Klaus Matzel

Chair: Klaus Matzel

Klaus E. Matzel is a Professor of Surgery and the Head of the Section of Coloproctology, at the University of Erlangen, Germany.  Professor Matzel graduated from Medical School University Erlangen. He pioneered the use of sacral spinal nerve stimulation in the field of Coloproctology after a research fellowship at the Department of Urology, San Francisco. He performed the first implants in 1994 and was instrumental in developing and teaching the technique worldwide.

Klaus Matzel is also engaged in research in many other aspects of the field, mainly functional and cancer related.  He served for many years as the Secretary of the U.E.M.S. EBSQ Division Coloproctology and is President of the Section since 2011. He is a member of a number of medical societies and of multiple Editorial Boards, including Colorectal Disease and Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. Professor Matzel has authored and co-authored over 200 articles and book chapters, co-edited several books and delivered more than 350 national and international presentations.

richard bradyRichard Brady*

Richard qualified from Queens' University of Belfast in 2001. Following basic surgical training in Northern Ireland, he completed his advanced coloproctology surgical training and a higher research degree in colorectal science in Edinburgh. He is currently a national ALSGBI Laparoscopic Colorectal fellow in Newcastle. He has held a number of UK national committee roles representing surgical trainees in recent years. His post-graduate research degree explored colon cancer chemoprevention and his current research portfolio focuses on surgical outcomes, medical technology, social media and mHealth.

He is the founder of a website design, mobile app development and social media management consultancy, researchactive.com Ltd. and is an advisor on medical social media and technology issues to a number of multinational companies. He represents trainees and advises on technology issues on the ESCP educational, communications and website working group committees.

Eloy Espin

Eloy Espin (Ex-officio)

Eloy is Chief of Colo-rectal Surgery Unit, Hospital Valle de Hebron in Barcelona and Professor of Surgery at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Kat GashKatherine Gash

Katherine graduated from the University of Bristol in 2006. She is currently on the surgical registrar rotation in the South-West of England, training to be a Colorectal Surgeon. Having completed 5 years of surgical training (ST1- 5), she has recently begun research with the Cancer Research UK Colorectal Tumour Biology Group, towards a higher degree (MD) in Bristol. For this work she was awarded a Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship.

Since 2009 she has been an Honorary Clinical Anatomy Teacher of the Severn School of Surgery (teaching surgical trainees anatomy using cadavers). She has a strong interest in training and has helped to establish two innovative courses in the UK- Pelvic Floor Surgery training for registrars and Radiology for Surgeons.

Dieter Hahnloser
Dieter Hahnloser

Dieter received his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He performed his surgical training mainly at the University Hospital in Zurich and did a clinical and research fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, USA. He was appointed clinical assistant Professor of Surgery in 2004 and Professor of Surgery in 2011. He is head of Coloproctology at the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 2011 Dieter was appointed Secretary of the UEMS Division of Coloproctology and is responsible for the EBSQ Coloproctology examinations. His clinical and research interest are predominantly minimal invasive treatment of IBD and rectal cancer, including robotic surgery, but also surgical education using virtual reality simulators.

Fillipo LaTorre

Filippo la Torre

Filippo received his degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1975 cum Laude and has completed his specialist training in General Surgery cum Laude in 1980 at “Sapienza” Rome University. In 2000 was appointed as Professor of Surgery. His current roles include:

  1. ESCP Treasurer 2016-2019.
  2. Director of Colorectal and Pelvic Surgery Unit at Policlinico Umberto 1° Rome University and Chairman of the organization of surgical activities into the Emergency Dept.
  3. Member of ESCP Education Committee.
  4. Chairman of SICCR External Relationship.
  5. Chairman of SICCR National Biannual Educational Meeting.

He is involved in many International Researches into the fields of Faecal Incontinence and Colorectal Cancer.

Harald RosenHarald Rosen

Harald Rosen finished his medical training at Vienna Medical School in 1984. Following his residency in General Surgery he specialized in colorectal surgery at the Danube Hospital, Vienna (Head: Professor Rudolf Schiessel) and focused on sphincter preservation and restoration in rectal cancer patients as well as in patients suffering from faecal incontinence.
He introduced dynamic graciloplasty as well as sacral nerve stimulation for the first time in Austria and served as a teacher for these methods in many hospitals all over the world.
Being a fellow of the European Board of Surgical Qualification (FEBSQ) for Coloproctology as well as General Surgery, Harald Rosen serves as a examiner for these subjects.
Harald Rosen is a Professor of Surgery at Vienna University since 2002. Presently he is a member of the MIA group (minimal invasive associates, www.mia-surgery.com) at Vienna Private Clinic. Furthermore, he serves as Editor in Chief of the Hamdan Medical Journal which is based in Dubai, UAE.

Pierpalo SileriPierpaolo Sileri

Pierpaolo graduated summa cum laude at the Unversity of Rome Tor Vergata in 1998. He spent 3 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago as fellow and obtained the degree of Master of Surgery at the same Univesity in 2002. He completed his residency in Gastrointestinal Surgery in 2005 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 2003 to 2005 he trained as Specialist Registar in colorectal Surgery in Oxford. In 2006 he obtained the PhD degree in Surgery. Currently he is a Consultant Surgeon at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. His research focus covers IBD, Cancer and pelvic floor.

Baljit SinghBaljit Singh

Baljit qualified and trained in Oxford University where he was a Clinical Lecturer and Surgeon Scientist. He was awarded a DPhil in 2004 and was also an International Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons in 2008.

In 2009 he became a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University Hospitals Leicester. He is currently active in several UK surgical societies in developing educational programmes for colorectal trainees.

david zimmermanDavid Zimmerman

David received his medical degree (with honours) in 2003 from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was awarded his Ph.D. in the same year. He underwent surgical training in the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft (NL) and Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam (NL). Also he did clinical fellowships at the University College Hospital in London (UK) and Cleveland Clinic, Florida (USA). David underwent specialist colorectal surgical training at the Diakonessen Hospital in Utrecht (NL). David passed the E.B.S.Q. (coloproctology) examination in 2011.
In 2010 he was appointed consultant colorectal surgeon at the “Elisabeth-TweeSteden” Hospital in Tilburg (NL), one of the largest treatment centers for colorectal cancer in The Netherlands.
David’s main area of research is benign anorectal disease. David’s clinical expertise is minimally invasive treatment of colorectal diseases (Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Colorectal Resection and Single Port Colectomy) as well as the treatment of benign colorectal disease (Proctology, Pelvic Floor Disorders). Furthermore David is actively involved in the training of interns, residents and young surgeons.
Samson Tou 2.11.14Samson Tou

Samson is a Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Derby Hospital and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham.  After completing his MS in colorectal cancer genetics at University College London and training in East Anglia, Samson undertook a laparoscopic fellowship in Australia and completed a Masters in minimally invasive surgery at Adelaide University. During his training he was awarded travelling fellowships to Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Japanese Cancer Centre. He has special interests in advanced minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopic TME, robotic and transanal minimally invasive surgery; other interests include fistula surgery and ultra-radical gynae-oncological surgery (joint operation with gynae-oncologists).  He is a colorectal cancer lead.  Academic interests include randomized trials and systematic reviews to enhance patient outcomes.  Samson is a Junior Editor of Colorectal Disease, Editor of Cochrane Colorectal Cancer Group, and he is a faculty member of MS Coloproctology at the University of East Anglia.

 Muhammad Imran Aslam  

Imran is currently in his final years of higher surgical training in England and has recently taken up a role of honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Leicester. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical Lahore, Pakistan and completed his basic surgical training with East Midland Healthcare Postgraduate Deanery, UK. He received his MRCS from Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2008 and worked as a clinical research fellow in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the University Hospitals of Leicester, NHS Trust from 2008 to 2012. His BDRF (a charity organisation linked to ACPGBI) funded research work on tissue and plasma microRNAs in colorectal cancer was awarded for PhD. Imran won many research grants, NHS innovation award/fellowship and made presentations at international level. His colorectal cancer research portfolio focuses on circulating genomic biomarkers for the early detection and response to treatment.

He is a project lead for ‘Utilising Serious Games to Develop the Decision Making Skills of Trainees’, a collaborative project from Health Education England and Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has keen interest in the future use of serious games, virtual reality and web based simulations for the education of surgical trainees in Europe. 


Edgar Furnee


Edgar Furnée obtained his medical degree at Utrecht University (NL) in 2006. After graduating from medical school, he worked for two years as a surgical teaching assistant at VU university medical centre in Amsterdam (NL) and subsequently he was a surgical intern at St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein (NL). In 2010, he was awarded his PhD-degree at Utrecht University after successfully defending his thesis "Complex disorders of the upper digestive tract".

He was trained in general surgery at the University Medical Centre and Diakonessen Hospital in Utrecht and did two years of specialist training in Coloproctology in the latter one. During his colorectal training, he followed a fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the St. Mark's Hospital in London (UK).

In 2016, he was awarded a fellowship in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at the University of Turin (Italy) by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), and a fellowship in pelvic floor and advanced colorectal cancer surgery at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) by the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP). Edgar was a fellow of the Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) in Seoul (South Korea) during the same year as well. In addition, he also did a short period of colorectal training in the Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City (USA) and the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Queensland (Australia).

Currently, he is working as a consultant colorectal surgeon at the University Medical Centre Groningen (NL). His main areas of focus are laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, proctology and functional pelvic floor surgery.


Mark Potter

Mark Potter is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon appointed in 2002 at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. This is a dedicated Colorectal Unit established in 2002, as well as serving the population of Edinburgh it has a large tertiary referral practice from all areas of Scotland. The Colorectal Unit is one of the largest in Europe and has an international research reputation. His practice includes all aspects of colorectal surgery, in particular laparoscopic surgery, cancer surgery, treatment of pelvic floor disorders, endomatriosis and advanced colonoscopy.

He has a keen interest in surgical training being member of the development and examination boards for the on line Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) http://www.essqchm.rcsed.ac.uk from its inception in 2006. This is a collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh. He is also on the Faculty for the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Course in Dundee since 2009 teaching advanced laparoscopic surgery to senior trainees.

He is medical advisor to Professor Alan Murray, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh for the IMAPCT Trial (Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-cancer Therapy). Surgical advisor to Health Protection Scotland for the Health Associated Infection Short life working group for Surgical Site infections

His current research interests include surgical site infection and anastomotic leak.

 *Communications Committee