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


Training the Colorectal Surgeons of the Future; The Role of Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Imaging
October 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM Central
Speakers: Drs. Matthew Albert, John Byrn, Luca Morelli
Moderators: Drs. Alessandro Fichera, Melinda Stack

This webinar will explore the role of technology (Simulation, AI, 3D Imaging and printing) in training colorectal surgeons in the future. We will cover preoperative planning, assessment of performance through video review, training the novice and continuous skills improvement by formative video-based feedback.

Integration of Commercial Virtual and Physical Simulators with Imaging Guided 3D Printing for Surgical Training
  - Luca Morelli, MD, Pisa, Italy
Formative Feedback, Video Review, and Technical Improvement in Minimally Invasive Colectomy
   - John Byrn, MD, Ann Arbor, MI
Artificial Intelligence Assessment of Intraoperative Performance
   - Matthew Albert, MD, Altamonte Springs, FL
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain simulation-based training and preoperative planning
  • Recognize the role of formative feedback based on video review
  • Assessment of intraoperative performance and skills improvement

Matthew-Albert.pngMatthew Albert, MD, is a colorectal surgeon practicing in Orlando, Florida where he started the academic colorectal group and ACGME fellowship at AdventHealth. He is an international renowned expert in minimally invasive surgery having performed over 3,500 MIS colectomies.  He is most recognized for his contributions in transanal surgery and the creation of TAMIS along with the first transanal flexible platforms, and evolution to taTME.

John C. Byrn, M.D has been in surgical practice at the University of Michigan since 2015 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery within the Division of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Byrn obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained in general surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Byrn went on for his Colon and Rectal residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Byrn was a Clinical Assistant and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2009-2015 and served as the Chief of the Section of Colorectal Surgery from 2013-2105 until he departed for the University of Michigan. Dr. Byrn has been recognized throughout his training receiving AOA recognition at the University of Illinois and the David A. Dreiling Award for Academic Achievement as a Chief Resident at Mount Sinai. Dr. Byrn’s research and clinical interests include outcomes in benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum, minimally invasive colorectal surgery, and expert technical skill acquisition and surgical coaching. A native of the Midwest, Dr. Byrn enjoys life in Ann Arbor with his wife, three children, and a dog.

Dr-Fichera-Alessandro-2019.jpgAlessandro Fichera, MD, earned his M.D. from the Catholic University of Rome, completed General Surgery Residency at the University of Chicago and two-year fellowship in laparoscopic and colorectal surgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He returned to the University of Chicago where he started and became the first Program Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgery Training Program. He moved to the University of Washington in July 2012 as chief of colorectal surgery and was appointed chief of the section of Gastrointestinal Surgery in 2014 and in 2016 the clinical director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In November 2017 he moved to University of North Carolina as the Division Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Since September 2019 he is the Division Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. His clinical and research interest include colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

Morelli_Luca.jpgLuca Morelli, MD, FACS, FASCRS, received his M.D. degree from Pisa University, in 1999. Beside a formal General Surgery Residency at University of Pisa, he completed a fellowship at the same University in surgical interventional ultrasound. After working in the field of organ transplantation from 2004 to 2007 his interest has shifted more in the field of surgical oncology, new technologies and minimally invasive surgery. In 2009, he became Vice Head and referent of Minimally Invasive, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at General Surgery Unit directed by Prof. Franco Mosca, Full Professor at University of Pisa, Tuscany (Italy). In 2014, he became Fellow of American College of Surgeons and in 2018 Fellow of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. In 2015, he become Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Pisa, and in 2018 he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as Full Professor of Surgery. His surgical experience consists of more than 4000 surgical procedures as first operator including major oncologic surgery, organ procurement for transplants (liver, pancreas and kidney), advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery with particular interest for colorectal, HBP, upper GI and urologic (adrenal and kidney’s) surgery. Since 2001 to present has performed over 14.000 diagnostic ultrasound and over than 1700 ultrasound guided interventional procedures such as biliary drainages, drainage of abdominal collections, chest drains, nephrostomy, definitive dialysis cateters, thermo ablations (with RF, MW, laser or HIFU), biopsy of native or transplanted organs. Since 1999, he has written more than 300 scientific publications on several topics such as colorectal, transplants, surgical oncology, interventional ultrasound, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Melinda-Stack.jpgMelinda Stack, MD, received her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She remained at the University of Chicago where she completed a residency in general surgery with a basic science research fellowship. Dr. Stack then completed her residency in colon and rectal surgery at Brown University. She is currently on staff with Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, part of the Division of Colorectal surgery of the University of Minnesota.

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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

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, RN, MS, CWOCN, FANN, Daniel Galante, DO, MS, FACS, FASCRS, Jeanne Gleba, Lieba Savitt, NP, Jenny Speranza, MD, FACS, FASCRS

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.

savitt.jpgLieba Savitt NP, Massachusetts general hospital

Speranza_Jenny_00781.JPGJenny 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

Details to come.

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.