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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Winners of 2013 Mark Killingback Prize, British Traveling Fellow, ESCP to present

The 2013 Mark Killingback Prize winner is Cherng Huei (Joe) Kong, of Victoria, Australia. The 2013 British Traveling Fellow is Dean A. Harris, MD, FRCS, MB ChB, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Singleton Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Swansea, UK. The 2013 ESCP (European Society of Coloproctology) Winner is Dr. Asa Collin, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. All will present papers at the ASCRS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Kong will present a paper entitled Colorectal Preoperative Surgical Score (CrOSS): Validating a Preoperative Risk Stratification Model for Major Colorectal Surgery. Its purpose is to create a risk stratification model to predict mortality before major colorectal surgery.

The study Dr. Harris will present demonstrates that satisfactory local control can be achieved with a highly selective approach to preoperative radiotherapy in conjunction with optimal rectal cancer surgery. The paper is entitled Low Rates of Local Recurrence are Achievable with a Selective Approach to Preoperative Radiotherapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer.

Dr. Collin’s paper is entitled Does Mechanical Bowel Preparation Preceding Colon Cancer Operation Affect Five Year Mortality and Cancer Recurrence Rate? It reports on follow up to a Swedish randomized study that found patients with mechanical bowel preparation had lower five year mortality and lower frequency of cancer recurrence.