Faculty 2022

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Karel Allegaert

Prof dr Karel Allegaert, MD, PhD is pediatrician-neonatologist and clinical pharmacologist. He is Professor at KU Leuven and Consultant at Erasmus MC Rotterdam.


Daniel Annequin, MD, PHD.

Professor Daniel Annequin created and directed the Child and Adolescent Pain and Migraine Centre at Trousseau Hospital (APHP) Paris for 25 years.

He has three specialties: anesthesiologist, psychiatrist and pain physician.

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Amy Baxter, MD.

Amy Baxter MD is an Associate Clinical Professor at Augusta University, and CEO of Pain Care Labs, founded in 2006 to eliminate unnecessary pain.

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Fabrizio Benedetti, MD, PhD.

Neurophysiology and Human Physiology
University Turin Medical School
Turin - Italy

Director of Medicine and Physiology of Hypoxia
Plateau Rosà - Switzerland

Maala Bhatt

Maala Bhatt, MD, MSc.

Maala is a pediatric emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Michael Brackhahn


Since 2010 Michael Brackhahn is Consultant in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Department at the Pediatric Hospital “Auf der Bult”, Hanover, Germany.

Silvia Bressan

Silvia Bressan, MD.

Dr. Silvia Bressan is a pediatric emergency physician and assistant professor at the University of Padova.

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Cinzia Favara Scacco

Dr. Psychologist through a fulltime university degree at the university “La Sapienza” in Rome.
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Gabriele Cont, MD.

Gabriele Cont is a 45 years old neonatologist, originally from Gorizia [Italy].

Giordio Cozzi

Giorgio COZZI, MD.

Pediatrician at the Emergency Department of the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo of Trieste, Italy (2014-2018).

Residency and Certified Specialization in Pediatrics at the University of Trieste (2009-2014).



Pediatrician, Medical coordinator of the pediatrics department
Ghent University Hospital since November 2015

Work experience
University Medical Centre Sint Pieters, Brussels

Pediatrician in charge of emergency and pediatrics department.

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Agnes Dommerholt

Agnes Dommerholt started her career at SEIN, Centre for Epilepsy, before making a switch to OLVG Hospital in Amsterdam in 2017.

Marga van Eck

Marga van Eck-Smaling

Since 2011 I am working as nurse anesthetist in het Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Linda Franck, MSc, PhD.

Pediatric Nursing
University of California

Postnatal Research for the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative

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Sukru Genco (Turkey 1968) is a pediatrician OLVG hospital Amsterdam.

Conference director PROSA2020

Chairman foundation pediatric sedation NL, Chairman Pediatric department OLVG.

Broad clinical experience with pediatric procedural sedations (>1000 a year).


Stéphanie Gollut, MD.

Stéphanie Gollut is a general paediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland).
She attended medical school at the University of Geneva and residency in Geneva and in Sion, canton of
Valais. During residency, she trained in hypnosis, and in 2018, took part in opening an outpatient hypnosis
consultation at the Children’s Hospital of Geneva.


Jurgen de Graaff, PHD.

Jurgen is an anesthesiologist (2008) and epidemiologist (2004). He studied Medicine at the University of Maastricht (1996) and obtained his PhD at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam (2003) on the thesis entitled: “The use of microcirculatory techniques in the assessment of pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of critical limb ischemia”.

Judith Hall

Judith Hall, MSc, PhD.

Judith A. Hall is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emerita, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA. She is a social psychologist who studies interpersonal interaction, with a focus on person perception and nonverbal communication. For many years, she has applied these interests in the context of provider-patient interactions. With Debra Roter, she authored Doctors Talking with Patients/Patients Talking with Doctors: Improving Communication in Medical Care (2006). Solo or co-authored nonclinical books include Sensitivity to Nonverbal Communication (1979), Nonverbal Sex Differences: Communication Accuracy and Expressive Style (1983), and Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction (9th edition, 2021). Her co-edited volumes include Interpersonal Sensitivity: Theory and Measurement (2001), The Social Psychology of Perceiving Others Accurately (2016), and Emotion in the Clinical Encounter (2021).

Julia Hoffe

Julia Hoffe, MD.

Born in Germany, raised in Switzerland

Pediatrician, Specialisation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Montreal/Canada

Since 2016, Deputy Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department, Inselspital Bern.



Annick De Jaeger (1963) is paediatrician since 1994 and former pediatric critical care fellow of St Justine Hospital in Montréal (1994-1996). She is since 2000 senior consultant in pediatric critical care(1996) and clinical director at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Ghent University Hospital (Belgium).

Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy, MD.

Robert (Bo) Kennedy began his practice of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. in 1983. He recognized many children were undergoing painful and frightening procedures such as fracture reduction, burn debridement, laceration repair or venous catheter insertion during which their pain and anxiety were poorly addressed.

Linda Kersten

Linda Kersten, MSC.

Linda Kersten started her career of teaching children with special needs. Wanting to do more in the field of psychology, she started to at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. After graduation in 2009, she is working as a health care psychologist (GZ-psycholoog) and cognitive behavioural therapist at ‘Maasziekenhuis Pantein’, the Netherlands.

Zita Kolder

Zita Kolder, Ms, ROH.

As a dedicated certified occupational hygienist Zita identifies risks in the workplace which may affect the health of employees. With a positive attitude she creates awareness to encourage management to improve working conditions and to motivate employees towards safe behavior.

Baruch Krauss

Baruch KRAUSS, MD, EdM.

Baruch S. Krauss is a pediatrician and emergency physician at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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Felix KREIER, MD, PhD.

Felix Kreier MD/PhD (Germany, 1967) is a pediatrician at OLVG hospital Amsterdam, with special interest in Emergency Pediatric Medicine. He graduated in Medicine 2012 at Amsterdam Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.

Felix is instructor for procedural sedation at the Foundation for Pediatric Sedation NL.



Piet Leroy (Belgium 1969), MD, PhD, MSc is a senior consultant in paediatric critical care and director of the Paediatric Procedural Sedation Unit at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is an associate professor (domain of medical teaching) at the Faculty of Health, Life Sciences and medicine at Maastricht University and graduated in 2017as a Master in Health Professions Education at the Maastricht School of Health Professions Education.


Evelyn Maes, MD.

2006: Secondary school Latin-science
2013: Master of Medicine, Ghent University
2018: Master of Medicine in Specialist Medicine: Paediatrics, Ghent University

Mohamed Mahmoud

Mohamed MAHMOUD, MD.

He has held a faculty position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for the past 14 years, serving as Director of Radiology Anesthesia and Sedation for 7 years. This section delivers over 4000 -5000 anesthetic or sedation cases each year and consists of 12 faculty.


Rick van DER PAS, dds.

Rick studied dentistry at the Radboud University at Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He has a postgraduate degree in special care dentistry. Since 2001 he works as a dentist at the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and special care dentistry at the University Medical Centre of Utrecht.

Mark Roback

Mark Roback, MD.

Mark G. Roback, MD, is Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Section Head of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Roback oversees the clinical and academic work of 180 faculty who care for over 200,00 ill and injured children each year in 7 emergency departments (ED) and urgent care sites across central Colorado; serving children in Colorado and the 7-state region.



Cyril Sahyoun is an attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Geneva. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, Residency at Columbia Presbyterian and Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

Eva Schaffrath


Specialists in Europe have developed a variety of solutions to deal with similar problems in effective ways in the care for our smallest patients.


Linda Schuiten, MSc.

She works as a nurse practitioner at the pediatric ward in a teaching hospital in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Here job is to take care of children who are anxious, are in pain or need procedural sedation.

Grant Stuart

Grant Stuart, MD, MSc.

Dr Grant Stuart MBChB, FRCA is a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation trust.

Anna Taddio

Anna Taddio, MSc, PhD.

Dr. Anna Taddio is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Vera Tomassen

Vera Tomassen

Vera Tomassen is the proud mom of 2 daughters. Her youngest is a special needs child but remains undiagnosed. Vera is also a freelance (copy)writer, blogger and public speaker. She is the founder of ‘Mantelmama’, a Dutch online platform for families with special needs children.

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Paolo G. Valerio, MD.

2010-2018: Pediatrician, emergency department, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam
Member “Taskforce on procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) in children”, Dutch Pediatric Association.
Chairman “Committee on pain management in children”, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam.

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Koen Vanhonsebrouck, MSC.

Koen Vanhonsebrouck finished nursing school in 1997 and started his career at the University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).


Sam Geunens, MSc.

Sam Geuens, MSc is a pediatric psychologist and neuropsychologist who works in the children’s hospital of the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium for over 10 years. He combines neuroscientific research with clinical care for children and families with chronic disorders.

Arine Vlieger

Arine Vlieger, MD, PhD.

Arine Vlieger was trained as pediatrician in Utrecht, the Netherlands.  After her registration as a pediatrician in 1998, she started her fellowship in pediatric immunology/ rheumatology in Utrecht, and it was there that she got interested in the body-mind connection.

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Inge de Vlieger, MSc.

Inge de Vlieger has worked as a psychologist (GZ-psycholoog) in Amsterdam OLVG Hospital since 2009.

Michele Vranken

Michèle VRANKEN, MSc.

Here whole career she have been working with children and since 2015 as nurse practitioner for the pediatric sedation and analgesia team.

Here mission is to create an environment where children and their beloved ones can feel safe and even relaxed, in order to reduce their stress and anxiety levels as much as possible. Children coming back for treatment with a smile on their face make me feel happy.

Laszlo Vutskits


Dr. Vutskits received his medical degree from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest Hungary. He then completed a PhD in the field of developmental neurobiology at the University of Geneva Medical School followed by an anesthesiology residency at the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Intensive Care at the University Hospitals of Geneva.


Søren Walther-Larsen, MD.

Staff member in the department of anesthesiology, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.

For many years part time pediatric anesthesia and part time pediatric pain and palliative care.

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Henrik Jan Jansen

My name is Hendrik Jan Jansen, I am an Industrial Hygiënist at the Health en Safety Department of Amsterdam UMC. As such I look after the occupational health of our employees and I aim to prevent occupational diseases. I am the chairman of the Taskforce Inhalation Anesthetics of de Dutch Federation of UMC’s (NFU).