Conference speakers

Professor Steven M Donn, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Steven M Donn, M.D. was born and raised in the New York Metropolitan area. He obtained his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a B.A. degree, majoring in zoology and German literature. He attended Tulane University's School of Medicine in New Orleans, receiving his M.D. degree. His training in general pediatrics occurred at the University of Vermont College of Medicine-Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington. He returned to Ann Arbor for fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, where he has served continuously since 1980. Dr Donn is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a neonatologist in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan Health System.

Prof. Donn's professional interests include high technology support of neonatal respiratory failure and surfactant replacement therapy, neonatal brain injury, and medical liability. He has authored more than 250 scientific articles and 230 book chapters and has written or edited 33 books and specialty journals in neonatology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine and was a co-editor of the Year Book of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations including the Society for Pediatric Research, European Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Pediatric Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the Chair of its Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management.  He was a voting member of the Anesthesia and Respiratory Devices Specialty Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and represents medical subspecialists as a member of the National Practitioner Data bank. His extracurricular interests include tennis, spectator sports (Go Blue!), astronomy (especially total solar eclipses), photography, travel, and raising German Shepherds.


Professor Helmut Hummler, Doha, Qatar

Dr Hummler graduated in 1986 from the medical school of the University of Tübingen, Germany. After his residency in Pediatrics in Germany he received his training in Neonatology from 1992 to 1995 by Eduardo Bancalari, M.D. at the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University of Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

After returning to Germany he joined the staff of the Division of Neonatology und Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital, University of Ulm, Germany in 1996, where he became chief of the division in 2005. He received his M.B.A. and became Professor of Pediatrics in 2006 and Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics in 2008. Dr. Hummler joined the faculty at Sidra Medicine to become Chief of the Division of Neonatology in 2017.

His research interests are related to neonatal lung injury, mechanical ventilation, permissive hypercapnia, the effects of hypoxemic episodes in VLBWI and delivery room resuscitation. He was involved in the development of an automated device for closed-loop FiO2 control. His group is working on different interventions in neonatal resuscitation in experimental settings and is actively participating in many international clinical trials, and he has published more than 120 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and editorials and book chapters.

His NICU at the University of Ulm, Germany had/has excellent outcomes for very low birth weight infants with the highest survival rate in 2015 nationwide. He received the Scientific Award of the German Society of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care and was awarded as a Top Physician in Neonatology in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

He has been/is a member of many national and international scientific committees and a frequent peer-reviewer for many scientific journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Pediatric Research and the European Society of Pediatric Research. Dr. Hummler served as an invited speaker at more than 150 national and international meetings and postgraduate courses.


Professor Max Vento, Valencia, Spain


Professor Amish Jain, Toronto, Canada


Professor Afif El Khuffash, Dublin, Ireland

Afif graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2002 and enrolled in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland paediatric specialist training scheme in 2005. He completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in University College, Dublin in 2008 and his neonatal specialty training in Toronto, Canada (2009-2011). Following this, he was appointed as a consultant Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of paediatrics at the University of Toronto in January of 2011. He obtained diploma in clinical epidemiology during his time in Toronto. Afif explored the use of novel technology in monitoring the haemodynamic status of preterm infants and was part of the only neonatal echo training course in Canada. He co-devised the world’s first echo teaching website and mobile device application. Recently, Afif have assumed a leadership role at a European level in devising training guidelines for echocardiography by the Neonatologist. In addition, he is the lead editor of the Haemodynamic Module in the NOTE project which offers a new international online Masters (M) level educational programme in neonatal medicine as collaboration between the European Society for Neonatology (ESN) and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.


Dr Milind Chaudhary, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Dr David Crossland, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

David Crossland is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Special interests include interventional congenital cardiology, mechanical support in congenital heart disease and ACHD. He maintains an active interest in neonatal cardiology and haemodynamic assessment. This includes working closely with the teams in the Northern region looking at tissue Doppler in preterm infants and developing guidelines for the management of babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia with associated severe pulmonary hypertension. He is at a loss to understand the reasons for the completely different methods of assessing the circulation of neonates used on cardiac PICU compared to NNU and is convinced that a meeting of minds will improve the care of babies in both settings.


Dr Nim Subhedar, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr Majd Abu-Harb is a consultant Neonatologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, also a neonatal lead clinician. Areas of interests include Fetal and Perinatal Cardiology, Neonatal Haemodynamics. Main research interests center around Epidemiology of Congenital Cardiac malformations.

Dr Neil Patel, Glasgow, Scotland

Neil is a neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK.

Neil is a graduate of Edinburgh Medical School and trained in neonatology at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and the Royal Hospital for Children,Glasgow.

He has a clinical and research interest in neonatal cardiovascular assessment and management, including pulmonary hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).  Neil has active collaborations with international CDH research groups.  His other research interests include non-invasive monitoring, long-term outcomes in congenital anomalies, and family integrated care. 

Neil is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow and Senior NHS Research Scotland Fellow.


Dr Shahin Moledina, London, United Kingdom


Dr Judit Llevadias, London, United Kingdom

Dr Judit Llevadias Jané, born in Barcelona, Catalonia.  My training has been a combination of Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care (PCICU). Since March 2014 I am working as PCICU Consultant at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. I am also leading the ECMO programme since 2015. 

I completed CCT in Paediatrics in 2005 followed by a fellowship in Paediatric Cardiology, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona. 

In 2008 I moved to UK where I worked 3 years at Freeman Hospital as Paediatric Cardiology and PCICU Fellow. 

From 2011-2013 I worked as PICU Fellow at Birmingham Children’s Hospital followed by 6 months as Locum PCICU Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital in London. 

My interests outside work are travelling abroad to spend time with family and friends, skiing and playing piano.


Dr James Tooley, Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr Tooley qualified in 1993 and was appointed as a consultant in 2003.  He is currently working in the Neonatal and Paediatric Retrievals for the NEST and WATCh teams beased in Bristol.  The NEST Team (Neonatal Emergency Stabilisation and Transfer Team) covers South West UK and WATCh (Wales and West Acute Transport for Children) covers South West UK as well as South Wales.  The combined workload of both teams sees over 1500 patient moves per year.

James also is a consultant on the Great Western Air ambulance based in Filton Bristol and a BASICS doctor for Swift medics.


Dr Vishna Rasiah, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Ms Anna Johnson, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Anna Johnson is a highly pecialist echocardiographer within the paediatric and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) echocardiography department at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has an echocardiographer for over 14 years and for the last 5+ years she has specialised in paediatric and ACHD echo.  Anna has significant experience in echo training ranging from echo trainees to intensivists to cardiology registrars both in the adult and paediatric setting. The type of training extends from basic FICE (focused intensive care echo) type scanning to supervising for the comprehensive British Society of Echo (BSE) adult/intensive care accreditation.

Alongside her BSE accreditation, she has a BSc in Basic Medical Sciences and an MSc in Cardiology for practitioners with a specialist interest.  Research includes time in Nepal where she spent two months at altitude (the majority of the time at ~5000m!) scanning trekkers on the Everest base camp route and a month in Vietnam scanning patients with Dengue fever.


Professor Jan Mazela, Poznan, Poland