December 2015 New Members

EJGH/Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates Jennifer Silinsky, MD
Florida Hospital (Orlando, FL) Matthew Albert, MD
Greenville Health System George Blestel, MD
Bon Secours st Francis health Brian Sadowski, MD
Abington Memorial hospital Kelly Pressler
Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston, TX) Eric Haas, MD
Holy Cross Health Rami Makhoul, MD
Baltimore Washington Medical Center Vincent Cifello, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital, (New York, NY) Patricia Sylla, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University Deepa Taggarshe, MD
University of Maryland BWMC Vincent Cifello, MD
SCL St. Joseph Comprehensive Cancer Center Graham Sellers, MD

April 2015

It’s been nearly six months since the last news update and there is a lot to report. Work with the American College of Surgeons and the Commission on Cancer is well-under way to create the “CoC Rectal Cancer Accreditation Program”. The Standards Committee has been appointed by the OSTRiCh Executive Committee and is currently writing the first draft of the CoC Rectal Cancer Accreditation Manual. Members of the Standards Committee are:

Co-Chairs:Dave Dietz (Cleveland Clinic)
John Monson (University of Rochester)
Members:Walt Peters (Boone Hospital Center)
Dan Herzig (Oregon Health and Sciences University
Ron Landmann (Mayo Clinic Florida)
Linda Farkas (Duke University)
Ovunc Bardakcioglu (University of Nevada)
Sam Oommen (John Muir Medical Center)

Thanks also to all who have volunteered to join the Education and Database committees. Those committees will be appointed in the very near future as preliminary discussions regarding the design of the Rectal Cancer Program Training Course have been held with the ACS Division of Education. Work is also beginning to modify the NCDB to capture the data related to the CoC Rectal Cancer Accreditation Program.

There will be a gathering of the OSTRiCh General Assembly at the upcoming meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons in Boston. An email announcement went out earlier this week. In the event that you missed it, details are below:

New Date: Saturday May 30, 2015
New Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 310

Regarding OSTRiCh databases, the OSTRiCh Transanal TME registry has been generously funded by the ASCRS Research Council and is currently being installed on the website. Details will be discussed by Dr. Monson at the ASCRS OSTRiCh meeting above. The OSTRiCh Rectal Cancer Registry is also nearing completion. This web-based application will allow OSTRiCh members to enter their rectal cancer cases into a database that will serve as a powerful research tool for the group. The registry will allow us to get a better understanding of the current status of rectal cancer care in the U.S., track improvements in outcomes as the Centers of Excellence program is instituted, and help guide us in the development of future policy related to the management of rectal cancer patients.

Since the last news update in June, OSTRiCh has added 39 new members. The group has now grown to 144 physically and geographically diverse institutions, all united in their desire to improve the care of U.S. rectal cancer patients (the complete listing can be found under the “Our Members” tab on the “About Us” page). Please welcome the following institutions and their representatives to the Consortium:

Beaumont Hospital (Troy, MI) Mosed-Vogel, Michelle
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (New York) Peter Kaye, MD
The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, OH) Ian Paquette, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Deborah Nagle, MD
Rush University Bruce Orkin, MD
Memorial Healthcare System-Memorial Cancer Institute Ihor Pidhorecky, MD
Allegheny Health Network James McCormick, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Fort Wayne Joshua Wallet, MD
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills (CA) Armen Aboulian, MD
St. Peter's Health Partner's Brian Steckel, MD
Kathryn Corcoran
Temple University Howard Ross, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine Jaime Bohl, MD
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Craig Rezac, MD
Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Med School Theodore Eisenstat, MD
Lakeland Regional Cancer Center Manuel Molina-Vega, MD
Legacy Medical Group Alizah Rotramel, MD
Barnabas Health Medical Group Mark Gilder, MD
PIH Health Whittier Campus Armen Gregorian, MD
HCA - Chippenham Hospital Courtney Cole
Abington Health Mark Zebley, MD
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (St. Joseph Health) Ben Wade, MD
Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, WA) Shane McNevin, MD
Piedmont Healthcare Corporation and Piedmont Colorectal Associates Jay Singh, MD
Community Medical Center (Toms River, NJ) Steven Lowry, MD
Lancaster General Hospital Walid Hesham, MD
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (knoxville, TN) Gregory Midis, MD
Community Medical Center Jonathan Gapilango, MD
Bayhealth Medical Center Assar Rather, MD
Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington Heights, IL) Scott Pinchot, MD
The Iowa Clinic/Unity Point Des Moines Michael Page, MD
US Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center (Biloxi, MS) Joshua Tyler, MD
St Clair Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA) Leigh Nadler, MD
Peace Health (Vancouver, Washington) Andrea Lange, MD
UMass Memorial Medical Center Justin Maykel, MD
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Howard Berg, MD
Frederick Memorial Hospital (Frederick, MD) Howard Berg, MD
Novant Health Erin Ball
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Kelly Finan, MD
University of Florida Atif Iqbal, MD
The Colorectal Center (Nashville, TN) William Harb, MD

Please remember to direct any inquiries regarding the OSTRiCh effort to our website (


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