Summer 2017  

President’s Message
The Future of ASCRS Rests on the Shoulders of our Young Surgeons

Dr. Guy OrangioBy Guy R. Orangio, MD

I am honored and privileged to be the president of our Society for the coming year and am looking forward to carrying on a strong tradition of leadership to support our mission and values.

The 116th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons was a Tripartite meeting held June 10-14, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. This year’s Tripartite meeting was the highest attended meeting in the history of ASCRS with 3,081 attendee badges. This total includes 2,043 registered physicians (1,470 of these are ASCRS members), 104 allied staff and 792 international attendees from 59 unique countries. Nearly 700 exhibitors participated and supported the meeting. The tripartite meeting is held in the United States every nine years and includes the following organizations:

  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, President Peter Dawson, MD
  • Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand, President James Keck, MD
  • European Society of Coloproctology, President Emmanuel Tiret, MD
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, President Gregory Makin, MD
  • Section of Coloproctology Royal Society of Medicine, President Mark Gudgeon, MD

The program drew from a record-setting 1,018 abstract submissions with 154 accepted as oral presentations and 751 accepted as e-poster presentations.

Congratulations to Program Chair Rocco Ricciardi, MD, and Vice Chairs Anjali Kumar, MD, and Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD, as well as International Liaison, James Keck, MD. The program was an exceptional scientific meeting in a wonderful setting. Our next Annual Scientific Meeting is May 19-23, 2018 in Nashville, TN, also known as “Music City.” Program Chair Eric Johnson, MD, and Vice Chairs Jamie Cannon, MD and Jason Mizell, MD are developing an outstanding educational program, featuring our young and talented surgeons.

On behalf of the ASCRS, I would like to thank Patricia Roberts, MD, for her leadership, tireless energy and dedication to our Society.

As I take on the tremendous responsibility as the President of our Society, I realize how much the practice of medicine has changed since I left my Fellowship in Cleveland over three decades ago. Now over 68% of our members are employed physicians. Due to Healthcare Reform and the passing of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 which was intended to force physicians into Clinically Integrated Networks, Single or Multi-Specialty groups or Academic Medicine and to replace the Fee for Service Reimbursement with Alternative Payment Models. The Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015 has increased the economic burden on physicians under the “guise” of increased quality of care. I spent 27 years in private practice, and later moved to academic surgery, so I salute our members who are still in the private sector, true “warriors” of independence and dedication to their specialty.

Last year’s ASCRS membership survey indicated that 45% of our members are between the ages of 25-44 and 24% are between the ages of 45-54. That is a total of two thirds under the age of 55. The foundation of our Society is based on those who have come before us (many of them giants in the field of C&RS) and those that are more “senior,” but our future belongs to the young talented surgeons in ASCRS. These young surgeons must be mentored, encouraged and supported by our Society so they will become the scientific and physician leaders starting now and beyond. The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting will be dedicated to diversity and our young surgeons.

ASCRS 2017-2018
The 2016 membership survey was sent out under Dr. Patricia Roberts’ leadership, and it allowed the Council to analyze current member offerings to determine what works and ways we can better meet the needs of our members. I have summarized below the initiatives that the 2017-2018 Executive Council will focus its effort on:

  • Continuing to keep our members aware of the changes that are ongoing with MACRA and the Medicare Quality Payment Program.
  • Integrating new technology and social media into a medical practice.
  • Improving the quality of care and moving toward value of care through education.
  • Training and educating residents in order to attract the best and brightest into our specialty.
  • Enhancing public awareness of our specialty through social media and patient education.
  • Strengthening and forming new bonds with national and international physicians’ societies.
  • Offering continuing medical education in a variety of delivery methods.

ASCRS Strategic Plan
In March, the Executive Council met in Chicago for two days to develop a Strategic Plan based on the membership survey. We have begun working on instituting the goals of the plan, to better support our membership.

I would again like to thank the Society for bestowing on me the honor of President. I am committed to supporting our young surgeons, diversity in our Society, and the mission and values of ASCRS.

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