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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
President's Message:
Busy Year Ahead
Dr. David Beck Elected ASCRS President

Jagelman, Monahan Awards Honor Advocacy, Awareness Efforts

National Media Award Winners

Presidential Address: Emotional Intelligence Critical Part of Professionalism

Dr. Patricia Roberts Honored with Mentor Award

Society Thanks Corporate Supporters

Vancouver to Host 2011 Meeting

DC&R Enjoys Another Successful Year
Socioeconomic Update

International Scholar Report:
Dr. Martin Hübner

International Scholar Report:
Prof. James O’Riordan

Society Welcomes New Members
Committee Chairs
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President's Message:
After successful Minneapolis meeting, we have a busy, challenging year ahead

By Dr. David Beck

Dr. David Beck

Dr. David Beck

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. New lectures, such as the “Masters” lecture, and outstanding symposia and courses successfully met the needs of our members.

The ASCRS Research Foundation held its annual fundraising challenge during the Welcome Reception. Member donations and Challenge grants collected almost $130,000 for research. This will allow us to continue funding for grants and expand our research support on many levels.

Society committees have been reorganized to comply with our updated comprehensive strategic plan, and they remain very active. The Public Relations Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou, facilitated an innovative CBS HealthWatch Webcast presentation from the exhibit floor during our meeting.  We also partnered with the Colon Cancer Coalition (http://www.getyourgear.com) to hold a very successful “Get Your Rear in Gear” event Sunday morning, as the meeting started. In addition, we’re working with the Colon Cancer Alliance (www.ccalliance.org) to sponsor Undy 5000 5K races throughout the country.

The Society will continue to expand its specialty branding efforts. This includes the development of a new logo to help achieve a better Internet presence.

Dr. Connor Delaney, with the assistance of representatives of several Society committees and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, is spearheading the development of a case log system.  This process will be a critical component of Maintenance of Certification and support our ongoing efforts toward quality reporting.

Members of your Society are also very active in other important activities. The second edition of the ASCRS Textbook has been revised, rewritten, and submitted to our publisher. After completing the editorial process, the textbook will be available at our Annual meeting in May 2011.

The Website Committee, under the direction of Dr. David Margolin, is working toward expanding our Internet and social media presence.

Program Chair Dr. Charles Whitlow and Vice Chair Dr. Alan Herline are working hard with our Program Committee to plan a superlative meeting in the exciting city of Vancouver, Canada (May 14-18, 2011). Major themes of the meeting are quality metrics and improved efficiency through technology. Online submission of abstracts will begin September 15, 2010.

The ASCRS Annual Meeting will be followed by the Tripartite meeting in Cairns, Australia, July 3-7, 2011.  As in previous years, oral presentations and posters can be submitted for both meetings.

The rollout of health care reform, the stubborn economic recovery, and other potential challenges suggest we face an eventful year. With the continued hard work of our many members, I am confident that our Society and specialty will continue to prosper.