Residents Fellows and Students Committee


PAIRS Residents Fellows Students (RFS) section is part of the Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society (PAIRS). It is free to join and easy to become involved.

History of RFS

The idea for the PAIRS Residents, Fellows and Students Committee first started in May 2020 during Covid Lockdown times. An Egyptian resident, who is having herIR residency training in the USA (Ayah Megahed), had good connections with SIR RFS leaders. She discussed with an Egyptian IR fellow (Rana Khafagy) the possibilities of collaboration between SIR and PAIRS on the Junior IRs level. Dr. Khafagy was involved in several PAIRS activities among which being the Egypt Regional Leader of the #IAM_PAIRS program. Soon, Dr. Khafagy contacted Dr. Al-Sibaie, the current president of PAIRS, who was so enthusiastic for the idea where it enforces the current PAIRS board vision : “Investing in Youth”.

The discussions necessitated forming a PAIRS RFS so that they can contact their peers in SIR on an official level. Soon Dr. Khafagy was appointed as head of the PAIRS RFS committee and the journey started.

7 enthusiastic residents and fellows from 4 Arab countries were recruited to the committee and communications started with both SIR RFS as well as CIRSE European Trainee Forum (ETF).

Mission Statement

  • We are the voice for MENA region IR Juniors as well as students interested in our magical specialty.
  • We will reach out for our peers all over the world trying to achieve a mutual long term collaboration that would work in favor of trainees all over the world.
  • We will promote our specialty among medical students, promote specialty updates among residents, and fellows.
  • We will guide MENA region IR trainees to find regional and international training institutes, help them find great mentors helping them throughout their journey.
  • We will work to recruit the most amazing future IRs from our region who will enhance IR practice in our regionas well as supporting residency programs development.

“I look forward to witnessing The PAIRS RFS Committee joining efforts with all similar committees worldwide, enlighting the way for all MENA region Junior IRs to reach their goals and become leading practicing IRs.” – Rana Khafagy, MSc.

Meet the Committee

Dr. Rana Tarek M. Khafagy
Head of RFS Committee

Ain Shams University Hospital
Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Essam Yehia Muhammad Hashem
King’s College Hospital
London, UK

Dr. Ayah Abdelsalam Megahed
Ain Shams University
Bridgeport, USA

Dr. Afra Alfalahi
Rashid Hospital and Trauma Center
Dubai, UAE

Dr. Aljabriyah Alfutais
King Abdulaziz Medical City National Guard Hospital
Riyadh, KSA

Dr. Mahmoud Mustafa Mohamed Kamal Eldin
Ain Shams University Hospitals
Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Asma Souid
Medical School of Tunis
Tunis, Tunisia

Dr. Hend Gamal
Ain Shams University Hospital
Cairo, Egypt