The 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.