Join Us at the Symposium: Exploring Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Healthcare*

Are you intrigued by the cutting-edge applications of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) in healthcare? Don't miss the upcoming symposium where experts delve into the innovative uses of NIRS in understanding and managing congenital heart diseases, hypoxemia, and beyond.

Topics to be Explored:

1.⁠ ⁠Introduction and NIRS Symposium Overview: Get acquainted with the scope and significance of NIRS in contemporary healthcare practices.

2.⁠ ⁠Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Congenital Heart Diseases: Explore how NIRS can revolutionize the understanding and management of congenital heart diseases through precise monitoring of tissue oxygen delivery

3.⁠ ⁠Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Hypoxemia: Discover the potential of NIRS in providing safer oxygen saturation targets for patients with hypoxemic respiratory failure, enhancing patient care and outcomes.

4.⁠ Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Simplified: Demystify the complexities of NIRS technology as experts simplify its interpretation and application for healthcare providers of all levels.


•⁠ ⁠Integration of NIRS in Predicting Blood Flow Changes: Learn how NIRS can seamlessly integrate into clinical practice to predict changes in blood flow secondary to heart diseases, enabling proactive management strategies.

•⁠Safer Oxygen Saturation Targets with NIRS: Understand how NIRS can guide clinicians in setting safer oxygen saturation targets for patients with hypoxemic respiratory failure, ensuring optimal oxygenation while minimizing risks.

•⁠ ⁠Enhancing Understanding of NIRS: Equip healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to easily comprehend and utilize NIRS in their daily practice, promoting widespread adoption and improved patient care.

Panel Discussion:

Engage with our esteemed panel of experts as they delve into the nuances of NIRS applications, share insights, and address queries from participants, fostering collaborative learning and exchange of ideas.


Participation in this symposium is entirely FREE of charge. Secure your spot now to be a part of this informative and transformative event.

Date & Venue:

Mark your calendars for April 12, 2024 at our POCUSNEO Symposium Portal, where you'll join fellow healthcare professionals in exploring the transformative potential of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with industry leaders, and stay at the forefront of advancements in healthcare technology. Register now to secure your spot at the forefront of innovation!

See you at the symposium!




    TimeSession TitleFaculty Speaker
    11:00 amIntroduction and Symposium OverviewDr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab
    11:10 amNear-Infrared Spectroscopy and congenital heart diseasesDr. Gabriel Altit
    11:40 amNear-infrared spectroscopy and hypoxemiaDr. Yasser Elsayed
    12:10 pmNear-infrared spectroscopy simplifiedDr. Samer Yousfi
    12:20 pmPanel DiscussionsDrs. Jehier Afifi, Mansoor Farooqui, Adel Mohammed & Nadya Ben Fadel


    CME Accreditations

    • The event qualifies for 2.0 hours of online CME educational activity


    Dr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab

    Associate Professor, Neonatology
    McMaster University, Hamilton ON Canada

    Dr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab, affectionately known as "Dr. Gani," is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He received his medical training at Madurai Medical College and completed postgraduate training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Manipal University, India. He also pursued a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program and a Master's program in electronic Health at McMaster University. Dr. Gani is deeply passionate about education, and utilizing advanced medical and digital technologies in teaching and clinical practice. He has been instrumental as the Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Fellowship Program at McMaster University, nurturing the future generation of Neonatology professionals. As the founding co-chair of POCUSNEO and Neopeds Academy, international educational organizations, Dr. Gani leads efforts to educate healthcare professionals worldwide in newborn and Pediatric critical care. He has conducted over 50 educational sessions, including conferences, workshops, and online courses, highlighting his commitment to enhancing care quality for infants and children globally. Dr. Gani's devotion to education, expertise in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and innovative use of digital technologies have established him as a highly esteemed and sought-after leader in his field.

    Dr. Samer Yousfi

    Neonatologist & Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
    Surrey Memorial Hospital
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Dr.Samer Yousfi is a Neonatologist & Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    Dr.Gabriel Altit

    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    McGill University
    Monteral, QC, Canada

    Dr Gabriel Altit is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.He completed his medical school at McGill University, followed by his Pediatric and Neonatology residencies at Université de Montréal. He pursued his training at McGill (Montreal Children’s Hospital [MUHC]) in echocardiography scanning. Following that, he did a post-doctoral research training in the pediatric ECHO laboratory at Stanford University. He completed a MSc in Epidemiology at McGill.

    Dr. Yasser Elsayed

    Associate Professor, Section of Neonatology
    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

    Dr. Yasser Elsayed is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Staff Neonatologist at the University of Manitoba. He is also a dedicated researcher at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Dr. Elsayed is renowned for founding and directing the Integrated Hemodynamics Program and Point of Care Ultrasound in Winnipeg. He co-chairs the POCUNEO group and has conducted over 50 workshops globally in the past five years. His research focuses on hemodynamics and physiology-oriented practice. In 2020, he co-chaired the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting.


    Dr. Adel Mohamed

    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, ON, Canada

    Dr. Adel Mohamed is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a staff Neonatologist, at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Mohamed is the Founder and Director of point of care Lung ultrasound, Toronto. He is the Chair of the Canadian Steering Committee of Point of Care lung ultrasound. Member of the Organizing Committee and Executive member of the POCUNEO group. He conducted many local, national, and international lung ultrasound workshops. His research interests are in patient-oriented research and research related to the utility of point-of-care lung ultrasound in the NICUs.

    Dr. Nadya Ben Fadel

    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    University of Ottawa
    Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Dr. Ben Fadel is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital (TOH). She completed her residency training at the University of Ottawa and her neonatal fellowship at the University of Toronto, followed by six months of a 'mini-fellowship' in cardiology at CHEO. She holds a master’s degree in Health Professional Medical Education. She is currently the program director of both the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship and the Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography Fellowships Perinatal Medicine program in Ottawa. Dr. Ben Fadel has a keen interest in studying neonatal hemodynamics. Her main research focus is on the use of TnEcho and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has a strong passion for teaching and learning in these areas of neonatal care.


    Dr. Jehier Afifi

    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    Dalhousie University
    Halifax, NS, Canada

    Dr. Jehier Afifi is a Neonatologist in the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at the IWK Health Centre and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. Dr. Afifi obtained MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from Dalhousie University, her thesis titled “Machine Learning for Prediction of Cerebral Palsy in Very Preterm Infants”. She is Alumni of Harvard Medical School certified in Safety, Quality, Informatics & Leadership. Dr. Afifi’s research interests include newborn health and development, family integrated care and improving quality of care. Her research focuses on quality improvement, neuroimaging, point of care ultrasound, risk prediction and the neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants. Her clinical research is interdisciplinary, collaborating with epidemiology, perinatology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and pediatric development services and geared both to contribute to the academic literature and to improve outcomes of newborn infants.

    Dr. Mansoor Farooqui

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada

    Dr. Mansoor Farooqui is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. He Competed three of Fellowship in Neonatology at University of Manitoba, Canada. He Lead Neonatal Neurocritical care program and Chair Epic brain health Winnipeg site. He is alumni of Pediatric Leadership program Harvard Medical School, Boston and Academic Health Science leadership program, University of Manitoba.

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    April 12, 2024, 11:00 am EST

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