Who we are

Dear members, dear colleagues,

Welcome to the new BGES website!

The Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery is an affiliated society of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery. It is a scientific organization focusing on teaching and training in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). As such, we aim to unite all surgeons and surgical trainees with a specific interest in MIS. BGES is run by a board of 10 surgeons from both academic and non-academic hospitals coming from the French and Flemish speaking parts of Belgium. Annually, BGES organizes theoretic, hands-on, and scientific courses for different target audiences covering a wide variety of MIS. Please take a look at our program (BGES agenda) and I hope to see you on one or many of our events!

Best regards

Albert Wolthuis, President


Albert Wolthuis. Secretary General

Professor Albert Wolthuis is a staff member at the department of Abdominal Surgery (University Hospital Leuven) with special interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.  His current position is secretary general of the Belgian Group for Endoscopic Surgery.

Alexis Buggenhout. Executive Officer

Chef de clinique adjoint , Erasme Hospital, Université libre de Bruxelles.

Gabriele Liberale. Treasurer

Gabriele Liberale, MD, PhD graduated as a medical doctor in 1997 at Brussels University (ULB). Currently, he is a senior surgeon in the department of surgical oncology at Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institut J. Bordet (ULB). He obtained his PhD at the same university with a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Role of ICG-Fluorescence Imaging in the staging and treatment of colorectal cancer’ and is professor of surgical oncology at medical school (ULB). He has an interest in Fluorescence Imaging in the field of surgical oncology.

Elke Van Daele. Public Relations Manager

Dr. Elke Van Daele was trained as a surgeon at the Brussels University Hospital, followed by a fellowship in digestive surgery at the Ghent University Hospital. She currently works as a staff member at the department of Digestive Surgery (University Hospital Ghent) with a special interest in upper gastro intestinal and minimally invasive surgery. Her areas of expertise include benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach.

JayPhea Magema. WebMaster

Obesity, metabolic and digestive surgeon. Graduated in Belgium, he was then a fellow in hepatic and transplantation surgery in CHU Nice, then in Pr Jacques Himpens’ Service. He is currently the Chief of Staff of the Visceral Surgery Unit of The CHU UCL Namur, Site de Dinant.

Bart Smets

General and Bariatric surgeon, AZ Delta , Roeselaere

Stijn Heyman

General and pediatric surgeon with on the one hand special interest in surgical endoscopy (flexible endoscopy); bariatric and metabolic surgery in ZNA Hospitals(IFSO accredited) Antwerp. On the other hand specialized in pediatric and neonatal surgery and part of the SAFFIER network (ZNA Paola Children’s Hospital – GZA – VUB). With a special focus on congenital lung anomalies and thoracic wall deformities (PhD-Candidate).

Martijn Schoneveld

Dr Martijn Schoneveld works as an abdominal surgeon at UZ-Brussel with a special interest in upper GI and bariatric surgery. Within this field he is committed to teach in different minimal invasive techniques including robotic surgery. As a board member of the BGES he participates as a teacher in various courses for surgical trainees.

Nicolas Meurisse.

General and hepatobiliary surgeon , CHU de Liège.

Damien Dresse

General surgeon , CHR la Citadelle, Liège.


Arlette Siebertz

 BGES, Lostraat, 67 – 1703 SCHEPDAAL

e-mail: asiebertz@skynet.be