SGO Issues May 9, 2019

SGO Issues May 9, 2019

Dr. Chalas voted president-elect of ACOG
May 2019 Gynecologic Oncology features articles on SLN, tumor infiltrating lymphocytes
300+ attend Black Academic Surgeons conference | Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS
Registration open for SGO Allied Health Professionals Meeting
New SGO Southeast Regional Meeting opens registration and housing
2019 Annual Meeting recordings now available on SGO Connect Ed
Society of Gynecologic Oncology 50th Anniversary: Karen D. Lyle, PA-C

Dr. Chalas voted president-elect of ACOG

Eva Chalas, MD

On May 5 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced the election of Eva Chalas, MD, as president-elect. Dr. Chalas has served as the SGO Organizational Liaison for the ACOG Executive Board, Chair Elect for the Foundation of Women’s Cancer, and was the SGO Secretary-Treasurer from 2009 to 2012, in addition to serving on numerous SGO committees since 1994.

Dr. Chalas is a professor and vice-chair of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. She holds the administrative position of Physician Director at the Center for Cancer Care and as NSQIP Surgeon Co-Champion at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY.

She received her Medical Degree and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed a subspecialty fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she also was the American Cancer Society Fellow.

Dr. Chalas previously served ACOG as Chair of District II and Chair of the Council of District Chairs, among other positions. She also was a two-term Governor to the American College of Surgeons.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate for our members and the women we serve, and am committed to a successful tenure,” Dr. Chalas said. “The last gynecologic oncologist, on whom this honor was bestowed was Vicki L. Seltzer, MD, ACOG President 1997-1998. Dr. Seltzer has been one of my many mentors, some of whom included Drs. Martin Stone, William J. Mann, Carolyn Runowicz, Beth Karlan, Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Barbara Goff and Jimmy Orr.

“Over the past thirty years of volunteer service on SGO, American College of Surgeons and ACOG committees, I have been fortunate to have had the support of all my partners. This work provided me with incredible opportunities to form professional friendships, which I would like to leverage along with the ACOG leadership position to promote close collaboration between these organizations and to significantly enhance medical education, research and clinical care of all women.”

May 2019 Gynecologic Oncology features articles on SLN, tumor infiltrating lymphocytes

Editorial: Do increased tumor infiltrating lymphocytes co-existing with Homologous Recombination Deficiency provide clues to enhance immunotherapy of ovarian cancer? Jonathan A. Ledermann

Clinical Commentary: When surgical innovation and payment systems collide: The sentinel lymph node story Emeline M. Aviki, Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum

Research Reports (Lead Article): Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and homologous recombination deficiency are independently associated with improved survival in ovarian carcinoma Christopher B. Morse, Mirna N. Toukatly, Mark R. Kilgore, Kathy J. Agnew, Sarah S. Bernards, Barbara M. Norquist, Kathryn P. Pennington, Rochelle L. Garcia, John B. Liao, Elizabeth M. Swisher

300+ attend Black Academic Surgeons conference | Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS

From left: Dineo Khabele, MD, FACOG, FACS; Eloise Chapman-Davis, MD; Carol Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS; Ama Buskwofie, MD; Charlotte Gamble, MD

Several members of SGO, including 2018-2019 SGO President Carol Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS, were among over 300 surgeons, residents, and medical students at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) in New York City on April 25 -27, hosted by the Weill-Cornell Medicine Department of Surgery and New York Presbyterian. SBAS was founded in 1989 with a mission to improve health, advance science, and foster academic careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeons. The annual scientific meeting provides opportunities for surgeons of all backgrounds to participate in the grant writing workshop, mentoring sessions, and scientific forum. The future of academic surgery is bright! For more information on how to join, visit www.sbas.net.

Registration open for SGO Allied Health Professionals Meeting

Registration and housing are open for the SGO Allied Health Professionals Meeting, to be held Oct. 18-20, 2019, at the Hilton Rosemont near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The Allied Health Professionals Meeting is targeted towards nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and other women’s cancer care team members who are interested in learning more about current treatment and scientific challenges that advanced practice practitioners encounter when treating patients with gynecologic cancers. For more information, contact SGO’s education team at education@sgo.org.

New SGO Southeast Regional Meeting opens registration and housing

SGO is offering a new Southeast Regional Meeting on Sept. 19-21, 2019, in Birmingham, AL. Registration and discounted housing rates are now available for this event. Building upon the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in March 2019, this new conference will help members and attendees distill new science, and understand how best to incorporate new knowledge into their clinical practice. This meeting will also fulfill the need for a regional meeting in the Southeast to provide a forum for research presentation, education, and mentoring to residents and fellows, as well as networking opportunities. Abstract submission opens Sunday, May 26 and closes on Friday, July 26.

2019 Annual Meeting recordings now available on SGO Connect Ed

Select recordings from the SGO 2019 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer are now available and free to all attendees (members and non-members) as well as all SGO members regardless of whether or not they attended the 50th annual meeting. SGO members wishing to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to log into SGO ConnectEd and register for the 2019 SGO Annual Meeting course. Being a current SGO member ensures that the selections are free.

All of the 2019 Annual Meeting sessions have slide decks available for download, and the following sessions have either audio or video recordings in addition to the presentation PowerPoint files:

  • Scientific Plenaries I-VII
  • All Education Forums except sessions VI and X
  • Special Interest Sessions I-III
  • #MeToo in Medicine
  • SGO ABOG Lecturer: Groesbeck Parham, MD
  • Presidential Invited Guest Speaker: Agnes Binagwaho, MD
  • Presidential Address: 2018-2019 SGO President, Carol Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS
  • Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session: 50 Years of Progress

For additional questions about the SGO Annual Meeting contact SGO Education at education@sgo.org.

Society of Gynecologic Oncology 50th Anniversary: Karen D. Lyle, PA-C

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology prides itself on the diversity and inclusion of everyone who is involved in the fight against women’s cancer. As part of SGO’s 50th Anniversary celebration, physician assistant Karen D. Lyle, PA-C, shares how SGO has allowed her to explore new educational opportunities and helped her grow her professional network.