2015 Annual Scientific Meeting

2015 Annual Scientific Meeting | ASCRS

Videos and Recordings from the Annual Meeting are Now Available!

Oral presentations that were given at the Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston are recorded for our members to view. You can search for presentations by day below or search through our video library under the Members Only section of the website.

Saturday, May 30th
The recordings from the didactic portion of the Workshops, include Optimal Management of Fecal Incontinence and Laparoscopic Colectomy.  For member viewing we recorded the popular Question Writing Workshop among many other sessions.

Sunday, May 31st
The ever popular Laparoscopic Nuts and Bolts and Robotic Rivets Symposium is recording for our members. Video recordings on Monday also include Core Subjects, the Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship and other hot topics.

Monday, June 1st
Dr. Hick's Presidential Address is one of the highlights of Monday's recording from Boston. Other special lectures, Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship, symposiums and abstract presentations are available for viewing.

Tuesday, June 2nd
The Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship Honoring David Schoetz, Jr., MD is one of the many highlighted recorded sessions that occurred on Tuesday in Boston. Subsequent sessions are Abstract Sessions and the Ostomies: Location, Creation and Complications Symposium.

Wednesday, June 3rd
The last day of the Annual Conference ended with superb Abstract Sessions and symposiums such as Enhanced Perioperative Care Pathways and Postoperative Pain Management.


Annual Meeting Draws Record Attendance!

We hope that you enjoyed Boston and the outstanding scientific sessions presented at the ASCRS Annual Meeting this year. Members enjoyed the beautiful venue, an array of world class speakers, quality ePosters, a bustling exhibit hall, and a variety of social events.  

We wish to extend a special thank you to our 2015 Program Chair, David A. Margolin, MD and Vice-Chair, H. David Vargas, MD along with the full Program Committee for developing an extraordinary program.

Award Recipients Congratulated

Congratulations to all authors who received an award based on their abstract, video or presentation!  Don't forget to congratulate your colleagues on their outstanding achievements.  

We extend our sincere appreciate to the Regional Societies for providing these awards and the Harry E. Bacon Foundation for sponsoring the Harry E. Bacon Foundation Award.   


Annual Meeting Photos Available

Check out the photos of you and your colleagues taken during the Boston Meeting! You can browse and purchase photos by going to http://harleybonham.zenfolio.com/ascrs2015.  You won't want to miss seeing the team jerseys worn during the "Jersey Night" Welcome Reception. 


Public Relations Committee Announced Award Winners

David Jagelman, MD, Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer

ASCRS presented its 2015 David Jagelman, MD, Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer to Nancy Roach, Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Fight Colorectal Cancer.  The award was presented by ASCRS Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Roberta Muldoon during the meeting.

“We are especially impressed with the nationwide impact of the One Million Strong Campaign, which has reached over 57 million this year alone". “Fight Colorectal Cancer’s passionate advocacy deserves recognition in the tradition of patient advocacy pioneered by our own Dr. David Jagelman,” Dr. Muldoon said.

ASCRS Media Awards

The 2015 ASCRS National Media Award honors a media program which increased public awareness of diseases of the colon and rectum.   The award was presented to Meredith’s Miracles Colon Cancer Foundation, and its advertising agency, FCB/Chicago, for an eye-catching "cheeky" campaign in Chicago. 

“No one wants to see this except for your doctor,” the ad teased.  “Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer.  But, detected early, it’s also one of the most treatable.”  Meredith’s Miracles is dedicated to providing financial assistance to young adults for the non-medical expenses of fighting colon cancer.  “Each year, 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer and over 10% of those diagnosed are under the age of 40,” the organization says.  

Local Hero Award Announced

Boston wildlife biologist, TV host and cancer survivor Pat Spain was honored with the 2015 ASCRS Local Hero Award at a ceremony June 3 during the ASCRS Annual Meeting.  The award recognizes a patient who has been effected by colon and rectal cancer and who has overcome great odds, been significantly changed due to the experience, or has given something back to the community in the local area of the Annual Meeting.


ASCRS Annual Lectureships Highlighted

Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship
Dr. Steven Wexner introduced Professor Antonio Lacy, MD, who presented: "The Evolution of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Colorectal Cancer: Past, Present, and Future", a very current topic.

Memorial Lectureship - Honoring John M. MacKeigan, MD
Dr. Anthony Senagore introduced Dr. Martin Luchtefeld who honored ASCRS Past President, Dr. MacKeigan with his lecture, "A Short Walk Through the History of the Quality Movement".

Presidential Address
Dr. Michael Stamos introduced his colleague and ASCRS President Dr. Terry Hicks. Dr. Hick's presidential address, "A Surgeon's Puzzle: The Missing Pieces" was both humorous and insightful.

Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship
ASCRS President Dr. Terry Hicks introduced Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr., who presented "Changes in Student and Residency Education: Unanticipated Consequences and Challenges".

Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship
Dr. Ira Kodner introduced Dr. Robert L. Fine, Clinical Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care at Baylor Scott and White Health. Dr. Fine's topic was: "Spirituality and Faith in Serious Illness".

Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship
Dr. Lisa Strate spoke on the important topic of "Diverticulitis: What's New". She was introduced by Dr. Ann Lowry.

Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship - Honoring David Schoetz, Jr., MD
Dr. Patricia Roberts, introduced by Dr. Thomas Read, honored Dr. Schoetz with her lecture, "The Value of Mentorship".