Dr Fabian Emura has taken over the reins as the new President of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) from Dr Jean-François Rey at the conclusion of ENDO 2020, WEO’s 2nd World Congress of GI Endoscopy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this month. He will serve as President from March 2020 through March 2022.

On his new role, Dr Emura says: “It is a real honor to become President of WEO, succeeding Jean-François, who has done truly excellent work for the endoscopy community. WEO is in a strong position, and this is a very exciting time to get involved. I am passionate about my work at WEO and look forward to shaping the future of WEO as the world leader in endoscopic education and to promote high standards and quality in endoscopy. With lots of endeavor and support, WEO will continue to engage actively in developing and implementing quality education.”

He continues: “I am strongly committed to promoting the development of endoscopy as a tool for early diagnosis and treatment of GI tumors. For the coming two years, we will continue the success of WEO and ENDO – WEO’s flagship World Congress of GI Endoscopy. Through ENDO, WEO is able to connect with endoscopists and gastroenterologists from all over the world and share education and research. We are excited that our 3rd World Congress is taking shape already and I am delighted to announce that ENDO 2022 will take place May 13–15, 2022 in Kyoto, Japan.”

“WEO has also several new officers who began their terms this month and who will explore how WEO can best support research and how the organization can try to broaden even further its educational activities for the community, each physician acting as a multiplier of our mission. My very best wishes go to our new officials as they enjoy our continuing support: Hisao Tajiri (Japan), President-elect; Douglas Faigel (USA), Secretary General and Education Committee Chair; Evelien Dekker (Netherlands), Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee Chair; and Philip Chiu (Hong Kong), Surgical Endoscopy Committee Chair.”:

“WEO has also initiated new ad-hoc committees for this new term. Please join me in welcoming our new ad-hoc committee chairs and wishing them all the best for the start of their terms this March.”:

The Activities to Reach Africa (ARA) Project Ad-Hoc Committee

Chairs: Lars Aabakken (Norway) and Kulwinder Dua (USA)

IBD Ad-Hoc Committee

Chair: Helmut Neumann (Germany)

Esophageal Disease Ad-Hoc Committee

Chair: Prateek Sharma (USA)

Nominations Ad-Hoc Committee

Chair: Jean-François Rey (France)

Dr Emura is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at the Universidad de La Sabana, Bogotá D.C., Colombia. He graduated from the Universidad del Valle and completed his fellowship in general surgery at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Dr Emura subsequently completed his doctoral program in GI tumor biology at the University of Tsukuba, Japan and trained in interventional GI endoscopy and GI surgery at the National Cancer Center Hospital, Japan.

After his training in Japan, Dr Emura returned to Colombia and founded the Emura Center Latin America in 2006. This center is not only a major referral facility, treating patients for various GI illnesses, but is also a major academic center where over 240 gastroenterologists from the Americas have undergone training in advanced endoscopic techniques since its inception. He is also currently the head of the gastroenterology division at the Universidad de La Sabana, where he has developed the core curriculum for gastroenterology Training.

Dr Emura has a research interest in GI tumors, especially in the early diagnosis and treatment of cancers using image-enhanced endoscopy and advanced endoscopic tissue resection methods. He is a champion of quality in endoscopy and has spearheaded initiatives in the global adoption of systematic photodocumentation in upper GI endoscopy, polyp classification, and in endoscopic submucosal dissection. He has undertaken a national gastric cancer screening program for people of lower socioeconomic status, and through the Emura Foundation, he has performed screening examinations in close to 2000 patients.

Dr Emura has received several awards, including the Monbusho Scholarship for Advanced Clinical Training from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, and the top reviewer award for the years 2012 and 2015 from the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He was the President of the Colombian Society of Endoscopy from 2014 to 2016. He has served as a member of the International Committee of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and as Chair of the Scientific Committee of ENDO 2020, the 2nd World Endoscopy Congress. He has been selected by ASGE for their prestigious 2020 International Service Award.

Dr Emura says he owes his medical career to his parents, Arturo and Eyder. He goes on: ”Finding quality time in these busy days is a challenge, but not impossible. When not working, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife, Noriko, and son, Ken.”

WEO is proud to have such a distinguished physician serving as President and we wish Dr Emura all the very best for his new role.