About the Author
Ernst Kuipers (MD, PhD) trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in The Netherlands. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. He became professor of Medicine and chair of the Departments of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2000), Internal Medicine (2006), and Surgery (2012) of Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His clinical and research interests include early neoplastic gastrointestinal conditions, with focus among others on colorectal cancer screening. He is fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and a member of the Clinical Practice Committee of this Association. He serves as the World Endoscopy Organization's regional lead on colorectal cancer screening for Europe and the Middle East. He contributed to various international guidelines on cancer screening. He has been a member of the editorial boards of various journals including Gastroenterology, Gut, American Journal of Gastroenterology, APT, Cancer Prevention Research, and the Cochrane group for upper GI and pancreatic disorders, as well as associate editor of Gut, and Editor-in-Chief of Best Practice and Research in Clinical Gastroenterology. He was a member of the WHO committee on H. pylori and gastric cancer, member of the European Committee on Quality Assurance in Colorectal Cancer Screening, president of the European Helicobacter Study Group, and member of the audit committee of the Australian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Flagship. He co-organized and contributed to various international guidelines on cancer screening. He is the World Endoscopy Organization's Regional Lead on CRC screening for Europe and Middle East, member of the Advisory Council of the European Society of Digestive Oncology, member of the General Council of the European Gastroenterology Federation, fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), and member of the AGA Clinical Practice Committee. He was President of the European Helicobacter & Microbiota Study Group, and member of the General Assembly of United European Gastroenterology. In the Netherlands, he was president of the Dutch Society of Gastroenterologists, chair, and is a member of the Dutch National Health Council. He serves since 2013 as CEO of Erasmus MC, a university medical institute that includes a medical school, research facilities and hospitals. In addition, he chaired the board of the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers. He also chairs the Dutch national emergency medicine network, as well as the national oncology taskforce. He is member of the Dutch National Health Council. He received the Dutch Ministry of Health Pearl award (2013), the Ismar Boas Medal of the German Society of Gastroenterology and Liver Disease (2015), the United European Gastroenterology Research Prize (2016), the Innovation Award of the German Felix Burda Society (2017), a Clinical Mentorship award by the American Gastroenterology Association (2017), the Dutch Hospital Manager of the Year award (2017).