The ASCRS Leadership and Professional Development Program has been designed to enrich ASCRS members at every level of their career. From mentorship to growing as a leader in ASCRS or within your institution. ASCRS is dedicated to providing the training and resources you need to succeed.

The ASCRS Leadership and Professional Development Program focuses on the ten pillars.

Webinar: Behind Every Great Leader is a Great Mentor 
November 14, 2019

Webinar: ASCRS Deconstructed
March 4, 2020

Webinar: Career Transitions - Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? If I Stay, It Could Be Trouble, If I Leave, It Could Be Double!
September 16, 2020

Webinar: The Virtual Leader
February 25, 2021

Conference: What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Leader
January 29-31, 2021 POSTPONED: January 28-30, 2022


Behind Every Great Leader is a Great Mentor 

This webinar originally aired on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7-8 pm CST
Cost: FREE

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This webinar is for any ASCRS member interested in being a mentor or mentee.

Moderator: Tracy Hull, MD

Mentor/Mentee: David Rothenberger, MD, Ann Lowry, MD
Mentor/Mentee: Patricia Sylla, MD, Daniel Popowich, MD

Join us for this free webinar where participants will answer questions about:

  • What makes a great mentor?
  • How to choose a mentor?
  • Maintaining the mentor-mentee connection
  • Mentoring outside of your space
  • ASCRS Mentorship Program
  • and much more!

Webinar: ASCRS Deconstructed

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 pm Central Time
Heather Yeo, MD, MHS
Speakers: David Westman, Neil Hyman, MD; Arden Morris, MD, MPH; and Jason Mizell, MD

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ASCRS has a long history of building leaders in colon and rectal surgery. This webinar will briefly cover that history, as well as the growth of the society and how to be involved as the society moves forward. This webinar will offer advice from all levels—from the Executive Council to the young surgeons—about how the society, board and research foundation work and their leadership structure. Early and mid-career surgeons will gain an understanding of the benefits of being involved in the society, how to be involved and how to make their way up the ladder.

Heather Yeo   Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, is the vice chair of the ASCRS Social Media Committee. She has a master’s in health services research and is focused on surgical outcomes and quality improvement in gastrointestinal cancer surgery. She has been working with Cornell Tech to develop mobile apps to track patients in the perioperative period. Dr. Yeo
Westman-Profile-Picture.jpg   David Westman, CAE is the ASCRS executive director. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE). The American Society of Association Executives published a book written by him in 2016, “Board and CEO Roles for Association Goals,” which addresses best leadership practices in associations. In 2013 received the Association Forum’s Inspiring Leader of the Year award.
Hyman,-Neil-2018.jpg   Neil Hyman, MD, is the ASCRS president-elect. He is currently a professor of surgery, chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and co-director of the Center for Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. He has authored more than 225 peer-reviewed original articles and textbook chapters.
Arden Morris   Arden M. Morris, MD, MPH, is a member-at-large on the ASCRS Executive Council and chair of the ASCRS Committee on Committees. She also serves as the vice chair on the Commission on Cancer’s National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer Quality Committee. She is a professor of surgery and vice chair for research in the Stanford Department of Surgery.
Jason Mizell   Jason Mizell, MD, recently completed his stint as chair of the ASCRS Young Surgeons Committee, where he developed the society’s first Mock Oral Examination workshop for Fellows and the Financial Planning for the Colorectal Surgeon symposium. He is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he is the program director of the Transition Year Program.


Webinar: Career Transitions - Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? If I Stay, It Could Be Trouble, If I Leave, It Could Be Double!

This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, September 16, 2020,  7:00 – 8:00 pm

Moderator: Kirsten Bass Wilkins, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Speakers: Drs. Lynda Dougherty, Jason Mizell, Deb Nagle, Tom Read, Pat Roberts

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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).


What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Leader

January 29-31, 2021 POSTPONED: January 28-30, 2022
Estancia Hotel and Spa in La Jolla/San Diego, California

Due to continued travel restrictions with the current COVID situation, the January 2021 Leadership Course program is postponed until January 28-30, 2022 – Estancia La Jolla Hotel