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REAL Africa - Challenges for Liver transplantation in Africa
The Regional Expansion Advanced Learning (REAL) project is an initiative by the ILTS Education Committee to reach out to the African region through educational activities. Through educational events such as the REAL webinars, we will be inviting eminent speakers in the field of liver transplantation to share their experience with the liver transplant community in the African region, with the hope to enhance the partnership with the local LT community to build knowledge and skills in this area.


- HCV elimination the Egyptian experience: the impact on liver
transplantation (Waheed Doss)
- Challenges and Solutions to Organ donation in Africa (David Thomson)
- Q&A moderated by Mohamed Rela and Marina Berenguer
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Wahid Doss, Egypt
Wahid Doss is Professor of Hepatogastroenterolgy and Endemic Medicine at Cairo University. He became the Dean of the National Hepatology Institute, Cairo from 2006 till 2015. He is the Head of the National Committee for the control of viral Hepatitis from 2006 till present. Together with his colleagues, he established and supervised one of the most comprehensive Hepatitis treatment programs worldwide, which has received acclaim from local and international organizations including the WHO. The Egyptian national hepatitis C treatment program has been responsible for providing treatment for over 5 million Egyptian patients with hepatitis C over the last 8 years with a cure rate of 98%. This was achieved by establishing 130 treatment centers all over the country in which patients were treated at the expense of the ministry of health. He is a founding member of the GI endoscopy unit at Kasr ElAini hospital, Cairo University and has special interest in therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
David Thomson, South Africa
David Thomson is a transplant surgeon and critical care specialist at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate training in 2002 at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and went on to specialise in surgery at the University of Cape Town completing his FCS(SA) in 2011 and MMed(Surgery) in 2012 and Critical Care in 2015. He currently works as a critical care subspecialist and as a surgeon in the liver and renal transplantation unit, leading the ECMO program. His interests are medical education and system improvement. He created the massive open online course Organ Donation: From Death to Life hosted on Coursera.org to improve education around organ donation and transplantation.
Mohamed Rela, India
Prof Mohamed Rela, is a liver transplant surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field. He has been a consultant surgeon at the Kings liver unit since 1993. He has been working in India since 2009 and now runs the busiest liver transplantation program in South India, performing over 200 liver transplants each year. He has authored over 600 peer-reviewed publications and a number of book chapters including a chapter in the latest edition of Gray’s Anatomy. The annual Master Class in Liver Disease series started by him in 2011 is one of the most popular academic events in South Asia, regularly attended by over a 1000 delegates from most South Asian countries. He is currently the President of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
Marina Berenguer, Spain
Marina Berenguer is a Consultant Hepatologist at La Fe University Hospital in Valencia, Spain, where she is head of the Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Unit. She is also a Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Valencia, Faculty of Medicine. Past president of the International Liver Transplant Society. Research Coordinator within a National Network Research Center in Hepatology, CIBER-EHD, and Coordinator of La Fe University Research Group “Hepatology, Hepatobiliopancreatic surgery, and Transplantation”.
Iman Montasser, Egypt
Iman Fawzy Montasser, Professor of Tropical Medicine and Hepatology at Ain Shams University, she is a Transplant Hepatologist and Physician Scientist in Ain Shams Center for Organ Transplantation (ASCOT) since 2008 till now. Special research interest in viral hepatitis, Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), immunosuppression and living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications on gastrointestinal and liver diseases in scientific journals and is a reviewer for many international journals. She is a member of the African Society of Organ transplantation (ASOT), The Transplantation Society (TTS) and Diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) Committee of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS).
Wendy Spearman, South Africa
Wendy Spearman is Head of the Division of Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She is Head of the Liver and Liver Transplant clinics at Groote Schuur Hospital. She completed her 2-year Hepatology Fellowship under Professors Ralph Kirsch and Simon Robson at the UCT/MRC Liver Research Centre in 1991 and obtained her PhD in 2008 from the University of Cape Town on “The effect of two novel C-type lectins, Ba100 and Ba25, isolated from the venom of the puff adder, Bitis arietans on T lymphocyte proliferative responses.” She is actively involved in outreach Liver education programmes and was appointed by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care to develop Training modules on the management of Hepatitis B for sub-Saharan Africa. She is a co-lead of the ‘Viral Hepatitis in sub-Saharan Africa” Project ECHO Clinic programme and is the co-facilitator of the UCT COVID-19 ECHO Clinics.