Founded in November 1962, the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons was founded by Drs Harry Bacon, Stuart Ross, and Fidel Ruiz-Moreno to facilitate international collaboration in colon and anorectal surgery and for the purpose of exchanging scientific knowledge globally to improve surgical and medical patient outcomes.

Mission Statement

I. Promote the advancement of colon and rectal surgery by hosting congresses, cooperating with national organizations and organizing meetings across the globe to facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge.

II. Enhance education, research, innovation, and leadership in colon and rectal surgery with the aim of achieving global parity in the quality of medical and surgical care for patients with colorectal diseases.


In recognition of the fact that our members are our most valuable resource, the following are our core values:

I. Contrary to its name, the Society also accepts applications from individuals who are not affiliated with universities.

II. In recognition of the different income levels throughout the world, the Society keeps its registration fees to a minimum, ensuring that members from all backgrounds can participate in the Society’s educational activities and attend our biennial meetings.

III. All ISUCRS members have free dashboard access to the World Journal of Colorectal Surgery, the Society’s official open access publication and previously videoed educational congress lectures and webinars on our website.

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