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Past Presidents

The President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is responsible for the proper functioning of WGO and is empowered to undertake the necessary actions with the knowledge of the Governing Council. The President presides at all meetings of the Governing Council and at business sessions of the WGO.

In 2009, the position of the President term changed to one, two-year term of office, which begins after the approval of the General Assembly. Prior to 2009, the term was limited to two, four-year terms of office.  

David Bjorkman
David Bjorkman, USA
2015-2017

James Toouli
James Toouli, Australia
2013-2015

Henry Cohen
Henry Cohen, Uruguay
2011-2013

Richard Kozarek
Richard Kozarek, USA
2009-2011

Eamonn Quigley
Eamonn Quigley, Ireland
2005-2009

Guido Tytgat
Guido Tytgat, The Netherlands
2002-2005

Meinhard Classen
Meinhard Classen, Germany
1998-2002

Ian A.D. Bouchier
Ian A.D. Bouchier, UK
1990-1998 (reelected)

Francisco Vilardell
Francisco Vilardell, Spain
1982-1990 (reelected)

Joel Valencia-Parparcén
Joel Valencia-Parparcén, Venezuela
1978-1982

Geoffrey Watkinson
Geoffrey Watkinson, UK
1974-1978

Marvin H. Pollard
Marvin H. Pollard, USA
1970-1974

Heliodoro G. Mogena
Heliodoro G. Mogena, Spain
1966-1970

Thomas Hunt
Thomas Hunt, UK
1962-1966

Henry L. Bockus
Henry L. Bockus, USA
1958-1962