Dr John RT Monson is the Executive Director of Colorectal Surgery, Florida Hospital System in Orlando, Florida and Director of the Digestive Health Institute. He is also a Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine and serves as the Clinical Director of the Surgical Health Outcomes Consortium (SHOC) at Florida Hospital. Dr Monson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, started his faculty career at Imperial College London in 1990.
Dr Monson, whose areas of expertise include the use of minimally invasive technologies in colorectal cancer treatment including Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEMS) laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr Monson was at the forefront of the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United Kingdom and was the founding Chair of the UK’s National Training Program. He has been involved in basic research into a broad range of cancer-related areas and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care.
A lecturer and award-winning author of more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and over 100 book chapters, he is a former Vice President of the British Association of Surgical Oncology and served on the Executive Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He was President of MIRCS (Multidisciplinary International Rectal Cancer Society) and is Vice-President of the OSTRiCh Clinical Consortium on Rectal Cancer having co-founded this group. He co-authored the national standards for rectal cancer care in the USA. In addition, he serves on the Steering Committee of the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer and is a sitting member of the Commission on Cancer.
Dr Monson is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and served as the Chair of the ASCRS Research Committee and a member of the Foundation Board for six years. He has served on a number of ASCRS bodies including the Rectal Cancer Coordinating Committee and Membership Committee having previously served on the Standards and Public Relations Committee.
His current research continue to focus on health care delivery and the implementation of change within health care systems with a particular emphasis on cancer care.
He will be taking part in the Consultants’ Corner on Tuesday, 17:00, and on Wednesday presenting ‘Past, present and future’ at the Early Rectal Cancer session at 8:30, and ‘Burnout and poor behaviour’ at The Failing Surgeon session, 14:30.