Historic Profile

The Society was organized as the MICHIGAN PROCTOLOGIC SOCIETY on September 30, 1954, and on October 9, 1974, officially changed its name to the MICHIGAN SOCIETY OF COLON AND RECTAL SURGEONS to conform to the change made by the National Society (The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons).

The purpose for the Society's organization, as stated in its original Preamble (1954) was as follows:

"It being generally recognized that best interests are promoted by orderly procedure and concerted dissemination of knowledge and effort, also to further advance the Specialty of Proctology and to encourage Proctologic Research; this the Michigan Proctologic Society is organized."

This was restated with the change in the Society's name in 1974 as follows:

"The Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is organized for the purpose of disseminating to all physicians knowledge relating to diseases of the anus, rectum and colon."

A copy of the original MPS Bylaws are attached for information.

The Society's Membership Classifications and Qualifications for Membership are as follows:

(1) Qualifications For Membership - Require the applicant be a graduate of an approved (Class A) medical school, be legally licensed to practice in the State of Michigan, and have evidenced a special interest in colon and rectal surgery. Membership in the County Medical Society, American Medical Association, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is desirable but not required.

(2) Qualified members at the time of adoption of the official date of the organization of the Society and adoption of the bylaws shall be known as Founders.

(3) Senior Members - Any member who is sixty years of age or more and who is a member with outstanding qualifications may be nominated by the Executive Council for the honor of Senior Membership.

(4) Members - Members shall have the right to vote and hold office in the Society. They may serve on committees, may appear on scientific programs and may participate in discussion of scientific papers.

Membership Certificates are issued to all applicants accepted for membership in the MSCRS and attached for information are copies of the original MPS Certificate and the current MSCRS Certificate.



 Max M. Ali, M.D.

*Thomas C. Aminski, M.D.

#Donald C. Barkel, M.D.

#James Barron, M.D.

#Leandre I. Bautista, M.D.

#William L. Beauregard, M.D.

*Joseph W. Becker, M.D.

Howard G. Benjamin, M.D.

*J. D. Benson, M.D.

*Wallace Borgman, M.D.

Marilyn A. Borst

#*George T. Bradley, M.D.

#Robert J. Brickner, M.D.

*Guy G. Briggs, M.D.

*G. M. Brown, M.D.

*Ralph M. Burke, M.D.

#Manuel M. Campos, M.D.

#Michael Chen

#Chairat Chomchai, M.D.

Daniel C. Coffey, M.D.

#Phillip A. Dean

*G. W. DeBoer, M.D.

Robert H. Dickason, D.O.

#Ganesh R. Deshmukh, M.D.

Nadav Dujovny

#John C. Eggenberger

#*James A. Ferguson, M.D.

*Lynn A. Ferguson, M.D.

Emily Finlayson, M.D.

#Richard A. Flanagan, Jr., M.D.

#Thomas A. Fox, M.D.

#Harold Friedl, M.D.

#William G. Friend, M.D.

#John E. Garry, M.D.

James J. Gibbons, M.D.

#Jon Hain, M.D.

Peter A. Haas, M.D.

*Robert F. Hague, M.D.

#Jon Michael Hain, M.D.

#Khatchadour W. Hamamdjian, M.D.

*Jesse T. Harper, M.D.

H. J. Hazledine, M.D.

J. R. Heaton, M.D.

#Mark J. Heinzelmann, M.D.

#*Louis J. Hirschman, M.D.

#Rebecca Hoedema, M.D.

A. Thomas Hudson, M.D.

#Emina Huang, M.D.

#Jean Jaffke-Whitney, M.D.

#Omar Kadro, M.D.

*Herbert I. Kallett, M.D.

#Mahesh C. Karamchandani, M.D.

#Sadaf Khan, M.D.

#Donald G. Kim, M.D.

George Kinsley, M.D.

#Steven N. Klein, M.D.

#Philip D. Kondylis, M.D.

#Raymond V. Landes, M.D.

#Chong S. Lee, M.D.

#Martin Luchtefeld, M.D.

#*Byron B. Lutes, M.D.

#James P. Lynch, M.D.

#Alasdair I.L. McKendrick, M.D.

#Robert McKnight, M.D.

*Donald W. McLean, M.D.

#John M. MacKeigan, M.D.

Howard M. Manz, M.D.

#David A. Margolin, M.D.

#Mark Mattingly, M.D.

#W. Patrick Mazier, M.D.

#Alan Mendelssohn, M.D.

#Mark I. Menning, M.D.

*Maurice P. Meyers, M.D.

#Jeffrey W. Milsom, M.D.

#Albert C. Moeller, M.D.

Arden Morris, M.D.

*Robert J. Morrow, M.D.

#L. Michelle Mosed-Vogal, M.D.

#James P. Muldoon, M.D.

#Khalil S. Nahra, M.D.

#*Norman D. Nigro, M.D.

*Constantine L. Oden, M.D.

#Steven Olchowski, M.D.

*J. J. O'Mears, M.D.

#Che S. Park, M.D.

#Ralph D. Pearlman, M.D.

#*Donald J. Pearson, M.D.

#Larry R. Pelok, M.D.

*A. C. Pfiefer, M.D.

#*Leonard Price, M.D.

#Stephen G. Priest, M.D.

Rafael E. Quinones, M.D.

#Craig A. Reickert, M.D.

#Jordy Sacksner, M.D.

*E. G. Schaiberger, M.D.

#Mark M. Segall, M.D.

#Anthony J. Senagore, M.D.

*Martin C. Sharp, M.D.

*Edward Sladek, M.D.

*B. F. Snideman, M.D.

Wael Solh

#Massoud Sooudi, M.D.

#Hans Stein, M.D.

#James A. Surrell, M.D.

#Guat Sy, Jr., M.D.

#Eric J. Szilagy, M.D.

#Timothy M. Talbott, M.D.

#Ghalib Y. Talia, M.D.

#George Tehirkow, M.D.

Amod S. Tootla, M.D.

#Farouk S. Tootla, M.D.

George L. Walker, M.D.

#Stephen A. Walker, M.D.

#Harry J. Wasvary, M.D.

*Martha Wells, M.D.

*Jacob F. Wenzel, M.D.

*Thomas Wilensky, M.D.

*D. R. Wright, M.D.

  *  Founders and original members from inception.

#  Certified American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery


The majority of MSCRS members are members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Most are members of the American Medical Association as well as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Several MSCRS members have achieved recognition by serving as Program Directors in colorectal training programs, or by serving on the governing bodies and/or committees of the ASCRS and other prominent medical organizations. Among these members are:

William L. Beauregard, M.D.- Program Director, Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

James A. Ferguson, M.D. - American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons,

Past President - 1969 - 1970

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery,

Past President - 1974 - 1975

Thomas A. Fox, Jr., M.D. - Program Director, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons,

Past Vice President

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Associate Member - 1979 - 1981

American Medical Association, ASCRS Rep.

Section on Colon & Rectal Surgery

Louis J. Hirschman, M.D. - American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons,

Past President, 1912 - 1913

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery,

Past President, 1939 - 1940

John M. MacKeigan, M.D. - American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons,

Past Council Member

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery,

Board Member, 1986 - 1990

W. Patrick Mazier, M.D. - Program Director - Ferguson Clinic, Grand Rapids, MI

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Vice President, 1987 - 1988

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Associate Member, 1978 - 1979

Research Foundation of the ASCRS, President

James P. Muldoon, M.D. - American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Associate Member, 1976 - 1978

Norman D. Nigro, M.D. - American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

Past President, 1965 - 1966

American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Executive Dir./Secty. Treas. 1972 - 1986


The Elected Officers shall comprise the Executive Council of the Society and they shall be:

(1) President

(2) President-Elect

(3) Secretary-Treasurer

The elected officers shall enter upon their duties immediately after the adjournment of the meeting at which they are elected, and shall continue in office for one year or until their successors are elected.



1954-1955 Robert Morrow - Joseph Becker

1955-1956 George Brown - Don Pearson

1956-1957 Jesse Harper - Don Pearson

1957-1958 Joseph Becker - Guy DeBoer

1958-1959 Joseph Becker - Guy DeBoer

1959-1960 Donald Pearson - Thomas C. Arminski

1960-1961 Donald Pearson - Thomas C. Arminski

1961-1962 Guy W. DeBoer - Thomas C. Arminski

1962-1963 George T. Bradley - Martha Wells

1963-1964 Thomas C. Arminski - Martha Wells

1964-1965 Don W. McLean - George Kinsley

1965-1966 Robert F. Hague - George Kinsley

1966-1967 George L. Walker - George Kinsley

1967-1968 John R. Heaton - George Kinsley

1968-1969 George Bradley; - George Kinsley H. J. Hazeldine

1969-1970 George Kinsley - H. J. Hazeldine

1970-1971 James P. Muldoon - Alan Mendelssohn

1971-1972 William Beauregard - Alan Mendelssohn

1972-1973 James A. Ferguson - Alan Mendelssohn

1973-1974 William Beauregard - Alan Mendelssohn

1974-1975 Timothy M. Talbott - Alan Mendelssohn

1975-1976 Larry B. Pelok - Alan Mendelssohn

1976-1977 Manuel Campos - Alan Mendelssohn

1977-1978 Thomas A. Fox - Byron Lutes

1978-1979 John A. MacKeigan - Byron Lutes

1979-1980 Robert McKnight - Byron Lutes

1980-1981 Rafael Quinones - Hans Stein

1981-1982 Byron Lutes - Hans Stein

1982-1983 W. Patrick Mazier - Hans Stein

1983-1984 Steven Klein - Omar Kadro

1984-1985 Hans Stein - Omar Kadro

1985-1986 Robert Brickner - Omar Kadro

1986-1987 Alasdair McKendrick - Steven Klein

1987-1988 Omar Kadro - Steven Klein

1988-1989 James Surrell - Steven Klein

1989-1990 Thomas A. Fox - Donald C. Barkel

1990-1991 Steven E. Olchowski - Chairat Chomchai

1991-1992 Che Song Park - Farouk S. Tootla

1992-1993 Chairat Chomchai - Farouk S. Tootla

1993-1994 Anthony J. Senagore - K. W. Hamamdjian

1994-1995 Farouk S. Tootla - K. W. Hamamdjian

1996-1997 K. W. Hamamdjian - John C. Eggenberger

1997-1998 James P. Lynch - Stephen G. Priest

1998-1999 John C. Eggenberger - Ralph D. Pearlman

1999-2000 Stephen G. Priest - Mark I. Menning

2000 - 2001 Ralph D. Pearlman - Doanls C. Barkel

2001 - 2002 Mark I. Menning - Ganesh R. Deshmukh

2002 - 2003 Donald C. Barkel - Raymond V. Landes 

2003 - 2004 Ganesh R. Deshmukh - Richard L. Flanagan, Jr.

2004 - 2005 Raymond V. Landes - Martin A. Luchtefeld

2005 - 2006 Richard L. Flanagan, Jr. - Harry J. Wasvary

2006 - 2007 Martin A. Luchtefeld - Phillip A. Dean

2007 - 2008 Harry J. Wasvary - Donald G. Kim

2008 - 2009 Phillip A. Dean - Mark W. Mattingly

2096 - 2010 Donald G. Kim - Jon M. Hain

2010 - 2011 Mark W. Mattingly - L. Michelle Mosed-Vogel

2011 - 2012 Jon M. Hain - Rebecca E. Hoedema

2012 - 2013 Jon M. Hain - Amir A. Damadi

2013 - 2014 Rebecca E. Hoedema - Craig R. Reickert


The Annual Meeting shall be held at such time and place as shall be designated at the prior Annual Meeting by the majority of voting members of the Society. The accepted date of the Annual Meeting should be a date during the Annual Meeting of the Michigan State Medical Society.

The Scientific session shall be held during the Annual Meeting at the time and place of the Michigan State Medical Society as the Executive Council may direct. The Society's Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery partakes in the Michigan State Medical Society's Scientific Program held annually in conjunction with the MSMS Annual Meeting. It is the responsiblity of each MSCRS President to put together the Section's program. The Colon and Rectal program receives co-sponsorship from the MSMS for Category I CME Credit.


With the organization of the Society in 1954, annual dues were set at $10.00. Senior Members were exempted from paying dues by action of the Executive Council. In 1977, the dues were raised to $20.00 annually, and in 1988 to $50.00 annually.


In 1957 Miss Harriette Gibson began to conduct the MSCRS administrative affairs and continued to do so until her retirement in 1988. She did this from her office in Detroit, Michigan and this responsibility has now has been transferred to the administrative office of the ABCRS in Taylor, Michigan. Mrs. Irene Babcock is the Executiuve Assistant.


Early correspondence (1957) reveals that Annual Meetings of the Society were held in Grand Rapids. Later in the 60's, meetings alternated periodically between Grand Rapids and Detroit. They are now held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn.


A letter of January 20, 1960, from the APS (American Proctologic Society) read as follows:

"The membership and council of the APS would like to believe that the membership of the accepted regional proctologic societies are the 'grass roots' and solid main stay of the parent society. The APS wants dearly to promote a firmer relationship and closer understanding between the regional societies and itself.


Thus, beginning in 1960, the annual roster of the APS will include the names of accepted regional proctologic societies and the names of the officers of each society."


At the ' September 22, 1965 MPS Annual Meeting, Dr. Pearson, Delegate to the Section on Gastroenterology and Proctology of the MSMS, presented a report to the Society. He said the Section on Gastroenterology and Proctology had now been separated into two sections and that the Section on Proctology would need to elect a chairman, a secretary, and a delegate. The delegate will not have the right to vote but will attend the House of Delegates meeting. Dr. Pearson also emphasized that since we are now a separate section, greater attention would have to be given to programming.


The newly created separate Section on Proctology of the MSMS held its first meeting during the MSMS convention in Grand Rapids in September 1966. The program for the first MPS Section included a surgical clinic which included an interesting variety of operative cases at the Ferguson Clinic. This was followed by a luncheon meeting of the Section at the Pantland Hotel. The guest speaker was Dr. Clyde Culp of the Mayo Clinic discussing "Pilonidal Disease."

The first Section Officers, 1966-1967:

Chairman - George L. Walker, M.D. of Detroit Vice Chairman - not elected

Secretary - George Kinsley, M.D. of Pontiac Delegate Donald G. Pearson, M.D. of Battle Creek

At the September 24, 1970 MPS Annual Meeting, Dr. Donald Pearson reported briefly on some of the activities of the MSMS House of Delegates. He said that the Section delegates could now vote which they had not be able to do previously.

At the October 10, 1973 MPS Annual Meeting, the members discussed changing the name of the Society since the National Society had changed its name. The consensus was that the name should be changed to Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Drs. Campos, Beauregard, and Mendelssohn were named to the Bylaws Committee to investigate the necessary steps for this to be accomplished.

At this meeting, the members agreed that in the future wives should be invited to attend the dinner meeting.

At the October 9, 1974 MPS meeting, a MOTION was passed to change the name of the Society to the Michigan Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

At the November 10, 1976 MSCRS Annual Meeting, a MOTION was passed that the annual dues for the MSCRS be increased to $20 beginning in 1977. It was also reported that the MSMS had acted favorably upon the Society's request and voted to change the name of our Section to the Section on Colon and Rectal Surgery. In discussion of the Section Program, it was noted this was the Society's first attempt at a continuing education course.