In this issue we introduce Helmut Neumann (Germany). On account of his extensive work in the area of inflammatory bowel disease, he has been appointed Chair of the new WEO IBD Ad Hoc Committee.

Dr Helmut Neumann (Germany), Chair of the WEO IBD Ad Hoc Committee

Dr Neumann says: “The WEO is a fantastic and most powerful organization fostering education and spreading knowledge to the world of endoscopy. It is an honor to lead the WEO IBD Committee and to be part of the WEO Governing Council. Our aim is to provide high quality research to keep our members always up-to-date with new developments and to establish new guidelines with an international team of world-renowned experts on the diagnosis and therapy of IBD. We have already demonstrated the efficacy of this new committee, by being one of the first societies to publish worldwide recommendations for diagnosis and therapy of IBD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very much looking forward to the next years and to a close collaboration with the Governing Board, our members, and our industry partners.”

Dr Neumann is Professor of Medicine and Director of Endoscopy at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Medical Center Mainz in Germany. After several years as a professor in Bavaria, he was appointed to a university professorship in 2016 as Head of Interdisciplinary Endoscopy at Mainz University Medical Center.

He is actively involved in basic and clinical research in the areas of advanced endoscopic imaging. His research focuses mainly on IBD, infectious colitis, colon polyps, and Barrett´s esophagus.

Dr Neumann has received a number of awards for clinical excellence and is a reviewer for various journals including Nature, The Lancet, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Endoscopy.

Dr Neumann is an Associate Editor of Digestive Endoscopy and Digestive and Liver Disease and an editorial board member for Endoscopy, United European Gastroenterology Journal, and the Video Journal and Encyclopedia of GI Endoscopy. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and has been appointed as a member of the ASGE International Committee.

His contribution to the field of endoscopy has been officially recognized by ASGE and by the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).

Dr Neumann has published over 160 articles in the field of advanced endoscopic imaging and on new and emerging endoscopic devices, including in highly rated journals such as Nature, Lancet Oncology, Nature Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Endoscopy. He also holds multiple patents on advanced endoscopic imaging techniques.

More about the WEO Inflammatory Bowel (IBD) Ad Hoc Committee

The WEO IBD Ad Hoc Committee focuses on topics and challenges related to IBD and aims to establish a network of recognized international experts, through discussion, research, and networking. As mentioned above, the Committee is chaired by Dr Helmut Neumann (Germany).

Endoscopy has a central role in the management of IBD, providing crucial data for diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. The general objective of the IBD Ad Hoc Committee is to publish international consensus information in this field.

For more about WEO Committees, their Chairs, and WEO educational offers, see http://www.worldendo.org/about-us/committees/.

For more details of the latest WEO recommendations for diagnosis and therapy of IBD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the WEO website.