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
Vice Chair: Samantha Hendren
Council Rep: Charles Whitlow

Michael Arvanitis
Scott Baker
Saumitra Banerjee
David Blumberg
Robert Cleary
Linda Farkas
Todd Francone
I. Emre Gorgun
Matthew Kalady
Erin Kennedy
Jeremy Lipman
John Marks
Justin Maykel
Elisabeth McLemore
Nitin Mishra
Arden Morris
Jamie Murphy
Samuel Oommen
Danielle Pickham
Marcia Russell
Dana Sands
Anna Serur
Scott Steele
Patricia Sylla
Christopher White