GI Foundation & History
Surgeons first started congregating in Davos in 1978, for the popular and very ‘hands-on’ orthopedic AO Davos postgraduate course. After hearing about this hands-on approach, gastrointestinal surgeons saw the need for a similar course in their field. Professor Martin Allgöwer took the initiative and started the first course in gastrointestinal surgery in 1984 together with a small group of renowned and autonomous GI-surgeons from seven different surgical schools in Switzerland and Germany. This group of surgeons, guided by Professor Allgöwer, developed the ‘one safe way’ of surgery. Thus, the Davos Courses were born, with the ‘all layer’ and ‘one row’ suture technique - which later became known as the Davos Suture Technique - being widely praised as both simple and safe.
foundation for gastrointestinal surgery
On 11th December 1989, the Foundation for Gastrointestinal Surgery in Davos (the GI-Foundation) was founded in accordance with the Swiss law. The foundation is registered with its address in Davos at the AO-Education Center. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide practical education to young surgeons in training. Each year, the foundation organises the Davos Course an internationally renowned course where abdominal surgical techniques are taught with lectures and skills workshops.
aim and affiliations
The aim of the foundation is to support and promote education in gastrointestinal surgery, the production of excellent teaching aids, and the organization of international exchange between surgeons in training.
Since June 2009, the foundation has become a member of the ‘Academia Raetica’. This academy acts as an umbrella organisation for several highly qualified research institutes and public hospitals within the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. The academy supports postgraduate education, and fosters interdisciplinary research and networking within the associated institutions.
Presidents and founding members
GASTROINTESTINAL SURGERY WORKSHOP
PROVISIONALLY POSTPONED COURSE
SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
CONGRESS CENTER DAVOS, SWITZERLAND