Oncology, Humanitarian Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Surgery. What else could AIMS Meeting bring you? The Keynote Lectures! Through these lectures we wish to inspire you to believe that with work and motivation you can achieve greatness.
As Oliver Sacks once said “Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes”. This is what we hope to achieve with three motivational lectures from great personalities, people who defined new standards for the world as we know it. Proving that age is not a defining factor of accomplishments, their actions, from the simpler to the most complex, their thoughts and their perseverance are remarkable.
Let your wisdom be triggered!
Co-editor of Clinical Medicine textbook; Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Former director of Post-Graduate Medical Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry; Former non-executive director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence; Former chairman of the Medicines Commission UK; Former President of the British Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine; Former vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians.
Professor Kumar qualified at St Bartholomew’s Medical College London where she trained in clinical gastroenterology under Sir Anthony Dawson and Dr. Michael Clark. Her research and clinical interests are mainly in small bowel disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and general gastroenterology.
Besides being the co-founder and editor of “Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine”, she also started the first gastroenterology MSc (Master of Science) course in the United Kingdom. In 1999, she became the first recipient of the Asian Woman of the Year award, and in 2000 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to Medicine, which had also given her the British Medical Association’s Gold Medal.
Head of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department of Hospital de Santa Marta; Fellow of the European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FETCS); Fellow of the European School of Cardiology (FESC); Secretary of the European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA)
Professor José Fragata has been a cardiac surgeon since 1985 obtaining a widespread experience, predominantly in pulmonary and cardiac transplantation and congenital heart defect, having later subspecialized in pediatric cardiac surgery. Nowadays, still maintaining an active surgical practice, he also devotes plenty of time to teaching and investigation.
Professor Fragata has a special interest regarding management in health, particularly risk stratification, performance evaluation and error analysis, as well as clinical administration, being a member of several hospital ethics committees. He is also a member of the editorial committee of several journals, including the Revista de Cardiologia Portuguesa, the Asian Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Professor Fragata is certified by several international and national boards, and has published over 100 scientific papers, as well as being an author to five books, particularly regarding Medical Error.
Former chief of the cancer therapeutics branch in the National Cancer Institute; Former president of the American Society for Clinical Oncology; Former member of the ASCO Board of Directors; Former medical director of the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Professor of medicine at GUMC and a member of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Executive Committee; Adjunct Professor of Medicine at F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine; Associate Dean for Research Development at Georgetown University Medical Center
Dr. Swain is recognized as an international reference in breast cancer worldwide, which included leading a landmark study that changed the treatment of advanced disease. Her broad research interests and experience include clinical trials and translational research, as well as health disparities, in what concerns equality in access and conditions. She has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
She obtained an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1975, and a MD from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1980. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University in 1983 followed by a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in 1986.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Swain held several prominent positions at the National Cancer Institute, including chief of the cancer therapeutics branch. Among the multiple leadership and advisory roles on several foundation boards she held, she served as president of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2012-2013, and on the ASCO Board of Directors.
She most recently held the role of medical director of the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she recruited highly regarded specialists for the hematology/oncology section, worked with foundation partners to increase research funding and served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, including the CLEOPATRA trial, a real game changer in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. In 2016, she was appointed as the Associate Dean for Research Development at Georgetown University Medical Center.