Profile: Formerly Internist-Endocrinologist at St. Franciscus Gasthuis, Dpt. of Internal Medicine, Rotterdam.
‘After having served as a Secretary General in EFIM for eight years it was an obvious step to continue in a similar function for FDIME using the previously gathered experience. FDIME has always been independent, but closely related to EFIM and therefore, with its aims which I fully endorse, I am very happy to be the FDIME Secretary General for the next few years.
Since the Foundation is dedicated to the research on rare diseases, but also helps young physicians from low-income countries to take part in the European School of Internal Medicine, it is a privilege to participate in an organization with active, professional and devoted friends. Although not a fund-raiser by nature, I will help the more skilful persons (in this respect) as much as I can.’
Profile: Ramon Pujol Farriols is a General Internist. He has been Head of Internal Medicine in the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Spain) a large teaching Hospital in the Barcelona area. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona and current Director of the Department of Clinical Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the European Foundation of Internal Medicine. He has been especially devoted to research into Medical Education and topics relating to ageing. He has published more than 200 papers in indexed Medical Journals.
‘I have been a member of the board of EFIM since 2008, and was President between 2010 and 2012. Over this long period I have come to know how Internal Medicine is practised in European countries in the clinical, teaching and research areas. To be on the board of FDIME will represent, for me, continuity in this dedication as well as a contribution to the development of this specialty in Europe.’
Profile: Stefan Lindgren is a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology and hepatology. Before his retirement he was professor in medicine at Lund university and senior consultant in gastroenterology at Skane university hospital in Malmo, Sweden. Stefan Lindgren has been President of the Swedish Society of Internal Medicine and the European Federation of Internal Medicine. Medicine. He is Fellow of the American College of of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians (London) as well as Honorary Fellow of the European Federation of Internal Medicine. His main research interests are in chronic inflammatory liver and bowel diseases and in iron deficiency. Academic leadership, education and aspects on professional development have been central parts in his academic career, and this was also reflected in his role as President of the World Federation for Medical Education. At his own university he was awarded the title "Excellent Teaching Practitioner".
I strongly believe in the central role of general internal medicine as a foundation for health care. It is therefore important to support research that bridges the different competencies within internal medicine.
Profile: Imad M-M Hatem was born in Damascus (Syria), married, a Swiss citizen, fluent in several languages with a PhD in Business Administration and Economics. After a career start in the petroleum industry he joined the financial industry working for major institutions in Switzerland and abroad. Currently he is Chairman of Partners for Sustainability a web based platform active in communication and analysis of sustainability funds. He is treasurer and member of the board of several charity foundations.
‘I support the FDIME because I believe in the need for a strong Internal Medicine in Europe. More than ever we need physicians able to take care of their patients in a holistic way, with a deep scientific as well as humanistic background allowing them to integrate the inputs of a constantly growing group of other specialists in medicine.’