Message from ESGO President

Message from ESGO President

The Vision for ESGO in an ever-changing world


Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to address you as the new president of the ESGO, and I would like to share with you my vision for the next two years for our society.

The ESGO has many strengths, that I compile in four key adjectives: successful, growing, dynamic, friendly.

The most recent evidence supporting this statement was the Vienna meeting, with 3218 participants from 97 countries, a perfect scientific structure designed by the scientific committee, and outstanding local organization.

We must maintain the achievements, preserve the efficient working atmosphere, and constantly strive to move forward and adapt to the evolution of our world.


In a nutshell, we must define our ambitions, and work hard to live up to them.


Let's start with a few simple statements:

  • The first goal is to further improve our educational products (including teaching sessions in meetings, e-Academy, e-textbook, masterclasses, and workshops), and to adapt and update the ESGO guidelines, with the target of releasing regular updates at the time of the biennial meeting.
  • Gynaecological oncology is a sub-specialty that has not reached its maturity universally; in many countries, there is no sub-specialty training yet; even in countries with a recognized sub-specialty, many patients are still managed by inexperienced teams.

The second goal is to define a core corpus of knowledge and to make sure that physicians will manage their patients with sufficient expertise and skills. To achieve this goal, we will develop a certification system adapted to all situations in the European context, as well as refine and build our certification and quality assurance program for teaching and surgery.

  • Geographical Europe, from Armenia to Iceland, from the Canary Islands to Russia, from Turkey to Norway, is quite diverse with countries and areas that are medical, economically, and culturally different.

However, all these countries are of interest to us. The third goal is to adapt our messages and actions and to foster the development of delocalized meetings at the periphery of our shared home.

  • Medical English is our lingua franca, but many of our colleagues are more comfortable with their native language, and patients do not have the background to understand our technical words.

The fourth goal is then to foster the communication with colleagues and patients by translating our guidelines in lay language accessible to patients, and in several medical European languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, French, and others.

  • This world is ever-changing and requires us to further improve and adapt to meet the current and future needs of professionals - our fifth goal.

ESGO is developing the Guidelines App for smartphones to make the guidelines easy to use in day-to-day practice, as well as considering the input of the ENYGO group of young gynecologic oncologists, to enhance innovative ideas to shape a different future.

  • There is a demand for concrete actions, and ESGO's sixth goal is to continue its policy to deliver and enhance particular products that will improve the quality of care of women with gynaecological cancers in the "real world".

As a concrete action, an almost complete set of guidelines for clinical practice, including rare tumors, will be presented at the State of the Art Conference in Lyon, Franceֲ this October and finalized by the end of the next two years.

Last but not least, I wholeheartedly wish the best to all the members of the ESGO family, their loved ones, and patients.

Denis Querleu
ESGO President



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