Garnet W. Ault

1964 to 1965

Since its inception, in 1899, the American Proctologic Society has been a creative organization. Its members have not been satisfied with past accomplishments, but are intensely concerned with, and deeply involved in, the quality of medical care provided by their membership. Their concern is not only with the present status of American medicine, but plans, efforts and commitments are constantly directed toward elevating standards of the practice of proctology. This voluntary pursuit of excellence led to creation of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, which examines and certifies specialists in colon and rectal surgery. It is the only recognized examining and certifying board in this specialty.

Activities of the Board and the Society have been intimately associated with the development of proctology for more than 25 years, and I have prepared a history of the Board as a testimonial to our colleagues.

1935 to 1940

More than 30 years ago, during the nadir of the great depression, eight members of the American Proctologic Society, inspired by a desire to develop and advance proctology, organized the American Board of Proctology.