ASCRS Honors Advocate David Rodman Cohan with 2016 David Jagelman Award

ASCRS Honors Advocate David Rodman Cohan with 2016 David Jagelman Award | ASCRS

Arlington Heights, IL – The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) presented its 2016 David Jagelman, MD, Award for Advocacy in Colorectal Cancer to David Rodman Cohan, founder of Susie’s Cause, a Baltimore-based grassroots public charity dedicated to delivering important messages concerning early screening, healthy lifestyles and treatments for colon cancer.

The award was presented by ASCRS Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Roberta Muldoon during the 2016 ASCRS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

Cohan started the nonprofit, formally called the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, in 2004 to honor his daughter, Susan Cohan, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002 and died two years later at the age of 42. In the midst of her struggles with the disease, Susan Cohan adamantly wanted to help prevent others from suffering and dying from colon cancer.

“It was because of her diagnosis that Susan’s two sisters and brother were urged to have colonoscopies,” said David Rodman Cohan. “Susie saved her two sister's lives, as they both had pre-cancerous polyps that were removed during their colonoscopies. Susie, who was so selfless, was thrilled that although she had endured so much, she had at least saved her sisters' lives.”

In addition to advocating for public awareness about the disease and promoting regular screenings, the foundation also raises money for research and clinical trials.

“We are especially impressed with the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation’s innovative outreach programs that have led to significant increases in colon cancer screenings throughout the nation,” said Dr. Muldoon. “This organization’s passionate advocacy is akin to the patient advocacy pioneered by the award’s namesake, Dr. David Jagelman.”

The award honors the memory of Dr. Jagelman, whose advocacy for his patients at the Cleveland Clinic is legendary. He founded and directed the clinic’s Familial Polyposis Registry and had become chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida before he died from kidney cancer at the age of 53 in 1993.


The 3,500-member American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, located in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, is the premier society for colon and rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum and anus.  Its board-certified colon and rectal surgeons complete a residency in general surgery, plus an additional year in colon and rectal surgery, and pass an intensive examination conducted by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  For more information, visit