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In This Issue
Wide-ranging Vancouver Annual Meeting program offers something for every colorectal surgeon
Special lectures often provide Annual Meeting’s
most memorable moments
ICCP, ASCRS forum showcases volunteering, outreach in countries where needs exist
Society joins American Cancer Society as sponsor of Final Four Coaches Huddle

In Memoriam:
W. Douglas Wong

MSKCC seeks Colorectal Service Chief to succeed
Dr. Douglas Wong
Smart phone users can now connect with ASCRS through QR codes
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Annual Meeting Information
ASCRS Website
ASCRS Research Foundation
ASCRS Facebook Page
President’s Message:
Outstanding Annual Meeting planned in exciting Vancouver:
major themes are quality metrics, improved efficiency through technology
Dr. David Beck
Dr. David Beck

By Dr. David E. Beck

It has been an exciting year, and while I’ve been honored to serve as your president, it would be lying to say I’m also not looking forward to achieving the most coveted status of past president.

As expected, our Program Chair Dr. Charles Whitlow, Vice Chair Dr. Alan Herline and the Program Committee have worked hard to put together what promises to be an outstanding meeting in the exciting city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (May 14-18, 2011). Major themes of the meeting are quality metrics, improved efficiency through technology, and rectal cancer.

We had a record number of abstracts submitted and after a difficult selection process expect to have many superb presentations and a record number of posters.

In addition to several innovative symposia and events such as the “Masters” lecture, we sadly will have three Memorial lectures at this meeting, honoring Drs. Norman Nigro, Byron Gathright, and Douglas Wong.

An early highlight of the meeting will be a Welcome function at the Vancouver Aquarium in conjunction with the ASCRS Research Foundation. As in years past, this will be a great opportunity to reacquaint with friends and colleagues and make your annual contribution to the Research Foundation.

The Society remains grateful to our Industry partners, whose support has exceeded expectations and assists in maintaining the quality annual meeting we’ve come to expect. Please visit the exhibits to see the many new products and express your appreciation.

Whale Watching in Vancouver
Whale Watching in Vancouver
(Tourism Vancouver)
Whale Watching in Vancouver
Vancover Aquarium
(Tourism Vancouver/Vancouver Aquarium)

The Society continues to work with the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) on Maintenance of Certification. A new edition of CARSEP and the second edition of the ASCRS textbook should be available for review and purchase at the meeting. You will also have an opportunity to trial a new case log system that has been developed with the assistance of ASCRS committees.

The Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Tuesday night and, with the support of the Canadian society, will feature a comedy and song production by Bowser and Blue (authors of the ever popular Colorectal Surgeon’s song). The dinner this year will be slightly less dressy, so the gentlemen can leave their tuxedos and the ladies their long dresses at home.

If you are an NCAA March Madness fan, you may have seen one of our ongoing branding efforts. The Public Relations committee, under the leadership of Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou, has partnered with Coaches against Cancer to produce TV spots highlighting the pivotal role of the colorectal surgeon in diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer. These spots feature NCAA coaches and some of our members and prominently display the society’s new Logo. We also continue to work with CBS HealthWatch on presentations during our annual meeting and on the Web.

The ASCRS Annual Meeting will be followed by the Tripartite meeting in Cairns, Australia, July 3-7, 2011. Many of our society members are presenting, as described in the preliminary program available at

I look forward to meeting with many of you in Vancouver and sharing a spectacular venue.