History of the organisation

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) was founded in1937 by Sir Arthur Hurst. It was started life as the Gastro-enterological Club with 36 members.  It became The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) in 1949 and incorporated the British Society for Digestive Endoscopy during the 80s.

The objectives were described as “the advancement of gastroenterology and promotion of friendship amongst those who have a special interest in the subject.”

Today’s society is also a registered charity.

Facts about BSG and Gastroenterology

  • BSG started in 1937 with 36 members- in 2017 there are over 3,000
  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology have the third largest physician workforce in the UK health service
  • GUT is second out of 79 journals in the Gastroenterology & Hepatology field
  • Over 2,000 delegates attend the BSG Annual Meeting each year
  • BSG Endolive UK 2017 was the largest live endoscopy event held in the UK
  • GI accounts for approximately 10% of primary care interactions,
  • Over 2 million gastrointestinal endoscopies are performed each year
  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, affecting both men and women.