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Case Based Pelvic Floor Interdisciplinary Conference: Incorporating Imaging Modalities into Clinical Decision Making for Patients with Pelvic Floor Disorders
Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Presenters: Julia Barten, PT, Physical Therapy, Ekene Enemchukwu, MD, FPMRS, Urology, Gaurav Khatari, MD, Radiology, Ian Paquette, MD, Colorectal 
Vipul Sheth, MD, Radiology, Amy Thorsen, MD, Colorectal, Massarat Zutshi, MD, Colorectal 
Moderators: Liliana Bordeianou, Brooke Gurland, Anders Mellgren

Patients with pelvic floor disorders may suffer from bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunction, pain disorders, or pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic imaging tools supplement clinical examination by providing a visual representation and dynamic view of the pelvic organs. This webinar will focus on posterior compartment pathology and will educate attendees about radiologic interpretation, treatment and the decision-making process. 

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

  • Interpret pelvic floor radiologic tests  

  • Correlate clinical findings and radiological tests 

  • Summarize which evidence-based practices are available and where pelvic floor specialists rely on clinical expertise. 

Julia Barten is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in pelvic health. She received her B.S. from Boston University, her DPT from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and specialized in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Institute. Julia is a member of the pelvic health and orthopedic sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and addresses bladder, bowel, and pain conditions for all genders. She joined Stanford Health Care’s multidisciplinary Pelvic Health Center in July 2019. 


Dr. Liliana Bordeianou  MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  She is a surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. There she leads as  Chief of the Colorectal Surgery and Pelvic Floor Centers. She also co-chairs   the Mass General Brigham Health  Colorectal Surgery Collaborative, which comprises a regional healthcare network of academic and private hospitals. Dr. Bordeianou  performs research on topics related to patient reported outcomes,  pelvic floor disorders,  and preservation of dignity and quality of life after surgery.  

Dr. Enemchukwu is an Assistant professor of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she also serves as Director of Urology at the Stanford Pelvic Health Center and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Stanford University Department of Urology. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She earned her combined degree in Medicine and Public Health at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her Urology training at Vanderbilt University and fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Male Voiding Dysfunction, and Neurourology at New York University. She specializes in the medical and surgical management of male and female pelvic floor disorders. She has published extensively in the areas of therapy utilization and treatment outcomes of pelvic floor disorders including overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Her research interests are in the areas of refractory overactive bladder in elderly, neurogenic, and underserved patient populations, quality of life, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and shared decision making. 

Dr. Brooke Gurland a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. She is the Medical Director of the Stanford Pelvic Health Center in Redwood City, CA and the Surgery Department Director of Wellness. Her clinical interests focus on multidisciplinary approach to pelvic floor disorders, innovative approaches to rectal prolapse, robotic surgery, fecal incontinence, defecation disorders and benign colon and anorectal diseases. 

Dr. Khatri completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, followed by an Abdominal Imaging and MRI fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Radiology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. He serves as Chief of the Division of Body MRI, Associate Chief for the Division of Abdominal Imaging, and Program Director of the Body MRI fellowship. Dr. Khatri established the Pelvic Floor Imaging program at UTSW and has served as the founding chair of the Disease Focus Panel on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR). He is currently serving as guest editor of a special issue on Pelvic Floor Imaging for the journal Abdominal Imaging, and is one of the lead representatives from the SAR to the ASCRS Pelvic Floor Consortium. 

Dr. Mellgren is Professor and Chief of Colon & Rectal Surgery at University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr Mellgren has a strong interest in pelvic floor disorders and he has been an investigator in several studies on new treatment options for fecal incontinence. Dr. Mellgren is internationally recognized as an expert in colon & rectal diseases and he frequently presents at national and international meetings and he has an extensive list of original scientific articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Paquette trained in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is the director of the Christ Hospital Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders. He is an associate editor for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. 



Vipul Sheth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. He earned his MD and PhD as part of the Case Western Reserve University Medical Scientist Training program. He completed residency in radiology at the University of California, San Diego and a fellowship in Body MRI at Stanford before joining the faculty in the Body MRI division in 2019. His clinical interests include Body MRI, PET/MRI, and MRI guided interventions. His research interests including translation of new techniques to improve imaging of the pelvic floor, rectal cancer, prostate cancer, and gynecologic malignancies. 

Amy J. Thorsen is a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota. She has been the director of the Pelvic Floor Center in Minneapolis since 2013. Dr. Thorsen's practice encompasses all aspects of colorectal surgery, although she has particular passion in the management of rectal prolapse and pelvic floor disorders. 


Massarat Zutshi is an Assistant Professor of medicine at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She has been a member of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio since 2000. Dr. Zutshi practices included pelvic floor dysfunction, and anorectal disorders. She is author of numerous book chapters, and her manuscripts have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has edited a textbook on Anorectal Disorders. She is also a medical acupuncturist and has incorporated acupuncture in her practice. 



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, Wolfgang Gaertner, Claudia Hriesik, Carter Lebares, Thandinkosi Madiba, Julio Mayol, Graham Newstead, Lucia Oliveira

This webinar is an interactive discussion with members of the international colorectal surgery community addressing the globally perceived obstacles for colorectal surgery, with a focus on access to care and screening, workplace exposures, neoadjuvant strategies in colorectal cancer, and operative management of IBD and diverticulitis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional subtopics will include surgeon wellbeing and burnout; and the resources available in each country or region.
This discussion will provide additional resources for patients and surgeons, and on how to implement safe practices during the Covid-19 pandemic in Colorectal Surgery worldwide.

Marylise Boutros is a Colorectal Surgeon at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Having completed General Surgery residency at McGill University and Colorectal Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, her clinical interests are advanced minimally invasive approaches to benign and malignant colorectal and anorectal diseases. She treats colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, fecal incontinence and all anorectal disorders.  Dr. Boutros is the Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency at McGill and she leads the JGH/McGill Colon & Rectal Surgery Outcomes Research Program that is focused on innovation and outcomes research. Dr. Boutros plays an active role in General Surgery resident education at McGill University.

Dr. Wolfgang Gaertner is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota. He completed general surgery residency (including a 3-year research fellowship) and colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is actively involved in both clinical and translational research. His research interests include colorectal oncology, peritoneal carcinomatosis, diverticulitis, and the microbiome and its association with diseases of the colon and rectum.


Dr. Claudia Hriesik received her MD., Ph.D. degrees from Hannover Medical School in Germany. Following graduation and completion of the “German internship equivalent Arzt im Praktikum” she moved to Philadelphia, PA; She was awarded a fellowship by the American Cure for Lymphoma Foundation and subsequently conducted further research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hriesik completed her surgical residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to train in Surgical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She joined Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons, PC in 2008; With her colleagues Dr. Hriesik was among the first surgeons to bring robotic surgery to Rochester and Upstate NY. Dr. Hriesik also holds an appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Rochester (URMC) and works on a per diem base at the Surgical ICU at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Hriesik serves on multiple committees within the Rochester NY region. She is dedicated to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr Hriesik is the Chair of the ASCRS International Committee since 2019.

Carter Lebares, MD, FACS, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCSF and a clinically active gastrointestinal surgeon specializing in Acute Care Surgery and advanced minimally-invasive surgery of the foregut. She received her MD from the University of Minnesota, completed surgical residency at UCSF and did fellowship training at IRCAD, in France.
Her academic research focuses on understanding the burden of stress among surgeons, effects on cognition and performance, factors (individual, systemic and institutional) that influence this process and on developing and testing a tailored mindfulness-based intervention (MBI), called Enhanced Stress Resilience Training (ESRT).  In the role of principle investigator, she has conducted a national cross-sectional study of burnout and distress in surgery trainees, a comprehensive feasibility study of formal mindfulness training in surgery interns, and two pilot RCTs in surgery PGY-1s, testing the effects of ESRT on burnout, executive function, epigenetic markers of physiologic distress, motor skills and functional neuroimaging during an emotional regulation task. She has disseminated her findings locally, nationally and internationally, working to bring feasible and effective mindfulness-based cognitive skills to surgeons in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, sub-Sahara Africa, and the Middle-East , as well as to veterinarians within the American Zoologic Association. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Professor Thandinkosi Madiba received his MBChB, LLM, and PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. After completing his residency, he obtained his Fellowship in General Surgery [FCS (SA)] from the College of Surgeons of South Africa. He trained as a Colorectal Surgeon at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He is an International Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS). Prof Madiba is a previous Head of Surgery at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Chief Colorectal Surgery at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban. He is Past President of the Association of Surgeons of South Africa and the South African Colorectal Society. His other memberships include the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the South African Gastroenterological Society, and the Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa. Prof Madiba has over 150 journal publications and 12 book chapters. He is deputy editor of the South African Journal of Surgery and a reviewer for numerous journals.

Julio Mayol is a colorectal surgeon who serves as Professor of Surgery at Universidad Complutense and as Chief Medical and Innovation Officer at Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid. He initiated the #SoMe4Surgery movement on Twitter in 2018 and seeks to establish a collaborative network at a global scale using social media to advance surgery worldwide. 

Professor Graham Newstead is Head of the Colorectal Unit at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital. He is Chairman of the International Council of Coloproctology, the Bowel Cancer Foundation within Bowel Cancer Australia and the Colorectal Chair in the Medical Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales Private Hospital. Professor Newstead trained in the United Kingdom, US and Australia. He has been an invited speaker at international lectureships throughout his extensive career. He holds several awards including “Member of the Order of Australia (A.M.), by the Governor General of Australia, June 13, 2005” and “Certificate for Exemplary Service, Australian Cancer Network, 2000”. He has given more than 500 scientific presentations, has an extensive research and published bibliography and is an authority in the field of Colorectal Surgery, internationally recognized for his excellence as a clinician and master surgeon. 

Dr. Lucia Oliveira received her MD from University Souza Marques in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She completed a 5-year residency in general surgery and colorectal surgery in Ipanema Hospital, Rio de Janeiro.  After completing residency, Dr. Oliveira started a research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, where she had the opportunity to participate in many scientific activities, winning two awards and publishing 9 scientific papers. After returning to Brazil, Dr. Oliveira was appointed as Chief of a Colorectal Department in an oncology hospital and Director of the Anorectal Physiology Department at Policlinica Geral of Rio de Janeiro, the first Department in Rio de Janeiro where all anorectal physiology tests could be performed. Dr. Oliveira became the primary referral physician, mentor, and advisor in pelvic floor dysfunction in Rio de Janeiro. She is currently a member of numerous national and international medical and surgical societies and has published numerous scientific manuscripts, invited books chapters, and has edited 6 medical books.


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

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.

Wissam J Halabi, MD, FACS, FASCRS is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of California-Davis, division of colon and rectal surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, a research fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at UC Irvine and a clinical fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He has a diverse practice that includes most aspects of colon and rectal surgery, from benign anorectal, to IBD, cancer, diverticular disease and pelvic floor. 


David Kleiman, MD, FASCRS, 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.  

Erin King-Mullins, MD, FACS, FASCRS, received her BS and BA degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, then completed her internship and residency in general surgery at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. Dr. King-Mullins went on to complete her fellowship in colorectal surgery at Georgia Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates where she currently practices and serves as faculty and research director. 

Robert Lewis, MD, has been a partner at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford, a single specialty private practice group in central Connecticut, since 2016. He holds academic appointments at the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University, and the University of New England, and is program director of the colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.




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.  

Dr. Karen Zaghiyan received her BS in Biology from UCLA and medical degree from UC San Diego. She completed her general surgery residency and colorectal surgery fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Zaghiyan currently practices Colorectal Surgery in Los Angeles and is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Her research interests include optimizing outcomes after colorectal surgery, rectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.



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, 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.



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.  


Training the Colorectal Surgeons of the Future; The Role of Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, 3D Imaging
Date:
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.

BYRN_John4x5.jpgJohn 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.
 

 
The Data are in the Details: Data-Driven IBD Case Studies  
Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm CT
Moderators: Amy Lightner, Samuel Eisenstein
Speakers: Drs. Phillip Fleshner, Muneera Kapadia, Cindy Kin, Sergey Khaitov

This webinar is CME eligible for 1 credit hour.
 

This webinar will use broad case studies in IBD to highlight key areas within each of these cases to be discussed.  Several topics were identified which deserved conversation although not necessarily a full presentation.  By presenting each topic as a familiar case we hope to highlight key aspects of care which are both new and controversial in a way which surgeons will find memorable.  Each speaker will be given a list of several subtopics we hope they can include in their talk as they outline the care of the given patient from initial encounter to post surgery. We also expect the presenters to employ high quality data to support their recommendations and avoid making recommendations not supported by data.
 
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 
  • Identify the surgical and stem cell therapy options for perianal fistula.
  • Recognize the key perioperative variables to address prior to an operation for Crohn’s disease in order to maximize postoperative outcomes.
  • Describe the SCENIC guidelines and appreciate the nuance of managing dysplasia in the setting of ulcerative colitis.
  • Recognize the key perioperative variables to address prior to an operation for ulcerative colitis in order to maximize postoperative outcomes.
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Samuel Eisenstein, MD FACS FASCRS, is a colon and rectal surgeon at UC San Diego Health System and is currently their director of IBD surgery.  Dr. Eisenstein also serves as the co-Chair of the IBD surgical research network. Dr. Eisenstein completed his fellowship in colorectal surgery and his general surgery residency training at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He has a particular interest in quality outcomes in IBD surgery and is also the founder of the NSQIP-IBD collaborative, a multi-institutional collaborative that follows IBD-related outcomes through ACS-NSQIP.  Dr. Eisenstein also serves on the ASCRS Quality collaborative executive committee as well as the IBD and young surgeons committees while also writing for the Selected Abstracts section of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 

lightner.jpgAmy Lightner is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, OH, the Associate Chair of Surgical Research, and is an Associate Professor of Inflammation and Immunity with a focus on regenerative therapy for Crohn’s disease.  Thus, her time is split between patient care, clinical trials, and translational work in the laboratory.  Dr. Lightner received her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, completed her surgical training in General Surgery at University of California at Los Angeles and post-doctoral work at Stanford University under a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Training Grant focused on the differentiation pathways of embryonic stem cells.  She is a member of the editorial board of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Colorectal Disease, British Journal of Surgery, Crohn’s and Colitis 360, and Diseases of the Colon and Rectum,  the surgical co-chair for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation annual meeting, and is the associate chair of the inflammatory bowel disease committee, clinical practice guidelines committee, surgical research committee within the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

phil-fleshner.jpgPhillip R. Fleshner, MD is the Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fleshner is also Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds the Shierley, Jesslyne, and Emmeline Widjaja Chair in Colorectal Surgery. His main clinical and research interests are directed towards optimizing outcomes and techniques in the surgical management of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Fleshner has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed publications, including the Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Gut and the American Journal of Surgery. Dr. Fleshner received his bachelor's degree from McGill University and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and his Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Boston.

m-kapadia.pngMuneera R Kapadia, MD MME is an Associate Professor and specializes in colorectal surgery. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan. She completed general surgery residency at Northwestern University and colorectal fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She practiced at the University of Iowa for nearly ten years and during that time she earned a master’s degree in medical education and served as the Associate Program Director for the Surgery Residency Program. In addition to her clinical and educational roles, she has a special interest in patient-related communication skills. She has been involved with communication skills education at the student, resident and faculty level and has taught both nationally and internationally. Dr Kapadia joined the University of North Carolina in April 2020 and serves as Associate Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery.

sergey-khaitov.jpgSergey Khaitov is an assistant professor of surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. He is a member of Division of Colon and Rectal surgery since 2009. His practice is focused on all aspects of surgical management of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and their complications. He is an author of numerous peer-reviewed journal publications as well as book chapters in the field of inflammatory bowel diseases.


cindy-kin.jpgCindy Kin, MD is a colorectal surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at Stanford University. She completed her general surgery residency at Stanford and her colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Her research interests include surgical decision-making, inflammatory bowel disease surgical outcomes, and the effect of health habits on surgical outcomes.
 



How You Can Help Stop Medicare Payment Cuts​
Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm CT
Speakers: Surgical Care Coalition, Dr. Walter Peters

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule jeapordizes patient access to surgical care — the middle of a pandemic is no time for payment cuts to any form of health care. Join ASCRS for this webinar with the Surgical Care Coalition.



Career Transitions - Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? If I Stay, It Could Be Trouble, If I Leave, It Could Be Double!
 
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM CT
 
Moderator: Kirsten Bass Wilkins, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Drs. Lynda Dougherty, Jason Mizell, Deb Nagle, Tom Read, Pat Roberts
 

Career transitions provide surgeons with opportunities for personal and professional growth. However, making the decision about a career transition may be difficult to maneuver for a variety of reasons. A career transition may take many forms from changing institutions to changing your role within the same institution. A career transition may mean changing your type of practice within colorectal surgery or leaving the practice of clinical medicine all together. Another major transition is thinking about when it is time to retire. These are difficult decisions to make. Please join us for this webinar.

We are fortunate to have a diverse group of speakers to offer advice from their personal experiences and lessons learned during their individual journeys.

Kirsten Bass Wilkins, MD, FACS, FASCRS, received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing her residency in colon and rectal surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson in 2003, she joined the "Salvati" group and has been training three colon and rectal residents a year since that time. She currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the residency program. She is very active in ASCRS and is serving as a Member-at-Large on Executive Council and is Chairman of the Self-Assessment Committee. She is the current Chairman of the Committee on Committees and is also an active member of the ASCRS Leadership Task Force.

Lynda S. Dougherty, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is currently a private practice staff surgeon in rural Western Maryland in the Allegheny Mountains. She works at Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Md which is a 55 bed hospital near the Deep Creek Lake Resort area. She recently moved there after nearly 20 years working at a large tertiary hospital in Fairfax, Va, the Western Suburb of D.C.. She completed her CRS fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Oh in 1999.


Jason Mizell, MD, obtained his medical degree and completed a general surgery residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He then went on to complete a fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas in colon and rectal surgery. He is currently an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he has a busy colorectal surgery practice. Outside of the clinical area, he focuses on education and curriculum development. He was the director of the junior and senior surgery clerkships at UAMS since until 2019, but most recently began a position as Program Director for the Transitional Year Residency Program. He has been honored with numerous teaching awards and has developed curricula and published on how to instruct residents and students on the Business of Medicine. His work has been highlighted on multiple podcasts and the White Coat Investor blog. He has also held several leadership positions in ASCRS. His research interests are in rectal cancer and medical education, especially regarding personal and business finance.

Nagle,-Deborah.jpgDeborah Nagle, MD, is Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook. Most recently she was Medical Director and Integrated Lead for Digital Surgery at Ethicon. She was founding chief of the Division of CRS at Beth Israel Deaconess. Her clinical priority is advancing minimally invasive surgery.



Thomas E. Read, MD, FACS, FASCRS, received his B.A. from Harvard University and M.D. from University of California San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in general surgery and basic science research fellowship. Dr. Read completed a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the Lahey Clinic. He currently serves as the Cracchiolo Family Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is President-Elect of ASCRS.


Patricia L. Roberts, MD, is chair emeritus of the Department of Surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.  She is a Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine and is a Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (2016-2017) and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2009-2010).



 
 
     
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Best Practices: Now is the Time to Embrace Change  
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM CT
 
Speakers: Drs. Quinn Capers, Brian Gittens, Patrice Harris
Moderators: Drs. Dana Hayden, Jonathan Laryea, Erin King-Mullins,
 

We as members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Society pride ourselves on remaining faithful learners and advocates for our patients. The current social climate mandates that we re-evaluate how and what we learn so we can provide equitable treatment to everyone. We have the ability to affect change now, and the upcoming webinar will provide the necessary background and tools to do so. 

Topics:
  • Diversity and Inclusion as it Pertains to Medicine and How it Manifests - Patrice Harris
  • How Diversity and Inclusion Allows Us to be Adocated for our Underserved Patients - Quinn Capers
  • Mitigating Bias in the Search and Selection Process - Brian Gittens
QC4-2020-portrait.jpgDr. Quinn Capers, IV is an interventional cardiologist, professor of medicine, and the vice dean for faculty affairs in The OSU College of Medicine. He has performed over 4,000 coronary stent procedures, many in heart attack patients, and is an expert at performing these procedures through the radial artery in the patient’s wrist. His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2019, and he was awarded the 2019 “Professor of the Year” Award for the graduating class of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
He is a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce healthcare disparities. In 2017 he joined with other Black male physicians on Twitter to co-found and launch “#BlackMenInMedicine”, a campaign to flood social media (initially Twitter) with images of Black male physicians, and his recent study on implicit bias is the first to document the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions. He has led workshops that collectively have trained over 1,000 physicians and healthcare providers in strategies to reduce implicit bias, and speaks widely on the topic.
Dr. Capers graduated from Howard University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine before completing his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology at Emory University.

Gittens-photo.jpgDr. Brian Gittens, Ed.D, specializes in organizational and leadership development, strategic diversity and inclusion, organizational assessment and analysis, change management, and talent management in support of optimizing organizational performance and quality initiatives.  Brian is a diversity and inclusion executive, human resource professional, researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 29 years of operational and administrative experience.  He has successfully led and collaborated on the design and implementation of organization-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives, organizational development programs, and competency assessments. Brian is also an accomplished executive coach, team developer, and group facilitator and assists organizations with conflict management, team role clarity, leadership program assessment, engagement assessments, and cultural change. Brian has professional and consulting experience with a variety of organizations including the military, higher education, academic medicine, governmental organizations, corporations and non-profits. Brian is a graduate of the George Washington University (EdD., Higher Education Administration-research focused on leadership development and organizational culture) and Virginia Tech (B.A. Communications and Masters in Public Administration). He is a Certified Senior Professional of Human Resources and graduate of the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate program. Brian is certified as an administrator and facilitator of the Center for Creative Leadership’s 360-degree leadership assessment suite and the Belbin Team Role Assessment. He is skilled in focus group assessments and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. He is a former national presenter at the Chair Academy, the American Council on Education, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, and the AAMC Group for Diversity and Inclusion. Currently, Brian is an adjunct professor of Change Management and Organizational Behavior in Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA program and Vanderbilt’s Higher Education Doctoral Program. Brian has published in academic journals and authored book chapters focused on leadership and organizational culture. He recently served as the Associate Dean for Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion for the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison. He is currently serving as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Harris.jpgPatrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was the 174th president of the
American Medical Association, and the organization’s first African-American woman to
hold this position. Dr. Harris has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public
health administrator, patient advocate and medical society lobbyist. Dr. Harris currently spearheads the AMA’s efforts to end the opioid epidemic and has been chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force since its inception in 2014. Dr. Harris continues to lead the task force as it works across every state to eliminate barriers to treatment, provide patients with access to affordable, non-opioid pain care, and fight the stigma faced by those with substance use-disorders. A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Harris continues in private practice and currently consults with both public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine.
 
   
   

Surgical and Non-Surgical Approaches to the Management of Rectal Cancer

 
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM CT
 
Moderator: Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD
Speakers: Arun Nagarajan, MD (Medical Oncology), Mihir Naik, MD (Radiological Oncology)
 
 
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The overall management of rectal cancer continues to evolve as minimally invasive techniques (abdominally and perineally) expand the surgical options for approaching rectal cancer and outcomes from a mainly non-operative standpoint continue to show improving and promising results, especially in the context of preserving intestinal continuity. This webinar will provide an update on the current surgical and non-surgical approaches to rectal cancer and the increasing role of non-surgical management of rectal cancer. The benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach for each option will also be reviewed during this discussion.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
  • Understand current surgical approaches to rectal cancer
  • Understand non-surgical approaches to rectal cancer
  • Recognize how a multi-disciplinary approach to rectal cancer can improve individual patient outcomes
As Chief of the Colorectal Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering since 2012, Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, PhD, leads a team of eight surgeons and directs the team’s clinical and research programs. He is also Co-Director of the Colorectal Disease Management Team and Director of MSK’s Colorectal Cancer Research Center. From 2008 to 2012, he was Chair of the Department of Surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Prior to that, he served on the faculties of Complutense University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California, San Francisco, and as Surgeon-in-Chief of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has coauthored 130 research articles and 75 review chapters and has served on the editorial boards of the journals Annals of Surgical Oncology and Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and as President of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Arun Nagarajan, MD, is a Gastrointestinal Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida. He received his medical degree from University of Mysore, India. His postdoctoral training included a residency in Internal Medicine at Rush St Luke's in Chicago and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. His primary clinical interest is caring for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. His research focuses on clinical trials of new treatment options for these patients. He is actively involved with education of medical students, residents and fellows.  He has published in peer reviewed journals and is currently an editor for several peer reviewed journals.

Mihir Naik, DO, is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who has been a member of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Maroone Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2015. Dr. Naik has a particular interest in the use of the latest radiotherapy techniques for gastrointestinal malignancies including colorectal and anal cancers. He is the author of several book chapters, and has had published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, American journal of Clinical Oncology, and Radiotherapy and Oncology. 
 
   

Taking a Look Back to Forge Ahead
 
Date: May 17, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm Pacific/7:00 pm Central/8:00 pm Eastern
 
Panel: Drs. Amir Bastawrous, Robert Cleary, Eric Haas, Dana Hayden, Amanda Hayman

Now that the peak of the COVID-19 has passed for most and the surgical re-boot is well underway, we must continue to stay ahead and prepare for what’s next.  We take a look back at the lessons we learned and some of the newer considerations to help us continue to move forward.
  • Predictions and considerations for the second wave (Panel)
  • Personal experience of living through COVID-19 as both a surgeon and patient (Dr. Cleary)
  • Emerging peri-operative treatment considerations for the colorectal patient (Dr. Haymen)
  • Population Health in the COVID era for colon cancer screening (Dr. Hayden)
 
thumbnail.jpgAmir Bastawrous, M.D., obtained his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Chicago in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2000 and his Colon and Rectal Surgery training at the Cook County/University of Illinois Program in Chicago in 2001. He completed his MBA in 2009 at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the medical director of the Swedish Colon and Rectal Clinic. He is a leader in teaching robotic colon and rectal surgery.

Robert-K-Cleary-copy.jpgRobert Cleary, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, is the Program Director for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, Director of Research at St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, and President of the Association for Program Directors in Colon and Rectal Surgery. His research interests include Minimally Invasive Surgery and Enhanced Recovery Pathways. He is the Chair of the Enhanced Recovery Pathway Committee in the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and serves on the ASCRS Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee. 

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Eric Haas, M.D., attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where his   outstanding achievement was noted by induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He   then completed his General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Medical Center and went on to complete   fellowship training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School. 
Dr. Haas is the Director of Quality in Colorectal Surgery for HCA Houston Healthcare and HCA Gulf Coast Division. He also serves as the Program Director of the Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery at the University of Texas at Houston.  Dr. Haas is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.  

Hayden,-Dana.jpgDana Hayden, M.D., was born in Chicago, went to Lincoln Park High School International Baccalaureate Program and attended University of Virginia for her undergraduate education. She obtained her B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Biology. She obtained her Masters in Public Health at the University of Illinois before she attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Hayden stayed at Rush for her general surgery residency and then left for her colorectal fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She returned to Chicago as assistant professor at Rush. During this time, her research evaluating rectal cancer after radiation led to winning the Impact Paper of the Year Award for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and being named the international travelling fellow for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Hayden moved to Loyola University Medical Center for 5 years until recently returning to Rush. Dr. Hayden is currently the chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the director of the Rush Cook County Center for Outcomes Research. Her research is focused on rectal cancer, “pre-habilitation” before rectal cancer surgery and outcomes related to colorectal cancer surgery and health disparities. Dr. Hayden lives on the north side of the city with her husband Lincoln and two very happy pups.  

Hayman,-Amanda.jpgAmanda Hayman, M.D., MPH, grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biology. She received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. She completed general surgical training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a colorectal surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. She is now a colorectal surgeon at the Oregon Clinic and a clinical associate professor at OHSU for the residents and colorectal fellows in Portland, OR.
She has been awarded for compassionate care and excellence in teaching, as well as Portland Monthly's "Top Doctor" award 2015-2019. She is very active in surgical quality improvement and perioperative care. She serves as her hospital’s NSQIP co-surgeon champion, the regional surgical quality officer, and the enhanced recovery program director for the Providence St. Joseph Health System. She lives in Portland with her husband, two daughters, a dog, and a cat.
 
   
COVID-19 and Medical Practices  
Date: April 26, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm CT
Moderator: Dr. Tracy Hull
 
Panel: Drs. Lauren Decaporale-Ryan, Conor Delaney, Amy Halverson, Guy Orangio, Marco Bertucci Zoccali

A panel of experts discuss the most current COVID-19 implications. A psychologist provided advice on coping and emotional health during this time. What’s happening in the front lines and private practice relief by the government was also addressed. 

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Lauren-DeCaporale-Ryan226-(2).jpgLauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in integrated care and family systems. She attained her PhD at the University of Missouri – St Louis, a clinical internship at the Central Arkansas VA, and postdoctoral fellowship in geriatric primary care/family psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center where she is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Medicine, & Surgery. She serves as the Co-Director of the URMC Physician Communication Coaching Academy, Director of Adult Psychology training, Associate Director of Integrated Care Family Psych Postdocs, and the Associate Program Director of Wellness in General Surgery. She has been in the last of these roles for 5 years, working closely with residents and faculty to build resilience and coping skills, enhanced patient communication and professionalism skills, and developing best practices for teams to improve collegiality and outcomes.  

Delaney_2017-(1).jpgConor P. Delaney, M.D., PhD, is Chairman of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute with responsibility for Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Surgery for Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Delaney serves on the administrative committees of many national and international professional societies, several editorial boards, and is Treasurer of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and a past-president of the International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, and the Midwest Surgical Association. Dr. Delaney has given over 400 invited lectures nationally and internationally, has published 12 books and more than 380 manuscripts in scientific journals on topics relating to surgical education, colorectal cancer surgery, laparoscopic colorectal surgery and peri-operative care for intestinal surgery. He holds the Victor W. Fazio MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery.

Amy_headshot-(1).jpgAmy Halverson, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair of Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her general surgery residency at the George Washington University and her colorectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Halverson serves of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and is Chair of the American College of Surgeons Perioperative Care Committee.


Orangio,-Guy_2017-(1).jpgGuy Orangio, M.D., received his MD from New York Medical College Valhalla NY and did his General Surgery Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center New Hyde Park NY and his Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio. He was in Private Practice in Atlanta GA for 27 years and was Founder and President of Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates (GCRSA), a 9 member specialty group of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is currently Chief of Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, LSU Department of Surgery New Orleans LA and is Program director of the LSU CRS Fellowship. Dr. Orangio has been an active member of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) since 1990. He has served on the Executive Council member-at-Large of ASCRS and is currently Advisor to the Health Care Economics Committee of ASCRS. He is currently (since 2002) ASCRS Advisor to the American Medical Association Specialty Society Relative Value Up Date Committee (RUC), and was Vice Chair of the Practice Expense Committee of the RUC 2015-2017). He is currently (since 2003) ASCRS Advisor to the American College of Surgeons General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee. He is a Fellow of ASCRS, ACS and Southeastern Surgical Congress (SSC) and a member of SAGES, SSAT and SLS. He was President Elect of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (217-2018) and served as President from 2017-2018. He is currently Past President of ASCRS.

Bertucci-Zoccali,-Marco-Head-Shot-(2).jpgMarco B. Zoccali, M.D., 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.
 
 

COVID-19 and Virtual Visits
 
Date: April 22, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm CT
Moderators: Sean Langenfeld
 
Panel:
Brooke Gurland - Office workflow and efficiencies in Telehealth practices
Eric Haas - Transitioning your practice to a virtual office
Steve Sentovich - Applications of telehealth in colorectal care beyong COVID-19
Sarah Voglar  - Documentation, coding and billing compliance 

Our surgical practice will never be the same. Virtual visits are most likely here to stay and had a boost in implementation with the COVID-19 crisis. This webinar brings experts together to discuss their experiences and tips learned.
 
     
3152-Gurland,-Brooke-(1).jpgBrooke Gurland, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. She is also Medical Director of the Stanford Pelvic Health Center in Redwood City, CA.
Prior to Stanford, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and a Staff Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, OH, in the Department of Colorectal Surgery.  She was a prior recipient of a Jahnigan Career Development award to evaluate pelvic floor disorders in elderly women.  Her clinical interests continue to focus on pelvic floor disorders, rectal prolapse, innovative treatments for fecal incontinence, anorectal diseases, and multidisciplinary pelvic floor evaluations and treatments.   
Dr. Gurland attended Hahnemann/ Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadephia, PA. She completed a general surgery residency at The Mount Sinal Medical Center in New York, NY, and Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL.  She is board certified in general and colorectal surgery and performs laparoscopic and robotic surgery.  

 Haas-Headshot.pngEric Haas, M.D., attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where his   outstanding achievement was noted by induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He   then completed his General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Medical Center and went on to complete   fellowship training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School. 
Dr. Haas is the Director of Quality in Colorectal Surgery for HCA Houston Healthcare and HCA Gulf Coast Division. He also serves as the Program Director of the Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery at the University of Texas at Houston.  Dr. Haas is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.  

Steve-s.jpgStephen 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 ASCRS AMA RUC advisor.  He has formerly been the chair of the Healthcare Economics Committee and program chair for the annual meeting of the ASCRS.




Vogler_Sarah_CCF-Prof-pic.jpgSarah A. Vogler, M.D., MBA is the Section Chief of Pelvic Floor Disorders within the Department of   Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. She received her medical degree at the   University of Cincinnati, and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Utah. She   received her MBA at the University of Cincinnati and completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at   the University of Minnesota. Her clinical work is primarily focused on the evaluation, treatment and   surgery for pelvic floor disorders. She runs the anal physiology lab at the Cleveland Clinic and leads multidisciplinary clinics and surgeries with urogynecology and urology for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Surgically, she specializes in minimal invasive and robotic techniques. Administratively she is involved in optimizing practice management through best practices in coding, billing and growth strategies. 
 


COVID-19 Lessons
Date: March 29, 2020, 7:00 pm CT
Moderator: Tracy Hull, MD
Panel: 
Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD – How would I manage a COVID-19 paitent in the OR
Tom Read, MD – Impact of increasing cases on surgery schedules
Kirsten Wilkins, MD – Experiences with redeployment of resources
Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD – Triaging colorectal cancer cases in New York City
Amir Bastawrous – Should we perform laparoscopy on COVID-19 patients? What is happening in Seattle?
As the number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase, hospitals across the country are coping with multiple challenges. This webinar brings together panelists to discuss their experiences and the lessons they’ve learned. From operating on patients with COVID-19 to shifting schedules, we will discuss the impact of the pandemic and what you can do to ensure the safety of your patients, your staff and yourselves.
 

Pilonidal Disease
Date: February 11, 2020, 7:00 pm CT
Moderator: Eric K. Johnson, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: David Rosen, MD; Muneera R. Kapadia, MD, MME, FACS, FASCRS
 
Pilonidal disease is a common ailment seen by colorectal and general surgeons all over the world. Despite the common nature of the disease, its treatment is associated with complications and recurrence. Many surgeons lack awareness of some of the more modern flap-based procedures that can lead to a lower recurrence rate. It is imperative to disseminate this information in a meaningful and easy-to-access forum, such that patient outcomes can be optimized. Various operative techniques can be reviewed and tips and tricks can be discussed. A question- and answer-based portion will facilitate adequate attention to issues facing surgeons who treat this disease. A case-based discussion will similarly assist with proper technique selection.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe both basic operative and non-operative management of pilonidal disease.
  • Describe the pitfalls of surgical management of pilonidal disease.
  • Describe basic postoperative management of surgical patients.
  • Select a surgical procedure most appropriate to the level of disease in a given patient.
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Eric K. Johnson, MD, FACS, FASCRS received his BS degree in biology from the University of Maryland at College Park and went on to medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. From there he completed general surgery residency in the US Army and a colorectal fellowship at the Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic in Atlanta, GA. He now practices in Cleveland, OH at the Cleveland Clinic. He has written several book chapters on the management of pilonidal disease and has similarly published in peer reviewed journals. He has experience with both simple and complex pilonidal disease and has used the cleft lift and rhomboid flap techniques extensively.
Holubar,-Stefan.jpg David Rosen, MD, received his AB from Princeton University and his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine prior to completing a residency in general surgery as well as fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rosen then completed fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a staff surgeon in the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kapadia,-Muneera.JPG Muneera R. Kapadia, MD, MME, FACS, FASCRS, has a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT and earned her MD from the University of Michigan. She completed her general surgery training at Northwestern University and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota. Her clinical practice is broadly based in colon and rectal surgery, with special interests in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. Her academic interests are in education-related activities. In addition to completing a Masters in Medical Education, she is Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program at the University of Iowa and heavily involved in teaching the preclinical medical students.
 

Behind Every Great Leader is a Great Mentor
Original webinar date: November 14, 2019 7:00pm CT
Moderator: Tracy Hull, MD; ASCRS President
Panelists: Ann Lowry, MD; Daniel Popowich, MD; David Rothenberger, MD; and Patricia Sylla, MDz
This webinar is not eligible for CME.
Mentors can play a vital role in a young surgeon’s career and leadership development. The mentor/mentee relationship can be the most important relationship of an emerging leader’s career. This panel addresses some of the biggest questions surrounding establishing a mentorship connection such as: What makes a great mentor? What makes a great mentee? How do you choose a mentor? When is the right time to seek a mentor? Is there a difference between a sponsor and a mentor? What do you do if it is not a good fit? Do leaders need mentoring? These questions and more are answered in this webinar.

Complex Anorectal Crohn's Disease
Original webinar date: August 15, 2019
Moderator: Daniel Popowich, MD
Speakers: Anjali Kumar MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS and Elizabeth Breen, MD
This webinar is designed to help you understand the medical and surgical management of simple and comlex perianal Crohn's disease. This includes the medical and surgical management and when to divert. 
Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:
  • Understand optimal medical management of perianal Crohn's disease
  • Review local surgical options in the management of perianal Crohn's disease
  • Describe when to divert, temporary or permanantly
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Daniel Popowich, MD
Anjali Kumar MD, MPH, FACS, FASCRS
Elizabeth Breen, MD

Rectal Prolapse
Original webinar date: May 16, 2019
Moderator: Brooke Gurland, MD
Speakers: Mehraneh Jafari, MD and Rocco Ricciardi, MD, MPH
 
Rectal prolapse is a relatively common debilitating condition with both functional and anatomic sequelae.
Rectal prolapse can occur in all age groups as a result of functional bowel and pelvic floor disorders.
Throughout the past century, more than 100 different surgical procedures have been described and there is no consensus regarding the best technique. Recurrence rates for complete rectal prolapse have been reported as high as 20-50 percent. The ideal surgical approach to treat these recurrences remains an unresolved problem.
The goal of this webinar is to discuss the evaluation, workup surgical management and outcomes of rectal prolapse in different subgroups of patients.
Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:
  •  Describe the testing needed to assess patients with rectal prolapse prior to surgery
  •  Review the surgical decision making for different subgroups of patients with rectal   prolapse
  •  Review the surgical outcomes for patients undergoing different surgical procedures   for rectal prolapse
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Brooke Gurland, MD
Mehraneh Jafari, MD
Rocco Ricciardi, MD, MPH

Surgical Treatment of IBD in the Era of Biologics: Ileal Pouches and Pouchitis
Original webinar date: November 8, 2018
Moderator: Walter A. Koltun, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Samuel Eisenstein, MD and Matthew Mutch, MD
 
There continues to be controversy regarding the surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis, even more so in this era of biologic therapy.  Patients failing medical management will still be treated with colectomy, but now will commonly go to the OR with some biologic agent having been given. Data looking at complications and outcomes associated with surgery and biologic use is difficult to interpret due to the preselected nature of this group of patients, their variable degree of wellbeing at the time of surgery, the variable phenotype of the illness itself and a multitude of differing biologics now being used. However, with time and increasing experience an evolving consensus is emerging, especially insofar as patients undergoing the IPAA procedure. Surgeons need to be aware of factors that can improve or worsen surgical complications associated with the IPAA procedure in patients treated with biologics.
Once the patient undergoes definitive IPAA reconstruction, too often the enigmatic complication of pouchitis will occur. Depending on study and duration of follow up, up to 50% of patients will suffer the signs and symptoms of pouchitis within two years of IPAA creation. Pouchitis suggests itself to be (like IBD) the consequence of the combined effects of genetic predisposition and noxious enteric agents but is very much more responsive to medications, especially antibiotics than the original ulcerative colitis. However, there is, like IBD, a spectrum of pouchitis severity that demands a measured approach with differing therapies based on the specifics of presentation. Though antibiotics may work on mild pouchitis, more severe forms require more aggressive therapy including possibly biologic therapy. The surgeon should be aware of the varying forms and causes of pouchitis, to then be able to institute the appropriate therapy. 
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
  • explain the risks and complications associated with IPAA surgery in patients with biologic therapy.
  • identify methods/techniques to modify/improve risk of IPAA surgery in patients on biologic surgery.
  • describe the workup and subclassification of patients with pouchitis.
  • distinguish the various therapies for patients with pouchitis based on subclassification.
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Samuel Eisenstein, MD
Walter A. Koltun, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Matthew Mutch, MD

Enhancing Patient-Physician Communications
Original webinar date: February 21, 2019
Moderator:Jennifer S. Beaty, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: William C. Cirocco, MD and James Merlino, MD
There is renewed emphasis on patient-physician interaction. The relationship between patient-physician communication quality and patient outcome is important, and physician-patient relationship affects patient satisfaction scores. Evidence-based literature exists on ways to improve the quality of patient-physician communication.  This webinar is designed to help surgeons to strategically improve this essential skill.
Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:
  •  Understand the relationship between patient experience and patient outcomes
  •  Describe the role of patient-physician communication and patient satisfaction scores.
  •  Describe a communications curriculum and ways to implement aspects into your   practice/institution
All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved:
James Merlino, MD, Press Ganey Associates: Salary, Employment

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Jennifer S. Beaty, MD, FACS, FASCRS
William C. Cirocco, MD

Management of Metastatic Colon Cancer
Original Webinar Date: September 20, 2018
Moderator: Stephen Sentovich, MD
Speakers: Paula Denoya, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Jonathan Efron, MD, FACS, FASCRS 
 
This is a webinar on the management of metastatic colon cancer. During the webinar, the following topics will be addressed: how to identify patients with metastatic colon cancer, how to work-up patients with metastatic colon cancer, what nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available and when they are indicated, and what are the expected results of treatment.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
  • Explain the work-up for patients with metastatic colon cancer.
  • Recognize the treatment options for patients with metastatic colon cancer.
  • Describe the follow-up of patients with metastatic colon cancer.
All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Jonathan Efron, MD, FACS, FASCRS: Ethicon Endosurgery: Educational Consultant, Honorarium, Teaching
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Paula Denoya, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Stephen Sentovich, MD

Management of Anal Dysplasia: Is There a Correct Approach?
Original webinar date: June 21, 2018
Moderator: Bard C. Cosman, MD, MPH
Speakers: Stephen E. Goldstone, MD, FACS and Emily Steinhagen, MD
 
This webinar will review current strategies for the evaluation and management of the patient with high-grade anal dysplasia (HSIL) in different clinical settings, such as when it is discovered incidentally by the surgeon and when the patient with known HSIL is referred to the surgeon. The role of surgical treatment in the management of “Bowen’s disease” has evolved over the past 25 years, with significant changes in our understanding of this condition, and consequent changes and controversies about the timing and choice of interventions.
When HSIL diagnosis became common, surgeons questioned and largely rejected the practice of wide local excision. Some adapted supravital staining and colposcopy from gynecologic usage, in the now widespread practice of high-resolution anoscopy. Others questioned the cervical-dysplasia model and advocated expectant management of HSIL.  The natural history of HSIL and its conversion or progression to anal cancer stand at the heart of the controversy; differing views on these matters will be reviewed and debated during this webinar. The minimum standard of care which applies to all surgeons, regardless of their position in the controversy, will be discussed.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
  • Identify groups of patients at high risk for high-grade dysplasia (HSIL).
  • Identify other lesions associated with HSIL.
  • Identify arguments for ablation of HSIL.
  • Identify arguments for expectant management of HSIL.
  • Identify the standard of care demands of a surgeon seeing a patient with HSIL identified on Pap smear or biopsy.
All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Stephen E. Goldstone, MD, FACS: Merck and Co.: Honorarium, Consulting Fee, Speaking, Advisory Committee; Medtronic: Honorarium, Consulting Fee, Research Support, Consulting, Speaking, Teaching, Research Protocol; Antiva: Research Support; Inovio: Research Support
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Bard C. Cosman, MD, MPH
Emily Steinhagen, MD

Surgical Site Infection
Original webinar date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Moderated by: Christopher Mantyh, MD
Speakers: ​I. Emre Gorgun, MD, and Najjia Mahmoud, MD
 
This webinar examined the significant problem of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) in colorectal surgery and discussed how to measure the rate, as well as efforts to methods to reduce the SSI rate. The use of bundles, the importance of a multidisciplinary team, and financial benefits (and potential penalties) were also discussed. 
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the magnitude of surgical site infection in colorectal surgery.
  • Identify how to measure and track SSIs.
  • Fix SSI problems in colorectal surgery.
  • Identify the biggest barriers in fixing SSIs in colorectal surgery.
All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Christopher Mantyh: Becton Dickinson: Honorarium, Consulting, Speaking, Advisory Committee
Dr. I. Emre Gorgun: Boston Scientific: Consulting Fee, Consulting
The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Dr. Najjia Mahmoud


Management of Diverticulitis in 2017

Original webinar date: November 9, 2017

Moderator: by Janice Rafferty, MD
Speakers: Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, and Jason Hall, MD

This webinar reviewed current strategies for the evaluation and management of the patient with diverticular disease in both the acute and elective clinical setting. The role of surgery in the management of diverticular disease has evolved, with signifcant changes in the algorithm for indication, timing and choice of surgical interventions. The option to utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques has impacted the surgeon’s approach and the patient’s willingness to undergo intervention for diverticular disease. Longstanding recommendations for management of both uncomplicated and complicated diverticulitis have been challenged and were reviewed and debated during this webinar.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain when surgical intervention is indicated.
  • Explain non-operative management strategies.
  • Realize the role of minimally invasive interventions.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Janice Rafferty: LifeCell, Honorarium, Speaking (spouse); Novadaq, Honorarium, Speaking.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD
Jason Hall, MD


Robotic Surgery: What is the Future?

Original webinar date: Sept. 14, 2017

Moderator: by Alessio Pigazzi, MD
Speakers: Amir Bastawrous, MD, and Vincent Obias, MD 

This webinar discussed the background of robotic colon and rectal surgery, the need for robotic surgery in our field, and touch on recent publications central to robotic colon and rectal surgery. It also focused on future robotic platforms that may affect the field of colon and rectal surgery.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of robotics in colon and rectal surgery.
  • Explain recent literature associated with robotic colon and rectal surgery.
  • Recognize upcoming robots that may be useful in colon and rectal surgery.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Alessio Pigazzi: Medtronic, Honorarium, Teaching; Ethicon, Honorarium, Teaching

Dr. Vincent Obias: Intuitive Surgical, Consulting fee, Teaching

Dr. Amir Bastawrous: Intuitive, Honorarium, Speaking, Teaching

This program is not eligible for CME.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): What Really Matters?

Moderated by Conor Delaney, MD, PhD
Speakers: Stefan Holubar, MD, and Julie Thacker, MD
Original webinar date: July 20, 2017

Enhanced recovery pathways (ERPs) have evolved significantly since initially described about 18 years ago. The name change from “Fast-Track Pathways” alone complements the emphasis on improving how the patient does. Other evolutions have increased the collaboration between providers, so that ERPs embody a collaboration between surgeons, anesthesiologists and nursing to maximize patient recovery. Whilst the best results have not improved hugely over those published 15 years ago, what has changed is that more centers and teams are able to use these pathways with more consistency, helping us approach the concept of “high-reliability” medicine. Most ERPs reduce hospital stays by two of more days, reduce non-surgery related complications and reduce the resources required to provide care. Increasingly over the last five years, studies report patients well enough to be discharged within 24 hours of surgery, demonstrating the dramatic changes accomplished in the last two decades. This webinar reviewed the current state of pathways for enhancing recovery after surgery.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recall the background to enhanced recovery protocols.
  • Describe the methods of application of enhanced recovery protocols.
  • Identify the improvements in outcome after surgery using enhanced recovery protocols.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Conor Delaney: Merck, Consulting Fee, Speaking; Recto Pharma, Consulting Fee, Consulting

Dr. Julie Thacker: Medtronic, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Edwards LifeScience, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Mallinckrodt, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Pacira, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking; Merck, Consulting Fee, Consulting and Speaking

Dr. Stefan Holubar: Emmi, Pacira, Mallikrodt, The Medicines Co., Trevana, Honorarium, Advisory Council; ASER Guide to Enhanced Recovery for Abdominopelvic Surgery, Royalty, Editor, Expert Witness, Consulting Fee, Consulting


Management of Complex Anal Fistula Disease

Original webinar date: May 11, 2017

Moderator: Maher Abbas, MD
Speakers: Jean Ashburn, MD, and Joshua Bleier, MD

This webinar used case illustrations to highlight complex anal fistula disease and to delineate work-up, management, and various treatment options. 

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the most common classification of anal fistula.
  • Delineate work-up options.
  • Discuss various treatment options.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Dr. Joshua Bleier: Medtronic: Honorarium; Cook Biotech: Honorarium, Teaching

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Maher Abbas, MD
Jean Ashburn, MD


Surgery for Crohn's Disease

Original webinar date: February 8, 2017

Moderator: Scott Strong, MD 
Speakers: David Dietz, MD, and Alessandro Fichera, MD

Available in CREST®, this webinar focused on the different surgical approaches available for treatment of Crohn's disease throughout the G.I. tract. Speakers also discussed the indication for surgery, as well as the medical management before and after surgery in regard to long-term outcomes.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the medical optimization in the preoperative settings.
  • Discuss the different surgical strategies and adapt them to the different segments of the G.I. tract.
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary interaction between surgery, gastroenterology, radiology and wound and ostomy nurses.

This webinar is available in CREST. Access CREST via the Online Learning Center.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
David Dietz, MD
Alessandro Fichera, MD
Scott Strong, MD


Fecal Incontinence

Original webinar date: December 8, 2016

Moderator: Andreas Kaiser, MD 
Speakers: Tracy Hull, MD, and Dana Sands, MD 

Available in CREST®, the webinar discussed that fecal incontinence affects a large number of patients, is widely underreported and often undiagnosed by physicians. The impact on quality of life can be devastating.  Traditional treatments with antimotility agents, bulking agents, biofeedback, and sphincteroplasty (in appropriate cases) leave many patients still having significant problems.  This webinar will focus on the management of patients with fecal incontinence, with an emphasis on appropriate diagnosis and the use of newer treatment options for this vexing problem.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the work up for fecal incontinence.
  • List three nonsurgical treatments for fecal incontinence.
  • List the surgical options and when they should be considered.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Andreas Kaiser - Olympus: Honorarium, Speaking; McGraw Hill: Publisher, Royalty, Author; Uptodate: Royalty, Review Panel

Tracy Hull: Elsevier: Royalty, 2011 Editor of Board

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
Dana Sands, MD


Management of Rectal Cancer in the 21st Century

Original webinar date: September 14, 2016

Moderator: Kyle Cologne, MD 
Speakers: James Fleshman, MD, and David Larson, MD 

Now available in CREST®, the webinar presenters – Drs. James Fleshman and David Larson – explained the technical "how-tos" of high quality rectal cancer surgery and discussed implications for the future - including the role of laparoscopic surgery.  A Q&A session followed the presentation.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:  

  • Explain techniques that will allow for a safer, more complete resection for rectal cancer.
  • Identify quality issues in rectal cancer surgery.
  • Distinguish oncologic principles of rectal cancer surgery.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.
Kyle Cologne: Olympus: Course Faculty, Consultant

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: 
James Fleshman, MD
David Larson, MD


Socioeconomic Update: What the Future Holds

Original webinar date: June 22, 2016

Moderator: by David Margolin, MD
Speakers: Frank Opelka, MD and Guy Orangio, MD

This webinar focused on Healthcare reform which is an ongoing issue. In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in 2015 repealed the SGR and passed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Reauthorization Act. These reforms have paved the way for unprecedented changes in healthcare access, delivery and payment. During the webinar, Drs. Frank Opelka and Guy Orangio explained the impact of this groundbreaking legislation on the practicing physician.

All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved.

The following have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
David Margolin, MD
Frank Opelka, MD
Guy Orangio, MD