Dear WEO Newsletter Readers

Time passes quickly and it seems only a short while ago that I was asked by Dr Nageshwar Reddy, then WEO President, to become Editor of the WEO Newsletter. It was an honor, and it has been a great experience, working with the Executive and the Secretariat to bring pertinent news items and articles about the practice of endoscopy to our readers around the globe. I hope that we are on track to accomplish our mission of making the newsletter a common thread connecting all the members of our great global endoscopic community.

Just like the great WEO, this newsletter was shaped by many inspiring and talented endoscopists. Dr Jerome Waye helped create this platform that we are now developing. He continues to be my mentor and guide in making the newsletter relevant to you, our readers. I am also thankful to the WEO Secretariat and Marie-Luise Wilhelm for helping me get the newsletters to you in a timely fashion.

While our main aim is to disseminate information about the activities of WEO and its members, we also want to use the newsletter as a channel for important news that is relevant to your endoscopy practice, including for example, alerts from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thanks to timely and generous contributions from expert endoscopists we deliver the concise and practically useful “General Endoscopy Masters Series” (“GEMS”), and the “Tips and Tricks” features that summarize important dos and don’ts for common and advanced endoscopic procedures. We can now store these resources as a ready reference for our members.

My sincere thanks go to the Governing Boards of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), and the Japanese Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES) and to the Editors of their respective journals who regularly share the “Video of the month” from each of their publications. The direct links to the videos, sometimes with commentaries, are hosted in our newsletters so that you don’t need to log in to the various websites.

Here at the editorial office we are constantly monitoring your needs and want to deliver content that is well-timed, relevant, and useful. Please share your opinions, suggestions, and contributions by emailing us at We will soon be incorporating either summaries of or suggestions for important articles.

Your WEO newsletter team wish you all a prosperous, happy, and great year ahead!



Nalini M Guda

WEO Newsletter Editor



Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee

Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine

University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Program Director, Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship,

GI Associates, Milwaukee, WI.