Plenary speakers

Below are our plenary, meet the experts and debate speakers.
Listed by alpha order by surname.

Dr Philip Allan

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Dr Philip Allan is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK. Oxford provides both intestinal rehabilitation and intestinal transplant services, one of only two adult centres in the UK to do this. Dr Allan is medical lead for the intestinal transplant service and lead for the clinical nutrition service. Dr Allan trained in intestinal failure at Salford Royal intestinal failure unit and intestinal transplant in Oxford.

Dr Allan is current chair of BAPEN Medical and regularly chairs the national intestinal transplant listing meeting (National Adult Small Intestine Transplant (NASIT) forum) and sits on both NHS Blood and Transplant Multivisceral and Composite Tissue Advisory Group (MCTAG) and NHS England Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Group. Dr Allan undertook research during his training looking at cellular signalling pathways in antigen presenting cells to complete a doctorate (DPHIL), and has now research interests in intestinal failure outcomes, intestinal failure associated liver disease, immune cell trafficking within the intestinal graft and cross-talk with the intestinal microbiome.

Dana Boctor

CIRTA Dana Boctor

Dana Boctor is a Pediatric gastroenterologist. After completing postgraduate studies in Nutritional Sciences and a dietetic internship at SickKids hospital, she studied medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of British Columbia and a pediatric nutrition fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Medical Director of the Children's Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at Alberta Children's Hospital in Canada. Her research interests include feeding difficulties in pediatric intestinal failure and malnutrition in hospitalized pediatric patients.

Dr Anna Gold


Dr. Gold is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Ontario, Canada and the United Kingdom, with competency in clinical intervention and neuropsychological assessment. She is currently employed at The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (Canada) in the Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre, where she provides neuropsychological and developmental assessments of patients (0-18 years of age) within the heart, lung, liver, kidney and small bowel/intestinal programs, in addition to the therapeutic intervention and consultation. She has previously worked with a diverse range of medical populations at SickKids Hospital including Oncology (Brain Tumour), Epilepsy, Genetic/Metabolics and Cystic Fibrosis.

She is currently a Project Investigator at the SickKids Research Institute and is actively involved in research across all the organ groups, with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological outcomes following multi-organ transplant and intestinal regeneration. She is co-investigator for a CIHR Catalyst Grant: e-Health Innovation for an online teen based multi-organ transplant website, in addition to several other grant funded studies exploring cognitive and neuroanatomical differences in pediatric kidney transplant recipients, and an'i-Peer2Peer' support mentoring program for adolescent transplant recipients. She is an active member of the SickKids Psychology Department Residency and Training Committees, and greatly enjoys providing clinical supervision to psychology trainees. She is also co-chair of the International Pediatric Transplant Association Allied Health and Nursing Committee, and part of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Pediatric Transplantation.

Prof Olivier Goulet

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University degrees and Hospital and University positions

  • 1992 : PhD in Nutrition : University of Paris V – René Descartes
  • 1995 : Professor of Pediatrics : University of Paris– Paris Descartes
  • Chair: National Reference Center for Rare Digestive Diseases at Necker-EM University Hospital > 2004
  • Chair: European Master of Clinical Nutrition University Paris Descartes from 2005
  • Chair: Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Necker-EM > 2006
  • Member of the French Ministry of Health Council for Home parenteral Nutrition from 2016

Scientific Societies

  • Chair of the Host Executive Committee of the 2° World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GHN) Paris (2000-2004)
  • Member of the Council of the French Society of Pediatrics: 2005 - 2009
  • Member of the Committee of Nutrition of the French Society of Pediatrics : 1995-2015
  • Member of the Council: Federation of International Society of Pediatric GHN (FISPGHAN) 2000-2016
  • ESPGHAN Service Award 2017

Editorial and publications activities

  • Co-editor of Pediatric Gastroenterology Text Book (Chief Edit A.Walker USA) edition 2004, 2008, 2018
  • Chief editor of the Pediatric Feeding Text Book Doin Edition Paris, published 2002 and 2013
  • Co-editor of Intestinal Failure Text Book (Chief Editor A.Langnas USA) from 2006
  • Over 90 book and Text book chapters in French and english
  • 380 papers referenced in Pub Med data base
  • Web of Science : H 46

Main interests and clinical research activities

  • Immuno-pathology of the GI-tractand Genetic of congenital disease of the intestinal epithelium development
  • Clinical Nutrition in intestinal failure: lipid emulsions, parenteral nutrition, short bowel syndrome….
  • Intestinal microbiota and probiotics in clinical practice

Dr George Mazariegos

CITRA Mazariegos

George V. Mazariegos, MD is the Division Chief of Pediatric Transplantation at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Mazariegos has been involved in the academic field of transplantation surgery for more than 25 years and has served as the past Chair of the Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation, the immediate past President of the International Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IRTA), counselor for the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA), and UNOS OPTN Pediatric Committee. Recently, Dr. Mazariegos and colleagues founded the Starzl Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation (, a consortium bringing innovation and tech partners together with patients, families and transplant centers to transform outcomes in children undergoing transplantation.