49th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 19-200, 2023

   49th Annual Scientific Meeting
March 19-22, 2023

Meeting Theme: “Impact Factor”



Important Dates

Manuscripts Due - January 2, 2023
Notification of Change of Presenter - January 30, 2023
Deadline for Abstract and Video Presenters to Register for Meeting - January 30, 2023
E-Posters Due for All Oral and Non-Oral Posters - February 13, 2023
Slide Presentations Due for Oral Presentations, Oral Posters and PG Courses - February 27, 2023

Welcome Letter from the President

As the President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, I am excited to invite you to attend the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting in Tucson, Arizona from March 19–22, 2023. The JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel & Spa, our host site, is a picturesque facility with many amenities.

Dr. Amy J. Park (Program Chair) and Dr. Sawsan As-Sanie (Program Co-Chair) and the entire Scientific Program Committee have organized an exceptional program, with internationally renowned keynote speakers, stimulating panel discussions, TED-style talks, and a combination of oral podium presentations, videos, and posters that cover a variety of multispecialty topics in gynecologic surgery. In addition, the many collegial social events, for which SGS is well known, will round out the meeting and preserve the society’s traditions. The theme of this year’s meeting is IMPACT FACTOR and many of the presentations will focus on how SGS impacts the care we give, the communities we serve, and the training we provide for the next generation of gynecologic surgeons.

We are fortunate to have amazing leaders and innovators for our keynote speakers. This year’s 3rd Annual Mark D. Walters Lectureship will be presented by Dr. Beri Ridgeway, Chief of Staff at the Cleveland Clinic. In her lecture entitled, “Surgeons in the C-Suite,” Dr. Ridgeway will provide insight into the optimal delivery of care and leadership. The 2023 TeLinde Lecture will be delivered by Pamela Moalli, MD, PhD, ObGyn Professor, University of Pittsburgh, and the McGowan Institutes of Regenerative Medicine at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Moalli will talk about “Regenerative Medicine and Gynecologic Surgery.”  Both speakers will provide important information about the current and future state of gynecologic surgery.

Please make time to attend our pre-conference courses organized by leaders in gynecologic surgery. The four postgraduate courses (see complete course descriptions here) are: 

  • Innovations in Training Gynecologic Surgeons, chaired by Dr. Cecile A. Ferrando and including other Cleveland Clinic faculty Drs. Cara Robinson King, Vicki Reed, as well as Dr. George Wendel (ABOG Executive Director)
  • Urologic Surgery for the Gynecologic Surgeon: GU Injury, Ureteral Stents, Complex Fistula and More, chaired by Drs. Brian J. Linder and John B. Gebhart (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN)
  • The Sim Factor: Making an Impact in Surgical Education, chaired by Drs. Veronica Lerner (Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health) and Mireille Truong (Cedars-Sinai) with course faculty Grace Chen (Johns Hopkins), Christine Vaccaro (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Christine Helou (Greater Baltimore Medical Center), Payton Schmidt (University of Michigan) and Whitney Horner (University of Michigan)
  • Advanced Endometriosis Surgery and Pelvic Pain: Patient Centered Approach, chaired by Dr. Ted Lee (University of Pittsburgh) and speakers Drs. Shannon Cohn, Sadikah Behbehani, Linda Yang, Sawsan As-Sanie, Nucelio Lemos and Jon Einarsson.

A Social Media Session, co-chaired by Drs. Jocelyn Fizgerald and Mireille Truong, will also take place on Sunday entitled, “#Gynfluencing: Using Social Media to Find Your Digital Voice.”

New to the SGS program this year are TED Med/SurgEd Talks by Jason D. Wright, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Green Journal; Ebony B. Carter, MD, Green Journal Associate Editor, Equity; and Kelly Wright, MD, Cedars-Sinai, addressing controversial issues related to gynecologic surgical volume; diversity, equity, and inclusion in ObGyn; and sustainability in the operating room, respectively.

There will also be multiple Academic Roundtables covering a wide variety of topics in a small group setting – a perfect opportunity to question experts. The Scientific Program Committee has also included a very relevant panel, Ergonomics of Gynecologic Surgery, moderated by Drs. Amanda Fader and Kimberly Kho, with speakers Drs. Ladin Yurteri-Kaplan, Sue Hallbeck, and Noor Abu-Alnadi.

Networking and social event planning is underway and will be a highlight of the meeting. These events make our meeting so enjoyable. Join us for the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening from 6 – 7 pm. Starting at 8:30 that evening, be sure to attend the SGS Equity Council (formerly the Women’s Council) Lecture, What Your Patients REALLY Want to Know. This lecture will be given by Patty Brisben, philanthropist and founder of Pure Romance and the Patty Brisben Foundation, dedicated to raising funds for research focusing on sexual health.

On Monday evening, the President’s Reception will be held from 7:15 – 8:30 pm, immediately following the Annual Awards Ceremony. The oral presentations and discussions, including late-breaking abstracts and educational videos, are the hallmark of the meeting and 2023 will be no exception. Tuesday afternoon leisure activities will feature the SGS Annual Golf Tournament as well as a hiking tour and mountain biking adventure. Spa facilities and the lazy river are also very appealing activities! Not to be missed on Tuesday evening is a re-branded SGS FUNraiser, created and conceived by Dr. Lauren Siff and the SoMe and Program Committees.

Fellows in training and other attending surgeons can partake in special sessions designed for the Fellows Pelvic Research Network (FPRN)®, Systematic Review Group (SRG), practice building, and Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery (CoRPS) group.

More information is available on the SGS website for this not-to-be-missed hybrid meeting! Registration is open, so go to the website and make plans to attend. I am very grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve with members of the SGS Board and all the SGS committee volunteers who have made this society the go-to meeting for gynecologic surgery education and research.

See you in Tucson!

Cheryl Iglesia, SGS President 2022-2023

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