Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee

Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee | ASCRS

The Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee is working together with the Commission on Cancer to create national accreditation programs in rectal cancer. Additionally, the committee will develop and disseminate best practices and standards for management of patients with rectal cancer as well as provide educational and training skills modules for surgeons operating on rectal cancer.

The rectal cancer skills modules will include preoperative image-based and postoperative pathology-based staging. A skills module analogous to FES or FLS will be developed together with the Fundamentals of Rectal Cancer Committee along with video-based educational materials. 

Lastly, the committee will serve as an advocate for surgeons treating patients with rectal cancer and provide resources and information regarding the latest trials on the surgical management of rectal cancer. The committee will work together with the ACS and NCDB to coordinate these trials and registries.

The committee has provided the following links for resources on rectal cancer: 


Chair: Ron Landmann, MD
Vice Chair: Samantha Hendren, MD
Advisor: Steven Wexner, MD
Council Rep: Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD


Michael Arvanitis, MD Elisabeth McLemore, MD
Scott Baker, MD Nitin Mishra, MD
Mariana Berho, MD Arden Morris, MD
David Blumberg, MD Samuel Oommen, MD
Linda Farkas, MD Walter Peters, Jr., MD
Alessandro Fichera, MD Marcia Russell, MD
Todd Francone, MD Jamie Sanchez, MD
Joel Goldberg, MD Dana Sands, MD
Scott Goldstein, MD Scott Steele, MD
I. Emre Gorgun, MD Patricia Sylla, MD
Neil Hyman, MD Charles Ternent, MD
John Marks, MD