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Research Foundation Leadership and Committees

Research Foundation Leadership and Committees | ASCRS


The work of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) could not be done without the dedication of its Board and Committee members.  Below is a listing of the current Research Foundation Board and Committee rosters.

Board of Trustees

The Research Foundation Board of Trustees supervises, controls and directs the business and affairs of the Foundation.  It determines its policies and actively promotes its purpose. The primary mission of the Research Foundation of the ASCRS is to raise and award funds to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases.  Over the past twenty years, the Research Foundation has awarded over 120 grants and $4 million to colorectal surgeons and researchers to investigate a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases and to develop novel surgical techniques pertinent to the care of colorectal patients. 


Michael Stamos, MD

Vice President
Scott Strong, MD

Past President
Steven Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon)

Ronald Bleday, MD

Neil H. Hyman, MD



Linnea Burman
Connor Delaney, MD, PhD
Rick Mangat, PhD
David Margolin, MD
Guy Orangio, MD
Harry Papaconstantinou, MD
Rocco Ricciardi, MD
Patricia L. Roberts, MD
Mark Welton, MD
Elizabeth Wick, MD (ex-officio)


Research Foundation Committee Rosters

Research Committee  

The Research Committee is responsible for reviewing the scientific merit of grant applications for the Research Foundation. The Committee sends its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval of funding. 

Elizabeth Wick, Chair
Fergal Fleming, MD, Vice Chair

Theodor Asgeirsson, MD
Mariana Berho, MD
Joseph Carmichael, MD
Bradley Champagne, MD
David Etzioni, MD, MSHS
Alessandro Fichera, MD
Emily Finlayson, MD
Traci Hedrick, MD
Daniel Herzig, MD
Claudia Hriesik, MD, PhD
Matthew Kalady, MD
Gregory Kennedy, MD
Mary Kwaan, MD
Anne Lin, MD
Kellie Mathis, MD
Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD
Garrett Nash, MD
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
Virginia Schaffer, MD
David Stewart, Sr., MD
Patricia Sylla, MD
Konstantin Umanskiy, MD
Yi-Qian Nancy You, MD

Young Researchers Committee

The focus of the Young Researchers Committee is to select a surgeon who has met the criteria for the Mentor Award, to develop the Research Forum at the ASCRS Annual Meeting, which highlights developing areas of research that have clinical relevance for the care of patients with colorectal diseases, and to choose a winner of the best “Works in Progress” at the Research Forum. 

Joseph Carmichael, MD, Chair
Karen Zaghiyan, MD, Vice Chair

Asna Amin, MD
Raul Bosio, MD
Lisa Cannon, MD
Sami Chadi, MD
Kyle Cologne, MD
Giovanna Da Silva Southwick, MD
Russel Ware Farmer, MD
Aakash Gajjar, MD
Jason Hall, MD
Dana Hayden, MD
Jennifer Irani, MD
Nezar Jrebi, MD
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD
Nitin Mishra, MD
Ian Paquette, MD
Daniel Popowich, MD
Scott Regenbogen, MD
Marcia Russell, MD
Melissa Times, MD