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 ifpbm board of trustees

The International Foundation for Patient Blood Management (IFPBM) is a registered not-for-profit Swiss Foundation. Formed in 2016, the Foundation has a Board of Trustees who are supported by a group of Scientific Associates.

Registered Address: Dufourstr. 49, 4052 Basel, Switzerland

Trustees of the International Foundation for Patient Blood Management

Jochen Erhard

 Prof. Dr. Jochen Erhard, President 

Prof. Dr. Jochen Erhard 
Professor of Surgery, MD (Dr. med.) Head of Department of Surgery/Visceral and Vascular Surgery Klinikum-Niederrhein, Dinslaken and Duisburg,Germany.

Prof. Erhard obtained his medical degree at the University of Cologne, Hamburg and Essen,Germany in 1979. He was an intern at the Department of Surgery and Transplantation Medical Highschool, Hanover, Germany, the Department of Hepato-Biliary-Surgery and Transplantation, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK and the Department of Surgery and Transplantation, University Clinic, Madison, WI, USA.
He obtained a Doctor of Medicine in pediatric surgery in 1983.He served as Assistant in the University Clinic of Surgery, Consultant in Surgical ICU, Pediatric Surgery until 1986 and was next appointed as Senior Registrar and Deputy Director of the Clinic of General Surgery and Transplantation in Essen, Germany. In 1998 he was appointed as a Professor at theUniversity of Essen and received the Koehler Award of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  The same year he accepted a position as the Head of Department for General and Vascular Surgery, County Hospital Gladbeck, Germany before taking up his current position at Dinslaken in 2000.
Since 2001, Prof. Erhard has been a Guest lecturer at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Elche (Alicante), Spain and by appointment of the German Secretary of Health, a Member of the taskforce “Blood” since 2004.

Other professional activities he has been involved with since 2000 include:

  • Member of Board of Directors of the Teaching Academy of the German Surgical Society
  • Elected Speaker of the official course: “teach the teachers” of the German Surgical Society
  • Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors of Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM)
  • President of the Medical Society for Blood Management (MSBM), Vienna, Austria
  • Board Member Surgical Society of North-West-German Surgeons (Treasurer)
  • Board Member IAKH
Fields of clinical work and specialities:
  • Visceral surgery: hepato-bilio-pancreatic , esophagus, colo-rectal, liver and biliary tract, pancreas, transplantation, MIC
  • Vascular Surgery: venous and arterial reconstruction, aortic aneurysm, hybrid technique
  • Patient Blood Management
  • Surgical ICU: multi organ failure, hepatic failure, trauma-management
  • Experimental: EPO and liver preservation (project granted by OB), improving liver conservation for hepatectomy, artificial oxygen carriers, ischemia and reperfusion
  • Teaching: improvement of education in surgery, POL seminaries for students, surgical lab, course teach the teachers

Prof. Erhard is a prolific author with over 80 original articles published, 30 reviews, 70 book chapters and monographs and 120 published abstracts.

Full Publications List

Christoph Zenger

Prof. Christoph Zenger

Prof. Christoph ZengerPresident
Member of the Faculty of Law and the Director of the Center for Health Law and Management at the University of Bern (CH).

Professor Christoph Andreas Zenger studied at the University of Bern (PhD), the University of Aix-Marseille (F), and at the Harvard Law School (Cambridge, USA; LL.M.). He completed his professional education as an Attorney at Law and Notary Public.

Other actual and former functions:

  • Partner in a law firm
  • Co-editor of the Swiss Journal of Health Law
  • Member of the board of the Institut de droit de la santé BENEFRI (Bern / Neuchâtel / Fribourg)
  • Member of the board of the Spitalzentrum Biel AG; Member of the Cantonal Ethics Committee for Clinical Research in Human Subjects
  • Member of the Federal Commission for Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Member of the Federal AIDS-Commission
  • Member of the board of the Swiss Federal Association for Biomedical Ethics
  • Member of the Board of European Health Management Association (EHMA)
  • Member of the Board of the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA)
  • Member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME).

Matti Aapro

 Dr. Matti Aapro

Dr. Matti Aapro
Dean of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute, Genolier, Switzerland. 

Dr. Matti Aapro received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was a fellow at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson and was the founding chair of the Medical and Radiation Therapy Department at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan.

Other professional activities he has been involved with include:

  • Executive Board Member, International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)
  • Member of the Board of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
  • Past-President of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and was on its Board of Directors for 2012-2014.
  • Chair of the scientific and organizing committees of UICC’s (International Union against Cancer) World Cancer Congress of 2008 in Geneva, and 2010 in Shenzhen, China.
  • Member of ESMO 2012 and EMCC 2013 (European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress) Scientific Committees
  • Coordinator of the SPCC programme of the European School of Oncology
  • Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
  • Associate Editor of Annals of Oncology, and Associate Editor for the geriatric section of the Oncologist.
  • Founding editor of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology

He has authored more than 250 publications and his major interests are new drug development, breast cancer, cancer in the elderly, and supportive care.

Dr. Aapro has received the 2010 Acta Oncologica Award and the 2012 ASCO B.J. Kennedy prize.

Full Publications List

Hans Gombotz

Prof. Hans Gombotz

Prof. Hans Gombotz
Former head of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the General Hospital Linz, Austria

Professor Hans Gombotz successfully introduced PBM as new standard of care at the General Hospital Linz, Austria.

Prof. Gombotz studied at the Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria before being appointed as a Medical Doctor in 1977. In 1981 he became a Specialist for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Graz and in 1990 he was appointed as a Lecturer for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine at the University of Graz. In 1996 he was appointed as Associate University Professor at the University of Graz. Prof. Gombotz was the Head of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the General Hospital in Linz, Austria from 2001 to 2014.

From 2013 to 2016 he was the Chairman of the Patient Blood Management Project of the European Commission. This included the clinical management of PBM pilot projects in 5 European University Hospitals, the development of an official PBM hospital implementation guide and an official guide for Health Authorities for Building National PBM Programs.

From 2007 to 2014 he was responsible for the Implementation of Austria’s 1st hospital-wide PBM program at the General Hospital Linz, Austria and was a Member of the International Faculty of the Western Australia Department of Health PBM Project from 2008 to 2012.

In 2010 he developed Austria’s 1st Postgraduate PBM Course at the University of Graz and from 2005 to 2010 he was the principal investigator in the First and Second Austrian Benchmark Studies on Blood Use in Elective Surgery.

Prof. Gombotz is the co-author of numerous PBM-related publications and textbooks including:

Patient Blood Management Thieme Stuttgart New York 2013 2nd Edition (Gombotz H, Zacharowski K, Spahn DR.)

Supporting Patient Blood Management (PBM) in the EU. A Practical Implementation Guide. (Gombotz H, Hofmann A, Nørgaard A, Kastner P.) 2016

Full Publications List

Axel Hofmann

A/Prof. Dr. Axel Hofmann 

A/Prof. Dr. Axel Hofmann

Dr. Hofmann is a Doctor of Medical Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics. His main activities are related to PBM research and the implementation of PBM programs in the public health sector and large hospital systems. With his background in health economics and outcomes research, he has specialized in the field of Patient Blood Management. 

He currently has several academic affiliations in Europe and Australia:

Dr. Hofmann is well published in international peer-reviewed journals and is an invited speaker on Patient Blood Management at numerous universities, medical schools, government agencies and international symposia.

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IFPBM Board of Trustees

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