Prof. Raanan Shamir appointed President of ESPGHAN
Prof. Raanan Shamir, Director of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s, was elected President of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) in June 2015. The Society stipulates nutritional policy in Europe but has evolved in recent years as the leading influence in outlining policy in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.
In addition to dictating policy affecting the general population, ESPGHAN decides on the specialization curriculum for gastroenterology, nutrition and liver diseases in children in Europe, oversees the educational program and pinpoints research funding priorities in the field. Prof. Shamir is the first Israeli doctor to head ESPGHAN. He also serves as the Chair of the Nutritional Committee of the Israeli Society of Pediatricians.
A year ago, Prof. Shamir served as the president of the annual conference of ESPGHAN, which took place in Israel, which is regarded as the key global event in the realm of infant nutrition and policy for digestive system and liver disorders.
The annual conference draws about 2,500 doctors from over 100 countries due to its information sharing that promotes the advancement of treatment in children with gastroenterology and hepatology diseases.
Prof. Shamir has served as Director of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s since 2007. Prior to that, he headed the Pediatric Gastroenterology Department at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. He completed his residency in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Schneider Children’s.
Prof. Joseph Press, Director of Schneider Children’s, congratulated Prof. Shamir on his prestigious nomination and added that “his appointment brings great honor to Schneider Children and places us in the forefront of world medical science.”