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American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Website
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ASCRS Research Foundation
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R)
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President's Message: Look for action-packed Annual Meeting, with Latin flavor in Hollywood, Florida
Dr. Michael Stamos By Michael J. Stamos, MD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Sunshine Act are upon us now. It appears there is no turning back; although very likely there will be changes as the law evolves. We are very fortunate to have a solid partnership with the American College of Surgeons and leadership from Healthcare Economics Chair Dr. Steve Sentovich and longtime expert and volunteer Dr. Guy Orangio to help guide all of us through “the fog.” Read more…
High quality articles, selective editorial process drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to record high, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert Madoff reports
The Society’s journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (DC&R), has received a new record high Impact Factor of 3.336, up from 3.132 the previous year, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert D. Madoff, Minneapolis, MN reports. It has risen steadily from 2.536 in 2009 to the current level (2012).

According to Dr. Madoff, “The increase in DC&R’s Impact Factor is attributable to the high quality of papers that we are receiving…” Read more…

Dr. Robert Madoff
2013 ASCRS Traveling Fellow Report:
Colorectal problems similar, but you have to appreciate their sense of humor ‘across the pond’
Dr. Dana Hayden By Dana M. Hayden, MD, MPH

I had the privilege of attending the annual meeting for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland held in Liverpool, England, July 1-3, 2013. Throughout the conference, what struck me as interesting was the similarity of problems that face colorectal surgeons across the Atlantic to those we face here. Common themes throughout the conference included how to manage extremely low rectal cancers, stage IV colon cancers, and the problematic stoma. Read more…

2014 Annual Meeting program to focus on optimizing educational value
By Dr. Bradley Champagne, Program Chair

The first ASCRS meeting that I personally attended was in 2004. During that week, I witnessed an impressive display of tradition, education, investigation, innovation, collegiality and enthusiasm amongst colleagues both nationally and internationally. This unique environment and culture within ASCRS has continued over the last decade. I am greatly honored to be Program Chair in my 10th year of membership. Read more…

Dr. Bradley Champagne
ASCRS International Scholars report on their experiences
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Website

Scholarship Award
The purpose of the ASCRS International Scholarship Award is to provide a surgeon residing outside of the U.S. and Canada, who has demonstrated a strong interest in colon and rectal disease and who demonstrates potential for achieving a leadership position in colon and rectal surgery in his or her home country, with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in North America and to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting of the ASCRS.

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Brandeis Leadership Program in Health Policy ‘most educational course ever taken’
By Maher A. Abbas, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Through generous scholarship support from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), I attended the Brandeis University Heller School’s Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management in June 2013. The course consisted of six days of classroom education in addition to a few social functions. Professor Jon Chillingerian from Brandeis University directed and coordinated all of the course activities. He was brilliant.
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Dr. Maher Abbas
Public Relations Committee creates four patient information videos on YouTube
Public Relations Committee creates YouTube videos
New YouTube videos
The ASCRS Public Relations Committee has developed patient information videos that are now available on the website,, and on YouTube. The videos are intended to extend and supplement the Society’s written patient information brochures.

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Executive Council establishes Stella Zedalis Award for Dedicated Service, with December 15 deadline
The Executive Council has established the Stella Zedalis Award for Dedicated Service to honor former associate executive director Stella Zedalis, who retired at the end of September after 26 years with the Society."

The Stella Zedalis Award is to be given annually (or at the discretion of the Executive Council) to honor a healthcare professional or lay person for providing consistent and outstanding services to the Society. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and recognition plaque.

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Stella Zedalis
New Technologies Committee completes online survey of single-incision laparoscopic colorectal procedures
Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy The New Technologies Committee under the auspices of Dr. Peter Marcello, Boston, MA, has completed an online survey of single-incision laparoscopic colorectal procedures to evaluate the usage, technical difficulties, and learning curve in this procedure. A PowerPoint presentation reporting the results has been posted on the ASCRS Website and is available for download. A narrated version is available via link to a YouTube video in which Committee Vice Chair Dr. Eric M. Haas, Houston, TX, explains the survey’s findings. Read more…

ASCRS Past President Dr. Malcolm C. Veidenheimer dies at 84
Dr. Malcolm C. (Mike) Veidenheimer, who served as ASCRS President in 1980-81, died July 30 at the age of 84. He was Chairman of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic from 1970-1987, after another ASCRS Past President, Dr. Neil W. Swinton, prevailed on him to switch from vascular surgery to colon and rectal surgery. In a very memorable Presidential Address, Dr. Veidenheimer named Sir William Lane and Drs. A.W. Martin Marino, Sr., Rupert B. Turnbull, and Harry E. Bacon as other leaders who had most influenced him. Read more… Dr. Malcolm Veidenheimer
Call for abstracts, 2014 ASCRS Annual Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, May 17-21
Online submission of abstracts for the 2014 ASCRS Annual Meeting opened September 9, 2013, and closes November 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST at

The Annual Meeting will be held May 17-21, 2014, in Hollywood, FL, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Hotel.