Public Relations Committee

Public Relations Committee | ASCRS

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

The committee is also responsible for the following:

  • Develop and disseminate educational materials patients.
  • Develop a prioritized comprehensive plan for media interactions to promote ASCRS and public awareness of colorectal diseases.
  • Improve public identity of ASCRS members’ credentials.
  • Choose the recipient of the Local Hero Award, the David Jagelman Award and Media Award.

What's New?

To accomplish the ASCRS’s mission of increasing public awareness of colon and rectal diseases, the Public Relations Committee brainstorms and executes new campaigns each year. The Society’s patient education brochures have been revised, redesigned and reprinted. Content is also updated on the patient diseases and conditions pages, which include some of the most frequently visited pages on the ASCRS website. Many pages include corresponding videos, some of which will be translated into Spanish.

The committee determines the awardees of the Society’s media award, Jagelman Award, as well as the Local Hero Award, all presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting. 

“We continue as a committee to come up with new and creative ways to disseminate information about not only colorectal disease but also colorectal surgeons and our organization,” said Dr. Roberta Muldoon.


Chair: Sharon Stein, MD

Vice Chair: Michael Arvanitis, MD

Council Rep: Kirsten Wilkins, MD


Ellen Bailey, MD

Tara Domash-Martinez, DO

Christina Jenkins, MD

Erin King-Mullins, MD

Alex Ky, MD

Linda Lapos, MD

Amanda McClure, MD

Cedrek McFadden, MD

Margarita Murphy, MD

Yosef Nasseri, MD

Lynn O'Connor, MD

Mary Teresa O'Donnell, MD

Kathryn Rutan, MD

Negar Salehomoum, MD

Kelly Tyler, MD          

Jennifer Wang, MD    

Eric Weiss, MD           

Katerina Wells, MD