As the President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, I am excited to welcome you to the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, TX from March 27 –30, 2022. The La Cantera Resort is a beautiful facility with many amenities. Dr. Oz Harmanli and the Scientific Program Committee have put together a truly informative program, with exceptional keynote speakers, stimulating panel discussions, and a combination of podium presentations and videos that cover a variety of timely and interesting topics in gynecologic surgery. In addition, the many collegial social events for which SGS is well known round out an exciting program. The theme of this year’s meeting is: Gynecologic Surgery Training: Lessons from the Past, Looking to the Future.

We are fortunate to have thought leaders for our keynote speakers. This year’s second annual Mark D. Walters Lectureship will be presented by Dr. Marta Crispens, Professor and Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Vanderbilt. Her lecture is entitled, “Restructuring Gynecologic Surgical Education: It’s a Matter of Equity” This year’s TeLinde Lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Patricia Turner, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons. Both of these speakers will take a hard look at our current training structure and examine strategies that can lead to improvements in our field.

Five postgraduate courses are being offered with complete course descriptions on the SGS website. The courses being offered are “Interdisciplinary Approach and Surgical Techniques for Diagnosis and Repair of Mullerian Anomalies”, Cara King, DO, Chair; “Evaluation and Management of Vesicovaginal and Rectovaginal Fistulas”, Saifuddin Mama, MD, Chair; “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Medical Professionals”, Paula Doyle, MD, Chair; “Multiple Modalities of Myomectomy”, Matthew Siedhoff, MD, Chair; “Training the Trainer: A Vaginal Surgery Simulation Course for Educators”, Christine Vaccaro, DO, Chair.

There will also be multiple Academic Roundtables with a wide variety of topics in the small group setting, a perfect opportunity to question experts in their field.

The Scientific Program Committee Chair, Dr. Oz Harmanli, and I will moderate two panel discussions on topics that are of concern to everyone in GYN surgery. The panels are “Innovations in Training Gynecologic Surgeons”, featuring perspectives from Drs. Cecile Ferando, Doug Miyazaki, and Karl Tamussino. The second panel will be about “Operating Room Safety and Efficiency” and will include the following discussants: Dr. Kenneth Catchpole, Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, and Dr. Jason Wright.

Social event planning is underway and, as usual, will be a highlight of the meeting. These events make our meeting so enjoyable. On Sunday evening the Welcome Reception will be from 6 – 7 pm. On Monday evening the President’s Reception will be held from 7:15 – 8:15 pm immediately following the Annual Awards Ceremony. Tuesday afternoon leisure activities will feature the SGS Annual Golf Tournament, the Eisenhower Park Hiking Tour and Guadalupe River Kayaking. Not to be missed on Tuesday evening is SGS Got Talent.

Much more information is available on the SGS website. Here is hoping that Coronavirus is a bad memory by Spring 2022 and we can minimize the virtual component of the meeting. Registration is open, so go to the website and make plans to attend the meeting.  I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


Carl W. Zimmerman, MD
SGS President



Marlene Corton, MD, M.Sc 
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Paul A. Moran, FRCOG, MFFP,
Consultant Urogynecologist
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, NHS Trust 


Joint Statement on Re-introduction of Hospital and Office-based Procedures in the COVID-19 Climate for the Practicing Gynecologist

View the new joint statement HERE

A guide for urogynecologic patient care utilizing telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic: review of existing evidence

Thanks to the hard work from the SGS' Systematic Review Group (SRG) and the Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery Consortium (CoRPS) the above titled manuscript is now published in the International Urogynecology JournalClick HERE to read the manuscript.

Female Sexual Health: Barriers to Optimal Outcomes and a Roadmap for Improved Patient–Clinician Communications

The Alliance for Advancing Women’s Health (AAWH) collaborated on a consensus paper detailing the barriers to optimal women’s sexual health and a path toward improving clinical interaction. The paper, “Female Sexual Health: Barriers to Optimal Outcomes and a Roadmap for Improved Patient-Clinician Communications,” was recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health... Read More

SGS Mission

The mission of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons is to promote excellence in gynecologic surgery through acquisition of knowledge and improvement of skills, advancement of basic and clinical research, and professional and public education.


The Society prides itself in mentoring young gynecologic surgeons and investigators and this is reflected with the founding of both the Fellows' Pelvic Research Network (FPRN®) and the Systematic Review Groups (SRG) in 2007, both groups held in high esteem by other medical societies.


Evidence-Based Medicine article published in OBG Mangement based on the SGS Meeting Workshop....Read it Now!

SGS has enhanced the searching capability on its NEW VIDEO LIBRARY. Click HERE to view!