Systematic Review Group (SRG)


In order to advance the evidence-based practice of gynecologic surgery, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) Research Committee formed the Systematic Review Group (SRG). Since 2007, the objective of this group has been to systematically review the important subjects and controversies in the field of gynecologic surgery and to produce evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The SRG includes members with varying areas of clinical and surgical expertise and methods consultants with expertise in the conduct of systematic reviews and guideline development.


Click HERE to learn more about SRG policies and how to join the SRG! 


Works in Progress and Recently-Completed Reviews

Projects in Development (2016/2017):

• Role of universal cystoscopy in gynecologic surgery. Amanda White, lead investigator
• Value of concomitant hysterectomy at time of apical prolapse repair. Kate Meriwether, lead investigator

Projects Underway (2015/2016):

• Best practices for vaginal hysterectomy. Peter Jeppson, lead investigator
• Risks for UTI in gynecologic surgery. Sherif El-Nashar, lead investigator

Submitted or in Preparation for Publication:

• Elective salpingo-oophorectomy at the time of benign hysterectomy: a systematic review with clinical practice guidelines. Casiano E, et al.
• Graft and mesh use in transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis with clinical practice guidelines. Schimpf MO, et al.
• Pre-emptive analgesia for post-operative hysterectomy pain control: systematic review and clinical practice guidelines. Steinberg A, et al.

Send comments to David (“Ike”) Rahn, MD – [email protected]


Publications or In Press Manuscripts


Olivera CK, Meriwether K, El-Nashar S, et al. Nonantimuscarinic treatment for overactive bladder: a systematic review. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2016 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Siddiqui NY, Grimes CL, Casiano ER, et al. Mesh sacrocolpopexy compared with native tissue vaginal repair: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol 2015 Jan;125(1):44-55.

Rahn DD, Ward RM, Sanses TV, et al. Vaginal estrogen use in postmenopausal women with pelvic floor disorders: systematic review and practice guidelines. Int Urogynecol J 2015 Jan;26(1):3-13.

Rahn DD, Carberry C, Sanses TV, et al. Vaginal estrogen for genitourinary syndrome of menopause: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol 2014 Dec;124(6):1147-56.

Schimpf MO, Rahn DD, Wheeler TL, et al. Sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence in women: a systematic review and metaanalysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014 Jul;211(1):71.e1-71.e27.

Gala R, Margulies R, Steinberg A, Murphy M, et al.  Systematic Review of Robotic Surgery in Gynecology: Robotic Techniques Compared with Laparoscopy and Laparotomy.  J Min Inv Gynecol 2014;21(3):353-61.

Matteson KA. Rahn DD. Wheeler TL 2nd. Casiano E. Siddiqui NY. Harvie HS. Mamik MM. Balk EM. Sung VW. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group. Nonsurgical Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: A Systematic Review  Obstet Gynecol. 2013;121(3):632-43.

Morrill MY. Schimpf MO. Abed H. Carberry C. Margulies RU. White AB. Lowenstein L. Ward RM. Balk EM. Uhlig K. Sung VW. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group.Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Selected Gynecologic Surgeries.  International Journal of Gynaecology & Obstetrics. 2013;120(1):10-5.

Matteson KA. Abed H. Wheeler TL 2nd. Sung VW. Rahn DD. Schaffer JI. Balk EM. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group.  A systematic review comparing hysterectomy to less invasive treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2012;19(1):13-28.

Murphy M, Olivera C, Wheeler T, et al.  Postoperative management and restrictions for female pelvic surgery: a systematic review.  Int Urogynecol J 2013;24:185–193.

Wheeler TL, Murphy M, Rogers RG, Gala R, Washington B, Bradley L, Uhlig K.  Clinical Practice Guideline for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Hysterectomy versus Alternative Therapy.  J Min Inv Gynecol 2012;19(1):81-8. 

Rahn DD. Mamik MM. Sanses TV. Matteson KA. Aschkenazi SO. Washington BB. Steinberg AC. Harvie HS. Lukban JC. Uhlig K. Balk EM. Sung VW. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group. Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in gynecologic surgery: Systematic review and practice guidelines. Obstet Gynecol. 2011;118(5):1111-25

Abed H. Rahn DD. Lowenstein L. Balk EM. Clemons JL. Rogers RG. Systematic Review Group of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Incidence and management of graft erosion, wound granulation, and dyspareunia following vaginal prolapse repair with graft materials: a systematic review.  International Urogynecology Journal. 22(7):789-98, 2011 Jul.

Rahn DD. Abed H. Sung VW. Matteson KA. Rogers RG. Morrill MY. Barber MD. Schaffer JI. Wheeler TL 2nd. Balk EM. Uhlig K. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons-Systematic Review Group. Systematic Review Highlights Difficulty Interpreting Diverse Clinical Outcomes in Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Trials.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 64(3):293-300, 2011 Mar.

Sung VW. Rogers RG. Schaffer JI. Balk EM. Uhlig K. Lau J. Abed H. Wheeler TL 2nd. Morrill MY. Clemons JL. Rahn DD. Lukban JC. Lowenstein L. Kenton K. Young SB. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group. Graft Use in transvaginal Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repari: a Systematic Review.  Obstetrics & Gynecology. 112(5):1131-42, 2008 Nov.

Murphy M for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group.  Clinical Practice Guidelines on Vaginal Graft Use From the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.  Obstet Gynecol 2008;112:1123-1130.



Sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence in women: SGS 2013