World Gastroenterology Organisation

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WGO Addis Ababa Training Center

Director: Dr. Amir Sultan


The Addis Ababa Training Center at Black Lion Hospital was inaugurated as a World Gastroenterology (WGO) Training Center on April 18, 2015. The center was developed in partnership with the University of Toronto, the Ethiopian Society of Gastroenterology, and the University of Ethiopia. It is located at the Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital in Addis. Dr. Amir Sultan is the director.

Areas of Training:

The Addis Ababa Training Center offers Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Training. They preform around 1,000 upper and 500 GI endoscopies yearly. The University of Toronto has been working with the University in Addis Ababa for many years, not just in gastroenterology (GI), but also across the medicine faculty. A residency-training program has been developed which has recently graduated its first GI specialists.

Professor Desmond Leddin (WGO Training Center Director) at the launch of the Addis Ababa Training Center
Abebe Bekele (Black Lion Hospital CEO), Ara Sarkissian (Storz), James Toouli (then WGO President), Nagi Checri (Storz), and Desmond Leddin (WGO Training Center Director).
Louis Liu (University of Toronto), James Toouli (then WGO President), Desmond Leddin (WGO Training Center Director), Abate Shewaye (University of Ethiopia), Ara Sakissian (Storz), Nagi Checri (Storz), Abdelmounem Abdo (Training Center director Khartoum) and Tiruwork Fikadu (Inaugurate GI graduate, current Ethiopian Association of Gastroenterology Vice President).

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