Dr. Terry C. Hicks, New Orleans, LA, was elected ASCRS President at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Hollywood, FL, succeeding Dr. Michael J. Stamos, Orange, CA.
Other new officers and members elected to serve on the organization’s governing Executive Council are:
- Dr. Charles E. Littlejohn, Stamford, CT, President-elect
- Dr. Gerald A. Isenberg, Philadelphia, PA, Vice President
- Dr. Tracy L. Hull, Cleveland, OH, Secretary
- Dr. John R.T. Monson, Rochester, NY, Member-at-Large
- Dr. Heidi Nelson, Rochester, MN, Member-at-Large
- Dr. Bruce A. Orkin, Chicago, IL, Member-at-Large
Dr. Terry C. Hicks: President
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 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 Board member of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, from 2002-2010, and as the Board President, 2008-2009.
Dr. Charles E. Littlejohn: President-Elect
In 1984, Dr. Littlejohn established a private practice limited to colon and rectal surgery in Stamford, CT. He is past chairman of the Stamford Hospital Medical Staff and past president of the Fairfield County Medical Society. He is an attending colon-rectal surgeon at The Stamford Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor in the residency program affiliated with Columbia University, New York, NY. In addition, he is an attending colon and rectal surgeon at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT.
Dr. Littlejohn has served on the ASCRS Executive Council as a Council Member from 1999-2003 and as Secretary from 2010-2014. He was the first chair of the ASCRS Young Surgeons Committee (YSC) and the first colorectal surgeon to chair the American College of Surgeons Committee on Young Surgeons.
During his tenure, the YSC established its successful traveling fellowship, an exchange program between ASCRS and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He was also member of many committees, including Emerging Technologies, Program, Regional Society and Socioeconomic/Legislative.
Born in New York City, he graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, and completed residency in general surgery at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
Dr. Gerald A. Isenberg: Vice President
Dr. Isenberg is a professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He is the program director of the colorectal surgery residency program and director of undergraduate education in the department of surgery at Jefferson. He is the chairman of the Jefferson Curriculum Committee and the Operating Room Committee for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Dr. Isenberg is a past president of the Association of Program Directors of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2008-2011). He is currently a member of the ASCRS Operative Competency Committee and was the ASCRS representative for the ACGME Milestone Project for Colon and Rectal Surgery.
He was elected a member of the Jefferson Academy of Distinguished Educators and has won awards for teaching and mentoring at Jefferson Medical College. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (JOGS) and WiseMD. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Dr. Isenberg graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and received his MD degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He completed a surgical residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Dr. Tracy L. Hull: Secretary
Dr. Hull is professor of surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and is also the holder of the Shafran Family Charitable Trust Endowed Chair. She has been a member of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio since 1993.
She received her Doctorate of Medicine, Cum Laude, from The Ohio State University. She did her surgical residency at SUNY Syracuse, New York and completed her colorectal surgery fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She has a diverse practice that includes most aspects of colon and rectal surgery including colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, pelvic floor dysfunction, and diverticulitis.
Dr. Hull served on the ASCRS Executive Council from 2006-2009 and recently stepped down from the editorial board of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, after serving nine years as the editor for the section on dynamic/streaming videos. Currently she is on the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery where she chairs the written exam committee.
Dr. John R.T. Monson: Member-at-Large
Dr. Monson is Chief of the University of Rochester School of Medicine Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice Chair of its Department of Surgery. He is also the Director of the Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE) as well as Vice-Chairman for Health Services Research.
Dr. Monson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, most recently served as a Professor of Surgery, Head of the Academic Surgical Unit, and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Hull in England. His areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment, and he has also been involved in basic research into a broad range of cancer-related areas.
Dr. Monson led the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom and chaired the UK's National Training Programme. He is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology and served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is a Fellow of the ASCRS and of all Four Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the British Isles. He is a Section Editor for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) and the Society of University Surgeons. He has served as the chair of the ASCRS Research Foundation Research Committee and is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for the ASCRS Research Foundation.
Dr. Heidi Nelson: Member-at-Large
Dr. Nelson is Fred C. Andersen Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, where she is past chair of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and current chair of the Department of Surgery.
She is also past Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery. She is Program Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Research Program and Principal Investigator on the ACS Clinical Oncology Group (ACOSOG) CCOP Research Base Grant. Her NIH-funded research includes an international NIH-funded trial investigating laparoscopic vs. open colectomy for cancer.
Dr. Nelson was co-editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, President of the ASCRS Research Foundation, President of the Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and chair of the ASCRS Awards Committee.
Dr. Nelson earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Washington; she did her general surgery residency at Oregon Health and Science University and completed her fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Her clinical specialty is surgical treatment of primary and recurrent colon and rectal cancer.
Dr. Bruce A. Orkin: Member-at-Large
Dr. Orkin is chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of General Surgery at Rush University, Chicago, IL. Previously, he held top teaching positions at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA.
His clinical and research interests include pediatric colorectal surgery, local treatment for rectal cancer, minimally invasive surgery including TEM, laparoscopy and robotics, inflammatory bowel disease, ostomies and their complications, and physiologic gastrointestinal disorders.
Dr. Orkin is currently Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is an Examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. An active member and Fellow of ASCRS since 1998, he has served as chair or member of the following committees: Awards, Young Researchers, Residents, Bylaws, New Technology, Regional Societies, Public Relations, Program Committee, Website Editorial Board, Continuing Medical Education, and CREST. He was Program Chair of the 2003 Annual Meeting and helped establish the ASCRS Image Library.
Dr. Orkin received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and trained at UCLA, completed fellowships in gastrointestinal research at the Mayo Clinic and colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
Continuing on the Executive Council are Drs. Michael J. Stamos (Past President), Elisa H. Birnbaum, St. Louis, MO, John E. Garry, Fresno, CA, David A. Margolin, New Orleans, LA, Deborah A. Nagle, Boston, MA, Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, Thomas E. Read, Burlington, MA, Patricia L. Roberts, Burlington, MA (Treasurer), and Steven D. Wexner, Weston, FL (Research Foundation President).