International Concepts in the Management of Fistulae in ANO

Date: December 9, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM Central
Speakers: Drs. Niranjan Agarwal, Stanley M. Goldberg, Dolores Herreros, Amy Lightner, Charles Tsang
CME Credit Hours Available: None

The ASCRS International Committee brings you this round-table discussion on difficult anorectal fistula cases. Topics will be emphasized in this engaging program will include work-up and surgical technique according to geographic location and resources, management of postoperative complications, and novel approaches unique to the region of the discussant.

Dr. Niranjan Agarwal is an alumni of the prestigious Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital Mumbai. He completed his surgical residency from Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences. He obtained his Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery from The Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of India. Presently he is the President of The Association of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of India as well as that of the Mumbai Surgical Society. He is also on Board of Executives of the International Society University of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is a practicing Colorectal Surgeon at Bombay Hospital and Salasar Nursing Home.

Stanley M. Goldberg, M.D. has been at the forefront of colon and rectal surgical education for over half a century. He became a founding partner of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates, Ltd. In 1972, he was named a Clinical Professor at the UMN Medical School, where he served as the Director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery until 1992. He has served as President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and as President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Internationally, he has been awarded recognition by some of the most prestigious surgical colleges. Among the many Honorary Fellowships he holds: Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Spanish Association of Surgeons, Philippine College of Surgeons, Honoris Causa in Lleida. In 2008, he received an honorary membership from the Japanese Surgical Society. He is among the few American surgeons to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Society of Medicine of England and the Association of French Surgeons. In 1996, he received the Harold S. Diehl, M.D. Award from the UMN Medical School in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments. He received the Surgical Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006 from the UMN Department of Surgery.

Amy 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. 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. After completing her fellowship at Mayo Clinic, she stayed on as surgical faculty, and was the Medical Director for the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic. She was then recruited to Cleveland Clinic to focus on complex inflammatory bowel disease, continue her work in translational science and clinical trials, and start a regenerative medicine program. She has now founded, and is the current director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and is the PI of six active phase II clinical trials using mesenchymal stem cells for inflammatory bowel disease. She has received extramural funding from the Helmsley Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Cure for IBD, Rainin Foundation and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ASCRS). 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, the associate chair of the inflammatory bowel disease committee of ASCRS, vice chair of the national clinical practice guidelines committee for ASCRS, and chair of the surgical research committee for ASCRS.