Confirmed invited speakers:


Professor Gabriel Gondolesi earned his M.D. from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He went on to complete a residency in General Surgery at the Pavilion Finochietto of the "General San Martin" Hospital in La Plata. He completed a fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the Favaloro Fundacion in Buenos Aires followed by a fellowship in Multiorgan Transplantation at Mount Sinai, USA. Dr. Gondolesi's areas of interest include adult and pediatric intestinal transplants, adult and pediatric liver transplant He currently holds the position of Director, of the Intestinal Transplant and Rehabilitation program at Fundacion Favaloro and he is the current president of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Association (IRTA), a section of the Transplantation Society. He is a reviewer of more than 10 international journals and has been associated editor for “Liver Transplantation” and “American Journal of Transplantation”

Dr. Henrik Arnell, MD, PhD, is the head of Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm. Dr. Arnell has a special clinical and research interest in pediatric chronic intestinal failure and in diseases of the hepatobiliary system. Dr. Arnell is the current Secretary of the Swedish Paediatric Society and former Chairman of the Swedish Society of  Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Professor Mikko Pakarinen is Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Head of the Department at the New Children's Hospital, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the Principal Investigator of the Pediatric Liver and Gut Research Group, University of Helsinki, with the main research interest in intestinal failure and associated liver disease, pediatric hepatobiliary disorders including biliary atresia, neonatal and colorectal surgery including esophageal atresia, Hirschsprung’s disease, anorectal malformations and IBD. He has supervised 15 PhD students, and published over 240 peer-reviewed original articles, 100 book chapters and review articles. He is Editor for European Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Chair of the Intestinal Work Stream of the European Reference Network ERNICA and board member of the International Society for Pediatric Surgical Research. He has served as Chair of the Scientific Office of the European Surgeon’s Association and in the executive board of the Pediatric Surgery Section of European Union of Medical Specialists.

Professor Tim Vanuytsel graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Leuven University Medical School. He obtained a PhD degree in biomedical sciences in 2014 with a thesis on the role and mechanisms of intestinal permeability in functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Dr. Vanuytsel currently holds a position as a consultant gastroenterologist in Leuven University Hospitals with a clinical focus on functional gastrointestinal disorders and patients with intestinal failure. He is the co-founder and medical director of the Leuven Intestinal Failure and Transplantation center (LIFT), which is the largest intestinal failure center and the only small bowel and multivisceral transplant center in Belgium. He is an associate professor at Leuven University. Prof. Vanuytsel’s research interest lies in the pathophysiology and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders and intestinal failure and transplantation. He has published >170 original research articles and reviews in international peer-reviewed journals and is the (co-)supervisor of 15 PhD students. In 2022 he received the Rising Star Award from United European Gastroenterology (UEG).

Dr. Mattias Soop MD. PhD is the current head of the Department of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Intestinal Failure Surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. Dr. Soop trained at the Karolinska Institute and Mayo Clinic Rochester where he completed a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery 2006-2008. Dr. Soop also worked a total of 10 years at Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester, as consultant surgeon and reader at the Irving National Intestinal Failure Unit. In 2019, Dr. Soop returned to Stockholm to develop surgical services for inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal failure services. He supervises several PhD students and has national and international roles in intestinal failure. @matt_soop 

Dr. Giuseppe D’Amico MD. is an abdominal transplant surgeon, and staff physician at the Department of General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. A native of Italy, Dr. D’Amico received his medical degree from University of Messina (Italy). He completed a residency in the General Surgery Residency Program at University of Milan (Italy). Dr. D’Amico then received an American Society of Transplantation Surgeons (ASTS) Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in abdominal transplant surgery and hepatobiliary surgery. His areas of expertise embrace liver transplantation, intestinal transplantation and gut rehabilitation surgery. 



Dr. Gustaf Herlenius completed his residency in General Surgery at Centro Médico Nacional IMSS in Mexico City. He was a staff surgeon at the Department of Transplantation Surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital prior to completion of a clinical fellowship in Multiorgan Transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA. Dr. Herlenius is currently an associate professor in transplant surgery, and he has been the head of the Visceral Transplant Unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital since 2000. Areas of research include long – term outcomes after adult and pediatric intestinal and liver transplantation.

Dr. Jan Brun, MD, is a senior consultant at the section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg. Since 2019, he holds the position as head of Sahlgrenska Intestinal Failure and Transplant Centre (SIFT). Dr. Brun is strongly engaged in developing and improving the field of intestinal failure both regionally and nationally.

 Karin Edlund, RN Specialist, MSc. Clinical transplant coordinator for adult Liver and Visceral transplant candidates. She has been a staff member at the Transplant Institute at Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg since early 1990s and has a joint position as a patient coordinator for the visceral transplantation team since 2016. Ms. Edlund has been a project manager for the establishment of a Transplant Youth Clinic facilitating the transition from pediatric to adult health care services.

 Anna-Carin Gullander, RN Specialist and Clinical transplant coordinator for the pediatric services for both liver and visceral transplant candidates at HRH Queen Silvia Ms. Gullander is also a key player in the transition from pediatric to adult health care services at Sahlgrenska Intestinal Failure & Transplant Centre, at HRH. Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital, Gothenburg.

 Anna Brantmark, RN, Specialist and patient coordinator at the Transplant Institute and Sahlgranska Intestinal Failure and Transplantation centre and out-patient clinic. Ms. Brantmark has been working in the field of organ transplantation since 2010 and an active member of the team for visceral transplantation since 2018. Ms. Brantmark is currently completing her PhD-thesis entitled "the art and science of adaptation after liver and/or visceral transplantation"and she is also involved in research related to patient empowerment in young adult organ recipients.

 Dr. Ulrika Skogsberg-Dahlgren is a staff surgeon at the Transplant Institute at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Sahlgrenska Intestinal Failure Unit. She is a surgical member of the team performing multivisceral transplants and has a strong research profile related to ABO- incompatible liver transplantation.

 Dr. Mihai Oltean is Associate Professor of Surgery and Senior Consultant in General Surgery at Sahlgrenska Transplant Institute in Gothenburg. Since 2002 he holds a strong research platform in clinical and translational research on intestinal transplantation (clinical and experimental) with special focus on intestinal preservation and ischemia-reperfusion injury, intestinal graft monitoring (endoscopy, biomarkers) and intestinal acute rejection. Dr. Oltean is an experimental microsurgeon with more than 20 years of experience in the field and founder of a microsurgical training laboratory and has conducted close to thirty microsurgery courses attended by local and international participants. Dr. Oltean is on the Editorial Board of Microsurgery, International Reviews of Immunology (section editor) and is Assistant Editor for European Surgical Research. He is the President of International Society for Experimental Microsurgery and served as Councilor of the Intestinal Transplant and Rehabilitation Association (2017-2021).

Dr. Nils Ekvall is a Senior Consultant and Head of the department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Ekvall is a member of the pediatric intestinal failure team at Queen Silvia Childrens Hospital since more than 10 years.

Dr Helena Borg, MD, PhD. Holds the position as senior Consultant, Department of Pediatric surgery and co-director of the Pediatric Unit at the Sahlgrenska Intestinal Failure & Transplant Centre, at HRH. Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital. She also holds the position as director of Pediatric gastrointestinal surgery with special interest in neonatal surgery, colorectal surgery, anorectal malformations and intestinal motility disorders. Dr. Borg has been involved in the surgical and medical treatment of children with intestinal failure since 1995.

Dr. Jonas Varkey, MD, PhD, is a Senior Consultant in Gastroenterology & Hepatology and has a leading position at the Sahlgrenska Intestinal Failure and Transplantation center after completion of a clinical Fellowship in Cambridge at the unit of intestinal failure and transplantation. Dr. Varkey has a special research interest in intestinal failure as well as improving the diagnostic modalities for surveillance of the transplanted intestinal graft.