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World Gastroenterology Organisation

Global Guardian of Digestive Health. Serving the World.

Past Presidents

The President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is responsible for the proper functioning of WGO and is empowered to undertake the necessary actions with the knowledge of the Governing Council. The President presides at all meetings of the Governing Council and at business sessions of the WGO.

In 2009, the position of the President term changed to one, two-year term of office, which begins after the approval of the General Assembly. Prior to 2009, the term was limited to two, four-year terms of office.  

Cihan Yurdaydin

Cihan Yurdaydin, Turkey
2017-2019

Henry Cohen

Henry Cohen, Uruguay
2011-2013

James Toouli

James Toouli, Australia
2013-2015

David Bjorkman

David Bjorkman, USA
2015-2017

Guido Tytgat

Guido Tytgat, The Netherlands
2002-2005

Eamonn Quigley

Eamonn Quigley, Ireland
2005-2009

Richard Kozarek

Richard Kozarek, USA
2009-2011

Francisco Vilardell

Francisco Vilardell, Spain
1982-1990 (reelected)

Ian A.D. Bouchier

Ian A.D. Bouchier, UK
1990-1998 (reelected)

Meinhard Classen

Meinhard Classen, Germany
1998-2002

Marvin H. Pollard

Marvin H. Pollard, USA
1970-1974

Geoffrey Watkinson

Geoffrey Watkinson, UK
1974-1978

Joel Valencia-Parparcén

Joel Valencia-Parparcén, Venezuela
1978-1982

Henry L. Bockus

Henry L. Bockus, USA
1958-1962

Thomas Hunt

Thomas Hunt, UK
1962-1966

Heliodoro G. Mogena

Heliodoro G. Mogena, Spain
1966-1970

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