Board of Directors

Members of the Board are elected by ISTU members at each annual Symposium meeting for a period of 3 years.

Meet the Board

Joo Ha Hwang, M.D., PhD.


Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University

Kim Butts Pauly, M.D.

Secretary General

Professor of Radiology, Stanford University

Allison H. Payne, PhD.


University of Utah

Term through 2019

Cyril Lafon
Kobi Vortman
George Schade
Joo Ha Hwang
Peter Kaczkowski

Term through 2020

Olivier LeBaron
Ayache Bouakaz
Yoshihiro Muragaki
Zhen Xu

Term through 2021

Matthew Eames
Nir Lipsman
David Melodelima
Robert Staruch

Ex Officio
Elisa Konofagou, Co-Organizer, ISTU 2011
Robert Muratore, Co-Organizer, ISTU 2011
Stephen Meairs, Organizer, ISTU 2012
Guofeng Shen, Organizer, ISTU 2013
Kim Butts-Pauly, Organizer, ISTU 2014
Chrit Moonen, Organizer, ISTU 2015
Jean-Francois Aubry, Past President

ISTU Management Consultant
Shelly Reid

Learn More

We love to hear from our members.  We’re also looking for existing members that may wish to be more involved with ISTU, and learn about open positions that may be available on our Board of Directors in the next term.

Please send any questions, suggestions or comments to our board members via an email to