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Ellen J.Sullivan, MS, MSJ
Director of Corporate Communications and Advocacy
Dr. Ronald D. Alvarez Elected 44th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology
(March 27, 2012) – Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been elected the 44th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) at its 43rd Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer held March 24-27, 2012, in Austin, TX.
“We are in the midst of evolutionary times and our members need to be prepared for the changes coming with health care reform,” states Dr. Alvarez. “Our members need to feel empowered to be the best providers of high quality, cost effective prevention and treatment to women at risk for or diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.”
Dr. Alvarez received his BS in Zoology from Louisiana State University in 1979 and his MD from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1983. His postgraduate training included a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1987) and fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology (1990) both completed at UAB.
After completing his training, he remained on the faculty of the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he currently serves as Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; he also holds the Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair.
His long-term research interests have included the development of novel therapeutics for ovarian cancer and new screening and prevention strategies for cervical cancer. He has been the recipient of several NCI and other industry funded grants in support of his research in gene therapeutics for ovarian cancer and he is currently a co-principal investigator in cervical neoplasm vaccine projects included in the John Hopkins/UAB Cervical SPORE.
Dr. Alvarez has published over 200 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and he is on the editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group and is co-chair of its Protocol Development Committee. He is on the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on study sections for the NCI and the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.