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Course Description & Objectives

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The 2018 Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery course was a tremendous success.

We were delighted to have a group of very talented speakers who offered practical knowledge, clinical pearls, the latest data and lively engagement with the audience.  Two speakers were honored with named lectureships. Dr. Sharon Stein, from Case Western University, was given the prestigious Ernest Codman Award. She presented a thoughtful and provoking lecture on the current status of public reporting on colorectal surgical site infections. Our annual Paul Shellito Award for excellence in rectal cancer research went to Mark Whiteford, from Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Whiteford summarized his amazing journey developing the technique of transanal total mesorectal excision, which ultimately led to a world- wide movement to improve sphincter sparing cancer surgery. Massachusetts General Hospital is proud to have been the first center in the United States to offer this surgery to patients as a part of a pilot trial.

Other additional engaging and thought provoking lectures were given by a talented panel of speakers from all over the world. Dr. David Margolin, the president elect of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, visited us from New Orleans Ochsner Clinic. He shared with us the increasing data on best ways to prevent and treat anastomotic leaks following colorectal surgery. Dr, Hiroshi Kashida from Osaka, Japan dazzled the audience with a presentation on tips and tricks of endoscopic mucosal resections. Dr. David Etzioni from the Mayo Clinic discussed best ways to handle challenging situations such as rectourethral and rectovaginal fistulas. 

Together with our core of lecturers from other Boston area hospitals, we had a delightful group of colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists and oncologists from Mass General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, UMass Memorial on the home team. These professors engaged the audience on a variety of timely topics ranging from debates on techniques in anorectal surgery, best ways to roll our Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, diverticulitis, endoscopy,  rectal cancer, etc. The program included essential core topics in colorectal surgery as well as controversial topics for discussion.

We are now busy planning the agenda for the 2019 meeting. We hope to bring everyone back: you, our amazing audience plus many of the best speakers who joined us.  We are also developing a hands-on workshop and creating a more stimulating social program.

Our course is tentatively scheduled for May 10-11, 2019.

View photos from this year's event.

Advances and Controversies in Colorectal Surgery

May 3-5, 2018

Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts 


Course Description

The purpose of this educational course is to educate surgeons on the innovative treatments of benign and malignant colorectal disorders, with lectures and discussions focused on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions or surgical situations. There will be engaging lectures, videos and case presentations with the purpose of generating honest, interactive and informative discussions. Come for the whole course or split your visit based on your areas of clinical interest.

On the first two days, we will focus on benign anorectal and colonic diseases, with a significant emphasis on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways, trends in diverticulitis care, new advances in anorectal procedures and insights in endoscopic techniques. We will be joined by talented speakers and distinguished colorectal experts from many wonderful national and international institutions.

On the last day, attendees can dive deeply into the nuances of modern care of patients with rectal cancer. They are encouraged to bring their multidisciplinary rectal cancer team along to review and prepare for the new American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Program for Rectal Cancer requirements. We will have case presentations, videos, lectures and a hands-on workshop focused on the evolving paradigms of rectal cancer care, with a focus on the use of modern MRI in rectal cancer management.

Finally, our course will feature many opportunities for social events and a poster competition. We hope that attendees will encourage their trainees to apply and join us to learn and meet many of their future peers.

CME and CME with self-assessment credits will be offered.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and diagnose benign and malignant colorectal disorders
  • Incorporate new and advanced treatment techniques
  • Evaluate patients presenting with the diagnosis of rectal cancer, complex benign colonic diseases and complex anorectal disorders
  • Discuss current advances in the treatment of colon, rectal and anal cancers
  • Develop a strong foundation in the principles of ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery)

Disclosure Policy: Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Disclaimer: CME activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

Program Agenda

Call for Abstracts

We are accepting scientific abstracts pertaining to colorectal surgery.

Deadline for submission
March 1, 2018

Deadline for notification of poster acceptance
March 12, 2018

Abstracts must be submitted via email to



Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) or check can be made through Harvard Medical School’s secure online registration system.

Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with a payment.

Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted.

Upon receipt of your paid registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.

  • Processing (non-refundable service fee): $5 
  • All fees shown in USD


Target Audience

This course is targeted to:

  • General and colorectal surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Pathologists caring for patients with benign and malignant colorectal disorders
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In addition, the Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.50 Self-Assessment Credits to all participants who score higher than 70 percent on an exit test.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Patient care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge

Registration Information

Pricing information to be available soon.

Refund Policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.


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