On behalf of the Executive Committee of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your family our very best wishes for the festive season and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.
This past year has been very momentous for me as I take over as President of WGO. It has been truly an enormous honor as I know that I am following on the footsteps of many colleagues who have made enormous contributions to world gastroenterology. I am therefore humbled and hope to be worthy of the trust bestowed upon me.
WGO is a unique organization in that its members are the various societies around the world. Individuals are members because their own gastroenterology society is a member. I wish to mark my presidency by asking all of our member societies to embrace the world organization for all of those great projects we can achieve together.
Many of the projects associated with WGO are projects that only a world organization can achieve as it represents all peoples, of all races, creeds and political views. Thus we can be effective where specific member societies on their own may encounter barriers.
Consequently, I say to all leaders of our member societies “partner with us in order to fulfill your international aspirations”. These aspirations are mainly in areas of education so that together we can work to improve health care in parts of the world which may not be as fortunate as us.
Christmas is characterized by the wish to give. The “give” which I ask from you is a commitment of your time, your ideas and your enthusiasm for helping us deliver the many WGO programs targeted at improving the standard of care within our specialty and as a consequence improving the standard of care for people worldwide.
This is what WGO stands for and what makes it so unique, apart from its obviously different membership structure.
I hope to meet as many of you as possible over the next two years of my presidency. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
President, World Gastroenterology Organisation