Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles (Chair)

Charles Knowles

Current position

Professor of Surgery and Hon. Consultant Colorectal surgeon, Queen Mary University of London / Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK.

Medical school

  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • General surgical and colorectal training
  • F.R.C.S (England) 1996
  • Ph.D Univ. of London 2000
  • F.R.C.S (Gen Surg: Colorectal) 2005

Clinical interests

Surgical management of benign (degenerative and inflammatory) coloproctological and pelvic floor conditions.

Research interests

  1. evaluation of new technologies for the treatment of chronic GI diseases (especially focusing on neuromodulation);
  2. development of GI diagnostics for deeper phenotyping and treatment stratification;
  3. pathogenesis and management of gastrointestinal neuromuscular diseases
  4. development of new trial methodology for evaluation of complex interventions

Member of the Research Committee since

2016

Additional information

Professor Knowles is Deputy Director of the Blizard Institute within Barts School of Medicine and Dentistry and Honorary Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at UCL. He is also Director of the National Bowel Research Centre. He is Chair of the several research committees including those of European Society of Coloproctology, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and International Continence Society. He is also Chair to UEG-led international working groups in anorectal physiology and GI neuromuscular diseases. He serves as a member of the Rome IV committee for anorectal disorders and is on the global expert panel for Medtronic. He has authored > 190 peer reviewed publications as well as contributing major international colorectal and general surgical texts.

Tom Pinkney

Tom Pinkney1 (Vice Chair)

Tom Pinkney

Current position

Senior Lecturer and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Academic Department of Surgery, University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Medical school

University of Birmingham (graduated in 2000)

General surgical and colorectal training

Trained in West Midlands, UK. Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship (Ethicon), QMC Nottingham 2011. IBD Surgery Fellowship, QEHB Birmingham 2012,

Main clinical and research interests

  • IBD surgery
  • Clinical trials
  • Surgical site infection

Member of the Research Committee since

2014

Additional information

  • Member Research and Audit Committee, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI)
  • Member IBD Sub-committee, ACPGBI
  • Associate Editor, Colorectal Disease

Muhammed Imran Aslam

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Muhammad Imran Aslam

Current position

  • Post CCT Colorectal Surgery Fellow, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Honorary Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University of Leicester, United Kingdom (since August, 2016)

Medical school

King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan (graduated in 2001)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Basic Surgical Training - East-Midland Healthcare Workforce Deanery, United Kingdom
  • Higher Surgical Training and Colorectal Training, EastMidland Healthcare Workforce Deanery, United Kingdom

Main clinical and research interests

  • Plasma and Tissue miRNAs in colorectal cancer and ulcerative colitis
  • Biomarkers for high risk colorectal neoplasia and colorectal cancer screening
  • Cell free DNA and liquid biopsy for colorectal cancers
  • Serious gaming for the education of surgical trainees
  • Virtual reality for medical education
  • Parastomal hernia repair and quality of life

Other appointments

  • Member of ESCP Education Committee since 2015
  • Member of ESCP Research Committee (Representative of Education Committee)
  • Member of UEG Education Committee
  • ESCP Fellowship Programme Chair
  • Course director: Operative Techniques for the Prevention and Repair of Parastomal Hernia Workshop

Additional information

Winner of Harold Ellis, Medipex Innovation Award and EastMidland Business Development & Innovation Fellowship Awards

Posts in professional societies:

  • 2011-2012 Affiliate member of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2011-2012 International member of the American College of Surgeons education committee

PhD Thesis: MicoRNAs are novel biomarkers for colorectal cancer

Erman Aytac

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Erman Aytac

Current position

Associate Professor of Surgery, Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Istanbul, Turkey (since 2015). Staff Surgeon, Acibadem Maslak Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey (since 2016).

Medical school

Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey (graduated in 2006)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey (graduated in 2011)
  • Research/clinical research/clinical fellowship, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA (graduated in 2016)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Pelvic floor and intestinal motility disorders
  • Minimally invasive and complex abdominopelvic surgery

Member of the Research Committee since

2019

Additional information

  • Primary and co-investigator in numerous national or international research studies. His studies have received awards from the Eczacıbaşı Scientific Research and Medical Award Fund, the Turkish Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
  • Involved in numerous national and international medical/surgical meetings as a member of organising committee (including chairperson) and as an invited speaker or presenter.
  • Works as an editorial board member or reviewer in many prestigious national/international journals.

Stephanie Breukink

Stéphanie Breukink (ex officio, Guidelines Chair)

Stéphanie Breukink

Current position

Colorectal consultant, Maastricht University Medical Center since 2009

Medical school

University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Graduated in 1998

General surgical and colorectal training

  • University Medical Center Gronigen, the Netherlands
  • Colorectal fellowship Flinders Medical Center, Adelaide, Australia

Main clinical and research interests

  • Quality of life after colorectal cancer
  • Pelvic floor disorders

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

Dr Stephanie Breukink graduated from University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Afterwards she worked for two years as a colorectal fellow in Adelaide, Australia. She started as a colorectal consultant in 2009 at Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands.

In 2006 she defended her PhD: Laparoscopic TME for rectal cancer.

Dr Breukink has developed subspecialty interests in quality of life after colorectal cancer treatment and surgical management of disorders of the pelvic floor and enterocutaneous fistulae.

Steve Brown

Steven Brown

Steven Brown

Current position

Professor of surgery Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK

Medical school

Sheffield University, UK 1990

General surgical and colorectal training

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield and Singapore

Main clinical and research interests

  • Pelvic floor
  • Proctology (haemorrhoids)
  • IBD

Member of the Research Committee since

2017

Additional information

  • President Elect ACPGBI
  • Chair IBD CAG ACPGBI
  • Previous Secretary ACPGBI
  • Editor Techniques in Coloproctology (Cochrane Digest)
  • Editor Cochrane Colorectal Cancer collaboration
  • Member HTA Board commissioned calls UK.

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Pamela Buchwald

Pamela Buchwald

Current position

  • Associate Professor in Surgery Lund University since 2013
  • Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Skåne University Hospital since 2016

Medical school

Uppsala University, Sweden 2000

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Helsingborg Hospital, Sweden
  • Skåne University Hospital, Sweden including pelvic floor unit
  • St Mark's Hospital (ESCP fellow)
  • Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Exenterative surgery
  • Diverticulitis

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

Pamela Buchwald has been the Swedish national representative of ESCP and has been on the board for the Swedish Colorectal Surgical Society. She is currently on the national board for colorectal surgical training for consultant surgeons and is involved in research collaborations such as SCANDIV-trials, PelvEx and 10Ten. She is part of a regional working group to improve IBD surgical pathways. She currently supervises five PhD students and her main fields of clinical and scientific work are colorectal cancer and diverticulitis.

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Dragomir Dardanov

Dragomir Dardanov

Current position

Senior Assistant Professor of Surgery, University Hospital Alexandrovska, Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2014.

Medical school

Medical University - Pleven, Bulgaria. Graduated in 2002.

General surgical and colorectal training

  • General surgical training - University Hospitals in Pleven and Sofia, Bulgaria (2003-2008)
  • Clinical fellow in colorectal surgery - St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (2012)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer surgery
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Complex abdominal and pelvic cancer surgery
  • Proctology - perianal fistula, pilonidal disease

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • President of Bulgarian Society of Coloproctology since 2019
  • ESCP National representative of Bulgaria (2013-2015)
  • ESCP Eastern regional representative (2016-2018)
  • European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) on Coloproctology 2015
  • European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) on Surgical Oncology 2012
  • Specialty anatomy, histology and cytology 2014
  • PhD degree (with dissertation 'Clinico-anatomical investigations on connective tissue structures surrounding the rectum in relation to rectal cancer surgery') 2008
  • Specialty general surgery 2008

Quentin Denost

Quentin Denost

Quentin Denost

Current position

Assistant Professor, Colorectal Unit, Bordeaux University Hospital, France

Medical school

Bordeaux University, M.D., Ph.D.

General surgical and colorectal training

Unit of colorectal surgery

Main clinical and research interests

  • Rectal cancer and Locally recurrent rectal cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Colorectal tissue engineering

Member of the Research Committee since

2017

Andrius Dulskas

Audrius Dulskas

Audrius Dulskas

Current position

Surgical oncologist, National Cancer Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania (since 2014)

Medical school

Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania (graduated in 2008)

General surgical and colorectal training

Vilnius University Hospital, Vilnius, Lithuania

Main clinical and research interests

  • Functional outcome following cancer treatment
  • Surgical oncology
  • Organ preservation techniques

Member of the Research Committee since

2019

Additional information

PhD thesis in 2016 – Pelvic organ dysfunction following rectal surgery for cancer

Member of journal editorial boards:

  • Annals of coloproctology
  • Lithuanian Surgery

Alaa El Hussuna

Alaa El-Hussuna

Alaa El-Hussuna

Current position

Associate professor of surgery, consultant surgeon, Aalborg University Hospital/ Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Medical school

Saddam College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq (1996)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Consultant surgeon, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark (2016-now)
  • Training in colorectal surgery: Aalborg and Randers University Hospitals, Denmark (2016-2019)
  • ESCP training fellowship in colorectal surgery, St. Vincent Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (2017)
  • Training in general surgery Hvidovre, Hillerød and Herlve University Hospitals in Copenhagen - Denmark (2007-2013)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Measuring surgical outcome
  • Pre-operative optimization in IBD patients
  • The effect of biological treatment on post-operative outcome in patients with IBD
  • Surgical stress response
  • Chronic stress and development of colorectal cancers
  • Perianal fistula in Crohn’s disease
  • Surgical wound healing

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Founding member of the Cohort Studies Sub-Committee (2014)

Additional information

  • Ph.D Thesis: The effect of pre-operative biological treatment on post-operative outcome in patients with Crohn’s disease (2018)
  • Master degree in information technology, IT-University, Copenhagen, Denmark (2003)
  • Lead #OpenSourceResearch collaboration
  • Lead 2017 ESCP snapshot audit
  • Member of expert panel in Danish autoimmune disease association (FAIM)
  • Foundation of Danish Collaborative Research Network (2014)
  • Member in editorial board: Current Updates in Hepatology and Gastroentrology, SciTz Gastroenterology and SM Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and many other journals
  • Reviewer in many surgical journals: British journal of surgery, colorectal diseases, world journal of gastroenterology, Langenbeck's archives of surgery, International journal of surgery, Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology and reviewer of ESCP-ECCO guidelines
  • Invited speaker in many international conferences among them ESCP and ECCO meetings
  • Supervisor of many research projects in Copenhagen and Aalborg University Hospitals
  • Physician/surgeon in different missions, Doctors without borders (MSF) in Africa 2004-2005

Matteo Frasson

Matteo Frasson (Young ESCP Chair)

Matteo Frasson

Current position

  • Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain
  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Valencia

Medical school

'Vita e Salute' University, Milan, Italy (graduated in 2003)

General surgical and colorectal training

General Surgical Training:

  • San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan, Italy
  • Surgical Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

CR Training:

  • Clinico University Hospital, Valencia, Spain
  • Colorectal Unit, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA (visitor, with AECP grant)
  • Colorectal Unit, Beaujon University Hospital, Paris, France (ESCP Fellow)

Main clinical and research interests

Since the beginning of his career he has focused his research in colorectal surgery, publishing more than 100 full articles in international peer-reviewed journal (h-index 20, 2100 total citations). His research activity is currently focused on colorectal cancer, anastomotic leak, gene therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases and the use of electromagnetic waves for cancer early detection.

Member of the Research Committee since

2017

Additional information

  • Chairperson of the Young ESCP
  • Coordinator of the Research Group in Digestive Surgery of 'La Fe' research Institute, Valencia, Spain
  • Junior Editor of the journal, Colorectal Disease
  • Editor of Cirugía Española
  • Awarded in 2012: Best Spanish Publication in Coloproctology by the Spanish Association of Coloproctology
  • PhD-thesis in 2013 on rectal cancer treatment
  • Awarded in 2015: Best Spanish Publication in Surgery by the Spanish Association of Surgeons, with a paper focused on anastomotic leak after colon cancer resection

Zoe Garoufalia

Zoe Garoufalia (Young ESCP)

Zoe Garoufalia

Current position

General Surgeon, Laiko University Hospital, Athens, Greece

Medical school

School of Medicine of the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece (graduated in 2013)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Transplantation Unit, Laiko University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Second Department of Propaedeutic Surgery, Laiko University Hospital, Athens, Greece
  • Colorectal Department, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Main clinical and research interests

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Minimally invasive colorectal surgery

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

PhD Candidate, Member of ESCP Communications sub-committee, Candidate Member of ASCRS

Nikolaos Gouvas

Nikolaos Gouvas 

Nikolaos Gouvas

Current position

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical School - University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Medical school

University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece (graduated in 2004)

General surgical and colorectal training

'Konstantopouleio' General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pelvic floor diseases 

Member of the Research Committee since

2019

Additional information

  • Member of Greek Gastrointestinal Cancer Study Group (GIC-SG), Co-ordinator of Scientific and Educational Events and Manager of Research Projects - Multicenter Registries
  • Lead Investigator for the International Multicenter Clinical Trials, MECCLANT-C and MECCLANT-R
  • PhD thesis on Laparoscopic vs Open Surgery for Rectal Cancer

Dion Morton

Dion Morton

Dion Morton

Current position

Professor Morton is Barling Professor of Surgery and Head of the Academic Department of Surgery at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He was given an honorary consultant appointment at the University Hospital Birmingham in 1996, and was appointed Professor of Surgery in 2006. In 2015, he was appointed Barling Professor of Surgery.

Medical school

He received his degree in Medicine from Bristol University, UK in 1985.

General surgical and colorectal training

He undertook his surgical and colorectal training at University Hospital Birmingham and in the West Midlands region of the UK.

Main clinical and research interests

His primary research interests are clinical and translational research for colorectal cancer and the development of clinical trials in surgery.

Member of the Research Committee since

He was Chair of the Research Committee from 2012 - 2018

Additional information

He was Director of the Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (2008-2019), Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2012-2019). He is past President 2015-17 of the Society for Academic and Research Surgery. He is currently Director of the West Midlands Genomics Centre.

He has had a leading role in developing trainee led surgical research, first establishing the West Midlands Research Collaborative in 2009, and subsequently helping to establish a national network of trainee collaboratives across the United Kingdom. He has led the RCS (eng) Clinical Research Initiative, establishing 12 Surgical specialty leads and 8 Surgical Trials Centres across the country.

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Gabrielle van Ramshorst

Gabrielle van Ramshorst

Current position

Consultant surgical oncology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium. Since October 2019.

Medical school

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands. Graduated in 2004.

General surgical and colorectal training

  • General training at Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2009-2016)
  • Dutch Cancer Society sponsored clinical fellowship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia; Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2016-2018).
  • Previous position: locum consultant surgical oncology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2019)

Main clinical and research interests

  • Locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer
  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Pelvic reconstruction and sexual function
  • Peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas
  • Abdominal wall hernia

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

  • PhD Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wound failure in laparotomy (January 2014)
  • FEBS (Coloproctology) 2018
  • FECSM 2018
  • FESGO 2019
  • Member International Committee, Surgical Society for Oncology (SSO)
  • Member Mesh in Pelvis guidelines, European Society for Coloproctology
  • Associate editor, Colorectal Disease
  • Editorial fellow, International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer

Antonino Spinelli

Antonino Spinelli (ex officio -Secretary)

Antonino Spinelli

Current position

Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Unit, Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy
Full Professor of Surgery, Humanitas University, Milan, Italy

Medical school

  • Graduation in Medicine and Surgery, 2001, Università Degli Studi di Milan, Italy
  • Specialisation in General Surgery, 2007, Università Degli Studi di Milan, Italy
  • PhD on Enhanced Recovery protocols in colorectal surgery, 2011, Università Degli Studi di Catania, italy

General surgical and colorectal training

  • University of Berlin – Charitè, Germany
  • Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Main clinical and research interests

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Rectal Cancer
  • IBD Surgery

Member of the Education Committee since

2019

Additional information

Professor Spinelli serves as Associate Editor for both the two highest impact Journals dedicated to Colorectal Surgery (Colorectal Disease, the Official Journal of the European Society of Coloproctology, and Disease of the Colon and Rectum, the Official Journal of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery), and as well for the Journal of Anus, Rectum and Colon (JARC, Official Organ of the Japanese Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery).

Additionally, he is Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (Official Journal of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization) and Coloproctology (Journal of the German Society of Colorectal Surgery).

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Patricia Tejedor (Young ESCP)

Patricia Tejedor

Current position

Colorectal Consultant Surgeon, University Hospital ‘Gomez Ulla’, Madrid, Spain. Since 2019.

Medical school

University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. Graduated in 2012.

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Basic Surgical Training - University Hospital ‘Fundacion Jimenez Diaz’, Madrid, Spain.
  • Higher Surgical Training and Colorectal Training - Colorectal & Robotic Surgery Fellow, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Robotic surgery
  • Proctology and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Clinical trials

Member of the Research Committee since

2020

Additional information

PhD Thesis: ‘The role of 3D-EUS on diagnosis, classification and treatment of sphincter defects after childbirth’.

Oded Zmora

Oded Zmora 

Oded Zmora

Current position

Chair, Department of Surgery, Asaf Harofe Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

Medical school

Hebrew University - Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel. Graduated in 1993.

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Residency in general surgery - Department of Surgery and Transplantation, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel
  • Residency in general surgery - Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
  • Clinical fellowship in Colorectal Surgery - Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Research fellowship in Colorectal Surgery - Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

Main clinical and research interests

  • Surgery for IBD
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Anorectal disorders

Member of the Research Committee since

2014

Additional information

  • Past president of the Israel Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Chair, S-ECCO committee
  • Co-editor, Techniques in Coloproctology
  1. Chair of ESCP Cohort Studies 
  2. Research Representative on ESCP Communications Committee
  3. Education Committee Representative 
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