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Deadline Extended for New ASCRS Video Mentorship Series

ASCRS new Video Mentorship Series aims to build a community of learners who engage in intraoperative coaching sessions using a learner-contributory, moderated format with the goal of sharing operative techniques and improving procedural confidence.

ASCRS members can submit video files for review now through December 20. All video files will undergo a single-blind review process and if selected, will be presented anonymously during the webinar.
Video submissions are now being accepted for:
  • Finding the left ureter in diverticulitis or obesity
  • High ligation of IMA and IMV
ASCRS members are encouraged to submit their own videos in an aim to educate other surgeons, specifically videos that show a problem to solve or technique to improve on and not a flawless execution. Submitters should also be prepared to include a note about what makes their video submission a good teaching moment.

Each session will focus on one step of one procedure with live commentary from moderators along the way. The 2021 Video Mentorship Series schedule is available now on our website. The first live event will be held via Zoom on January 29, 2021.

Giving Tuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday takes place December 1 this year. It is a global giving movement that has been built in all 50 states and in countries around the world. It harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. Giving Tuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, especially this year.

Over 20 years, the Research Foundation of the ASCRS has awarded more than $6 million to colorectal surgeons and researchers to investigate a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases and to develop novel surgical techniques pertinent to the care of colorectal patients. Your donation directly supports Career Development Awards, Limited Project Grants, Medical Student and General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grants, the International Fellowship and the Norman D. Nigro Research Lectureship. The primary focus of the Foundation is the support of education and research in colon and rectal surgery. As the Research Foundation of ASCRS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.   
Celebrate Giving Tuesday. Donate to the Research Foundation Fund, the ASCRS Education Fund or to Meet the Challenge.

ASCRS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Moves to a Hybrid Meeting

The ASCRS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting is transitioning to a hybrid event as part of ASCRS commitment to the health and safety of the general public, our members, partners and meeting attendees. Still hosted in San Diego April 24-28, attendees will now have the option to attend in-person or virtually and earn CME Credit.   
These meeting safety precautions are subject to change as we learn more about the current pandemic. Our website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.  Registration for the meeting opens November 30, 2020.

ASCRS Urges Minorities to Get Screened

This Follows Death of Actor Chadwick Boseman, Who Died Earlier this Year from Colorectal Cancer
In the US, when men and women are combined, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death due to cancer. ASCRS, Howard University Healthcare and the National Medical Association calls for increase in screening, evaluation and education in order to effectively diagnose colorectal cancer sooner.
“Chadwick Boseman’s death underscores the disparity in both incidence and mortality rates for colorectal cancer in African Americans,” emphasized Dr. Neil Hyman, President of ASCRS. Dr. Erin King-Mullins, Chair of the ASCRS Diversity Task Force, adds, “African Americans have not seen an overall decrease in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, and they have a higher rate of cancers in their 40s.”
One reason behind this higher mortality rate of colorectal cancer in African Americans is that they are more likely to have late stage disease at the time of diagnosis. This is a consequence of lower numbers of people being screened and patients not being evaluated when symptoms first develop.
Screening is recommended to start at age 50 and it is covered by most if not all health insurers. However, because African Americans have a higher risk for having colorectal cancer at a younger age, it is recommended that they be screened beginning at age 45.
Through screening, precancerous lesions and early asymptomatic cancers can be identified and addressed. There are several different modalities for colorectal cancer screening, and these include colonoscopy, stool DNA, fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), barium enema, or virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography).
The risks for developing colorectal cancer are increased for those with a family history of colorectal cancer, or prior history of some other cancers. However, other risk factors such as obesity, diets high in fats, but low in fruits and vegetables, smoking, excessive use of alcohol, and in those with type 2 diabetes may be of greater significance.
The most common symptoms for colorectal cancer are change in bowel pattern or shape of stool that persists for several days, continued sense of the need to pass stool, but can’t, blood from the anus, blood mixed in the stool, abdominal pain, rectal pain, weakness and or fatigue, and unintended weight loss.


The 4,000+ member American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, is the premier society for colon and rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum and anus.  Its board-certified colon and rectal surgeons complete a residency in general surgery, plus an additional year in colon and rectal surgery, and pass an intensive examination conducted by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  For more information, visit

2020-2021 Board of Trustees


The Research Foundation of American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is delighted to announce the election of the 2020-2021 Board of Trustees. The members are:

Reserach Foundation Officers

Ronald Bleday, MD

Vice President
Elizabeth C. Wick, MD

Past President
Scott A. Strong, MD

Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD

Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD 

Julie Crawford (2020-2023)
Tracy L. Hull, MD (2020-2021)
Neil H. Hyman, MD (2020-2021)
Arden Morris, MD (2018-2021)
Thomas E. Read, MD (2020-2021)
Rocco Ricciardi, MD (2020-2023)
Larissa K F Temple, MD (2020-2023)
Phuong Gallager (2020-2023)
Fergal Fleming, MD (Ex Officio, Research Committee Chair) (2019-2021)

 “We feel very fortunate to have such a broad representation on our Board of Trustees.  The need for research is more important than ever before and I’m confident this group will help take this foundation to the next level,” said Dr. Ronald Bleday, President of the Research Foundation. 

For more than twenty years, the Research Foundation has awarded over 120 grants and $4 million to colorectal surgeons and researchers to investigate a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases and to develop novel surgical techniques pertinent to the care of colorectal patients.

In this rapidly changing medical era, the mission of the Research Foundation is critical in keeping practicing colorectal surgeons at the forefront of colorectal care.  Learn more about the Research Foundation.
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