- President’s Report
- Director General’s Report
This Society founded in Mexico City, Mexico on November 24, 1962, shall be known as the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
The purpose of this society shall be to contribute to the progress of Colon and Anorectal Surgery, and to hold congresses and meetings throughout the world in order to interchange scientific knowledge.
November 9-12, 2016, The Strand Campus, King's College London, London, WC2R 2LS, UK
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ISUCRS Interim Meeting May 31 - June 1, 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania
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XXV ISUCRS Biennial Congress June, 24-26 2012, Bologna (Italy)
XXIV Biennial Congress of International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS)
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ISUCRS President’s Report
My dear colleagues,
I hope you have had an enjoyable summer.
Many of us have just returned from a spectacular and most successful Biennial Congress in Mumbai. The scientific program as well as the social program will long be remembered as one of the best in our history!
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to our organizing committee and our local hosts for this memorable meeting. Drs. Kumkum Singh, Shekhar Suradkar, Parvez Sheikh and Niranjan Agarwal, along with their colleagues on the Organizing Committee, will long be remembered for their kindness, hospitality and collegial welcome. The meeting was a complete success in all regards- scientific and social!
At our General Assembly meeting, the membership voted for an exciting, new leadership and Executive Board that will begin to invigorate and lead our Society in this new century! I would like to congratulate our President Elect- Professor Ho-Kyung Chun, from the Republic of Korea and our Director General-Professor Narimantas Evaldas Samalavicius, from Lithuania.
Our Society has challenges but I am confident that our new leadership team, working closely with the Executive Board, will lead our Society to new heights! Soon I will be appointing new Committee Chairs and Members to these committees. I will use this opportunity to solicit volunteers to serve our society. Please consider volunteering and helping us grow and change.
Moreover, I will begin appointing new regional Vice Presidents! We will begin a dialogue with our member colleagues and all the colorectal societies internationally to strategically develop closer and more valuable relationships. We have had a vibrant membership drive that seems to have gathered strength while in Mumbai. Please consider encouraging your colleagues to join and support our organization!
We are in the process of considering several offers for our next Biennial Congress. The Executive Board will begin the serious deliberations and soon make a recommendation. The World Journal of Coloproctology continues to flourish and grow under the leadership of Marc Brozovich, MD from the University of Pittsburgh. He has brought a young and vibrant editorial board together producing a world class, internet periodical. I encourage our young surgeons to actively support this journal with submissions and to consider becoming reviewers!
Our new leadership team of Drs. Chun, Samalavicius, and Escalante, along with our new Executive Board, would like to engage you in the affairs of your Society. Please feel free to contact us directly with any suggestions on how to improve our Society.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Indru Khubchandani for his long service to our Society. He now enters that honored role of Past President and joins the Pantheon of our other distinguished past presidents- Dr. Angelita Gabr Habr, Dr. Jae Gab Park, Dr. Tetsu Muto, Dr. Robert Beart- just to name several luminaries that have led our organization. Thank you all for your contributions, service and loyalty to our Society. We are so fortunate to have all these colleagues and friends engaged in the Society! We will continue to engage you all in the affairs of our organization and use your wisdom going forward!
I would like to close with my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support! It is the greatest honor of my life to lead this prestigious and esteemed Society. I am certain, with the help and guidance of our membership, the new leadership, and the support of our new Executive Board, we will continue to grow and prosper.
All the best,
Philip F. Caushaj, MD, PhD, FACS, FACG, FASCRS, FISUCRS, AGAF, FASGE, FSSO
President, International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut
Director General's Message
Our Society dates back to more than half century ago, when it was found in 1962 in Mexico City. A great river of life flows between today and a date so distant. A significant number of very famous colorectal surgeons have been members of our prestigious society, and we proudly treasure all their names and their contributions, and we are grateful to each and every one of you who have devoted time and energy to the evolution of the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons. However, in past years many of our Society members, and many in the leadership, sensed that we desperately needed to change and evolve. Strong national and regional societies, some that did not exist 50 years ago – European Society of Coloproctology, Asian Pacific Society of Coloproctology, Euroasian Colorectal Technologies association, Latin American Society of Coloproctology and others that did exist- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons– were either developing strong leadership positions or rapidly growing and getting stronger with increasing membership, while, it seemed, our Society was experiencing decreasing membership and, if I may, had experienced a diminished global role.
I am very delighted to say that majority of our Society members voted for a change at our biennial meeting in Mumbai in September 2016, and a historic turn has been made for our Society. A new leadership was elected – and an alternative slate was chosen with Professor Philip Caushaj as President and Professor Ho Kyung Chun as President Elect- and now we are ready to regain our strength and leadership position globally, and to work hard and enthusiastically for our Society and for the global development of colorectal surgery.
I would like to review what the term “university” defines for our society. Our aim is to unite colorectal surgeons from all over the world, from most developed countries to the most remote and still developing countries, while trying to achieve high quality outcomes for all colorectal patients on this earth. It is a marriage of the University academic, the clinical teacher, the practicing surgeon and all who endeavor to reduce suffering for patients suffering from colorectal disorders. We are now a “band of brothers”!!! We aim to unite the worldwide colorectal community as it exists.
We are sure this approach will enable more and more colorectal surgeons to be interested in becoming members, to find relevance and value within our Society, thereby restoring vibrancy and ensuring our future growth!
To achieve the goals defined by our by-laws, we have all the necessary tools. There are many surgeons worldwide seeking to publish their research in existing colorectal journals. We have established the World Journal of Coloproctology currently under the direction of Prof. Marc Brozovich. Our editorial board works with authors to improve their publications! The World Journal of Coloproctology has progressed so well to date, that only a small step is needed for its citation in PUBMED, and thereafter, I am sure, it will achieve recognition on the ISI list. It will take time to achieve the latter goal, but the former will be achieved long before our next biennial meeting.
Some of our recent biennial meetings have suffered greatly for a variety of reasons. Our recent extraordinary success in Mumbai has demonstrated unequivocally our global reach and relevance. That is why our current site search, is gradually proceeding as we have many applicants for the 2018 venue, and is still under deliberation. We plan to be considerate of regional and international needs and to offer another scientific and cultural success!
Apart from our biennial meetings, we have an expanding number of events supported by our Society, such as the Interim ISUCRS Meeting in Vilnius in 2013, the annual Debates and Dilemmas in Colorectal Surgery in London- now having its fourth successful meeting, and our Society sessions within national and regional colorectal meetings are growing and have to be as frequent as possible. We are helping countries to develop colorectal societies and programs!
Our relations with other colorectal societies need to be stronger, closer and better. We are becoming more and more interdependent. Through our global networks and growing friendships, we should develop a system of training, sponsored by our Society, which allows colorectal surgeons to gain knowledge and practical skills in many frontline institutions worldwide.
It is not easy to mention each and every step we are planning to make. While closing this address, I simply would like to thank all our members for their devotion and support, and welcome all our new colleagues to this wonderful world of colorectal surgery. Welcome to the effort to increase the standards of Colon and Rectal Surgery worldwide. Thank you for being an integral part of this unique, dynamic, competent and very rapidly developing professional society of the XXI century. We all are looking forward to the next 50 years of professional growth!
Prof. Narimantas Evaldas Samalavicius, MD, PhD
Director General, International Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Chief of Center of Oncosurgery, National Cancer Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania