He has multiple publications and book chapters and is the editor of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.

Richard Stubbs, FRSA

CEO, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (UK)


Richard is the CEO of Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, an organisation which connects the NHS, and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies to improve health.

Before joining the AHSN, roles included the Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England, developing national programmes which maximised benefits to patients and the NHS, in addition to supporting the UK economic growth agenda. Prior to this he was Managing Director of NHS Global an organisation supporting the international commercial ambition of the NHS.

Richard has recently been appointed a member of the NHS Assembly, a national forum helping shape the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, he is also the Chair of the advisory board for Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellness Research Centre, a £14m research institution established to develop innovations that will improve population health and physical activity.

Richard is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, having recently instigated a national campaign to champion the role of diversity across the health innovation ecosystem.

Dr. Josep Tabernero, MD, PhD

Head, Medical Oncology Department, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital; Director, Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (Spain)


Josep Tabernero holds MD and PhD degrees from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and he is currently Head of the Medical Oncology Department at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Director of the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) and Professor of Medicine at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya. He specializes in the development of molecular therapies targeting specific oncoproteins and accelerating more effective personalized cancer medicines for patients displaying genetic lesions or pathway dysregulation.

Dr. Tabernero serves on the Editorial Boards of various top tier journals including Annals of Oncology, ESMO Open, Cancer Discovery, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Treatment Reviews and Nature Reviews in Clinical Oncology. He has (co) authored approximately 500 peer-reviewed papers.

He is currently President (2018 – 2019) of the European Society for Medical Oncology´s (ESMO), and is also member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Dr. Simon Tang, MD, MBChB, FRCS

Cluster Chief Executive, New Territories West, Hospital Authority; Hospital Chief Executive, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hospital Authority (Hong Kong)


Dr. Simon Tang is an emergency physician by background. Before taking up the post of Cluster Chief Executive of New Territories West Cluster and Hospital Chief Executive of Tuen Mun Hospital in April 2018, Dr. Tang was the Chief of Service of New Territories West Cluster Accident & Emergency Department since 2009. He was appointed as the Chairman of the HA Central Co-ordinating Committee of Accident & Emergency Service from 2011 to 2015 to co-ordinate professional input for enhancing Accident & Emergency service quality and standards. Besides, he had previously served as the Deputizing Director of Quality & Safety Division in Hospital Authority to steer various projects and programmes of the Division.

Dr. Mansour Mohamed Yousef, MD

Consultant in Anesthesiology and Chief Medical Officer, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority (UAE)


Dr. Mansour Mohammed Yousef Nadhari is the Consultant in Anesthesiology and Chief Medical Officer of Rashid Hospital, U.A.E.   Dr Mansour has started his career in Rashid Hospital since 1994.  He has served previously as Head of Anesthesia Department at Rashid Hospital.

Rashid Hospital is a JCIA accredited 613-bed public hospital.  It is an academic, specialized, tertiary Level-1 Facility and Trauma Center.  It is also a hospital of last resort and the regional mass casualty and disaster receiving facility of Dubai.

Dr. Mansour Mohammed Yousef Nadhari received his degree, German Board FACHARZT in Anesthesiology, which is recognized by Medical Council of Berlin in 2002.

He has served as Chairman of many international conferences including Middle East & North Africa Anesthesia Congress and Chairman of Pan Arab Federation of Society of Anesthesiology.  He is a founding member of World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine.

He is a member of the Medical Council, Central Disaster, and Higher Committees for Medical Liability in the government of UAE.

Adelaida  Zabalegui, RN, PhD, FEANS

Vice-Director of Nursing in Teaching and Research, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; Board Member of the Nursing Now Campaign (European Representative) and of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences


Adelaida Zabalegui, Master and Ph.D. in Nursing at New York University (NYU), scholarships (Ministry of Health, Spain). Oncology nurse (Clínica Universitaria Navarra & NYU Medical Center). Assistant Director of Nursing (New York City Bellevue Hospital). Dean of Nursing School (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya). CEO of Nursing at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (HCB).

Zabalegui is Vice Director of Nursing Research at HCB and Associated professor at Barcelona University. International publications, books and chapters, and invited lecturer to international conferences. Senior researcher and principal investigator in European competitive research projects. Acreditation in advanced research activity (Professor) by the Catalan Agency for Teaching Accreditation. Group coordinator for consolidated research, “Care for Dependent Older People” by the Agency of Grant Management for Catalan Universities and Research. Director of Doctoral dissertations and master thesis. Editor of “Nursing” journal, Spanish edition.

Board member of Nursing Now campaign (WHO & ICN) and European Academy of Nursing Science.