December 14, 2015

Winter 2015

Table of Contents

  1. SGS President's Corner
  2. SGS Strategic Planning Retreat
  3. SGS Annual Scientific Meeting Open to ALL Physicians
  4. SGS Life Member - Army's Longest Serving Medical Officer Retires
  5. SGS 24th Annual Postgraduate Course
  6. Honor Your Mentor
  7. SHARE - SGS Named Funds




April 10-13, 2016

42nd Annual Scientific Meeting

Palm Springs, CA

March 26-29, 2017

43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

San Antonio Hill Country, TX

SGS President's Corner

Greetings from sunny California! As President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, it is my honor to invite you to join us at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, California April 10th-13th, 2016. Dr. Eric Sokol and the SGS Program Committee have put together what is going to be an informative, exciting and maybe even a little controversial program for the scientific meeting and postgraduate courses this year. 

One primary component of the SGS mission is to promote excellence in gynecologic surgery. Innovation, when properly applied, is one of the key factors in furthering surgical excellence and, in that spirit, the theme of our meeting this year is “Innovative ways to improve surgical care, research, and education in gynecologic surgery.” The Keynote and TeLinde Lecturers more

SGS Strategic Planning Retreat

Thank you to all who participated in the survey to members that was distributed in July 2015 as part of the SGS strategic planning process. It is very important to have input from our members as we develop a three to five year plan. We were very pleased to report that we had a 35% response rate for our survey.

On August 21 and 22 we held an SGS strategic planning retreat. It was a very intensive meeting with a focus on SGS strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. The participants in the group were SGS board members and other invited SGS active and associate members. The four main pillars for our plan focus on 1) education 2) financial stability/organizational efficiency 3) membership and 4) visibility. As we finalize the action plan we will keep you informed about the goals for SGS over the next several years. We hope that you will find an area of interest to get involved when we provide the final action steps for our plan. During the SGS Annual Scientific meeting April 10-13 we will briefly review the strategic plan at the business meeting on Tuesday April 11. If you have any questions about the strategic plan please contact me at [email protected] .

SGS Annual Meeting Open to ALL Physicians

In an effort to better achieve its mission, SGS has opened its Annual Scientific Meeting to ALL physicians focusing on gynecologic surgery. An invitation from an SGS Active Member is not required to attend the meeting. The content and attendees have become more diverse over the last several years. We welcome Generalists, MIGS, ONC's and REI's to participate in one of the the best scientific meetings in the industry.

Registration is now OPEN. Early Bird Registration ends January 15th.

SGS Life Member - Army's Longest Serving Medical Officer Retires

Article published at on September 28, 2015 by Alexandra Snyder

For decades Col. Arthur Wittich has cared for service members and their families, delivering an estimated 10,000 babies and ushering in the next generation of military families.

On September 25, the oldest Soldier in the Military District of Washington retired after 44 years of dedicated service.

Wittich's career in the military began in 1956, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served six years as a hospital corpsman before discharging to attend college and medical school. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1971. His father, a Navy veteran, then helped commission him into the more

 SGS 24th Annual Winter Postgraduate Course

SGS continued our mission of promoting excellence in gynecologic surgery by hosting the 24th Annual Winter Postgraduate Course held earlier this month at the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, Florida. Seven SGS members along with four of their fellows shared their surgical skills and expertise with forty course participants. Included in this course were three live interactive cadaveric demonstrations, two cadaveric labs and two dry lab. 


SGS is a Society deeply rooted in the concept of mentorship and we were pleased to launch the Honor Your Mentor program at the SGS 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL. This program was developed as a way for SGS members and guests to recognize mentors who have shaped their careers, while also supporting and fostering the mission of SGS.

If you missed the chance to honor your mentor at the 2015 SGS Annual Meeting, you have another chance at the 2016 meeting. Click here for more information.

 SHARE - SGS Named Funds

For the second year, the Michael P. Aronson Fund supported a Scholarship/Travel Award to attend the Annual SGS Winter Postgraduate Course in Advanced Gynecologic Surgery. The recipient this year was Aimee Ferrandino, MD, an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham North Carolina.

The Donald G. Gallup Fund, established at the 2015 SGS Annual Scientific Meeting, will support the SGS Distinguished Surgeon Award.


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