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Dear Colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that our famous Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery conference will now be held biannually beginning in January 2025. In between years, we will host masterclasses, and the 2024 programme will include two masterclasses & DDCRS visit to Korea!

  • Saturday 27th April 2024 - Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Where the gastroenterologist & surgeons gather together

  • Saturday 15th June 2024 - Proctology Masterclass - 'The best of the bunch’

The masterclasses/conference will be in collaboration with the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS), South East Thames Chapter Of The Association Of Coloproctology Of Great Britain & Ireland (ACPGBI) and King’s College London and will be held at Bush House, King's College London, WC2R 2LS.


DDCRS Visits Korea - The 11th Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery conference will be held as part of the 32nd Biennial Congress of International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS 2024).

The projected DDCRS programme for 2025 include:


  • 9-10th January 2025 - 12th Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery conference (dates tbc)

  • 11th January 2025 - Abdominal Wall Surgery - From Simple to Complex Masterclass (date tbc)

Again, we look forward to seeing you in 2023/2024 for an educational and networking event in the heart of London.

Mr Joseph W Nunoo-Mensah, Professor Narimantas E. Samalavicius, Mr Pasquale Giordano, Mr Piero Nastro, Dr Alex Kent

10th DDCRS Co-Programme Directors

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Saturday 27th April 2024


Bush House

King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS


IBD Programme - 27th April 2024

The masterclass will be in collaboration with the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS), South East Thames Chapter Of The Association Of Coloproctology Of Great Britain & Ireland (ACPGBI) and King’s College London and will be held at Bush House, King's College London, WC2R 2LS.



  • A live, interactive masterclass to enhance learning.

  • A masterclass covering practical issues faced by physicians and surgeons managing patients with IBD.

  • Discuss current new IBD treatments and management strategies.

  • Consider the current successful medical and surgical treatment of perianal manifestations in patients with IBD.

  • Discuss the development and delivery of consistent care models for monitoring patients, diets, and IBD.

  • Cover all practical aspects of pouch surgery.

  • Explore current and future treatments for pouchitis and pouch-related disorders.

  • Examine new approaches to the management of dysplasia in patients with IBD.



CPD/CME points for attendance will be requested from the Association of surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland.



  • Gastroenterologist (Consultants & Trainees)

  • Surgeons (Consultants & Trainees)

  • General practitioners

  • Specialist health care workers

07:45 - 08:20 Registration & Coffee

08:20 - 08:30 Welcome address: Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, London, UK & Alex Kent, London, UK

08:30 - 09:40 Weighing the new approaches to treating IBD

Moderators: Mr Pasquale Giordano, London, UK, Dr Alex Kent, London, UK & Dr Gareth Parks, London UK

  • NICE approval of positioning biologics and appropriate use of medical therapy. Prof Naila Arebi, IBD Clinical Lead, St Mark’s National Bowel Hospital, London, UK

  • Disease monitoring & treatment targets in inflammatory bowel disease: Evolving principles and possibilities. Dr Lucy Hicks, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

  • Advances in imaging modalities for decision-making in IBD. Dr Gauraang Bhatnagar, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, UK

  • When is it time to call a surgeon? Balancing medical and surgical treatment in inflammatory bowel disease. Prof Amy Lightner, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA, USA

  • Artificial intelligence for disease management in inflammatory bowel disease: How will it change our practice? Dr Nick Kennedy, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK  

  • Panel discussion

09:40 - 10:30 Perianal Crohn’s disease: Is less more in complex perianal Crohn’s fistula?

Moderators: Dr Nick Kennedy, Exeter, UK, Mr Piero Nastro, London, UK & Prof Steve Brown, Sheffield, UK

  • Is there a future for successful medical management of perianal Crohn’s fistula? Prof Seb Sebastian, Chair : Research Committee - British Society of Gastroenterology, Hull University Teaching Hospitals, Hull, UK

  • Surgical repair to close Crohn’s perianal fistulas! Is this achievable? Dr David Zimmerman, ETZ (Elisabeth - TweeSteden) Hospital, Tilburg, Netherlands

  • Everything we need to know about stem cells for perianal Crohn’s fistula. Mr Phil Tozer, St Mark's Hospital, London, UK

  • When is it time to call it a day. A proctectomy & stoma is all we have left? Dr Stefan Holubar, IBD Surgery Section Chief, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Cleveland, OH, USA

  • Panel discussion


10:30 - 11:10 Coffee Break


11:10 - 11:40 Debate ‘The right therapy for the right patient at the right time’


Treatment of ileal caecal Crohn’s disease. Bottom-up medical therapy or top-down surgical approach? Dr Gareth Parks, Barts Health NHS Trust (For Medical Treatment) vrs Mr Kapil Sahnan, St Marks Hospital, (For Surgical Treatment)


Moderators: Dr Sami Hoque, London, UK & Mr Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, London, UK

11:40 - 13:00 Intestinal Crohn’s disease

Moderators:  Prof Seb Sebastian, Hull, UK, Dr David Zimmerman, Tilburg, Netherlands & Ms Emma Carrington, London, UK

  • The Mesentery - Deciphering the role of mesenteric fat in inflammatory bowel disease or is there something else to consider? Ms Tara Connelly FRCS, PhD University Hospital Limerick,  Limerick, Ireland

  • Preoperative nutritional and medical conditioning for optimal patient outcomes. Dr Rachel Cooney, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK

  • How I do it - Management of Crohn’s disease strictures from an endoscopic perspective. Dr Adam Humphries, St Mark's Hospital, London, UK

  • Preventing postoperative Crohn's disease recurrence through medical strategies. Dr Kamal Patel, St. George’s Hospital, London, UK

  • Surgical management of Crohn's disease strictures. Mr Amir Darakhshan, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK

  • The Kono-S anastomosis. Is it a viable approach to preventing recurrence of Crohn's disease postoperatively? Prof Steven Brown, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK. Past President of ASCPGBI 2020-2021, Chief investigator - MEErKAT MEsenteric Excision and Kono-s Anastomosis Trial

  • Panel discussion

13:00 - 14:15 Lunch

14:00 - 14:15 Guest Lecture

Indeterminate Colitis. Is it Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? I know what it is. Prof Amosy E. M'Koma, Surgical Sciences, Pathology and Cancer BiologyDivision of Biomedical Sciences, Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, USA

Moderators: Mr Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, London, UK & Dr Rachel Cooney, Birmingham, UK

14:15 - 15:45 All Things Pouch - Outcomes and Management of Pouchitis and Pouch-related Disorders

Moderators:  Dr Patrick Dubois, London, UK, Mr Pasquale Giordano, London, UK, Dr Stefan Holubar, Cleveland, USA

  • Pre-pouch considerations and who to avoid? Mr Niroo Rajendran, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Romford, London

  • Early IPAA operative complications. Prof Paris Tekkis, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  • Management of pouchitis - The gastroenterologist and surgeons working together. Hannah Gordon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

  • The dysfunctional pouch - identifying and managing it. Mr Valerio Celentano, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London UK

  • Redo ileoanal pouch - How to avoid and in which patients? Prof Feza Remzi, Center for Advanced IBD Care Northwell Healt, New York, USA

  • Is there still a place for the continent ileostomy? Prof. Gabriela Möslein, Chair EHTG - European Hereditary Tumor Group, Bethesda Lutheran Hospital, Duisburg, Germany

  • Panel discussion


15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 - 16:30 Guest Lecture

When the going gets short. When inflammatory bowel disease turns to intestinal failure. Medical and surgical options. Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford UK


Moderator: Dr Alex Kent, London, UK & Mr Andy Williams, London, UK 

16:30 - 17:45 IBD Dysplasia in Clinical Practice

Moderators: Dr Hannah Gordon, London, UK, Prof Gabriela Möslein, Duisburg, Germany & Mr Philip Bearn, London, UK

  • How I to do a good surveillance colonoscopy. Dr Misha Kabir University College London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  • Help, I’ve found dysplasia – What next? Mr Andy Williams, London Bridge Hospital, London

  • EMR & ESD for IBD dysplasia – How to do it? Prof Bu Hayee, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  • When to give up and surgery is needed. Segmental or proctocolectomy? - Prof Amy Lightner, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA, USA

  • Panel discussion

17:45 - 18:00 Closing statement

7 CPD points will be provided by

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) for attendance

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None of the sponsors have been involved in the educational content of the meeting. 

Promotional/Educational materials from all companies attending will be available for delegates at stands during breaks.




  • Registration fees include refreshments and lunch

  • All active ISUCRS members are welcome to physically attend for free. To become a member of ISUCRS, please visit


  • No Free Sponsored Registration available from today 27th March.​

  • Virtual registration will be free (subject to sponsorship to cover this) - Current recommendation is to book a physical registration.


Up to 6th April 2024 - 100% refunds will be available. Thereafter there will be no refunds except for exceptional circumstances

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Conference Venue

Bush House

King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS

The meeting will be held at Bush House, a Grade II listed building which is located in an ideal central location of London, The Strand. The building was recently acquired by King’s College London and was previously the headquarters of the BBC World Service.

The Campus is close to:


  • The Houses of Parliament

  • St Paul's Cathedral

  • Somerset House and the Courtauld Institute of Art (next door)

  • Royal Courts of Justice

  • West End theatres, cinemas and shops

  • Covent Garden, where you will find markets, shops and theatres

  • Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.


The Venue

Travel & Accommodation

Flights into London for September 2022 are also currently reasonably priced, so we recommend that you book early. To see flight options for your return trip to London, please CLICK HERE .



We have also held a number of hotel rooms at Hub Goodge Street and The Hub Kings Cross which may be purchased directly from our website.

The hub by Premier Inn is a new compact hotel chain that offers a stylish, great value stay in the best city centers. It offers the same level of comfort, in a more compact form. The compact rooms offer all the amenities of a Premier Inn room in about half the space. They are suitable for up to two persons.


  • Luxury Hypnos double bed

  • Free tea and coffee 24/7

  • Monsoon showers

  • 40” Smart TV

  • Free Superfast Wi-Fi 

  • Pull out desk and storage

We have currently pre-held rooms at & Hub London Covent Garden, Hub London Tower Bridge, Hub Tower Bridge, Hub King's Cross

Alternatively, you may book your accommodation through various search engines such as,, or Other conservatively priced hotel chains within London include Best Western, Premier inn, Travelodge, Accor Hotels, Holiday Inn, Britannia Days Inn.

London is a very convenient and easy place to travel within. There is a great network of underground tube trains and buses that generally allow contactless payments using your credit card or direct debit account. GoogleMaps will provide you with detailed information on how to plan your trip from your hotel to the conference venue.


1. Reservations are for room only with maximum of 2 persons.
2. If you would like a shorter stay at one of the hotels listed below please please contact us at for a quote.
Up to 4th April 2024 - 100% refunds will be available. Thereafter there will be no refunds except for exceptional circumstances

Sponsoring & Exhibition
Sponsoring & Exhibition

We are pleased to invite your company to sponsor the Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal 2024 Masterclass Series. With its top program and faculty of renowned speakers, the Dilemmas & Debates in Colorectal Surgery has achieved an international reputation. The meeting offers an excellent opportunity for presenting colorectal surgery and gastroenterology-related products and services. Engage this highly influential audience during the exhibition industry break activities.

If you would like to sponsor or participate in the January 2023 event, please contact Ms Tolu Salako or Mr Charles Everard,

Conference Administrators at: or fill out the form below.

As a single day sponsorship of the 2024 Masterclass Series, we will be offering the following for £6000:

  • You will be recognized as a sponsor of the 2024 Masterclass Series by having your company logo displayed on the official websites of DDCRS and ISUCRS 

  • The logo of your company will appear on all preliminary conference marketing materials (subject to print deadlines).

  • Your company may provide company lanyards for delegates.

  • You will receive three complimentary delegate places for your invited guests for the entire event. 

  • There will be an exhibition stand or table for your company at the event. A maximum of three company representatives may be assigned to the stand.

  • In 2024, your company logo will appear on the ISUCRS and DDCRS websites as a sponsor of the DDCRS masterclass series & ISUCRS sponsor.

  • A final delegate list with contact information will be provided to you.

Thanks! Message sent.

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Ms Tolu Salako or Mr Charles Everard

DDCRS Conference Administrators

Tolu Salako

Conference Manager

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Charles Everard

Conference Manager

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