Faculty

Medical experts with profound expertise

The Training for Excellence faculty consists of internationally renowned experts in endoscopy. Many trainers within the faculty are leading members of national gastrointestinal societies. Each offers an area of specialism such as endoscopic imaging, interventional endoscopy or EUS for example.

Our faculty members have developed a common scientific approach to present consistency in whichever course you select. Many of the clinicians take part in joint research projects and regularly share their thoughts on best practice and the latest techniques.

We have a select group of experts that are part of our Flying Trainer Team, these clinicians travel and train across our regional Centers of Excellence in Europe and the Middle East.

The Flying Trainers can be booked via the request for your Flying Trainer link.

Dr. Haidry

Consultant Gastroenterologist & Director of Endoscopy University College Hospital, London

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London

Dr. Haidry is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and interventional endoscopist at University College Hospital, London. He is the clinical lead for G.I. medicine and the director of endoscopy at UCLH. His main interests are pre-malignant and malignant disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract, with a particular interest in Barrett’s and Squamous neoplasia, and oesophageal cancer. His main areas of clinical research focus on novel and innovative endoscopic imaging techniques like artificial intelligence and therapeutic endoscopic approaches such as endoscopic resection, radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, and metabolic/ bariatric endoscopy. He is a member of the BSG endoscopy committee and has published several original articles and co-authored guidelines.

You can invite Dr. Haidry for training in all Esophagus related clinical applications. If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Dr. Eickhoff

Dr. Eickhoff is the clinical lead for G.I. medicine and the director of department of Gastroenterology, Diabetology and Infectiology of endoscopy at the hospital in Hanau, Germany.

Dr. Eickhoff is highly involved in medical education as he is the medical part director of the GMEA organization for the past 10 years. This is an non-profit organization with the aim of education and training in flexible endoscopy for the Middle East and Africa region.

You can invite Dr. Eickhoff for on-site training in colonoscopy especially in orientation, detection and characterization.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Prof. Dr. Kiesslich

Prof. Dr. Ralf Kiesslich is clinic director of the Department of Internal Medicine with a focus on gastroenterology (gastrointestinal diseases) at the Helios Dr. Horts Schmidt Clinics (HSK) in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Besides this Prof. Kiesslich is:

  • Training officer of the Medical Association Frankfurt
  • Board Member of the Professional Association Gastroenterology Germany (BVGD)
  • Advisory board member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases (DGVS)
  • Organizer of medical advanced training events

You can invite Prof. Dr. Ralf Kiesslich for on-site training in advanced colonoscopy.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Dr. Hoffman

Dr. Arthur Hoffman is director of the Department of Internal Medicine; Gastroenterology and Interventional Endoscopy at the clinic of Aschaffenburg in Germany.

He is actively involved in basic and clinical research in the areas of advanced endoscopic imaging. His main research focus is colon polyps and Barrett´s esophagus as well as the hepatobiliary tract.

Arthur Hoffman has received a number of awards for clinical excellence and acts as a reviewer for various journals. He has published over 100 articles in the field of advanced endoscopic imaging and on new and emerging endoscopic devices. His scientific research was published in high-rated journals, including Nature, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Endoscopy.

Arthur Hoffman is working on new advanced endoscopic imaging and on new and emerging endoscopic devices.

You can invite Dr. Arthur Hoffman for on-site training in colonoscopy and small bowel endoscopy.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Dr. Häfner

Dr. Michael Häfner is born in Vienna (Austria) and is currently head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Bolzano Central Hospital in Northern Italy, one of UEG’s learning centers. 

Michael Häfner is visiting professor at the Scuola di Speciliazzione at Verona University and former board of ESGE and the Austrian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

He is organizer of hands-on training courses in Italy and Austria and of the annual Endoscopy Postgraduate Course of the Austrian Society of Gastroenterology.

He is lecturing and participating in endoscopy live courses around the globe. His main focus is on endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of early GI cancer (ESD, EMR, RFA) and ERCP. 

In addition to his mother tongue German he speaks fluently English, Italian and French and has some skills in Spanish and Portuguese.

You can invite Dr. Michael Häfner for on-site training in advanced and interventional gastroscopy and colonoscopy as well as therapeutic ERCP.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Dr. Poley

Since 2012 Dr. Poley is Head of Endoscopy at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2013 he defended his PhD thesis “Novel developments in ERCP and EUS”. His main areas of interest are endoscopic ultrasonography, interventional endoscopy and pancreaticobiliary diseases.

In a multidisciplinary setting with close collaboration with the departments of surgery and radiology patients with benign, premalignant and malignant pancreaticobiliary disorders are diagnosed and treated.

His research focuses on pancreaticobiliary disorders and the field of new techniques and applications of endoscopic ultrasonography and ERCP.

He is a member  of the Dutch Gastroenterology Association and part of the Quality Committee; the Dutch society for Gastroenterology and a board member of the Endoscopy section; the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and its special interest group on Endoscopic Ultrasonography; the European Association of Endoscopic Ultrasonography and the European Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

You can invite Dr. Jan Werner Poley for on-site training in advanced EUS and ERCP.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Dr. Petrone

Dr. Maria Chiara Petrone is the Chief of Endosonography Unit, at Pancreato-Biliary Endoscopy and Endosonography Division of San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy. An internationally recognized referral center for endoscopic ultrasound and for pancreato-biliary endoscopy, certified as Official ESGE Host Training Center. The Division performs about 2000 diagnostic and therapeutic EUS procedures/year and about 700 ERCP/year, organizing Teaching Programs since 2002 attended by Gastroenterologists of many different countries all around the world. 

Dr. Petrone is involved in several multi-center International research projects on “EUS topics”, member of faculty in national and international workshop, internationally well-known expert in benign and malignant pancreatic diseases and EUS.  Current research interests include diagnostic and therapeutic EUS, with particular involvement in EUS-guided therapy of pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cystic neoplasms.

You can invite Dr. Maria Chiara Petrone for on-site training in advanced EUS.

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Prof. Dr. Götz

Prof. Dr. Martin Götz is working as Head of CED and Interdisciplinary Endoscopy at the University Hospital of Tübingen, Germany.

In addition to the care of patients with general gastroenterological diseases, his clinical work focuses on all diagnostic and interventional endoscopy procedures. Research priorities supported by public funding and pricing include morphological, functional and molecular imaging of gastrointestinal diseases, as well as the evaluation and transfer of new endoscopic procedures to clinical care.

You can invite Prof. Dr. Martin Götz for on-site training in advanced EUS & ERCP examinations.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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Prof. Dr. Vilmann

Prof. Dr. Peter Vilmann is working as Full Professor of Endoscopy in Copenhagen University Herlev Hospital, Denmark.

Professor Peter Vilmann had an early scientific work in the field of digestive endoscopy and especially in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), which started as an international recognized pioneer on EUS with linear transducers, as well as a variety of EUS-guided diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. He was the first in the world to perform EUS-guided fine needle biopsy (1991) and the inventor of the first needle assembly for EUS-guided aspiration biopsy (EUS-FNA).

You can invite Prof. Dr. Peter Vilmann for on-site training in advanced EUS.

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Prof. Dr. Thomson

Sandie R Thomson MBChB ChM FRCS (Eng&Ed) FRCP(Ed) MWGO Emeritus Professor Division of Gastroenterology Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town  

In 1986, I wished to gain surgical exposure overseas and moved to South Africa to take up a surgical appointment at the University of Natal in Durban. There I remained for the next twenty-two years working in its affiliated teaching hospitals, initially conducting research in trauma and subsequently in surgical aspects of gastroenterology. I developed expertise in laparoscopic and flexible endoscopy in particular ERCP with periods of specialised training at Cape Town and at Duke University during an American College of Surgeons International Scholarship in 1993. 

In 2011, I moved to University of Cape Town to take up the chair of Gastroenterology and head of the Medico-Surgical GI Unit. I developed a special interest in the development and training of interventional flexible endoscopy locally, nationally and in association with the WGO and their training centres in Africa. I retired from my academic post in December 2017 and remain passionately involved teaching training on the continent.

You can invite Prof. Dr. Thomson for on-site basic and advanced training in EGD, Colonoscopy and ERCP.

If you would like to place a request, please click on the button below.

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