ICRS 2023 - Colorectal Cancer - The Road Ahead

Last date for Registration: 31st October 2023
Program Brochure


I have the pleasure of welcoming you on behalf of the Colorectal surgical unit of the department of General Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore to the 9th International Colorectal Symposium (ICRS, 2023) that will be conducted between Novmber 16th and 18th at the Sheraton Grand Resort, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

The Christian Medical College is a 120 year old institution that has pioneered many changes in the delivery of health care in India. The colorectal surgery unit was formed in 2003 as a result of one such innovative change, namely the specialty oriented development of the Department of General Surgery.

Since formation, the unit has been conducting academic meetings once in two years, where we discuss nuances in the management of various diseases of the colon, rectum and anal canal. 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 our theme is “Colorectal Cancer – the way ahead”. The faculty includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and nurse practitioners from the Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the UK and the USA as well as many centres in India who have both interest and 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.

There will be three workshops prior to the symposium where we will be focusing on aspects of surgery that often challenge surgeons at different stages of their careers. The anatomy workshop is for surgeons who have are in training and plan to pursue a career in colorectal surgery. It will cover the complexities of abdomen-pelvic anatomy relevant to rectal cancer surgery. The surgical research workshop is for consultant surgeons and surgical faculty who wish to . The objectives of this workshop are to learn how to formulate a research question, design and conduct a study to answer the question and finally convert the study into an article for publication. The third workshop is tilted “From Competence to Mastery”. This is a practical workshop aimed at established surgeons who hope to sharpen their judgment and skills to reach the next level. The course focuses on how to use knowledge gained from dealing with practical everyday complex scenarios to lead to a more complete understanding of the optimum approach to obtaining the best results for patients.

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


Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa,
280 ECR, Vadanamelli, Mahabalipuram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104, India

For further details contact

Dr. Rohin Mittal

Organizing Secretary

Surgery Unit II (Colorectal Surgery), Christian Medical College,
Vellore – 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India

(0416) 2282159 / 2282438