In This Issue
Special memorial lectures highlight Annual Meeting
Society’s CREST Committee reaches final stages before release of online learning system
Operative Competency Evaluation Committee completes larger technical skills assessment

Washington Update
Congress postpones repeal, reform of sustainable growth rate formula, averting 27% cut

Nominate journalists for National Media Awards
ASCRS Past President Dr. Steven Wexner elected to ACS Board of Regents
ASCRS & Research Foundation partner with NIH to fund K series awards for intensive research
Members receive excellent value for their membership in ASCRS
Winners of 2013 Mark Killingback Prize, British Traveling Fellow, ESCP to present
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2013 Masters in Colorectal Surgery lecture to honor Past President Dr. Victor W. Fazio

Dr. Victor FazioThe 2013 Masters in Colorectal Surgery lecture will honor ASCRS Past President and former Diseases of the Colon & Rectum Editor-in-Chief Dr. Victor W. Fazio, chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery and vice chairman of the Division of Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. The lecture will be delivered by his longtime colleague, Dr. James M. Church, who holds the Victor W. Fazio Chair in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Fazio was ASCRS President for 1995-1996 and became Editor-in-Chief of the journal in 1997, serving two five-year terms. “Each of us can promote and defend the Society’s position as a leader and ‘spokesman’ for the study and treatment of colonic and rectal disease. And do so with spirit and conviction that we can provide a high quality of care that is unusual—giving satisfaction to patients and pause to our generalist colleagues,” Dr. Fazio said in his first message to members.

A major focus of Dr. Fazio’s leadership during the year was nurturing the successful collaboration of the Society and its Research Foundation. “For many members, there has been confusion about the relationship of these two organizations, confusion about the mission and purposes,” he said in his presidential address. Discussions that led to the agreement “produced solidarity, reunion, and a new beginning. With active support and representation by Council and with the planning of a major capital campaign, the re-energized Research Foundation of the ASCRS provided a vehicle to support basic and clinical research of disease and disorders encountered by many colorectal surgeons,” he added.

Dr. Fazio was given the chair at the Cleveland Clinic named to honor one of his teachers, the late Dr. Rupert B. Turnbull, ASCRS President for 1974-1975. He was awarded the Premier Physician Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in 1992. In 2000, he was the first recipient of The Cleveland Clinic Master Clinician Award.

Dr. Fazio received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and completed post-graduate work at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He also completed fellowships in surgery at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.