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

Management of the Failing Pelvic Pouch
Date: September 2, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Moderators: Helen MacRae, MD, Hussein Moloo, MD
Speakers: Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten, MD, Bo Shen, MD, Luca Stocchi, MD

This webinar will identify endoscopic and operative approaches to managing the failing pelvic pouch.

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 Credits(s)TM upon successful completion. 

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

  1. Identify patients with pouch complications who would benefit from endoscopic management options.
  2. Evaluate whether abdominal, perineal approaches or a combined approach would be best used for various pouch complications.
  3. Describe complications associated with either pouch excision or pouch defunctioning.

Helen MacRae, MD, is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She has been a member of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1997 and has a practice that is primarily focused on ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Hussein Moloo, MD, completed General Surgery Residency at Western University followed by a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. He then completed a fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota and recently graduated with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard. He is Section Head of Colorectal Surgery and Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Ottawa. He also serves as the Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Surgery.
Luca Stocchi, MD, is the current chair of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. His main interests are inflammatory bowel disease, laparoscopic surgery and colorectal cancer. He is author or coauthor of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and has served on multiple journal editorial boards.

Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten, MD, is a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto with a clinical interest in inflammatory bowel diseases and minimally invasive surgery. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He graduated as MD at the University of Leuven in Belgium, where he did his surgical and colorectal training. He also did a colorectal fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. After 4 years as colorectal surgeon at the University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium, he was appointed as colorectal surgeon in Toronto. His scientific work focusses on clinical outcome research, mainly situated in the field of IBD and specifically focussing on functional and quality of life outcomes in IBD patients including the impact of minimal invasive surgery on clinical outcome. He has also achieved a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.
Bo Shen, MD, is a clinician, physician-scientist, educator, and author. He is the Edelman-Jarislowsky Professor of Surgical Sciences, Professor of Medicine and Surgical Sciences (in Surgery), Vice-Chair for Innovation of Departments of Medicine and Surgery, Director of Interventional IBD Center, and Medical Director of IBD Center at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Before he joined Columbia University in 2019, he had had a long tenure as the Ed and Joey Story Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine of Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Section Head of IBD, Department of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Shen is specialized in medical and endoscopic management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal surgery-associated complications, pouchitis, and ileal pouch disorders.


Video Mentorship Series: Finding the Correct TME Plane

Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderators: Justin A. Maykel, MD, Marco Bertucci Zoccali, MD, Alessandro Fichera, 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. A proper mesorectal dissection is a key quality indicator in rectal cancer surgery. In this webinar we will discuss different ways to identify and stay in the proper TME plane, asking the experts for pearls they have learnt in their practice.

Justin A. Maykel, MD, is a 1998 graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a clinical fellowship in surgical nutrition/metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Medical School. He has served as the Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA since 2007. His team started a colorectal surgery residency training program in 2012. He holds the Joseph M. Streeter and Mary Streeter DeFeudis Endowed Chair in Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Marco B. Zoccali, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in treating a broad range of colorectal diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colon and rectal cancers, and benign colorectal diseases.  Dr. Zoccali received his medical degree from the Catholic University in Rome, Italy where he also completed his surgical training. He then came to the US to complete a Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago followed by a surgical residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Zoccali  completed his Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Chicago before joining Columbia.  Dr. Zoccali has a keen interest in research related to colorectal surgery. He has published more than 40 articles in major surgical journals and contributed to several book chapters.

Alessandro 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.

Registration is free to ASCRS members and a $20 flat-fee for non-members, which includes live and on-demand access to all six webinars in the series. This is a one-time registration for enrollment in the full 2021 series.  You do not need to register more than once.