About us

The B.G.E.S. has currently more than 300 members from all over the country.


The Board :

General Secretary:   Valerio LUCIDI ( Brussels )

Executive manager:  Charles de Gheldere ( Lier )

Treasurer:                  Philippe Malvaux (Tournai).

Members :                  Carla Coïmbra (Liège ),  Elke Van Daele ( Gent )  , Raphaël Rubay ( Namur ) , Guy Hubens (Antwerpen ),

Jean-Luc Jourdan (Liège ), Matthias Lannoo ( Leuven ) , Paul Pattyn ( Roeselare )

Our secretary: Arlette Siebertz, is ready to answer your messages in (almost) any language.
Our mail address: BGES – Lostraat 67 – 1703 Schepdaal – BELGIUM
Fax and Phone/answering: +32 2 331 29 48 (N.B.: GMT+1)


Our Story

Belgium is a very small country in Europe, but it’s size does not reflect it’s innovative spirit.
The Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery was created in September 91 as an independent association by a small group of belgian surgeons fascinated by this new domain: Robert ALGABA, Chantal CORNIL, Frans DE WEER, José ETIENNE, Michel GELIN, Jean-François GIGOT, Benoît NAVEZ, André de NEVE de RODEN, Ludo VEREECKEN and  Joseph WEERTS.

The late  André de NEVE de RODEN, the first general secretary, has been at the heart of our evolution. Ludo VEREECKEN and Bob VANHEE were presidents of the Belgian Royal Society of Surgery. Jean-François GIGOT (EAES board member), Benoît NAVEZ (general secretary and teacher at the Strasbourg Center) and  Joseph WEERTS (working with Bernard DALLEMAGNE – SLS award) are recognized as main representatives of European surgical endoscopy.


Goals and spirit

Our main goal is to establish contacts between all surgeons involved in this field, and also with political, scientific and business partners. You do not have to be an expert in the field to become a member. We are happy to see the rapidly growing number of members (about 400 in Belgium).
The Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery is now the official « surgical endoscopy » branch of the Belgian Royal Society of Surgery.
A partnership was established with several industry partners ; Stopler  ( main sponsor ) , Ethicon (major  sponsor) and AutoSuture Belgium (major sponsor) and many others (Rhone-Poulenc, Styker..).


Meetings

Our meetings are the heart of our development. We will continue to develop joint meetings (Belgian Society, Deauville Congress, BABS, BSOMS, BSOS,RBSS , teaching courses (Strasbourg) and foreign scientific travels (due to the success of the Belgo-Jordan meeting, Burma and Cuba travels).
Presentations and publications
The Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery has made a lot of presentations in international congresses. Our first study (registry on lap cholecystectomy) was also the first in the world to show the increased risk of biliary injury.
Informed consent documents (from the BGES medico-legal committee) were published in the Acta Belgica.


Presentations and publications

The Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery has made a lot of presentations in international congresses. Our first study (registry on lap cholecystectomy) was also the first in the world to show the increased risk of biliary injury.
Informed consent documents (from the BGES medico-legal committee) were published in the Acta Belgica.