Keynote Speaker: 10:05 AM  Monday, March 12, 2018

James Merlino, MD (President and Chief Medical Officer of the Strategic Consulting Division at Press Ganey)
"Patient Experience: It is Not About Making People Happy"

Dr. James Merlino is president and chief medical officer of the strategic consulting division at Press Ganey.  Prior to joining Press Ganey, Jim served as chief experience officer and associate chief of staff at the Cleveland Clinic health system, as well as a practicing staff colorectal surgeon at the organization’s Digestive Disease Institute.   

Dr. Merlino was named to the 2015 Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 50 experts leading the field of patient safetyand on the 2013 Health Leaders Magazine’s list of 20 people who make healthcare better.In 2014, he released his first book, Service Fanatics: How to Build Superior Patient Experience the Cleveland Clinic Way.”

TeLinde Lecturer
: 10:30 AM  Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Amit Sood, MD (Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic-MN)
"Building Resilience"

Dr. Sood holds the rank of professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. He serves as chair of the Mind Body Medicine Initiative and director of student wellness for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He provides resiliency and stress management consults to patients at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sood completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree in clinical research from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has received several National Institutes of Health grants and foundation awards to test and implement integrative and mind-body approaches within medicine. 

Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward mind-body medicine by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, philosophy and biomedical research. His resulting program, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART©) has now been adapted as Mayo Clinic Resilient Living. The program helps patients learn skills to decrease stress and enhance resiliency by improving awareness of how the human brain operates, and through that awareness develop practices for stronger and deeper attention and emotional resilience. The program reaches approximately 50,000 patients and learners each year. The program has been tested in 20 completed clinical trials.  

Dr. Sood’s programs are offered for a wide variety of patients and learners including to improve resiliency; decrease stress and anxiety; enhance well-being, happiness and mindfulness; improve health behaviors; enhance coping in patients with chronic illness; and wellness solutions for caregivers, corporate executives, health care professionals, parents, and students. At Mayo Clinic, SMART© program is now available enterprise-wide to the staff and integrated within the leadership and burnout curriculum for physicians, nurses, and medical students.  

Dr. Sood has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, book chapters, abstracts and letters. He has developed award-winning patient education DVDs on topics within integrative medicine ranging from paced breathing meditation and mindfulness to wellness solutions for obesity, insomnia and fibromyalgia. He developed the first Mayo Clinic iPhone app for meditation training. Dr. Sood is author of the books “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living”,  “The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness”, and “Immerse: A 52-Week Course in Resilient Living

Special Guest Lecture: 9:50 AM Monday, March 12, 2018

 Mitchell Schuster, MD  “MACRA and MIPS: What you need to know and do now to protect and enhance your practice.”



Special Guest Lecture: 12:55 PM Monday, March 12, 2018

John O.L. DeLancey, MD (Norman F. Miller Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Michigan Health System)

"3D Anatomy of Pelvic Organ Prolapse"



Debate: 1:15 PM Monday, March 12, 2018

"Optimal Surgical Management of Stage 3 and 4 Pelvic Organ Prolapse"



Peter Rosenblatt, MD



Native Tissue - Rebecca Rogers, MD



Sacrocolpolpexy - Patrick Culligan, MD



Transvaginal Mesh - Vincent R. Lucente, MD


Panel Discussion: 12:15 PM Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"What is the Future of Gynecologic Surgery and the Subspecialties?"




Moderator: Eric Sokol, MD




General Gynecology - Carl Zimmerman, MD



  FPMRS - Dee E. Fenner, MD




MIGS - Arnold Advincula, MD


Gyn Oncology - Javier Magrina, MD

   ABOG - Wilma Larsen, MD                                                                                                                                            

Mentorship Mingle - Monday March 12, 2018   5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
Wine and Cheese will be served

SGS is pleased to offer a Mentorship Mingle. This event with seasoned SGS leaders is designed to connect experienced gynecologists with younger physicians (including fellows, those new to practice, residents) through an informal small group setting to discuss a variety of topics. Learn from your mentors, their past career and life experiences, and foster a relationship that can help you advance as a professional. Each table will feature one Mentor and 6-8 Mentees. Mentors will rotate amongst the tables to ensure optimal exposure of attendees to meet several senior and distinguished SGS Members and discuss timely topics.

Mentorship Mingle Rotation Mentors:
Dr. Anthony Visco, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Deirdre Bland, Winston Salem Gynecology
Dr. Matthew Barber, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Catherine Matthews, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Dr. Wilma Larsen, American Board of Ob/Gyn

This year we have added an additional Mentorship activity where you may register for a particular Mentor and this Mentor will continue discussing their particular topic for the entire hour period. The mentors that you may choose from for this session are:

Dr. Cheryl Iglesia - "Building it from scratch--practical business and career advice from a gyn surgeon in the trenches"
Dr. Vincent Lucente - “Understanding “YOU” the brand
Dr. Carl Zimmerman - "The Vanderbilt Model for Career Long Surgical Mentoring"

Academic Roundtables: Tuesday, March 13, 2018   6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

  1. How to Implement an Enhanced Recovery Program in GYN Surgery with Limited Resources (Mallika Anand, MD)
  2. Converting Most Total Abdominal Hysterectomy for Benign Indications to Vaginal Hysterectomy (Noor Ebbiary, MD)
  3. Fibroids, All Sizes and Types: Tips and Tricks for Laparoscopic, Robotic and Hysteroscopic Myomectomy (Stephanie Estes, MD)
  4. Teaching Surgical Skills to Millenials and Digitals (Robert Flora, MD)
  5. Opioid Prescribing Following Gynecologic Surgery (Elizabeth Habermann, PhD)
  6. Cancelled
  7. Team Based Simulation: A New Experience in Gynecologic Surgical Education (Cara King, DO)
  8. Congenital Gynecologic Anomalies: Relationship of Embryology to Diagnosis & Treatment (Saifuddin Mama, MD)
  9. Incorporating Dynamic Pelvic MRI Into Your Practice (Amy O'Boyle, MD)
  10. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Female Pelvic Pain (Carla Roberts, MD)
  11. Energy Based Therapies in Gynecology and Vaginal Health: Laser, Light, and Radio-Frequency Therapies (Kevin Stepp,MD)
  12. Reproductive Care for Transgender Patients (Gerald Taylor, MD)
  13. It's a Pain in the Groin: Evaluation and Treatment of Patients who Present Groin Pain After Pelvic Surgery (Vincent Lucente, MD)