WEO Centers of Excellence (CofE) are a worldwide group of elite endoscopy centers that have established outstanding reputations for delivering international education in the field of digestive endoscopy. New members must be nominated by an existing member and admission requires a majority vote from the current members.

WEO is delighted to welcome the endoscopy units of the Beijing Friendship Hospital and the Shanghai Changhai Hospital as distinguished new members of the Centers of Excellence Group.

The Beijing Friendship Hospital’s endoscopy unit comprises three endoscopy centers at the hospital, covering an area of 1700 m2. These centers specialize not just in endoscopic diagnosis and therapy but also are site for research and endoscopic education. This unit plays host to hundreds of local and foreign trainees annually. The Beijing Friendship Hospital’s endoscopy unit, headed by Professor Zhang Shu-Tian, is the largest in Beijing.

The Shanghai Changhai Digestive Endoscopy Center founded in 1975, with a total of 3600 m2 state of the art facility, provides an excellent environment for endoscopy and related training.  In 2006, it was also named as an Endoscopic Training Centre by the Chinese Medical Association. The Center, led by Professor Zhao Shen Li, is a leading institution in medical and endoscopic practice, training and research in China.

Professor Douglas Faigel, WEO Secretary General and Chair of the Education Committee enthuses: “Since the inauguration of this program in the late 2000s, the Center of Excellence initiative has gone from strength to strength. There are now more than twenty Centers of Excellence worldwide which WEO can partner with for world-class training programs for our members in our constant quest to promote high quality endoscopy. We are very delighted that both Beijing Friendship Hospital and Shanghai Changhai Hospital will accept selected trainees under the WEO fellowship program, with focus on ERCP training in 2021.”

For more information about the WEO Centers of Excellence, please visit https://www.worldendo.org/about-us/committees/education/centers-of-excellence/

Picture: Professor Zhang Shu-Tian of Beijing Friendship Hospital receiving his unit’s plaque

Picture: Endoscopy Team at Shanghai Changhai Hospital headed by Professor Li Zhao-Shen with their new plaque