The Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) was founded in Tokyo on March 30th 1961. This organization is an affiliate of the Organization Mondiale de Gastro-Enterologie (OMGE).
The APAGE was incorporated in the SAR of Hong Kong, China (hereinafter called Hong Kong) as a legal entity with limited liability and subject to the relevant laws of Hong Kong. The Treasury located also in Hong Kong will issue annual, audited accounts in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong.
Vision, Mission and Specific Aims
APAGE will lead by 2010 in creating a united, multi-cultural and multi-dimensional organization in the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice / education and research towards the improvement of digestive health in this region and the world.
APAGE will endeavour to make the Asian Pacific region excel in education and research in all aspects of gastroenterology, achieving this through fellowship, conventions and journalism, thereby bringing to the region the highest quality of healthcare in this field of medicine.
More specifically, APAGE will
  • hold an annual scientific meeting, the Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW)
  • encourage and support co-operative research in the Asian Pacific region
  • encourage and support clinicians, scientists and students to visit the region from outside and within, for teaching, lecture, study and research
  • solicit and receive donations and raise money for furthering the aims of APAGE
Governing Body
The APAGE is governed by a Council consisting of members elected from its member countries and regions at the General Meeting comprising the following: President; Vice President; Incoming two APDW Presidents; Secretary-General; Treasurer; Chairpersons of six committees; six Council Members and up to six co-opted Council Members; and representatives of editor of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH). National or regional gastroenterological societies with academic standing in the Asian Pacific region are eligible to be members. Each nation or region is represented by one society.
APDW and Other Scientific Meetings
The APDW is held annually, and in collaboration with member societies and other regional bodies including the Asian Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE), Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL), International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS), and other regional organizations in gastroenterlogy and related fields. Its mission is to convene an annual meeting in the Asian Pacific region that would be an annual major medical forum for education and research especially for Gastroenterology and will be regarded as internationally one of the three regional major meetings (DDW, UEGW and APDW)
In between congresses, member societies will make known to other members their scientific meetings, workshops and seminars through this Homepage, the Journal and other APAGE media to enable interested parties in the region to attend and participate.
JGH Trust
The JGH Trust is a new initiative set up in 1999 by senior editors of JGH with the aim to promoting gastroenterology in the Asian Pacific region. The Trust provides opportunities for training and education for young medical scientists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists and endoscoptists. As at date, the Trust has sponsored the following programmes:
  • Young Investigators' awards at the Asian Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology in Hong Kong, and the meeting of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver in Fukuoka
  • The inaugural JGH lectureship at the Hong Kong meeting
  • Seeding grant to senior editors of JGH to initiate the recent consensus guidelines on Hepatitis B and C
  • A new project into the causes, pathogenesis and better management of chronic pancreatitis
Support for other projects is also being considered, such as exchange programmes for trainees or isolated practitioners; visiting lecturer programmes to support the national meeting of smaller gastroenterology societies, or those with a very limited budget are being considered and will be developed in conjunction with APAGE.
The JGH is the official publication of APAGE. This Journal is also the official publication of APASL. The editors and the majority of the editorial board are elected from the member countries and regions of the two Associations. The first issue of this Journal was published in January 1986. Year 2001 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the publication. Throughout this period continuous efforts had been made by the editors, contributors, reviewers and its publishers, now Blackwell Science Asia to improve its quality and standard. Today, JGH can rightly claim considerable achievements in the Asian Pacific region.
The Asian Pacific Digestive News (APDN) was first published in December 1999 as a general interest newsletter which serves to encourage informal communications among colleagues and member countries/related bodies. It aims to give readers a better understanding of the ethnic, cultural and social factors which could modify the clinical expression, prevention and treatment of the gastroenterological diseases found in the region.
Council Members 2023 - 2025
Executive Committee
Immediate Past President
Choon-Jin Ooi
Justin Che-Yuen Wu
Hong Kong
Kai-Chun Wu
Raja Affendi Raja Ali
Kuala Lumpur
Wai-Keung Leung
Hong Kong
Council Members
Varocha Mahachai
Cheng-Wei Tang
Catherine Stedman
TACL Piyarathna
Mai-Hong Bang
Ari Fahrial Syam
Bhupendra Kumar Basnet
Mathew Philip
Raman Muthukaruppan
Kota Kinabalu
Denis C Ngo
Alex Boussioutas
Sher Rehman
Satoshi Mochida
Joo-Sung Kim
Tiing-Leong Ang
Stephen Kin-Kwok Tsao
Jia-Horng Kao
Than Than Aye
Co-opted Council Members
Govind Makharia
New Delhi
Hyun-Soo Kim
Jing-Yuan Fang
Dr Lubna Kamani
Justin Che-Yuen Wu
APAGE-AGA Joint Symposium

Varocha Mahachai
APAGE/JGHF Clinician-Scientist Training Fellowship Award
Viet-Hang Dao
Wai-Keung Leung
Research Programme Award
Choon-Jin Ooi
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Govind Makharia
Celiac Disease
Raja Affendi Raja Ali
Emerging Leaders (Y-APAGE)
Rashid Lui
Emerging Leaders (Y-APAGE)
Tiing-Leong Ang
Green and Sustainability in Gastroenterology
Nonthalee Pausawasdi
Women and Leadership in GI
Wai-Keung Leung
Pre-Neoplastic GI Lesions
Kai-Chun Wu
AI in GI
APDW2023 President
Somchai Leelakusolvong Bangkok
APDW2024 President
Dadang Makmun Jakarta
Representative, JGH Foundation
Rakesh Aggarwal Puducherry
Committee of Past Presidents
2021-2023 Justin Che-Yuen Wu Hong Kong
2018-2021 Dai-Ming Fan Xi’an
2014-2018 Kentaro Sugano Tochigi
2004-2008 Kwong-Ming Fock Singapore
2001-2004 Shiu-Kum Lam Hong Kong
Asian Pacific Digestive Week Federation (APDWF)
Justin Che-Yuen Wu Hong Kong
Choon-Jin Ooi Singapore
Kai-Chun Wu Xi'an
Afghanistan Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Society Abdul Qassem Ahmadi
Gastroenterology Society of Australia Alex Boussioutas
Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society Mahmud Hasan
Chinese Society of Gastroenterology Min-Hu Chen
The Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology Wai-Keung Leung
Indian Society of Gastroenterology Govind K Makharia
The Indonesian Society of Gastroenterology Ari Fahrial Syam
The Japanese Society of Gastroenterology Satoshi Mochida
The Korean Society of Gastroenterology Joo-Sung Kim
Macao Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, China Hewick Hon-Ho Yu
Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology & Hepatology Raman Muthukaruppan
Mongolian Gastroenterology Association Davaadorj Duger
Myanmar Gastroenterology and Liver Society Than Than Aye
Nepalese Society of Gastroenterologists Ramila Shrestha
New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Catherine Stedman
Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy Sher Rehman
Philippine Society of Gastroenterology Dennis C Ngo
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore

Stephen Kin-Kwok Tsao

The Sri Lankan Society of Gastroenterology Jayani Manchanayake
The Gastroenterological Society of Taiwan Ming-Shiang Wu
The Gastroenterological Association of Thailand Somchai Leelakusolvong
The Vietnam Association of Gastroenterology Mai-Hong Bang