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Born in Belgium in the mid 50’s, I earned my Medical Degree at the University of Louvain, Belgium, and then pursued residency training in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. I subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Temple University in
Philadelphia. Professor of Imaging, Medicine and Biology for more than two decades I have had the opportunity and privilege to visit hospitals and medical centers and give lecture on all continents. I consider myself as a citizen of the world.
Through my career, I have held leadership and executive positions in Medical Imaging and Medicine in Belgium at the University of Leuven, in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and in the US at Temple University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Cleveland Clinic, the VA Administration and now Wake Forest University. I have extensive experience and expertise in committees and boards leadership, in the management of integrated health care systems and patient advocacy groups and at regional, national and international levels of government.
As Secretary of the Belgian Society of Nuclear Medicine in the 90’s I introduced a multilingual and pluralist approach to the operational tasks of the Society. As President of
the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine, I have worked closely with national and international medical associations and government health authorities to mitigate major the major health and medical isotopes crises of 2007-2008, analyzed and helped establish medical resources needs, benchmarks and allocation for key medical service areas. I have also served as consultant and advisor for Pharmaceutical, Radiopharmaceutical and Medical Systems companies. My current main interests are in Medical Isotopes Production and Supply, Patients’ Education and Advocacy, Personalized Medicine and Theranostics.
As President of the WFNMB, I will work tirelessly with the elected Secretary General and Treasurer, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Health and Nuclear Medicine Authorities from across the globe, all national Nuclear Medicine Societies and Association and the Nuclear Medicine Industry to 1. Secure the supply of and access to Medical Isotopes 2. Develop NM educational tools accessible to the Nuclear Medicine Communities, Patients and Referring Physicians from around the world 3. Make sure that the Nuclear Medicine Association/Societies from the emerging countries benefit from the work of the WFNMB and the regional NM Associations/Societies 4. Promote the field of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine across the globe, particularly in the underserved countries.
I'm Patricia Bernal, Colombian Nuclear Medicine physician, former president of the Nuclear Medicine Association of my country and Latin American Association of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Biology (ALASBIMN), member of the executive board of World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy (WARMTH) since its inception, Expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , positions from which I have had the opportunity to compare the development of Nuclear Medicine in very diverse scenarios; I have been witness to the enormous efforts of the Nuclear Medicine community to position itself, to initiate new procedures, to change paradigms, to fight against bureaucracy and skepticism, for which I consider that the WFNMB is a wonderful platform through which we can have a common strong voice that allows us to get support between the strong and the weak and achieve common objectives of introducing the presence of Nuclear Medicine in many scenarios. To work with Dr. Dong Soo Lee and Dr. Savvas Frangos, recognized outstanding professionals with deep desire to unify and homogenize activities and procedures in the field of Nuclear Medicine, to spread the knowledge, to support and boost the new generations is at the same time a challenge and a dream for which we are going to fight.
Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, I obtained my medical degree at the University of Pretoria. Only after completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, did I discover nuclear medicine. I quickly fell deeply in love with this field.
I had the opportunity to step into directorship roles within my country very early in my career and have been serving continuously on various professional bodies since 2014.
Coming from a multicultural society such as South Africa, I enjoy traveling, learning about various cultures and their history, and connecting with individuals from different cultures throughout the world. My passion lies in raising awareness of the value of nuclear medicine by educating governing bodies, other specialists and general practitioners, as well as furthering education of our own nuclear medicine community.
At present, I am a senior specialist at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), which is the largest academic nuclear medicine unit in South Africa. Through this academic platform I am able to reach out to other specialists and give regular educational talks on various topics in nuclear medicine, with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge about the field.
As a female leader and single mother of two boys, I am acutely aware of gender-based bias and the unique and specific challenges that women face in their work environment and daily life across the globe. It is my privilege to speak out for and promote the rights of women, equal opportunities and support in the workplace.
Working with dr Jean-Luc Urbain and the rest of the WFNMB council, I aim to
1. Improve medical isotope supply and nuclear medicine services to all countries
2. Support, expand and promote nuclear medicine education
3. Ensure support to the nuclear medicine association/societies from emerging countries to establish and grow nuclear medicine services
4. Promote the field of theranostics across the globe, particularly in the underserved countries
5. Support women in nuclear medicine to reach their full potential and attain leadership positions
I was born in Limassol, Cyprus. I completed my medical studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and received my Nuclear Medicine Specialization in Thessaloniki, Greece. In 1996 I established the first full Nuclear Medicine department in the private sector in Cyprus. In 1999 I became one of the founders of the Cyprus Society of Nuclear Medicine and the first president of the Society. In 2001 I joined the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center. I have been my country’s delegate to the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology. I am member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Between 2010 and 2015 I was the Secretary of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine.
I served from several positions in Boards including the Limassol and the Cyprus Medical Association and I was also the President of the Pension Fund of Cypriot Doctors. I was member of the governing body of World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy. I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the UEMS section Nuclear Medicine.
The experience that I gained from all those positions could be of a great benefit. As member of the leadership team of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology I like to lead the Federation in new pathways.
This leadership is the first under the new statutes of the Federation, which have the scope to lead the Federation into a new era. From my position as secretary of EANM I participate on those chances and I am proud to be part on their implementation.
The cooperative work is one of my believes and therefore the team consisting from Prof. Dong Soo Lee from Korea as President, Patricia Bernal Trujillo from Colombia as Secretary and myself as treasurer likesto put WFNMB on strong foothold according to the renewed spirit of WFNMB by:
establishing the roles of office (to support the member countries )
enhancing the communication regarding our global prospect and policy issues via triennial summits of leaders (EANM, AOFNMB, ALASBIMN, SNMMI and other societies), and
caring for the next-generation physicians and scientists especially of developing countries
I will try hard to cope with all the challenges that are coming from the position of the treasurer of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology.