Communication & External Affairs Committee

Chairperson Nikoleta Traykova (BG)
Members at large  

Julia Camps Herrero (ES)
Lil-Sofie Ording Müller (NO)
Valdair Francisco Muglia (BR)
Tetyana Yalynska (UA)

Co-opted Member Zheng Yu Jin (CN)
ESR President  Regina Beets-Tan (NL)
ESR 2nd Vice-President Carlo Catalano (IT)
Director of ESOR (ex-officio, non-voting) Valerie Vilgrain (FR)
ESR Executive Director (ex-officio, non-voting) Peter Baierl (AT)

Chairperson
Caroline Justich
(no affiliation) Caroline Justich (no affiliation) Caroline Justich, an experienced salesperson, with a focus on communication, financial services and real estate holds commercial power of Infomica Immobilienbörse GmbH.

Always aware of the big picture, she brings all stakeholders together to lead them towards a common target. She studied Industrial Psychology in Miami at FIU and a module of languages, economics and law at Karl Franzens University in Graz.

She joined the ESR-PAG group in 2019 with the goal to create a better doctor-patient relationship in order to meet all participants’ needs. This has a lot to do with communication. Due to her experience, she is able to train and develop tools and strategies to improve this interaction. This will strengthen the radiologists’ position as its unique selling point (USP) in times of surge of the artificial intelligence and improve “how” critical information is transmitted to a patient. The importance of the way information is communicated has been shown in various studies.



Vice-Chairperson
Nikoleta Traykova, Chairperson of the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee

Representatives of pan-European patient organisations
Judy Birch
Pelvic Pain Support Network (PPSN) Judy Birch Pelvic Pain Support Network (PPSN)
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Judy Birch is a member of the International Alliance of Patients Organizations (IAPO) , the European Federation of Pain (EFIC) and founder member in 2011 of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE).

As the co-founder of the Pelvic Pain Support Network (PPSN), she provides support, information and advocacy for those with pelvic pain via the website, the message board and Facebook. The network advocates for those with pelvic pain at policy, clinical, guideline development meetings and conferences keeping up to date with research and practice.

A key aim is to improve health care professional and public awareness of the impact of pelvic pain. They deliver university sessions on “patient experience” for undergraduate health professionals as well as for practicing clinicians. Judy represents those with pelvic pain in many research trials and studies to improve the quality of life of those with pelvic pain. All of her roles are voluntary, and she supports research trials to improve the Quality of Life of those with pelvic pain.

Judy became a member of the ESR-PAG in 2013.


Erik Briers
Europa Uomo (European Prostate Cancer Coalition) Erik Briers Europa Uomo (European Prostate Cancer Coalition) Erik Briers is Belgian and born in Hasselt, Belgium.

He is co-founder (2004) of the European Prostate Cancer Coalition (Europa Uomo), board member of the Belgian patient prostate cancer support group Us-Too Belgium, and chief editor of the magazine “PROSTAATinfo”. Erik played many roles in patient engagement including on medicines and development of new medicines.

He served a 3 year-term as an alternate patient representative on the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) of the EMA, and acts regularly as a speaker on how to engage patients in the development of both new medicines and clinical trials.

One of his key issues is the imbalance between literacy and access to healthcare, novel medicines, and clinical trials - patients must be able to understand documentation. Erik was an invited speaker at many fora on this subject and on doctor-patient communication.

He has been an active member of ESR-PAG since 2013. He believes imaging in all its forms is of highest importance for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of cancers, including his own, with the increased importance of new guidelines including MRI imaging.

Cheryl Cruwys
Dense Breast Info Cheryl Cruwys Dense Breast Info
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Cheryl Cruwys is British, born in London, UK.

Cheryl was diagnosed early with breast cancer in 2016 in France thanks to the French standard practice of performing supplemental screening on dense breast tissue.

She is co-founder of Breast Density Matters UK and has been instrumental in the UK Breast Density Education effort for both health professionals and patients, raising awareness of the implications of dense breasts. Based on her research-driven approach to raising awareness, Cheryl was invited by medically-sourced DenseBreast-info to join the organization as European Education Coordinator.

Cheryl regularly lobbies Westminster for improved education for patients and more effective screening for women with dense breasts. Cheryl is also a patient representative on the ecancer medical science Editorial Board. All her roles are voluntary.

In March 2019, she became a member of the European Society of Radiology’s Patient Advisory Group, and recognised that the ESR-PAG offers the ideal platform to encourage discussion on patient-focussed initiatives. Her principal aim is to improve information and communication between imaging experts and patients.

Michael Herscovici
(no affiliation)

Stefan Gijssels
Patient Expert Center Stefan Gijssels Patient Expert Center
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In 2016, after he recovered from a metastatic colon cancer, Stefan Gijssels became a patient advocate and health policy consultant.

Stefan is the pro bono Chair of the Patient Expert Center (PEC) in Belgium, an organisation that trains members of patient organisations to become patient experts in their disease area.

He is Patient Expert at Sharing Progress in Cancer Care (SPCC), the international organisation created by the European School of Oncology.

Stefan Gijssels is a health policy consultant, publicist and speaker, primarily focused on making health systems more patient-centric and smarter.

In 2019, Stefan Gijssels co-founded and led Digestive Cancers Europe, as the continuation of EuropaColon, moving the organisation from the UK to Belgium, expanding its scope, hiring new staff and significantly increasing the organisation's activities and funding.

Stefan is the author of the “Roadmap for the Prevention and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer in Europe”, published in 2021 by Digestive Cancers Europe. He is the co-author of the European Code of Cancer Practice, organised by the European Cancer Organisation.

He was formerly:
- Co-Chair of the Patient Advisory Committee of the European Cancer Organisation, and a member of the Board and the Executive Committee.
- Member of the Board and Executive Committee of FT3P (From Testing to Targeted Treatment Programme)
- Co-Chair of the European Alliance for Value in Health.

Before his advocacy work, Stefan was a public affairs consultant in various agencies, as well as VP Public Affairs & Communications at Johnson & Johnson.

Natalia Maeva
Dense Breast Info Natalia Maeva Bulgarian Society of Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension
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Natalia Maeva lives in Sofia, Bulgaria and holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She started her career as a radio reporter and continued to work as a PR & marketing specialist for several Bulgarian ministries, banks and private companies. Her international career led her to Greece, Poland and Switzerland, where she worked as a regional manager.

Starting from her personal drives it is essential to share that she have been fighting pulmonary hypertension (PH) for more than 13 years. In addition, she is also a double lung transplant patient (2016), who is blessed to live a normal active life for the last six years.

Natalia is a founding member and current President of the Bulgarian Society of patients with pulmonary hypertension (2012). She is Vice President of the Bulgarian National Patient Organization, responsible for rare diseases and transplantation (December 2021). Since 2018 she also works as a Deputy Chair of the Bulgarian association of patients with respiratory failure and lung transplantation. As well as this, she is a Board member of PHA Europe (2022-2024).

Natalia is also a PAG member of the European Lung Reference Network, which covers nine groups of rare lung diseases, as well as a member of the COVID-19 PAG and part of the European Lung Foundation’s (ELF) united PAG’s group. She was scholar of EURORDIS Leadership school 2021.

She joined the ESR-PAG in December 2021 with the goal to create a better doctor-patient relationship in order to meet all participants’ needs.

Lavinia Magee
Lung Cancer Europe (LuCe) Lavinia Magee Lung Cancer Europe (LuCe)
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Lavinia Magee is Nurse Consultant, Thoracic Oncology, Royal Papworth Hospital. Her Papworth career started in 1997 as clinical research nurse and database manager. As a Lung Cancer Nursing UK (LCNUK) member she was awarded the first Research Interest Group Grant to look at the psycho-social impact of taking TKIs. In 2013 she became a committee member of LCNUK and was involved in developing the Using Your Voice (UYV) and Thoracic Oncology Research Concept to Home Run (TORCH) projects. She represents LCNUK within the UK Lung Cancer Coalition and Lung Cancer Europe and is a member of LORD NCRI subgroup.

I would be delighted to help in any way I can and represent LuCE.



Evelyn Steinthaler
(no affiliation)


Additional members
Dr. Dominique Carrié / Radiologist, Toulouse (France)

ESR 2nd Vice-President
Carlo Catalano

ESR Quality, Safety and Standards Committee Chairperson
Núria Bargalló Alabart

ESR National Societies Committee Chairperson
Andrea Rockall

ESR Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee Chairperson
Apostolos Karantanas

European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS)
Dr. Andrew England

The ESR Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG) was launched during the ECR in March 2013.

The group is chaired by a patient representative, and the Chairperson of the ESR Communication and External Affairs Committee serves as vice-chairperson.

The goal of ESR-PAG is to bring together patients, the public and imaging professionals in order to positively influence advances in the field of medical imaging to the benefit of European patients.

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ECR Programme Planning Committee

Chairperson (President)  Regina Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
Deputy Chairperson (1st Vice-President)  Adrian P. Brady, Cork/IE
President of the preceding congress Michael Fuchsjäger, Graz/AT
ESR Executive Director (ex-officio, non-voting) Peter Baierl, Vienna/AT
Chairperson of the Finance and Internal Affairs Committee (ex-officio, non-voting) Maja Marolt Mušič, Ljubljana/SI
Chairperson of the Education Committee (ex-officio, non-voting)

Minerva Becker, Geneva/CH

Chairperson (ESR 1st Vice-President) Adrian P. Brady, Cork/IE
Deputy Chairperson (2nd Vice-President)  Carlo Catalano, Rome/IT
President of the preceding congress Regina Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
ESR Executive Director (ex-officio, non-voting) Peter Baierl, Vienna/AT
Chairperson of the Finance and Internal Affairs Committee (ex-officio, non-voting) Maja Marolt Mušič, Ljubljana/SI
Chairperson of the Education Committee (ex-officio, non-voting) Minerva Becker, Geneva/CH

Education Committee

Chairperson Minerva Becker (CH)
ESR 2nd Vice-President Carlo Catalano (IT)
Chairperson of the Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Apostolos Karantanas (GR)
Chairperson of the National Societies Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Andrea Rockall (UK)
Chairperson of the Quality, Safety and Standards Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Núria Bargalló Alabart (ES)
Chairperson of the e-Learning Subcommittee (ex-officio) Sue Barter (UK)
Chairperson of the Radiology Trainees Forum (RTF) Subcommittee (ex-officio) Martin Reim (EE)
Chairperson of the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee (ex-officio) Vicky Goh (UK)
ESOR Director (ex-officio, non-voting member) Valérie Vilgrain (FR)
EDiR Scientific Director (ex-officio) Laura Oleaga (ES)
ETAP 2.0 Scientific Director (ex-officio) Hannu Aronen (FI)
Members at large Miguel Souto Bayarri (ES)
Anagha P. Parkar (NO)
Giulia Zamboni (IT)
Ulrike Attenberger (DE)
ARMENIA Kostan Galumyan AUSTRIA Martin Uggowitzer
AZERBAIJAN Malakhat Sultanova BELARUS Vitali Rymasheuski
BELGIUM Inneke Willekens BULGARIA Kamelia  Genova
CROATIA Gordana Ivanac CYPRUS Eleni Eracleous
ESTONIA Annika Tähepõld FRANCE Isabelle Thomassin-Naggara
GEORGIA Mikheil Okujava GERMANY Marc-André Weber
GREECE Sotiria Stathopoulou HUNGARY Akos Jaray  
 
ICELAND Maríanna Gardarsdóttir IRELAND Mark Knox
ISRAEL Michal Amitai ITALY Ernesto Di Cesare
KAZAKHSTAN Zhanar Abdrakhmanova LATVIA Maija Radzina
LITHUANIA Algidas Basevicius MALTA Luise Reichmuth
MONTENGRO Danica Raičević THE NETHERLANDS Jan Cees de Groot
NORWAY Johan Castberg Hellund POLAND Joanna Podgórska
PORTUGAL Manuela Franca ROMANIA Lucian Florescu
RUSSIA Elena Mershina SLOVAKIA Andrej Klepanec
SLOVENIA Maja Pirnat SWEDEN Luis Gorospe
SWITZERLAND Thomas Frauenfelder TURKEY Fazil Gelal
UKRAINE Nataliia Dichko UNITED KINGDOM Stephen Harden

 

CIRSE Colin Nice ESHIMT Michel    Eisenblätter
ESMRMB Carlo Quattrocchi EUSOBI Fleur Kilburn-Toppin
ESCR Karl Friedrich Kreitner ESER Ana Blanco Barrio
ESGAR Damian Tolan ESHNR Stephen Connor
EuSoMII Elmar Kotter ESSR Miraude Adriaensen
ESNR Meike Vernooij ESOI Clemens Cyran
ESPR Maria Raissaki ESTI Annemiek Snoeckx
ESUR Valeria Panebianco    

Subcommittees

Finance and Internal Affairs Committee

Chairperson Maja Marolt Mušič, Ljubljana/SI
Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors Michael Fuchsjäger, Graz/AT
ESR President Regina Beets-Tan, Amsterdam/NL
ESR 1st Vice-President Adrian P. Brady, Cork/IE
ESR 2nd Vice-President  Carlo Catalano, Rome/IT
ESR Past-President Boris Brkljačić, Zagreb/HR
ESR Executive Director Peter Baierl, Vienna/AT

National Societies Committee

Chairperson Andrea Rockall (UK)
ESR President Regina Beets-Tan (NL)
ESR 1st Vice-President Adrian P. Brady (IE)
ESR 2nd Vice-President Carlo Catalano (IT)
Director of ESOR(ex-officio, non-voting) Valerie Vilgrain (FR)
ALBANIA Arben Rroji ARMENIA Kostan Galumyan
AUSTRIA Rosemarie Forstner AZERBAIJAN Yunus Afandiyev
BELARUS Irina Abelskaya BELGIUM Piet Vanhoenacker
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA Haris Huseinagić BULGARIA Milan Totev
CROATIA Goran Roić CYPRUS Chyrsa Tziakouri Shiakalli
CZECH REPUBLIC Jiří Ferda DENMARK Charlotte Trampedach
ESTONIA Martin Reim FINLAND Niko Sillanpää 
FRANCE Jean-François Méder GEORGIA George Tsivtsivadze
GERMANY Jörg Barkhausen GREECE Konstantinos Lymperopoulos
HUNGARY Doros Attila ICELAND Helgi Már Jónsson
IRELAND Peter Kavanagh ISRAEL Jacob Sosna
ITALY Vittorio Miele KAZAKHSTAN Raushan I. Rakhimzhanova
KOSOVO Ilir Ahmetgjekaj KYRGYZSTAN Gennady Minenkov
LATVIA Maija Radzina LITHUANIA  Saulius Lukoševičius
LUXEMBOURG Yves Lasar MALTA Adrian Mizzi
MOLDOVA Maxim Crivceanschi MONTENEGRO Žanka Cerović
THE NETHERLANDS Mathias Prokop NORTH MACEDONIA Aleksandar Gjoreski
NORWAY Helga Brøgger POLAND Andrzej Cieszanowski
PORTUGAL Antonio J. Madureira ROMANIA Ioana Gheonea
RUSSIA Valentin Sinitsyn SERBIA Ružica Maksimović
SLOVAKIA Viera Lehotská SLOVENIA Maja Marolt Mušič
SPAIN Milagros Martí de Gracia SWEDEN Sara Sehlstedt
SWITZERLAND Hatem Alkadhi TURKEY Can Cevikol
UKRAINE Tatyana Yalinska UNITED KINGDOM Jeanette Dickson
UZBEKISTAN Marat Khodjibekov    

ESR Support Initiative

Publications Committee

Chairperson Marion Smits
Editor-in-Chief of "European Radiology" Yves Menu
Editor-in-Chief of "Insights into Imaging"  Luis Martí-Bonmatí
Editor-in-Chief of "European Radiology Experimental" Francesco Sardanelli
Editor-in-Chief of "EURORAD" Olle Ekberg
Editor of EPOS Ioana G. Lupescu
ESR Executive Director Peter Baierl
Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors Michael Fuchsjäger
2nd Vice-President Carlo Catalano
Chairperson of the Finance & Internal Affairs Committee (ex-officio, non-voting) Maja Marolt Mušič

Quality, Safety and Standards Committee

Chairperson Núria Bargalló Alabart
Members at Large Peter Lauritzen
Jaako Niinimäki
Mathias Prokop
Charikleia Triantopoulou
Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Audit and Standards David Howlett
Chairperson of the Subcommittee on eHealth and Informatics Elmar Kotter
Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Radiation Protection Franz Kainberger
Chairperson of the Imaging Referral Guidelines Subcommittee Myriam Hunink
Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Ultrasound Paul Sidhu
EMA Expert (co-opted member) Olivier Clément
ESR 2nd Vice-President Carlo Catalano
Chairperson of the Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Apostolos Karantanas
Chairperson of the National Societies Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Andrea Rockall
Chairperson of the Education Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member) Minerva Becker
ARMENIA Narek Matinyan AUSTRIA Gertraud Heinz
AZERBAIJAN Rasim Bayramov BELARUS Siarhei Kharuzhyk
BELGIUM Paolo Simoni BULGARIA Mariya Nedevska
CROATIA Goran Roić CYPRUS Eliza Protopapa
ESTONIA Martin Reim FRANCE Jean-Francois Chateil
GEORGIA Mikheil Baramia GERMANY Christiane Kuhl
GREECE Kyriaki Tavernaraki HUNGARY Levente Lánczi
ICELAND Halldor Benediktsson IRELAND Rachel Ennis
ISRAEL Eli Atar ITALY Silvia Pradella
KAZAKHSTAN Zhanar Kozhakhmetova LATVIA Ilze Apine
LITHUANIA Saulius Lukosevicius MALTA Melvin D'Anastasi
MONTENEGRO Žanka Cerović THE NETHERLANDS Jesse Habets
NORWAY Helga M. Brøgger POLAND Maciej Guziński
PORTUGAL Paulo Donato ROMANIA Costin Minoiu
RUSSIA Tatyana Bergen SLOVAKIA Viera Lehotská
SLOVENIA Silva Breznik SPAIN Fatima Matute Teresa
SWEDEN Joakim Crafoord SWITZERLAND Andreas Gutzeit
TURKEY Şükrü Mehmet    Ertür UKRAINE Oleksandr Berezovskyi
UNITED KINGDOM Teik Choon See    

 

CIRSE Laura Crocetti ESCR Rodrigo Salgado
ESER Marcela De La Hoz Polo ESGAR Maija Radzina
ESHIMT Sergios Gatidis ESHNR Davide Farina
ESNR Tarek Yousry ESOI Marius Mayerhöfer
ESSR Eva Llopis ESTI Helmut Prosch
ESUR Rossano Girometti EUSOBI Eva Maria Fallenberg
EuSoMII Daniel Pinto dos Santos ESMRMB Francesco Santini

Subcommitees

Research Committee

Chairperson
Marc Dewey (DE)

EIBIR Scientific Director
Gabriel P. Krestin (NL)

Four Members at Large
Steve Halligan (UK)
Alejandro Rovira (ES)
Luís Curvo Semedo (PT)
Anne Cotten (FR)

RTF representative (co-opted)
Eoin O'Malley (IE)

ESR 2ⁿᵈ Vice-President
Carlo Catalano (IT)

Chairperson of the European Imaging Biomarkers Alliance - EIBALL (ex-officio full member)
Aad van der Lugt (NL)

Research Committee Board Interoperability Expert
Peter Mildenberger (DE)

 

 

 

Armenia Hovhannes Vardevanyan Austria Richard Nolz
Belarus Natallia Sopich Belgium TBA
Bosnia & Herzegovina Marijana Karlovic-Vidakovic Bulgaria Gueorgui Hadjidekov
Croatia Krešimir Dolić Cyprus Maria Andronikou Zouvani
Czech Republic Tomáš Andrašina Denmark Michael Bachmann Nielsen
Estonia Pilvi Ilves Finland Ritva Vanninen
France Laure Fournier Georgia Mikheil Baramia
Germany Frank G. Wacker Greece Kyriakos Stringaris
Iceland Marianna Gardarsdottir Ireland Peter Beddy
Israel Eli Konen Italy Massimo Midiri
Kazakhstan Tairkhan Dautov Latvia Maija Radzina
Lithuania Jurate Dementaciviene Malta Melvin D'Anastasi
The Netherlands Anouk Van Der Hoorn Norway Karen Rosendahl
Poland Agata Majos Portugal Hugo Marques
Romania Sorin Dudea Russia Konstantin Zavadovsky
Serbia Mirjan Nadrljanski Slovakia Jana Polakova Mistinova
Slovenia Peter Popovic Spain Antonio Luna Alcala
Sweden Erik Hedström Switzerland Jean-Paul Vallée
Turkey Ulku Kerimoglu Ukraine Nataliya Deresh
United Kingdom Luc Bidaut    

 

CIRSE Peter Reimer ESCR Marco Francone
ESER Maureen Dumba ESGAR Jaap Stoker
ESHIMT Ivo Rausch ESHNR Bert De Foer
ESMRMB Andrew Webb ESNR Sven Haller
ESOI Emanuele Neri ESPR Owen Arthurs
ESSR Mario Maas ESTI Mario Silva
ESUR Laurence Rocher EUSOBI Pascal Baltzer
EuSoMII Wiro Niessen

Subcommittees

Subspecialties and Allied Sciences Committee

Chairperson
Apostolos Karantanas
ESGAR representative
Andrea Laghi
ESR President
Regina Beets-Tan
ESHI-MT representative
Clemens Cyran
ESR 1st Vice-President
Adrian P. Brady
ESHNR representative
Bert De Foer
ESR 2nd Vice-President
Carlo Catalano
ESMRMB representative
Andrew Webb
Chairperson of the Education Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member)
Minerva Becker
ESNR representative
Pia Maly Sundgren
Chairperson of the Quality, Safety and Standards Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member)
Núria Bargalló Alabart
ESOI representative
Heinz Peter Schlemmer
Chairperson of the Research Committee (ex-officio, non-voting member)
Marc Dewey
ESPR representative
Karen Rosendahl
Director of the European School of Radiology (ESOR, ex-officio, non-voting member)
Valerie Vilgrain
ESSR representative
Eva Llopis
ESR Executive Director (ex-officio, non-voting member)
Peter Baierl
ESTI representative
Fergus Gleeson
CIRSE representative
Afshin Gangi
ESUR representative
M. Milagros Otero-García
ESCR representative
Luigi Natale
EUSOBI representative
Fiona Gilbert
ESER representative
Raffaella Basilico
EuSoMII representative
Elmar Kotter