Honorary fellowship
HPB Surgery

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
Honorary Fellowship

The Fellowship provided by the European Board of Surgery (F.E.B.S.) and Thoracic Surgery (F.E.B.T.S.) is a relatively young qualification.

By that, it is understandable, that senior surgeons with undoubtedly significant experience in advanced positions will individually refrain from undergoing the eligibility process and the exam itself of the European Board Exam in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery. Nevertheless, they would proudly take the benefit from the qualification itself.

However, it is the purpose of the bureau of the Upper GI Surgery Multidisciplinary Joint Committee (MJC), to establish the Fellowship qualification as European standard. This leads to the decision to provide a certificate of “Honorary Fellowship” for experienced academic surgeons.

Therefore, senior Upper GastroIntestinal (UGI) surgeons in advanced academic position may apply for a Honorary Fellowship of the European Board of UGI Surgery.


Colleagues are eligible to apply only if they have a minimum of 10 consecutive years of practice and/or experience in formally recognised University posts with subspeciality of UGI surgery.

A complete application must include:

  • A cover letter highlighting the achievements of their career with special consideration of academic work and positions in the last 10 years.
  • A complete updated CV
  • Letters from two peers of their choice who will explain in detail why they are in support of your application.
  • A photo


Application to the Honorary Fellowship must include the payment of a fee of 400 euro payable only via bank transfer to the following account:

Name of the account: UEMS/Section of Surgery
Account number: 001-7195551-70
Name of the Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis
Address of the Bank: Montagne du Parc 3
1000 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN Code: BE60 0017 1955 5170

Applicants shall add in reference to the bank transfer the following: “Name + UGI Honorary Fellowship application”


Applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Upper GI Surgery Multidisciplinary Joint Committee (MJC) which is composed of three members:
one from the Bureau of the MJC,
one from the country of the applicant, and
one from a different country.
The subcommittee will make a recommendation on the application to the management of the European Board of Upper GI surgery. The European Board will finally decide on approval or rejection based on the documents submitted in the application and the recommendation of the subcommittee.

Honorary fellows may apply to serve as examiners in future Board Exams or they may be invited to serve as examiners at their discretion.