Dr. Alan G. Thorson, Omaha, NE, was elected President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) at the Society’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, succeeding Dr. Steven D. Wexner, Weston, FL.
Other new officers and members elected to serve on the organization’s governing Executive Council are:
Dr. Michael J. Stamos, Orange, CA, President-elect
Dr. Juan J. Nogueras, Weston, FL, Vice President
Dr. Charles E. Littlejohn, Stamford, CT, Secretary
Dr. Terry C. Hicks, New Orleans, LA, Treasurer
Dr. Anthony J. Senagore, Los Angeles, CA, Research Foundation President
Dr. John E. Garry, Fresno, CA, Member-at-Large
Dr. Deborah A. Nagle, Boston, MA, Member-at-Large
Dr. Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, Member-at-Large
Dr. Madhulika G. Varma, San Francisco, CA, Member-at-Large
Dr. Thorson: President
Dr. Thorson is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, and Creighton University, where he is a member of the Creighton Cancer Center and faculty member of the Center for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research. He completed his undergraduate and medical education as well as his surgical training at the University of Nebraska, with his Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Thorson has chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee from 1999 – 2005, and has served on the Outcomes Measurement and Program Committees. He has also served as Associate Editor of the Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.
Dr. Thorson served as ASCRS Treasurer for three years before becoming President-elect, and during that time was also Treasurer of the ASCRS Research Foundation.
Dr. Thorson has served the specialty as President of the Association of Program Directors in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 1996-1999, Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2002-2004, and President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 2004-2005. In 2009-2010, Dr. Thorson held another distinguished and important national office as President of the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Michael Stamos: President-elect
Dr. Stamos is the John E. Connolly Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He moved from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) faculty to the UC Irvine Medical Center in 2002 to establish the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery. The division has now grown to include four fulltime surgeons and has an active ACGME-approved residency program.
A native of Miami, FL, Dr. Stamos received his undergraduate and MD degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He completed his internship and residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL, and received his colon and rectal surgery training at the Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA.
His research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery, rectal cancer and anastomotic leaks. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters and has served as editor on 4 textbooks, including the ASCRS textbook. He is President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) and served as Chair of the Examination Committee of the ABCRS for two years. He is Past President of the Southern California chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Southern California chapter of the ASCRS.
Dr. Juan Nogueras: Vice President
Dr. Nogueras is Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL, and holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Surgery, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, and Affiliate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University.
He received his Bachelor’s from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and his MD from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA. He completed a general surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, and a Fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He was a Major in the U.S. Army, Medical Corps, at Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, TX, where he was Staff General Surgeon, QA Coordinator, Department of Surgery, and Director of Surgical Education.
His many awards include being named Educator of the Year 2009 at Cleveland Clinic Florida, to several lists of top doctors in America, and the A.W. Marino Sr., MD Award for Best Paper presented by a resident in colon and rectal surgery at the 1991 ASCRS Annual Meeting. His ASCRS activities include Director of Core Subjects Update, 2000-2003, and participation in the Program Committee, Workforce Committee, Standards Committee, Self-Assessment Committee, Socioeconomic Committee, and Quality Committee. He has been a reviewer for the Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, since 1996.
Dr. Charles Littlejohn: Secretary
Dr. Littlejohn established a private practice limited to colon and rectal surgery in Stamford, CT. He is an attending colon-rectal surgeon at The Stamford Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor in the residency program affiliated with Columbia University, New York, NY. In addition, he is an attending colon and rectal surgeon at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT.
Dr. Littlejohn previously served as Executive Council Member-at-Large and was the first Chair of the ASCRS Young Surgeons Committee (YSC) as well as the first colorectal surgeon to chair the American College of Surgeons Committee on Young Surgeons. During his tenure, the YSC established its successful traveling fellowship, an exchange program between ASCRS and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He was also a member of many committees, including Emerging Technologies, Program, Regional Society and Socioeconomic/Legislative.
Dr. Littlejohn is past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Born in New York City, he graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH, and completed a Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
Dr. Terry Hicks: Treasurer
Dr. Hicks is Associate Chairman, Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA, and Clinical Professor of Surgery, LSU School of Medicine. He received his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio.
Dr. Hicks has been very active in the ASCRS, serving on the Executive Council from 1995-98 and as Co-Chair, Chair, and Council Rep of the Socioeconomic Committee from 1992-99. He was the Society Treasurer, 1998-99, and has served as Chairman, Colorectal Advisory Corporation. His other ASCRS service includes the Standards Task Force and the following committees: Standards (1994-96), Local Arrangements (2002-03), Regional Society (2005-09), Membership (2009-12), Program (2009-12), and Research Development (2009-10).
He served as a member of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, from 2002-2010, and as the Board President, 2008-2009.
Dr. Anthony Senagore: Research Foundation President
Dr. Senagore is Chief Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. He served as ASCRS President for 2008-09. Dr. Senagore was previously Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University-West Michigan Medical School, Grand Rapids, and Vice President for Research and Education at Spectrum Health.
An ASCRS Fellow and member since 1989, Dr. Senagore previously served on the Executive Council as Treasurer. He was Chair of the Fundraising Steering Committee and Planned Giving Committees, and Associate Editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.
Dr. Senagore is past Chair of the Socioeconomic Committee and the Practicing Physicians Advisory Committee to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. He has represented the Society on the Relative Value Update Committee, served on the Technologies and Continuing Medical Education Committees, and co-chaired the Program Committee for the 1993 ASCRS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Dr. John Garry: Member-at-Large
Dr. Garry maintains a clinical practice specializing in advanced laparoscopic treatment of colon and rectal diseases in Fresno, CA. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of San Francisco’s program in Fresno.
Dr. Garry received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Southern California. He completed his surgical residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and a Fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Ferguson Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI.
A longtime Fellow of ASCRS, Dr. Garry is currently a Governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and President of the Northern California chapter, ACS. He is actively involved in advocacy for surgeons and their patients at the state legislative level in California.
Dr. Deborah Nagle: Member-at-Large
Dr. Nagle is the Chief of the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
She received her Bachelor’s from Columbia University, New York, NY, and her MD from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency training at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Dr. Nagle has been an active member in the ASCRS. She has served on the Public Relations Committee since 2000 (Chair from 2005-2008) and the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting from 2002-2008 (Co-Chair in 2003). Some of her other ASCRS activities include: Young Surgeons Committee Member from 1996-1999, Residents’ Committee Member from 1999-2002, Website Redesign Chair from 2006-2008, and Media Relations Chair from 2009-2010.
Dr. Harry Papaconstantinou: Member-at-Large
Dr. Papaconstantinou is Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, and Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery, at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple, TX. He is Associate Professor of Surgery at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
He earned his BA degree at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, and his MD at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. His specialty training included general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati, OH, colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, and a surgical research fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
Active in the ASCRS, he served as Chair of the Public Relations Committee from 2009-2012. He also participates in the Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, Western Surgical Association, Texas Surgical Society, and the International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Madhulika Varma: Member-at-Large
Dr. Varma is the Chief of Colorectal Surgery and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Director of the UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology and a member of the UCSF Women’s Continence Center and the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Her research interests include the assessment of clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and defecation disorders. She is also a specialist in advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery, using minimally invasive techniques to treat many of these diseases.
Dr. Varma earned her medical degree at Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI. She completed her residency in general surgery at UCSF, spent a year at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, to obtain specialized training in colon and rectal surgery, and completed a fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Research and Epidemiology at UCSF.
Active in the ASCRS, she served a six-year term on the Program Committee, a three-year term on the Awards Committee, and she continues to serve on the Standards Committee and Continuing Education Committee.
Continuing on the Executive Council are Drs. Steven D. Wexner (Past President), Conor P. Delaney, Cleveland, OH, Sharon G. Gregorcyk, Dallas, TX, Jose G. Guillem, New York, NY, Guy R. Orangio, New Orleans, LA, and Walter R. Peters, Jr., Columbia, MO.