Des WinterDes Winter is Assistant Chair on ESCP's Programme Committee and is Professor at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin


Current Position and Hospital: St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

ESCP Executive position: Assistant Chair on Programme Committee

Main clinical and research interests: Locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer, organ preserving approaches for cancer, robotic and laparoscopic surgery, clinical and basic science research. Academic publishing and journal activity. Collecting dots and connecting Docs...


What made you want to specialise in colorectal surgery?

One of the most challenging surgical fields with enormous potential for improvements in patients’ lives.

What is the best part of the job?

The fabulous personal satisfaction of working with brave patients, excellent colleagues and a superb team.

How long have you been involved in ESCP and what made you want to become involved?

Almost from the outset. It started small but with big ideals and values that echoed with me. One of the most ambitious and well-run groups in the world. Who would not want to be involved? It’s fantastic fun and energises all of us.

What do you value most about being involved in ESCP?

Camaraderie with the best in the field. If I cannot be one, then let me stand among them and learn.

Tell us your best ESCP conference anecdote?

Come along to Nice, I’ll buy you the beverage of your choice and tell you all the stories. It would take too long here!

What would your one bit of advice for younger surgeons starting their career in colorectal surgery be?

Smile. Be patient and professional. Never lose your cool or sight of what’s important. Neither neglect the patients’ needs nor your own. Value their family as you value yours. Call relatives after big operations. Ask colleagues for advice.

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