Complete archive of the CBS HealthWatch Colorectal Cancer/Digestive Health Awareness Webcast March 28th 2012

Approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year and another 56,000 people die annually of this disease. Colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented and cured if detected and treated early.

This March, in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, CBS HealthWatch™, in partnership with Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES), the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), will once again raise awareness for Colorectal Cancer. The initiative will focus on the importance of early detection and will provide a host of information on the topic including treatment options.

We are excited to announce as part of the campaign, CBS will host a live Webcast on Wednesday, March 28th. The event will include a panel of ASCRS medical experts and will be moderated by Dr. Travis Stork of “The Doctors”.

During this special event, our panel of medical experts will answer your questions about:

· Screening methods

· Risk factors

· How to prevent colorectal cancer

· Digestive diseases

· Advances in treatment and more



Dr. Travis Stork
Vanderbilt Medical Center, Host Of The Doctors

Dr. Travis Stork is a host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors. When he isn’t hosting the syndicated series, Dr. Stork is a faculty physician in the Emergency Department at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia, being elected into the prestigious honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha for outstanding academic achievement.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dr. Stork never anticipated working on television. However, after he was approached by a casting director for The Bachelor, Dr. Stork ultimately took the plunge and appeared as The Bachelor during its eighth season in Paris. The experience made him realize the power of television and its incredible reach, and after appearing regularly as a medical expert on Dr. Phil, he was selected by executive producer Jay McGraw to co-host The Doctors.


Harry T. Papaconstantinou, M.D.
Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Dr. Papaconstantinou is the chief of colon and rectal surgery and the Vice Chairman of Clinical Operations in the Department of Surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a Masters of Medical Science in surgical nutrition at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Dr. Papaconstantinou completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati, OH, and completed his colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Papaconstantinou currently serves as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He has published numerous peer-review articles on colon and rectal cancer, anal cancer, and condyloma. He has authored book chapters on diverticulitis, anal fissure, fecal incontinence, constipation, pilonidal disease and hidrandenitis suppurativa. His research interests are in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery techniques and outcomes, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has been elected into the AOA national medical honor society. Clinical interests include: colon rectal and anal cancer, minimally invasive surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), diverticular disease of the colon, anorectal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and constipation.

Anthony Senagore, M.D.
Professor and Chief, Colorectal Surgery
USC Norris Cancer Hospital/Keck Medical Center of USC

Dr. Senagore specializes in laparoscopic bowel resection, surgeries for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal cancer, and the treatment and management of anorectal disorders. He is also a researcher, specializing in molecular and genetic changes in colorectal cancer, laparoscopic bowel surgery, and new surgical treatments for incontinence and constipation. He has brought a number of cutting edge therapies for colorectal cancer to USC.

Dr. Senagore is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. He is a member of numerous associations, such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Senagore is Director of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. He is a national and international speaker, has edited three books on colon and rectal surgery, and authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and 15 textbooks.

Michael Stamos, M.D.
University of California Irvine

Dr. Michael J. Stamos is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Michael was born in Miami, Florida and received his undergraduate and MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his internship and residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida and received his colon and rectal surgery training at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Stamos then moved west where he joined the University of California Los Angeles faculty and worked primarily at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California for eleven years. In 2002, he moved to UC Irvine Medical Center to establish the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at that institution. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, 30 chapters and has also served as editor on 4 textbooks including the ASCRS textbook of Colon and Rectal surgery. He is currently serving as Chair of the Examination Committee and is President Elect of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS).

David E Stein, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine

David E. Stein, M.D., received his medical degree from Downstate Medical College in New York. He completed his general surgery training in Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA before accepting a fellowship position in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. Dr. Stein is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. His clinical focus includes the laparoscopic treatment of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, and is an expert in prevention strategies and identifying risk factors for colorectal cancer in younger patients. He serves as the director of education and sits on the board of directors of the Susan Cohan Kasdas Foundation, for which he has created numerous health education programs.

Sharon Stein, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medical Center

Sharon L. Stein, MD is a colorectal surgeon at Case Medical Center/University Hospitals in Cleveland OH. She completed her surgery training and Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospitals Cornell University and Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Hospitals. She is an assistant professor of surgery, the director of the Case Acute Intestinal Failure Unit and surgical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. Dr. Stein’s clinical interests include the surgical treatment of intestinal failure, Crohn’s disease and colitis as well as general colon and rectal surgery. In addition to her clinical work at University Hospitals, Dr. Stein has served as a surgeon with Medecins sans Frontiers/Doctors without Borders in Southern Sudan and Port au Prince, Haiti.

Anders Mellgren, M.D., Ph. D
Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota

Anders Mellgren, M.D., received his medical degree from Karolinska Institutet – Stockholm, Sweden. He completed his general surgery training in Karolinska Institutet at Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden before accepting a fellowship position in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. His clinical focus includes pelvic floor disorders, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, minimally invasive robotic surgery innovative treatment options for fecal incontinence and has done extensive surgical research and teaching.

Dr. Mellgren serves as an adjunct Professor of Surgery at University of Minnesota. He is a member of numerous associations including American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons American College of Surgeons.