Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year UEG recognises outstanding individuals who have made fundamental contributions to gastroenterology as a whole and the UEG community in particular. 

Awardees have helped to improve the lives of people with gastrointestinal diseases and their contributions, leadership and impact have been of importance for the UEG community. Their work is widely acknowledged by the gastroenterological community.

Download the complete criteria for nominees and selection process

Nomination of candidates is open until May 25, 2018


To nominate candidates, UEG Member Societies are asked to send the following:

  • An A4 Curriculum Vitae of the candidate

  • Brief statement of no more than 50 words summarizing the candidate’s contribution to gastroenterology as a whole and the UEG community in particular

  • A concise description of how these contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership, or mentorship, have had a lasting impact on the gastrointestinal field and/or the community and/or UEG and demonstrate a lifetime commitment (publications supporting these contributions may be directly referenced)

Please send the complete nomination to the UEG Secretariat (Wilma Hofer, The documents must be submitted as PDF files. Hard copies are not accepted. 

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Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists

  • who have had a career spanning at least 30 years and are widely acknowledged by the broader gastroenterological community
  • whose outstanding accomplishments have improved the lives of people with GI diseases
  • whose contributions, leadership and impact have been of importance for the UEG community

Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2017: Anthony Axon

Professor Anthony Axon has been a clinical Gastroenterologist for 40 years - safe, high quality clinical medicine has been the driving force in his practice, his teaching, research, and during his National and International activities.

He was the first to draw attention to the requirement for effective disinfection in endoscopy, and to recognise the need for a closed disinfection system. As a pioneer in ERCP he chaired the committee that recommended the Cambridge endoscopic classification of chronic pancreatitis. He furthermore published on the early recognition and pathogenesis of GI cancer, the value of endoscopy in dyspepsia and in IBD. His investigations in gastritis, peptic ulcer and gastric cancer began before H pylori was identified and afterwards he became active in drawing attention to the pathological role of Hp, its diagnosis and treatment.

Professor Axon was elected ESGE President 2000-2002 and initiated an interest in Quality, Ethics and Guidelines, areas that remain important ESGE activities today. During his Presidency of OMED (now WEO) from 2005-2008 the organisation thrived and has remained a vibrant contributor to world endoscopy since then. His involvement with UEG (then UEGF) started with his membership on the Scientific Committee 1996-1999 and culminated in his Chairmanship of UEGF Council 2006-2007. During his Presidency UEG has expanded its activities further and Professor Axon played a part in its success.

Watch the interview with Anthony Axon

Past awardees

  • 2017: Anthony Axon, United Kingdom
  • 2016: Günter J. Krejs, Austria
  • 2015: Chris Hawkey, United Kingdom
  • 2014: Christoph Beglinger, Switzerland
  • 2013: Giovanni Gasbarrini, Italy
  • 2012: Jean-Paul Galmiche, France
  • 2011: Hermon Dowling, United Kingdom
  • 2010: Juan-R. Malagelada, Spain
  • 2009: Guido Tytgat, The Netherlands

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