Ultrasound has been used for more than 50 years in medical practice and for some years now a great technological leap has been made in this field, which has paved the way for the so-called Advanced Ultrasound Scanning. A specialist in the subject, Vice-President of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) 2006-2009 and President of the Latin American Federation of Ultrasound Societies (FLAUS) 2001-2003, is Dr. Leandro Fernández, who through his work and development of these new techniques, places Venezuela at the forefront of Diagnostic Ultrasound.
BRIEF HISTORY OF FLAUS, LATIN AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ULTRASOUND
FLAUS was founded in 1983, during the First Latin American Congress on Ultrasound held in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the intention of inviting all the National Societies of the Latin American community and associated physicians working in medical ultrasound to join efforts for the dissemination and education in this field. The idea was proposed by Dr. Ricardo Parada (Uruguay) and well accepted by the sonographers community at the time.
The organization is made up of 13 members from all over the continent: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
During these more than three decades FLAUS has organized eighteen successful congresses in the various countries that make up the Federation and was also the Host Society of the VII Congress of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, held in Argentina in 1997 and the XIV World Congress held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2018, being the Presidents of this event the Dr. Leandro Fernandez (Venezuela) and Dr. Giovanni Guido Cerri (Brazil) FLAUS promotes ultrasound education programs and congresses in the affiliated countries and maintains a close relationship with the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, through its delegates on the Board and in the various Commissions.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE OF DR. LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
Dr. Fernandez is Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Sonography at Instituto Medico La Floresta in Caracas, Venezuela and Professor of Physics and Clinical Applications of Doppler Ultrasound at SonoImagen-JUREI, which is affiliated to Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA. He completed the Post Graduated Internship in Cardiology and Internal Medicine in 1982 and MSc in Internal Medicine in 1986 at Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Dr. Fernandez’s primary areas of ultrasound experience are Nephro-Urology and Neurovascular. He became one of the pioneers of the 3-D sonography in Latin America (according to the Smithsonian Institute, USA, on History of Medical Ultrasound, CD Edition, 2003) and has been working with 3DUS since 1997, with special dedication to non-Ob/Gyn applications, focused on Abdomen, Small Parts and Vascular.
Dr. Fernandez is affiliated to several scientific societies. He has been the recipient of important awards and recognitions such as Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Honorary Member from the Societies of Ultrasound of Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru. He received the Medal of the Latin American Federation of Societies of Ultrasound, FLAUS. Dr. Fernandez has been very active in WFUMB, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology activities since 2003. He has served in many positions on the Board of WFUMB, such Vice President 2 and 1. He was President of the World Congress WFUMB 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, he is WFUMB Latin America Regional Director of Education. In addition, Dr. Fernandez is Chairman of the Latin American Certification Program of APCA/Inteleos. Dr. Fernandez is a Keynote Speaker with more than 380 lectures and facilitation of numerous meetings around the World, invited by all WFUMB affiliated Federations and Ultrasound Societies of USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.