The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is saddened to report the passing of Dr. Philip H. Gordon on April 11, 2018. Dr. Gordon was the 1994 – 1995 ASCRS president.
He was the first Canadian president of ASCRS and the founding president of the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgeons. His esteemed career included:
- Senior Surgeon, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital.
- Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital.
- Professor, Departments of Surgery and Oncology, McGill University.
- Director, Section of Colorectal Surgery, McGill University.
Born in 1942, Dr. Gordon received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964 and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He received ABCRS certification in 1974. An ASCRS member since 1972, he become a Fellow in 1976.
Dr. Gordon is survived by wife of 48 years, Rosalie; three children and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held.
Dr. Gordon was a thoughtful leader and friend of the specialty, and he will be remembered for his sense of humor. Dr. David A. Rothenberger, ASCRS president from 1996 – 1997, commented, "Phil was always such an alive, active and engaged friend who always had a broad smile, a look of mischief and eyebrows that could raise several inches on his command. I am sure we each have favorite memories of being with Phil. One for me was when we had a panel of past presidents at the ASCRS meeting, and I brought masks of past U.S. presidents for each to wear. Phil immediately picked the Richard Nixon mask. His impersonation of "tricky Dick" with arms extended and hunched back had us all in tears laughing. He was a special man, husband, father, colleague and gentle soul. We will miss him."
Dr. Yanek Chiu remembers Dr. Gordon fondly and wrote a letter to ASCRS President Dr. Guy Orangio to share his thoughts on Dr. Gordon.
View Dr. Gordon’s 1995 President’s Message on the ASCRS website.