47th Annual Scientific Meeting
June 27-30, 2021

Featured Programming

Women’s Council Presentation | Lori Ryerkerk, CEO of Celanese Corporation
Lessons in Leadership
Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 8:30 PM PST

Lori J. Ryerkerk is the Chief Executive Officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global chemical and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer applications. Ryerkerk was named CEO in May2019.

Ryerkerk’s expertise in the energy industry spans three-plus decades. She combines deep technical and commercial skills with a passion for the manufacturing business. Her unwavering focus on safety, environmental and social performance is the foundation on which she has overseen some of the most technically complex operations in the industry.

Previously, Ryerkerk was the Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, the largest business in Shell Downstream Inc. She led a team of 30,000 employees and contractors at refineries and chemical sites worldwide.

Before joining Shell in 2010, she was Senior Vice President, Refining, Supply and Terminals at Hess Corporation, where she was responsible for two refineries,

21 terminals (and distribution network) and supply and trading. Prior to that, Ryerkerk spent 24 years with ExxonMobil where she started her career as a process technologist at a refinery and took on a variety of operational and senior leadership roles around the globe.

Ryerkerk is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she completed her Chemical Engineering degree. She actively supports a variety of organizations in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

Mark D. Walters Lectureship | Mark D. Walters, MD
Insights on Surgical Education: How Can I Help You Get Better
Monday, June 28, 2021 | 9:50 AM to 10:30 AM PST

Mark D. Walters, MD is Professor of Surgery in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He has authored or co-authored over 160 publications, 80 book chapters, and 5 books, including Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, 4th Edition(with Dr. Karram), which has been translated into English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese.

Dr. Walters was the Director of the Urogynecology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic for over 15 years and has trained over 35 fellows, most of whom are in academic practice and leadership positions. He was President of Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) in 2011-2012 and was Director of the AUGS Board Review Course in FPMRS for 3 years. He is an expert peer reviewer for 8 specialty journals and was on the Editorial Board of the International Urogynecology Journal. He has been recognized with numerous honors, including the AUGS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Race in GYN Surgery
Monday, June 28 | 12:55 PM - 1:40 PM PST
Moderator: Megan Schimpf, MD
Panelists: Karolynn Echols, MD, Erica Marsh, MD, Gerald Taylor, MD, Olivia Trowers, MD

Special Lecture | Christine Heisler, MD
Women in GYN Surgery
Tuesday, June 29 | 8:05 AM- 8:25 AM PST

Christine A. Heisler, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), and holds dual appointments in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology. Dr. Heisler has direct professional experiences with gender bias, as well as having served as a resource for students, residents, colleagues and organizations. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and an international textbook chapter on gender equity. In addition, Dr. Heisler has received invitations to present her research at regional and national conferences. Her work on gender equity policies and statements in professional surgical societies was awarded the Association of Women Surgeons Best Diversity Paper in 2020. Committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, Dr. Heisler continues to identify barriers and promote solutions for gender equity in surgery.

 Panel Discussion: Novel Gyn Office Procedures
Tuesday, June 29 | 12:25 PM - 1:10 PM PST
Moderator: Miles Murphy, MD
Panelists: Maria Canter, MD, Cecile Ferrando, MD, Abbas Shobeiri, MD, Eric Sokol, MD