Guido CostamagnaMD, PhD, FAGG
Professor Guido Costamagna was born in 1952 and graduated in medicine at the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, in 1977. He is trained in both gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. He became Associate Professor of Surgery in 1992, and currently directs the Division of Digestive Endoscopy at the large (1,600 beds) Gemelli Hospital of the Catholic University, Rome. This serves as the tertiary center for referral of difficult pancreatic and biliary problems from all over Italy. More than 1,200 ERCPs a year are performed here. The center attracts a huge number of physicians from Italy, who attend training programs varying in duration from weeks to months. Gastroenterologists from several foreign countries have also been trained in advanced ERCP techniques over the years.
Professor Costamagna also directs the Division of Digestive Endoscopy at another University Hospital in Rome, belonging to the Libera Università Campus Bio-Medico, a very young and fast developing medical school.
Professor Costamagna is President elect of the Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED) and a member of the Board of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE). He was Secretary General of the 7th United European Gastroenterology Week held in Rome in 1999. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals including Gastrointestinal endoscopy, Endoscopy, Hepatogastroenterology, and Digestive and Liver Disease.
Professor Costamagna has participated as an invited faculty member at several meetings in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK), USA, Canada, South America, Africa, and Asia, many of which have included live therapeutic endoscopic technique demonstrations.
He enjoys teaching and clinical research (main areas of interest: chronic pancreatitis, malignant diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts, endoscopic management of GERD, GI emergencies, and the evaluation and development of new devices in GI endoscopy) and has done his best to foster interest in clinical research in all his trainees.