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
- Dr. Elisa H. Birnbaum, St. Louis, MO, Member-at-Large
- Dr. David A. Margolin, New Orleans, LA, Member-at-Large
- Dr. Thomas E. Read, Burlington, MA, Member-at-Large
Dr. Stamos: President
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 four textbooks, including the ASCRS textbook. He was the 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. Hicks: President-elect
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 2011-2013, 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. Luchtefeld: Vice President
Dr. Luchtefeld is currently Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Spectrum Health Medical Group, Grand Rapids, MI. He served two terms on the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and is past president of the Program Directors Association. He has served on the CREST Committee, Quality Assessment and Safety Committee, and the Socioeconomic Committee.
Dr. Luchtefeld received BA in Physiology and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Southern Illinois University. He completed his general surgery internship and residency at Southern Illinois University Affiliated Hospitals and his fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Ferguson Hospital, Grand Rapids.
Dr. Roberts: Treasurer
Dr. Roberts is Chair of the Division of Surgery at Lahey Clinic and Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. She was previously Chair of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic.
Dr. Roberts received her undergraduate and MD degrees from Boston University. She completed a residency in general surgery at Boston University/ Boston City Hospital and completed clinical and research training in colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic , Burlington, MA.
Dr. Roberts has been President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and served as Chair of the Examination Committee. She has been active in the ASCRS and has been Chair of the Award Committee, Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, Self Assessment Committee and has been Vice Chair of the Standards Committee. She is currently Chair of the Operative Competency Assessment Committee.
Dr. Birnbaum: Member-at-Large
Dr. Birnbaum is a Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. A faculty member in Colon and Rectal Surgery since completing her colorectal residency in 1991, she was the Residency Program Director from 1999 to 2007 and is currently the Director of the Pelvic Floor Center in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Dr. Birnbaum has developed a national reputation in the treatment of pelvic floor abnormalities and laparoscopy and robotic treatment of colorectal cancer.
A graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, she completed her surgical residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital before training at Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Birnbaum is past chair of the ASCRS Continuing Medical Education Committee, and brought the CREST project from concept to the creation of online modules for member education. She has also served as the Core Subject Coordinator and as a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Dr. Margolin: Member-at-Large
Dr. Margolin is Director of Colorectal Research at the Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA. His professional interests include laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, complex anorectal conditions and incontinence.
Dr. Margolin has been Associate Editor of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum since 2007 and is now Section Editor (Self Assessment and Web Editor). He currently chairs the ASCRS Website Committee and previously chaired the Socioeconomic Committee. He was ASCRS representative to the American Medical Association's Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) from 2002-2005. He also served on the ASCRS Professional Outreach Committee.
Dr. Margolin earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, OH, after receiving his BA (cum laude) from Miami University of Ohio. He completed his internship and residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland and his fellowship in colon rectal surgery at Ochsner, where he has been on staff since 2003.
Dr. Read: Member-at-Large
Dr. Read is a senior staff surgeon in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA, and Program Director of the Residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Read received his BA degree cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. He received his medical degree with honors (AOA) from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in general surgery and a basic science research fellowship. He completed a clinical fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic.
Dr. Read has chaired the ASCRS Program Committee and Quality Assessment and Safety Committee. He currently chairs the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery of the American College of Surgeons. He is President-Elect of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, having chaired the Written Examination and the Examination Committee since his election to the Board in 2006.
Dr. Read has a keen interest in education and has received 13 teaching awards from residents and medical students. In 2001, the Association for Surgical Education honored him with the National Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Read's clinical research interests have focused on the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer and the use of laparoscopic techniques to manage colorectal disease.
Continuing on the Executive Council are Drs. Alan G. Thorson (Past President),
Conor P. Delaney, Cleveland, OH, John E. Garry, Fresno, CA, Charles E. Littlejohn, Stamford, CT (Secretary), Deborah A. Nagle, Boston, MA, Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, Walter R. Peters, Jr., Columbia, MO, Anthony J. Senagore, Los Angeles, CA (Research Foundation President), Madhulika G. Varma, San Francisco, CA, and Steven D. Wexner, Weston, FL (Ad Hoc Member).