World Gastroenterology Organisation

Global Guardian of Digestive Health. Serving the World.



The leadership of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) consists of the following bodies, each contributing to the activities of the organization:

World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) Overview of Committees and Interest Groups

The WGO officers and committees will serve for two years beginning in January, from 2024-2025. Terms of service begin each calendar year.

The administration of the activities of the WGO is supported by the Executive Secretariat.

The WGO Board of Reference is an ad-hoc group formed to provide advice and support to the WGO President. This group is composed of past presidents, senior members of the profession with a history of service to WGO, and others who are elected by the Executive Committee, who can offer innovative advice, dynamic perspectives, and whose council will enhance the work of WGO.

The Board of Reference consists of the following members:

  • Guilherme Macedo (Portugal)
  • Eamonn Quigley, MWGO (USA)
  • Naima Lahbabi-Amrani (Morocco)
  • Roque Saenz (Chile)
  • David Bjorkman (USA)
  • Ziad Sharaiha, MWGO (Jordan)
  • Henry Cohen, MWGO (Uruguay)
  • James Toouli, MWGO (Australia)
  • Michael Fried, MWGO (Switzerland)
  • Guido Tytgat, MWGO (The Netherlands)
  • Richard Kozarek, MWGO (USA)
  • Cihan Yurdaydin (Turkey)

WGO Annual Report 2023

To view WGO's 2023 Annual Report, click here!

WGO Statutes & Bylaws 2023

World Gastroenterology Organisation Statutes Bylaws 2023WGO abides by a set of Statutes and Bylaws that are regularly reviewed and amended as needed. In accordance with the Statutes and Bylaws, the Governing Council may change the Bylaws prior to a meeting of the General Assembly. Such action must be reported to, and be approved by, the General Assembly for the altered Bylaws to have legal status. During the period between the change of the Bylaws by the Governing Council and the approval of the General Assembly, the amendments are valid. The General Assembly usually meets at the time of the World Congress and at other times at the command of the WGO President. In December 2023, the General Assembly met to ratify the new officers and committees as well as updates to the Statues and Bylaws.

These Statutes were approved by a two-thirds majority at the General Assembly Meeting of WGO in Munich in May 1962 and modified during meetings of the General Assembly in 1970 (Copenhagen), 1974 (Mexico City), 1978 (Madrid), 1982 (Stockholm), 1990 (Sydney), 1998 (Vienna), 2002 (Bangkok), 2005 (Montreal), 2009 (London), 2013 (Shanghai), 2014 (Chicago), 2015 (Brisbane), 2017 (Orlando), 2021 (Prague) and 2023 (December virtual meeting).


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