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Annual Meeting Information
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Phoenix Annual Meeting draws 1,625 physicians, record total attendance of more than 2,700
Dr. Stephen Sentovich

The Society's 114th Annual Meeting, held April 27 May 1, in Phoenix, Arizona, drew a record 1,625 physicians. Total meeting attendance exceeded 2,700. It was the largest ASCRS Annual Meeting attendance, except for tripartite meetings. "It was a very successful meeting in every way," says Dr. Stephen M. Sentovich, Boston, MA, Annual Meeting Program Chair.

"The hands-on courses were sold out and very well received. We had 25 excellent symposia. The most popular sessions included two colon and rectal cancer symposia, the inflammatory bowel disease symposium, and the worst cases symposium, with international experts," he adds.

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President's Message: A Time for Evolution

By Michael J. Stamos, MD

Fresh on the heels of a highly successful annual meeting in Phoenix, ASCRS is poised to make great strides. However, unprecedented changes in our professional lives due to the Affordable Care Act and other legislative actions are currently threatening the status quo and affecting us directly on a daily basis. While change is always anxiety provoking, the pace of change in the current environment is unprecedented. It will take a constant focus from each of us and a collective will to "move the needle."

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Dr. Michael Stamos
Outgoing President Dr. Alan Thorson decries disturbing and subtle trend in medicine
Dr. Alan Thorson

In a straight-talking Presidential Address, in which he was as likely to quote a plainspoken native American Indian chief as an eloquent literary don, outgoing ASCRS President Dr. Alan G. Thorson exhorted his listeners not to accept mediocrity in medicine and decried "a disturbing and subtle trend in the way medicine is being treated today."

The disturbing trend is not just in medicine, according to Dr. Thorson: "It is a sickness in society as a whole. It creeps up on you unexpectedly. It corrodes your stamina. But now we have identified it, so we need to heal it."

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Dr. Michael Stamos, Orange, CA, elected ASCRS President; Dr. Terry Hicks, New Orleans, LA, chosen President-elect

Dr. Michael J. Stamos, Orange, CA, was elected President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) at the Society's Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, succeeding Dr. Alan G. Thorson, Omaha, NE.

Other new officers and members elected to serve on the organization's governing Executive Council are:

• Dr. Terry C. Hicks, New Orleans, LA, President-elect
• Dr. Martin A. Luchtefeld, Grand Rapids, MI, Vice President
• Dr. Patricia L. Roberts, Burlington, MA, Treasurer

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Dr. Michael Stamos and Dr. Alan Thorson
ASCRS to develop educational program for TME
Dr. Conor Delaney

By Conor Delaney, MD, PhD

Rectal cancer is an integral part of a colorectal surgeon's practice, and one for which the technique used, training and experience of the surgeon can have significant impact on cure and complication rates. Although there is general agreement that performance of a total mesorectal excision (TME) has improved the outcomes of rectal cancer surgery, there are no standards for how it is taught and performed.

Through the Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee, ASCRS has set up a committee to develop an educational program for TME.

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Research Foundation "Meet the Challenge" raises $63,400 in Phoenix

The Research Foundation raised $63,400 during the 9th annual "Meet the Challenge" program, held during the opening reception of the 2013 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, surpassing its goal by more than $23,000.

Industry partner Covidien and nine Regional Colon and Rectal Societies pledged a total of $20,000 for the 2013 fundraiser. The goal was for ASCRS members to match that amount, thereby raising $40,000 to support Research Foundation grants and awards. Society members and Annual Meeting attendees contributed and pledged $43,400 for a total of $63,400.

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Dr. Anthony Senagore
Awards honor accomplishments, presentations, papers, posters, video
Robert W. Beart Impact Paper of the Year
Impact Paper of the Year
Dr. Dana Hayden with
Editor Dr. Robert Madoff

Following is a summary of major awards and fellowships.

Basic Science Podium
Harry E. Bacon Foundation Award, Molecular Imaging of Dysplasia and Cancer Using Fluorescent Lectins, Trevor Yeung, MA, MBBS, L. Wang, J. East, N. Mortensen, W. Bodmer, Oxford, United Kingdom

Clinical Podium
The Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, Near 100% Prevention Rates of Anal Carcinoma Achieved with High-Resolution Anoscopy-Guided Ablation of High-Grade Dysplasia, Stephen E. Goldstone, MD, A. Johnstone, E. Moshier, A. Goldstone, New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA

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2013 ASCRS National Media Awards Honor Ladies' Home Journal, 2 others

Three 2013 National Media Awards honored Ladies' Home Journal Magazine, WBRZ-TV Channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA, and Morehead (KY) State Public Radio for excellence in communicating a better understanding of colon and rectal disease.

Ladies' Home Journal was cited in the print category for "A Girl's Guide to Her Colon," . . .

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2013 ASCRS National Media Award Winners
ASCRS Premier Partners

ASCRS LogoThe American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons appreciates the role that health care companies play in helping the Society maintain its focus on colorectal surgery and enhance the care its members provide to patients. ASCRS thanks the following companies for their generous support of this year's Annual Scientific Meeting:

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ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2013-14

Awards Committee – James Yoo, MD,  Chair
Bylaws Committee – Michael Snyder, MD, Chair
Continuing Education Committee – Judith Trudel, MD, Chair
CREST Committee – Scott Steele, MD, Chair
Finance and Management Committee – Patricia Roberts, MD, Chair

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