Dr. Laurel Rice begins SGO presidency

Elizabeth Edwards
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Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Foundation for Women’s Cancer
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Dr. Laurel Rice begins SGO presidency

Focuses on disparities, immunotherapy and clinical trials

National Harbor, MD (March 15, 2017) – Laurel W. Rice, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a professor in the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, began her one-year term as the 49th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) today at the conclusion of the Society’s 48th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Dr. Rice will focus her attention on three key issues: health care disparities, immunotherapy, and the crisis in gynecologic cancer clinical trials.

“Our members understand that the lack of funding for clinical trials to treat women with gynecologic cancers is the major issue facing our patients today,” said Dr. Rice. “In the coming year we want to offer multiple opportunities for SGO members to get involved and have their voices heard, and we need to do that as a united front as we move forward.”

Dr. Rice recently co-authored a study published in in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, which found that fewer minority women were receiving National Cancer Institute guideline-based care for cervical cancer than their white counterparts.

A member of SGO since 1992, Dr. Rice has served as a member of the SGO Board and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, and she has also worked on various SGO committees over the past 25 years, including the Research Summit, Government Relations, Quality of Life, Nominating, Medical Practice and a Subcommittee on Trophoblastic Disease.

Nationally recognized as an expert in the care of women with gynecologic malignancies, Dr. Rice has published extensively in her field. Her research focuses on hormones and human malignancies, specifically endometrial carcinoma. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States.

Dr. Rice continues to serve in leadership positions of many national organizations. She is president-elect of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Secretary/Treasurer of the American Gynecologic Obstetrics Society, and an active member of several other professional organizations.

Since 2006, Dr. Rice has served on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently serves as director for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She is an examiner for candidates seeking board certification in both General Obstetrics and Gynecology, in addition to the subspecialty area of Gynecologic Oncology. She also serves on the editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology, the official journal of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and as a reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both highly regarded journals in her field.


The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a 501(c) (6) national medical specialty organization of physicians and allied health care professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Visit the SGO website, to learn more at https://www.sgo.org/.