Speakers - International

Dr Matias Bruzoni, M.D. FACS


Dr Bruzoni obtained his MD degree at the University of Buenos Aires, and completed his General Surgery Residency at the British Hospital in Argentina. He continued his training at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha as a Transplant Fellow and also completed a General Surgery Residency at the same program.


Subsequently, Dr Bruzoni was the first Fellow to graduate from the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Stanford in 2011 under Dr. Craig Albanese, M.D., and has been the Program Director for the fellowship since June 2016.


His main clinical and research interests are in minimal access neonatal surgery, surgical oncology, inflammatory bowel disease, adolescent weight loss surgery, and language concordant care in the Hispanic population.


Dr. Bruzoni is also the Director of the Adolescent Bariatric Program, Director of the Outpatient Pediatric Surgery Clinics, Site Director of the Pediatric Surgery Rotation-General Surgery Residents, and the Director of the Hispanic Clinic for Pediatric Surgery.

Matias Bruzoni

Professor Mark Davenport (UK)

ChM FRCS (Eng) FRCPS (Glas) FRCS (Paeds)

Qualifications: MBChB (distinction in paediatrics) 1981, FRCS (Eng) 1985, FRCPS (Glas) 1984, FRCS (Paeds) 1993


Mark Davenport was born in Stockport, in the North West of England, and qualified in medicine in 1981 from the University of Leeds in Yorkshire with surgical training at Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester before arriving finally in London in 1989. He has a postgraduate research degree (ChM) awarded from the University of Leeds for experimental work on liver transplantation & organ preservation.


He was appointed as a consultant paediatric surgeon at Kings College Hospital in 1994 and since 1998 has been Head of Department. His main clinical interests are hepatobiliary diseases such as biliary atresia and choledochal malformations with research supported by the Institute of Liver Studies and antenatally diagnosed surgical malformations (e.g. gastroschisis, diaphragmatic hernia and short bowel syndrome) supported by the Harris Birthright Centre for Fetal Medicine. He runs the Biliary Atresia national consortium registry for England & Wales


Since 2008 he has been honoured with a personal chair in paediatric surgery from Kings College, London.


He actively promotes medical writing and is currently editing the 2nd editions of two textbooks on general paediatric surgery and the 8th edition of Operative Pediatric Surgery. He has also edited an international multi-author specialist book on paediatric liver and pancreatic disease published in 2017 and written over 250 predominantly research-orientated papers and reviews together with over 50 chapters on a variety of surgical topics. He is the current UK editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and is an editorial board member of Pediatric Surgery International & the European Journal of Paediatric Surgery.


He was elected President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) for 2016-18 and is a current examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Paediatric Surgery.

Professor Mark Davenport

Professor Riccardo A. Superina

Robert E. Schneider Chair in Transplantation
Professor of Surgery
Division Chief, Transplant Surgery
Co-Director, Siragusa Transplant Center


Dr.Riccardo Superina, MD, is a Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Division Chief of Transplant Surgery and Co-director of the Siragusa Transplantation Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Superina completed medical school at McGill University in Canada and postgraduate training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He holds dual credentials in pediatric surgery and transplantation surgery and is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery.


Dr. Superina is dedicated to advancing surgery in pediatric transplantation, hepato-biliary surgery, bowel transplantation and bowel lengthening procedures, such as serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) procedure. Dr. Superina is the principle investigator at Children's Memorial for the Pediatric Intestinal Failure Consortium (PIFCON), an international group of children’s hospitals recognized as leaders in the care of children with intestinal failure, working together for the purpose of clinical and scientific collaboration with the aim of improving intestinal rehabilitation care in children.



Professor Riccardo A. Superina

Speakers - Local

Professor Jean Botha

Transplant Surgeon, MbBCh, FCS (SA)

After his surgical training in South Africa Professor Botha completed his Fellowship in Transplantation at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2002. Until 2012 he worked as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre where he headed up the Living Donor Liver Transplant programme, the Islet Cell transplant programme and the Hepatobiliary surgical unit.

He has been a keen proponent for medical education and research receiving multiple honours for both clinical work and research, contributing regularly to peer reviewed journal publications. Professor Botha joined the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre’s Transplant Unit in 2012 and is head of the Liver Transplant Program.

Professor Jean Botha

Professor Jerome Loveland

Specialist Surgeon - Paediatric And Transplant Surgery

Professor Loveland is currently Head of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand.

Aside from Liver and Kidney Transplantation, his specific interests include Paediatric Hepatobiliary Surgery, Oncology, Urology, Neonatal Surgery and Endoscopic Surgical Techniques.

In addition to his clinical work, Professor Loveland has a keen interest in Research, and has published widely in the fields of both Paediatric Surgery and Transplantation.

Professor Jerome Loveland