Welcome to the Austrian page of the ESCP

In the past centuries there were some outstanding Austrian doctors like Julius Wagner-Jauregg (noble prize winner 1927), Karl Landsteiner (noble prize winner 1930) and Ignaz Semmelweiss. The most famous surgeon was Theodor Billroth who stands for the founder of modern abdominal surgery.

The Austrian working group of Coloproctology (ACP) was founded in 1993 and is part of the Austrian Society of Surgery. Yearly, there are six different specialized coloproctologic courses, guest visits and several meetings at the yearly Austrian Surgical Meeting as well as consensus papers (treatment of hemorrhoids, anal HPV) organized and done by the coloprotctologic working group.

Annually part of the Austrian coloprotologic surgeons also meet at the annual ESCP meeting: ask for and meet at the 'traditional Austrian ESCP-evening' that takes part here!

A ‘Training Certificate in Coloproctology’ (by the ACP) enables interested colleagues to undertake a structured and specialized training in coloproctology and enables qualification for national members to the EBSQ Coloproctology. 

There are several coloproctologic courses arranged by the ACP yearly. They are focusing on: anatomy, examination, operation techniques, dermatology & STD, pelvic floor diseases and endosonography. The training certification dures a minimum of 3 years and covers several theoretical and practical sessions, an operation catalogue, attendance of meetings and job shadowing in coloproctologic centers, it ends up with an official certification by the ACP.

Under the ACP’s patronage, the biennially, international Innsbruck Coloproctologic Wintermeeting (ICW) takes place in Tyrol (Igls, Innsbruck) since 2001. There is another patronage at the annual meeting of the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology every October. The international congress of the European Federation for Colorectal Cancer (EFR) takes place every two years in Vienna.

There is a homepage of the ACP launched at the Innsbruck Coloproctologic Wintermeeting in 2019,  facilitating cooperations in educational, clinical and scientific work of Austrian coloproctologic surgeons:

www.coloproctology-austria.at (German) and

https://www.coloproctology-austria.at (English)


Population: 8,820,000
ESCP Members: 47

Society: Austrian Society of Surgery: Austrian working group for Coloproctology (ACP)
ESCP Representative Name: Irmgard E. Kronberger

National Examination: General Surgery (w/o optional specialisation in Coloproctology), Training Certificate in Coloproctology (ACP)

Journal(s): European Surgery, Coloproctology, International Journal of Colorectal Disease



Current Research:

anal fistula: prospective and observational studies

MiFlaPro-trial: national multidisciplinary randomized placebo controlled Phase III trial: Flavonoids in hemorrhagic radiation proctitis 

INSPIRE – stem cell therapy in patients with Crohn’s Disease

IBD & Surgery: TNF antibody therapy in IBD after bowel resection

anal HPV: therapy management, AdAM-trial

Several other studies are organized by the ABCSG - Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group (http://www.abcsg.at). A forthcoming study will be “Endurance training in patients after colorectal cancer to prevent recurrence”.




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