Spring 2015  

Annual Meeting lecturers Include international leaders, medical pioneers

Seven speakers have been invited to present special and memorial lectures during the ASCRS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, May 30-June 3. Their presentations will reach outside the meeting’s main scientific emphasis to add an important learning dimension for participants. The distinguished lineup of special lecturers includes:

Dr. Antonio LacyProfessor Antonio M. Lacy, MD, PhD, Barcelona, Spain, whose topic is “The Evolution of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer: Past, Present, and Future,” will present the Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship on Sunday, May 31, 4:45-5:15 p.m. He is Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery Department at the Hospital Clinic and Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine, University of Barcelona.

Professor Lacy and his team are pioneers in the use of technological advances to develop new surgical procedures in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer and benign diseases, and of metabolic syndrome and morbid obesity. At present, their main interests are: 1) transanal rectal surgery to perform total mesorectal excision in rectal cancer; 2) treatment of metabolic syndrome and of patients who gain weight after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Martin LuchtefeldOn Monday, June 1, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m., Dr. Martin A. Luchtefeld, Grand Rapids, MI, will present a special memorial lectureship honoring ASCRS Past President (1980-1981) Dr. John MacKeigan, who died last year. His topic is “A Short Walk Through the History of the Quality Movement.”

Dr. Luchtefeld graduated from Southern Illinois Medical School, Springfield, IL, and completed a colon and rectal surgery residency at Ferguson Clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids.


Dr. Terry HicksFollowing tradition that goes back more than 100 years, ASCRS President Dr. Terry Hicks, New Orleans, LA, will deliver his Presidential Address from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Sunday, May 18, on the topic, “A Surgeons Puzzle: The Missing Pieces."

Dr. Terry 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. Hiram Polk, Jr.One of the giants of surgery, Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD, Louisville, KY, delivers the Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship Monday, June 1, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., on the topic, “Changes in Student and Residency Education in Surgery: Unanticipated Consequences and Challenges.” He is the former Chair of Surgery at the University of Louisville Medical School.

Dr. Polk, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, graduated from Milsaps College in 1956, then Harvard Medical School in 1960. He served as research fellow in 1969 at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine in London and at the Institut Pasteur in 1979. As a result of Dr. Polk’s service, generous patients and graduates have endowed the entire Department of Surgery in his name. He has trained more than 300 general surgeons and 200 specialty surgeons, has numerous publications, and has been the president/chair of a dozen different surgical organizations.


Dr. Robert FineRobert L. Fine, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Dallas, TX, will present the Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship Monday, June 1, 4:15 – 4:45 p.m., on the topic, “Spirituality and Faith in Serious Illness.” He is Clinical Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for Baylor Scott and White Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas. Dr. Fine is also the Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Humanities for Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Dr. Fine founded both the Ethics Consultation Service (1985) and the Supportive and Palliative Care Service (2004) at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Fine was instrumental in the development and approval of the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999. He has lectured and published widely in both clinical ethics and palliative medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Dr. Lisa StrateLisa L. Strate, MD, MPH, Seattle, WA, will present the Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship Tuesday, June 2, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Her topic is “Diverticulitis: What’s New.” She is the Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Strate graduated with highest distinction from Stanford University and attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her internal medicine residency and a gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she stayed on as junior faculty before moving to the University of Washington in 2006. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of diverticulitis, including studies of the role of diet, lifestyle, inflammation, and the intestinal microbiota.


Dr. Patricia RobertsThe Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship Honoring David J. Schoetz, Jr., MD, will be given by ASCRS Treasurer Dr. Patricia L. Roberts, Burlington, MA, Tuesday, June 2, 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The title of her presentation is “The Value of Mentorship.” Dr. Roberts, FACS, FASCRS, serves as Chair of the Division of Surgery and senior staff surgeon in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. She is Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her BA degree magna cum laude and completed her medical degree and general surgery residency at Boston University before a clinical and research fellowship at Lahey Clinic, where she has been a staff surgeon since 1988.

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