In 1979, Mason Publishing USA, Inc founded the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology as a quarterly Journal with Howard M. Spiro as its Editor-in-Chief. The Journal was popular and achieved success. In 1998, I became Editor and merged the Journal with a review article Journal called The Gastroenterologist. It was published by Lippincott-Raven and now by Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. The Journal is published 10 times a year and is now in its 44th volume and is 31-year-old.
In November 2009, the Journal signed an Affiliation Agreement with the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) under the direction of our publisher, Mr David Myers, myself, its past President Dr Eamonn Quigley, President Dr Richard Kozarek, and the Board of WGO. “WGO is a federation of 106 national societies and 4 regional associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide. It was formed in 1935 and it was incorporated in 1958. It was originally known as Organisation Mondiale de Gastroénterologie and was renamed in 2006.” The mission of the WGO is “to promote, to the general public and health care professionals alike, an awareness of the worldwide prevalence and optimal care of digestive disorders through the provision of high quality, accessible and independent education and training. The WGO educational initiatives include Training Centers around the world, Train the Trainers Workshops, Outreach Programs bringing endoscopic services and equipment to developing countries, public awareness campaigns such as World Digestive Health Day, and Global Guidelines with a special Cascade feature providing solutions adaptable to varying resource levels around the world.”
The Journal and WGO signed the Affiliation Agreement with the understanding that the Journal would become the official Journal of WGO and publish its guidelines, as well as selective review articles, and publicize their meetings and programs. The affiliation is a natural progression of the missions of Wolters Kluwer Global Health and WGO.
In this issue, the first guideline on Hepatocellular Carcinoma is published. These guidelines will now become part of the medical literature, whereas in the past they were published as news but not recorded in Indicus Medicus. Both the Journal and WGO look forward to a productive development in gastroenterology education. The Organization and the Journal are appointing Professor Michael Fried, Chief of Gastroenterology at University Hospital, Zurich, as an Associate Editor, who will be dedicated to help to coordinate the efforts of the 2 organizations.
We look forward to the readers benefiting from these efforts in gastroenterology education.