Summer 2016  

2016 Annual Meeting a Resounding Success

The 2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting, which recently concluded in Los Angeles, was a resounding success, with more than 1,950 physicians and other health care providers participating in the program.

Seven speakers presented special and memorial lectures during the ASCRS Annual Meeting, including:

  • Dr. Angelita Habr-Gama, of São Paulo, Brazil, whose topic was “The Legacy of Norman Nigro: Back to the Future,” presented the Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship. She is a professor of surgery at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine and director of the Joaquim Gama Institute.

  • Dr. Ian Lavery, of Cleveland, OH, honored former ASCRS President Dr. Victor Fazio with his lecture, “Management of Recurrent Cancer.” Dr. Lavery is a staff physician in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Fazio, who was ASCRS president from 1995-1996 and former Diseases of the Colon and Rectum editor-in-chief, passed away last year.

  • Following a tradition that goes back more than a century, ASCRS President Dr. Charles Littlejohn delivered his presidential address, whose theme was diversity within the profession and organization.

  • Dr. Allan Kirk, of Durham, NC, delivered the Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship on the topic, “Is There Still a Role for Academic Surgeons?” He is professor of surgery at Duke Medical Center.

  • The Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship Honoring Robert W. Beart, Jr., MD, was given by Dr. John Pemberton, of Rochester, MN, on the topic, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Robert W. Beart.”

  • Dr. Steven Pantilat, of San Francisco, CA, presented the Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship on the topic, “’Doctor, Do Everything’: Life and Death in the ICU.” He is professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and founding director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program.

  • Dr. Hilary Sanfey, of Springfield, IL, presented the Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship on the topic “Recognition and Remediation of Deficiency in Operative Performance.” She is professor of surgery and vice chair for education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

This year’s meeting featured exciting new programs, like the Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) symposium, which focused on this innovative strategy to facilitate completion of minimally invasive TME, particularly for mid and low rectal cancers.

Another new symposium this year was Ventral Rectopexy: An International Perspective, which focused on laparoscopic ventral rectopexy, currently considered the gold standard for treatment of rectal prolapse in most European countries and Australia.

Young Surgeons Mock Orals: “Your Turn in the Hot Seat” was a hugely successful new workshop. The workshop, designed for colorectal residents and board-eligible colon and rectal surgeons, gave participants the opportunity to answer several scenarios administered by junior and senior examiner pairs, ultimately preparing them to pass their oral examinations for board certification.

At the end of this incredibly popular annual meeting, Dinner Dance attendees were treated to entertainment provided by Dave Coulier, who shot to fame in the late 1980s as Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House, and Mark Cendrowski, a highly regarded TV director best known as the driving force behind CBS’ Big Bang Theory.
 
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