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


Updates in Advanced Endoscopy and Intraluminal Surgery
Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Moderator: Richard L. Whelan, MD
Speakers: Drs. Jennifer E. Hrabe, Christine Hsieh, Sang W. Lee

This webinar will update registrants on newer techniques available for enhancing lesion identification and visualization, current indications and implementation of EMR and ESR, and non-resectional management of advanced polyps.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
•    Recognize newer techniques for enhancing, identification, and visualization of  lesions/polyps/inflammation
•    Understand indications and implementation of EMR and ESR
•    Describe non-resectional options for the management of advanced polyps

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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit upon successful completion.

jen-hrabe.jpgJennifer E. Hrabe, MD, received her BA from Northwestern University and MD from University of Minnesota. She completed a general surgery residency and basic science research fellowship at the University of Iowa. Following that, Dr. Hrabe completed a residency in colon and rectal surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, and then a Clinical Associate year. Her current practice is in Iowa City, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

chris-hsie.jpgChristine Hsieh, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She earned her medical degree at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and stayed in New York City for general surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in surgical education at Columbia University, focusing on the development of simulation and surgical skills programs for medical students at various stages of training, and has been recognized for her work by the Association for Surgical Education. Dr. Hsieh moved to Los Angeles to pursue fellowship training in colorectal surgery at USC, where she stayed on as faculty. A former journalist covering the nightlife and entertainment industries, Dr. Hsieh applies her interest in the arts and humanities to a career in medicine through scholarship and research in surgical education, medical curriculum development, and Narrative Medicine theory and practice.

lee.jpgSang W. Lee, MD FACS, FASCRS, is the Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Professor of Clinical Surgery at University of Southern California/ Keck School of Medicine. He holds the Charles W. and Carolyn Costello chair in Colorectal Diseases. Dr. Lee serves as the director of the annual advanced endoscopy and endoluminal surgery course for the colorectal surgery fellows. Over 200 ACGME colorectal surgery fellows have participated in this course thus far. Dr. Lee has special interest in medical instrumentations.  He is also one the founders of Guard Medical. Dr. Lee graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degree in biomedical engineering and obtained medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.  He completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine in Boston.  Dr. Lee then completed specialty training in laparoscopic surgery and colon and rectal surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell and Columbia Medical Center.  

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Comprehensive Care of the Patient Living with an Ostomy: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Date: November 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderator: Kelly M. Tyler, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Janice Colwell, Daniel Galante, Jeanne Gleba, Lieba Savitt, Jenny Speranza

Members will become familiar with the components of the ideal ostomy care in the immediate perioperative period and long term. This webinar will focus on a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to ostomy care and address ostomy care in resource-limited areas. Explore multiple perspectives regarding ostomy care: Patients, patient advocates, allied health affiliates and surgeons. 

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.

Janice-Colwell.jpgJanice Colwell APRN, CWOCN, FANN, is the advanced practice wound and ostomy nurse at the University of Chicago Medicine where she manages and provides care to patients with wounds and ostomies. She is a past president of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society and Friends of Ostomates Worldwide USA.  She is a coeditor of the WOCN Ostomy Core Curriculum textbooks, task force member of the WOCN Ostomy Care Associate and the ostomy section editor of the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing.   She is the author of numerous book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles.

Daniel-Galante_0040_4x6.jpgDaniel Galante, DO, MS, FACS, FASCRS, is a colorectal surgeon with AdventHealth Medical Group in Orlando, Florida. He received his BA from LaSalle University and attended Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. He completed his surgical residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD and his colon and rectal fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital program in New York. He is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida and the assistant program director for the AdventHealth Colon and Rectal Surgery residency.

As UOAA’s Advocacy Manager, Jeanine Gleba, MEd, raises awareness and advocates for those who have had or who will have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Jeanine has her Masters degree in Education and over 16 years of experience of grassroots organizing including partnering groups to achieve a common goal and raising awareness for a cause. Before joining UOAA, Jeanine was the driving force behind the successful passage of a New Jersey law named for her daughter Grace, which benefits thousands of NJ children who have hearing loss. She is an award-winning advocate most recently receiving the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State Schuylkill Campus. She is also the author of the book Making Her Point Loud and Clear - The Story of a Warrior Mom on a Mission and the Ebook: Warrior Mom’s Guide to Passing a Law. Jeanine believes in giving back to her community and has served in numerous roles including as an elected official: Deputy Mayor/Councilwoman for six years. She currently serves on the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board as a public member and the NJ Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee as a Public Member.

savitt.jpgLieba Savitt NP-C, RN-C, MSN, is the lead advanced care provider at the Colorectal Surgery and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Centers at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has a dual certification in Women’s and Adult Health and has been working with colorectal surgeons for more than a decade. Lieba has an independent clinical practice that allows her to offer medical management to pelvic floor patients, as well as patients with benign anorectal complaints. In addition, she performs in office procedures such as anorectal manometry, high resolution anoscopy, hemorrhoidal banding, drainage of superficial anal abscesses, etc. In addition to her independent practice, Lieba also assists the colorectal surgeons on the team with pre and post op management of their patients, helping the surgeons assure timely and compassionate care to their patients. Lieba’s  research interests include pelvic floor disorders and functional outcomes following  colorectal surgeries. She is a proud member of the ASCRS Professional Outreach Committee and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium. In addition, she is a professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she educates future NPs.

Jenny Speranza, MD, FACS, FASCRS, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with her Bachelor of Science degree.  She earned her medical degree from the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York  at Buffalo and went on to do a fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Speranza did a Clinical Associate training year Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Dr. Speranza is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the University of Rochester and is the Director of the Colorectal Physiology Center. She serves on the Clinical Competency Committee for the General Surgery Residency. In addition, Dr. Speranza is the Co-Program Director for the Annual Schwartz General Surgery Symposium at the University of Rochester.  She has a special interest in colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence. Dr. Speranza is board certified in both General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, and serves on the Professional Outreach Committee of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Speranza is also a member of the Pelvic Floor Consortium.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your First Job
Date: December 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderator: David Kleiman
Presenters: Sharon Stein, Wissam Halabi, Karen Zaghiyan, Robert Lewis, Erin King-Mullins

Young colorectal surgeons are facing an ever-growing set of challenges as they emerge from training and begin their practice.  Rising demands for increased clinical volume, lower reimbursements, increased administrative burdens, and a growing number of families that share responsibilities at home combine to make it harder and harder for new surgeons to excel and avoid feeling bogged down by these increasing responsibilities.   

While it is true that “your first job may not be your last job,” that first job can either start you on a path toward success or it can lead you down a road towards dissatisfaction and burnout.  The Young Surgeons Committee is excited to present this diverse panel of experts who have each found success early in their careers. We have asked them to share the lessons they learned, focusing on how to get your career on the right track from the start.

David Kleiman, MD, is a staff surgeon in the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where he serves as the Director of the Robotics Program and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.  He completed his general surgery training at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center, and then completed a fellowship in colon & rectal surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell and Columbia Campuses) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  He has become an active member of ASCRS and currently serves on the Young Surgeons Committee (Chair of the Resources subcommittee), New Technology Committee, and Young Surgeons Research Foundation.  When not working, Dr. Kleiman enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young sons.  

Sharon L. Stein, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a colorectal surgeon at University Cleveland Medical Center (UH) and Associate Professor, Surgery at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.  She is also the Director of University Hospitals Surgical Outcomes Center: UH RISES and the Murdough Master Clinician in Colorectal Surgery for outstanding contributions to her patients and University.  She is the past President of the Association of Women Surgeons and serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 
As an academician, Dr. Stein has published over 150 articles, editorials and chapters on a variety of topics from minimally invasive surgery to diversity in surgery.   Her programmatic experiences inform her academic pursuits; she has written extensively on minimally invasive surgery, colorectal cancer and enhanced recovery protocols. In addition, she has written about gender disparities in surgery including pay gaps, pregnancy in surgery, and intimate partner violence.  She is the director of the Director of the University Hospitals Research in Surgical Outcomes & Effectiveness Center (UH RISES) which promotes academic achievement in the department of Surgery at the University Hospitals/Cleveland Medical Center.  Under her guidance, UH RISES has published over 150 articles annually. In recognition of her contributions to scholarship, she has been invited to serve as a reviewer for a number of prestigious journals, to write several book chapters, and has published a book on laparoscopic colectomy.  She has been invited to deliver CME lectures and contribute to scientific publications both nationally and internationally. She was the first women to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.  

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Current Challenges in Colorectal Surgery: An International Perspective During the COVID 19 Pandemic
Date: December 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Speakers: Marylise Boutros, Carter Lebares, Thandinkosi Madiba, Julio Mayol, Graham Newstead, Lucia Oliveira

Details to come.

Pelvic Floor Imaging: How Does it Help Us?
Date: January 14, 2021
Presenters: Gaurva Khatri (Radiology), Brooke Gurland (Colorectal), Milena Weinstein (Urogynecology)

Details to come.


How to Prevent and Manage Complications
Date: February 11, 2021
Moderator: Peter Marcello
Presenters: Angela Kuynen, Elizabeth Wick, P. Ravi Kiran, Willem Benelman, Rocco Ricciardi

Details to come.


Mentorship and Beyond: Strategies to Implement Today
Date: March TBD, 2021
Presenter: Adaira Landry

Details to come.