FIGIJ General Assembly Board Nominees

Abstracted Bio: Socorro Bernardino (Phillipines)

I have been specializing in PAG for the past 15 years being the first graduate of the PAG Fellowship Training Program in the Philippine Children's Medical Center in 2004 under my mentors, Dr. Almirante and Dr. Guia wherein I am presently the head of the section of PAG and division of Perinatology. I passed the IFEPAG exams in Athens the same year. We established PAGSPHIL in 2005 with an increasing yearly membership for which I am currently president. My academic side entails being a professor in 3 medical colleges/universities, engaged in research, clinical practice guidelines formulation, authorship in local and international book chapters, case reports, and conventions particularly focusing in PAG. I am the chair of the Adolescent Health Issues and Perspective Committee of our national society wherein we engage in teaching and guiding OB-GYNs, young girls and teens on adolescent reproductive health. Our current platform is website and social media to gain closer reach to the youth. I work hand in hand with Pediatricians and school physicians in likewise promoting PAG. My governance includes the promotion and strengthening of PAG in the Philippines and Asia, the creation of effective strategies in promoting and protecting teen reproductive health and prevention of teen pregnancies and STIs.

Abstracted Bio: Zana Bumbulinene (Lithuania)

Zana Bumbuliene graduated from Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine. In 2002 she defended her dissertation in Warsaw Medical Academy in Poland. IFEPAG Fellow since 2007. Since 2002 Zana Bumbuliene is the head of Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology in Lithuania, and the board member of EURAPAG since 2008.

At present she works as Prof. in Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine and as a consultant in tertiary care centre – VU Hospital Santaros Klinikos. She was nominated as a President-Elect of EURAPAG during the Congress in June 2017.

Abstracted Bio: Carolina Conejero (Chile)

Middle and High School: Craighouse School.
1991-1998 Medicine, University of Chile.
1999 - 2002 Obstetrics & Gynecology , Hospital San Borja Arriaran, belonging to the University of Chile.
2014-2016: Staff Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Service , Roberto del Rio Hospital , Santiago Chile
2009: Staff Adolescent Gynecology at Clinica Las Condes, Santiago ,Chile CONACEM Certification
2002: Obstetrics and Gynecology,
2006: FELLOW Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, International Federation of Child and Adolescent Gynecology (IFEPAG ),
2003-2005: Pediatric and Adolescence Gynecology Program, Universidad De Chile. CEMERA
Member of the North American Society of Gynecology of Children and Adolescence, NASPAG Member of the Gynecology Society of Children and Adolescents, SOGIA.
Past-president Society of Gynecology of Children and Adolescents, SOGIA.
Director of the Chilean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SOCHOG)

Abstracted Bio: Charleen Cheung (Hong Kong SAR)




University of Hong Kong
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


July 2007 – Sep 2017 Resident, Department of O&G, Queen Mary Hospital
Nov 2010 – Jun 2013 Honorary Tutor, Department of O&G, University of Hong Kong
Mar 2017 – Sep 2017 Honorary Fellow (Gynaecology) Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Present positions:

Jul 2013- Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of O&G, University of Hong Kong
Oct 2017- Associate Consultant Department of O&G, Queen Mary Hospital


Asian & Oceanic Society Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (AOSPAG)
Hong Kong Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (HKGES)
Hong Kong Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (HKSCCP)
International Federation of Infant and Juvenile Gynecology (FIGIJ)
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG)
Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Hong Kong (OGSHK)

Abstracted Bio: Irene Dingeldein (Switzerland)

1994 Dissertation : Non Hodgkin-Lymphomas in childhood. A new POG Protocol.
Dingeldein-Bettler I. Wagner H.-P. , Pediatric university-Hospital , Berne, Switzerlad
1992 – 1994 General Surgery , Tiefenauspital , Berne,Prof. F. Nöthiger
1994 – 1996 Pediatric Surgery Pediatric university Hospital Inselspital Berne, Prof. G. Kaiser
1996 – 1997 Neurosurgery Univeristy Hospital Berne, prof. R. Seiler
1998 – 2002 Gynecology and Obstetric, Univerity Hospital Berne, Prof. E. Dreher, Prof H. Schneider
2002 – 2004 Obstetrics and Gynecology Grenchen , Switzerland, Fr. Dr. F. Maurer
FMH Gynecology and Obstetrics 2004
2005 – 2007 “Oberärztin” Gynecology and Obstetric , University hospital, Berne, Prof M. Mueller

Education in pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology : Dr. F. Navratil Since 2000 Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the University Hospital in Berne, pediatric department and women’s hospital, as head of the Consultations.
This including Working in DSD-Team, Child-Protection-Team.

Speciality: Genital malformations, such as MRKH and so on.
2007 – 2017 Co-President of Gynea, (Swiss association of pediatric and adolescent gynecology). Since 2007 working in own office. Since 1.7.2019 President of the Swiss association of gynecologists and obstetricians (SGGG)

Abstracted Bio: Nur Ghani (Malaysia)

I am a Malaysian consultant and head of the Dept of O&G, National University. I have been involved in PAG for over 10 years. I undertook my PAG training in Melbourne from 2008-2010 where I completed my doctorate on the impact of menstrual problems on the quality of life of young women. I passed my IFEPAG exam in 2017. We have run several PAG workshops, each with over 200 attendees, working to extend knowledge and improve the care of the children and adolescents. We created the first PAG unit in Malaysia in 2008 and also receive referrals from Singapore and Indonesia. We became an accredited IFEPAG training centre in 2019 and are currently training the first PAG doctor from Pakistan. I continue to be actively involved in research and have supervised several O&G trainees in projects related to PAG. I have skills in administration and coordination which may help the IFEPAG exams. I am keen to expand PAG teaching to other countries with no prior exposure. I think the Board should consider new ways of providing teaching and education to countries in need, with high numbers of young people but no access or resources to attend the current training centres.

Abstracted Bio: Marisa Labovsky (Argentina)

Graduate degrees and certificates

Specialist in: Obstetrics and Gynecology. Ministry of Health and Social Action. October 24, 1997.
Specialist in Endocrinological Gynecology. University of Favaloro. 2002
Certified as a specialist in Child and Adolescent Gynecology evaluated by FIGJ, Paraguay, 2003
Recertified in Gynecology by the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Buenos Aires 2015
Recertified in Child and Adolescent Gynecology by SAGIJ.2014
Trainer of the National Sexual Health and Procreation Program.Responsible for the Ministry of Health of the Nation since 2010 to date.
UNFPA consultant. 2016 as a trainer by the Ministry of Health of Paraguay.
Member of the advisory committee of the National Comprehensive Adolescent Health Program of Ministry of Social Development of the Argentine Nation.
Member of the National Consultative Council of the Adolescent Unintentional Pregnancy Prevention Program. Ministry of Social Development of the Argentine Nation.
External consultant: UNFPA and Ministry of Public Health of Paraguay. 2019

Activities in representative professional entities

Former President of SAGIJ 2017-2018
Treasurer of AMADA 2018-2019
Member of the gynecology committee of childhood and adolescence of FLASOG. (2016-2020)
Full Member of SOGIBA
Member of ALOGIA

Abstracted Bio: Deborah Laufer (Uruguay)

1998 – MD Montevideo University
1999-2002 – Ob-Gyn Resident.
2002 – Ob-Gyn Specialist. Post-Graduate Studies School. University of Montevideo.
2002 – Gynecologic Endoscopist. Regional Center for Gynecologic Endoscopy. Montevideo.
2008 – Gynecologic Endocrinology and Fertility Diploma. Favaloro University. Buenos Aires
2012 – IFEPAG Fellow.
2002-present – Endoscopic Surgeon (private practice).
2003-2018 – Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Army Hospital, Montevideo, In charge of PAG and Gynecologic Endocrinology.
2015-present – PAG Consultant. “MP” Insurance.


2003-2006 – Instructor. Ob-Gyn Department. Montevideo University School of Medicine. 2003-present – Instructor in PAG, Gynecologic Endocrinology and Gynecologic Surgery for Residents. Army Hospital, Montevideo. 2014-2018. Instructor Ob-Gyn, PAG. University of Montevideo School of Medicine. 2014-present – Instructor in SSRR for Pediatricians. Uruguayan Society of Pediatrics and University of Montevideo. 2014-present – Coordinator and Instructor in SSRR, for Secondary School Teachers. Ministry of Public Health, Uruguay.

Scientific Societies

2010-2016 – Member of the Board, Scientific Committee, and Past President, Uruguayan PAG Society.
2012-present – Member of the Adolescent Committee of the Uruguayan Pediatric Society.
2015 – Vice-President, VIIIth Uruguayan PAG Congress.
2015 – Member of the Organizing Committee, First Ibero-American Adolescence Congress. Montevideo.
2016-2019 –Member FIGIJ Board
2017 - Examiner, IFEPAG, Uruguay. 2019 - Coordinator and Examiner IFEPAG, Paraguay.
2018- FIGIJ representative, WCD meeting, Berlin.
PUBLICATIONS - 6 in peer-reviewed Journals, 42 in other editions.

Abstracted Bio: Evelien Roos (Netherlands)

Eveline has been a gynaecologist with special field of interest in PAG since 2008. In addition, she studied a Master Epidemiology (specialization Clinical Epidemiology) at the Utrecht University and is currently finishing her Master thesis. From 2013 onwards, she is a board member of Dutch PAG society. As a Dutch board member she organized several scientific meeting, like the first Postgraduate day, to enhance PAG knowledge in the Netherlands. She became an IFA fellow after the IFEPAG examination in 2014. In 2016 she joined FIGIJ board and a year later EURAPAG board. She gives international lectures, published papers with EURAPAG board and worked on library project for FIGIJ (knowledge transfer). Present days, she is the Congress President of the 15th EURAPAG in June 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. From January 2020 onwards she will join JPAG team as international associate editor.

Abstracted Bio: Hideya Sakakibara (Japan)

Date of birth: December 6, 1960. Place of birth: Yokohama, Japan. Sex: male. MD PhD
Vice President, Professor, Department of Gynecology, Yokohama City University, Medical Center, 4-57, Urafune-cho, Minami-ku, Yokohama,232-0024, Japan
Phone: +81-45-261-5656
FAX: +81-45242-2275


1979-1985 Yokohama City University (YCU), School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan (M.D.)
1985-1986 Internship in YCU Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
1986-1990 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Graduate School of Medicine, YCU (Ph.D.)

Professional Experience

1991-1994 Assistant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, YCU
1994-1997 Research Fellow, Reproductive Endocrinology Center, University of California at San Francisco, USA
1997-1999 Staff Gynecologist, Odawara municipal Hospital, Odawara, Japan
2000-2003 Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, YCU
2004-2014 Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, YCU
2015-2016 Associate Professor, Department of Gynecology, YCU Medical Center
2016-present Professor, Department of Gynecology, YCU Medical Center
2018-present Vice President, YCU Medical Center

Abstracted Bio: Judy Simms-Cendan (USA)

Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of International Experiences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She attended medical school and completed residency training at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She remained on the faculty at UF until joining the founding faculty at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Simms-Cendan founded the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic at Winnie Palmer l in 2010. She is Vice President of the North American Society of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology. She serves on the ACOG Adolescent Committee. She teaches at the UCF College of Medicine in the Endocrine and Reproductive Module for the second-year students. She is also the co-Director of the Interprofessional Education. Dr. Simms-Cendan is active in a number of local and international community engagement programs. Her work has included reproductive medicine education at medical schools in Ethiopia. Her current work includes directing a medical/surgical program in Yantalo, Peru. Her experience has led her to develop a “glocal” program to serve the farmworkers in central Florida. She hosts an annual Global Health Conference attended by students and faculty from across the state.

Abstracted Bio: Zoran Stankovic (Serbia)

Zoran Stanković has been a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist in the Republic of Serbia since 1998. In December 2002, he attended the FIGIJ Congress in Florence and felt a strong connection with the Family of PAG. He was proud to pass the IFEPAG exam in Athens, May 2004. He was a founding member of the Serbian Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (2008), and of which he is current chair. Also, part of his time has always been devoted to teaching and providing training in PAG. Zoran was elected onto the European Board of the Association for PAG in 2011, which is something he continues to enjoy. In last 11 years he organised eight National Conferences of PAG and the First Serbian Congress in PAG, which was hosted in Belgrade in March 2018, with the support of all members of the EC of the EURAPAG. He continues to author different publications related to PAG, with a special focus on the management of ovarian masses. His goal is to aid in the development of PAG. The great wish is to spread improved management of ovarian masses in PAG after validation in multicentric study.

Abstracted Bio: Anna Torres (Poland)

Anna Torres obtained medical degree (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) from the Medical University of Lublin. In 2013, she completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She has worked in the field of PAG since her second year of residency. In 2016 she passed the IFEPAG exam and started to work in the Prof. Antoni Gębala Children's Hospital of Lublin, Outpatient Gynecology Unit. She is also academician, working at the Department of Didactics and Medical Simulation of the Medical University of Lublin. In January 2019, she became the full professor. Before that, in 2018 she graduated from College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine University of Edinburgh with the MSc degree in Clinical Education. During past few years, her team conducted high-fidelity simulation workshops in PAG for residents from Lublin and Lublin region hospitals. As the board member she would like to contribute by increasing the opportunities for learning PAG for both residents and specialists, improving learning resources, setting up systems so that people who cannot attend an IFEPAG training center for 2 years can still get adequate supervision and opportunities. She would also like to incorporate elements of PAG content into undergraduate training and improve postgraduate training by establishing regular simulation-based courses.

Abstracted Bio: Gabriele Tridenti (Italy)

Born in 1956, GT graduated as Medical Doctor and specialised in Obstetrics and

Gynaecology, Clinical Pathology of Human Reproduction and Experimental

Endocrinology. He attended the twelve monthly postgraduate course on "Ultrasonography in O & G” and attained the International Fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. He numbers 126 scientific publications, mostly in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and participates in PAG events as a speaker. He speaks Italian, English and French. He worked as Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Montecchio Emilia, Correggio and Guastalla Hospitals and at the Family Planning Departments of Langhirano and Parma. Since 2002 GT has worked as a Registrar of O & G at Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, mostly dealing in PAG, Ultrasonography and prenatal diagnosis. In 2002 he was awarded High Specialization in Obstetrics. From 1990/1992 he taught O & G at Reggio Emilia Nursing School.

From 1992/93 to 2009/2010 GT was Assistant Professor at the Specialization School in Endocrinology of Parma. From 2007/2013 he was coordinator of the IFEPAG Fellows Association. From 2010/2019 he was President of the Italian Society of PAG, of which currently he is the Treasurer. Nowadays GT is the Vice President of the European Association of PAG and of FIGIJ.

Abstracted Bio: Elena Uvarova (Russian Federation)

Graduated from the First Moscow Medical Institute named I.M. Sechenov in 1975. In 1982 years giving MD, Ph. D, in 1993 – professor. At 2002 until now are acting the Chief at the Clinic of the Child and Adolescent Gynecology of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "National Medical Research Center of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology named V. I. Kulakov" Ministry of health of the Russian Federation. At 1999 until now, hold a professor at the Department of Obstetrician, Gynecology, reproductology & perinatology of Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education “First Moscow State Medical University” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (Sechenov University). Moreover, at 2001 till now are doing duties as the Main Child and Adolescent Gynecologist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, at 2005 - Editor-in-chief of the journal “Reproductive Health of children and adolescents”. Professional Activity is Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Obstetrics, Gynecological endocrinology, Surgery at the Gynecology, Human Reproduction Research, Family Planning, Contraception, STDs, Social development and population planning, Coordination affairs, Expertise tasks and Expert work, Communication affairs, Strategic planning, Supervision. Publications: 735, including 19 patents, 15 books, 18 practical benefits, 88 chapters in the national guide. H-index – 25.

Abstracted Bio: Anastasia Vatopoulou (Greece)

Anastasia Vatopoulou has a successful private practice and is a clinical and research fellow at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki responsible for the PAG services. She has trained in Athens (PAG), Hong Kong (IFEPAG fellowship) and London (UCLH). For the last 10 years, she has been actively working to establish comprehensive gynecological care for girls and adolescents in Northern Greece. Following graduation, Anastasia was trained in UK. On returning to Greece, she became active in research and teaching and completed a PhD thesis on HPV vaccine and sexual behaviour of adolescents. As well as being a member of several Greek and international associations, Anastasia is a Secretary General of the Hellenic PAG Association and a member elect of the executive committee of the European Association of PAG . She has organised and participated in Greek and European congresses on PAG. She is an International liaison in the program committee of The NASPAG 2019-2020 meeting and has published widely in her field. Anastasia is very active in spreading the principles of PAG to improve the reproductive health care of children and adolescents through everyday clinical practice, teaching of younger physicians and participating in active research and administrative tasks called by her membership in PAG associations.

Abstracted Bio: Paul L Wood (United Kingdom)

Paul has been a Consultant Gynaecologist in the United Kingdom since 1990 where he established a Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (PAG) Service in the East Midlands in 1993. He was appointed Honorary Consultant in PAG at Cambridge University Hospitals in June 2017. He was a founding member of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology in 1999 which he chaired from 2010-2015. Paul continues to provide extensive teaching and training in PAG at home and abroad. He was elected onto the European Board of the Association for PAG in 2011 and convened the European Congress in PAG which was hosted in London in September 2014. He is currently President of EURAPAG and took over the role in June 2017. Paul was also elected onto the Board of FIGIJ in 2013 and became Secretary-General in 2016. He has authored a series of publications and book chapters relating to PAG and continues to do so. In 2015 he was invited to become Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Paul’s mission is to spread the PAG word, develop the subspecialty, improve the reproductive healthcare of children and help consolidate the global role of FIGIJ.

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