47th Annual Scientific Meeting
June 27-30, 2021

“Working Together: How Collaboration Enables Us to Better Help Our Patients”

Due to social distancing guidelines, live attendance is being limited to first 300 professional attendees

Featured Programming

TeLinde Lecture | Janet Dombrowski
Cultivating Resilience: The Power in Connection & Collaboration
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am PT

Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski spent nearly 20 years as a senior strategy leader in various consulting organizations and large health systems, after an early career in health care delivery and operations.  Building on her skills at creating synergy and ensuring alignment in projects and processes, she chose to do the same for individuals and teams through organizational development consulting and executive coaching. She founded JCD Advisors in 2008.

Today, Ms. Dombrowski and her team of senior coaches focus exclusively in health care,  supporting C-suite executives and physician leaders in becoming more intentional about their leadership presence, their creation of highly functioning teams, and the importance of aligning in strategy, structure, and culture for optimal performance.  JCD Advisors serves senior leaders and their teams across the US in academic medical centers, national faith-based health systems, regional integrated delivery systems, and community hospitals and health centers.

Ms. Dombrowski received her Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, where she is an emeritus member of the Alumni Board and an adjunct faculty member.  She also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan.

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 PT

Mark D. Walters, MD is Professor of Ob-Gyn and Reproductive Biology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He retired from the Cleveland Clinic in 2020 and is currently Emeritus Staff. Dr. Walters earned his MD degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1993 and was Head of General Gynecology and Urogynecology and /or Vice Chair of Gynecology for 24 years. He was Program Director of the Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery for 19 years and has taught more than 35 fellows, the majority of whom are now in academic and leadership positions.

Dr. Walters is a renowned educator and researcher and received numerous teaching awards. He co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, 82 book chapters, and 5 books, including Hysterectomy for Benign Disease (2010) and Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, 1st – 4th Editions, which were translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese. He had numerous editorial positions and was one of the original founders of the International Academy of Pelvic Surgery (IAPS).

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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Race in GYN Surgery
Monday, June 28 | 12:55 PM - 1:40 PM PT

Megan Schimpf, MD

Karolynn Echols, MD
Erica Marsh, MD

Gerald Taylor, MD

Olivia Trowers, MD

Panel Discussion: Novel Gyn Office Procedures
Tuesday, June 29 | 12:25 PM - 1:10 PM PT

Murphy Miles, MD

Maria Canter, MD
Cecile Ferrando, MD

Abbas Shobeiri, MD

Eric Sokol, MD


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

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.

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Special Lecture | Christine Heisler, MD
Ready, Set, ACTION!  Directions toward Gender Equity in Gynecologic Surgery
Tuesday, June 29 | 8:05 AM- 8:25 AM PT

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. 

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