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ASCRS Webinars

ASCRS Webinars | ASCRS

ASCRS webinars are for member surgeons who are interested in learning more about topics related to colorectal diseases, treatment and surgery. The webinars are presented live by subject matter experts and are complementary as part of your ASCRS membership. Enjoy interaction with the presenters in a live format or view the entire webinar after the event on your schedule. These brief, yet extremely informative, web-based education sessions are accessible after the event through CREST®.

Upcoming Webinars

New webinars are coming in 2017! Check back to register for the following informative webinars: 

  • Management of Complex Anal Fistula Disease
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): What Really Matters? 
  • Robotic Surgery: Does It Have a Real Future? 
  • Management of Diverticulitis in 2017 
  • Management of AIN: Are We Doing Too

Archived Webinars

To access archived webinars, log in at the top of this page, click on MY ACCOUNT, then follow the link to the CREST® Online Learning Center. 


Surgery for Crohn's Disease

Moderated by Scott Strong, MD 
Speakers included David Dietz, MD and Alessandro Fichera, MD

This webinar focused on the different surgical approaches available for treatment of Crohn's disease throughout the G.I. tract. Speakers also discussed the indication for surgery, as well as the medical management before and after surgery in regard to long-term outcomes.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the medical optimization in the preoperative settings.
  • Discuss the different surgical strategies and adapt them to the different segments of the G.I. tract.
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary interaction between surgery, gastroenterology, radiology and wound and ostomy nurses.


Management of Rectal Cancer in the 21st Century

Moderated by Kyle Cologne, MD 
Speakers included David Larson, MD and James Fleshman, MD

The webinar presenters – Drs. James Fleshman and David Larson – explained the technical "how-tos" of high quality rectal cancer surgery and discussed implications for the future - including the role of laparoscopic surgery.  A Q&A session followed the presentation.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:  

  • Explain techniques that will allow for a safer, more complete resection for rectal cancer.
  • Identify quality issues in rectal cancer surgery.
  • Distinguish oncologic principles of rectal cancer surgery.

Socioeconomic Update: What the Future Holds

Moderated by David Margolin, MD
Speakers included Frank Opelka, MD and Guy Orangio, MD

Healthcare reform is an ongoing issue. In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in 2015 repealed the SGR and passed the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Reauthorization Act. These reforms have paved the way for unprecedented changes in healthcare access, delivery and payment. During the webinar, Drs. Frank Opelka and Guy Orangio explained the impact of this groundbreaking legislation on the practicing physician.


Fecal Incontinence

 Moderated by Andreas Kaiser, MD 
 Speakers included Dana Sands, MD and Tracy Hull, MD

Fecal incontinence affects a large number of patients, is widely underreported and often undiagnosed by physicians.  The impact on quality of life can be devastating.  Traditional treatments with antimotility agents, bulking agents, biofeedback, and sphincteroplasty (in appropriate cases) leave many patients still having significant problems.  This webinar will focus on the management of patients with fecal incontinence, with an emphasis on appropriate diagnosis and the use of newer treatment options for this vexing problem.

Upon the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the work up for fecal incontinence.
  • List three nonsurgical treatments for fecal incontinence.
  • List the surgical options and when they should be considered.