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Henry L. Bockus Medal and Lecture

A medal, known as the Henry L. Bockus Medal, is awarded at each World Congress to a gastroenterologist who, in the opinion of the World Gastroenterolgy Organisation (WGO) Governing Council, has made a distinguished contribution to the clinical practice, science and/or teaching of gastroenterology.

Dr. Henry L. BockusDr. H. L. Bockus (1894-1982) was a leading American gastroenterologist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a well-deserved reputation due to the authorship of an outstanding Gastroenterology treatise and the organization of specialty postgraduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania, which were attended by numerous physicians from North and South America as well as from Europe. He was elected President of the first World Congress of Gastroenterology, held in Washington, DC, USA on 29 May 1958. On the last day of the Congress a provisional WGO Governing Council was elected, and Dr. Bockus became the first president of what is now the World Gastroenterology Organisation. His vision to enhance standards of education and training in gastroenterology lives on today.

Henry L. Bockus Medal Recipients

2013: Michael Farthing (UK)
Lecture: Research misconduct: A grand global challenge for the 21st century

2009: Richard Hunt (UK)
Lecture: Science, society and the gastroenterologist: The influence of politics, pharma and professors

2005: Bernard Levin (USA)
Lecture: Colorectal Cancer Prevention - Opportunities and Challenges

2002: S.K. Lam (Hong Kong)
Lecture: Cellular and molecular basis, biological markers, and chemotherapeutic interventions for the prevention of gastric cancer

1998: Kunlo Okuda (Japan)

1994: J. Edward Berk (USA)

1990: Francisco Vilardell (Spain)

1986: Ludwig Demling (Germany)

1982: Francis Avery-Jones (UK)