Summer 2017  

A Record-Breaking ASCRS Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting

A Record-Breaking ASCRS Annual Scientific and Tripartite MeetingThe 2017 ASCRS Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting, which recently concluded in Seattle, WA, was an outstanding success! The meeting had the highest attendance in ASCRS history, with more than 2,043 physicians, including 792 international attendees from 59 countries.

Each year the meeting features distinguished lectureships, and 2017 did not disappoint. This year we enjoyed exceptional lectureships presented in honor of individuals that have impacted the field of colon and rectal surgery. Ten speakers presented special lectures during the ASCRS Annual Meeting, including:

  • Roel Hompes, MD, of Oxford, England presented “Transanal TME: From Inception to Implementation” at the Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship.
  • Emmanuel Tiret, MD, of Paris, France, delivered the Lars Pahlman, MD, Lectureship on the topic “What to Do with a T2 Rectal Cancer?"
  • ASCRS President Dr. Patricia Roberts continued a centuries-old tradition by delivering her presidential address “The Joys of a Surgical Career.”
  • Gary Kaplan, MD, of Seattle, WA, delivered the Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship on the topic “Seeking Perfection in Health Care: Applying the Toyota Production System to Medicine.”
  • The Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship was presented by Carlos Pellegrini, MD, of Seattle, WA, on the topic “Trust, Patients and Doctors: Building the Perfect Arch.”
  • Peter Dawson, MD, of Isleworth, England, presented “Guidelines, Resources and Statements – the ACPGBI Position” at the John Goligher, MD, Lectureship.
  • The Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship honoring David Rothenberger, MD, was presented by Robert Madoff, MD, of Minneapolis, MN. This lecture honors a senior surgeon who has made a considerable contribution to the specialty and ASCRS.
  • The Louis A. Buie, MD, Lectureship was presented by Andrew Hill, MD, of Auckland, New Zealand, on the topic “ERAS – What Henrik Kehlet Didn’t Tell You and What Has Happened Since Then.”
  • Kirsten Wilkins, MD, of Edison, NJ, presented the Memorial Lectureship honoring Eugene P. Salvati, MD. Dr. Salvati was president of ASCRS in 1985-1986.
  • Lotte Dyrbye, MD, of Rochester, MN, presented the Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship on the topic “Physician Burnout: Prevalence, Drivers, Consequences and Mitigating Strategies.”

Many exciting programs from last year returned to a sell-out audience, such as the workshops Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME), Advanced Robotics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, and AIN and HRA: What the Colorectal Surgeon Needs to Know. Other popular events included E-posters of Distinction, Meet the Professors Breakfasts, Young Surgeons Mock Orals and more.

The Welcome Reception at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) treated guests to delicious food and featured the museum’s collection of more than 140,000 pop culture artifacts and recorded interviews with thousands of musicians and filmmakers who have influenced contemporary culture. Guests enjoyed an evening of networking with friends and colleagues while exploring this entertaining museum.

With the beautiful Myrtle Edwards Park in the background, more than 120 runners participated in the Fun Run on Sunday, June 11. Proceeds from this event benefited the Ostomy Supply Closet, a local organization that provides ostomy supplies to those in need. Winners of the Fun Run were Lexine Yurheo, MD and Tom Penoyar, MD.

The Tripartite Gala was held on Tuesday, June 13 and provided an international atmosphere for all to enjoy. The evening featured dancing, reminiscing and a full menu of international foods to honor our tripartite attendees. Many attendees stayed well into the evening to enjoy the music and dancing.

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