Governing board and scientific committee

Board members

The board members, in collaboration with the scientific committee, are responsible for reviewing, vetting and prioritising all relevant applications for international studies. Board members serve for a period of two years.

Professor Xavier Dray
Professor Xavier Dray (France), President
  • Sorbonne University, Centre for Digestive Endoscopy, Saint Antoine Hospital, APHP, Paris, France
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Xavier Dray was appointed a Professor of Medicine in 2013. He is now Head of the Centre for Digestive Endoscopy at Sorbonne University, Saint Antoine University Hospital. This centre is one the most active endoscopy units in the Greater Paris University Hospitals (APHP), providing care, research and training in both conventional and interventional endoscopy. In addition, a specialist team offers after hours emergency endoscopy to over 5-million inhabitants. The unit is an official training centre of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).

Professor Xavier Dray MD PhD, specialises in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. He has trained in medicine in Paris, and has worked as a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD (USA).

Professor Dray has been working since 2011 with Professor Aymeric Histace's ETIS team. Together, they have supervised several Master and PhD students, hold several patents, and have launched a startup company, all related to artificial intelligence applied to capsule endoscopy. He is the author of around  200 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Xavier Dray is a co-founder (and current President) of the international CApsule endoscopy REsearch (iCARE) group.

Professor Abraham Eliakim
Professor Abraham Eliakim (Israel)
  • Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Professor Abraham (Rami) Eliakim MD, is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is Professor of Medicine and was head of the Gastroenterology Division at the Sheba Medical Center and Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine. He is visiting Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA.

Professor Eliakim gained his medical degree at The Hebrew University (HU) of Jerusalem, and completed his residency in internal medicine, and subsequent fellowship in gastroenterology at HU’s affiliated Hadassah University Hospital, eventually becoming acting director of the department of medicine.

He is a Fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, former Chairman of the Israeli Gastroenterology Association and the Advanced Technologies group of the Israeli Gastroenterology Association and was the chair of the guidelines committee of the European Society of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Professor Eliakim has published over 450 original articles, books and chapters in the medical literature.

Professor Martin Keuchel
Honorary Professor Martin Keuchel (Germany)
  • Agaplesion Bethesda Krankenhaus Bergedorf, Hamburg, Germany
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Dr. med. Martin Keuchel is Head of department and honorary professor at Agaplesion Bethesda Hospital, Bergedorf, Hamburg, Germany.

He is a member of the German Society Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Hamburg Medical Association, German Society Infectiology, German Society Nephrology, German Society Digestive and Metabolic Diseases. Professor Keuchel serves on two ESGE QIC working groups: the endoscopy service SACRED team and the IBD endoscopy group.

He has written 145 publications, which have generated over 2,800 citations.

Prof. Dr. Anastasios Koulaouzidis
Prof. Dr. Anastasios Koulaouzidis (Denmark)
  • Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark
  • Centre for Clinical Implementation of Capsule Endoscopy (CICA), Store Adenomer Tidlige Cancere Centre (SATC-C), Svendborg, Denmark
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Anastasios (a.k.a. Tassos) Koulaouzidis is Professor at SDU and CICA, Denmark and Professor (Adjunct) at PUM, Poland. He obtained his MD from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1995. His first Doctorate in Medicine (DM) is from the University of Edinburgh, UK; his second, a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD), is from Lunds Universitet, Sweden. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (UK) in 2004 and a Fellow of the same College (2013). He is also a Fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology (2009), and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2017).  

Professor Koulaouzidis has published extensively on capsule endoscopy and has co-authored several relevant book chapters. He is the co-author of more than 275 PubMed-listed articles, out of which at least 160 are on capsule endoscopy. His research interests include clinical applications of capsule endoscopy, quality improvement and software diagnostics, as well as hardware innovation and concept development in capsule and minimally invasive GI endoscopy. His other interests include colonoscopy quality, colorectal cancer prevention, and microscopic colitis.

Professor Koulaouzidis is an active member of the editorial board of several specialty journals and has won several research grants.

Associate Prof. Ervin Toth
Associate Prof. Ervin Toth (Sweden)
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden
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Dr Ervin Toth is currently an associate professor at Lund University and Senior Gastroenterology Consultant at Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden. He is a member of several speciality national and international societies, including the Governing Board of the International Capsule Endoscopy Research group and the European Colonoscopy Quality Investigation Group. He is member of several journal editorial boards.

Dr Toth has been practicing gastroenterology since 1983. His main clinical and research interests include diagnostic and therapeutic GI endoscopy, specifically focusing on chromoendoscopy, capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy. For several decades, his research interests have been mainly focused on the development and clinical applications of capsule endoscopy and other innovative technologies in the field of GI endoscopy, as well as in the assessment and improvement of gastrointestinal endoscopy with a focus on quality improvement, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

He has participated as principal investigator in 41 national and international studies and counts 187 peer-reviewed publications, and 16 book chapters, out of which 79 are on capsule endoscopy.

Scientific committee

The scientific committee, in collaboration with the board members, is responsible for reviewing, vetting and prioritising all relevant applications for international studies. Membership of the scientific committee is open to all iCARE members and has a 2-year duration. You are invited to declare an interest in serving on the committee.

Professor Abraham Eliakim
Professor Abraham Eliakim (Israel), Chair
  • Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Professor Abraham Eliakim MD., specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology is a professor of Medicine and head of the Gastroenterology Division in the Sheba Medical Center and Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Medicine. He is visiting Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA.

He earned his medical degree at The Hebrew University (HU) of Jerusalem, and completed his residency in internal medicine, and subsequent fellowship in gastroenterology at HU’s affiliated Hadassah University Hospital, eventually becoming acting director. Professor Eliakim is a Fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

He has published over 250 original articles, books and chapters in the medical literature.

Professor Cristina Carretero Ribón
Associate Professor Cristina Carretero-Ribón (Spain)
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
  • Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
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Cristina Carretero is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Navarra, and a Gastroenterologist at Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. She is an international trainer on capsule endoscopy. Her research interest is capsule endoscopy (small bowel, colon and pan-enteric) and she also has a special interest in the hereditary syndromes of digestive tumours.

Professor Carretero is a member of the scientific committee of the Spanish Society of Digestive Endoscopy and the United European Gastroenterolgy. She is part of the Quality Improvement Committee and Curricula Working group of ESGE.

She has co-authored three books, as well as authoring six chapters and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Gastone Ciuti
Professor Gastone Ciuti (Italy)
  • The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Pisa, Italy
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Gastone Ciuti is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, leading the Healthcare Mechatronics Laboratory. He is co-author of more than 100 international peer reviewed papers on computer-integrated platforms for medical robotics and the inventor of more than 15 patents. He has been Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and at the Beijing Institute of Technology (Beijing, China) and Visiting Student at the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A) and at Imperial College London (London, UK).

He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering (IEEE-TBME), of the IEEE Journal of Bioengineering and Health Informatics (IEEE-JBHI), and of IEEE Transaction on Medical Robotics and Bionics (IEEE-TMRB). He is Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) society and Member of the Technical Committee in BioRobotics of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

His research interests include robot/computer-assisted platforms, such as tele-operated and autonomous magnetic-based robotic platforms for navigation, localisation and tracking of smart and innovative devices in guided and targeted minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic applications, e.g. advanced capsule endoscopy.

Professor Xavier Dray
Professor Xavier Dray (France)
  • Sorbonne University, Centre for Digestive Endoscopy, Saint Antoine Hospital, APHP, Paris, France
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Xavier Dray was appointed a Professor of Medicine in 2013. He is now Head of the Centre for Digestive Endoscopy at Sorbonne University, Saint Antoine University Hospital. This centre is one the most active endoscopy units in the Greater Paris University Hospitals (APHP), providing care, research and training in both conventional and interventional endoscopy. In addition, a specialist team offers after hours emergency endoscopy to over 5-million inhabitants. The unit is an official training centre of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE).

Professor Xavier Dray MD PhD, specialises in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. He has trained in medicine in Paris, and has worked as a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD (USA).

Professor Dray has been working since 2011 with Professor Aymeric Histace's ETIS team. Together, they have supervised several Master and PhD students, hold several patents, and have launched a startup company, all related to artificial intelligence applied to capsule endoscopy. He is the author of around  200 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Xavier Dray is a co-founder (and current President) of the international CApsule endoscopy REsearch (iCARE) group.

Professor Dimitris Iakovidis
Professor Dimitris Iakovidis (Greece)
  • University of Thessaly, Lamia, Greece
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The research interests of Prof. Iakovidis include signal and image processing, artificial intelligence, and decision support systems, with applications in biomedicine and other domains. In this context, he has co-authored over 200 scientific papers in international journals, conferences, and books, and he has participated in several funded European and National research projects. He has contributed several pioneering methodologies for endoscopic image analysis and clinical decision making since the beginning of the millennium.

Prof. Iakovidis is a Fellow of EAMBES, a Senior Member of IEEE, and member of IAPR and VPHI. He has served in Editorial positions of high-impact scientific journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, and currently he is Editorial Board Member of the Measurement Science and Technology journal. Also, since 2014 he collaborates with the European Commission and other public authorities as an independent expert and quality controller, as well as with industrial bodies as a scientific consultant.

Professor Emanuele Rondonotti
Dr. Emanuele Rondonotti (Italy)
  • Gastroenterology Unit, Valduce Hospital, Como, Italy
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Emanuele Rondonotti graduated at the University of Milan in 1999 and was board certified as gastroenterologist in 2003. In 2009, he obtained his PhD at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His major research interests are small bowel endoscopy (capsule endoscopy and device assisted enteroscopy), technical advances in upper and lower GI endoscopy diagnostic techniques (such as artificial intelligence) and advanced tissue resection techniques.

He’s currently a member of ESGE, SIGE (Italian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) and serves on the iCARE scientific committee.

Dr. Rondonotti has published more than 130 indexed papers and participated in the development of clinical and technical guidelines.

Dr. Bruno Rosa
Dr. Bruno Rosa (Portugal)
  • Gastroenterology Department, Hospital Senhora da Oliveira, Guimarães, Portugal
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Dr Bruno Rosa is a gastroenterologist at the Hospital da Senhora da Oliveira, Guimarães, Portugal and a member of the scientific committee of the I-CARE.His clinical, research and educational activity is focused on capsule endoscopy and device-assisted enteroscopy.

He regularly collaborates with international working groups for investigation and elaboration of clinical guidelines on small bowel endoscopy. Dr Rosa is Secretary-General of the Portuguese Small Bowel Study Group, a Member of Board of the Portuguese Society of Gastroenterology and a Member of Editorial Board of the Portuguese Journal of Gastroenterology.

He is co-ordinator of the annual capsule endoscopy training program, at the School of Medicine of University of Minho, Portugal.

Professor Reena Sidhu
Professor Reena Sidhu (UK)
  • Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Sheffield, UK
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Professor Reena Sidhu is a consultant gastroenterologist and honorary professor at the University of Sheffield. Her main area of interest is the small bowel, with over 100 publications. She has led a European-wide curriculum for capsule and device assisted enteroscopy for the ESGE and is in the process of formalising the same for the UK. She has also been involved in formalising accreditation for capsule endoscopy in the UK.

Awarded the Hopkins Endoscopy Prize by the BSG in 2012, the first female gastroenterologist ever to have won this award. First author of the 2008 British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines on capsule endoscopy and enteroscopy; co-author of the 2015 ESGE guidelines on small bowel endoscopy and the revised ESGE guideline currently in production. She led and is the first author of the BSG & RCoA position statement on the use of propofol sedation for complex endoscopy in the UK and is currently leading a BSGE guideline on sedation in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Professor Sidhu  was appointed the BSG education chair 2021 and has curated an entire new educational platform for the BSG. She is the UK NSF and MoM representative.