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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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ASCRS awards three National Media Awards; two special media and advocacy awards

ASCRS awarded three National Media Awards and two special media and colorectal cancer advocacy awards during the Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

A 2011 National Media Award honored a broadcast report by WCVB-TV (Boston) reporting a sharp increase in colon cancer among young people.

Other 2011 ASCRS National Media Awards went to:

Print: Rabiya S. Tuma, CR Magazine, Philadelphia, PA, for “A Step (or Leap, or Jump, or Stretch) in the Right Direction;”

Internet: Christopher Springmann, On The Path Productions, San Francisco, CA, for “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.”

2011 National Media Award

Christopher Springmann (second from left), executive producer, and Gillian Ellenby (center), producer, On the Path Productions, accept the 2011 National Media Award from Drs. Jenny Speranza, Harry Papaconstantinou, and President David Beck.














Special media and colorectal cancer advocacy awards:

  • CBS News Anchor and Senior Correspondent Harry Smith received the 2011 Jay Monahan Award

  • The Society’s 2011 David Jagelman, MD, Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer was given to Barry Stein, President of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and one of the world’s leading advocates on behalf of colorectal cancer patients.

Jennifer Berryman
Jennifer Berryman

Broadcast Award Winner: WCVB-TV (Boston)

The winning broadcast report tells the story of high school football teammates, now in their 30s, both fathers, and now diagnosed with colon cancer. “The strength of the piece is its attention to the science, clearly getting across the message that regardless of age, you don’t want to ignore colorectal cancer symptoms,” the national competition’s judges said.

After reporting the number of colon cancer cases in people under 50 has jumped 40 percent, while the total number of cases declined, WCVB-TV executive producer Jennifer Berryman explored the issue of screening.

The station asked experts, including ASCRS-member colorectal surgeon Dr. Justin Maykel, Worcester, MA, whether the spike should cause physicians to rethink screening recommendations for people under 50. These interviews put the costs “both financial and human” into perspective, suggesting earlier screening only for people with symptoms or a family history of the disease.

Rabiya Tuma
Rabiya Tuma

Print Award Winner: Rabiya S. Tuma

Tuma’s article takes a close look at the role of exercise in extending and improving the quality of life for colorectal cancer survivors. She effectively builds the story around several studies showing the effect of exercise on colorectal cancer survivors.

The article includes a user-friendly table that shows how many hours doing various common activities are required to equal the 18 “MET-hours” the cancer survivors should strive for each week. It’s not too much. Jogging at a 12-minute mile pace for 2.5 hours gives you the 18 MET-hours, walking at a moderate pace for 6 hours does it, or you can play tennis for 2.5 hours, swim laps for 2.5 hours, lift weights for 3.0 hours, do house cleaning for 5-6 hours or lawn mowing for 3-3.5 hours. One MET-hour is the amount of energy a person burns while sitting quietly for one hour.

Judges said Tuma’s article “is beautifully illustrated.” It presents research results in an engaging narrative style and includes supporting interviews with patients and doctors.

Internet Award Winner: “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”

Judges called Christopher Springmann’s Internet radio broadcasts “thoroughly researched and engaging.” The broadcasts focus on the importance of colorectal cancer screening. They include public service spots from Morgan Freeman and Terrance Howard.

Springmann explores questions about family history with ASCRS colorectal surgeon Dr. Deborah Nagle, Boston, MA, “who offers clear explanations for visitors to Her explanations are scientific but entirely accessible,” the judges said. They also found Howard’s story of his mother’s death at 56 from colorectal cancer “especially moving.”

Please click here to view the winning Internet entry, which is available online.

The winners were chosen from entries submitted by newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and Websites from around the country. Winners received a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque, and an expense-paid trip to Vancouver.
ASCRS began the National Media Awards in 1995 to honor excellence in communicating a better public understanding of colon and rectal disease, such as colon cancer, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and Crohn’s Disease.

2011 Jay Monahan Award Winner

Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou (left) and former CBS anchor Katie Couric congratulate CBS News Anchor and Senior Correspondent Harry Smith on winning the 2011 Jay Monahan Award.

2011 Jay Monahan Award Winner:
Harry Smith

ASCRS established the Jay Monahan Award to honor journalists for outstanding reporting that promotes greater public understanding of colon and rectal cancer. Winners receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 award. In addition, ASCRS donates $1,000 to the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health in the name of the award winner.

In March 2010, Harry Smith had his screening colonoscopy televised live. “We recognized Mr. Smith for his efforts to educate the public about colorectal cancer, ‘demystify’ the colonoscopy procedure, and speak out about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and education,” said ASCRS Immediate Past President Dr. David Beck.

In developing his report, Smith worked with former CBS anchor Katie Couric, a longtime advocate of colorectal cancer education. The award and the Center are named for her late husband, who died from colorectal cancer at age 42.

“Reports like these will have a significant impact on reducing some of the well-known barriers that keep patients from getting colonoscopies. It’s time we break the taboo of talking about colorectal cancer and improve screening rates to save lives,” Dr. Beck said.

Smith joined CBS News in 1986 as a Dallas-based reporter. He has won many awards, including several Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award. He has interviewed countless newsmakers, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. He has covered presidential campaigns dating back to 1984.

Dr. Haq and Dr. Goldberg
Barry Stein

2011 David Jagelman Award Winner: Barry Stein

In presenting the David Jagelman Award during the Vancouver Annual Meeting, ASCRS Public Relations Committee Member Dr. Scott Steele, Ft. Lewis, WA, said Stein’s experience as a colorectal cancer survivor has helped to make him a passionate advocate on behalf of patients, and he is living proof that one person can make a difference.

The Colorectal Association is Canada’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients and their families, and advocating on their behalf. For more information, visit

“A colorectal cancer survivor himself and grateful patient of ASCRS Past President Dr. Phil Gordon’s, Mr. Stein actively represents patients and speaks regularly to medical professionals, industry, government, and patient groups. When Barry Stein speaks, people listen. He is an accomplished lawyer, negotiator, and mediator who serves on the boards of several Canadian corporations,” Dr. Steele said. He is also founder and vice president of Gilda’s Club, a cancer wellness center.

“Mr. Stein’s achievement deserves recognition in the tradition of patient advocacy pioneered by our own Dr. David Jagelman,” Dr. Steele said. Dr. Jagelman, an ASCRS member and chair of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, was a widely admired patient advocate who founded and directed the Cleveland Clinic’s Familial Polyposis Registry.