Our contributors and their commitment are a key part of the ongoing success of the ECQI Group.
- Convene specialists in the area of colonoscopy from across Europe.
- Discuss the current issues in achieving quality colonoscopy standards.
- Assess clinical practice standards of colonoscopy.
- Identify action timeline-points to improve the situation.
- Advise on the development of activities and publications to establish standards for the quality, training and accreditation of colonoscopy.
- Make assessment freely available to those who wish to participate, including those countries seeking to improve their standards.
Dr Cristiano Spada
- Chairman of the European Colonoscopy Quality Investigation Group (ECQI Group).
- Gastroenterologist. Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia, Italy.
Dr Spada is a gastroenterologist currently working at the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, at Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia. The Unit performs all the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on the upper, lower GI, and biliopancreatic tract. His current practice is almost entirely devoted to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and EUS. His main fields of interest are capsule endoscopy, colonoscopy and clinical trials. He is part of the medical staff of the European Endoscopy Training Centre (EETC), based at the Catholic University Hospital, dedicated to training gastroenterologists, endoscopists and surgeons from all over the world.
Professor Dr Jürgen F Riemann
- Chairman Emeritus of the European Colonoscopy Quality Investigation Group (ECQI Group).
- Chairman of the Foundation Lebensblicke, Germany.
Professor Riemann was appointed Director of the Medical Clinic C of the Hospital of the City of Ludwigshafen in 1985, until his retirement in 2008. He is Chairman of the Foundation Lebensblicke for prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. Professor Riemann is a spokesperson for the Working Group Development of Colorectal Cancer Screening at the National Cancer Plan of the Federal Government, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the German Cancer Programme and is a member of both the German Cancer Society and the Association of Medical Oncology. He has also worked on the Position Statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) concerning quality in screening colonoscopy. Professor Riemann advises the European Union as a German representative on colon cancer prevention.
Dr Anurag Agrawal
- Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist. Doncaster Royal Infirmary, UK.
Dr Agrawal is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist based at Doncaster Royal Infirmary where he heads the Gastroenterology Department. He is a colonoscopy trainer and has headed the endoscopy department for his hospital. He undertook higher training in Liverpool and Manchester where he completed a PhD. Dr Agrawal has a predominant interest in lower GI disorders and has published and presented widely in the field of gastroenterology and endoscopy.
Dr Pedro Amaro
- Consultant Gastroenterologist. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC), Portugal.
Dr Amaro graduated in Medicine in 1991 (Medicine Faculty of the University of Coimbra) and Gastroenterology in 1999. He has been involved in the co-ordination of the Endoscopy Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology at CHUC since 2012 and his main areas of interest are endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of digestive neoplasia, with a focus on endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection. Dr Amaro is actively involved in post-graduate teaching in gastroenterology.
Dr Lene Brink
- Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist. Herlev Hospital, Denmark.
Dr Brink works as a senior consultant at the Endoscopy Unit, Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Herlev Hospital, specialising in general surgery and surgical gastroenterology. She performs endoscopy on a daily basis, as well gastroscopy, colonoscopy and more specialised procedures such as EMR, enteroscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound. Dr Brink has been Secretary on the Board of YDK (Society of Young Surgeons) in Denmark, Member of the Board of DKS (Danish Surgical Society) and, until September 2012, treasurer of DGS (Danish Society of Gastroenterology), now fused into DSGH (Danish Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology). From 2013 she has been involved with CAMES (Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation) and Rigshospitalet, teaching Simulation of Colonoscopy.
Professor Dr Ingrid Demedts
- Head of Clinic. Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.
Professor Demedts is based at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium and is a senior staff member of the Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Demedts was a board member for the Belgian Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (BSGIE).
Dr Pierre Eisendrath
- Gastroenterologist. Hôpital Erasme, ULB Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Dr Eisendrath graduated from the Medical School of Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1993 and in 1998 received his Diploma in Gastroenterology. He worked for four years at the Institut Jules Bordet cancer centre in Brussels and for the following two years as an invited Professor at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montreal, Canada. Since 2004 he has been at the Hôpital Erasme as a Senior Staff Member of the Gastroenterology Department and Associate Chief of the Endoscopic Unit.
Professor Dr med Wolfgang Fischbach
- Gastroenterologist. Head of Department of Medicine, Klinikum Aschaffenburg, Germany.
Professor Fischbach is Professor of Medicine at the University of Würzburg since 1995 and Head of Department of Medicine, Klinikum Aschaffenburg, the teaching hospital of the University of Würzburg with specialities in gastroenterology and medical oncology, since 1993. Professor Fischbach is the principal investigator of the German Multicenter studies I and II on gastrointestinal lymphomas, which is supported by continuous grants from the German Cancer Society. He is a past president of the German Society of Gastroenterology and the Society of Gastroenterology in Bavaria. He holds a degree in health economics from the European Business School. Professor Fischbach is extensively published, with over 400 original papers, almost 60 book articles and has been the editor of 19 books.
Dr Matthias Hünger
- Gastroenterologist. Private Practice for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Würzburg, Germany.
Dr Hünger started his medical career in the Nephrology Department of Munich Harlaching Hospital in 2001 after finishing Medical School in Heidelberg and Mannheim. In 2003 he moved to Aschaffenburg to continue his medical training in the Cardiology Department of Aschaffenburg Hospital. During rotation in the Department of Gastroenterology of Aschaffenburg Hospital in 2006, he met Professor Fischbach, who became his senior consultant and mentor. Dr Hünger completed specialised training in Internal Medicine in 2009 and in Gastroenterology in 2011. Since that time he has been a senior physician to Professor Fischbach, until 2015 when he settled down in a private practice in Würzburg. Dr Hünger recently finished his studies in Health Economics at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
Dr Rodrigo Jover
- Chief of the Digestive Medicine Department. Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Spain.
- Associate Professor of Medicine, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain
Dr Jover is based at the University of Alicante General Hospital where heads the Digestive Medicine Department. He also sits on the board of the Spanish Gastroenterology Society and is actively involved in setting up a Spanish nationwide quality accreditation scheme. He is the chairman of the Spanish Quality Assurance in Colonoscopy.
Dr Urpo Kinnunen
- Associate Chief of Medicine. Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.
Dr Kinnunen completed specialised training in Internal Medicine in 1994 and in Gastroenterology in 2003. Dr Kinnunen heads up the Endoscopy Unit at the gastroenterology department of Tampere University Hospital. He has been especially interested in colonoscopy techniques, optical diagnosis and EMR.
Dr Anastasios Koulaouzidis
- Associate Specialist in Gastroenterology. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, Edinburgh, UK.
Dr Koulaouzidis is a gastroenterologist with more than 15 years of postgraduate medical experience, with subspeciality interest in digestive endoscopy. Current research interests are capsule endoscopy, minimally invasive endoscopy (member of the EndoVespa and NAutILES consortia) and colonoscopy. He is editorial board member of several specialty journals and has authored 140 PubMed papers, as well as several book chapters. He is acting chair of the small-bowel ESGE Working Group.
Dr Wojciech Marlicz
- Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland.
Dr Wojciech Marlicz is a consultant in gastroenterology and internal medicine at the Department of Gastroenterology, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland. He is involved in diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy as well as in research focused on adult stem cells and microbiota. Dr Marlicz is a member of the Polish Society of Gastroenterology PTG-E (Head of West Pomeranian Division of PTG-E 2012-2016), European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO - Country Representative for Poland), Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG) and Polish Coeliac Society (Honorary Member).
Dr Akiko Ono
- Gastroenterologist. University Hospital, Murcia, Spain.
Dr Ono is a medical doctor, gastroenterologist and endoscopist, who trained at the Endoscopy Unit, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan and is Staff Gastroenterologist of Virgen de la Arrixaca University Hospital, Murcia since 2007. Additionally, Dr Ono is coordinator of the colorectal cancer screening program in Virgen de la Arrixaca University Hospital. Areas of interest include colorectal cancer, screening, quality in screening colonoscopy, endoscopic detection of early gastrointestinal neoplasia, chromoendoscopy, magnifying colonoscopy and endoscopic resection of colorectal neoplasia.
Dr Arpad Patai
- Head of Department of Gastroenterology and Medicine. Markusovszky University Teaching Hospital, Szombathely, Hungary.
Dr Patai has been working as a gastroenterologist since 1991 and as head of Endoscopic Unit since 1996. Currently he is head of Department of Gastroenterology and Medicine. His main fields of interest are prevention of complications of ERCP and improvement in the quality endoscopy.
Dr Lucio Petruzziello
- Assistant Professor of Digestive Endoscopy. Catholic University A. Gemelli Hospital, Rome, Italy.
- Medical Director of Digestive Endoscopy. Columbus Hospital, Rome, Italy.
Dr Petruzziello is a surgeon at the Gemelli Hospital of the Catholic University of Rome, specialising in gastroenterology and digestive endoscopy. Since 2008, Dr Petruzziello has been a member of the Ministry of Health Working Group for the retraining of endoscopists, whose goal is to promote and coordinate, in consultation with the Italian regions, a plan for professional improvement of gastrointestinal endoscopists. He is also a regional member for the establishment, improvement and implementation of a colorectal cancer screening programme. Since 2010 he is a colonoscopy trainer at the annual United European Gastroenterology Summer School. Areas of interest include training of colonoscopy technique, endoscopic resection of superficial neoplastic lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, urgent endoscopy and teaching and training of gastrointestinal endoscopy at the European Endoscopy Training Centre in Rome. Dr Petruzziello has authored over 50 papers and book articles in digestive endoscopy.
Dr Ervin Toth
- Senior Gastroenterologist. Head of the Endoscopy Unit, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden.
Dr Toth has been practising gastroenterology since 1985, and is currently Head of the Endoscopy Unit at Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden. His main research interests include diagnostic and therapeutic GI endoscopy, with specific focus on chromoendoscopy, capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy. Dr Toth was also among the first in Europe to include capsule endoscopy in his practice. He has participated (often as principal investigator) in 36 national and international studies and counts 121 peer-reviewed publications, 9 book chapters, and 235 published abstracts.