SGO Issues Oct 22, 2015


SGO Issues Oct. 22, 2015

SGO membership renewal season is here
Karlan elected to National Academy of Medicine
Pre-conference Global Session planned for 2016 Annual Meeting
Allied Workshop to include inpatient and outpatient breakout tracks
Third installment of Connect Ed video series now available
Nominate a colleague for an SGO award
Nominations for 2016-2017 Board, Council open through Nov. 6

SGO membership renewal season is here

After a milestone year in which the Society surpassed both Annual Meeting attendance and membership records, SGO members are encouraged to ensure continued access to all of the exclusive SGO membership resources and renew their membership today. A printed invoice will arrive in the mail but members can renew online now by logging into their member account on the SGO website and clicking “Renew.”

Karlan elected to National Academy of Medicine

Beth Y. Karlan, MD

Beth Y. Karlan, MD

SGO Past President Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of gynecologic oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is one of 80 individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine. Election to the Academy, which was announced Oct. 19, is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Dr. Karlan, who also serves as the director of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, has devoted her career to improving the understanding and treatment of gynecologic malignancies. She has advocated nationally for greater public awareness, education and research funding in the field.

A surgeon and researcher, Karlan’s work has focused on the discovery of ovarian cancer biomarkers to aid in early detection of the disease and in the identification of molecular therapies. She also studies inherited cancer susceptibility, particularly the clinical impact of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes for women’s cancers.

As full member of SGO since 1993, Dr. Karlan served as president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 2005. During her leadership tenure, SGO became a self-managed society. Dr. Karlan has also served on SGO’s Government Relations, Honors & Awards, and Communications Committees, and is currently part of SGO’s Palliative Care Network.

In 2012, Karlan was appointed by the White House to the National Cancer Advisory Board, a committee that advises the National Cancer Institute. She serves as editor-in-chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology Reports, the leading scientific journals in her field. She also serves on an Institute of Medicine committee that evaluates the state of ovarian cancer research.

“It’s been a privilege to have had opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the field of gynecologic oncology and impact the lives of women with cancer,” said Dr. Karlan. “I’m incredibly honored that my peers have recognized these contributions with my election to the National Academy of Medicine.”

Pre-conference Global Session planned for 2016 Annual Meeting

For the first time at an SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, Global Gynecologic Oncology – An Interactive Session, will be part of the pre-conference sessions on Friday, March 18, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center. The International Program will emphasize global gynecologic cancer epidemiology. International attendees have until Oct. 30 to submit their research for the opportunity to present it at the meeting and receive feedback from leaders in the field.

Headed by course directors Adnan Munkarah, MD, from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, and David Cantu, MD, PhD, from the Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia in Mexico City, Mexico, this year’s Global Session builds upon the 2015 Annual Meeting sessions on international gynecologic oncology and related issues in Latin America, which did not involve presenting posters by the attendees.

“This year the Program Committee wanted to engage international colleagues more actively in SGO at the meeting and as a Society,” explained Dr. Munkarah. “When people are invited to present, they are more likely to attend and be engaged.”

“Attendees have many things to learn since the lectures are extremely important and really interesting,” said Dr. Cantu. “Sharing what others are doing and how treatments are delivered is very important.”

Dr. Cantu added that the fees needed to attend an international medical society’s conference can be a limiting issue in low- and middle-income countries. New SGO members will have the opportunity to receive 50 percent off the meeting registration fee.

The stated goals of the Global Session are to identify geographic variations in the worldwide gynecologic cancer incidence with a particular emphasis on the burden of gynecologic cancers in low- and middle-income countries, the challenges of public health reporting, and examples of successful models for the development and implementation of reliable and accurate cancer registries.

The key concepts for presentation consideration include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Regional demographics and trends
  • Treatment in developing countries
  • Challenges in public health and data ascertainment
  • Screening challenges
  • Breast cancer

Dr. Munkarah expects the Global Session to increase dialogue and cross-learning about disease burden, treatment approach, challenges to screening and treatment, as well as innovation.

“Innovation does not always need to be high tech bench research,” said Dr. Munkarah.

Both didactic and poster presentations for the Global Session will be accepted via SGO’s abstract collection system until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2015. Surgical films are not being accepted for this session. For additional information, contact SGO Education at

Allied Workshop to include inpatient and outpatient breakout tracks

A new feature for this year, the SGO Allied Health Professionals Workshop on Dec. 5-6 at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University in Chicago will offer inpatient and outpatient breakout sessions for physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses interested in learning more about Solutions to Practice Challenges.

Course directors, Katie Elliott, MS, RN, WHNP-BC; Kayla Bowser, PA-C; and Jeff Lin, MD; along with invited experts in the field of gynecologic oncology, will lead the one-and-a-half-day educational and networking workshop designed to address the following topics:

  • Oncofertility
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Post-treatment Sexual Function
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Breakout Sessions

“Even within the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology, the role of the Advanced Practice Provider can vary greatly,” said Elliott, “The inpatient and outpatient breakout sessions will allow attendees to participate and learn from educational activities that are most relevant to their positions.”

Bowser explained that it is important to have the dual inpatient and outpatient tracks because allied providers within gynecologic oncology work in a variety of clinical settings.

Register online or fill out a registration form and send it to, or fax to (312) 235-4059.

Third installment of Connect Ed video series now available

The third installment of the SGO Connect™ Ed online video series, “Real Conversations: Research to Best Practice in Gynecologic Oncology,” is now available. “IP Chemo & Maintenance for Ovarian Cancer” is moderated by Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD, from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC; with panelists Deb Armstrong, MD, from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore; Stephanie Gaillard, MD, from Duke Cancer Institute in Durham; and Tate Thigpen, MD, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Nominate a colleague for an SGO award

The Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology is seeking nominees for two awards to be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer®. The Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award recognizes outstanding SGO members for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology. The Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award recognizes individuals for their exemplary volunteer outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or teaching. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 6, 2015.

Nominations for 2016-2017 Board, Council open through Nov. 6

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 SGO Board and Foundation Council. Those who are interested in serving should review the Board service and election FAQs and complete the self-nomination form. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Questions regarding the application can be directed to SGO’s Manager of Governance and Membership, Jennifer Ocampo, at (312) 235-4060 or