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

Roland Scherer (Germany)

Y-ESCP

Argyrios Ioannidis (Greece)

 

Regional Representatives

Roland Scherer

Roland Scherer, Chair

Roland Scherer

Current position

Head, Center of Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Surgery, Hospital Waldfriede, Berlin, Germany

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • IBD
  • Anal fistulae
  • Functional bowel disorders

Member of the Membership Committee since

2018

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

Martina Lemmerer

Martina Lemmerer, Central Region Representative

Martina Lemmerer

Current position

Consultant Surgeon in Visceral Surgery, Head of Colorectal Surgery Team at the Division of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Medical school

Medical University of Graz, Austria, graduated in 1999

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Department of Surgery, Hospital St. John of God, Graz, Austria
  • University Clinic for Visceral, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery, Innsbruck, Austria 2011 & 2012
  • Vienna General Hospital, Division of General Surgery, Vienna, Austria 2012 & 2013
  • Department of Surgery, Hospital St. John of God, Vienna, Austria 2013
  • Hôpital Beaujon, Paris, France 2016

Main clinical and research interests

  • Surgical oncology
  • IBD surgery
  • Abdominal sepsis, complication and fistula management
  • Complex and interdisciplinary abdominopelvic surgery
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstructions

Member of the Membership Committee since

2019

Additional information

  • Board member of the Association for Coloproctology of the Austrian Society of Surgery 2014 to date
  • Member of the Examination Board of Surgery, Austria, 2010 to date
  • ESCP National Representative, 2015-2018
  • Board member of the Styrian Medical Association, 2012 to date
  • Master of Business Administration in Health Care and Hospital Management, Medical University of Graz 2018

Frederic Ris

Frederic Ris, Central Region Representative

Frederic Ris

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

Ugur Sungertekin

Ugur Sungertekin, Eastern Region Representative

Ugur Sungertekin

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

Jared Torkington

Jared Torkington, Western Region Representative

Jared Torkington

Current position

Consultant Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff since 2002. Professor of Surgical Innovation, Cardiff University.

Medical school

St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, 1991

General surgical and colorectal training

  • St Mary's Hospital, London
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
  • University Hospital of Wales, Swansea
  • St Mark's Hospital, London

Main clinical and research interests

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • PIPAC
  • Incisional hernia prevention

Member of the Membership Committee since

2018

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