You are here

Mentor Award

Mentor Award | ASCRS

Established in 1992 by the Research Foundation of the ASCRS, the Mentor Award is conferred biannually in a joint decision by the Young Researcher’s Committee of the Research Foundation and by the Research Foundation Board of Trustees. This honor recognizes a member of the ASCRS who has made exceptional contributions to the education and career development of trainees and other colleagues through their commitment to both clinical and scholarly pursuits. This award recognizes that member of the ASCRS who has provided an example of success in his own career while also giving of his own time in furthering the career of younger colleagues.

Peter Marcello, MD
Mentor Award 2018

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce Peter West Marcello, the most recent recipient of the Mentor Award, chosen by the Young Researchers Committee of the Research Foundation of the ASCRS

Peter has spent most of his life in the Boston area. He identifies himself to patients as a “Brockton boy”. His father served as Chief of Surgery at Brockton Hospital, inspiring Peter to follow in his footsteps. His father trained rotating general surgery residents from Boston University, including two of his future partners (both of whom were recipients of this award, Patricia Roberts and David Schoetz, Jr.

Peter received a B.S. in Biology from Trinity College in Connecticut, and M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General Surgery at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston, taking time out during his training to complete a Hyperalimentation Fellowship (the interns still live in fear of his TPN pimping sessions) and a research fellowship at the Lahey Clinic, during which time he helped define outcomes following restorative proctocolectomy. He then returned to Lahey for his residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery and a research fellowship year in the Pelvic Floor Laboratory.

Peter then spent two years on staff at the Cleveland Clinic, working with Jeffrey Milsom, one of the early pioneers of laparoscopic colectomy. This experience was instrumental in launching a career that has focused on advancing minimally invasive techniques to treat patients suffering from colorectal diseases. Although Peter’s experience in Cleveland was exceptional, the lure of Boston remained strong, and Peter returned to Lahey in 1999. He currently serves as Chairman of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Peter has performed more than 2500 laparoscopic colorectal procedures including participation in the COST and ACOSOG trials comparing open and laparoscopic colectomy for colon and rectal cancer. He has made more than 140 national and international presentations and is widely published.

Most remarkably, Peter has participated in more than 170 postgraduate courses teaching laparoscopic colorectal surgery, transanal TME, and advanced endoluminal resections, 80 of which he organized. As I can personally attest, organizing such courses involves substantial effort. Obtaining funding, recruiting faculty and participants, arranging appropriate venues and cadavers requires constant oversight and the ability to troubleshoot and improvise. Peter has maintained his unbridled enthusiasm for such work over decades, long after many others lost some of their motivation. I would guess that Peter has trained more surgeons in laparoscopic colectomy than anyone in the country. His engaging personality and willingness to share videos of the good, the bad and the ugly with participants in these courses has a profound effect on them.

Peter exhibits multiple qualities of a mentor—passing on knowledge of a discipline, teaching technical skills, and serving as a role model. Peter is not shy, which helps him to act as a critical evaluator, challenging the trainee to improve their fund of knowledge and technique. His position as a leader in the field and his work ethic garner respect. He never asks someone to do something he is not willing to do himself.

Peter has served enthusiastically as faculty for medical students, general surgery residents and colon and surgery residents. His efforts have been recognized by those he trains—he has received multiple awards for teaching and mentorship. He is always “on”, and his passion for what he does is infectious.

On behalf of the Young Researchers Committee, we are honored to present the Mentor Award to Peter Marcello in recognition of his mentoring of young surgeons and advancement of colorectal surgical research and clinical practice.

Written by Thomas Read, MD


Past recipients of this prestigious award include:

2016 - Thomas Read, MD
2014 – James W. Fleshman, Jr., MD
2012 – Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD
2010 – Patricia Roberts, MD
2008 – W. Douglas Wong, MD
2006 – David J. Schoetz, Jr., MD 
2004 – Zane Cohen, MD
2002 – David A. Rothenberger, MD
2000 – Eugene P. Salvati, MD
1998 – J. Byron Gathright, MD
1996 – Victor W. Fazio, MD 
1995 – Herand Abcarian, MD 
1994 – W. Patrick Mazier, MD 
1993 – Stanley M. Goldberg, MD 
1992 – Thomas H. Dailey, MD