Our Mission: To raise and award funds to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases.

The Research Foundation's goal is to keep the practicing colorectal surgeon at the forefront of colorectal care by discovering new clinical treatments made possible by supporting the best clinical and laboratory-based research. Additionally, it sponsors annual symposia and lectureships at the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting to educate the membership on relevant research.


Research Foundation Board of Trustees

The Research Foundation Board of Trustees supervises, controls and directs the business and affairs of the Foundation.  It determines its policies and actively promotes its purpose and the mission to support research and educaitonal programs. The Research Foundation consists of a 13-member Board of Trustees and two committees.  

Elizabeth Collens Wick, MD, President - (2022-2024)
Larissa K F Temple, MD, Vice President - (2022-2024)
Ronald Bleday, Surgeon, Past President - (2022-2024)
Rocco Ricciardi, MD, Secretary - (2021-2024)
Kirsten Bass Wilkins, MD, Treasurer - (2023-2024)
Conor Patrick Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, Trustee - (2023-2024)
Fergal John Fleming, MD, Trustee - (2023-2026)
Matthew F. Kalady, MD, Trustee - (2023-2026)
Arden Marie Morris, MD, Trustee - (2021-2024)
Matthew Gardner Mutch, MD, Trustee - (2023-2024)
Pradeep P. Nazarey, MD, Trustee - (2023-2026)
Daniel Oh, MD, Trustee - (2023-2026)
Sonia L. Ramamoorthy, MD, Trustee - (2023-2024)
Jennifer Erin Hrabe, MD, Research Committee Chair, Ex-Officio - (2023-2025)

Research Foundation Committees

The committees support and further the mission of the Research Foundation by implementing the strategic goals and objectives.  The Research Committee is responsible for reviewing the scientific merit of grant applications for the Research Foundation. The Young Researchers Committee focuses on the selection of a surgeon who has met the criteria for the Mentor Award, to develop the Research Forum at the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting which highlights developing areas of research that have clinical relevance for the care of patients with colorectal diseases, and to choose a winner of the best “Works in Progress” at the Research Forum. 

RF Research Committee

Jennifer Erin Hrabe, MD, Chair - (2023-2025)
Karin Marie Hardiman, MD, PhD, Vice Chair - (2023-2025)
Evie Harvell Carchman, MD, Member - (2021-2024)
Joseph Christopher Carmichael, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Jessica Noack Cohan, MD, MAS, FACS, Member - (2023-2026)
Thomas Curran, MD, MPH, Member - (2023-2026)
Giovanna Da Silva, MD, Member - (2021-2024)
Sandy Hwang Fang, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Russell Ware Farmer, MD, Member - (2023-2025)
Dana Michelle Hayden, MD, Member - (2021-2024)
Dr. Mehraneh Dorna Jafari, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Cyrus Jahansouz, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Gifty Kwakye, MD MPH, Member - (2021-2024)
Ira Lewis Leeds, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Lillias Holmes Maguire, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Sunil V. Patel, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Scott Ellis Regenbogen, MD, MPH, Member - (2021-2024)
Marcia McGory Russell, MD, Member - (2021-2024)
Tara Anastasia Russell, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Benjamin Daniel Shogan, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Emily Steinhagen, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Maria Widmar, MD, MPH, Member - (2021-2024)
James Yoo, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Karen Nersissian Zaghiyan, MD, Member - (2021-2024)

RF Young Researchers Committee

Russell Ware Farmer, MD, Chair - (2023-2025)
Emily Huang, MD, MEd, Vice Chair - (2023-2025)
Mohammad Ali Abbass, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Jonathan Simon Abelson, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Sarah Jane Atkinson, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Dr. Christy Elaine Cauley, MD, MPH, Member - (2023-2026)
Anne Fabrizio, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Dr. Paolo Goffredo, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Leander Morel Grimm, Jr., MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Dr. Deborah Susan Keller, MS, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Erin M. King-Mullins, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
David A. Kleiman, MD, MSc, Member - (2021-2024)
John Konen, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Nicole Elizabeth Lopez, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Robert A. Malizia, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Kinga Skowron Olortegui, MD, Member - (2023-2026)
Uma R. Phatak, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Yesenia Rojas-Khalil, MD, Member - (2022-2025)
Vlad Valentin Simianu, MD MPH, Member - (2023-2026)
Radhika K. Smith, MD, Member - (2021-2024)