Fall 2016  

President’s Message
Please Join Me at the Tripartite Meeting in Seattle

Dr. Patricia RobertsBy Patricia Roberts, MD

Plans for the 116th Annual Scientific Tripartite Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) at the Seattle Convention Center, scheduled for June 10 - 14, 2017, are underway under the leadership of Dr. Rocco Ricciardi, Program Chair, Dr. Anjali Kumar, Vice Chair, Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy, Vice Chair and Dr. James Keck, International Liaison.

This Tripartite Meeting occurs every three years (rotating between the U.S., U.K. and Australia) and includes the ASCRS, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand, the European Society of Coloproctology, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Colon and Rectal Surgery Section, and the Section of Coloproctology Royal Society of Medicine. The leadership of the six organizations contributing to the Tripartite meeting will also meet to discuss and develop future plans for the meeting, as well as international collaboration and fellowship.

Sessions, symposia and panel discussions will include a number of international experts. Highlights of the meeting include:

Hands-on Workshops/Symposia:

  • Advanced robotic surgery
  • Rectal prolapse, including ventral rectopexy
  • Transanal TME
  • Question writing
  • Advanced endoscopy – including EMR, ESD, CELS
  • AIN and HRA

Named Lectures:

  • Lars Pahlman, MD Lecture, presented by Dr. Emmanuel Tiret
  • John Goligher, MD, Lecture, presented by Dr. Peter Dawson
  • Louis A. Buie, MD, Lecture, presented by Professor Andrew Hill
  • Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lecture, presented by Dr. Roel Hompes
  • Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lecture honoring Dr. David Rothenberger, presented by Dr. Robert Madoff

New in 2017:

  • Magnum OPUS – worldwide videos
  • Coffee and Controversy – debates with coffee
  • Leveraging technology in your practice (social media, electronic media, etc.)
  • Welcome Reception at the Experience Music Project Museum

Registration for the 2017 meeting will open in January.

Dr. Patricia RobertsA comprehensive membership survey will be distributed later this year in preparation of the Society’s strategic planning meeting in March 2017. We are also reviewing our current management and governance structure.

CARSEP® IX and the CREST® educational website were both launched last year. CREST® offers members and other healthcare professionals an interactive venue to review all aspects of colorectal disease including PowerPoint presentations, videos and articles published in Disease of the Colon & Rectum. Topics are arranged by the six pillars of colorectal disease — 36 CME modules are currently available and new modules are published every two to three weeks.

Our ACCME reaccreditation process is underway with required information for submission due by December 7 and the formal ACCME interviews in March 2017.

Our membership continues to grow and is now at a record high of 3,570 members. Seventy-seven percent of members reside in the U.S., with the largest number of members from California (284), New York (257) and Texas (207). The majority of our international members reside in 10 countries: Canada (134), Brazil (63), Japan (63), Australia (49), United Kingdom (47), South Korea (46), Mexico (39), Italy (30), Germany (26) and China (18).

Enhanced international and national collaboration

We will be looking at further national and international collaboration among other organizations in colon and rectal surgery and gastroenterology, both nationally and internationally. Our Tripartite meeting, which is held every three years – and every nine years in the U.S. – is a perfect platform for enhanced collaboration and partnership.

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