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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Dr. Patrick Hagihara, survivor of Hiroshima atomic attack, accomplished endoscopist, colorectal surgeon, dies at 79

Dr. Patrick HagiharaDr. Stanley Goldberg will never forget Dr. Patrick F. Hagihara’s chilling first-person account of the atomic bomb hitting Hiroshima in August 1945: “There was a shadow on one side of me, and an instant later a shadow on the other side.”

Dr. Hagihara survived the bomb attack and went on to become one of the world’s most accomplished endoscopists and colorectal surgeons, performing more than 5,000 colonoscopies without a single perforation. He was a longtime ASCRS member.

Dr.Hagihara, 79, of Lexington, KY, died July 18. Born in the New York City area of Japanese parents, he was sent to Japan to get a classical Japanese education. Witness to countless U.S. air attacks and the ultimate surrender of the Japanese military forces, he maintained U.S. citizenship throughout. Because he lived in a radiated area, he could not return to the U.S. until 1948.

He then became valedictorian of Commerce High School in New York City, attended medical school at New York University, Albany, and completed his medical training and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery under Dr. Goldberg at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ward O. Griffin, Jr., former president of the American Board of Surgery, hired him at the University of Kentucky, where he became a prized member of the medical faculty.

In addition to his work in colon and rectal surgery, he performed one of the first heterotopic liver transplants, Dr. Griffin remembers.

Dr. Hagihara was awarded the honorary title of Admiral of Kentucky in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to community service and dedication to local U.S. veterans. He had served as a U.S. Navy general surgeon at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam. In retirement, he continued his medical services at the Lexington VA Medical Center.

Dr. Hagihara is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two children.