Dr Bello Abubakar, MD is the immediate past Head of the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the National Hospital Abuja in Nigeria, where he has served as a clinical oncology consultant and radiation oncologist for almost 15 years.
Dr Bello earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Varna in Bulgaria. He completed his training at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in the faculty of Radiology, focusing in radiotherapy and Clinical Oncology. He is board certified in Clinical Oncology and Radiation oncology.
Dr Bello has special interest in Breast, Prostate, and Colorectal Cancers, and AIDS-related malignancies. He has special expertise in chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies. He also specializes in radiotherapy using the most advanced treatment planning systems, such as Monaco and Eclipse for conformal radiotherapy such as IMRT, IGRT and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and many more.
Additionally, Dr Bello is an experienced administrator. In his past roles, Dr Bello utilizes keen analysis and a team-based approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best clinical practices. He has been an AORTIC member since 2008. He is a member of the African Cancer Coalition and has contributed to the development of the NCCN Harmonized Guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa for Prostate, Colon, Rectal, Anal Cancers as well as many other cancers.
Professor Rose AnorluPRESIDENT ELECT
Rose Ihuoma Anorlu MBChB, FMCOG, FRCOG, FWACS, MPH, has been working in Nigeria throughout her career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is currently a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Lagos and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos, Nigeria. She was the head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of the two institutions (2015-2018) and heads the Oncology and Pathological Studies Unit.
She had her MBChB from University of Ghana and MPH from University of Lagos and her postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria, and the Birmingham Maternity Hospital/ Birmingham and Midlands Hospital for Women, UK.
She was appointed Lecturer I in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in University of Lagos in 1994 and has been active in teaching, research and service delivery since then. She has many publications on cervical cancer prevention, her area of interest, in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. She has supervised to date about 24 dissertations for fellowship examinations of the Nigeria Postgraduate Medical College and West African College of Surgeons. She is an examiner for these two colleges.
Professor Cristina StefanIMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
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 Verna Delaenam Naa Kwadua VanderpuyeTREASURER
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 conference.
Ms Kwanele AsanteSECRETARY GENERAL
Kwanele Asante is the Former Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention and Control in South Africa). She taught and was the Unit Head of the Health Law module at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Asante has received several awards for her African cancer equity activism, including the Harvard Global Health Catalyst – 2016 African Ambassador Award. She serves on the 2019 Global Advisory Committee of the NCD Alliance Geneva and is a member of the Lancet High Quality Health Systems Commission People’s Voice Advisory Board, USA
Her research interests include – Pharmaceutical Patents and Access to Medicines, Meaningful Patient Involvement in Public Health Research & Policy Decisions, Cancer Research Advocacy, End of Life Choices – including the Right to Die, Children’s Right to Health, Addressing the Social and Commercial Determinants of Health, Closing Global Cancer Disparities, Closing Global Pain Disparities, Developing Human Rights Based Approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Prevention Control, Mental Health Rights, Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights, and the intersections between Global Health, Competition Law, Trade and Human Rights.
Asante has a B. A. Liberal Arts (Psychology-Sociology major) degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. And LLB and MSc Medicine: Bioethics and Health Law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Dr Achille Aurele MbassiVice-President: Central Africa
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.
Dr Miriam MutebiVice-President: East Africa
Dr Miriam Mutebi is a Consultant Breast Surgical Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University, Nairobi (AKU). She did her general surgery residency at AKU. She subsequently did a two-year fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology, which included a year in plastics and reconstruction at the University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa.
She then held a 2 year appointment as a Surgical Oncology Research Fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. As a cancer surgeon, she has a keen research interest in understanding the barriers to the diagnosis and treatment, for women with cancers in Africa. She completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Systems Research at the Weill Cornell University, New York and her focus lies in designing interventions to mitigate these barriers.
She has led projects training health workers in in breast health awareness and trains cancer advocates in both Kenya and South Africa.She is the new African Regional Lead for the UICC and a member of the Education & Training committee of AORTIC. She is also the co-founder of the Pan African Women’s Association of Surgeons that aims to provide mentorship for women in surgery and to improve women’s health and surgical care on the continent.
Currently, Dr Mutebi is the AORTIC Vice-President: East Africa.
Professor Ahmed ElzawawyVice-President: North Africa
Professor Ahmed Elzawawy, MD , PhD:
Locally in Egypt he is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, Supervisor and Senior consultant of Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology departments, Ismailia Cancer teaching Hospital, and Chairman of Alsoliman Clinical and Radiation Oncology Centre, Port Said, Egypt.
Regionally and internationally: Last Post in AORTIC was Past President of AORTIC. At present Prof. Ahmed Elzawawy is the Chair of Harvard Global Health Catalyst Win-Win scientific initiative (A Global Scientific initiative that aims at the increase of affordability of better value cancer treatment in the world starting from Africa), Chair of Board of Directors , Global Oncology University, President of ICEDOC (ICEDOC: International Campaign for Establishment and Development of Oncology Centres. An Editorial Board Member of Journal of Global Oncology, issued by ASCO, and ecancermedicalsciences, World Journal of Surgical Oncology, International Advisory Board Member in Lancet Oncology , member in ASCO’s resource stratified advisory group ( ASCO: American Society of Clinical Oncology) .
Dr Zainab MohamedVice-President: Southern Africa
Academic Qualifications: 2004 MMed (Radiation Oncology) University of Stellenbosch; 1992 MBCHB University of Cape Town Work.
Experience: 2017 to date Head of Clinical Unit UCT/GSH 2005-date Consultant Radiation Oncologist in charge of Lymphoma and Kaposi’s Sarcoma clinics UCT/GSH 2004-2005; Research Fellow iThemba LABS, Cape Town 2000-2004; Registrar Radiation Oncology, Tygerberg Hospital Teaching 2005; Registrar teaching and clinical training 2005-date; Undergraduate teaching 2015-date; Examiner for the College of Medicine of South Africa RadRadiation Oncology part 1 and 2 examinations 2012-date; Supervised 2 completed registrar commentaries, 1 completed MMed and currently supervising 3 MMeds and 1 Masters student 2017-date; Access to Care course: Lectures on Consent and Survivorship 2019; Convenor of the UCT Palliative Care Training for Oncologists course Research 2009-date; Co-author of 9 peer-reviewed publications 2012-date; PI in 4 international clinical trials: 3 lymphoma, 1 breast 2017; Presented 2 posters at AORTIC Other 2017-date; Member of UCT Human Research Ethics Committee 2010-date; Co-ordinator of the GSH Oncology outreach program to George Hospital; Member of SASCRO, ESMO and AORTIC
Dr Chioma AsuzuVice-President: West Africa
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 ChinegwundohVice-President: Europe
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.
Dr Anuja JingranVice-President: North America
Dr. Anuja Jhingran earned her M.D. at Texas Tech University in 1988, followed by residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology. She began her career as an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in 1996 and has advanced to a Professor of Radiation Oncology in the Section of Gynaecology. She is a physician specializing in the treatment of gynaecologic cancers. Clinically, she is interested in the management of advanced ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers and the use of advanced radiation techniques to minimize toxicity. In addition, Dr. Jhingran is heavily involved with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) in the development of patient care studies to treat gynaecologic cancers and is the national Principal Investigator of several accruing studies including a phase III study in cervical cancer. Dr. Jhingran travels extensively internationally for cancer education. She is passionate about women’s health issues and especially as it relates to developing country’s efforts to establish improved health care for the general populace, not just the financially able.
Mrs Naomi Ohene OtiVice-President: Nursing
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.
Prof Cesaltina LorenzoniCouncil Member / PALOP
Cesaltina Lorenzoni, Pathologist, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Eduardo Mondlane University and the Maputo Central Hospital.
She is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University.
Head of the National Cancer Control Program: Ministry of Health
President of Association of Fight Against Cancer in Mozambique.
Scientific and teaching Director at Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique.
Masters Degree in Public Health in Cancer Epidemiology through the Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University (MPH)
Master in Strategic Cancer Program, (MSc) – National Cancer Institute, Global Health (USA)
PhD in International Health, Translational Epidemiology of Cancer: University of Barcelona, Spain (PhD)
Has approx. 50 articles published in peer reviewed journals.
Has chapters published in two books by (African Cancer Network, IARC, WHO and International Union for Cancer Control (UICC), AORTIC)
Leads research projects with international institutions mostly in Cancer
Member of the Education & Training Committee of the largest African Cancer Organisation (AORTIC).