In This Issue
ASCRS achieves ACCME six-year Accreditation with Commendation for Third time in a row
President's Message: We will meet the challenge
San Antonio Annual Meeting draws record 1,519 physicians from 63 nations
Research Foundation “Meet the Challenge” raises $87,795 in San Antonio

Second COSATS pilot project held Sept. 22-23 at Northwestern University, Chicago

Presidential Address: Outgoing President Dr. Steven Wexner shows how global collaboration enhances patient care
11 Boards, including ABCRS, report publicly whether doctors meet MOC requirements
2012 ASCRS National Media Awards
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, video
ACS/Brandeis health policy scholarship “valuable and useful experience,” Dr. Neil Hyman reports
Great Comebacks® honors Joanna Burgess, RN, Harriet Pilert, RN
ASCRS Premier Partners
ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2012-13
ASCRS welcomes new Fellows, Members, Candidates
Call for abstracts, 2013 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, April 27-May 1
Dr. James Guthrie, Past President of ASCRS Research Foundation, dies at 81
Dr. Patrick Hagihara, survivor of Hiroshima atomic attack, accomplished endoscopist, colorectal surgeon, dies at 79
Executive Council sanctions dual presentations at ASCRS, DDW
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Annual Meeting Information
ASCRS Website
ASCRS Research Foundation
ASCRS Facebook Page
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, video

ASCRS honored many outstanding accomplishments and announced the award of traveling and international fellowships during the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Presentation of special awards and awards for best podium presentations, best posters, impact paper published in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, and best video were among the meeting’s highlights.

Following is a summary of major awards and fellowships.

Best Paper by a Surgical Resident—Podium

  • The Canadian Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award, Vanessa P. Ho, G. Nash, J. Milsom, S. Lee, New York, NY, Risk Stratification Model for Recurrence and Poor Outcomes in Diverticulitis Patients

Basic Science—Podium

  • The Chicago Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Durand Smith, MD Award, Hye Y. Kwon, I. Kim, J. Kang, Y. Park, K. Lee, S. Sohn, Seoul, Republic of Korea, In Vitro Adenosine Triphosphate-based Chemotherapy Response Assay as a Predictor of Response to Fluorouracil-based Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Stage II Colorectal Cancer

Clinical – Podium

  • The New England Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, Jamie Cannon, L. Altom, R. Deierhoi, M. Morris, J. Richman, K. Itani, W. Henderson, M. Hawn, Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Oral Antibiotics with Mechanical Bowel Preparation Reduce Infection after Elective Colorectal Resections   
  • The Northern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, Dana M. Hayden, S. Jakate, M. Mora Pinzon, A. Francescatti, M. Brand, T. Saclarides, Chicago, IL, Tumor Scatter after Neoadjuvant Therapy: Are We Dealing with an Invisible Margin? A Pilot Study
  • The Ohio Valley Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award,Katharine Jackson, R. Glasgow, B. Hill, M. Mone, B. Sklow, C. Scaife, X. Sheng, W. Peche, Salt Lake City, UT, Does Travel Distance Influence Length of Stay in Elective Colorectal Surgery?

Anorectal Surgery—Podium

  • The Pittsburgh Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Karl A. Zimmerman, MD Award, André D’Hoore, A. Stuto, B. Van Geluwe, F. da Pozzo, S. Fieuws, P. Lehur, Leuven, Belgium, Heterogeneity of Scoring Systems in Obstructed Defecation Syndrome Assessment after Stapled Transanal Rectal Resection: A Report from a Systematic Review

Basic Science—Poster

  • The Midwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons William C. Bernstein, MD Award, John P. Burke, R. O’Connell, G. Lennon, D. Keegan, D. O’Donoghue, J. Hyland, K. Sheahan, P. O’Connell, Dublin, Ireland, The Effect of Connective Tissue Growth Factor Polymorphisms on Surgical Recurrence Following Terminal Ileal Resection for Crohn’s Disease


  • The Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, Daniel S. Gingold, Z. Murrell, P. Fleshner, West Hollywood, CA, A Prospective Evaluation of the Ligation of the Intersphincteric Tract Procedure for Anal Fistula in Patients with Crohn’s Disease

Best Video

  • The ASCRS Bart Hoexter, MD, Best Video Award, Sarah Vogler, S. Goldberg, Minneapolis, MN, LIFT Procedure: Surgical Tips Learned from 4 Years of Experience

2012 ASCRS Best Paper - Traveling Fellow Award - ESCP Meeting, Deborah A. Nagle, MD, T. Pare, E. Keenan, K. Marcet, S. Tizio, V. Poylin, Boston, MA, ‘Ileostomy Pathway’ Virtually Eliminates Readmissions for Dehydration in New Ostomates

2012 Traveling Fellow Award - United Kingdom, Pokala Ravi Kiran, MD, M. Kalady, L. de Campos-Lobato, L. Stocchi, D. Dietz, J. Church, V. Fazio, I. Lavery, F. Remzi, Cleveland, OH, Is Adjuvant Chemotherapy Overkill for Stage II Rectal Cancer after
Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation?

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R) Awards

The Robert W. Beart, MD, 2011 Impact Paper of the Year Award, Anders Mellgren, S. Wexner, J. Coller, G. Devroede, D. Lerew, R. Madoff, T. Hull, SNS Study Group, Minneapolis, MN, Long-term Efficacy and Safety of Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Fecal Incontinence
The Victor W. Fazio, MD, MS Award for Editorial Excellence, In recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Lisa Poritz, MD, Hershey, PA

ASCRS Research Foundation Awards

  • 2012 Mentor Award, Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, New York, NY
  • 2012 Research Forum Works In Progress Award, Melissa Heffler, V. Golubovskaya, W. Cance, K. Bullard Dunn, Buffalo, NY, Louisville, KY, FAK and HAS Inhibition Synergistically Decrease Colon Cancer Cell Viability