The members of the ASCRS Awards Committee are essential contributors to the annual meeting.  The Awards Committee evaluates all of the scientific presentations for scientific merit, study design, conclusions, timeliness and clarity of presentation.  Committee members meet daily during the Annual Meeting and attend all scientific and Quick Shot sessions to evaluate each presentation. Committee members find this a time-intensive but invaluable experience in rigorous evaluation of scientific data. 

Abstracts are graded by the following criteria:

  • Creative Approach and/or Novel Idea
  • Good Study Design 
  • Conclusions Sound
  • Significant Impact on Colorectal Surgery (clinical or significant research contribution)
  • Organized Pesentation/Good Slides    
  • Well Defended in Discussion
  • Publishable in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Best Paper Award

SP8 High Complication Rate After Early Ileostomy Closure: Early Termination of the SLIRPS Trial
J.D. Vogel*1, P.R. Fleshner2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, S. Holubar2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, V. Poylin2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, S. Regenbogen2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, B.C. Chapman2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, E. Messaris2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, M. Mutch2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, N.H. Hyman2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9; 1Denver, CO, 2Los Angeles, CA, 3Cleveland, OH, 4Evanston, IL, 5Ann Arbor, MI, 6Aurora, CO, 7Boston, MA, 8St Louis, MO, 9Chicago, IL

The ASCRS Barton Hoexter, MD, Best Video Award

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Recurrent Rectal Cancer Highlighting the Anatomy Outside of the TME
T. Konishi*, T. Akiyoshi, Y. Fukunaga, Ganken Ariake Byoin Shokaki Gaika, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN; B. Bednarski, N. You, G. Chang, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Surgery, Houston, Texas, UNITED STATES

Traveling Fellow

Michael Eamon Kelly, MD         Ireland
Paulina Velázquez, MD Mexico
Cristopher Varela, MD United States
Dujanand Singh, MD Nepal
Yegor Tryliskyy, MD United Kingdom

David Jagelman, MD, Award

This award is named for Dr. David Jagelman, whose advocacy for his patients at the Cleveland Clinic is legendary. The award is for advocacy in colorectal cancer. Individuals or organizations must be currently active in their outreach for colorectal cancer advocacy.

2022 winner: Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Local Hero Award

This award is given to a person in the geographic area near the Annual Meeting who has been affected by a colorectal disease and has contributed to the local community through advocacy or public outreach efforts.

2022 winner: Trey Mancini

Colorectal Regional Society Awards

The following awards are chosen by the ASCRS Awards Committee during the annual meeting and announced shortly thereafter. Each recipient will be given a plaque and a $500 award from the Regional Society sponsoring the award. Awards are given for the best basic science or clinical paper presented from the podium or as an Quick Shot.

ASCRS appreciates the continued support of the Regional Societies and appreciates the opportunity to highlight these outstanding presentations. 

  • Chesapeake Colorectal Society Award (Basic Science/ePoster/Quick Shot)
    • eP269 Impact of Postoperative Telemedicine Visit vs. In-person Visit on Patient Satisfaction During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Randomized Clinical Trial
      L. Yao*, P.R. Fleshner, K.N. Zaghiyan, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES
  • Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award (Clinical/Podium)
    • SP11 Biologics Before Surgery are Not Associated with Infectious Complications After Surgeyr for IBD
      S.D. Holubar*1, T.A. Russell1 2 3 4 5, T. Hull1 2 3 4 5, X. Jia1 2 3 4 5, R. Steinhagen1 2 3 4 5, L. Bordeianou1 2 3 4 5, N.H. Hyman1 2 3 4 5, S. Eisenstein1 2 3 4 5; 1Cleveland, OH, 2New York, NY, 3Boston, MA, 4Chicago, IL, 5La Jolla, CA
  • New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award (Basic Science/ ePoster/Quick Shot)
    • S51 The Pathogenesis of Cryptoglandular Anal Fistula: New Insight Toward The Immunological Profile
      F. Litta*1, A. Papait1 2, D. Lucchetti1 2, S. Farigu1 2, M. Giustiniani1 2, O. Parolini1 2, A. Sgambato1 2, C. Ratto1 2; 1Rome, Italy, 2Brescia, Italy
  • Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award  (Clinical/Podium)
    • M13 How Far is Too Far? Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Regionalized Rectal Cancer Surgery
      I. Leeds*1, Z. Xu1 2, H. Pantel1 2, A. Mongiu1 2, A. Luria1 2, W. Longo1 2, V. Reddy1 2; 1New Haven, CT, 2Rochester, NY
  • Piedmont Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award  (Clinical/Podium)
    • M6 Limited Health Literacy is Associated Reduced Adherence to ERP Components
      C. Shao*1, M.C. McLeod1, L. Gleason1, I. Marques1, B. Smith1, D. Chu1; 1Birmingham, AL
  • The Canadian Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award (Surgical Resident/Podium)
    • MP2 Multi-Center Comparison of Surgical Outcomes After Short- or Long-Course Total Neoadjuvant Therapy in Rectal Cancer
      A.M. Moyer*1, S. Lai1 2 3, R. Chin1 2 3, M. Moskalenko1 2 3, J. Olsen1 2 3, E. Birnbaum1 2 3, M. Silviera1 2 3, M. Mutch1 2 3, J.D. Vogel1 2 3, B.C. Chapman1; 1Aurora, CO, 2St Louis, MO, 3Colorado Springs, CO
  • The Chicago Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Durand Smith, MD, Award (Basic Science/Podium)
    • MP23 Alterations in the Microbiome of Complicated Compared to Uncomplicated Diverticulitis
      A.A. Portolese*1, B. McMullen1 2, S. Baker1 2, J.C. See1 2, G.S. Yochum1 2, W.A. Koltun1 2, R. Lamendella1 2, N.A. Jeganathan1; 1Hershey, PA, 2Huntingdon, PA
  • The New England Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award (Clinical/Podium)
    • T3 Development and Validation of a Symptom Based Scoring System for Bowel Dysfunction after Ileoanal Pouch Reconstruction for Ulcerative Colitis
      P. Cavallaro*1, L. Bordeianou1, P. .1; 1Boston, MA
  • The Ohio Valley Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award (Clinical/Podium)
    • S53 A Multicenter Phase II Trial on the Efficacy and Safety of Sclerotherapy Using 3% Polidocanol Foam to Treat Second-degree Hemorrhoidal Disease
      G. Gallo*1, G. Sammarco1 2, M. Trompetto1 2; 1Catanzaro, Italy, 2Vercelli, Italy
  • The Pennsylvania Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Award (Clinical/ePoster/Quick Shot)
    • eP101 Underreferral for Colon Cancer Patients Meeting CGA-ICC Criteria for Genetic Counseling and Testing
      W. Broyles*1, K. Wells1 2, P. Narvekar1 2, J. Fleshman1 2, W. Lichliter1 2; 1Dallas, TX, 2College Station, TX
  • Southern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award (Clinical/Quick Shot)
    • S33 Durable Approaches to Recurrent Rectal Prolapse Repair May Require Avoidance of Index Procedure
      L. Bordeianou*1, B. Gurland2 3 4 5, C. Ratto2 3 4 5, J. Ogilvie2 3 4 5, J. Saraidaridis2 3 4 5; 1Boston, MA, 2Stanford, CA, 3Milano, Lombardia, Italy, 4Grand Rapids, MI, 5Burlington, MA