October 5, 2022

Fall 2022

Table of Contents

Letter from the President

Joint ACS Webinar 

Joint IUGA Webinar

What is CoRPS?

Your SHARE Donations at work




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

Front row, left to right: Amy Park (2023 Scientific Program Chair);  Denise Howard (Publications Committee); Cheryl Iglesia (President),  Gena Dunivan (Membership Committee); Jaime Long, (Education Committee Chair); Cara Grimes (Research Committee Chair); Brittany Star Hampton (Secretary/Treasurer); Carl Zimmerman (Immediate Past President); Jocelyn Fitzgerald (Social Media Committee Co-chair); Roseanne Kho (President Elect); Veronica Lerner (Education Committee); Back row, Emily Weber LeBrun (Member-At-Large); Nicole Donnellan (Membership Committee Chair); Kate Meriwether (Member-At-Large); Cara King ( Postgraduate Committee Chair); Mireille Truong (Social Media Committee Co-chair); James Robinson (Membership Committee); Jon Pennycuff (SRG Member) Keith Downing (Abstract Review Committee Chair); Kris Strohbehn (Assistant Secretary/Treasurer); Emily Barnard (Social Media Committee); Mitch Schuster (Liaison ACS ObGyn Advisory Council). Missing, Sawsan As-Sanie (2023 Scientific Program committee Co-Chair)

Happy Fall!

On September 9-11, 2022, the SGS Board and invited guests met in Pittsburgh for an SGS Strategic Planning Retreat. Led by former SGS Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Frankel, the purpose of the retreat was to assess the ability of SGS to serve our mission, challenge assumptions, and create goals to take our organization to the next level. We reviewed five main SGS pillars: membership, education, research, visibility, and finance. The collective knowledge, energy, and deep commitment to this society in that meeting room in Pittsburgh was amazing and inspiring. I look forward to sharing some of the retreat highlights related to policies, outreach, and other compelling, innovative, and attainable initiatives in the near future.

It was in Pittsburgh, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monagahela Rivers into the great and mighty Ohio River, that the exchange of SGS management officially took place! How fitting that the baton has been passed from the very capable leadership over the past decade under Dr. Nancy Frankel and Lennie Siegel to Status Plus and our new Executive Director, Tessa Benitez, and Association Manager, Missy Render. Indeed, this confluence will surely help us grow into an ever greater and even mightier SGS! Two other members of the new SGS management team whose names you will see frequently are Vivian Gies, our Meeting Director, and Alyssa Miller, our Association Coordinator. Please feel free to reach out to our new management team,  Tessa ([email protected]) and Missy ([email protected]), for any concerns.


Dr. Nancy Frankel, Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, and Mr.           Missy Render, Tessa Benitez, and Dr. Cheryl Iglesia

The deadline for abstract submission was September 15, 2022, and I’m thrilled to announce we received a record number of submissions! The Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Amy Park and co-chaired by Dr. Sawsan As-Sanie, has worked hard to review roundtable and postgraduate course submissions, and they will be partnering with the Abstract and Video Review Committees to plan out what will surely be an outstanding 49th SGS Annual Scientific Meeting, March 19-22, 2023, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

Stay tuned for upcoming webinars organized by the Education and PG Committees. One highlight will be a joint IUGA/SGS joint webinar on managing ureteral injury featuring Dr. Ted Lee, as well as new publications for review by the SGS Systematic Review Group and research updates from the prolific CoRPS, FPRN and FMIGS networks, including initiatives relating to the impact of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling on gynecologic surgical training. The Social Media Committee has been busy drawing attention to all the ways you can get actively involved with SGS and reap the many benefits of the society including a very exciting partnership with the American College of Surgeons.

It's hard to believe that autumn has arrived, and it is only 6 months until we get together for the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting where the theme will be “Impact Factor.”  For those who want to get more inspired, feel free to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @gynsurgery, and be sure to check out our podcast – Gynecologic Surgeons Unscrubbed – now in its 3rd season!

Truly yours,

SGS President
Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, FACOG
Professor, ObGyn and Urology
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Director, FPMRS, MedStar Health
Washington, DC

ACS Webinar

Break the Cycle: An Intimate Partner Violence Conversation
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 12:00pm Central

SGS has partnered with the American College of Surgeons to shed light on intimate partner violence (IPV). Surgeons, physicians, and healthcare professionals have the potential to change the course of an individual’s life by effectively identifying people who have sustained IPV and referring them to the appropriate resources. The conversation will explore the extent of IPV in the US and abroad, signs and symptoms of IPV, and the surgeon role in IPV awareness and prevention, and how surgeons approach caring for IPV patients, experiencing IPV, or perpetrating IPV. Join us for a live moderated discussion followed by Q/A. SGS member, Whitney Ross, MD, is part of this panel.


IUGA/SGS Joint Webinar

Protecting the Ureter During Gynecological And Pelvic Floor Surgery
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 5:00pm Central

Join us for this webinar offered in collaboration with the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). We’ll present tips and tricks in pelvic survey with a focus on particular risk situations in continence and prolapse surgeries.

This webinar is free to attend, but you must register to receive the link.


What is CoRPS? It's the Collaborative Research in Pelvic Surgery Consortium! The CoRPS was started by former members of the Fellows Pelvic Research Network (FPRN®) who were looking to continue collaborative multi-center research projects after fellowship and their involvement in FPRN® ended. A fund established in honor of Drs. Kimberly Kneton, Cheryl Iglesia, and Holly Richter - CoRPS mentors since its inception - supports the work of this research group.

The CoRPS is open to all SGS members and non-members who would like to participate in multi-center research in all subspecialties focused on gynecologic surgery. Early and mid-career professionals are especially encouraged to get involved! Read on for a Q&A with Dr. Shunaha Kim-Fine, CoRPS Chair.


Shunaha Kim-Fine, Chair

SGS: What’s the benefit to joining CoRPS and attending CoRPS meetings?
Kim-Fine: CoRPS is a wonderful, dynamic network of like-minded gyne surgeons who are interested in collaborating on multi-site research studies. It is particularly helpful for new investigators who may have an idea but are not sure about what the next step should be. The real "value" of CoRPS is the mentorship that SGS members generously provide to newer investigators and the networking that comes with that.  

SGS: Can I join CoRPS or participate in a CoRPS project if I am an Associate Member?
Kim-Fine: The CoRPS is intended for Consultant Gynecologists, not residents or fellows. The reason is that SGS already has the Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network (FPRN®) and the Systematic Review Group (SRG), which provide opportunities for trainee involvement, but nothing really exists for Consultants who are still seeking that mentorship and networking that being in a training program used to provide. Beyond that, anyone can join CoRPS. You must be an Active Member of SGS to be in a leadership position of CoRPS (Steering Committee, Chair) but the goal is that through involvement in CoRPS, participants will have the opportunity to present their work at SGS and transition to leadership roles.

SGS: How often does the CoRPS meet and when is the next meeting?
Kim-Fine: CoRPS meets quarterly (virtually), with one IN-PERSON meeting annually held during the SGS Annual Scientific Meeting. Our next virtual meeting is on November 6 at 7:00pm Central. 

Learn more and join CoRPS at: https://www.sgsonline.org/corps 

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!