SGO Issues May 30 2013

SGO Issues May 30, 2013

Robert Holloway, MD: Supporting the next generation of gyn oncs and patients
Join the Surgeons Team for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer
Join the HPV vaccine campaign
Upgrade your SGO Membership
Register now for SGO State of the Art 2013
On Your Side: The Gynecologic Cancer Care Team
In the News

Robert Holloway, MD: Supporting the next generation of gyn oncs and patients

Robert Holloway, MDAs a gynecologist oncologist who has been in practice for the past 23 years, Robert W. Holloway, MD, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Orlando, FL, recognizes that he is part of the last “generation” of physicians to rely upon educational resources primarily funded by pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers—resources that ultimately benefit the patients he serves.

As a Visionary Level Donor to the Foundation of Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Holloway has found a way to help the next generation of gynecologic oncology practitioners treat their patients, through his pledge of $5,000 per year over the next five years.

“I’ve been blessed with the ability to practice gynecologic oncology and enjoy my work immensely,” said Dr. Holloway, who also serves as an SGO Board member and member of the Education Committee. “SGO has been a big part of my professional life through the Annual Meetings, Winter Meetings, newsletters, and now the web-based offerings.”

“It will become increasingly difficult to count on our device manufacturer and pharma partners to fund our educational and professional activities because of the new government guidelines,” he said. “I wanted to ensure that our younger members had the same opportunities I did when I started practice, so that ultimately our patients continue to benefit from SGO’s mission for years to come.”

Advancing the art and science of surgery has always been a passion for Dr. Holloway, and he credits fellow SGO members Drs.’ Jimmy Orr, Ken Hatch, and Greg Delgado, for teaching him to always think about improving outcomes and never accepting the status quo. His institution has attracted leaders in several robotic specialties, and the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement at Florida Hospital has been the training laboratory for scores of surgeons in the United States and beyond.

“I’ve been particularly privileged to routinely have colleague surgeons in my operating rooms, observing live surgeries and conversing about the challenges we face daily,” said Dr. Holloway.

“Science and technology are changing at such a pace that without continuing medical education, our ability to practice at the highest level for our patients’ benefit would evaporate in a very few years,” he said. “I think gynecologic oncologists are interested in being the best by their very nature and the fellowship selection processes. It’s only natural for us to want to maintain that position in our professional lives.”

In his personal life, Dr. Holloway’s life experiences have continually spurred him on to take his education to the next level. With tongue-in-cheek, he mused that “Growing up on a dairy farm in Southern Illinois was great motivation to study hard and get to medical school, and Illinois winters provided great motivation for me to study medicine in the South; delivering babies all night was great motivation to study oncology and seek fellowship training, and helping patients with gynecologic cancers enter remissions or simply improve their quality of life for some time became motivation enough to actively participate with SGO and help advance our profession with my colleagues.”

In the spirit of advancing the profession of gynecologic oncology, Dr. Holloway noted that his Visionary Level donation to the Foundation is the equivalent of a few surgical procedures per year for five years.

“Donate because you want to ensure the viability of our professional society and the education of our members for the benefit of our patients for years to come,” he said. “I can’t think of a better reason, and if we don’t care about this, who will?”

Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology matching challenge

Donors can make their money go further with matching funds. Now until the 2015 SGO Annual Meeting, donations in the amount of $5,000 or more to the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology will be matched for a total of up to $150,000.

Join the Surgeons Team for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Surgeons TeamThe National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington, DC, kicks off Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Last year, the Surgeons Team boasted 171 members and raised $5,013, and team captain Linda Duska, MD, Fellowship Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, aspires to get even more members to participate.

“My goal is to get every care provider for women’s cancer signed up as part of the Surgeons Team,” said Dr. Duska. “That includes all the surgeons but also our trainees and other licensed providers. We all take care of these women and need to show our support by joining the movement.”

In addition to the Surgeon’s Team, last year’s team headed by Ginger Gardner, MD, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York had 50 members and raised $4,850; the Inova Fairfax Hospital Women’s Center in Falls Church, VA, team headed by Larry Maxwell, MD, had 67 members and raised $5,050; while the entire Inova team–all departments—had 272 members and raised $14,010.

To join the Surgeons Team, visit

Join the HPV vaccine campaign

slider-1.2.2_hpvWorking together to prevent cervical cancer, SGO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage SGO members to connect with pediatricians and others who are in a position to provide the vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) to boys and girls.

How you can help?

Because you have personal experience with seeing the effects of non-vaccination for HPV, we are asking you to:

  • Share your experiences with your colleagues in pediatrics and family medicine about how you provide care to patients who have HPV-related cancers and disease.
  • Help make the consequences of missed vaccination opportunities for preteens and adolescents real.

How often do you get to prevent cancer?

CDC extends an invitation to SGO members to speak with pediatricians and family practitioners to stress the urgency of HPV vaccination at ages 11-12 years. There is no need for members to be vaccine experts; CDC will provide you with a brief presentation that includes CDC statistics and information regarding the HPV vaccine and tips for helping pediatricians and family practitioners to strengthen their recommendation of the vaccine.

CDC will help to coordinate speaking arrangements, provide supplementary materials, and reimburse for some local travel expenses. If you are interested, please contact Kelli Martin, a member of the CDC team from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), at or (513) 245-1286.

Upgrade your SGO Membership

Contact to find out if you are ready for the next level of SGO Membership. Applications are due July 31.

Register now for SGO State of the Art 2013

State of the Art Conference/International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Diseases (ISSTD) World Congress XVII: Sept. 20-23, 2013 in Chicago, IL. Register here.

On Your Side: The Gynecologic Cancer Care Team

Share the SGO video, “On Your Side: The Gynecologic Cancer Care Team,” with patients and others who want to learn more about the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology.

In the News

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Partridge honored as ACS humanitarian (May 23, 2013)
SGO in LA Times Letter: Jolie’s choice (May 18, 2013)