World Gastroenterology Organisation

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WGO Distinguished Global Lecture

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) believes that it is important to continuously expand the ways in which WGO supports its Member Societies and Regional Affiliate Associations and their activities. With this goal in mind, the WGO Governing Council has established the “WGO Distinguished Global Lecture” as one means by which WGO can even more effectively demonstrate its commitment to participating in and supporting the major annual or biannual meetings of the Regional Affiliate Associations.

The central aim of the WGO Distinguished Global Lecture is to contribute from a global perspective to the education and training being offered on a regional basis by the four WGO Regional Affiliate Associations:

  • African Middle East Association of Gastroenterology (AMAGE)
  • Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE)
  • Pan-American Gastroenterological Association (OPGE)
  • United European Gastroenterology (UEG), through its National Societies Committee

It will also provide an opportunity for WGO to realize in partnership with its Regional Affiliate Associations its primary mission, which is to represent, present, and support the discipline of gastroenterology, hepatology, and related disciplines worldwide and enhance the reach of WGO’s Members, particularly in low-resource regions.

For more information about the WGO Distinguished Global Lecture program, please contact the WGO Executive Secretariat at

WGO Distinguished Global Lecturers

2019: D Nageshwar Reddy (India)
Lecture: "Metabolic endoscopy- Is it only about obesity?" at Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2019 in Kolkata, India

2018: Suk-Kyun Yang (Korea)
Lecture: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A New Health Problem in Asia” at Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2018 in Seoul, Korea

2017: Joseph Sung (Hong Kong)
Lecture: “Artificial Intelligence and Gastroenterology: Is there still a role for gastroenterologists?” at Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2017 in Hong Kong

2016: Henry Cohen (Uruguay)
Lecture: "Project ECHO: Is it possible to democratize health care?" at Pan American Digestive Disease Week 2016 in Cartagena, Colombia

2015: Khean-Lee Goh (Malaysia)
Lecture: "Emerging GI and Liver Diseases in the Asia-Pacific - Implications for Healthcare in the Region" at Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan

2012: Kwong-Ming Fock (Singapore)
Lecture: “GI Cancer in the Asian Pacific Region-Implications to the Global Cancer Burden” at Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand


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