The executive committee and its officers run the day to day businesses of the society.
Chairman: Professor Olle Ljungqvist
Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Surgery, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Olle Ljungqvist MD, PhD received his medical degree and obtained his PhD on glucose metabolism in hemorrhage at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. He completed his residency and held several clinical positions in gastrointestinal surgery at the Karolinska Hospital and was appointed Professor of Surgery Nutrition and Metabolism in 2005 at the Karolinska Insitutet. He chaired the Center for Gastrointestinal Disease at Ersta hospital 1999-2008, Stockholm before taking up his current position as Professor of Surgery at Örebro University, Sweden in 2009. Dr Ljungqvist has served as Chair of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN), the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN) as part of the International Surgical Society. He co-founded the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) Society 2010 and serves as the Executive Chairman. The ERAS Society has initiated and runs a world wide implementation program of evidence based perioperative care reaching 26 countries on every continent. This program has shown to reduce complications and hospital stay by 30-50%, is associated with a 40% improved five year survival and substantial cost savings in major colorectal cancer surgery. Olle Ljungqvist also proposed the use of preoperative carbohydrates instead of overnight fasting for elective surgery, a treatment that is currently guideline recommend world-wide. His research interests are surgical stress, metabolism and nutrition and outcomes focusing on ERAS, publishing more than 200 original contributions, international guidelines, book chapters and reviews. He has co-edited several international textbooks on Clinical Nutrition and on ERAS. He is invited to deliver about 20 international main lectures worldwide annually. Honorary member of ESPEN 2017, Tedx speaker 2017.
Treasurer: Dr Hans de Boer
Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, Martini General Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.
Hans D de Boer, MD, PhD, is a staff anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Procedural Sedation and Analgesia at the Martini Hospital in Groningen, The Netherlands. In 1997, Dr. De Boer started his training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the Institute for Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen (Department Chair: Prof. Dr. LHDJ Booij). During his specialist training, Dr. de Boer began conducting research on sugammadex at the Experimental Laboratories of Anesthesiology at the same institution in 1998 which resulted in an award winning thesis (2008). He is furthermore scientifically interested in neuromuscular management, perioperative management and patient safety, innovations in anesthesiology and legal issues in perioperative patient care. Furthermore, he is active in the ERAS® Society as treasurer and implementing opioid free/opioid sparing anesthesia techniques programs. Dr de Boer has special interest in obstetric anesthesia in which he is one of the founders of the skin-to-skin caesarean section globally. In all these fields he is involved in educational and scientific programs globally, which resulted in more than 150 international lectures. Dr. de Boer is a member of the Dutch Society of Anesthesiology, the Dutch Society of Pain Medicine, the American Society of Anesthesiologist, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the European Society of Anesthesiology, European Society for Peri Operative Care of the Obese Patient and the ERAS Society®. He is the author of several journal publications, abstracts, book chapters, reviews and is a guest reviewer of the major international anesthesia journals and is a member of the Dutch Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline.
Secretary: Dr Gregg Nelson
Gynaecologic Oncologist, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Canada. Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada.
Dr. Gregg Nelson obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and subsequently continued on to complete his sub-specialization in Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. He is Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary and is Chair of the Provincial Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Team. Dr. Nelson’s principal research interest is the development of enhanced recovery protocols in surgery and he holds the position of Surgical Lead, ERAS Alberta. Dr. Nelson leads the international group that published the ERAS Guidelines for Gynecologic/Oncology Surgery and is the Chair of the Gynecology Chapter of the ERAS® Society.
Chairman of the ERAS Implementation Program: Professor Nicolas Demartines
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland
Nicolas Demartines, MD, FRCS, FACS, is Professor of Surgery, and Chairman of the Department for visceral Surgery at the University Hospital CHUV in Lausanne Switzerland since 2006. His clinical and surgical activity is focused on oncologic surgery, mainly hepato-pancreatico-biliary , colorectal surgery, and oesophagus surgery.
His research interest includes the entire peri-operative management and minimal invasive approaches especially in oncologic patients. In this field, nutrition and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programs (ERAS) are now well established, and his Department is recognized as one of the international leader in this promising field. Prof Demartines is member of the ERAS Society Executive Board as chairman implementation.
Further research in his Department is the influence of postoperative complications on oncological outcome, as well as the multimodal treatment of non-operable liver metastasis. Moreover, HIPEC are performed, and the new PIPAC (Pressurized Intra Peritoneal Chemotherapy minimal invasive). Nicolas Demartines is focused on post grade education, for example as member of the Faculty at The European Institute of Telesurgery IRCAD-EITS in Strasbourg France or Board member of the International Surgical Course in Davos Switzerland. He is Honorary Member of the French Surgical Association since 2015 and from the French Academy of Surgery. He is member of the council of the British Journal of Surgery. He serve as expert at the French National Institute for Cancer (INCA) and is member of the editorial board of five peer-reviewed journals; he makes regularly review for about 25 journals. He has over 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured both nationally and internationally.
Appointed Committee officers
Scientific Chair: Professor Dileep Lobo
University of Nottingham, UK
Dileep N Lobo, MB BS, MS, DM, FRCS, FACS, FRCPE is Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Consultant Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals. He was awarded a DM degree with distinction by the University of Nottingham for his work on fluid and electrolytes and is a recipient of the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal and the Hunterian Professorship for his contributions to the field of Nutrition and Metabolism. He has been awarded the prestigious James IV Society of Surgeons Traveller’s Award and the Moynihan Fellowship. His clinical interests focus surgery of the pancreas and biliary tree. His research interests include surgical nutrition and metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance and pancreatic cancer. He is currently Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and has been Clinical Editor of Surgery (Oxford) and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is Chair of the Scientific Committees of the ERAS Society and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. He was Honorary Secretary of the Society of Academic and Research Surgery and President of the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition.
Educational Chair: Dr Michael Scott
University of Surrey, UK
Mike undertook his undergraduate medical training in the UK and Postgraduate training in the UK and Australia. He trained in internal medicine before doing anesthesiology and critical care medicine and has Fellowships with the Royal College of Physician’s, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty for Intensive Care Medicine.
Mike moved to the USA from the UK at the end of 2016 to take up a clinical position in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at VCU, Richmond, VA. He also has an adjunct Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
His interests span across the whole of the perioperative care pathway and his clinical commitments include high risk pre-assessment clinics, anaesthesia for major resections and post operative optimisation. He also has clinical commitments to surgical, trauma, transplant and neuroscience intensive care admissions.
He was one of the first clinicians to adopt Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) principles in the 2002 and has championed it ever since. He was appointed a National Clinical Advisor in Enhanced Recovery for NHS Improvement in 2012. Mike has a keen research interest and has been investigator / Chief Investigator for multiple studies in analgesia, haemodynamic monitoring, fluid therapy and the stress response for surgery within an ERAS Protocol.
Mike is co-author for some of the ERAS Society Consensus Guidelines, Chair of the ERAS Education Committee and is on the ERAS Society Executive Committee. Mike has lectured extensively around the world and has published clinical trials, editorials and review papers.
He was a member of the WHO Education Committee and Member and author of the World Health Organisation LIFEBOX Project Pulse Oximetry Manual and algorithms.
Educational Co-Chair: Professor José Ramírez
2014 Congress President
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Qualified from the Zaragoza Medical School, did the Surgical Training at the University Hospital at the same time he performed the PhD that was accomplished with the highest qualifications in 1992.
In 1993, he was fellow at the Department of Colorectal Surgery in Oxford (UK) thanks to a grant from the Spanish National Health Service. In 1994 he did a fellowship in minimal invasive surgery at the Department of Surgery of Tubingen (Germany) granted by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. In 1995 returned to Zaragoza as Consultant surgeon and started a clinical and research programme in minimal invasive surgery and colorectal surgery. He has published over 200 original papers and has participated as invited speaker in more than 100 scientific meetings. He created the Colorectal Unit at the Department of Surgery. Related to the University since 2001, he is the director of several International courses (Master in Coloproctology, Ultrasound for surgeons, rectal and anal ultrasound, Transanal endoscopic Microsurgery…) as well as the owner of different educational webs.
He is the leader, and principal researcher of the Research group in Perioperative Surgery, which is associated to the Aragon Institution for Research and development (IACS). He has been an active member of the steering Group of the Spanish Society of Coloproctology, and in 2007 founded the Spanish Group in Enhanced Recovery (GERM) holding up its leadership. Chairman of the educational committee of the ERAS Society, was president of II World Congress in Valencia 2014. Recently has published the Spanish Guidelines on perioperative surgery supported by the Spanish National Health Ministry and is on charge of the Spanish ERAS National implementation project.
Nurses Section Chair: Angie Balfour, RN
Western Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
Angie Balfour (RGN, MSc) is chair of the ERAS Nursing Group and has been involved in the ERAS programme for over a decade. Her experience ranges from critical care nursing to research nursing and she is currently the Senior ERAS Research Nurse for NHS Lothian, Edinburgh. She has most recently been appointed as Clinical Trial Site Manager for a multi-centre RCT examining the benefits of IV Lidocaine in improving gut function following colorectal resection.
Her main focus is on the patient perspective of ERAS and the practical challenges faced by surgical nurses adopting this new way of working in their clinical areas. She is regularly asked to present at conferences and courses to share her knowledge and experience about the origins and the ever growing evidence-base surrounding the ERAS programme. She is also an ERAS coach for Encare® who assist with the delivery of the ERAS implementation programme and the ERAS Interactive Audit System (EIAS)
Website editor: Dr William Fawcett
University of Surrey, UK
Dr Fawcett studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital, and was both a trainee and lecturer in London prior to taking up his current post as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Royal Surrey County Hospital. He is also Senior Fellow at Surrey University, Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College, London and an elected Board/Council of the Association of Anesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, where he is Education Chair. His major clinical interests are anaesthesia for hepato-pancreatico-biliary, laparoscopic colorectal, robotic urology and obstetric procedures. He has lectured worldwide and produced nearly 150 publications, including three textbooks, fourteen textbook chapters, seven review articles and four editorials winning several national and international prizes. He is currently co-writing national/international guidelines for Enhanced Recovery for colorectal surgery and obstetrics as well as for the management of epidurals. He is an Editor for BJA Education, a National Assessor and chapter writer for The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Mortality (MBBRACE-UK). Closely involved with Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, he has held appointments at DOH and latterly as Executive Committee member for the World ERAS® society.
Website editor: Tom Wainwright, PT
Bournemouth University, UK
Tom Wainwright is Associate Professor in Orthopaedics and Deputy Head of the Orthopaedic Research Institute at Bournemouth University. He is a physiotherapist, clinical academic, and quality improvement specialist internationally recognised for his work on Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocols within orthopaedics. Tom graduated as a physiotherapist from Coventry University with a first class degree and went on to specialise in orthopaedic physiotherapy. After working as a physiotherapist Tom moved into clinical research and has extensive experience of managing international randomised clinical trials in orthopaedics. In addition to his clinical and research work he has held managerial roles within the National Health Service (NHS) including a crucial leadership role in the design, implementation, and delivery of an award winning orthopaedic ERAS pathway. He is passionate about improving the quality of healthcare systems and works to help other healthcare providers improve the quality of their services. The Institute of Consulting named him as the 2010 young consultant of the year for his work on a portfolio of ERAS implementation projects. More recently, after being appointed as an Associate Professor in Orthopaedics, Tom has focussed on research within the field of ERAS and orthopaedics, and has already secured over £2.5M in research income for projects in this area. He lectures worldwide and has produced numerous ERAS publications, including articles, textbooks, textbook chapters, and has won international prizes for his work.
ERAS Society Secretariat: Kristina Wikander
Responsible for ERAS Society’s secretariat since 2012 with focus on providing good and fast service to all in ERAS network throughout the world. Medical secretary with many years of experience from hospital and in occupational health. Has worked as a school leader at the Swedish school in Hamburg, Germany and has been a hotel owner in southern France.
The ERAS Society has a limited number of officers as listed above. The Society works on projects with experts from different fields serving specific projects, such as production of guidelines, or a congress program. The Executive Committee appoints all officers. Collaborators serving the Society are offered membership of the ERAS Society Faculty.