About this event

  • Date and time Fri 24 May 2019 from 7:30am to 25 May 2019 at 10:00pm
  • Location Amsterdam Medical Centre
  • Organised by Coloproctology

This event will take place at the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC) department of colorectal surgery, where delegates will have the opportunity to see how the AMC professionals achieve the first class results they are famous for both in clinical surgery and surgical research.

The AMC department is a true European flagship in Coloproctology and a genuine centre of excellence. Our host Professor Willem Bemelman has put together his entire senior faculty to speak to us on the topics they are renowned for.

This is a true opportunity to take home some first-hand key learning points.

Professor Northover has been invited to give the eponymous Goligher lecture along with the two RSM winners of the John of Arderne prize.

Please have a look at our Amsterdam guide by clicking here.

Topics include:

  • Learn how to deal with anastomotic leaks in rectal cancer surgery
  • The AMC approach to the abdominal catastrophe
  • How to choose which approach in rectal cancer
  • Novel techniques in the management of IBD
  • How to help patients make decisions with regards to treatment choices in bowel cancer

You are welcome to bring partners and accompanying guests for dinner. To do so, please call our Customer Service team on 0207 290 3941.

Key speakers

Professor Bemelman

Professor Dr Willem Bemelman

ESCP's President Elect, Consultant in colorectal and minimal invasive surgery, and Lead of the colorectal group at the Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam

Speaker's biography

Professor Willem Bemelman Graduated from Medical School at the University of Amsterdam in 1986. From 1986 until 1988 he worked as a research resident at the department of Surgical Research at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. From 1988 – 1994 he was trained as a surgical resident (Dr. J.N. Keeman and Prof. H. Obertop) in the St Lucas Andreas Hospital and Academic Medical Centre. In 1989 he achieved his PhD at the University of Amsterdam entitled “Esophageal reconstruction with the stomach”. In 1994 he worked as a fellow in Gastrointestinal surgery at the Department of Surgery in the Academic Medical Center. From 1995 until 1999 he worked as a consultant at the department of surgery at the Leiden University Medical Center, responsible for the benign gastrointestinal surgery, in particular Inflammatory Bowel Disease. From 1999 until now he has worked at the department of Surgery of the Academic Medical Center responsible for the Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery with special interest in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2006 he became a professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Christianne Buskens

Professor Dr Christianne Buskens

Colorectal Surgeon at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

Speaker's biography

Christianne Buskens graduated at the Medical School at the University of Utrecht in 1999. From 2000 until 2003 she worked as a research fellow at the department of surgery, and the department of experimental oncology at the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) in Amsterdam. This resulted in her PhD thesis ´The development of new treatment strategies for oesophageal cancer’, which she defended with distinction in 2004. She was trained as a surgeon from 2003 until 2009 at the AMC, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (Amsterdam), and Gelre Hospitals (Apeldoorn). After completion of her surgical training, she was granted a fellowship from the Dutch Cancer Organization (KWF) at the department of colorectal surgery in Oxford, United Kingdom, where she specialized in proctology and minimally invasive surgery. In January 2011, she became a staff member of the AMC colorectal surgeons group, and will combine her clinical work with translational stem cell research in inflammatory bowl disease and colorectal carcinomas. She also has a masters in clinical epidemiology from the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, Free University Medical Center, Amsterdam.

Professor Dr Marja Boermeester

Prof Dr Marja Boermeester

Professor of Surgery: intestinal failure surgery, surgery of abdominal catastrophes, pancreatitis surgery; DJ eMBee

Speaker's biography

Marja Boermeester is professor of surgery and clinical epidemiologist, and principal investigator of many multicentre trials on diagnostics and treatment of abdominal infections (e.g. RELAP, OPTIMA, ESCAPE, OPTIMAP, DIABOLO). She received many grants (e.g. 10 ZonMW Health Care & Efficacy Research Grants (Doelmatigheidsonderzoek) and trials were published in international high-ranked publications (NEJM, JAMA, Radiology, BMJ). 
Her core business in GI / HPB surgery is intestinal failure surgery (enterocutaneous fistula or short bowel), acute abdominal infections (peritonitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis), surgery of intestinal failure , late-phase abdominal reconstruction after peritonitis, abdominal catastrophes. 
She has fifteen PhD fellows under her supervision, and 2 post-docs working with her. She is member of the AMC Research Council and Principal Investigator at this institute, member of the writing committee of the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group (DPSG), principal investigator of the DPSG section Chronic Pancreatitis, and member of several guideline committees (Antibiotics in Sepsis, Acute Diverticulitis, Peri-operative Patient Safety, and Diagnostics of Acute Abdominal Pain). 
Also national coordinator Pancreas Pearl at the String of Pearls Initiative (PSI), President of the Surgical Infection Society Europe (SIS-E), steering committee of the WHO Global Guidelines on Surgical Site Infections.
She has founded the SURgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist, results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010. Several hospitals in Europe have started with SURPASS or equivalent.

Specialties: Surgery of abdominal infections, Intestinal failure surgery, Acute and chronic pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal surgery, Peritonitis, Sepsis, Patient Safety, Checklists

Prof John Northover

Professor John Northover

Consultant surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital for Intestinal and Colorectal Disorders

Speaker's biography

Prof. John Northover serves as the consultant surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital for Intestinal and Colorectal Disorders. His areas of clinical expertise includes colorectal, Intestinal surgery, Surgery for cancer, Inflammatory bowel disease and Sphincter injuries. 

Prof. John Northover was trained at King's College, The Middlesex and St Mark's Hospitals. He has served as the Director of Cancer Research Bowel Cancer Unit 1984-2005. Prof. John Northover also acts as the Civilian Consultant Advisor to the Army from the year of 1998 and also serves as the Professor of intestinal surgery, Imperial College, London from the year 2001. 

Prof. John Northover is a member of Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons and General Medical Council.


View the programme 24 May 2019

Morning report
Critical appraisal specific topic by resident
Tea and coffee break

Willem Bemelman

Introductory lecture

Jaap Bonjer

Goligher lecture

Decision making in colorectal cancer

John Northover

The AMC and Flevo hospital colorectal formula

Colorectal Cancer

Anthony van de Ven and Pieter Tanis

Inflammatory bowel disease

Jarmila van der Bilt and Christianne Buskens

Tea and coffee break

Colorectal cancer

Approach of the distal rectal cancer (Ta, TaAPE incl. Luna, Lateral nodes)

Roel Hompes

Colon cancer (CME-D2/D3): Our view

Willem Bemelman

To divert or nt to divert low anastomosis

Pieter Tanis

The abdominal catastrophe

Marja Boermeester

Benign disease

The role of the mesentery in IBD

Christianne Buskens

Appendectomy first in ulcerative colitis?

Lianne Heuthorst

Lavage, anastomosis or Hartmann in perforated diverticulitis?

Willem Bemelman

Tea and coffee break

Financial aspects of the Dutch health care system

Han Tanis

Anatomy lessons by Tulp

Andrew Shorthouse

Guided tour AMC Art collection
View the programme 25 May 2019

When things hit the fan

Prevention and dealing with leaks (IMARI)

Roel Hompes

Managing the chronic leak and unhealed perineum

Pieter Tanis

Tea and coffee break
Research structure

Vivian Bastiaenen

John of Arderne Prize

Registrar John of Ardene prize presentation for 2017-2018
Registrar John of Ardene prize presentation for 2018-2019
AMC tour

Theatre and emergency department



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