Jason Mizell
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

I first came to the meeting when I was a 4th year resident, and I realized so many members were happy and enjoyed their profession. I wanted to be like them, and be a part of a society that was friendly, did good work, and enjoyed camaraderie. I have found that all my initial impressions were true, and I have continued to be a member and try to help where I can.

As of June 4, 2019, Ethicon is shipping manual circular staplers, Intraluminal Stapler (ILS), through their distribution channels.  Hospitals in the U.S. can expect to start receiving product within the next week. Ethicon’s top priority has been to return supply of this critical product as quickly as possible.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL – The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is pleased to announce Tracy Hull, MD, FACS, FASCRS, a surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, as its 2019-2020 president. Dr. Hull joins the ASCRS executive council to begin her presidential term at the 2019 ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

As many of you may know, on April 11, 2019, Ethicon notified all U.S. customers they were initiating a voluntary recall of specific lots of Ethicon manual circular staplers, Intraluminal Stapler (ILS). This decision was based on an increase in the rare occurrence of the device having insufficient firing stroke to break the washer and completely form staples. This recall does not impact any of Ethicon’s other surgical staplers or other products. 

Surgical site infections are classified into three categories based upon the location and depth of infection. These include superficial, deep and organ surgical site infections.

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If you have not yet registered for the ASCRS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, you have until Thursday, May 16, to secure your spot online. You can still register after this date but will have to do so on site. Register now.

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