SGO Issues May 14, 2015


SGO Issues May 14, 2015

Register for new online version of Gynecologic Oncology
Host or sponsor an HPV film screening
Encourage HPV vaccination on CDC Speakers Bureau
Armstrong, Frumovitz named 2016 Scientific Program Committee Chairs
SGO welcomes 81 new members
HVO oncology volunteer opportunity in Honduras

Register for new online version of Gynecologic Oncology

Register now for Gynecologic Oncology’s new online version, which enables member subscribers to access issues from Vol. 1, Issue 1 (1973) to the present in HTML and PDF formats, access Articles-in-Press as they’re published, set up alerts for new issues and Articles-in-Press, and view multimedia content like the new Surgical Films Series.

To register for access to all of Gynecologic Oncology’s online content and latest features, complete the following two-step activation process:

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  • Enter your SGO Member Number and Last Name then click Activate Claim

For additional assistance or to purchase a new subscription, contact SGO membership.

Host or sponsor an HPV film screening

A new documentary, “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” demonstrates the human toll of HPV infection and encourages the prevention of cervical and other HPV-related cancers through vaccinations and screening. SGO members may host or sponsor public screenings through their institutions. Register to preview the film here.

Private screenings of this 80-minute documentary are available to educators, health care professionals and members of the press at no cost. After watching the film, viewers can decide if they would like to host or sponsor a public screening. Institutions or individuals who host a screening provide a venue and an audience, and the sponsor pays a $300 licensing fee and will be recognized as the official sponsor of the screening. Health care professionals with HPV expertise are invited to lead a Q&A session at the end of the scheduled screening. Additional details on hosting and sponsoring are available here.

Since September, the documentary has been shown in nearly 100 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. It follows the experiences of five women affected by HPV, including a patient of SGO member David Mutch, MD, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Encourage HPV vaccination on CDC Speakers Bureau

CDC extends an invitation to SGO members to speak with pediatricians and family practitioners to help stress the urgency of HPV vaccination for girls and boys at ages 11-12 years. Members need not be vaccine experts; CDC will provide a brief presentation that includes CDC statistics and information regarding the HPV vaccine and tips for helping pediatricians and family practitioners strengthen their recommendation of the vaccine. CDC will help coordinate speaking arrangements, provide supplementary materials, and may reimburse for some local travel expenses. To learn more, contact Christina Williams at

Armstrong, Frumovitz named 2016 Scientific Program Committee Chairs

Deborah Armstrong, MD

Deborah Armstrong, MD

Michael M. Frumovitz, MD, MPH

Michael M. Frumovitz, MD, MPH

SGO is pleased to announce that Michael M. Frumovitz, MD, MPH, and Deborah Armstrong, MD, have been named Chairs of the 2016 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer Scientific Program Committee.

Dr. Frumovitz is Associate Professor and Fellowship Director in the Dept. of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. His research interests include cervical cancer (both common and rare tumors), mucinous ovarian cancer, and minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancers. Dr. Frumovitz also has pursued development of lymphatic mapping techniques for gynecologic malignancies and currently is the Principal Investigator or Co-principal Investigator on multiple prospective surgical and therapeutic clinical trials.

A medical oncologist, Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Oncology and Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. A national leader in the clinical development of targeted biologic therapy, intraperitoneal therapy, and immunologic approaches to cancer treatment, she is a clinical investigator in women’s malignancies, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer, ovarian and other gynecologic malignancies, and the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Armstrong is active in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (now NRG), chair of the Oncology Drugs Advisory Committee for Food and Drug Administration, and co-chair of the Ovarian Cancer Task Force of the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute.

“Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Frumovitz bring complementary skills and expertise to the leadership team for the SGO Annual Meeting,” said SGO President Robert L. Coleman, MD. “Together they are a formidable powerhouse that will no doubt develop a cutting-edge scientific program for our Annual Meeting.”

They replace Bradley J. Monk, MD, who recently stepped down from his appointment as Scientific Program Committee Chair.

SGO welcomes 81 new members

Eighty-one applicants have joined the Society of Gynecologic Oncology in the first quarter of 2015.
SGO welcomes the following new members:

Full Members

David Atallah, MD
Ali Ayhan, MD
Joyce Fu Liu, MD
Paul Sabbatini, MD

Candidate Members

Kimberly Levinson, MD

Associate Members

Steffanie Owens, MD
Ramandeep Rattan, PhD
Terri Lynn Woodard, MD

Allied Members

Heather Alleman, CNA
Sarah Bernstein, RN, MS, AOCN
Tara Briggeman, MSN
Amanda Ollis Cameron, MSN
Tammy Lynne Cote, MSN
Johnna Cowin, FNP-BC
Heidi S. Donovan, PhD, RN
Megan Fitzgerald Peterson, MSN
Janet Gallant Wood, MSN
James M. Hays, PhD
Barbara A. Phibbs, RN, LAC
Kristen Streitenberger, PA
Megan L. Tetlow, PA-C

Fellow-in-Training Members

Quenny Michelle Dyan A. Alas, MD
Jimmy Awisan Billod, MD
Elisabeth Jenefer Diver, MD
Cassandra Niemi, MD
Adam Pendlebury,MD
Alexandre Rozenholc, MD
Sumer Wallace, MD

International Members

Mehmet Macit Arvas, MD
Fariba Behnamfar, MD
David Francisco Cantu De Leon, MD, PhD
Cetin Celik, MD
Gustavo Leme Fernandes, MD
Ali Haberal, MD
Ahmed Hefnawy, MD
Manila Jain, MD
M Murat Mehmet Naki, MD
Hang Thi Nguyen, MD
Sabit Sinan Ozalp, MD
Mila M.B. Pontremoli Salcedo, MD, PhD
Rodolfo Martin Riege, MD
Gloria Salvo, MD
Alejandro Soderini, MD
Cagatay Taskiran, MD
Jose Maria Togo Peraza, MD
Marcelo De Andrade Vieira, MD

Resident/Student Members

Andrea Aguirre, MD
Ashley Battarbee, MD
Hui Chen, MD
Casey Cosgrove, MD
Katie K. Crean, MD
Allison Kerianne Crockett, MD
Laura Rebecca Daily, MD
Sara Madison Davenport, MD
Zachary C. Dobbin
Jenna Emerson, MD
Sara Farag, MD
Libertad Flores, MD
Antonina Frolova, MD
Kathleen Gong, MD
Kristin Gotimer, MD
Monica Hagan Vetter, MD
Elizabeth Hopp, MD
Emily Landers, MD
Brittany Lees, MD
Salvatore Lopez, MD
Devin T. Miller, MD
Daniel Nathan Pasko, MD
Rachel Regn, MD
Malcolm Strachan Ross, MD
Maria Paula Ruiz, MD
Ragini Sastry, DO
Melissa Schwartz, MD
Christopher Tarney, MD
Meena Theva, MD
Nicole Marie Tierney, MD
Sarah Louise Todd, MD
Kevin Ward, DO
Heather Williams, MD
Melissa Wylie Brackmann, MD
T. Jonathan Yang, MD

HVO oncology volunteer opportunity in Honduras

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) has openings for volunteers to provide teaching and training in medical and pediatric oncology to staff residents and students at three hospitals in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The duration of the assignments range from one to four weeks. Volunteers must meet the qualifications listed in HVO’s project description.

This project focuses on the ongoing development of an oncology training program for both adult and pediatric oncology at Hospital Escuela Universitario, Hospital San Felipe, and Cancer Center Emma Callejas. There are no trained gynecologic oncologists at any of these hospitals, and OB/GYNs usually provide all of the gynecologic cancer care.

Volunteers should be board certified in one of the following areas: gynecologic oncology, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine, medical oncology, oncology nursing, oncology pharmacy, pathology, pediatrics (including pediatric oncology and pediatric specialties), clinical pharmacology, radiation oncology and surgery (including surgical oncology and surgical specialties).

Training activities fall under six main categories: pathology; cancer control; medical, pediatric, surgical, and radiation oncology seminars and workshops; curriculum development; and student, resident and nursing education. Gynecologic oncologist Ebony Hoskins, MD, describes her experiences during a February 2013 HVO trip to Tegucigalpa here.

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