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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. 


Scott Strong, MD

Vice President
Nancy Baxter, MD

Past President
Michael Stamos, MD

Harry Papaconstantinou, MD

Connor Delaney, MD, PhD


Tracy Hull, MD
Neil H. Hyman, MD
David Margolin, MD
Arden Morris, MD
Rocco Ricciardi, MD
Larissa Temple, MD
Fergal Fleming (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. 

Fergal Fleming, MD, Chair
J. Joshua Smith, MD, Vice Chair

Evie Carchmand, MD
Joseph Carmichael, MD
Giovanna da Silva Southwick, MD
David Etzioni, MD, MSHS
Dana Hayden, MD
Traci Hedrick, MD
Daniel Herzig, MD
Jennifer Hrabe, MD
Gregory Kennedy, MD
Mary Kwaan, MD
Amy Lightner, MD
Anne Lin, MD
Kellie Mathis, MD
Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD
Garrett Nash, MD
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
Scott Regenbogen, MD
Marcia Russell, MD
Virginia Schaffer, MD
Konstantin Umanskiy, 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. 

Karen Zaghiyan, MD, Chair
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, Vice Chair

Raul Bosio, MD
Lisa Cannon, MD
Sami Chadi, MD
Russel Ware Farmer, MD
Aakash Gajjar, MD
Emily Huang, MD, MEd
Jennifer Irani, MD
Mehraneh Dorna Jafari, MD
Nezar Jrebi, MD
Deborah Keller, MS, MD
David Kleiman, MD
Nelya Melnitchouk, MD
Ian Paquette, MD
Sunil Patel, MD
Daniel Popowich, MD
Benjamin Shogan, MD
Radhika Smith, MD
Emily Steinhagen, MD