Meet the 2022 Honorary Fellow Nominees

Each year the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) recognizes up to six (6) Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellowship is designed to honor individuals, regardless of specialty, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions made to fields related to Colon and Rectal Surgery. Nominees for Honorary Fellow should have significantly contributed to peer-reviewed literature and/or introduced, fostered and/or advanced innovation and/or education in the specialty of colorectal surgery; demonstrated significant and/or sustained leadership within their national or regional society; developed and promulgated significant clinical and/or research and/or technological advances in the field of colon and rectal surgery.

The ASCRS Nominating Committee submits the following slate of 2022 Honorary Fellows for election at the Society's Annual Business Meeting.

Professor Susan Clark
  • Adjunct Professor of Surgery Imperial College, London. Consultant Surgeon St. Mark’s Hospital
  • Director of St. Mark’s Hospital Polyposis Registry. Administrative Director of International Society of GI Heredity Tumours.
  • Clinical focus in that area and complex reconstructive surgery
  • Extensive research publications in colon cancer genetics including desmoid tumours, colon cancers and ileoanal pouch.
  • President of Section of Coloproctology, Royal College of Medicine 2020-21
Professor Garcia-Granero
  • Professor of Surgery University of Valencia, Spain. Chair of Digestive and General Surgery
  • President of Spanish Association of Coloproctology (2006- 2007) and Spanish Association of Surgeons (2018-2020)
  • Multiple research trials and publications (approximately 175 publications)
  • Involved in Spanish and European surgical education and certification exams
Professor Peter Sagar
  • Professor of Colorectal Surgery, The University of Leeds; Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, England.
  • President Association of Coloproctology of GB & Ireland 2021., member of James IV Association of Surgeons
  • Research interests: locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease. management of retrorectal tumours. Chief investigator Laparoscopic emergency colorectal surgery (LaCES 2 study – NIHR grant £1.6million)
  • Over 300 national or international presentations. 200 + papers published in peer reviewed journals and 30 book chapters.
Dr. Francis Seow-Choen
  • Senior Consultant Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, 1996-2004
  • Head, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, 1994-2004
  • Medical Director, Seow-Choen Colorectal Centre, 2004-present
  • President, Eurasian Colorectal Technology Association 2008-09, Re-elected 2009-13, President 3rd Biennial Congress of the ECTA Singapore Raffles Convention Centre Nov 6-9 2013, President, Society of Colorectal Surgeons Singapore, 2005-6, President, Asian Federation of Coloproctology, 2004-2005
  • Member of 17 Editorial Boards of surgical journals
  • Ran and published 14 randomized clinical trials
Professor Robert Steele
  • Chair Department of Surgery University of Dundee 2003-2017, Senior Research Professor 2017- present
  • Past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. Member of the James IV Association of Surgeons, named Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018.
  • PI of QUASAR and MRC CR07/NCIC-CTG C016 trials.
  • 327 publications (H index 80) with focus on colon cancer and screening
  • Advisor to health systems and governments in 8 countries about screening programs.
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