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Dr. Steven Wexner, Weston, FL, ASCRS President; Dr. Alan Thorson, Omaha, NE, President-elect
Vancouver Annual Meeting sets attendance record
Presidential Address:
Outgoing President Dr. David Back outlines value of “Choosing your Goals”
ASCRS retains AMA House of Delegates seat

High quality drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to 2.819

Results of Operative Competency Evaluation Committee’s first technical skills assessment exam “very exciting”
ASCRS awards three National Media Awards; two special media and advocacy awards
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, videos
2011 International Scholar Report: Memorable ASCRS Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal surgery services in Bangladesh
2010 International Scholar Report: Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal care in Jamaica
Health policy scholarship prepared Dr. Robert Cima to take leadership role in shaping U.S. healthcare system
Society extends CBS HealthWatch™ Campaign, Participates in Final 4 “Coaches Huddle”
Great Comebacks® honors Chuck Wielgus, Heidi Cross, RN
ASCRS Premier Partners
ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2011-12
ASCRS Welcomes New Fellows, Members, Candidates
Call for abstracts, 2010 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, June 2-6
Working models of Society’s own case log system for MOC reviewed in Vancouver
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Research Foundation “Meet the Challenge” raises $98,596 in Vancouver



Dr. David Maron, next year's program chair, at the tote board during the challenge event, held at the Opening Reception.
Dr. David Maron, next year's program co-chair, at the tote board during the challenge event, held at the Opening Reception.

The Research Foundation raised $98,596 during the 7th annual “Meet the Challenge” program, held during the opening reception of the annual meeting in Vancouver, surpassing its goal by more than $18,000.

Three corporate supporters—Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Covidien, and Genzyme Biosurgery– agreed to pledge a total of $40,000 for the 2011 fundraiser. The goal was for ASCRS members to match that amount, thereby raising $80,000 to support Research Foundation grants and awards.

Society members contributed and pledged $58,596 for a total of $98,596. This funding will be used to support Limited Project Grants, Career Development Awards, Medical Student and General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grants, the International Fellowship and the Norman Nigro Research Lecture. It will also support the Request for Proposal Clinical Studies on Benign Colorectal Disorders program.

The evening’s silent auction raised an additional $5,500 for the Foundation. Prizes were furnished by 13 regional colon and rectal societies, the ASCRS Public Relations Committee, and Orvis Sporting Goods. Silent auction prizes included:

  • Sterling silver cuff style bracelet, Chicago Society
  • Bushnell Pro golf rangefinder, Piedmont Society
  • Helios 906-4 Mid Flex fishing rod & Access Mid Arbor III reel, Northwest Society
  • 14K white gold diamond filigree necklace, Pennsylvania Society
  • One touch self-aligning telescope, New York Society
  • Wine of the month club, Niagara Frontier Society
  • Signed basketball from Coaches v. Cancer 2011 program, ASCRS Public Relations Committee
  • Ping golf bag, New Jersey Society
  • Super Cajun BBQ Grill, New England Society
  • Tim Lincecum signed baseball hat, Southeast Virginia Society
  • Blake Griffin LA Clippers signed jersey, Southern California Society
  • 14K Rose gold necklace with 34-round diamond set, Chicago/Pennsylvania Society
  • Flowering plant of the month club, Midwest Society
  • Hydros 905-4 tip fishing rod & Arbor III reel, Orvis Sporting Goods
  • Cash donation, Michigan Society
Silent auction during the Meet the Challenge event at the Opening Reception.

Dr. Vendie Hooks (right) and others make their bids in the Research Foundation silent auction held during the Opening Reception.