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 the ASCRS Online Learning Center.


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

Surgical Legislative Advocacy and Healthcare Reform
Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM Central 
Moderator: Donald Colvin, MD, FACS, FASCRS and Kelly Tyler, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Donald Colvin, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Robert Kucejko, MD, MS, MBA, Frank Opelka, MD, FACS 

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

Medicare is going to cut fees by as much as 9%. Learn why this is happening and what you can do about it. This webinar explores crucial aspects of the history and current state of policy and advocacy efforts affecting colorectal surgeons and surgical healthcare. The trend toward increased regulations surrounding cost and delivery of care have prompted the need for physicians to have knowledge of current legislation and to act by participating in advocacy around actions that positively impact healthcare providers and their patients. This webinar will provide you with the tools to become familiar with current trends and to participate in important ongoing advocacy efforts.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the current historical evolution of CMS payment issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and the mechanisms for engagement in legislative advocacy.
  • Assess proposed solutions to enhance legislative understanding regarding surgical value and quality issues regarding surgical patient protection.

Kelly M. Tyler, MD, 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.

Donald B. Colvin, MD, FACS, FASCRS, obtained his medical and surgical training at the University of Florida, the US Navy, and his Colon Rectal Residency at Rutgers.  He has been in private practice for 37 years in Northern Virginia and is the founder of Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, a nine-physician surgical group, practicing exclusively colon and rectal surgery. He has been dedicated to teaching colon and rectal surgery to surgical residents from Georgetown University and to surgical residents at the Inova Fairfax General Surgery program. He has been the Section Chief of Colon Rectal Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital since 2005. He was one of the founding members of the Chesapeake Colon & Rectal Regional Society, President of the Washington Metropolitan Society of the American College of Surgeons and was given the “Service to the Profession” award  by the Virginia Medical Society in 2015. He has served on a number of hospital boards, medical boards and ASCRS committees.  He is currently vice-chair of the Medical Economic Committee of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Robert J. Kucejko, MD, MS, MBA, received his BS from Rensselaer Polytech, earned an MS and MBA prior to completing his MD at the University of California Davis. He completed his general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after beginning at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is currently at the Lahey Clinic for his residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Throughout his residency career, he has been heavily involved in advocacy. He served on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors Grassroots Advocacy Committee, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He currently serves on the ASCRS Healthcare Economics Committee, and has participated in multiple congressional visits at the state and national level.

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, is a physician executive, a surgeon and the Medical Director for Quality and Health Policy at the American College of Surgeons. He has focused his efforts on Alternative Payment Models, Interoperability Solutions, Graduate Medical Education, Work Force, and Surgeon Burnout (Emotional Well Being). Dr. Opelka serves on several national initiatives for health care reform including the Health Care Learning and Action Network and the Surgical Quality Alliance. Dr. Opelka is the founder and chair of the Surgical Quality Alliance. He serves as an advisor to several organizations for quality, payment reform and digital health information solutions in support of advancing clinical registries for machine learning and artificial intelligence.


Video Mentorship Series: Finding the Correct Plane in a Right Colon

Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Moderators: Jennifer S. Davids, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Vlad V. Simianu, MD, MPH, Lisa Marie Cannon, MD, FACS, FASCRS

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 correct plane in a right colon.

Jennifer S. Davids, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts, where she has been on faculty as a colon and rectal surgeon since 2013. Her clinical interests are diverse and include inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, advanced endoscopy, and colorectal cancer, with an emphasis on minimally invasive approaches including laparoscopy and robotics. She is also associate program director of the UMASS general surgery residency and directs the department's simulation center. 

Vlad V. Simianu, MD, MPH, is a Colon and Rectal Surgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He received his M.D. from Indiana University, completed General Surgery Residency at the University of Washington, where he also received his Masters of Public Health degree from the UW School of Public Health, and subsequently completed fellowship training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Simianu is an active educator and researcher. At Virginia Mason, he is the lead for the surgical residents’ robotics curriculum and serves as the lead investigator and surgeon for several local and national studies. He is the director of the Colorectal Center of Excellence of the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason as well as the Medical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Service Line at Virginia Mason’s Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute. Dr. Simianu is dedicated in improving the quality of surgical care in Washington State, and serves as the Associate Medical Director, Colorectal, of the Surgical Care Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP).

Lisa Marie Cannon, MD, FACS, FASCRS, completed her general surgery residency at NYPH-Columbia University Medical Center.  After matriculating from her colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Chicago, she stayed on as faculty there for five years.  She is now an associate professor of surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, her medical school alma mater.  Her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and benign colorectal disorders, implementing enhanced recovery pathways, and evidence-based care paradigms.  

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.