ASCRS Members-Only Webinars

ASCRS webinars are for member surgeons who are interested in learning more about topics related to colorectal diseases, treatment and surgery. The webinars are presented live by subject matter experts and are complimentary as part of your ASCRS membership. Enjoy interaction with the presenters in a live format or view the entire webinar after the event on your schedule.

These brief, yet extremely informative, web-based education sessions are accessible after the event through CREST®.


The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Not all webinars listed on this page are eligible for CME. Those eligible for credit will indicate the amount of credit available, based on participation.

Upcoming Webinars


Coding and Reimbursement Updates for 2021
January 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Moderators: Walter Peters, MD
Speakers: Aneel Damle, MD, Walter Peters, MD, Steve Sentovich, MD,  Amalia Stefanou, MD, Kelly Tyler, MD

This webinar will update colorectal surgeons on the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule changes, including the projected impact on reimbursement, CPT coding and the importance of members' participation in advocacy on behalf of our patients.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the two methods of documenting the level of office EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT services
  • Identify the types of service with new coding and documentation requirements
  • Understand the projected impact of the 2021 MPFS on reimbursement
Aneel Damle, MD, MBA, is a colorectal surgeon in St. Paul, Minnesota. He did his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis before attending medical school at Georgetown University. After graduation, he completed his general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During his research years he completed an MBA at the Boston University School of Management with a focus on health sector management. After residency, he completed his colorectal surgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Damle practices with Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is on the teaching faculty for the University of Minnesota Colorectal Surgery Fellowship program.

Peters,-Walter.jpgDr. Peters is Senior Vice-President, Chief Surgical Officer at Baylor Scott & White Health. He served as Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center from 2015 until 2019, after spending 27 years practicing in Columbia, Missouri, where he served in a number of leadership positions. He completed his medical training, residency and fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and received a Master’s in Business Administration degree from The George Washington University School of Business. He has served many leadership roles within the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), the American College of Surgeons and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He has chaired the Healthcare Economics Committee of the ASCRS since 2015. 

Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., MBA is the Physician Lead of Clinical Operations and Clinical Professor and Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) AMA RUC Advisor (Relative Value Scale Update Committee). 

Dr. Amalia Stefanou is a senior staff Colon and Rectal Surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit MI and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University. She is active in clinical practice, teaching residents and also serves as the Vice-Chair of Quality for the Department of Surgery. 

k-tyler.pngKelly M. Tyler, M.D., FACS, FASCRS is the Division Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Baystate Medical Center, Western Massachusetts’ largest tertiary care center. She is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts University Medical School. Dr. Tyler graduated from the University of Connecticut Medical School, completed her Surgical Residency at Boston University Medical Center, and went on to train at Dr. Eugene Salvati’s Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. After completing Fellowship, Dr. Tyler joined the faculty at Baystate Medical Center as the sole Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon in 2007. Over the past decade, she and her team have successfully built the Division of Colorectal Surgery which boasts it’s own Academic Inpatient Service and the largest complement of Board Certified Colorectal Surgeons in the Western Massachusetts region. Her professional interests include Teaching, Robotic Colorectal Surgery, Colorectal Quality, Healthcare Economics, and Program Development.

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Video Mentorship Series: Finding the Left Ureter in Diverticulitis or Obesity

Date: January 29, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderators: John C. Byrn, MD, Karen N. Zaghiyan, MD, Michael McGee, MD

The ASCRS Video Mentorship Series is a series of intraoperative video-based coaching sessions, presented in the webinar format, with the goal of sharing operative techniques and improving procedural confidence. During this webinar the moderators will review videos of Finding the left ureter in diverticulitis or obesity.​

Dr. John Byrn is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan within the Division of Colorectal Surgery. He is the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) Surgeon Champion for the University of Michigan Hospital.  Dr. Byrn is the leader of the joint University of Michigan - MSQC video coaching quality improvement project which is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Zaghiyan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego before pursuing her general surgery residency and colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Zaghiyan practices in Los Angeles and is Associate Professor of Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include Rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Michael McGee is a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to obtaining his medical degree at Drexel University, he was trained as a mechanical engineer. After completing general surgery training at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. McGee completed colorectal surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.  While at Case Western, Dr. McGee completed the Dudley P. Allen Scholarship dedicated to clinical research in minimally invasive surgery and surgical endoscopy.  Dr. McGee’s clinical interests include complex re-operative abdominal surgery, minimally invasive colorectal surgery, surgical endoscopy, abdominal wall reconstruction, and anorectal surgery for cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He is co-director of the 50+ hospital Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) where he led statewide quality improvement projects to reduce surgical site infections and developed a prehabilitation program for surgical patients. His research interests including surgical quality improvement, implementation science, and patient education. He is an active member of several national surgical organizations, multiple editorial boards, and has authored over 50 publications and received multiple grants and awards for research, teaching, and humanism. Dr. McGee is the current chairperson for system-wide enhanced recovery programs at Northwestern Memorial Health Care and is co-chairperson of the general surgery health system clinical collaborative, which oversees clinical integration of the general surgery service line for over 7 Northwestern Medicine hospitals in Northern Illinois.

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How to Manage and Prevent Complications
Date: February 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Moderator: Peter Marcello
Speakers: Angela Kuynen, MD, Elizabeth Wick, MD, P. Ravi Kiran, MD, Rocco Ricciardi, MD

This webinar will provide the basis for the meaningful implementation of the latest management strategies for common perioperative complications.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize which patients should receive extended DVT/PE prophylaxis
  2. Recognize current best practices to reduce SSI
  3. Implement best practices for urinary catheters
  4. Review perioperative managements of biologic agents in IBD patients
  5. Assess the role of early stoma reversal

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.  

ASCRS designates this enduring material for a maximum of X AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM upon successful completion. 

Karan,-Ravi-2020.jpgDr. Ravi P. Kiran has served as the chief and program director of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, effective June 1, 2013. He is also the Director of the Center for Innovation and Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Kiran, a renowned surgeon-scientist with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, and other complicated colorectal conditions, joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was staff surgeon and head of the research section in the Department of Colorectal Surgery and director of its Rupert B. Turnbull Jr. School of Enterostomal Therapy. 

Dr. Angela Kuhnen, MD, FACS, FASCRS, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University.  She received her medical degree from New York University and completed her general surgery residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, during which time she served two years as a research fellow under Dr. Richard Hodin in the Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Epithelial Biology.  She completed residency training in colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic.  During her years as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine she twice won the resident teaching award.  She now serves as a staff colorectal surgeon at the Lahey Clinic.

Dr. Peter Marcello is the Chairman of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.  From 1997-1999 he was on staff at the Cleveland Clinic working closely with Dr. Jeffery Milsom, and returned to Lahey in 1999. He has performed more than 2500 laparoscopic colorectal procedures including participation in the COST and ACOSOG trials.  He has organized more than 160 postgraduate courses teaching laparoscopic colorectal surgery and more than 20 advanced endoscopic courses. He  is recipient of both the Jeffrey Ponsky Master Educator Award from SAGES and the ASCRS’s Mentor Award.  He is currently working on innovations in the endoluminal resection of colorectal neoplasia. 

Rocco Ricciardi, MD, MPH is Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He completed his colorectal surgery fellowship and Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has served on the faulty of the University of Minnesota and the Lahey Clinic developing expertise in laparoscopy, robotics, endoscopy, and complex reoperative pelvic surgery. Dr. Ricciardi has active research programs in surgical outcomes, quality improvement, and gastrointestinal disease epidemiology. He has authored more than 100 original publications and book chapters and serves on the Editorial Board of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.   

Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D. is a professor of surgery, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety in the Department of Surgery, and Co-chair of the Department's Research Committee. Dr. Wick is an experienced laparoscopic surgeon and treats the entire spectrum of colorectal conditions including diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, and perianal disease with a patient-‐centered approach. Dr. Wick is a recognized national leader in research to reduce surgical site infections and formulating strategies for improving perioperative care. She has published more than 75 articles in this area and is frequently invited to speak and share her expertise with other hospitals. Most recently, she led an AHRQ-funded national collaborative to improve surgical safety and reduce surgical site infections in 250 hospitals across the US and abroad.  

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Leadership Webinar: The Virtual Leader 
February 25, 2021
Moderator: Dr. Steve Stentovich
Speaker: Keith Griffis, Executive Director of Marketing, Surgical Endoscopy & Systems Integration, Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Details to come.

Mentorship and Beyond: Strategies to Implement Today
Date: March 8, 2021
Speaker: Adaira Landry

Details to come.

Video Mentorship Series: High Litigation of IMA and IMV
Date: March 26, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderator: TBD

Details to come.