1ST EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON PEDIATRIC PROCEDURAL SEDATION AND ANALGESIA

MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS, NOVEMBER 29 & 30, 2018

Conference directors: Piet Leroy and Sukru Genco

Prof. Dr. Anna TADDIO – TORONTO (CA)

Dr. Anna Taddio is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Learn more.....

Dr. Baruch KRAUSS – BOSTON (USA)

Baruch S. Krauss is a pediatrician and emergency physician at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Learn more .....

Prof. Dr. Bhavani Shankar Kodali – Baltimore (USA)

Dr Bhavani Shankar Kodali is the Staff Anesthesiologist is Chief of obstetric Anesthesiology at University of Maryland Medical Center, and   Professor at University of Maryland. Learn more.....

Benjamin KRAUSS – BOSTON (USA)


Benjamin A. Krauss is a current U.S. medical school applicant who holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He is interested in the behaviors that facilitate the formation of trusting relationships with children in medical settings

Dr. Cyril SAHYOUN – GENEVA (CH)

Cyril Sahyoun is an attending physician at the Children's Hospital of Geneva. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, Residency at Columbia Presbyterian and Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital,  Learn more.....

Prof. Dr. Egidio BARBI – TRIESTE (Italy)

2017: Director Clinica Pediatrica and Post Graduate School in Pediatrics , University of Trieste , Chair of the Pediatric Department , Institute for maternal and Child Health, Trieste. Learn more.....

Dr. Eva SCHAFFRATH – MAASTRICHT (NL)

Specialists in Europe have developed a variety of solutions to deal with similar problems in effective ways in the care for our smallest patients. Learn more....

Dr. Francis VEYCKEMANS – LILLE (France)

Francis Veyckemans was born in Belgium in 1952. He graduated in medicine at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1977 and became specialist in anesthesia and intensive care at the same university in 1984. Learn more....

Dr. Giorgio COZZI – Triëste (It)

Pediatrician at the Emergency Department of the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo of Trieste, Italy (2014-2018).

Residency and Certified Specialization in Pediatrics at the University of Trieste (2009-2014). Learn more......

Dr Julia Hoffe – BERN (CH)

Born in Germany, raised in Switzerland

Pediatrician, Specialisation in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Montreal/Canada

Since 2016, Deputy Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department, Inselspital Bern. Learn more.....

Dr Keira MASON – BOSTON (USA)

Keira P. Mason, MD is an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia (Radiology) at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. She is the Course Director for Pediatric Sedation Outside the Operating Room, a conference she initiated through Harvard Medical School and is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committees. Learn more.....

Amna Moukhyer – MAASTRICHT (NL)


Amna Moukhyer is a videographer and researcher with the Pediatrics Sedation Unit at Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC). She has a Bsc in Science and a Msc in Global Health. Interested in further pursuing a career in medicine and continuing research in children and young adolescents health.

Dr. Laszlo VUTSKITS – GENEVA (CH)

Dr. Vutskits received his medical degree from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest Hungary. He then completed a PhD in the field of developmental neurobiology at the University of Geneva Medical School followed by an anesthesiology residency at the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Intensive Care at the University Hospitals of Geneva. Learn more....

Linda Schuiten, MSc – AMSTERDAM (NL)

My name is Linda Schuiten. I work as a nurse practitioner at the pediatric ward in a teaching hospital in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. My job is to take care of children who are anxious, are in pain or need procedural sedation. Learn more....

Dr. Michael BRACKHAHN – HANOVER (Germany)


Since 2010 Michael Brackhahn is Consultant in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Department at the Pediatric Hospital “Auf der Bult”, Hanover, Germany. Learn more.....

Dr. Mark ROBACK – MINNEAPOLIS (USA)

Mark G. Roback, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the Co-Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse within the Department of Pediatrics and spends his clinical time caring for ill and injured children in the Emergency Department of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Learn more....

Dr Mohamed MAHMOUD – CINCINATTI (USA)

I have held a faculty position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for the past 14 years, serving as Director of Radiology Anesthesia and Sedation for 7 years. This section delivers over 4000 -5000 anesthetic or sedation cases each year and consists of 12 faculty, Learn more

Dr. Paolo G. Valerio – AMSTERDAM (NL)

2010-2018      Pediatrician, emergency department, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam (Teaching Hospital of the University of Amsterdam)

Member “Taskforce on procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) in children”, Dutch Pediatric Association.

Chairman “Committee on pain management in children”, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam. Learn more.....

Dr. Piet LEROY – MAASTRICHT (NL)

Piet Leroy (Belgium 1969), MD, PhD, MSc is a senior consultant in paediatric critical care and director of the Paediatric Procedural Sedation Unit at Maastricht University Medical Centre (www.mumc.nl), Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is an associate professor (domain of medical teaching) at the Faculty of Health, Life Sciences and medicine at Maastricht University (www.maastrichtuniversity.nl) and graduated in 2017as a Master in Health Professions Education at the Maastricht School of Health Professions Education. Learn more.....

Dr. Robert Kennedy – ST LOUIS (USA)

Robert (Bo) Kennedy began his practice of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. in 1983. He recognized many children were undergoing painful and frightening procedures such as fracture reduction, burn debridement, laceration repair or venous catheter insertion during which their pain and anxiety were poorly addressed. Learn more.....


Dr. Sara DEBULPAEP – GHENT (Be)

Pediatrician, Medical coordinator of the pediatrics department

Ghent University Hospital

Since November 2015


Work experience

University Medical Centre Sint Pieters, Brussels

Pediatrician in charge of emergency and pediatrics department. Learn more.....


Dr. Silvia BRESSAN – PADOVA (Italy)


Silvia Bressan is a consultant in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Padova, in Italy. She trained in Italy, Israel and Australia. She did her PhD on the management of paediatric head injuries in the emergency setting between Italy and Australia. Read more....

Dr. Sukru Genco - Amsterdam (NL)


Sukru Genco (Turkey 1968) is a pediatrician OLVG hospital Amsterdam.

Congres director PROSA2018

Chairman foundation pediatric sedation NL, Chairman Pediatric department OLVG.

Broad clinical experience with pediatric procedural sedations (>1000 a year).

Mrs. Vera TOMASSEN

Vera Tomassen is the proud mom of 2 daughters. Her youngest is a special needs child but remains undiagnosed. Vera is also a freelance (copy)writer, blogger and public speaker. She is the founder of ‘Mantelmama’, a Dutch online platform for families with special needs children. Learn more.....

Michèle VRANKEN – MAASTRICHT (NL)


My name is Michèle Vranken. My whole career I’ve been working with children and since 2015 as nurse practitioner for the pediatric sedation and analgesia team.

My mission is to create an environment where children and their beloved ones can feel safe and even relaxed, in order to reduce their stress and anxiety levels as much as possible. Children coming back for treatment with a smile on their face make me feel happy. Therefore I believe we can do this together; not as individuals but as a team. In my guidance of children and their family throughout treatment, appreciative inquiry and family integrated care may be considered as keywords. A large scale of pharmacological en non-pharmacological techniques and skills help me to compose an individual, custom-made approach. My ultimate goal being their experiences having a positive influence on their future.

Evelien ASBERG– Singer (NL)


Evelien Asberg is a Dutch classical singer with an international career. She sang leading roles e.g. in Berlin opera and worked in Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. She produced and performed her own opera’s for children, seen by ten thousands of kids in countless theaters in Holland.

Currently she combines her family background (her father was a doctor) with her performing skills in medical conferences. She loves to connect participants with tailored singing and acting.

Patrick LEROU – Eindhoven (NL)


Since 2014 Patrick Lerou works as Director Business Development for Healthcare Experience Solutions and is responsible for this business in the region of EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In his role he works advises healthcare institutions about the level of required healthcare Experience solutions. Patrick and his team provide strategic advice and solutions to improve patient and staff experience in the healthcare sector. Learn more.........

Dr. Annick DE JAEGER – GHENT (Belgium)


Annick De Jaeger (1963) is paediatrician since 1994 and former pediatric critical care fellow of St Justine Hospital in Montréal (1994-1996). She is since 2000 senior consultant in pediatric critical care(1996) and clinical director at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Ghent University Hospital (Belgium). Besides being internationally involved in research and education related to pediatric critical care and pediatric advanced life support, she has a particular interest in acute and procedural pain in children, continuous PICU analgosedation and withdrawal. Learn more.....

Mark VOGT – Utrecht (NL)


Every year, approximately 650 children in the Netherlands develop cancer and one in four children with cancer still dies as a result of this disease. That is why, more than ten years ago, parents, healthcare professionals including myself, took the initiative to set up a single national children's oncology center. This initiative culminated in the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology. The Center is unique in that it brings together all the strands of highly complex care and research for children with cancer. Learn more.....

Dr. Felix KREIER – AMSTERDAM (NL)


Felix Kreier MD/PhD (Germany, 1967) is a pediatrician at OLVG hospital Amsterdam, with special interest in Emergency Pediatric Medicine. He graduated in Medicine 2012 at Amsterdam Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam.

Felix is instructor for procedural sedation at the Foundation for Pediatric Sedation NL.