United European Gastroenterology

The United European Gastroenterology (UEG) is a non-profit organisation combining European societies concerned with digestive health.

United European Gastroenterology
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TypeNon-profit organisation
  • Vienna, Austria
17 Ordinary Members, 48 National Gastroenterology Societies
Key people
Helena Cortez-Pinto – President (2022–2023)


Founded in 1992 United European Gastroenterology (UEG) is the leading non-profit organisation for excellence in digestive health in Europe and beyond with its headquarters in Vienna. We improve the prevention and care of digestive diseases in Europe through providing top tier education, supporting research and advancing clinical standards.

As Europe’s home for multidisciplinary gastroenterology, we unite over 50,000 engaged professionals from national and specialist societies, individual digestive health experts and related scientists from all fields. With our innovative online platform, the myUEG Community, we enable digestive health professionals from across the globe to connect and benefit from a plethora of outstanding free resources and educational activities.


UEG as an organisation encompasses Specialist Members and National Society Members. The 17 Specialist Members are organisations in the field of gastroenterology and related disciplines representing their specialty on a pan-European level. The scope of these societies ranges from gastroenterological medicine and surgery to focused organ-oriented and special interest associations. 48 National Gastroenterology Societies are direct members of UEG. The UEG Council is the governing body of UEG and assigns the Executive Committee, composed of President, Vice President, Secretary General and Treasurer.

The operating body is formed by committees. Each committee is assigned a set of responsibilities and tasks associated with the different activities of UEG.

UEG is a Regional Affiliate Association of the World Gastroenterology Organisation. UEG is a member of the European Medicines Agency, the Alliance for Biomedical Research, the AC Forum, and Pancreatic Cancer Europe.

The current president of UEG is Helena Cortez-Pinto.

Previous presidents and chairmen of UEG:

  • 2020–2021: Axel Dignaß[1]
  • 2018–2019: Paul Fockens
  • 2016–2017: Michael Manns[2]
  • 2014–2015: Michael Farthing
  • 2012–2013: Colm O'Morain
  • 2010–2011: Rolf Hultcrantz
  • 2008–2009: Juan R. Malagelada[3]
  • 2006–2007: Anthony Axon[4]
  • 2005: Peter Ferenci[5]
  • 2004: Peter Malfertheiner
  • 2003: Peter Milla
  • 2002: Christoph Beglinger[6]
  • 2001: Alberto Montori
  • 2000: Mario Mondelli
  • 1999: Edward Farthman
  • 1998: Constantine Arvanitakis
  • 1997: Jacques Schmitz
  • 1995: Klaus Gyr
  • 1994: Peter Jansen
  • 1992: Vincenzo Speranza[7]


United European Gastroenterology Headquarters

The House of European Gastroenterology (HEG) is UEG's home and offers a meeting point and communication hub to the European gastroenterological community. The HEG is situated in the heart of Vienna, near the Rathaus (City Hall) in a 19th-century building.

To further increase the visibility and impact of digestive health among the public and politicians, UEG runs a separate Brussels Office in Belgium.


UEG WeekEdit

UEG Week[8] is the largest congress of its kind in Europe and is held once a year. It has been running since 1992 and now attracts more than 13,000 people from around the world. It features the latest advances in clinical management and research in the field of digestive and liver disease. A two-day Postgraduate Teaching Programme is also held on occasion of UEG Week. The programme provides continuing medical education for gastroenterologists in training and practice.


UEG provides educational online and classroom courses in the field of digestive and liver disease and an online library containing abstracts and recordings of UEG Week, guidelines and more.[9]

UEG EU AffairsEdit

UEG aims to act as a united voice of European gastroenterology in the Institutions of the European Union and the governments of the member states in order to promote digestive health in Europe.[10]

Awards and grantsEdit

UEG offers awards and grants in the following fields and categories: grants for researchers under the age of 40, grants for researchers having achieved the highest level of international recognition, funds for innovative educational programmes and international scientific collaborations, a prize honouring outstanding contribution to gastroenterology and UEG, international scholarship awards, prizes for best abstracts and travel grants.[11]

Notable publicationsEdit

UEG JournalEdit

Focuses on providing coverage of both translational as well as clinical studies from different fields of gastroenterology. The latest impact factor ranking indicates that the UEG Journal has already established itself as an authoritative, high quality and trusted journal in the field.[12]

UEG White Book: Survey of digestive health in EuropeEdit

Summary of burden of digestive diseases in Europe and an assessment of the breadth and quality of current service provision.[13]


  1. ^ "Prof. Dr. med. Axel Dignaß".
  2. ^ "MH-Hannover: Prof. Dr. med. Michael P. Manns". Mh-hannover.de. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Dr. Juan Ramón Malagelada Benaprés: gastroenterologist in Barcelona". Topdoctors.es. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "GastroHep – Wiley Online Library". Onlinelibrary.wiley.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Peter Ferenci, MD". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Arvanitakis, C (2013). "Looking back to the future: the road to United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) and the First United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), Athens 1992". Ann Gastroenterol. 26 (1): 3–5. PMC 3959510. PMID 24714567.
  8. ^ "Week". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Library". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Public Affairs". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Awards & Grants". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Journal". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  13. ^ "White Book". Ueg.eu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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