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Brazilian, member of the CBR, will take office as president-elect of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) in September

Dr. Maria Cristina Chammas, Director of InRad's Ultrasound Service - HCFMUSP, who is currently WFUMB Vice-President 2, will take office as President-elect along with the institution's new board on September 6, during the World Congress. Ultrasound, which will take place in Melbourne, Australia.

The decision of the new members of the WFUMB Executive Committee was made in December 2018. There is usually an election with at least two candidates running for office, as there are six federates representing the continents and each can nominate their candidate. “There is not always a consensus. Theoretically there is a rotation, but this is not a norm. This time, all the federates supported my election, so there was no dispute, I was unanimously elected, which made me very honored, ”says Dr. Maria Cristina.

During the event in Australia there will be an assembly which will mark the inauguration of the new board. In 2021, Dr. Maria Cristina will take over as president, when the ceremony will take place in Romania, host country of the World Congress of Ultrasound. Its management will last for two years, ending in 2023.

According to the future president, the job of a world leader in ultrasound is to bring together doctors from various specialties that use the method as a diagnostic tool and to guide procedures. “Thus united, we act to defend, through education, the best practice of its use and make possible, in addition to education, access to quality ultrasonography in several remote, poor and developing areas of the planet. In these regions, with difficulty in accessing the most expensive imaging methods, ultrasound can be an excellent and often the only option for imaging, ”he says.

Dr. Maria Cristina Chammas reinforces the Brazilian presence at the head of WFUMB, which already had Prof. Dr. Giovanni Guido Cerri as President from 2006 to 2009. “Feeling is of great responsibility, and with regard to being the first woman, I believe it should not be a highlight because, as we know, women have equal intellectual and leadership ability. This is a position that should have been held by women before. However, within the historical-cultural context, which is not limited to Brazil or Latin America, we observe female empowerment globally and, in this sense, I feel honored to contribute and be part of this process. I am very flattered to be a spark of inspiration to younger generations of women, encouraging them to occupy leadership positions. I always emphasize that when there is opportunity for merit and competence, women should assume these positions, just as men, and cease to be, as hitherto, a peripheral figure in this chain. I can only thank my peers for supporting me in this endeavor, especially Prof. Giovanni Cerri, who has always valued and encouraged the women around him to play this role, ”he concludes.

In the photo, Dr. Maria Cristina Chammas during the Flaus Congress. On the left side are Dolores Bustelo (SRP chair), Denise Martineli, Antonio Carlos Matteoni of Athayde (former CBR chair) and, on the right side, Dr. Alair Sarmet Santos (CBR chair) and Dr. Peter Françolin (member of CEAR)

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