Professor Cristina Stefan
Professor Stefan completed Oncology and Paediatrics Fellowships and Masters, Masters in Cancer Epidemiology and PhD in Education a few years later. She was a fellow at St Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital and received a fellowship in cancer prevention and control at NCI.
She was also a fellow of cancer registration and epidemiology program at IARC in Lyon where she was invited to teach about cancer in developing countries.
Professor Stefan published 1 book (2 others in press- in oncology), 9 chapters in books, a number of articles and being also involved in many clinical trials. She is active internationally in the field of cancer registration, continuous education of cancer specialists, cancer control guidelines, twinning and research activities in 18 African countries. She speaks French fluently and understands Portuguese. Prof Stefan had the first initiative in the world to introduce a “twinning” concept between 2 African countries (South Africa and Namibia) and showing success.
Prof Stefan was formerly AORTIC vice-president for Southern Africa, founder of the African Cancer Institute, chair and founder of African Cancer Economics Network, chair of AORTIC paediatric oncology and formerly co-chair of research committee.
Dr Beatrice Wiafe-Addai
Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai is a breast surgeon and a consultant in breast cancer management with over 28 years of experience as a medical doctor in Ghana. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Peace and Love Hospitals in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana. Dr. Wiafe Addai is also the Founder and President of the most vibrant breast cancer awareness NGO: Breast Care International – Ghana, founded in 2002.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe graduated from the Zaporoshye Medical University in 1989; she then worked at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi and entered into the residency program as a resident surgeon in 1994. In 2001, she specialized in General Surgery at the Moscow Medical Academy, after which she earned her PhD, making her the first female General Surgeon in Ghana. She majored in breast surgery, breast cancer management, ultrasonography and oncology.
She is the Chair for the BCI Ghana Walk for the Cure events. These events have attracted over 13,000, 20,000, 30,000, 35,000 and 40,000 participants, respectively, since 2011.
She is a member of such global Organizations as UICC, IBCN, AORTIC and IARC as an Ethics committee member, and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Direct Relief International.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Professor Jean-Marie Kabongo Mpolesha
Professor Jean-Marie Kabongo Mpolesha was born in Mikalayi, Democratic Republic of Congo. He received his MD Diploma from the University of Zaire in 1976, Diploma in Pathology from the University of Kinshasa in 1994 and a PhD also from the University of Kinshasa in 2003.
He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the Académie Internationale de Pathologie (AIP), Division Française et Division d’Afrique Francophone (DAF); Association Panafricaine des Pathologistes and the Association des Professeurs de l’Université de Kinshasa Apukin.
Dr Verna Delaenam Naa Kwadua Vanderpuye
Verna Delaenam Naa Kwadua Vanderpuye is a Radiation and Clinical Oncologist at the National Radiotherapy and Nuclear medicine Centre. Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Accra GHANA W AFRICA. Hobbies; Gardening succulents and orchids.
Completed medical training in Ghana, 1990. Awarded an IAEA international fellowship in radiation oncology at the Howard University Hospital Washington DC USA, completing 1999. Awarded a UICC/ACS fellowship for further medical oncology training at the University of Chicago Hospitals completing in 2003. Special interest is developing cost effective and sustainable cancer management options in lower income settings. Was the immediate past Faculty Chair of Radiotherapy and oncology/ Radiology faculty of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2012- 2017 and currently Secretary Treasurer for the African Organization for Research and Training in cancer, WHO expert on cancer for my country. Past and current committee appointments include regional representative for European Society of Medical Oncology, International affairs and other committees of ASCO, several WHO committees, UICC fellowship committee. I am currently mentoring many young African cancer specialist including Nurses. Authored and coauthored thirty five peer reviewed articles, contributed to 5 technical documents and ten book chapters, and over twenty five conference presentations/ speaking assignments at national and international cancer conferenc
SECRETARY TREASURER ELECT
Ms Kwanele Asante-Shongwe
Ms Kwanele Asante graduated with a B A Liberal Arts (Psychology-Sociology) from Wesleyan University, CT, USA. She later earned LLB and MSc Medicine: Bioethics & Health Law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), RSA. Asante is the Unit Head for the Health Law module at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at Wits – where she teaches undergraduate medical & MSc students. She was elected Chairperson: Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention and Control, South Africa, in April 2017.
And she was recognised as one of the Heroines of Health during the 70th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland. Her research interests are in health and human rights – focusing on access to affordable medicines, global cancer disparities and social determinants of health. Asante has served AORTIC in Advocacy, ACLI and Education & Training Committee roles.
She brings her passion, work ethic, technical skills, patient perspective, and international health policy lobbying experience to the position. She will also help grow the membership by recruiting early career scientists and other multi-disciplinary specialists. And will collaborate with existing global cancer researchers and funding partners to consolidate AORTIC’s position as a lead African cancer research and public policy informing think tank.
Vice-President: Central Africa
Dr Achille Aurele Mbassi
Dr MBASSI Achille Aurèle holds a MD and a CES in Urology, Kursk State Medical University, Russia (1999, 2001), a General and Endoscopy Urology Certificate (2010), SIU Training Centre, Institute of Urology, KCMC Moshi, Tanzania.
From 2004 – 2009, he was a consultant, head of Surgery Unit at the Regional Hospital, Maroua. From 2008-2009 he taught at the Nurse Training School, Maroua. Since 2011- today, he is a consultant at Yaounde Central Hospital.
In January 2012, he was temporary teacher at the FMBS, University of Yaounde I.
He is a teacher at the Schools of Medicine, ISTM, Yaounde, and UDM, Bangante and participates in the training of residents of surgery.
He is member of the Cameroon Medical Council, member and associate-treasurer of the Cameroon Urology Society, member and Central Africa representative of the Pan-African Urological Surgeons Association, international volunteer in Urology, member of AORTIC and currently working on psychologic impact of prostate cancer, international member of the American Urology Association, and active member of the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU).
He is specialist in reconstructive urology and international expert in circumcision. He has conducted international lectures, published scientific papers and co-authored many publications.
Vice-President: East Africa
Dr Lucy Muchiri
Dr Muchiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Pathology, University of Nairobi´s School of Medicine. She has published widely in cervical cancer screening and diagnosis. She has an MMed(Path) and PhD and a postgraduate diploma in Biomedical Research Methods from the University of Nairobi and two fellowships: Cytopathology from Health Sciences Centre, University of Manitoba, Canada, and in Health and Behaviour Research, the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. She is past Chair of the department, and been an external examiner at various Universities in Kenya, Muhimbili College of Health Sciences in Dar-es-Salaam, and Makerere University, Uganda.
She was a founder and council member of the College of East, Central & Southern Africa (COPECSA), and of the East African Division of the International Academy of Pathology, and held various positions in the council of Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists. She has been instrumental in continuous improvement of the MMed Pathology program, and in developing the Pathology residency program of Aga Khan University Hospital-Nairobi, and the three residency programs by COPECSA. She developed the only Master of Science program in clinical cytology in the region, now a flagship program of the University of Nairobi.
Her work in improving cancer diagnosis in Kenya has been shared in the region through the East, Central, Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) and is informing policy shift in cancer programs, increasing access and overall improving cancer care.
Vice-President: North Africa
Dr Dafalla Abuidris
Dr. Dafalla Abuidris, a native of Sudan, is a Professor of Clinical Oncology and was the Dean of the National Cancer institute, University Of Gezira. He recently appointed as the General Director of National Centre for Oncology, Federal Ministry of Health. Dr. Abuidris is a member of AORTIC since 2008 and now serve in AORTIC council.
Since his return after completing his fellowship in Clinical Oncology in South Africa, he worked diligently to raise cancer awareness and built cancer infrastructure in Sudan. He established the first Cancer Institute in Gezira state and instrumental in establishing similar centres in other states. He is the author of the study published in Lancet Oncology that used a culturally appropriate screening program to screen for breast cancer in asymptomatic women in rural areas of Sudan.
Dr. Abuidris was a member of the International Governmental Agency for Development (IGAD) team to build the Regional Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His pioneering cancer leadership in Africa is recognized by invitations to speak or chair sessions at national and international meetings. Oncology Postgraduate supervisor in Sudan and Libya. IN 2013 supervise AFRONET, program of telemedicine, program initiated by IAEA to discuss difficult cancer cases in Africa.
Vice-President: South Africa
Professor Hannah Simonds
Prof Hannah Simonds is the Head of Division of Radiation Oncology at Stellenbosch University. She qualified as a clinical oncologist in London and returned to South Africa to work in the public and academic setting. She was worked at Stellenbosch University, The University of Cape Town and the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre in Accra. Her main research interest is cervical cancer in HIV positive women and adapting oncology protocols in a resource-limited setting. She is the current editor of the Southern African Gynaecological Oncology Journal. She has been an invited speaker at the SASGO, SASCRO, IGCS and AORTIC congresses. She is involved in postgraduate examinations in both South Africa and Tanzania. In her division she provides training opportunities for residents from sub-Saharan Africa and currently has trainees from Namibia, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria. She is dedicated to improving teaching, training and research in Africa to ultimately improve outcomes for cancer patients on the continent.
Vice-President: West Africa
Dr Chioma Asuzu
Dr Chioma Asuzu is a Psycho-Oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Guidance and Counselling at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She holds joint appointment with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan. She is also specialist adviser to the University College Hospital on Psycho-Oncology. She completed fellowships of cancer prevention and control of NCI and UICC.
She has dedicated her career to spread the practice of psycho-oncology in Nigerian and Africa via research, clinical practice, advocacy and education. Her research has spanned many areas of psycho-oncology. Her current research explores the role and problems associated with seeking care from alternative healers in the delivery of cancer care in Nigeria so as to improve on early presentation.
Dr Asuzu is the Foundation President of both the Psycho-oncology Society of Nigeria (POSON) and the Association for Psycho-Oncology in Africa as well as a board member of the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS). She has been an active member of the research committee of AORTIC. As a member of AORTIC council she wishes to expand psycho-oncology in all of Africa especially in the building of multidisciplinary teams for the practice psycho-oncology in the region.
Professor Frank Chinegwundoh
Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE MBBS MS MML (Med Law) FRCS (Eng) FRCS(Ed) FRCS (Urol) FEBU. Professor Chinegwundoh is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, in London, UK and honorary visiting Professor to the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London. He is an academic as well as a busy clinician. He has a particular interest in prostate cancer and how it affects black men. He published the first paper in the UK demonstrating a 2-3 fold increase risk of prostate cancer in black men. He is well published in this area. In November 2016 he was the subject of a BBC news piece on prostate cancer research in the UK and Nigeria.
He has a longstanding interest in cancer in general through his 20 years chairmanship of the UK registered patient charity Cancer Black Care. He has been a government advisor on cancer since 2007. He currently chairs the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group and is a member of the Bowel Screening Advisory Committee. In 2013 he was honoured by the Queen of England by the award of MBE for services to the National Health Service and urology.
He has several years’ membership of AORTIC and has contributed to meetings as a presenter, most recently in Abuja. In the UK he is a member of the Medical Association of Nigerians across Great Britain.
Vice-President: North America
Dr Nazik Hammad
Dr Nazik Hammad, M.D., M.Sc., grew up in central Sudan in the White Nile area. She had her early and secondary education in Sudan and is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum. She has a M.Sc. in immunology from the University of Toronto. She did her internal medicine residency, and hematology/oncology fellowship at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
She was a faculty member at the Karmanos Cancer Center at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Oncology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, where she is also the program director for the medical oncology training program. She is a member of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Oncology subspecialty Committee.
Dr Hammad’s research interests are mainly in gastrointestinal cancers and in particular translational research in colorectal cancer. She is also has a keen interest in medical education, in particular health professions education in low and middle income countries. She is currently doing a Master in Medical Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) at Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the Clinical Oncology Training Program, University of Khartoum, Sudan (Khartoum Radiation and Isotope Center) when in Sudan.
Affiliation: Queen’s University
Mrs Naomi Ohene Oti
Naomi O Ohene Oti: MPH, BSN, OCN, FWACN. Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti is a Public Health Practitioner and Principal Nursing Officer at the National Centre for Radiotherapy, Korle- Bu, Ghana and has been working in Oncology field for sixteen years. She holds Master’s degree in Public Health and first degree in Nursing and Psychology, with a certificate in Oncology Nursing from the Alberta Cancer Institute, Canada. She also had training in Clinical Trials and Breast Care at Mayo Clinic, USA. Naomi has been the Clinical Trial Coordinator for her facility for the past thirteen years.
In 2014/15, Naomi was among a team of specialists who developed the Postgraduate Clinical Oncology Nurse Specialist Curriculum for Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives. She is the focal person for Oncology Nursing for Ghana in VUCCNet Program and also a founding member and Registry Manager for the Accra Cancer Registry.
In 2016, she received the Prestigious ISNCC Past President’s Award in recognition for initiating and sustaining Oncology Nursing training in her facility and Ghana as a whole.
Naomi has participated and been a resource speaker in many conferences organized by AORTIC, Oncology Nursing Society and International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC). She also has a number of published papers to her credit.
Council Member / Constitution
Professor Serigne Magueye Gueye
Serigne Gueye, MD, FWACS – is a Professor of Urology at University Cheikh Anta DIOP in Dakar, Senegal and Chair and consultant Urologist – Andrologist at Grand Yoff General Hospital.
Dr Gueye graduated from University Cheikh Anta DIOP in 1985 where he earned a Medical degree and completed his surgical and urology training at University of Dakar teaching hospitals. He joined University of Dakar School of Medicine as faculty member in January 1988.
He completed in Bordeaux and Paris, France fellowships in Urologic oncology and paediatric urology (1989-1992).
Dr Gueye became Associate Professor of Surgery/Urology in 1996 and was appointed Full Professor of Urology in 2000. Thereafter, he moved to Grand Yoff General Hospital in Dakar as chairman of the newly opened Department of Urology.
He is former Fulbright senior scholar at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He is an expert in Medical Pedagogy for the CIDMEF (International Conference of Deans of Francophone Medical Schools.
His main research activities are in the field of uro-genital malignancies especially on prostate cancer in men of African descent and bladder cancer. He is Principal Investigator of an NIH/NCI funded project on molecular epidemiology of prostate cancer in Africans.
In Collaboration of Dr Timothy Rebbeck at the CCEB University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has set up research facilities in Dakar under a program named “PROGRES” (Prostate Genetic Research Senegal). He is broadly involved in a variety of clinical, scientific and social endeavours.
He has extensive community commitment serving on many national, regional and international academic society committees. Dr Gueye is member of the Council of the West African College of Surgeons and has been elected as member of the Board of chairmen of the SIU since 2007.
He is currently President of the Pan African Association of Urological Surgeons (PAUSA). Dr Gueye has published numerous peer-review articles in International journals.
He served as field surgeon during the Rwandese genocide under the banner of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) and has been awarded the United Nations Medal for Peace in Rwanda. Dr Gueye holds many national and international medals in Senegal, in France and Chad Republic. Serigne Gueye’s professional life is dedicated to patient care, research and training health care workers especially in Africa.
Council Member / PALOP
Dr Lygia Vieira Lopes
Angolan, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, graduated in medicine in 1986 in Luanda by the Agostinho Neto University, specialized in General Surgery in Portugal in 2001.
She works in Luanda at Clínica Sagrada Esperança as a surgeon, responsible for the operative block, started the Oncology Unit of the Clinic.
PHd on the epidemiological and biopathological characterization of breast cancer in Angola, an action program for its control by the Abel Salazar Institute in Porto-Portugal. Founding member of the Angolan General Surgery College.
Council Member / Research
Professor Timothy R. Rebbeck
Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology, CCEB Senior Scholar, Director of the Center for Genetics and Complex Traits, Director of the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Epidemiology, and Associate Director for Population Science in the Abramson Cancer Center. His research focuses on the genetic and molecular epidemiology of cancer.
He has directed multiple molecular epidemiologic studies to identify and characterize genes that are candidates for involvement in cancer etiology, and to describe the relationship of allelic variation of these genes with biochemical or physiological traits, cancer occurrences, and cancer outcomes. These studies have been undertaken to obtain a better understanding of the relationship between genetic, demographic, biochemical, environmental, and physiological risk factors and cancer in human populations.
Dr. Rebbeck’s research uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines methods from epidemiology, statistics, molecular biology, and classical genetics.
Dr Carrie Hunter
Carrie P. Hunter, M.D., M.P.H. is President and CEO of Oncology Consulting International (OCI), LLC, a cancer care management, research, education and training consultancy company dedicated to improving cancer, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and health outcomes. She collaborates with partners on projects and programs to advance prevention and treatment research, and supports education and training initiatives to build workforce capacity for cancer control and health care delivery.
Dr Hunter is experienced in strategic planning and evaluation of complex heath issues and in working across diverse cultures.
She is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is a board-certified medical oncologist. Post-graduate training was completed in internal medicine and haematology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now the Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and in medical oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA. She holds a Master in Public Health in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. She served as program director for the Community Clinical Oncology Program, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and as program director and project officer for the NIH Women’s Health Initiative. She has also worked in the private sector of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr Hunter served on the Executive Council of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) (2000-2011) and was Vice President for the North America Region of AORTIC (2007-2011). She developed the AORTIC Strategic Plan. She was Chairperson of the AORTIC Scientific Program Committee for the 2003 4th International Conference on Cancer in Africa held in Accra, Ghana, which led to the re-activation and re-establishment of AORTIC on the African continent.
She is a member of Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board; the Board of the African Cancer Centre, Lagos, Nigeria; and the Board of Governors of New York University School of Medicine. She is co-editor of two books: Cancer in the Elderly (2000) published by Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York; and Treatment and Management of Cancer in the Elderly (2006) published by Taylor and Francis Group, New York. She served on the Global Health Council’s Roundtable on NCDs that supported civil society/NGO efforts at the U. N. High Level Meeting on NCDs in September, 2011.
Dr James Holland
Dr James F. Holland met with Dr Victor Anomah Ngu, an old friend, then Dean of the Ibadan School of Medicine, Dr Christopher Williams, Oncologist at Ibadan, a former student of Dr Holland’s, and the late Dr Tori Solanke, Professor of Surgery at Ibadan at the International Cancer Congress in Seattle in 1984. Out of a pleasant reunion sprang the idea for AORTIC.
Dr Holland attended Princeton University and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He worked at the National Cancer Institute and at Roswell Park Cancer Institute before joining the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Director of the Cancer Centre in 1973, where he still works. He was a founder and Chairman of the Cancer and Leukaemia Group B, and has been elected to the Presidency of the American Association for Cancer Research and of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The text Holland -Frei Cancer Medicine is in its 6th Edition.
Dr James Holland is married to Dr Jimmie Holland. They have six children and six grandchildren.
Professor Seth Ayettey
Seth Ayettey is a Professor of Anatomy with a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBChB degree from the University of Ghana. His research interest lies in the study of the ultrastructure of vertebrate cardiac muscles with special reference to the transverse tubular system, innervation, cell junctions and distribution of cytoplasmic organelles. The Primary aim of these studies is to determine morphometric differences in cardiac cells of mammalian and non-mammalian vertebrate species and the possible relationship of these to design and function of the cardiac myocyte.
Professor Ayettey is a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and member of the Board of Directors of World Vision and of the Executive Committee of that Board, Chairman of the Prison Council in Ghana and Honorary Member of AORTIC Africa.
Dr Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams, MD, FRCPC, FWACP, DABIM, is a dual citizen of Nigeria and Canada and had his bas ic medical education at the University of Munich, Germany. He obtained his postgraduate medical training at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada where he trained in Internal Medicine, followed by training in Clinical Haematology at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and in Medical Oncology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, USA.
He then returned to Nigeria to work at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria and was on the faculty of the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan from 1978 to 1986. During this period, he served the institution as the Foundation Subdean of the Faculty of Basic Science and Pharmacy.
It was during this period that he teamed up with two senior African colleagues, Dr Victor Ngu of the Cameroon, and Dr Toriola Solanke of Nigeria, and his American mentor, James F. Holland, to found the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), serving the organization as its Founding Secretary-General. In 2000 he was involved in the process of reactivating the then moribund AORTIC, thereby helping to create AORTIC International, which has recently succeeded in reactivating the Africa-based organization.
Dr Williams, who has practiced medicine in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, has published about 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts in international conference proceedings and chapters in books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the book “Breast Cancer in Women of African Descent”, which is about to be published by Spinger. He is a pioneer researcher in clinical retrovirology in Africa and was the first biomedical researcher to alert Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, to the earliest epidemiological data of HIV/AIDS.
His work in Nigeria also encompasses the earliest attempt to establish Medical Oncology as a discipline in a major Sub-Saharan Hospital.