Laila Hessissen is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Medical School of Rabat, Morocco, where she has been a faculty member since 2000. She also works as a Pediatric Hematology Oncologist at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center of Rabat.
Professor Hessissen received her Pediatric Oncology University Diploma from the Paris-Sud University in France in 2000. She is the President of the Moroccan Society of Pediatric Oncology Hematology, General Secretary of the French-African Group of Pediatric Oncology (GFAOP), and the Continental President of SIOP-Africa. Her interests include paediatric brain tumours, genetic predisposition, and metronomic chemotherapy.
Since 2014, Professor Hessissen has been involved in the creation and supervision of a Certified Diploma of Pediatric Oncology for clinicians in French-Speaking African countries. This programme takes place at the Mohammed V University of Rabat and is recognised by the Paris-Sud University in France. Through this programme, she has developed the e-GFAOP e-learning platform for participants in the diploma programme, as well as a network of practical training sites.