8th International Colorectal Symposium
31st Oct and 1st and 2nd Nov 2019

Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer

8th International Colorectal Symposium
31st Oct and 1st and 2nd Nov 2019

Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer

8th International Colorectal Symposium
31st Oct and 1st and 2nd Nov 2019

Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer

8th International Colorectal Symposium
31st Oct and 1st and 2nd Nov 2019

Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer

8th International Colorectal Symposium
31st Oct and 1st and 2nd Nov 2019

Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer

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Welcome

I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the 8th International Colorectal Symposium (ICRS, 2019) that will be conducted between October 31st and November 2nd at the Christian Medical College, Vellore.

The Christian Medical College and Hospital form a 120 year old institution that has pioneered many changes in the delivery of health care in India. The college recently completed a hundred years in the field of medical education and the hospital has grown from a one bed dispensary to an almost 3000 bed multispecialty hospital.

The department of general surgery has been in existence since the foundation of the college and has grown and evolved over the years. The colorectal surgery unit was formed in 2003 as a part of the specialty oriented development of the department of general surgery, one of the most significant milestones in its evolution.

Since formation, the unit has been conducting academic meetings once in two years, during which advances in the management of various diseases of the colon, rectum and anal canal are discussed. Our meetings have always had a specific theme to ensure focused discussion and deliberation. We have been fortunate to have our friends from both India and overseas participate in these meetings, enhancing the quality and widening the perspective of our discussions.

This year we will be focusing our discussions on the theme “Reducing Complications and Improving Outcomes in Surgery for Colorectal cancer”. The faculty includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and nurse practitioners from Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the UK , the USA and many centres in India who have both an interest and a vast experience in management of colorectal disease. In addition to lectures, we will be conducting multidisciplinary team sessions during which our discussions will be less theoretical and based on real life decision making dilemmas and complications that we have encountered in our practice. I would encourage you to bring your queries and experiences to the meeting for all of us to discuss and benefit from.

We also have a number of workshops prior to the symposium where we will be focusing on training in colorectal surgery and many practical aspects of surgical training and practice that a trainee would benefit from.

Technological developments over the years in the fields of diagnostics and treatment have improved treatment outcomes and made many aspects of patient management safer. However, what is being recognized more recently as an important factor in determining quality and safety of health care service delivery is the human factor. This aspect of healthcare has been approached in an objective and systematic manner and put together as a course; the “Human factors course” which I believe will immensely benefit not only surgeons but also other health care professionals and administrators.

On behalf of the Colorectal unit of the Department of General Surgery, I look forward to welcoming you to CMC Vellore. I hope this meeting is not only a time for academic discussion and exchange of ideas but also an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Mark Ranjan Jesudason
Professor & Head
Colorectal Surgery
Christian Medical College, Vellore