Summer 2017  

Members in the News
ASCRS Past President Dr. Stuart Quan Celebrated his 97th Birthday

ASCRS Honors Advocate George Kiel III With 2017 David Jagelman Award

Surrounded by family and friends, Dr. Stuart Quan celebrated his 97th birthday. Dr. Quan was ASCRS President 1979-80.

Upon reflection of my 51 years as a colorectal cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I feel most fortunate to have been part of the team that developed a lifesaving procedure -- pre-operative X-ray therapy, which hopefully could give the patient a better outcome by shrinking the tumor with X-ray therapy before the operation. The surgeon, then, had a far less difficult job of removal. This is the standard protocol today and used throughout the world.

As the oldest living Past President of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, I will say what a privilege it was to be among the finest colorectal doctors in the world. The exchange of information, ideas, and collaboration on the many topics was invaluable — and still is today.

As for the new members, the doctors coming into the Society — I would suggest strongly that they become experts in robotic surgery. If the condition were to call for that, the patient would surely suffer much less — but, of course, if the situation called for a more invasive operation, I hope the surgeon would be just as able to perform the open procedure. Hopefully, any colorectal surgeon could be adept at both robotic and open surgery.

It was such a privilege to be the president of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons so many years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie among us all, and especially, if the meeting was held in a lovely location near a golf course, it was even better! At the venerable age of 97, I enjoy good health, good friends, and simple pleasures.

I would enjoy hearing from old friends – by email or telephone. That would be a simple pleasure. And, of course I wish the best to all of you.

Stuart Quan, MD

Additional Member News

Dr. Robert Cima was featured in an article about treating Texas Ranger relief pitcher’s ulcerative colitis.

Drs. Jennifer Davids and Nelya Melnitchouk were featured in an article about their study on medical specialty selection and parenthood.

Dr. Matthew Mutch was named Solon and Bettie Gershman Chair in Colorectal Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Jeffrey Neal was featured in an article about Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).

Dr. Rocco Ricciardi is now Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Michael Stamos was appointed Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.

Dr. Mark Welton accepted a position as System Chief Medical Officer for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Steven Wexner was featured in an article about the rise in colorectal cancer in younger people.

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