About the Research Foundation

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 three committees.  

Harry Troy Papaconstantinou, MD, Secretary
Conor Patrick Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, Treasurer
Fergal John Fleming, MD
Tracy Lynn Hull, MD
Neil H. Hyman, MD
David Allen Margolin, MD
Arden Marie Morris, MD

Research Foundation Committees

The committees support and further the mission of the Research Foundation by implementing the strategic goals and objectives.  The Research Committtee 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 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.  Finally, the Fundraising Assistance Committee is a group of surgeons and grateful patients, dedicated to the creation of novel funding resources to benefit the ASCRS Research Foundation. 

RF Research Committee

Fergal John Fleming, MD, Chair
Jesse Joshua Smith, MD, PhD, FACS, Vice Chair
Evie Harvell Carchman, MD
Joseph Christopher Carmichael, MD
Giovanna Da Silva, MD
David Ariel Etzioni, MD, MSHS
Dana Michelle Hayden, MD
Traci L. Hedrick, MD
Daniel Owen Herzig, MD
Jennifer Erin Hrabe, MD
Gregory D. Kennedy, MD, PhD
Mary Rose Kwaan, MD
Amy Lee Lightner, MD
Anne Yi-Jiun Lin, MD
Kellie Leanne Mathis, MD
Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD
Garrett Michael Nash, MD
Alessio M. Pigazzi, MD, PhD
Scott Ellis Regenbogen, MD, MPH
Marcia McGory Russell, MD
Virginia Oliva Shaffer, MD
Konstantin Umanskiy, MD
Karen Nersissian Zaghiyan, MD

RF Young Researchers Committee

Karen Nersissian Zaghiyan, MD, Chair
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, Vice Chair
Raul Martin Bosio, MD
Lisa Marie Cannon, MD
Ahmed Sami Chadi, MD
Russell Ware Farmer, MD
Aakash Hasmukh Gajjar, MD
Emily Huang, MD, MEd
Mehraneh Dorna Jafari, MD
Nezar Yousef Jrebi, MD
Deborah Susan Keller, MS, MD
David A. Kleiman, MD
Nicole Elizabeth Lopez, MD
Ian Matthew Paquette, MD
Sunil V. Patel, MD
Benjamin Daniel Shogan, MD
Emily Steinhagen, MD