This is a new communications working group formed to drive social media activity across the society’s online platforms, tailoring content for the next generation of aspiring colorectal surgeons across Europe and beyond. The Social Media (SoMe) Working Group is led by Young ESCP members.

Miguel Cunha

Miguel Cunha (Co-Chair)

Miguel Cunha

Current position

General surgery last year trainee, Algarve Hospital University Centre, Portimão, Portugal. Since January 2014.

Medical school

Master of Medicine at Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2006-2011)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Hospital de Cascais, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Algarve Hospital University Centre, Portimão, Portugal
  • Hospital Curry Cabral, Lisboa Portugal
  • Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Main clinical and research interests

  • Collaborative research
  • Colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer
  • Epigenetics
  • Global surgery

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • 2008-2009: Member of the Student Association, Head of the Recreational Department
  • 2019: ESCP Fellowship in minimally-invasive oncologic colorectal surgery at Hospital del Mar, Barcelona
  • Since 2019: Executive Member of PT Surg (a Portuguese general surgery collaborative research group)

Twitter handle: @MiguelFCunha86

Vittoria Bellato

Vittoria Bellato

Vittoria Bellato

Current position

Colorectal surgery fellow, St. Mark’s Hospital, London, UK

Medical school

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2013 at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Department of Pancreatic Surgery, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
  • Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
  • Department of Colorectal Surgery, AMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Department of Surgery, Tokyo cancer Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer and lateral node dissection
  • Minimally invasive surgery (TaTME, SPL)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2020

Additional information

Twitter: @vittoriabellat0

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vittoria-bellato-1269751a2/

 Gianluca Pellino

Gianluca Pellino (Co-Chair)

Gianluca Pellino

Current position

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Naples, Italy; Advanced Formation and Research, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona

Medical school

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2008 at the Second University of Naples, Italy (MD)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • General and Colorectal Surgery, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
  • ESCP 2016 Colorectal Fellow, Colorectal Surgery, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK
  • Colorectal Clinical Assistant, St. Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute, Harrow, UK
  • AECP International Colorectal Fellow 2017, Colorectal Unit, Hospital “La Fe” Valencia, Spain
  • Colorectal Unit, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain

Main clinical and research interests

  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Transanal minimally-invasive colorectal surgery (TAMIS, TaTME) and Robotic surgery
  • Applied colorectal anatomy

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • Fellow of the European Board of Surgery (FEBS), Coloproctology 2018
  • International Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS), 2018
  • PhD “Doctor Europaeus” in Translational Medicine (2018), Thesis on TaTME and Pelvic exenterations
  • Member of the Young European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (Y-ECCO) Committee
  • Member of the IBD Section and of the Communication and Research Committees of the Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Techniques in Coloproctology (Social Media Editor)
  • Editor Assistant 2019 British Journal of Surgery
  • Associate Editor of BMC Surgery
  • Editorial Board of World Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology Research and Practice, Medicine
  • EuroSurg co-chair 2017-2018 and ItSurg vice-chair since 2017

Twitter: @GianlucaPellino

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gianluca-pellino-b55b9641/

Nagendra Dudi-Venkata

Nagendra Dudi-Venkata

Nagendra Dudi-Venkata

Current position

General Surgery trainee, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Medical school

  • Graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2000 at Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Department of General Surgery, Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Department of General Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Main clinical and research interests

  • Delayed recovery of gastro-intestinal function after surgery or Ileus
  • Clinical outcomes-based research
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Collaborative research

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • Member, Working group Clinical Trials Network Australia New Zealand (CTANZ)
  • Chair. South Australian Trainees Audit & Research Collaborative (STARC SA)
  • Member, Victorian collaborative for Education, Research, Innovation, Training and Audit by Surgical trainees
  • Member, Joanna Briggs Institute, Adelaide GRADE Centre
  • Trainee lead in COMPASS, SUNRRISE RCT, DAMASCUS, CholeCovid, CovidSurg Aus
  • PhD candidate

Twitter: @surgnags

Cristian Gallardo

Cristián Gallardo

Cristián Gallardo

Current position

Colorectal Surgeon, Colorectal Surgery Unit, Hospital Clínico San Borja Arriarán, Clínica Redsalud Providencia

Medical school

Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile (2008)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • General Surgery: Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile. (2009-2012)
  • Colorectal Surgery Clinical Fellowship: Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile. (2012-2015)

Main clinical and research interests

  • MIS in Rectal cancer
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic colorectal surgery
  • TaTME
  • Collaborative research.

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2019

Additional information

  • ESCP Fellowship: Unité de Chirurgie Colorectale, Hôpital Haut Lévèque, CHU de Bordeaux, France (2019)

Twitter: @crisgallardo82

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristi%C3%A1n-gallardo-a6156834/

Zoe Garoufalia

Zoe Garoufalia

 Zoe Garoufalia

Current position

Honorary Clinical Fellow, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK (since March 2020)

Medical school

School of Medicine of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (graduated in 2013)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Transplantation Unit, Laiko University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Second Department of Propaedeutic Surgery, Laiko University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Colorectal Department, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Main clinical and research interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Minimally-invasive colorectal surgery

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • PhD Candidate 

Twitter: @ZGaroufalia

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-garoufalia-805989a8/

Gloria Zaffaroni

Gloria Zaffaroni

Gloria Zaffaroni

Current position

Trainee, University of Milan

Medical school

University of Milan (La Statale)

General surgical and colorectal training

On the trainee programme at the University of Milan, since November 2018

Main clinical and research interests

Colorectal cancer

Member of the Social Media Sub-Committee since

Year 2020

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