Organizing Committee Members of Obesity 2017

Our Organizing Committee members are the pride of our conferences. These are the members who will make the event more memorable and happening. They will not just share their intellectual with us, but will also help us understand some of the most key areas of the topic they will be discussing with us through this conference.

It shall be a great honour to have such influential members on board to help us through the moments of this era.
Dr. Jayashree S. TodkarFirst Lady Bariatric surgeon in Asia
Laparoscopic, Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon Secretary:
OSSI: Obesity Surgery Society of India

Dr. Jayashree S. Todkar

First Lady Bariatric surgeon from India and Asia. Dr. Todkar completed Diploma in advance laparoscopic surgery from University of Strasbourg, France in 2003, Bariatric fellowship from Dr. Scopinaro, University of Genoa, Italy in 2005, Bariatric training at Gastro Obeso Center, Brazil in 2008 & Fellowship in Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA in 2009!

To her credit at a very early age Dr. Jayashree Todkar has treated more than 25000 patients & continues her research & treatment in advanced laparoscopic surgeries, Bariatric surgeries, Trauma, Hernia surgeries & metabolic surgery for T2DM! Very often.

Dr. Todkar participates in various National & International conferences, live operation demonstrations & events on laparoscopic & Bariatric treatment & also very frequently manages video & print publications on the status & advancement of the subject.

Nathan A. Berger M.D.Distinguished University Professor
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
Ohio, USA

Nathan A. Berger M.D

Nathan A. Berger, M.D., Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor and Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine, Biochemistry, Genetics and Oncology, is Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society at CWRU, and emeritus director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cleveland OH.

Dr. Berger leads the institution’s program on Aging, Energy Balance and Cancer and was principal investigator for the Transdisciplinary Research in Energy Balance and Cancer (TREC) U54. He has a sustained record of invaluable research, training and scientific leadership. He now serves as Co PI for the NCI funded P50 Specialized Program on Research Excellence (SPORE) in GI Cancer and the NCI funded U54 funded Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet).

Dr. Berger’s research now focuses on the use of genetically engineered mouse models to study the mechanisms and mediators of obesity, inflammation, dietary lipid quantity and quality on GI neoplasia in APCMin/+ mice, on prostate cancer in TRAMP mice, on breast cancer in MMTV-Wnt-1 mice, on the effects of bile acids, obesity and inflammation on Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma using the L2-IL-1β Transgenic mouse, as well as the effects of enhanced exercise on obesity and tumor growth in PEPCK-C Transgenic mice. He is actively engaged also in translational research in human and model system on the effects of enhanced exercise on obesity and tumor growth.

Dr Muffazal LakdawalaChairman,
Institute of Minimal Invasive
Surgical Sciences
and Research Center
Saifee Hospital, Mumbai

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala

Dr. Lakdawala graduated from the prestigious Grant Medical College in Mumbai and did his Masters in Surgery from BYL Nair Hospital. He went to train further in bariatric surgery at Cleveland clinic in USA and at University of Ghent hospital in Belgium. He also trained in advanced colorectal cancer surgery in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Lakdawala is the Chairman of the Institute of Minimal Invasive Surgical Sciences and Research Center at Saifee Hospital, Mumbai and also heads the Section of Laparoscopic GI Oncology. He was the first surgeon in western India to perform a total laparoscopic Whipples pancreatico-duodenectomy for cancer of head of pancreas.

Dr. Lakdawala holds the distinction of operating on Asia’s most obese man in China in 2006. He is the pioneer of single incision bariatric surgery in India and performed the first single incision sleeve gastrectomy in September 2009. Till date he has performed over 3,000 bariatric procedures and has the largest series of revision bariatric surgeries to his credit.

He is also deeply involved in training younger surgeons and is a Professor at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Every year 4 post MS candidates train under him for bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. He regularly runs live surgery workshops and has been invited to conduct teaching workshops in almost every Asian country like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Middle East.

He was also the first Indian surgeon to transmit live surgery to USA in the Obesity Week organized by the prestigious ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) first of its kind, Indo-Italian collaborative Revisional bariatric surgery workshop has been planned for April 2016 at Naples, Italy where Dr. Lakdawala will join forces with the immediate past president of IFSO, Dr Luigi Angrisani

He has been a part of some very prestigious committees like the IDF committee that formulated the new guidelines for bariatric surgery for Asian patients. He was one of the co-directors in the international sleeve gastrectomy expert panel in Florida in 2011 and also the IFSO-APC consensus statement in Japan in 2011. Dr. Lakdawala is on the board of Asian Endosurgery Task Force (AETF). To add another feather in his cap Dr. Lakdawala is the President elect of IFSO- Asia Pacific chapter and will assume presidency in the year 2017.

Dr. Vineeta SharmaFounder and Principal Consultant at Xpedite Pharma Solutions

Dr. Vineeta Sharma

Dr. Vineeta Sharma is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Xpedite Pharma Solutions. Xpedite is a life sciences consulting company dedicated to providing regulatory, clinical trial management, clinical data management and scientific writing support to advance treatment for diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

Dr. Sharma holds a PhD from AIIMS, New Delhi and post-doctoral training from University of Michigan and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of metabolic disorders, obesity, diabetes, hematology and gene therapy. Over the years her research was mainly focused on metabolic disorders, gene therapy and biomarker discovery.

Additionally, Dr. Sharma has also worked in startups, mid-size and fortune 500 companies, and in the areas of R&D, project management, product development, business development, regulatory affairs and clinical trial management.

Dr. Gundu H. R. RaoSenior Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Gundu H. R. Rao

Gundu H. R. Rao obtained his B.Sc degree from the University of Mysore and B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc., degrees from the Poona University. He immigrated to the USA in 1965 and specialized in grain storage technology and obtained his Ph.D degree from the Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. After working as, a post-doctoral fellow at the Texas A&M University and University of Minnesota, he joined department of Pharmacology as an NIH fellow to get training in toxicology. He has been with the University of Minnesota Medical School for over 40 years.

He is a naturalized US citizen and a tenured professor in the department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology. He also has faculty appointments in Anesthesiology, Lillehei Heart Institute, and Biomedical Engineering Institute. He is an author or co-author of over 300 publications in the field of interest (thrombosis and stroke). In the past, he has consulted various medical device development companies in the Twin Cities including 3M, Medtronic Inc, St Jude Medical, Medical CV Inc, Vascular Solutions, APP Tech, Endocardial Solutions, PlaCor Inc., Medical Innovations Inc, Hypertension Diagnostics Inc. and Boston Scientific on problems related to biocompatibility, thrombosis and stroke.

He was the visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery and Pharmacology, Kings College, in 1986 and in the Royal College of Surgeons, England in the summer of 1987, and in the Thrombosis Research Institute, London in 1988. He taught one summer at the Institute of Human Physiology, University of Padua, Padua, Italy. He also served as senior consultant to the Government of India, for three successive years (1990-93), under a United Nations program called TOKTEN. He also served as a visiting professor in the Institute of Human Physiology, University of Padua, Italy during 1995-96.

He is currently listed as the Senior Fulbright Specialist. He started a society (South Asian Society on Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, SASAT) to create awareness on vascular diseases in 1993. Since then he is organizing international symposiums on Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis in India, every other year. He has edited and published eight books under the aegis of SASAT.

Dr. Mohit BhandariBariatric, Robotic and
Metabolic Surgeon

Dr. Mohit Bhandari

Dr. Mohit Bhandari is a renowed Bariatric, Robotic and Metabolic Surgeon who has performed more than 6000 bariatic cases, highest in Asia. He has expertise in Banded, Single Incision and robotic weight loss surgeries.

He has been featured in limca Book of Records for performing 25 cases in just 11 hours. He is the only surgeon to be fetured in Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohit_Bhandari

Masahiro Onuma

Masahiro Onuma

Masahiro Onuma is a creative entrepreneur that is focused on providing the best professional solution for Metabolic Syndrome since GSK marketing head of Japan. Created “Stop Metabolic Syndrome”, “Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome Association”, “Uric Acid and Metabolic Syndrome Association”, “Stop Obesity Association” since 10 years ago in Japan. And published “Allopurinol, an inhibitor of uric acid synthesis-can it be used for the treatment of metabolic syndrome and related disorders?” in Drugs of today 45(5):363-78 2009.

In addition Masahiro organized “Oryzanol Health Association” for stop Obesity, Diabetes and other related diseases using Brown Rice ingredients; Gamma Oryzanol. Masahiro has broad marketing management background including coaching as he hired and trained over 1,000 employee in two years to reach to the top company in Japan.

Dr. Girish Juneja

Dr. Girish Juneja

While working as Head of surgery , have helped in establishing & developing dedicated bariatric centers in different hospitals in Dubai since 1990. Currently working as Director of bariatric department in Al Zahra hospital Dubai , running a dedicated bariatric programme successfully .

Dr Girish juneja is a well experienced Laparo-bariatric surgeon with more than 30 yrs. of experience in surgical field. He had his basic & advanced laparoscopic training from nine wells medical college , UK and did his diploma in minimal access(laparoscopic) surgery from France. Did his fellowship in bariatric surgery from Netherland. He is also a international fellow of ASMBS, USA.

Academically he is actively involved in teaching laparo-baraitric surgery to young surgeons, has organized various international conferences & has delivered CME lectures for fellow doctors & actively involved in public education for obesity .

MomentEra is incredibly professional team of scientific event planners. At MomentEra we organize International congresses, events, workshops and exhibitions.

Follow Us