WELCOME LETTER

International Symposium of Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ISURA) is one of the principal meetings dedicated to the practice of ultrasound for regional anesthesia peri-operative and pain medicine. Since its inception in 2004, the meeting has been hosted in Schwetzingen (Germany), Toronto (Canada), Bern (Switzerland), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bogota (Colombia) and Florence (Italy). Recognizing that the interest of ultrasound for perioperative application and pain management has expanded globally, our new direction is to bring ISURA to different parts of the world.

On May 9-11, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to host our 16th ISURA meeting in one of most magnificent location in Europe: Porto, the capital of Northern Portugal. Chosen as European Culture Capital in 2001, Porto was elected as the “Best European Destination” in 2014. It is a city with outstanding landscape with a 2000-year history, blended with modernized infrastructure, such as its airport being elected recently as one of the 5 Best European Airports. This meeting is a joint meeting with Clube de Anestesia Regioinal (CAR), the national society of regional anesthesia in Portugal. With the full support and collaboration of CAR, we are confident that you will find ISURA 2019 an exceptional meeting that is full of state-of-the-art medical information as well as the Portugal hospitality, its rich European culture, unique cuisine, magnificent scenery and many other delights.

We have planned a very exciting, highly educational 3-day ISURA scientific program that covers various aspects of ultrasound use. In addition, we plan a one-day pre-conference activity in which we offer demonstration of regional anesthesia block by expert in real patient (take place in hospital) and simulating practice, both basic and advanced, in a simulation center in Porto. We also have 1-day program for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to include topics such as gastric assessment for full stomach, ultrasound for emergency airway management, cardiac, lung and diaphragmatic evaluation. The pain medicine program will feature the update in ultrasound technique especially in denervation of large joint. The regional anesthesia program will present update and new information in various interesting formats.

This is a meeting you don’t want to miss. Not only will you learn the latest development in ultrasound applications, you will also have the opportunity to interact with international and national faculty and to network with colleagues from around the world. See you there.

Meeting co-chairs
Philip Peng (Toronto)
Clara Lobo (Porto)

MEET THE CO-CHAIRS

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Clara Lobo

Clara Alexandra Ferreira de Faria Oliveira Lobo, Anesthesiolgy consultant currently working at Hospital das Forças Armadas – Pólo Porto, Portugal. She is also an invited professor at the Departamento de Anatomia Normal at ICBAS (Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar) at Porto University. Past President of CAR/ESRA Portugal, Portuguese Anesthesiology Society dedicated to Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine with over 1300 associates. Since September 2016 is part of ESRA Board (European Society of Regional Anesthesia) and EDRA Board (European Diploma of Regional Anesthesia). Member of the organizing committee of ESRA trainees workshop, in Porto – Portugal and ESRA Instructors Course, in Amsterdam.

Author and co-author of several published papers and book chapters national and internationaly, on regional anesthesia and pain medicine. Loves to read, travel, cinema and listen to music.

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Philip Peng

Dr. Philip Peng is a professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management of University of Toronto. He has played an important role in the education of the pain medicine and established major teaching courses for Pain in Canada. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) honored him with Founder designation in Pain Medicine for his role in establishing Pain Medicine subspecialty in Canada.

He is also a leader and pioneer in the application of ultrasound for pain medicine and is one of the founding fathers for Ultrasound for Pain Medicine (USPM) SIG for ASRA (American Society of Regional Anesthesia). He is the chair for the new Ultrasound for Pain Medicine Exam Certificate and chair for the Musculoskeletal Pain Ultrasound Cadaver workshop for ASRA. He has edited 7 books and published more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

CAR

The Regional Anesthesia Club/ European Society of Regional Anesthesia Portugal (CAR/ESRA) is a non-profit association dedicated to science and social projects.

CAR’s mission is disclosure and promote topics related to the practice and teaching of regional anesthesia and / or the treatment of pain (acute or chronic), to all professionals who are involved in healthcare provision (doctors, nurses or others) in the areas of Peri-operative Medicine and Pain Management.

ISURA

ISURA began in 2001 with its first worldwide courses on Ultrasound and Regional Anaesthesia. In 2004, the same group hosted the first International Symposium on Ultrasound and Regional Anaesthesia, and since 2006, the conference has been held in alternate years in Toronto, Canada, and Schwetzingen, Germany. As you can see in our programme and in our faculty list, the conference has continued to grow, which enables us to invite the top international researchers, developers and teachers in this field..Ultrasound-guided procedures for regional anaesthesia blocks are becoming the most likely standard, and research in the field has focused on the imaging technology in a much broader range. Clinical education, meanwhile, has been overrun by interventional procedures.

COMMITEES

Co-Chairs

Philip Peng
Clara Lobo

POCUS Program Lead

Vincent Chan

Regional Anesthesia Program Co-leads

Teresa Parras
Morne Wolmarans

Abstract committee Lead

Humberto Rebelo

Pain Program Co-leads

Micha Sommer
Philip Peng

Local organizer

CAR / ESRA Portugal

FACULTY

AGNES STOGICZA
AGNES STOGICZA
Board-certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician
Dr. Agnes Stogicza is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain physician with 15+ years of experience in interventional ...
Alan McFarlane
Alan McFarlane
Consultant Anaesthetist
Dr Alan MacFarlane, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow BSc(Hons), MBChB (Hons), MRCP, FRCA, EDRA Biography Training • Graduated ...
Alberto Goffi
Alberto Goffi
Education Lead
Alberto Goffi, MD, is a Staff Physician at Toronto Western Hospital – University Health Network and Assistant Professor at the ...
Andrea M. Trescot
Andrea M. Trescot
President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Andrea Trescot, MD is past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a former professor at ...
Andrzej Król
Andrzej Król
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Dr Andrzej Król has been a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at St. George’s Hospital, London, UK, since 2005. His ...
Anne Agur
Anne Agur
Professor in the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery
Anne Agur, BSc(OT), PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, with ...
Athmaja Thottungal
Athmaja Thottungal
Consultant and Trust clinical lead for Pain management
Job title Consultant and Trust clinical lead for Pain management – Anaesthetics and Pain management, Kent and Canterbury ...
BELARMINO GONÇALVES
BELARMINO GONÇALVES
Chief of angiography section
BG is a fully dedicated interventional radiologist (IR). He’s the angiography section chief of the 6+.cology Institute ...
Brian O’Donnell
Brian O’Donnell
Consultant Anaesthetist
Dr Brian O’Donnell MB, MSc, MD, FCARCSI is a Consultant Anaesthetist at BreastCheck and Cork University Hospital; Lecturer in ...
Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira
Vice-chairman
Vice-chairman, Brazilian Section of the World Institute of Pain (WIP), member of WIP-FIPP Board of Examination, and one of the ...
Christ Declerck
Christ Declerck
Pain Consultant
Christ Declerck is board-certified for anesthesiology and intensive care medicine. He did his training for anesthesia at the ...
Edgar Semedo
Edgar Semedo
One of the directors of Regional Anesthesia Club
Joined in 1990 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra – Portugal, having completed his degree in 1996. He was ...
Hugo Trindade
Hugo Trindade
Consultant Anaesthetist
2008 – Current workplace: Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Pólo de Dona Estefânia, one the largest ...
Humberto Rebelo
Humberto Rebelo
Anesthesiologist
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Since January 2016 Since February 2015 Since April 2014 till December 2015 Anesthesiologist in ...
Husni Alakkad
Husni Alakkad
Assistant Professor and Chair of Anesthesia
Dr. Alakkad is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Anesthesia at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, KSA. After finishing ...
Ismaël Atchia
Ismaël Atchia
Consultant Rheumatologist
Ismaël Atchia is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Northumbria-Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Clinical Lecturer at ...
Javier Durán
Javier Durán
Anesthesiologist
Javier Durán is an Anesthesiologist since 2010. – He is one of the directors of the Regional Club of Anesthesia ...
Jens Borglum
Jens Borglum
Head of Research
Jens Børglum was educated at Aarhus University, Denmark. Medical doctor in 1990. Studies for PhD thesis: “The ...
Joana Magalhães
Joana Magalhães
Anesthesiologist
Joana Magalhães is a 37 year-old anesthesiologist, currently working in Hospital Senhora da Oliveira, Guimarães – Portugal. ...
John McDonnell
John McDonnell
Consultant Anaesthetist and Senior Clinical Lecturer
Dr. John Mc Donnell MB, MD, BAO, BCh, LRCP & SI, FCA RCSI. Consultant Anaesthetist and Senior Clinical Lecturer in ...
Josip Azman
Josip Azman
Specialist of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine
Work experience From 2016 Specialist of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine at Dept. of anaesthesiology and ICU, ...
Kamen Vlassakov
Kamen Vlassakov
Director of the Division of Regional and Orthopedic Anesthesia
Kamen Vlassakov, MD is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Division of Regional and ...
Ki Jinn Chin
Ki Jinn Chin
Fellowship Coordinator and Regional Anesthesia Program Director
Ki Jinn Chin, MBBS(Hons), MMed , FRCPC, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of ...
Kris Abbas
Kris Abbas
Anesthesiologist
Dr. Abbas is an Anesthesiologist at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He will be commencing his Regional Anesthesia ...
Lara Ribeiro
Lara Ribeiro
Anesthesiologist
Lara Georgina Gonçalves Ribeiro is an Anesthesiologist since 2010. She has a special dedication to regional anesthesia, ...
Marc Van de Velde
Marc Van de Velde
Professor of Anesthesia
Marc Van de Velde became MD at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Following his residency and his PhD degree ...
Micha Sommer
Micha Sommer
Vice Chair of the Department of Chronic Pain Medicine
Dr. Sommer worked at Greifswald University, Germany from 1994 – 2002; thereafter, in 2002, he started working at Maastricht ...
Michael Seltz Kristensen
Michael Seltz Kristensen
Head of development, research and clinical implementation, Section for Anaesthesia for ENT, Head-, Neck- and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rigshospitalet
Main occupation Clinically working anaesthetist, daily supervising seven operating rooms with elective and emergent ENT- ...
Miguel Costa
Miguel Costa
Medical Assistent
Degree in Medicine by ICBAS – Universidade do Porto Sports Medicine Specialty Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ...
Morné Wolmarans
Morné Wolmarans
Consultant Anaesthesiologist
Dr. Morné Wolmarans is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the United Kingdom for ...
Nuno Gomes
Nuno Gomes
Member of the European Shoulder Associates of ESSKA
Nuno André Fonseca Sampaio Gomes, an Orthopaedics Consultant with a strong dedication to shoulder surgery since 2003. ...
Richelle Kruisselbrink
Richelle Kruisselbrink
Member of the department of Anesthesia
Dr. Richelle Kruisselbrink is a member of the department of anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, ...
Roderick Finlayson
Roderick Finlayson
Professor in the Department of Anesthesia
Dr. Finlayson is a professor in the department of anesthesia at McGill University. He completed his anesthesia residency at ...
Roman Zuercher
Roman Zuercher
Alumnus
Roman Zuercher is an alumnus of the University of Basel, Switzerland. As the former medical head of the orthopedic, obstetric ...
Sandra Kopp
Sandra Kopp
Professor of Anesthesiology
Dr. Sandra L. Kopp is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She graduated with a B.A. from St. Olaf ...
Sarah Armstrong
Sarah Armstrong
Consultant Anaesthetist
Sarah Armstrong trained at Cambridge and UCL followed by pretty much every corner of London (UK). She is a consultant and ...
Stanley KH Lam
Stanley KH Lam
Specialist in Family Medicine
Dr Lam is a registered specialist in family medicine in Hong Kong with special interest and trained in sports medicine, ...
Teresa Parras
Teresa Parras
Consultant Anaesthetist
Qualification: MBBS,  FRCA, MSc, PhD Areas of Interest: Currently, her main clinical practice is trauma/orthopaedics ...
Vincent Chan
Vincent Chan
Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Dr. Vincent Chan received a Bachelor of Science degree (Biochemistry, Honors) and his MD degree from McGill University, ...

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