Dion Morton

Dion Morton (Chair)

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 has been Chair of the Research Committee since 2012

Additional information

He is Director of the Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Deputy Head at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences at University of Birmingham. 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.

Donato Altomare

Donato Francesco Altomare (ex officio)

Donato Altomare

Current position

Associate Professor of General Surgery, Dept of Emergency and Organ transplantation, University 'Aldo Moro' of Bari, Bari, Italy (since 2002).

Medical school

University of Bari, Italy

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Surgical Clinic, University of Bari, Italy
  • Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London UK
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida, USA

Main clinical and research interests

  • Functional bowel disorders
  • Proctology
  • Colorectal cancer

Member of the Research Committee since

2010

Additional information

  • President of the Interdepartmental Research Center for pelvic floor dysfunction (CIRPAP) University of Bari, Italy
  • Associate Editor Dis Colon Rectum
  • Past member Editorial Board of Colorectal Disease
  • Past member Executive Board ESCP
  • Past Chairman Program Committee ESCP
  • Past president Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR)
  • Index (Google): 40

Willem Bemelman

Willem Bemelman

Willem Bemelman

Current position

Professor in Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Medical school

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (graduated in 1986 Cum Laude)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • 1988-1990 St Lucas Hospital, Amsterdam
  • 1991-1994 AMC, Amsterdam

Main clinical and research interests

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Complication surgery (abdominal and pelvic disaster)

Member of the Research Committee since

2010

Additional information

  • Thesis (PhD): 'Theoretical and clinical implications of oesophageal reconstruction with the stomach', University of van Amsterdam, 1989
  • H-index 45, > 368 pubmed citations
  • 30 PhD fellows as (co)promotor
  • Member of ESCP Guidelines and Programme Committees
  • Member of the editorial board of Diseases of Colon and Rectum
  • EBSQ Coloproctology Bologna 200

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

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

Christianne Buskens

Christianne Buskens

Christianne Buskens

Current position

Staff colorectal surgeon, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (since January 2012)

Medical school

Medical Studies, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (MD since December 1999)

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Dec 2009 - Dec 2011: Colorectal fellow, Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, England (Prof. Dr N. Mortensen) and Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Prof. Dr W.A. Bemelman)
  • April 2003 - Nov 2009: Surgical registrar (Gelre Ziekenhuizen, Apeldoorn; Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam; Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • July 2000 - March 2003: PhD research fellow, department of surgery, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Dec 1999 - June 2000: Senior house officer, Department of surgery, Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, The Hague, The Netherlands

Main clinical and research interests

  • IBD surgery
  • Clinical and fundamental IBD research
  • Clinical epidemiology

Member of the Research Committee since

September 2017

Additional information

As a clinical doctor, I strongly believe that daily practice should be connected to research work, to constantly improve patient care. As qualitative research can only be performed with the correct background knowledge, I have completed a masters program in clinical epidemiology.

During my PhD fellowship, I developed an enthusiasm for translational research projects. I have defended my PhD-dissertation with distinction in October 2004 ('The development of new treatment strategies for oesophageal carcinoma'), and have combined clinical work with (fundamental) research projects ever since.

After finishing my surgical training in 2009, I have been working as a colorectal fellow specialising in proctology and laparoscopic surgery at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, funded by the KWF (Koningin Wilhelmina Fonds). This Dutch organisation on medical oncology supports medical specialists by providing a 2-year budget for clinical specialization, and stimulates the development of collaborative research programs. Here I analysed the predictive value of isolated tumour cells and circulating cells in colorectal cancer patients.

Since January 2012, I am working as a staff surgeon at the AMC. Here, my field of interest changed from oncology to IBD. Nowadays, I am a specialized IBD-surgeon treating this fascinating disease in all its complexity, in a multidisciplinary setting. I still combine clinical work with translational research, which is currently funded by an innovative research incentive grant from The Netherlands organization for health research and development. My research group has a long-standing history in performing cutting edge research. This varies from international multicenter RCT’s directly comparing surgery to medical treatment (LIRIC, PISA, ACCURE), to basic laboratory science (where we currently analyze the role of the mesentery in Crohn’s disease, and the role of the appendix in ulcerative colitis). The collaboration with gastroenterologists, pathologists, and specialists from the laboratory, including biobanking of biopsies and surgical resection material, ensures that we are truly delivering bench-to-bedside research lines.

To improve the collaboration with other European IBD-experts, I am also a member of the S-ECCO guideline committee.

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

Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles¹

 

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 Director of the NIHR Enteric Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Director of the National Bowel Research Centre and Surgical Specialty Lead for North Thames NIHR CRN. He holds research positions in the European Society of Coloproctology, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (Pelvic Floor Society) and British Society of Gastroenterology (neurogastroenterology). He is 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 is a panel member for NIHR i4i, is on the editorial board of two journals and has authored over 170 peer reviewed publications as well as contributing several book chapters to major colorectal texts.

Soren Laurberg

Søren Laurberg (ex officio)

Søren Laurberg

Current position

Professor of Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark

Medical school

Graduated in medicine 1977, Aarhus University

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Aarhus County Hospital, Randers Hospital and Aarhus City Hospital, St Mark's Hospital, London
  • Graduated in surgery and specialist in surgical gastroenterology

Main clinical and research interests

  • Functional problems
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancer

Member of the Research Committee since

Founder member and 1st chairman

Additional information

  • Doctoral degree 1983
  • Professor of Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital since 1998

Jeremie Lefevre

Jérémie Lefèvre

Jérémie Lefèvre

Current position

Professor of General Surgery, Saint-Antoine Hospital, Pierre & Marie University, Paris, France (since 2014).

Medical school

Pierre & Marie Curie univeristy, Paris VI, France

General surgical and colorectal training

Saint-Antoine Hospital, Paris, France

Main clinical and research interests

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Genetics and Famiiial colorectal cancer
  • IBD

Member of the Research Committee since

2015

Additional information

  • MD-PhD
  • Editorial Board of Colorectal Disease

Gabriela Moslein

Gabriela Möslein (ex-officio/ESCP Secretary)

Gabriela Möeslein

Current position

Director, Center for Hereditary Tumors, HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal, University Witten/Herdecke since October 2015

Medical school

Graduated in Bonn, Germany

General surgical and colorectal training

  • Surgical training in Bonn, Heidelberg, Nishinomiya (Japan) and Rochester MN
  • Research in molecular genetics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Main clinical and research interests

  • Hereditary predisposition to cancer (gastrointestinal)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Prophylactic surgery
  • taTME and pouch surgery
  • Continent ileostomy
  • Incontinence surgery
  • Prospective Lynch syndrome registry
  • Chemoprevention in hereditary disease

Member of the Research Committee since

2017

Additional information

  • Initiator and Coordinator of the Mallorca Group
  • Board Chair of the EHTG (European Hereditary Tumor Group)
  • Strong engagement in patient advocacy

Tom Pinkney

Tom Pinkney3

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

Carolynne Vaizey

Carolynne Vaizey (ex officio)

Carolynne Vaizey

Carolynne Jane Vaizey was educated at Cape Town University and then trained in General and Trauma Surgery up to consultant level in Johannesburg. On returning to England in 1992 she first worked as a surgical fellow in a district general hospital and then took up a research post at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow to obtain an MD through the University of London.

At the beginning of 1998 she became a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Middlesex & University College Hospitals in Central London and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. In 2003 she took up a new post as Consultant Surgeon at St Mark’s Hospital.

She has particular interests in the management of faecal incontinence, intestinal failure, severe Crohn’s, anal surgery and functional bowel disease. She is the Lead Surgeon for Intestinal Failure at the Lennard Jones National Intestinal Failure Unit at St Mark’s and Director of the Sir Alan Park’s Physiology Unit. She has written 16 book chapters on her specialty interests and has over 100 papers and editorials published in Peer reviewed journals.

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. Research Representative on ESCP Communications Committee
  2. Ex officio/ESCP Secretary
  3. Chair of ESCP Cohort Studies Sub-Committee
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