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2016-12-10  Winners of the case of the week for 2018 - Winners' list  ©

Winners of the case of the week for 2018 - Winners' list

This is the 20th year that we are posting the list of winners. Overall 320 participants found at least one correct answer for our cases of the week this year. Many more people just looked and tried to solve our cases from time to time. Here are all the users from this past year, and remarkably we have had more visitors from Africa.

Congratulations to all successful solvers! We would also like to thank all of those who had the generosity of their time to share their cases; would not be able to continue without those. 
Particular thanks, as always goes to Moshe Bronshtein, Fabrice Cuillier, Emmanuel Julien, Lilit Hovsepyan, Lusine Karapetyan, Fabien Ho, Islam Badr and all those who send us their difficult cases used as cases of the week. Also a great thanks to all those who are contributing their expertise to Community in Google. That community, started as an experiment to try to foster two-way communications that I felt was missing in and has grown to become a great learning and support experience. Moshe, Azer, Koroush, Lilit, Peter, Lusine, Zvi, Lech and many others have really done a great job there too! You may have noticed that my presence in the Community is getting thinner: a reflection of the difficulty of the questions posed in it ! Azer Farajov has also created a very strong group as can be seen by the number of winners from Azerbaijan !
This year again Federico has VERY GENEROUSLY contributed his time and expertise in maintaining the site. Any Donation you give will go directly to him ! (click on  Make a donation  Link at the bottom right of any page). By far the largest donation this year was that of Moshe: thanks Moshe for your generosity, but also thanks to Lech and Franti for theirs.  
We also thank all our solvers for their answers, funny comments (you know who you are :) )  and their brilliant deductions. Often we receive a case of a condition I have never heard of, and I suspect no one will solve it (the vaginal polyp for instance) and in no time some clever physician or sonographer gets the correct answer: this is very impressive.

Have a Happy Winter Solstice !

Philippe, Franti & Federico

P.S. In case we forgot to include your winning entry, please do remind us (send the E-mail). You will not offend us at all!


Top first time winners - physicians

Karimova Sevinj
21 solved cases, Azerbaijan


Karimova lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, has 37-year-old and a beautiful daughter. 

She is working at the Caspian International Hospital.

¨I’m very thankful to my teacher Azer Farajov, whom I appreciate and respect .
My favorite thing to do, is to spend time with my colleagues-friends, radiologists, who are also interested in fetal medicine.¨


Murat Kaya
18 solved cases, Turkey


Murat is a 33-year-old radiologist from Turkey.

He has been working in prenatal diagnosis the last years.

He is married and has a sweet daughter.

¨I like detailed examination of different fetal pathologies, especially  of the heart¨

He wants to thank to TheFetus team and Dr. Philippe Jeanty for his work.


Snezhana Buryakova

17 solved cases, Russia

Snezhana works as a doctor in the Center for Fetus Medicine in Moscow, under the guidance of Rosa Bataeva.

She wants to thank to her first teacher, Mikhail Medvedev and also to TheFetus for our work and attitude!!


Emine Demirel
17 solved cases, Turkey


Emine works as a perinatologist fellow in Izmir Katip Celebi University, Turkey. Currently she is working as a perinatology specialist in Denizli.

She wants to thanks to Prof. Dr Sefa Kelekci, who introduced her to TheFetus family, and who’s been a great prime mentor and a very skillful teacher in this field. Also, She would like to Dr. Philippe Jeanty for his great contributions.


Irina Glazkova
16 solved cases, Ukraine


Irina has been working as ultrasound physician for about 20 years and has spent all her life in Donetsk. Despite the fact that in her region a military conflict has been going on for 4 years, life goes on too. People who live there continue to create families and children are born. So they need medical care, sometimes more than ever. Thus some of the doctors, as herself, continue to work. 

¨It is our homeland and our duty as if pathetic it sounded. I would like to wish everyone not to forget about the value of human life and peace. Enjoy your everyday life!¨


Yulia Vishnevskaya
15 solved cases, Russia


Yulia lives in Vladimir, Russia and works in city hospital, focusing on prenatal diagnosis. Her first teacher was Michael Medvedev. 

She is married and has 3 children. 

¨I am fond of reading and walking outdoors. I am very glad that you have chosen me as a winner.¨


Umber Agarwal
15 solved cases, United Kingdom


Umber is 43-year-old and he is working in the United Kingdom.

¨I qualified as RCOG accredited subspecialist in MFM in 2011 and have been a consultant since 2012 at Liverpool Women's Hospital, UK the single largest standalone maternity unit in UK and Europe. The unit is known nationally and internationally for its academic and clinical profile. I enjoy working with a very small team of extremely dedicated professionals who do their utmost best supporting women and their families in hardest of times.¨

He has a 7-year-old daughter who is full of life and creativity. 

¨As family we enjoy seaside and mountain holidays, fun days out, theme parks, creative workshops, visiting museums and places of historic interest¨.

His professional hobby is........ having a go at COW!


Natalia Butko
14 solved cases, Russia




Top first time winners - sonographers

Claudette Schekorra
9 solved cases, USA


Claudette has been a sonographer since 1992 and has worked in a MFM private practice for the last 16 years.

She is a widowed mother of three beautiful kids, Sara, Jack and Devin. 

¨For me, sonography is detective work. Always interesting to investigate those few clues we are given and, hopefully, come up with the right answer.¨ 

She loves to travel and she is waiting for her retire to go out to explore the world!!! First stop: Great Britain!!!!


Keith Willan
9 solved cases, USA

Keith has been working as  advanced practice sonographer at the Medical University of South Carolina in the discipline of MFM for the last 20 years. Prenatal diagnosis and fetal echocardiography are his professional passion as well as training sonographers, fellows, and patients education. 

¨Travel, food and golf are my personal interests that I enjoy with my wife of over 28 years.¨

Paulette Varns
8 solved cases, USA
 ¨I grew up on a cattle and hog farm in Missouri, USA. I studied at a university in Kansas City. I work in an OB/Gyn clinic. Our family loves board games and sports, mostly soccer and football. is one of my favorite sites to challenge my mind. Thank you for all the work you put into having the website.¨


Padmanaban Koochu Govindaraju
7 solved cases, India


Padmanaban did his ultrasound training in Precision Diagnostics (A Medall Company). He completed his training in 2012, then moved to UK in 2014.

He is currently working in Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Trust in London. His goal for the next year is to start his training in Paediatric hips and MSK.

His parents live in India and they are coming to London next year to visit him.

¨I always find that the, especially the as one of the best places to learn/revise ultrasound. Thank you very much to you guys!¨


Previous top winners - physicians

Koroush Shahsavan
26 solved cases, Iran


Koroush is a long time winner. As a truly obsessive examiner he does very careful exam and spend all his time studying (or dreaming about race horses, his second passion!). Koroush has also contributed a lot to community. On the side, Koroush kindly gave me some Iranian saffron (the very best!!) and for special occasions we do paella (with apple juice :) with it: Yummy

My deep gratitude towards my great teachers , Phillippe and Moshe, for all things : kindness,humanity, knowledge and experience.

I really learned a lot from great guys in the

Congratulations and thanks for your friendship!!!!

Halil Mesut
23 solved cases, Turkey

¨This is the third year in a row in which I have had the pleasure and the gratitude of being in the winner´s list. More importantly is my getting acquainted with TheFetus family, because we have had the chance to learn a great deal from the valuable tutors and the contributors in TheFetus, which has become a part of my lifre and it has made my life colorful and joyful¨. 



Lala Huseynova
23 solved cases, Azerbaijan

Lala is a radiologist especially interested in fetal ultrasound. Her son is going to study English in the USA.

¨Thanks to this site I have found many friends from all over the world. I want to sincerely thanks Dr. Jeanty and Fede and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!¨


Olga N. Ivanitskaya
22 solved cases, Russia

Olga is among the winners one more time! She also bake very good cookies, She also has spend lots of time correcting and improving Philippe's CNS lecture !

She wrote  ¨this year I had the happy opportunity to meet with professor Jeanty and communicate closer with doctor Badano and it was really wonderfull! Before our meeting I had no idea that your team is SO amazing! You inspire so much with your desire to teach and share your knowledge, to be open for everything new. Despite the tight schedule, you always find time and energy for new projects. Keep up as marvelous!¨

Congratulations and thank you!!!!

Javier Cortejoso
22 solved cases, Spain


Javier is also a long time spectacular winner: the epitome of the Sherlock Holmes of prenatal ultrasound.

Another year and I am more than honored to be on the list of winners of the year... although this time, it has been a little more difficult for me. Not much I can add to what I have already said previous years. I truly appreciate the enormous effort that makes to teach us how to manage wonderful and challenging clinical cases. My gratitude to all those who sent them. I would also like to thank all the editors, for their hard work and the economic effort to keep this website alive. I hope that continues working for a long time as a main source of inspiration for all the ones specialized on prenatal diagnosis.”


Aygun Guliyeva
21 solved cases, Azerbaijan

 Aygun is working in “Memorial clinic” in Baku. She is a mother of 13 years old boy and a cute girl of 5 years old. 

¨It is really valuable and exiting for me to be part of this competition, because I learn tremendous new materials while searching response to each case. 
My qratitude to for all you have done. Happy new year!!!!!!! :)¨


Nikolay Petrovich Veropotvelyan
21 solved cases, Ukraine


 Nickolay is the director of the "Multiregional Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnostics Center named after P.N.Veropotvelyan",
He is Doctor of Medical Sciences,Honored Doctor of Ukraine.

Prenatal and Interventional fetal ultrasound is his favorite work and hobby since 1984. He is interested in genetics,reproductive, maternal & fetal medicine also. He is a popular speaker too.
He is married and has two lovely sons: elder one is IT-engineer and younger is a schoolboy; his wife is a hairdresser stylist. 
His hobbies are driving,sniping and reading.


Lusine Karapetyan
20 solved cases, Russia

Lusine has been a great provider of Case of the Week, and a very active member of Community in Google. She also has spend lots of time correcting and providing material for Philippe's CNS lecture !

Congratulations and Thank you !!!!

Irina Andrusenko 

20 solved cases, Russia


¨I work in a private clinic in the city of Stavropol, Russia.
For 15 years I have been working in ultrasound diagnostics in obstetrics and gynecology. I am very glad to be on the top.
My feelings can be expressed in some words from the song by Vladimir Vysotsky:

Still eager is heart the mountain’s top to get!
Now, you can enjoy the world at your feet,
Still you will envy a little bit
Them who still have the mountain peak ahead!


Elnara Bagirova
20 solved cases, Azerbaijan


Elnara is from Azerbaijan. Now she works at Lankoran Medican Hospital (private clinic). She loves fetal ultrasound and enjoys the COW very much! 


Elnara Sardarova
20 solved cases, Azerbaijan


¨I have been working as an ultrasound specialist more than 10 years. My mentor and teacher is Azer Ferecov. I enjoy doing my job, especially examining fetuses. In the future I want to study and learn much more essential things about this kind of diagnostic medicine¨

Anna Stepanova
20 solved cases, Belarus


Anna is a long time solver, and she did it again!

¨I’ve been working at the same place – 1st clinical hospital in Minsk - for ten years. And it seems to me that I’m loving my work more and more. As I use to say my students from Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (I work there too): I adore ultrasound for not expecting what you’ll see next moment.
Now as I perform neurosonography, echocardiography and abdominal ultrasound of newborns the best prize for me is exact conformity of the pre- and postnatal diagnosis.
The Fetus.Net is a place where I find inspiration and keep my mind in shape.
My family supports me in my work and hobbies – travelling, tennis, reading.¨



Previous top winners - sonographers

Dianna Heidinger
13 solved cases, USA


Dianna is a perinatal sonographer living and working in Las Vegas.  

She loves the COW!  and she says ¨I have learned so much from¨


Shona Whitmell
11 solved cases, USA



Elizabeth Darnell
11 solved cases, USA

Elizabeth is and old friend, always among the winners!!!!

¨I am a perinatal sonographer based in Kalispell, MT USA. We provide regional Maternal Fetal Medicine services that includes flying over the Rocky Mountains to some remote locations. The views from the air are amazing – particularly during sunrise on a clear winters day. Looking forward to retirement, but still love scanning Moms and helping families.¨


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