2018 Distinguished Lectureships

2018 Distinguished Lectureships | ASCRS

The following prestigious lectureships were held during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Leela M. Prasad Memorial Session/Debate
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Slawomir Marecik, MD, presented this year’s Leela M. Prasad Memorial Session/Debate. This newly-established lecture supports a symposium and/ or debate on a timely, controversial topic in colon and rectal surgery. The 2018 lecture was part of the symposium titled Robotic Colon and Rectal Surgery: Tips and Tricks. The title of Dr. Marecik’s lecture was “History of Robotics: Where We Were, Where We Are and Where Are We Going?”


Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship 
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Heidi Nelson, MD, of Rochester, MN presented this year’s Norman D. Nigro, MD, Research Lectureship. This lectureship honors Dr. Nigro’s significant research in the prevention of large bowel cancer and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus, as well as his leadership role in his chosen specialty and allied medical organizations. Dr. Nelson was introduced by Bruce Wolff, MD. The title of her presentation was "Gut Microbiome, Metabolomic and Colon Cancer: the Environmental Link?"

Presidential Address
Monday, May 21, 2018

Guy R. Orangio, MD, of New Orleans, LA, was elected president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons at the 2017 ASCRS Annual Scientific and Tripartite Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Orangio is Professor of Clinical Surgery, Chief Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, LSU Healthcare Network Clinic; Program Director, Colon and Rectal Fellowship, LSU; Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Tulane School of Medicine/Department of Surgery; New Orleans, LA

He first served on the ASCRS Executive Council as a Member-at-Large in 2010, as Vice President 2015 - 2016, and as President-elect 2016 - 2017. During his tenure as a Fellow of the ASCRS, Dr. Orangio has been a member of several volunteer committees including the Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Reform, Bylaws and Website Committees. He is also a member of the Research Foundation of the ASCRS Board of Trustees. The title of his presentation was "Across the Universe: Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life."

Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship
Monday, May 21, 2018

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, of Madison, WI, presented this year’s Harry E. Bacon, MD, Lectureship. This lectureship honors a distinguished colorectal surgeon who established the Diseases of the Colon & Rectum journal, founded the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons and was a past president of the ASCRS. Dr. Greenberg was introduced by Jamie Cannon, MD. The title of her presentation was "Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings."

Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ira Kodner, MD, of St. Louis, MO, presented this year’s Parviz Kamangar Humanities in Surgery Lectureship. This unique lectureship is funded by Mr. Parviz Kamangar, a grateful patient, to remind physicians and surgeons to place an emphasis on providing compassionate care. Dr. Kodner was introduced by Dr. Yanek Chiu. The title of his presentation was "Medical Ethics and Frankenstein's Monster."

Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship , Honoring Patricia L. Roberts, MD
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Peter Marcello, MD, of Burlington, MA, presented this year’s Masters in Colorectal Surgery Lectureship, which this year honors Patricia Roberts, MD. This lectureship honors a different surgeon each year who has made a considerable contribution to the specialty and the Society. Dr. Thomas Read provided the introduction. The title of his presentation was "From Here to There."


Memorial Lectureship Honoring Dr. Bertram Portin
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Robert W. Beart, Jr., MD, of Crystal Bay, NV presented this year’s Memorial Lectureship, honoring Bertram Portin, MD. Dr. Beart was introduced by David Schoetz, Jr., MD. This lectureship honors a recently-deceased, high-ranking member of ASCRS. Dr. Portin was ASCRS President in 1981 – 82. The title of his presentation was "Burnout - A Problem Bert Would Attack."



Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Taylor Riall, MD, PhD, presented this year’s Ernestine Hambrick, MD, Lectureship. This lectureship honors Dr. Ernestine Hambrick for her dedication to patients with colon and rectal disorders, surgical students and trainees and the community at large. She was the first woman to be board certified in colon and rectal surgery, provided excellent care to patients and mentored numerous students, residents and young surgeons during her clinical practice. The title of Dr. Riall's presentation was "Maintaining the Fire: Self-awareness, Resilience and Intentional Culture in Surgeon Wellbeing."