January 11, 2023

Winter 2023

Table of Contents

Letter from the President

Join us at the Annual Meeting

Telinde Lecture

Mark D. Walters Lecture

How to Propose a New Member

Your SHARE Donations at work




A Message from the 49th President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons

Dear SGS Friends:

Happy New Year from my home to yours! The 49th Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner, and I am so EXCITED! Attending SGS on March 19-22 at the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in sunny Tucson will be educational and hopefully inspirational and rejuvenating! I can’t wait to see everyone who registers in person (register here), but for those who cannot get away or must cover their gynecologic practice, I hope to engage ONLINE through our virtual attendance option. The theme of this year’s meeting is Impact Factor, and you can be certain that our program chairs, Drs. Amy Park and Sawsan As-Sanie, have put together a program chock-full of cutting-edge abstract and video presentations, as well as lectures and panels on contemporary and controversial issues impacting today’s gynecologic surgeons.

On Sunday, March 19, there are four postgraduate courses from which to choose: Innovations in Training Gynecologic Surgeons with Drs. Cecile A. Ferrando, Cara Robinson King, Vicki Reed, and George Wendel; Urologic Surgery For the Gynecologic Surgeon: GU Injury, Ureteral Stents, Complex Fistula and More with Drs. Brian J. Linder and John B. Gebhart; The Sim Factor: Making an Impact in Surgical Education with Drs. Veronica Lerner, Mireille Truong, Grace Chen, Christine Vaccaro, Christine Helou, Payton Schmidt, and Whitney Horner; and Advanced Endometriosis Surgery and Pelvic Pain- Patient Centered Approach with Drs. Ted Lee, Shannon Cohn, Sadikah Behbehani, Linda Yang, Sawsan As-Sanie, Nucelio Lemos and Jon Einarsson. A Social Media Session, #Gynfluencing: Using Social Media to Find Your Digital Voice, chaired by Drs. Jocelyn Fitzgerald and Mireille Truong, will also take place on Sunday. On Sunday evening, the SGS Equity Council lecture, What Your Patients REALLY Want to Know, will be presented by Patty Brisben, philanthropist, CEO, and founder of Pure Romance.

Three provocative TED Med Talks by Jason D. Wright, MD; Ebony B. Carter, MD; and Kelly Wright, MD, will tackle gynecologic surgical volume; racism and bias in peer review; and sustainability in the operating room respectively. Don’t miss them! Two mornings of excellent Academic Roundtables will take place on Monday and Tuesday on a wide variety of topics. A panel on the ergonomics of gynecologic surgery, moderated by Drs. Amanda Fader and Kimberly Kho, will take place on Tuesday and many of you will relate to the information presented.

Our two named lectures are highlights of the meeting and include the Mark D. Walters lecture which will be delivered by Dr. Beri Ridgeway entitled Surgeon in the C-Suite and the TeLinde Lecture delivered by Dr. Pam Moalli on the latest basic science research on stem cells and regenerative medicine pertinent to gynecologic surgeons.

Networking and social events include the President’s Reception on Monday night from 7:15 – 8:30 pm, immediately following the Annual Awards Ceremony. Tuesday afternoon leisure activities will feature the SGS Annual Golf Tournament, a hiking excursion, and biking tour, but a pool & spa day on Tuesday afternoon could be just right for some surgeons! 

Residents and fellows-in-training and other attending surgeons can partake in special sessions designed for them, and we will all surely be impressed by the impactful work of three research engines at SGS: the Fellows Pelvic Research Network (FPRN)®, the Systematic Review Group (SRG), and the Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery Consortium (CoRPS). 

And what would SGS be without a fun night dancing and reveling under the Arizona skies?! Join me for the Taste and Toast of SGS at the Tuesday night FUNraiser organized by Dr. Lauren Siff and the Social Media Committee. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

I’m so grateful to all the corporate sponsors, the Scientific Program Committee and all the dozens of volunteers who serve on committees and share their time and talents with SGS. I am especially grateful to all my colleagues on the SGS Executive Board, Tessa Benitez, Vivian Gies, Missy Render, and Alyssa Miller of Status Plus. I look forward to providing updates on all that has been accomplished this year in the Presidential Address.

Cheers to all of you! Wishing you peace, prosperity, and the opportunity to make a positive impact for those with whom you work, care for, and love in 2023 and beyond!

Truly yours,

Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD

Join us March 19-22, 2023, at the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson for the SGS 49th Annual Scientific Meeting! 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.


Dr. Pamela Moalli to Deliver TeLinde Lecture

Dr. Pamela Moalli, Division Director, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the 2023 TeLinde Lecture focused on regenerative medicine. Dr. Moalli is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences as well as the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh; Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; a member of the faculty at McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh; and a Primary Member of the Magee-Women Research Institute. Her research focuses on the development of novel biomaterials for use in pelvic reconstructive surgeries, defining and reducing maternal birth injury, and vaginal biofabrication.


Dr. Beri Ridgeway to Deliver Mark D. Walters Lecture

Beri Ridgeway, MD, will deliver the 2023 Mark D. Walters Lecture. Her lecture, titled “Surgeons in the C-Suite,” will provide insight into the optimal delivery of care and leadership. Dr. Ridgeway is Chief of Staff of Cleveland Clinic. She previously served as Associate Chief of Staff, Institute Chair of the Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Institute and was the inaugural academic chair for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. 

How to Propose a New Member

SGS Active Members may propose a qualified physician who is board certified (American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology) for SGS membership. A second Active Member of SGS must endorse the proposed new member.

The “Proposer” is responsible for completing the online New Member Proposal Form. The Proposer should be prepared to provide the “Endorser” name, the Applicant’s name, degree, institution, address, phone number, and email, and will also attach a letter from both the Proposer and the Endorser. The letter will address the applicant’s teaching endeavors, surgical practice, and research.

Once the complete New Member Proposal Form is received, the applicant will receive a link to the online application to complete. The Proposer agrees to guide and support the future member in completing their application for membership, case list, and meeting the Annual Meeting attendance and presentations requirements for membership.  

A detailed description of the membership process is available on the SGS website here.

Programs Supported by Surgeons Helping to Advance Research and Education (SHARE)

  • Professional Development Fund supports the annual Women’s Council presentation
  • Donald G. Gallup Fund supports the Distinguished Surgeon Award
  • Education Fund supports the SGS Education Committee initiatives
  • Michael P. Aronson Fund supports scholarships for early career faculty to attend the SGS Winter Postgraduate Course in Advanced Gynecologic Surgery
  • John O. L. DeLancey Fund supports the Pelvic Anatomy Group (nomenclature, 3D imaging and digital library)
  • David H. Nichols Fund supports an award for the best vaginal surgery presentation
  • CoRPS Fund in honor of Drs. Richter, Iglesia, and Kenton supports the management and research conducted by CoRPS
  • Thomas E. Nolan Fund supports the SGS Distinguished Service Award
  • Mark D. Walters Endowed Lectureship Fund supports the Mark D. Walters Endowed Lecture
  • Nancy Frankel and Lennie Siegel Fellow Scholar Fund supports the SGS Fellow Scholar program
  • Research Fund and Honor your Mentor Program support the FPRN® and SRG

Thank you for your continuing support of the SGS mission by donating to SHARE!