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Itamar Ashkenazi (Israel)

Far forward surgery
Dr. Itamar Ashkenazi is a general surgeon working at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem (1989). He completed a residency in General Surgery at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center where he later served as deputy chairman of the department. He also completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Beyond daily work with cancer patients, Dr. Ashkenazi was involved in the medical response for emergencies and disasters both at the hospital level and the national level. His research interests include explosion related injuries, hospital organization for multiple casualty incidents, surgical oncology, emergency surgery, research and publication ethics.

Dr. Ashkenazi is also a Senior Lecturer in the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel and the Associate Editor for Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal; Section Editor, of the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery; Academic Editor for PLOS One; and past Chairman of the Disaster and Military Surgery Section, European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
Lode Godderis (Belgium)

From shell shock to mental fitness
Prof dr Lode Godderis is professor at the Centre for Environment and Health of the University of Leuven.  He is also CEO at IDEWE (, a Belgian External Service for Prevention and Protection at Work. He investigates the impact of work on health by unravelling the underlying mechanism and also the reverse how health can affect work (dis)ability. He is member of the expert group that advices the Belgian government on the measures and exit strategy in the Covid-19 crisis.

Internationally, he is involved in a leading role in several international projects such as, EPHOR: Exposome Project for Health and Occupational Research and HBM4EU Science and Policy for a Healthy Future and METEOR: MEnTal Health: Focus On Retention of Healthcare Workers. He is the current chair of Modernet an international network for development of techniques for discovering trends in work-related diseases and tracing new and emerging risks. He is also management committee member of EU COST action Omega-Net.

A full list of publications and projects is available:
Wes Zimmermann (The Netherlands)

From rehab to prehab
LTC Wes Zimmermann MD, PhD, FECSM (1964) is a primary care sports medicine physician working for the Royal Netherlands Army in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is specializing in the treatment of overuse injuries of the lower extremities.

He is a fellow of the European College of Sports Medicine and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of military medicine with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is a former international springboard diver and has a special interest in the medical aspects of Olympic springboard and platform diving.

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