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ASCRS Leadership and Committees

ASCRS Leadership and Committees | ASCRS

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is a community of health care professionals who are dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. This mission could not be carried out without the dedication and commitment of the ASCRS Executive Council and committee members. 

Executive Council

ASCRS Officers

Guy R. Orangio, MD
David A. Margolin, MD
Past President
Patricia L. Roberts, MD
Vice President
Tracy L. Hull, MD
Thomas E. Read, MD
Neil H. Hyman, MD 
Research Foundation President
Michael J. Stamos, MD

Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, PhD (2015-2018)
Samuel C. Oommen, MD (2015-2018)
Matthew G. Mutch, MD (2016-2019)
Sonia L. Ramamoorthy, MD (2016-2019)
Stephen M. Sentovich, MD (2016-2019)
Bradley J. Champagne, MD (2017-2020)
William C. Cirocco, MD (2017-2020)
Arden M. Morris, MD (2017-2020)

Past Presidents

It is a long standing tradition that the presidents of the ASCRS have presented their Presidential Addresses during the ASCRS Annual Meeting. Each address highlights facets of their careers and the accomplishments of the Society.  

Awards Committee

Responsible for selecting: a) the regional awards from papers and posters presented at the Annual Meeting; b) the Best Video; and c) the Best Paper. Committee members meet daily during the Annual Scientific Meeting and attend all scientific and poster sessions to evaluate each presentation. 

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee makes recommendations regarding bylaw amendments to the Executive Council. Once approved by the Executive Council, the amendments are presented to the Fellows at the Annual Business Meeting for approval.   

Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee is responsible for creating practice guidelines for various procedures to assist physicians in caring for patients with colon and rectal disease. Completed guidelines are published in ASCRS's official journal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education Committee oversees all continuing medical education (CME) programs and ensures that ASCRS is in compliance with the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. 

CREST® Committee

The ColoRectal Educational Systems Template (CREST) Committee is responsible for the continued development of online educational modules and resources for ASCRS members.  

Finance and Management Committee

The Finance and Management Committee is responsible for reviewing and evaluating investments and return of investments for Society activities.

Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery Committee

The Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Surgery Committee's charge is to improve national outcomes for total mesorectal excision (TME) surgery by developing an educational module which teaches surgeons and residents the principles of multidisciplinary perioperative rectal cancer surgery to a standard acceptable to ASCRS. The committee is working to standardize an education module.   

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee assures that ASCRS governance structure and operations are continually improving – resulting in the best possible Return on Governance (ROG) for the Society. It is also responsible for assuring individual Executive Council and committee members are appropriately oriented and supported in their role as association leaders.

Healthcare Economics Committee

The Healthcare Economics Committee is responsible for presenting information on issues affecting the colon and rectal surgeon to Congress and agencies of the federal government. The committee's responsibilities include keeping members informed on these issues and tracking developments in managed care, regulatory, legislative, and other issues that impact coding, billing, and reimbursement for colorectal services. 

History of ASCRS Committee

The History of ASCRS Committee is responsible for collecting and compiling archival materials for the Society. Membership consists of ASCRS Past Presidents. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Committee

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Committee will focus on clinical practices and research.

International Committee

The International Committee awards the ASCRS International Traveling Scholarships.  

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for retention and recruitment activities of the Society. It recommends updates to the current member categories and criteria to the Executive Council, addresses membership benefits and promotes ASCRS membership and the specialty worldwide. 

New Technologies Committee

The New Technologies Committee facilitates the integration, evaluation, and dissemination of new technology in the practice of colon and rectal surgery for the Society.

Operative Competency Evaluation Committee

The Operations Competency Evaluation Committee develops and refines evaluation tools which will allow colon and rectal surgeons who train residents to determine whether the resident performing a particular operation has the requisite skills, anatomic knowledge, procedural knowledge, and medical knowledge to safely treat patients with diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.   

Professional Outreach Committee

The Professional Outreach Committee is responsible for an outreach program to instruct physicians in the specialties of primary care, family practice, general surgery, and others with programs on the management and prevention of diseases of the colon and rectum. 

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the scientific program at the Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee's main purpose is to increase public awareness of colon and rectal diseases and the availability of trained specialists in its treatment. 

Quality Assessment and Safety Committee

The Quality Assessment and Safety Committee monitors activities of the National Quality Forum (NQF), the Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA), and the AMA Consortium. The committee is dedicated to optimizing care for patients with colorectal disease by setting goals and standards for the treatment of diseases affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. 

Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee

The Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee will work on accreditation programs and rectal cancer skills including preoperative image-based and postoperative pathology-based staging. A skills module analogous to FES or FLS will be developed along with video-based educational materials. 

Regional Society Committee

The Regional Society Committee is responsible for fostering increased communication among regional societies and the development of joint-ventures and collaboration between the Regional Societies and the ASCRS.   

Residents Committee

The Residents Committee assists in the development of educational programs for residents and informs general surgery residents of the benefits of specializing in colorectal surgery.

Self-Assessment Committee

The Self-Assessment Committee creates the specialty's Colon and Rectal Self-Assessment program (CARSEP®) to help physicians assess their and expand their knowledge to provide optimal patient care. 

Social Media Committee

The Social Media Committee's purpose is to support and increase awareness of the mission of The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as the world's leading authority on colon and rectal disease through social media outlets. The committee aims to help health care providers who have an interest in diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus achieve high-quality patient care by providing interactive venues for discussion, information, and education regarding all aspects of colorectal disease.  

Steering Committee on Pelvic Floor Disorders

The ASCRS Steering Committee on Pelvic Floor Disorders is charged with providing education, guidance and support to ASCRS members and other practitioners who provide care for patients with pelvic floor disorders.

Video-Based Education Committee

The Video-Based Education Committee selects the videos presented at the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting and designates other ASCRS programs where the videos can be used. 

Website Committee

The Website Committee oversees website content and functionality and is responsible for educating members on electronic communication.  

Young Surgeons Committee

The Young Surgeons Committee addresses concerns of young surgeons and encourages their active participation in the activities of the Society. The committee offers feedback to the Executive Council on programs that would benefit young surgeons and recommends the Traveling Fellow to the Executive Council.