Applications for 2022/2023 now closed

The European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Colorectal Robotic Surgery Fellowship has the aim of providing training in robotic colorectal surgery to colorectal surgeons with previous experience either in open or laparoscopic approach.

At the end of this fellowship the fellow should be able to perform standard procedures in robotic colorectal surgery for benign or malignant disease such as rectopexy, sigmoidectomy, right colectomy with/without intracorporeal anastomosis or low anterior resection. Different aspects of the theoretical background of robotic surgery, selection criteria for the patient, diagnostic studies prior to the surgical procedure or postoperative follow-up are also part of this training.

ESCP has announced the following fellowship opportunity for the 2022-2023 period:

  • 6 x six-month fellowships on Colorectal Robotic Surgery

These fellowships are supported by a €16,000 grant from Intuitive.

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Have training in general surgery for a minimum of 5 years
  • Are senior trainees or consultants at an early stage of their career
  • The fellow must be a surgeon with license to practice colorectal surgery in the host centre – ESCP will provide guidance in securing the licence. But it is the responsibility of candidates to secure licensing and work permission requirements.
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology (evidenced by practice, teaching, research or publications)
  • Basic training in robotic surgery will also be highly appreciated.
  • It is helpful if the fellow speaks the native language of the host hospital (fluent English might be accepted by most of the host centres).
  • Can clearly define the benefit to be gained from this experience

Robotic host centres

  • Amphia Hospital, Breda, The Netherlands – Supervisor: Dr George van der Schelling
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK - Supervisor: Dr Jim Khan
  • Presidio Ospedaliero della Misericordia, Grosseto, Italy - Supervisor: Prof Paolo Pietro Bianchi
  • Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Spain - Supervisor: Dr Marcos Gomez Ruiz & Dr Julio del Castillo Diego
  • Hospital Valle De Hebron, Barcelona, Spain - Supervisor: Dr Eloy Espin Basany
  • Newcastle Centre for Bowel Disease, Newcastle Hospitals NHS foundation Trust, Newcastle, UK – Supervisor: Mr Peter Coyne & Miss Neena Randhawa
  • Proctological and Pelvic Floor Clinical Center, University Hospital of Pisa, Pisa, Italy - Supervisor: Prof Gabriele Naldini
  • St Mark's Hospital, London, UK - Supervisor: Mr Danilo Miskovic
  • CHU Bordeaux, France - Supervisor: Prof Quentin Denost
  • University of Limerick Hospitals Group, Limerick, Ireland - Supervisor: Mr Colin Pierce
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, Uk - Supervisor: Mr Irshad Shaikh


  • Applications for 2022/2023 are now closed
  • Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about your application.
  • Please note: Applicants will have to go through a formal interview process. Afterwards, we will be asking you to prepare a video clip and a written report for the ESCP website to provide an account of your Fellowship experience. You will also be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of your experience at the next ESCP annual meeting if you wish to do so.

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