SGO Issues Jan. 3, 2013

SGO Issues

SGO Issues Jan. 3, 2013

New year, new website
SGO open board elections begin Jan. 7
Registration open, schedule of events posted for SGO Annual Meeting
Dr. Beth Karlan appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

New year, new website

Welcome to 2013, as SGO rings in the New Year with a totally revamped SGO.org website. SGO has spent the last several months redesigning SGO.org to benefit our members and the patients they serve. We hope all of our web users will appreciate the fresh new look; easier navigation; detailed information on the Annual Meeting for Women’s Cancer; and new content on gynecologic cancers for patients, caregivers and survivors. Throughout 2013 you can expect to see more videos, up-to-date content and additional user-friendly features added to the site.

SGO open board elections begin Jan. 7

Online voting for SGO’s first open elections will take place from Jan. 7, 2013, until Feb. 7, 2013. Voting members include Senior and Full Members as well as International and Associate Members who joined the Society prior to 2010. Candidate and Fellow-in-Training Members are eligible to vote for their respective representatives.

The open positions for the 2013 SGO Board of Directors Election Ballot include:

  • President Elect II
  • Three Board Member seats
  • Candidate Member Representative
  • Fellow-in-Training Member Representative

Photos and biographies are available for all of the candidates.

Voting Members will receive an email with a link to cast their votes on Jan 7, 2013, and have 30 days to make their selection. This email will be sent from noreply@directvote.net. In order to ensure that SGO members receive their personal link to the ballot, this sender should be added to a “safe senders” list. Reminders to vote will be sent periodically. Any questions about the SGO board elections can be directed to SGO Governance Coordinator Debbie Leopold at debbie.leopold@SGO.org.

Registration open, schedule of events posted for SGO Annual Meeting

Registration open, schedule of events posted for SGO Annual Meeting”
Registration is open for SGO’s 44th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer from March 9 to 12, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. SGO members are encouraged to join their colleagues in women’s cancer care for the subspecialty’s premier educational event of the year. A full schedule of events is available on the SGO.org website, as well as the latest information on hotels, transportation, things to see and do in Los Angeles, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, and the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology’s annual gala.

Special hotel room rates at the four official SGO hotels will be available through Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, and late-breaking abstracts are being accepted through Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. The new SGO.org website will provide the most up-to-date schedule information and important online registration links; for more information contact meetings@sgo.org.

Dr. Beth Karlan appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

On Dec. 6, 2012, the White House announced President Barack Obama’s intent to appoint former SGO president and Gynecologic Oncology Editor-in-Chief Beth Y. Karlan, MD, as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). Dr. Karlan was one of six recent appointees to the NCAB, an 18-member panel tasked with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the president on a range of issues affecting the nation’s cancer program and, specifically, NCI operations.

“I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” President Obama said in a White House statement. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Dr. Karlan brings to the NCAB more than 20 years of research and clinical experience treating patients with gynecologic cancers.

“The NCAB appointment is a very exciting opportunity that presents itself at a challenging time for medicine and science,” said Dr. Karlan. “I’m looking forward to lending my insight and energy to helping craft the best path forward.”

Based in Los Angeles, CA, she is the Board of Governors’ Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a position she has held since 1995. She has been Associate Director of Women’s Cancer Programs at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute since 2010 and Editor-in-Chief of Gynecologic Oncology since 2008.

In addition, she has served as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles since 2001 and as the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1995. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Conquer Cancer Foundation. She served as president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 2005 and Chair of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program Integration Panel in 2002. Dr. Karlan received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Karlan and her newly appointed colleagues begin their six-year term as members of the NCAB in January. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and SGO jointly nominated Dr. Karlan to the NCAB and led an effort to build support for her nomination. The NCAB and the President’s Cancer Panel are the only advisory bodies at either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services whose members are appointed by the president.