Executive Board
Hideo Saka, MD
Chair (Japan)

Dr. Hideo Saka graduated from Nagoya University School of Medicine in 1980. After taking his residency in Aichi Cancer Center, and Nagoya First Red Cross Hospital, Dr. Saka engaged in academic clinical research works at Nagoya University Hospital. As chair of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at National Nagoya Hospital since 1998, Dr. Saka's focus is on clinical research on pulmonary intervention and cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Saka received the Ikeda award from Japanese Society for Respiratory Endoscopy (JSRE) in 2006, and has been elected as a non-voting president of the annual meeting of JSRE in 2016. He has served on the Board of Regents of WABIP, and played an important role in international education on Bronchology. His main targets are pulmonary intervention on the central airway diseases, and diagnostic approach to the peripheral lung lesions. Many publications prove his efforts and creativity in this field. He is honored to be a part of steering committee of this Society.

Stefano Gasparini, MD
Vice-chair (Italy)

Stefano Gasparini, MD graduated from the University of Ancona in 1978. He subsequently specialized in Pulmonary Diseases (1982), Respiratory physiology (1985), and Anesthesiology/Intensive Care Medicine (1990) at the University of Ancona and University of Naples, Italy. He was Director of the Pulmonary Diseases Unit of the Hospital of Ancona since June, 2000 up to 2019. He was named Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Università Politecnica delle Marche Medical School in 2012 and Full Professor in 2019.

He is Director of Specialty School in Respiratory Medicine and Director of the Postgraduate Master in Interventional Pulmonology at the University of Ancona. He has authored or coauthored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications, is regularly invited to teach and lecture around the globe, and has prestigious leadership positions in several international medical societies and medical journals. Prof. Gasparini was WCBIP President of the 19th World Congress of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology held in Florence, Italy in 2016 and recipient of the Gustav Killian award by WABIP in 2018.

Silvia Quadrelli, MD
Immediate-Past Chair (Argentina)

As a specialist in the field of lung cancer, Dr. Quadrelli has been responsible for promoting the creation of multidisciplinary cancer boards all over Argentina and in other countries in South America. From her position as Director of a Thoracic Oncology Centre (Buenos Aires British Hospital) and in different leadership positions in several respiratory and cancer associations, Dr. Quadrelli has had extensive experience in being in charge of disseminating the increasing role of bronchoscopists in the molecular diagnosis of lung cancer in Argentina and South America. In regards to board membership roles, Dr. Quadrelli has had an extensive experience in being in various capacities as a leader in the Argentinean Association for Bronchology and the South American Association for Bronchology. Additionally, she has been long involved in the WAB and WABIP, contributing to its congress, the WCBIP, as a member of its scientific committee in the past 4 congresses (including Florence 2016). Dr. Quadrelli has also participated in the committee of the South American Association for Bronchology Conference since 1995 and up to 2016. Other international association responsibilities included the American College of Chest Physicians, serving in the Steering Committee Cultural Diversity Network (2008-2011), as a Governor for Argentina at the International Committee (2009-2016) and as a member of the Nominating Committee (2011-2013).

David Fielding, MD
Treasurer (Australia)

Dr. Fielding is a current, full time Physician and Director of Bronchology at RBWH, belonging to a unit where 1200-1400 procedures are performed per year including a large component of all forms of EBUS Bronchoscopy. In addition, Dr. Fielding performs airway interventions including stenting and cryoablation and bronchial thermoplasty and valves, as well as rigid bronchoscopy and cryobiopsy. Research is focused on improving peripheral nodule biopsy and molecular genetics of lung cancer specimens as well as procedural training. Dr. Fielding graduated with MBBS from University of Queensland in 1987, and underwent training in Pulmonology at Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane and obtained my Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1994. Dr. Fielding had Practical overseas experience at Middlesex Hospital London working under the supervision of Drs Stephen Spiro Martin Hetzel and Jeremy George including Rigid bronchoscopy and Lung cancer clinical trials training. Immdeiately following this, Dr. Fielding obtained MD from University of London under the supervision of Drs Steve Bown and Martin Hetzel. The topic was Effect of Laser percutaneous treatments on lung parenchyma, as a prelude to what ultimately became Percutaneous RF ablation Key. Other overseas training stints presided with Dr Noriaki Kurimoto in Hiroshima Japan (EBUS Guide Sheath and EBUS TBNA) and Dr Werner Mall Hannover Germany ( Medical Thoracoscopy).

Naofumi Shinagawa, MD
Secretary General (Japan)

Dr. Naofumi Shinagawa graduated from Asahikawa medical University in 1996. After taking his residency in KKR Sapporo Medical Centre, and some hospitals in Hokkaido, Dr. Shinagawa engaged in academic clinical research works at Hokkaido University Hospital. He studied respiratory intervention including rigid bronchoscope at Heidelberg University Thoraxklinik in 2007 from Dr. H. Becker, Dr. R. Eberhardt, and F. Herth. As Lecturer of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at First Department of Medicine, Hokkaido University Hospital since 2015. Dr. Shinagawa's focus is on clinical research on pulmonary intervention and cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Shinagawa received the Japanese pulmonary intervention award in 2019. His main targets are diagnostic approach to the peripheral lung lesions using navigation system, and pulmonary intervention. Many publications prove his efforts and creativity in this field. He is honoured to be a part of steering committee of this Society.

Philippe Astoul, MD, PhD
22nd WCBIP President (France)

Dr. Astoul is the head of the department of Thoracic Oncology, Pleural Diseases and Interventional Pulmonology at North University Hospital in Marseille (France). He is graduated from Aix-Marseille University (school of medicine) and board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Thoracic Oncology. After a fellowship and an oversea experience in University of San Diego (California, USA) he became full professor of Pulmonology and few years later was named head of the department of Thoracic Oncology, Pleural Diseases and Interventional Pulmonology in Marseille. Beside an interest in the field of thoracic oncology, Dr Astoul is deeply involved in the management of pleural diseases and took part in the different international committees for major guidelines related to the management of several diseases as malignant mesothelioma, malignant pleural effusions and pneumothorax. He is one of the regional and national referent for asbestos-related diseases. In the field of Interventional Pulmonology, he runs, under the European Respiratory Society coverage, several international courses dedicated to medical thoracoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy. He will be the president of the 22nd WCBIP in Marseille (2022).

Menaldi Rasmin, MD, PhD
23rd WCBIP President (Indonesia)

Prof.Menaldi Rasmin is a senior lecturer of the Department of Pulmonology Respiratory Medicine Universitas Indonesia since 1991. As the resident in training, in 1989 Rector of Universitas Indonesia sent him to get trained on LASER and tracheobronchial stenting under Prof.. JF Dumon at St. Margueritte Hospital, Marseille-France and to get trained on respiratory critical care under the supervision of Prof. Koichiro Nakata at Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo-Japan and on Transbronchial Lung Biopsy under Prof. Shigeto Ikeda at Tokyo Medical College. In 1993 he get trained on the use of needles for transthoracal biopsy and transbronchial needle aspiration under Dr.Ko Pen Wang in Chicago-USA. He served mostly in interventional pulmonology (bronchoscopy, transthoracal biopsy and pleuroscopy) and in respiratory critical care at Persahabatan National Respiratory Referral Hospital, Jakarta Indonesia.

He developed a special Division of Interventional Pulmonology-Respiratory Critical Care in the Department and trained pulmonologist around Indonesia on that field. He was the pioneer of transbronchial lung biopsy, transbronchial lung curettage and pleuroscopy as well. He also declared the specific classification of Respiratory Distress on 2018 which are very useful on the management of COVID-19 patients nowadays in the country.

He was the Dean of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (2004-2008) and the President of Indonesia Medical Council (2009-2014). He is a member of the American College of Chest Physician (since 1991 : 2 times as Governor for Indonesia and then 2 times as Regent for Indonesia), World Association of Bronchoscopy (since 1995), also member of European Respirology Society (ERS) and Asia Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR).

Now, his activities as an interventionalist and respiratory critical physician is as the Consultant of COVID-19 Management at Persahabatan Hospital the National COVID-19 Referral Hospital as well as doing some study on COVID-19 (Indonesia Principle Investigator in WHO-Solidarity Trial) and member of Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) of many national research on COVID-19. He is now the Chairman of the Academic Senate of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia and Chairman of Expert Board of Indonesia Medical Association.