In the coming months, our WEO newsletter will introduce the new WEO officials who started their two-year term in March 2020. In this issue, we introduce Douglas Faigel who on the basis of his vast experience as an educator, researcher, and leader in endoscopy has been appointed as Secretary General and as Chair of the Education Committee.


Douglas Faigel (USA), Secretary General and Education Committee Chair

Dr Faigel says: “I am extremely excited to be serving as Chair of the Education Committee and having been selected by President Fabian Emura as Secretary General. At its heart, the WEO is an educational society committed to improve the practice of endoscopy worldwide but especially in developing countries.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Executive Committee and on the Education Committee to continue to improve the quality and impact of our educational programs.”

The WEO Education Committee focuses on providing courses and workshops for healthcare professionals. The WEO educational offer includes the following highly regarded courses and programs:

  • Advanced Diagnosis Endoscopy Course (ADEC)
  •  Centers of Excellence
  •  Collaboration of Organized and Recognized Endoscopy units (CORE)
  •  Emerging Stars
  •  High Quality in Upper GI Endoscopy (High-Q)
  •  Program for Endoscopic Teachers (PET)
  •  Video Capsule Endoscopy Training (VCE)

Professor Faigel’s career is impressive and inspirational. He is currently Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Mayo Clinic, Arizona. He is a therapeutic endoscopist specializing in pancreatic and biliary disorders and esophageal cancers, and with interests in quality assessment and improving quality in endoscopy.

He completed his undergraduate training at Harvard University and subsequently medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He did his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and returned to the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology. Because of his passion for endoscopy he completed additional training in therapeutic endoscopy at the same center.

Dr Faigel has participated in several studies involving endoscopic interventions and management and outcomes of cancer therapies. He is particularly interested in using endoscopy for early diagnosis of cancers. He is currently assessing the role of ingestible electronic devices for monitoring health and disease.

Throughout his professional career Dr Faigel has actively contributed to various professional societies. Most notably he served as the President of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy besides serving in various committee and leadership roles. He is an active member of the WEO, working as Co-Chair, Digestive Workgroup on Credentialing and Quality Assurance, 2008–2009, and serving as Co-Director, WEO Program for Endoscopic Teachers since 2012.

Douglas Faigel has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has served as an Associate Editor for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (1999–2005).


More about WEO Committees and officials

WEO activities focus on diverse areas of GI endoscopy. The following Committees with their Chairs are responsible for WEO’s current activities:

  • Activities to Reach Africa Project, ad hoc; Chairs, Lars Aabakken (Norway), Kulwinder  Dua (USA)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening; Chair, Evelien Dekker (Netherlands)
  • Documentation & Standardization; Chair, Thomas de Lange (Norway) and Koji Matsuda (Japan)
  • Education; Chair, Douglas Faigel (USA)
  • Esophageal Diseases, ad hoc; Chair, Prateek Sharma (USA)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), ad hoc; chair, Helmut Neumann (Germany)
  • Outreach, ad hoc; Chairs Carlos Robles-Medranda (Ecuador) and Rome Jutabha (USA)
  • Pancreato-biliary, ad hoc; Chairs, Lars Aabakken (Norway), Nageshwar Reddy (India), Dong-Wan Seo (Korea)
  • Research; Chair, Krish Ragunath (Australia)
  • Standards of Practice & Publications (SPPC); Chair, Tibor Gyökeres (Hungary)
  • Stomach and Duodenal Diseases; Chair, Mitsuhiro Fujishiro (Japan)
  • Surgical Endoscopy; Chair, Philip Chiu (Hong Kong)

For more details on WEO Committees, their Chairs, and WEO educational offers, see