Listed in Alphabetical Order

Guest Speakers
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Abderrazak Hajjioui

Consultant and Head of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Department, University Hospital Hassan II Fez, Morocco.

Full Professor, Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Fez, Morocco.


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Badrieh Al Abbadi

‎Dr Badrieh Al Abbadi is a Senior Physiotherapist at the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and a neurological and MSK physiotherapy lecturer at Keele University (UK). Completed a master’s degree in Neurological rehabilitation in 2013 and PhD in Self-management support for people with Multiple Sclerosis (2020). Registered in the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the UK. Part of a research team in cooperation with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU); validating a bundle of physiotherapy and disability tools internationally. A reviewer in the physiotherapy Research International Journal.  



Bryan O’Young

Dr. Bryan O’Young is a professor and vice chair of education at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.  He is the chief of the outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services at the Temple University Health System.  He is also a clinical professor at the New York University School of Medicine and an adjunct clinical professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. He is a Visiting Professor at Peking University and Sun Yat-Sen University and also a visiting professor at several other universities in China and the Philippines. 



Der-Sheng Han

MD, PhD, EMBAMedical Director, National Taiwan University Hospital Beihu Branch.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University.
Director, Taiwan Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Taiwan Osteoporosis Association
Education Committee, ISPRM
Research interest: geriatric rehabilitation, sarcopenia, physical fitness, muscle pain, functional evaluation, molecular biology



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Frane Grubišić

Assistant Professor Frane Grubišić, MD, PhD, specialist in physical and rehabilitation medicine, subspecialist in rheumatology, is Head of the Division for the Adult Rheumatology at the Department of Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital Center “Sestre Milosrdnice” in Zagreb, Croatia.

His area and research of interest are evidence based medicine (eg. methodology, systematic reviews..), biomechanics, spondyloarthropathies (epidemiology, clinical aspects, outcome measures, conservative treatment), rheumatoid arthritis and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal diseases.

He is newly elected president of the Croatian Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and first vice president of the Croatian Society of Vertebrology. He is author or co-author of the number of both scientific and expert publications from the area of rheumatology and physical and rehabilitation medicine and serves as a peer-reviewer in various national and international journals. 

Assistant Professor Frane Grubišić has been a National delegate to European Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM) since 2013 and from 2021 newly elected National Manager and delegate to UEMS PRM Section and Board. Within ESPRM, he has been appointed as the Chair of the Special Interest Scientific Committee of Implementing Evidence Based Medicine in every day practice. Furthermore, he is one of initiators and promoters of the Cochrane Rehabilitation and serves as the co-chair of the Publication Committee within Cochrane Rehabilitation.



Imen Miri

Medicine Doctor (MD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis – Tunisia
Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist), Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis – Tunisia
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital of Tunis Tunisia
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital of Tunis Tunisia
Professor (full) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital of Tunis Tunisia
Research Interests: Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation, Neuropsychology, Posture and Balance, Neurosciences.
President of the Tunisian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine SOTUMER



Khamis Elessi

•    I earned my Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Far eastern University- Manila in 1998, then took some training courses in acupuncture and tuina at WHO. 
•    I did a one year fellowship in Neurological rehabilitation at Tel-Aviv University and Tel-hashomer Hospital.  
•    From 2001  till the end of 2003 I completed my MSc and clinical training in medical rehabilitation at Southampton University and its affiliated hospitals in the UK which was followed by  many courses in FES, Botox Injection and intra-articular Injection for pain management. 
•    In 2006, I was awarded the highest degree in medical specialty in Palestine in "Physical medicine and Rehabilitation" (PM&R).
•    From 1998 till 2011 I headed the medical rehabilitation team at Elwafa Med. Rehab, Hospital – Gaza. 
•    In  2014-2015, I Completed a one diploma course on palliative care and pain management from German-Jordanian University – Amman.  
•    Since 2008, I have started an initiative to promote the concepts and practice of Evidence-Based medicine (EBM). from 2015 till 2018 I was invited to take up a full master program in EBM at Oxford university. and since then, I have conducted tens of lectures and workshops on the different aspects and practicalities of Health research & Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). I am also teaching Neuroscience, Neuro-rehabilitation and Pain medicine at the faculty of Medicine- Islamic University where Iam also chairing the research and EBM Unit.


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Maher Benjadid (Aljadid)

Consultant and Clinical Professor 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Director of Functional Health Care Services &
Rehabilitation Medicine Departments 
Prince Sultan Military Medical City
Director of Saudi Board of PMR
Saudi Commission for Health Specialities
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 


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Milica Lazovic

Full professor Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Immediate Past Director of the Institute for Rehabilitation, Belgrade, Serbia
President of the Mediterranean Forum of PRM
President of the Serbian Association of PRM  
Chair ESPRM Special Interest Scientific committee in Cardiovascular Diseases
The National Manager and Member of the Board of the EU PRM
Congress President ESPRM 2020



Nicolas Christodoulou

Professor Doctor, Active member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, UEMS Gold Decoration of Honour Laureate, President of the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, President of the UEMS MJC on Sports Medicine,  Member of the Ex. Com. of European Federation of Sports Medicine Assoc. Immediate Past President of the UEMS Section of PRM, Head of CyMA delegation to the UEMS, Outcoming President of the Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine, President of the Cyprus Society of PRM, Honorary president of the Limassol Medical Association, Emeritus Professor of European University Cyprus, Director of Limassol PRM Centre: MOVEMED.



Serdar Kocer

Dr. Serdar Kocer graduated from the University of Istanbul, school of Medicine in 1988. He completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at University of Rennes, France in 1993. He is the head of the Neuro Rehabilitation departement in Coubert Rehabilitation Centre, near Paris. The Neuro Rehabilitation departement has a 100 in-patient capacity dedicated to the Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis , post Stroke and post Traumatic Brain injury rehabilitation. He supervises the Urodynamic Lab, Gait lab, Medical Imaging unit and the multidisciplinary spasticity clinic. He is also certified as Ultrasonographer and he has been using ultrasonography for more than 20 years. Dr. Kocer is recognized as an expert in ultrasound guided injection as he has been organizing value added trainings on that specific injection technique for more than 10 years from all over the world. His research and clinical interests lie in the area of musculoskeletal ultrasonography, spasticity treatment and neuro-urology. Dr. Kocer is a member of the French Society of Radiology and French Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.


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Tarek Shafshak

  • Professor of Physical Medicine, Rheumatology & Rehabilitation (PMRR), Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt since Feb 1997.

  • Consultant in PMRR in Alexandria University Hospitals since Jan. 1997.

  • Former Head of the Department of Physical Medicine, Rheumatology & Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt from Sept. 2009 until July 31st, 2012.

Academic Qualifications:

1) M.B;Ch.B.  in 1976.

2) Master of Physical Medicine  in 1980.

3) ECFMG certificate (USA) in 1983.

4) Doctor degree in Physical Medicine in 1986.


Contribution in the International Medical Books:

Wrote a chapter in the textbook: “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets. O’Young BJ et al (editors). 3rd edition. Philadelphia: Mosby, Elsevier”, 2008. P 400-7. (ISBN-13: 978-1-4160- 3205-2).



Xanthi Michail

Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine,Univ. West Attica,Greece,

Past President of European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (2015 - 2018), 

President of European Society of PRM (2011 - 2015), Honorary member of ESPRM

Past President of UEMS European Board of PRM (2006 - 2010),  

Certified as Life Fellow of European Board of PRM (2014)

Past President of Hellenic Society of PRM (1998-2012)

Honorary President of Hellenic Society of PRM

Domains of research interest: Disability, Neurological 

Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Pain, Ethics in Rehabilitation. 


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Ayad Agha

Diplomat American Board of Radiology

Vascular Interventional Radiology


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Belgin Erhan

PMR and Pain specialist

Professor, PMR Department, Istanbul Medeniyet University, School of Medicine

Administrative Head of  PMR Department, Istanbul Medeniyet University, School of Medicine 

ISCoS Fellow, Prevention Committee Member
President of Neurotoxin Society (Turkish)
President of Spasticity Study Group of Turkish PM&R Society

Board Member of Turkish Society of Spinal Cord Disease (TUSCoS)

Member of Spinal Cord Injury Study Group of Turkish PMR Specialist Society


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Calogero Foti


MFPRM Secretary

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Chair
Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine Department
Tor Vergata University
Rome, Italy, EU


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Fary Khan

Director of Rehabilitation, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Clinical Director Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne
Adjunct Professor, Disability Inclusive Unit, Nossal Institute of Global Health, &
School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University


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Gerard Francisco

The Wulfe Family Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas System
Chairman and Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UTHealth | The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School

Chief Medical Officer and Director, NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann



James W Middleton 

Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine
Chair, ISCoS External Relations Committee
The University of Sydney
John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital


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Klemen Grabljevec


University Rehabilitation Institute

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Department



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Marco Monticone

medical doctor and specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Professor of PMR at the University of Cagliari, Italy. He is also the Head of the Neurorehabilitation Unit at the ARNAS Brotzu Hospital in Cagliari. He is the author of more than 120 indexed papers and has won many national and international grants.


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Moheb Gaid

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Dr Gaid’s special interests include the rehabilitation following acquired brain injuries, he also experienced in the management of long-term neurological conditions including complex spasticity management using botulinum toxin injections, nerve and motor point blocks and intrathecal drug delivery systems. Dr Gaid is also the lead clinician for amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation in Norwich, chair of the Specialist Interest Group in amputee medicine (SIGAM) and honorary lecturer at the medical school of the University of East Anglia  


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Nikolaos Barotsis

Nikolaos Barotsis is a Research fellow at the Medical School of University of Patras, Greece and the head of the Outpatient PRM Clinic of Naxos, Greece. He has finished the PRM residency in 2007 and the training in sports medicine in 2008. He was licensed as MSK ultrasonographer in 2009. His main areas of interest include MSK rehabilitation, sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasonography, sarcopenia and ESWT. He has organized workshops and delivered lectures on these topics at national and international meetings.

He has authored 13 publications in various international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp and books. He is also a reviewer for 3 international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp. 

He is the President of the European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (EBPRM), Director of the European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Board Fellowship Examination, President of the European College of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, EBPRM liaison to Cochrane Rehabilitation, member of EURO-MUSCULUS and ESPRM SISC on ESWT and the coordinator of the European PRM College e-learning.


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Sunil Jain

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist. He is American Fellowship-trained in Integrative and Functional Medicine.


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Umberto Solimene


World Health Organization (WHO)

Coll.Center for Integrative Medicine

State University of Milan (ITALY)



FEMTEC (Worldwide Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy)



Zaliha Omar

Graduated with M.B, B.S from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 1979 and trained in Medical Rehabilitation at University of London 1981-1983. Awarded Diploma in Medical Rehabilitation from Royal College of Physicians London in 1983, Fellow of Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2000, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians Glasgow in 2006 and Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Malaysia 2014. 
Have received Royal Award (knighthood/(DPMP) Datukship) for work in Rehabilitation
Medicine and community work for people with Disabilities in Malaysia.
Currently serves as Honorary Professor at Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and Visiting Professor at Fujita Health
University, Japan.
Now a Ph. D. scholar reading geriatric rehabilitation at Fujita Health University, Japan.



Aydan Oral

Aydan Oral has been working as a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Turkey since 1996. She has also chaired the department between the years 2009 and 2011. She has acted as the scientific chair of the 5th World Congress of the ISPRM in Istanbul in 2009. She is the Turkish delegate and national manager as well as the General Secretary and chairperson of ‘Recertification of PRM Doctors Committee’ for the UEMS PRM Section and Board. She acts as the Publication Working Area Chair of Cochrane Rehabilitation. She is a member in Clinical Sciences & Research Committee and Standardized Rehabilitation Reporting Subcommittee-ICF Implementation of the ISPRM-WHO Liaison Committee. Her major areas of interest in PRM include musculoskeletal medicine, osteoporosis, post-mastectomy rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, the ICF and disability issues including ageing persons with disabilities.


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Bilal F Shanti

Founder and Medical Director of Omnia Pain Consultants, RA., in Phoenix Arizona, USA. He is an anesthesiologist with formal US fellowship training in pain medicine. He is practicing pain medicine in a private pain clinic in Phoenix AZ, USA, with over 20 years of experience. I Zaynab I. Shanti, is a second year medical student at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin Ireland. Ihsan F. Shanti, MD, PhD, is the Founder and Medical Director of The American Clinic for Interventional Pain & Spine, in Amman, in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is an anesthesiologist with formal US fellowship training in pain medicine. He is practicing pain medicine in a private pain clinic in Amman, with over 20 years of experience. 



David X. Cifu

David Cifu, MD is an internationally recognized academic leader and innovator who
specializes in initiating, developing, fostering and leading small and large-scale
collaborations across the research, clinical, education and philanthropic arenas to create
knowledge, add value and build opportunities.
He is the Associate Dean for Innovation and System Integration in the Virginia
Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and the Chairman and Herman J.
Flax, MD Endowed Professor (tenured) of the Department of PM&R at VCU-School of
Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Chief of PM&R Services for the VCU Health
System and Founding Director of the VCU-Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and
Engineering (CERSE). He is the Senior TBI Specialist for the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs. 
Dr. Cifu received his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his residency in PM&R at Baylor College of Medicine in 1990.


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Francesca Gimigliano

President-Elect of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Cochrane Rehabilitation Communication Working Area Chair
Associate Professor of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
President of the School of Speech and Language Therapy
Chair of the Residency Program in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Department of Mental and Physical Health and Preventive Medicine
University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”


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Gulseren Akyuz


Senior Professor in Marmara University School of Medicine, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Division of Pain Medicine/Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory/ Osteoporosis Unit, Istanbul, Turkey

Director of PM&R Dept and Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at SANTE Medical Center, Istanbul, Turkey


88 original researches/review articles/case presentations published in the International SCI&SCI expanded Journals

112 original researches/review articles/case presentations published in the National peer-reviewed Journals

Over 200 lectures in the International Congresses or Symposia

More than 1000 citations in the international publications


Sydneylicht Lectureship Award given by ISPRM - 2009

Haim Ring Memorial Award – Individual given by ISPRM - 2021


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Jorge Lains

Centro Medicina Reabilitacao Regiao Centro - Rovisco Pais, Portugal · Outpatient Rehab Department and Medical Education and Continuum of Care Unit


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Levent Özçakar

Levent Özçakar is professor at Hacettepe University Medical School, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM), Ankara, Turkey. He has finished medical training (1997) and residency (2002) at the same institute where he has also been entitled as Associate Professor (2006) and Professor (2012). His main areas of interest include musculoskeletal ultrasonography and scientific publishing. He has organized workshops and delivered lectures on these topics at innumerous national and international meetings.

He has authored over 610 publications in various international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp. He is also a reviewer for 84 international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp.



Mohammad Kanan

Specialist in Physical Medicine
Resort Medicine & Rehabilitation
Moevenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea


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Naglaa Gadallah

Professor of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation

Ain Shams University · Department of Physical Medicine, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation


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Ronald Reeves

Mayo Clinic, USA 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
Spinal cord injury
Neuroprostheses in spinal cord injury
Intrathecal baclofen spasticity management
Non-operative spine care


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Stefano Masiero

Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical

Medicine & Rehabilitation.

School of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy

General Hospital of Padua, Italy


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Walter Frontera

Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine (PM&R) and Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).  During the last 35 years he has served as Professor and Inaugural Chair of PM&R at Harvard Medical School, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and the UPR as well as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the UPR. His main research interest is geriatric rehabilitation and in particular the study of the mechanisms underlying age-related muscle atrophy and weakness and the potential benefits of exercise in older adults. He has more than 300 scientific publications including 118 peer-reviewed articles and 12 edited books. His books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, and Spanish. Currently, Dr. Frontera serves as Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of PM&R. He is the Immediate Past-President of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). Dr. Frontera is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physiological Society. He was a visiting professor at the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden and honorary professor at the Nanjing Medical University in China. Dr. Frontera has presented more than 400 invited lectures in 59 countries and has served as a member of two committees of the World Health Organization on topics related to long-term care and sarcopenia. He is an honorary member of national societies of PM&R in Belgium, Chile, Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, and Japan. 

Puerto Rico