Winners of the Case of the Week for 2011 - Winners' list

 2011-12-14-09 Winners of the case of the week for 2011 © Jeanty
Winners of the Case of the Week, 2011
This is the 13th year that we are posting the list of winners. Overall 437 participants found at least one correct answer for our cases of the weeks this year. Many more people¬†just looked and tried to solve our cases from time to time. As usual¬†I am humbled by the quality of all those who answered, their dedication to learning and their efforts in solving very difficult cases on just a few images. Congratulations to all sucessfull solvers! I 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. A particular thanks, as always goes to Fabrice Cuillier for all his superbly documented cases. Another important contributor this year has been Elena Andreeva (√ź‚ÄĘ√ź¬Ľ√ź¬Ķ√ź¬Ĺ√ź¬į √ź√ź¬Ĺ√ź¬ī√Ď‚ā¨√ź¬Ķ√ź¬Ķ√ź¬≤√ź¬į) who has submitted a number of beautiful cases too. And as you review the list of winners over the past few years, it is remarkable to see all the talents that have come from the Eastern European countries and Russia. I am so glad that this is the case and they have submitted superb cases too. Thanks to Mikhail Medvedev (√źŇď√ź¬ł√ςĶ√ź¬į√ź¬ł√ź¬Ľ √źŇď√ź¬Ķ√ź¬ī√ź¬≤√ź¬Ķ√ź¬ī√ź¬Ķ√ź¬≤), for all his support in Russia and Eastern countries.

Finally the dedication and artistry of Franti Grochal is one of the reasons this site is so popular. Franti is such a remarkable physician and human being and I am privileged to be associated with him. 

So for 2012, send in your good cases, you will make me immensely happy, tell your friends about the site (sometimes I travel to countries were very few people have actually visited) and good luck in your studies and lives!

Philippe & Franti

PS: In case I forgot to include your winning entry, please do remind me (send the E-mail). You will not offend me at all!

Top first time winners - physicians

Martin Schneider, 23 solved cases, Germany


Martin lives in Passau in Bavaria (Germany). He loves his family (three daughters and his wife). As he says, he likes to unravel mysteries and to look for a needle in a haystack, especially if he can learn something new for his profession, prenatal diagnostic. In the last 2 years he established a prenatal diagnostic branch at the urban clinic of Passau in Bavaria. He likes trips to the beautiful Iceland, where he spends lot of time with his family. He also likes biking or flying glider or motor plane.   This year he solved 23 of our cases, and classified himself to be the winner of this category. Congratulation!  Cristina Martinez Payo, 21 solved cases, Spain


Cristina works in Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid as a specialist in prenatal diagnosis. This is both her job and her biggest hobby, and that¬īs why she considers herself to be a very lucky person. She likes going to the cinema and reading good books. Above all she likes to share her spare time with her daughter and family (and they think she spends too much time working at home with her laptop). This year she has solved 21 of our cases, which is admirable. Congratulations! Victoria Bogomazova, 21 solved cases, Ukraine


Victoria lives and works in Donetsk (eastern Ukraine). She has been working as doctor of prenatal diagnostics in the Donetsk Regional Medical Association for about 20 years. She has two adult sons. She loves her work, reading, visiting concerts of organ music, travelling, and she grows flowers. Besides her hobbies she had found some time for our cases this year and solved 21 of them! Congratulations! Jean Michel Briffa, 21 solved cases, France


Jean lives in Paris where he works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Prenatal ultrasonography also makes a big part of his practice. He likes art, volleyball, table tennis and travelling. This year he has also dedicated some time to our cases and solved 21 of them. Congratulation! Nicolas Lacroix, 20 solved cases, France


Nicolas is 35-year-old and works as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Montpellier in the south of France. He is married and has two children (son Gael who is eight and daughter Cerise who is three). Fetal echography is his passion. He wrote us: "What I believe is the most important in my work, is to accompany my patients through their happiness but as well as difficulties of their pregnancies, and to stand at their side during hard decisions they sometime have to make". He likes travelling, chocolate and Nutella, going to cinema and theatre, biking in Cevennes with his family and visiting Greek Cyclades islands. Besides of his hobbies, he found time to solve our cases, and this year he managed to be among winners. Congratulations! Victoria Lysenko, 19 solved cases, Ukraine


Victoria has been practicing ultrasound for 18 years. She is married, has two children (son and daughter) and a little grandson. She likes reading, painting and trips. Besides her family and other activities she found a time for our cases and this year she managed to integrate herself into group of our winners. Congratulations! Irina Andrusenko, 19 solved cases, Russia


Irina lives in Stavropol, Russia. She loves ultrasound diagnostic. Her enthusiasm in solving difficult cases brought her among top winners this year. Congratulations! Yanes Avlastimov, 18 solved cases, Russia


Yanes lives in Kislovodsk, Russia. He works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He also does ultrasound diagnostics in the Maternity Hospital. In his spare time he likes to play acoustic guitar and football. Congratulations! Electra Neokli, 18 solved cases, Cyprus


Electra is from Nicosia, Cyprus. She is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with Diploma in Fetal Medicine. She likes her profession very much. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. She likes travelling and spending time with her grandchildren. This year she tried to solve our cases for the first time and she managed to classify herself among top winners. Congratulations! Antonis Socratous, 18 solved case, Cyprus


Antonis comes from Cyprus, the island of Aphrodite. He works as an obstetrician and gynecologist focusing on prenatal diagnostic.  His wife is a pediatrician and they have three daughters (the first two are 12-year-old twins and the third one is eight).  18 solved cases placed him among winners this year.   Congratulations!

Top first time winners - sonographers

Valerie Jackson, 14 solved cases, USA

Valerie has been performing ultrasounds since 1996 and she is registered in OB/Gyn, Abdomen, Breast, and Vascular ultrasound. Currently she works for Texas Children’s Hospital - Maternal Fetal Medicine Department which is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is planning on taking her Fetal Echo registry soon. She likes travelling, scuba diving, reading, cooking and enjoys photography.

"One of the things I love about MFM sonography and is the opportunity to solve a challenging case and see some rare and unusual anomaly or syndrome. Some weeks I can’t wait for Thursday to come around so that I can read the new COW that has been posted"

This year she managed to solve 14 cases and to be on the first place in this category.


Deborah A. Reid, 8 solved cases, USA


Deborah works at University of Texas Medical Branch in one of the Satellite sites in Pasadena, Texas. She has been a Sonographer since 1996.  She is registered in OB/Gyn, Breast, Abdomen and Fetal Echo.  She has an Associates is Radiologic Technology and is also RT(R) and CT.  She started working with their MFM group in Pasadena approximately 5 years ago.  She never dreamed she would love scanning babies so much, but now she thinks, she would never do anything else! She works with their Pediatric Cardiologist once a week doing Fetal Echos with him. She is in the process of publishing a paper on Absent Pulmonary Valve Syndrome and she works on several more papers to be published hopefully in the near future.   Congratulations! Genevieve Campbell, 6 cases, USA   Lindsey Ashton, 5 solved cases, Australia

Lindsey works as a sonographer at Queensland Ultrasound for Women in QLD, Australia. She is interested in the management of high risk pregnancies, in particular diagnosis of vasa previa. This year she managed to solve 5 of our cases. Congratulations! Sharon Tolwinski, 4 solved cases, USA   Katherine Gorman, 4 solved cases, USA  


Previous top winners - physicians

Albana Cerekja, 25 solved cases, Italy


Albana belongs among those solvers, whose exact answers have become a habit. She also contributed to our website with some interesting cases from her practice. This year she managed to solve all our cases.  Congratulations! Christa Faschingbauer, 25 solved cases, Germany

Christa has been among top winners for many years. She is a very quick-witted responder and her accurate answers come immediately after a new COW is posted. She also managed to solve all our cases this year. Congratulations! Emmanuel Julien, 25 solved cases, France

Emmanuel has been concentrating on fetuses with birth defects for many years. His¬†experience helped him to solve our cases with an ease and so is among the winners for this year again. Emmanuel loves painting and he has exhibited his works at several exhibitions ‚Äď here is an example of his talent (click here). Congratulations! Megha Venkatraman, 25 solved cases, Oman

Megha has been keeping her high standard of accurate answers for several years. This year she managed to solve all of our cases, which is admirable. Congratulations! Ebubekir Unlu, 24 solved cases, Turkey
Ebibekir Unlu 2011

Ebu belongs to our dedicated solvers for many years. Hi is usually among the first responders and his experience classified him to stand among winners again. He is now retired and lives in Pattaya (Thailand), but always finds some time for our cases. Congratulations! Nickolay Petrovich Veropotvelyan, 24 solved cases, Ukraine

Nickolay is from Ukraine and works as a director of the Multiregional Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnostics Center in Kryvyi Rih. He is also a vice-president of the Perinatal Medicine Ukrainian Association and specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Genetics, Ultrasound diagnostics and also in Organization and management of public health. He is married and has two sons. Nickolay was awarded - Zolotiy Hrest Chesti I Zvytyagy¬† ‚ÄúLytsar Vitchyzny‚ÄĚ - a Gold Cross of Honor and Valor ‚ÄĚKnight of Fatherland‚ÄĚ and a sword (inscribed with his name) of the ‚ÄúUkrainian Knight Legion‚ÄĚ. Nickolay stands among winners for the third time in this competition. He solved 24 of our cases this year, and his answers are usually very straightforward and accurate. Congratulations! Florian Faschingbauer, 23 solved cases, Germany

Florian is 32-year-old works in the University Hospital of Erlangen, Germany. Last year he was among winners for the first time and he repeted his success this year. Congratulations! Elena Nikolaevna Andreeva, 23 solved cases, Belarus (currently working in Moscow, Russia)

Elena was an important contributor to our website this year. She has submitted a number of beautiful cases and also found a time to solve our cases of the week.   Thank you, and congratulations! Andrew Averyanov, 23 solved cases, Ukraine

Andrew works in Donetsk regional Centre of medical genetics (Ukraine), which is (as he wrote us) the most advanced institution of prenatal diagnostic in his country. Andrew also belongs to our quick responders with precise answers. This is not the first time he is among the winners!   Congratulations! Alexander Krasnov, 23 solved cases, Ukraine

Alex comes from Donetsk city in the east of Ukraine and works in the center of medical genetics and prenatal diagnosis. This is for the third time he is among winners in this strong category.