Vision Statement

To be the premier and most inclusive colorectal society improving patient care through education, professional development and innovation.

Mission Statement

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is a community of health care professionals who are dedicated to advancing patient care for diverse populations through the understanding, prevention and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.

Core Values:

  • Advocacy: Advocate for the highest quality patient care for colon and rectal disorders
  • Education and Training: Promote the lifelong education and training of professionals interested in the diseases and conditions of the colon, rectum and anus.
  • Professionalism: Foster an environment of diversity, transparency and collegiality.
  • Stewardship of the Profession: Responsible for supporting the profession through advanced teachings for colon and rectal professionals.
  • High Quality Patient Care: Provide and support evidence-based, value-driven patient and family-centered compassionate care.
  • Innovation: Embrace innovate approaches to delivering patient care, education and training.
  • Research: Promote timely, relevant research that advances the field of colon and rectal surgery resulting in improved patient care.
  • Collaboration: Support and promote collaboration with individuals, professionals, and organizations involved in patient care.


ASCRS offers several types of membership designed to elevate your career and specialty. Join your colleagues and discover the advantages of networking with your peers and attending educational events designed for the colon and rectal surgeon. ASCRS is committed to helping its members achieve this goal through a robust and expanding set of member benefits.


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons was established in 1899. Its initial mission was to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge relating to the colon, rectum, and anus; to encourage proctologic research; and to advance the specialty of colon and rectal surgery. Colon and rectal surgery is one of the oldest recognized specialties.  Writings dating as early as 1250 B.C. dealt with anorectal diseases and indicate there were practitioners devoted to this specialty. Read more about our history.


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is governed by an elected Executive Council

Strategic Plan

The current ASCRS Strategic Plan created by the Executive Council determines our priorities and objectives, defines responsibilities and measures and evaluates results.
Members must login to view the plan here.