The Membership Committee is responsible for promoting ESCP and increasing awareness of its values. The Membership Committee work in close liaison with National Representatives to connect with ESCP members on a local level and is also responsible for co-ordinating their activities.

The Membership Committee is made up of one chairman, elected on merit, a Y-ESCP member, and six Regional Representatives, two from each geographic region, who normally have previous experience as a National Representative.

Chair

Frederic Ris (Switzerland)

Y-ESCP

Argyrios Ioannidis (Greece)

 

Regional Representatives

Frederic Ris

Frederic Ris Chair

Frederic Ris (Chair)

Current position

Professor of Surgery, Geneva University Hospitals and medical school, Geneva, Switzerland

Medical school

Geneva University and medical school, Geneva, Switzerland (graduated in 1999)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lachen Hospital, Lachen, Switzerland
  • St Luc Hospital, Brussels, Belgium
  • Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford, United Kingdom

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Pelvic floor disorders and proctology
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Teaching surgery

Member of the Membership Committee since

2019

Additional information

  • Swiss ESCP National Representative since 2016
  • Member of editorial board of Techniques in Coloproctology
  • President of the ASRCC, French Swiss Laparoscopic Association
  • Member of the committee of the Swiss Visceral Surgical Society
  • Member of the Swiss Surgical Society, ESA, SALTC, ESSO, among others
  • Supporting any coloproctology activity in Switzerland

Michel Adamina

Michel Adamina, Central Region Representative

Michel Adamina

Current position

Chief of Colorectal Surgery, Kantonsspital Winterthur and Professor of Surgery, University of Basel, Switzerland

Medical school

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Surgeon-Scientist University of Basel - graduated 2003
  • EBSQ Coloproctology 2007
  • Clinical Colorectal fellowships University of Toronto, Canada (2006-2008) and Cleveland, OH, USA (2008-2009)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal and peritoneal cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pelvic floor
  • Education and Training
  • Translational Research and Entrepreneurship 

Member of the Membership Committee since

2022

Additional information

  • Swiss ESCP national representative 2019-2022
  • ESCP Programme Committee since 2021
  • Organiser of the European Colorectal Congress of St.Gallen since 2010
  • Editoral Board Member of Cancers
  • President, Swiss Peritoneal Cancer Group
  • Past President, Swiss Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Past Chair of the Surgeons of the European Crohn and Colitis Organisation (ECCO)
  • Member of the Guidelines Committee of ECCO
  • Member of the Swiss Society of Surgery and of the Swiss Visceral Surgeons
  • Founding member of the Swiss Biodesign Programme taught with ZHAW and Stanford
  • MSc Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research 2008 (Toronto)
  • EMBA HSG 2014

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Giuseppe Sica, Central Region Representative

Giuseppe Sica 

Current position:

Associate professor of surgery and Head of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery, University and Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

Medical school:

Sapienza University 1985-1990, 1993-1995 (PhD program; research fellow Harvard and NYU, U.S.A.)

General surgical and colorectal training:

Tor Vergata University 1998 Specialist in General Surgery Oxford University Hospitals 2000-2003 G.I. Surgery clinical fellow and consultant surgeon

Main clinical and research interests:

Colon cancer and IBD Surgery

Member of the Membership Committee since:

  • 2019-2022 Italian representative
  • 2022-2025 Program Committee
  • 2023-2026 Central region representative

Additional information:

  • Host centre for ESCP fellowship laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Centre of Excellence Italian Society of colorectal surgery for laparoscopic surgery

Argyrios Ioannidis

Argyrios Ioannidis, Y-ESCP

Argyrios Ioannidis

Current position

Consultant Surgeon, Athens Medical Centre, Athens, Greece (since 2019)

Medical school

School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece (graduated in 2011)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Sismanoglio General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida, USA

Main clinical and research interests

  • Rectal cancer
  • Robotic surgery
  • Fluorescence-guided surgery

Member of the Membership Committee since

2018

Additional information

  • Junior Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Colorectal Disease journal
  • PhD candidate, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Ugur Sungertekin

Ugur Sungurtekin, Eastern Region Representative

Ugur Sungurtekin

Current position

Chair of the Department of General Surgery at Pamukkale University School of Colon & Rectal Surgery (since 2018). Division Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Pamukkale University School of Colon & Rectal Surgery (since 2007).

Medical school

Aegean University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

General surgical and colorectal training

  • General surgery: Aegean University School of Medicine Department of General Surgery, Izmir, Turkey
  • Colorectal surgery: Pamukkale University School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery - Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Izmir, Turkey

Main clinical and research interests

  • Anorectal surgery
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colonoscopy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Member of the Membership Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • FACS, USA
  • FASCRS (International), USA
  • EBSQ Coloproctology (2007) - ESCP

Donald Claeys

Donald Claeys, Western Region Representative

Donald Claeys

Current position

Oncological surgeon in visceral surgery, AZ Maria Mediatrix, Ghent, Belgium

Medical school

State University of Ghent, Belgium

General surgical and colorectal training

  • State University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Leeds General Infirmary, UK
  • St. Mark's Hospital, London, UK
  • Children's Hospital Bremen, Germany
  • Hôpital Beaujon, Paris, France
  • Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, France
  • Algemein Krankenhaus Wien-Lainz, Austria

Main clinical and research interests

Rectal surgery

Member of the Membership Committee since

2019

Additional information

Scientific positions:

  • Past President of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgeons, 2006; board member
  • Past President of the Section of Colorectal Surgery, 2013; board member
  • Founder and Past President of the Collegium Chirurgicum, 2009-2015
  • Board member of the Belgian Society Surgical Oncology
  • National delegate to International Society of Surgeons 2001-2016

Representative positions:

  • Member of Superior Council for Medical Doctors and Specialists
  • Co-President of the Working Group for Medical Specialists
  • President of the Accreditation Committee for Surgeons
  • Secretary Association of Professional Specialists Societies (VBS-GBS)
  • National Representative to ESCP, 2016-2019

Rosa

Rosa Jímenez-Rodriguez, Western Region Representative

Rosa Jímenez-Rodriguez 

Current position:

Attending at Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío. Professor of Surgery at Universidad de Sevilla

Medical school:

Universidad de Extremadura

General surgical and colorectal training:

General Surgery training at Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío. Fellow in colorectal surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA

Main clinical and research interests:

Colorectal cancer, minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery

Member of the Membership Committee since:

2021

Additional information: 

  • PhD Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • European Board of Surgery Qualification - Coloproctology.
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