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About the Editors

Tarek Safwat, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemTarek Safwat is a Professor Emeritus of Pulmonary Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and the President of the Egyptian Scientific Society of Bronchology (ESSB).

After completing his Internship and subspecialty training in Pulmonary Medicine (1973-1981), Prof Safwat pursued additional training, first at the Hotel Dieu university hospital in Paris (1982), and then at the Cleveland Clinic (1983). He also participated in mini-fellowship programs at the Webb-Waring Lung Institute under the auspices of Late Professor Thomas Petty, in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was introduced to bronchoscopic laser resection as early as 1985, when he worked with Professor Toty at the Hospital Foch in Paris.

While in Egypt, Prof Safwat pursued an academic career at Ain Shams University, where he was named Professor of Chest Diseases in 1991 (the position which he still holds till now). He was the Director of the Chest Department of the 1000 bed Ain Shams University Hospital from 1984 to 1989, and also was the Chairman of the same Department from 1998 to 2004.

An active member of numerous regional and international organizations, including the European Respiratory Society, the World Association for Bronchology, and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). In fact, he was the Governor of the ACCP, Egypt from 1992 to 1996 and served as International Regent for the College from 1996 to 2002. He was asked to serve the Egyptian Scientific Society for Bronchology where he has been President since 2002.

Prof Safwat has major professional interests in Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), early lung cancer detection and management, interventional bronchoscopic procedures such as laser resection, electrocautery and stent insertion. Since many years he focused his efforts on creating venues for continuing medical education, and he has been instrumental in organizing numerous national and international postgraduate courses and hands-on training workshops for chest physicians in Egypt.

Being a member of the GOLD Assembly he has been involved in COPD patient awareness programs, antismoking campaigns in Upper and Lower Egypt and participated with the Egyptian Bronchology society in the World COPD day over the last years by giving lectures and organising workshops.

Moreover, he is in the editorial board of Pulmonary Vascular research journal, Middle East edition of Chest and the Annals of Thoracic Medicine.

Ashraf Mokhtar Madkour, Managing Editor

New Content ItemAshraf Madkour is a Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo since 2015.

He completed his training with fellowships at Research Institute of Diagnosis and Treatment Early of Lung Cancer (RIDTELC), Germany (2000-2002). He also received a second Doctor of Medicine Degree (Dr. med.), from Essen University (2002), Germany.

He has a Fellowship from the American College of Chest Physicians (2008). He served as the Director of Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, Ain Shams University Specialized Hospital, Cairo, Egypt (2005-2006). Also, he is the Co-Founder and Member of the Board of directors of the Respiratory Care Centre (RCC) in Cairo since 2006 and has an active Pulmonary Medicine private practice clinic in Cairo.

Prof Madkour is an active professor teaching both medical students, residents and postgraduate students and made presentations at numerous professional conferences, seminars and workshops and he is a skilled handed active bronchoscopist. He has made contributions in research to the specialty of Chest diseases with nine international publications, 27 national publications and more than 30 master & doctor degree supervised thesis. In addition, he participated in many clinical international research trials.

He is a member of numerous regional and international organizations, including the European Respiratory Society (ERS), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), World association for Bronchology, and board member at the Egyptian Scientific Society of Bronchology (ESSB) since 2003. He received certificate of merit from Ain Shams University International Medical Congress in 1994 and 1997 and award from Egyptian Medical Syndicate in 1998 and 2003.