World Gastroenterology Organisation

Global Guardian of Digestive Health. Serving the World.


WGO La Paz Training Center

Director: Dr. Guido Villa-Gomez


The Bolivian-Japanese Gastroenterology Institute (IGBJ) established the WGO Training Center with the mission to carry out yearly courses designed to complement and improve specialists’ training in gastroenterology, as acquired in their home countries. The course program is defined in conjunction by the WGO Education and Training Committee, the Bolivian Society of Gastroenterology (SBG) and the IGBJ, according to regional needs in training and an ethical approach to patient care.

The academic program includes basic sciences relevant to gastroenterology, as well as the latest concepts of gastrointestinal disease, with emphasis in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, given through formal lectures and interactive seminars.

Practical instruction in endoscopy, radiology, echography, echoendoscopy, TAC, motility studies, etc. are provided through interactive programs, as well as live patient demonstrations.

Aims / Objectives:

A. Main Objective

  • To promote the highest standards for the development of the Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy in Latin American countries

B. Specific Objectives

  • To upgrade, deepen and/or acquire knowledge about the specialty with its base in programs fundamentally directed to young specialists
  • To develop a curriculum for training in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, appropriate to the local and regional necessities of medical care, by means of the use of innovative instruments of education and medicine, based on evidence, and sustained in ethics and scientific advances
  • To establish programs of training that allow interaction in each training process
  • To promote guidelines for better practice in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy
  • To stimulate a favorable atmosphere for appropriate relationship building among trainees, national and foreign experts


The training center is located in the Bolivian-Japanese Gastroenterology Institute in La Paz, which is situated in a University General Hospital. The following department units are located in the hospital:

Department of Gastroenterology

  • Outpatient clinic
  • Inpatient clinic
  • Endoscopy unit; diagnostic and therapeutic
  • EUS Unit
  • Motility Unit
  • Radiology and TAC
  • Ultrasonography

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology


Clinical Laboratory

Pathology Laboratory

Areas of Training:

  • Endoscopy
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Radiology
  • Echography
  • Echoendoscopy
  • Motility studies


Center Director: Dr. Guido Villa-Gomez Roig

Instituto de Gastroenterologia Boliviano - Japones
Castilla Postal 8578
La Paz, Bolivia

Further Information:

For more comprehensive information on the La Paz Training Center, including the trainee application process, course offerings, and other details, please refer to the downloadable pdf:
> La Paz Training Center Information Packet (Downloadable PDF)

WGO La Paz Training Center

The La Paz Training Center.

WGO La Paz Training Center

VII International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology & Digestive Endoscopy

WGO La Paz Training Center

Doctors and Nurses from JICA

WGO La Paz Training Center

Training at the La Paz Training Center.

WGO La Paz Training Center

Trainees from Argentina, Ecuador, and India.

The WGO would like to give special thanks to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Bolivian-Japanese Institute of Gastroenterology (IGBJ), Asociacion Interamericana de Gastroenterologia (AIGE), The Canadian Gastroenterology Association (CGA), Sociedad Espanola de Gastroenterologia (AEG), The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and Olympus Japan and Latin America for their support and sponsorship of the WGO La Paz Training Center.

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