Volunteers are at the heart of ASCRS’ existence. Collectively, they accomplish incredible work on behalf of the Society and specialty. ASCRS strives to assure a wide range of committee involvement opportunities for members.

Committee Members and Leadership Policies

On February 21, 2018, the Executive Council approved the Policy for Committee Membership to ensure each committee exemplifies diversity of experiences, competencies and demographics. On February 11, 2019, the Executive Council approved the Policy for the Selection and Responsibility for Committee Leadership within the ASCRS.

Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee

The Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee will work on accreditation programs and rectal cancer skills including preoperative image-based and postoperative pathology-based staging. A skills module analogous to FES or FLS will be developed along with video-based educational materials.

Lastly, the committee will serve as an advocate for surgeons treating patients with rectal cancer and provide resources and information regarding the latest trials on the surgical management of rectal cancer. The committee will work together with the ACS and NCDB to coordinate these trials and registries.

Ron G. Landmann - Chair
Samantha K. Hendren - Vice Chair
Charles B. Whitlow - Council Rep
Michael L. Arvanitis - Member
Scott L. Baker - Member
Saumitra R. Banerjee - Member
David Blumberg - Member
Robert K. Cleary - Member
Linda M. Farkas - Member
Todd D. Francone - Member
I. E. Gorgun - Member
Matthew F. Kalady - Member
Erin D. Kennedy - Member
Jeremy M. Lipman - Member
John H. Marks - Member
Justin A. Maykel - Member
Elisabeth C. McLemore - Member
Nitin Mishra - Member
Arden M. Morris - Member
Jamie Murphy - Member
Danielle M. Pickham - Member
Marcia M. Russell - Member
Dana R. Sands - Member
Anna Serur - Member
Scott R. Steele - Member
Patricia Sylla - Member
Christopher M. White - Member