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In This Issue
President's Message:
Busy Year Ahead
Minneapolis 'Get Your Rear in Gear' Event Raises $200,000
Society Extends CBS HealthWatch™ Campaign

Jagelman, Monahan Awards Honor Advocacy, Awareness Efforts

Dr. David Beck Elected ASCRS President
Presidential Address: Emotional Intelligence Critical Part of Professionalism

Dr. Patricia Roberts Honored with Mentor Award

National Media Award Winners

International Scholar Report:
Prof. James O’Riordan

Socioeconomic Update

International Scholar Report:
Dr. Martin Hübner

Society Thanks Corporate Supporters

DC&R Enjoys Another Successful Year

Vancouver to Host 2011 Meeting

Committee Chairs
Society Welcomes New Members
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ASCRS Website
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ASCRS Research Foundation
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ASCRS Facebook Page

 

2010 Annual Meeting sets attendance records

ASCRS’ 2010 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis set new physician and overall attendance records for a non-Tripartite meeting.  In total, 2,277 registrants – including 1,375 physicians – took part in the five-day scientific program that featured strong emphasis on genetics-based research.

A wide-range of sessions that tackled topics ranging from rectal cancer treatment advances and healthcare policy in the 21st century.

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2010 Annual Meeting Sets Attendance Records
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Dr. David Beck
Dr. David Beck
President’s Message:
We have a busy, challenging year ahead

It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the Society in this challenging role. Our recent Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, was a huge success, and we owe a vote of thanks to Drs. Matt Mutch and Steve Hunt, along with the program and local arrangements committees. Physician attendance set a new record for a stand-alone meeting.

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More than 100 ASCRS members help to make Minneapolis ‘Get Your Rear in Gear’ event a success

The Society joined the Colon Cancer Coalition in sponsoring a highly successful “Get Your Rear in Gear” colon and rectal cancer awareness and screening run/walk May 16, just before the 2010 Annual Meeting opened.  More than 100 ASCRS members participated and raised more than $5,000.

The event attracted 5,000 participants and raised $200,000. A portion of proceeds raised by Society members will benefit the Research Foundation. The Colon Cancer Coalition, based in Minneapolis, presents "Get Your Rear in Gear" events to raise awareness and money to pay for colonoscopies for people who otherwise could not afford them.

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Dr. Gianluca Rizzo
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Supporters contribute $129,615 during 2010 Research Foundation Fundraiser

Research Foundation Fundraiser

The Research Foundation raised $129,615 during the 6th annual “Meet the Challenge” program, surpassing its original goal by nearly $40,000. 

Three corporate supporters – Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Covidien and Genzyme Biosurgery – agreed to pledge a total of $45,000 for the 2010 fundraiser.  The goal was for ASCRS members to match this amount, thereby raising $90,000 to support Research Foundation grants and awards.

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Society extends CBS HealthWatch™ Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Society will extend its agreement with CBS HealthWatch™ for a colorectal cancer awareness campaign during the coming year, Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, announced. Last year’s campaign kicked off March 1, 2010, and continued for 12 weeks, reaching approximately 40% of the U.S. in 17 major markets, according to CBS.

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Society’s Jagelman, Monahan Awards honor colorectal cancer advocacy, awareness efforts

ASCRS presented two new awards to recognize colorectal cancer advocacy efforts and journalistic excellence in reporting on the disease during the Minneapolis Annual Meeting:

  • The David Jagelman, MD, Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer was presented to Colon Cancer Coalition founder Kristin Tabor, Bloomington, MN.

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Monahan Award
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Dr. David Beck elected ASCRS President;
Dr. Steven Wexner becomes President-elect

Dr. David E. Beck, New Orleans, LA, was elected ASCRS President at the Society’s annual meeting in Minneapolis. He succeeds Dr. James W. Fleshman, St. Louis, MO.

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Dr. James Fleshman, Jr.
Dr. James Fleshman
Emotional intelligence critical part of professionalism

Emotional intelligence that springs from concern for humanity is a critical component of professionalism, outgoing ASCRS President Dr. James W. Fleshman said in his presidential address, “The Impact of Professionalism.”

 

 
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Dr. Patricia Roberts
Dr. Patricia Roberts
Research Foundation presents Mentor Award to Dr. Patricia Roberts

Dr. Patricia L. Roberts, Burlington, MA, accepted the ASCRS Research Foundation’s 2010 Mentor Award for her efforts to develop, stimulate and mentor medical students and physicians in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

 

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Members urged to support Undy 5000 races in cities across the country

Society members in cities across the country are encouraged to get involved with a series of upcoming local 5K races designed to generate awareness of colorectal cancer.

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National Media Awards honor outstanding multimedia reporting on colorectal disease

National Media Awards

Outstanding newspaper, television and Internet reports that promote public understanding of colon and rectal disease were selected as winners of the Society’s 2010 National Media Awards competition.

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Dr. James O'Riordan
Dr. James O’Riordan
International Scholar program opens ‘new frontiers’ for learning, fellowship

I was extremely fortunate to be a recipient of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ 2010 International Scholarship. The award enabled me to visit two world-renowned colorectal units in the U.S., and attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

 

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Dr. Robert Cima
Dr. Robert Cima

Leadership program illustrates surgeons’ crucial role in shaping healthcare policy

By Robert R. Cima, MD, MA, FACS, FASCRS; ACS/ASCRS Health Policy Scholar 2010

For seven days in June, 27 surgeons and physicians went back to the classroom at Brandeis University near Boston. It was not the typical Continuing Medical Education course . . .

 

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Dr. Guy Orangio
Dr. Guy Orangio
Socioeconomic Committee reports new/revised CPT codes

Effective January 1, 2010, the Category III CPT code 0170T was converted to a Category I CPT code.

 

 

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Regional Awards honor outstanding research

Nine Regional Awards selected by members of the Awards Committee and presented during the 2010 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis honored outstanding papers, posters and videos submitted by researchers, committee chair Dr. Robin P. Boushey, Ottawa, ON, Canada, reports.

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Dr. Richard Reznick
Dr. Martin Hübner
International scholar experiences will improve colorectal practice back home

In Switzerland, colorectal surgery is often integrated into hospital departments covering general, digestive, endocrine or transplant surgery.  Inevitably, most surgeons perform fewer colorectal and proctological interventions than dedicated colorectal surgeons in the United States.

 

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Society thanks corporate supporters

ASCRS is grateful to the following companies and organizations for their generous support of the following projects and programs this year:

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Dr. Robert Madoff
Dr. Robert Madoff
DC&R’s financial strength, Impact Factor, contribute to another successful year

Financial security, online enhancements and a stable Impact Factor rating were keys to another successful year for Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN, reports.

 

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Mark Your Calendar
Vancouver site of ASCRS 2011 Annual Meeting

ASCRS will host its 2011 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 14 – 18.

Since its inception in 1987, the Vancouver Convention Centre has been British Columbia's flagship convention facility, hosting delegates from all over the world. A winner of numerous awards, the Centre received the prestigious and highly competitive . . .

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Vancouver, British ColumbiaPhoto courtesy Tourism Vancouver

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Society Members Accept 2010 – 2011 Committee Chair Appointments
 
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ASCRS Welcomes new Fellows, Members, Candidates

ASCRS welcomed 38 Fellows, three International Fellows, 67 Members, six Allied Health professionals and 28 Candidates to the Society during its 2010 annual business meeting.

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