SGO Issues Oct 26, 2017

SGO Issues October 26, 2017

SGO welcomes 54 new, 57 transitioning members
Things Aren’t Going to Get Better | Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH
Nominate a colleague for an SGO award
FWC welcomes SGO members, survivors, supporters to Race to End Women’s Cancer
Myron H. Lutz, MD, FACOG, FACS, 1938-2017

SGO welcomes 54 new, 57 transitioning members

From June through August 2017, 54 new members joined the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and an additional 57 members transitioned to the next membership level. SGO congratulates the following new and transitioning members:

Transitioning Full Members
Rinki Agarwal, MD
Ioannis Alagkiozidis, MD
Aine Clements, MD
Dianan P. English, MBBS
Katherine C. Fuh, MD, PhD
Jasmine J. Han, MD
David Iglesias, MD
Amanda Lynn Jackson, MD
Andras Ladanyi, MD, PhD
Jamie Lesnock, MD
Kara Long Roche, MD
William Lowery, MD
Nora Taylor MacZura, MD
Christa Nagel, MD
Alpa Nick, MD
Joshua Press, MD
Dana Marie Roque, MD
Elise J. Simons, MD
Erin Stevens, MD
Edward James Tanner, III, MD
Erin Ragan Tuller, MD
Joyce Varughese, MD
Boris Jan Nils Winterhoff, MD, MSTransitioning Candidate Members
Amy Armstrong, MD
Emma Barber, MD
Tiffany L. Beck, MD
Leslie Horn Clark, MD
Elisabeth Diver, MD
Eugenia Girda, MD
Kassondra S. Grzankowski, MD
Karina Elaine Hew, MD
Margaux Jenna Kanis, MD
Margaret Liang, MD
Eirwen M. Miller, MD
Michaela Onstad, MD
Brian Orr, MD
Rebecca Ann Previs, MD
Neil Phippen, MD
Emily N. Prendergast, MD
Lauren Prescott, MD
Michelle Rowland, MD
Erin Ashton Salinas, MD
Ruth Stephenson, DO
James Brian Szender, MDTransitioning Fellow-in-Training Members
Erin Blake, MD
Katie K. Crean Tate, MD
Emily Hinchcliff, MD
Sarah K. Lynamm, MD
Adrianne Rose Mallen, MD
Christine Rojas, MD
Evan Smith, MDNew Full Member
Christi Kim, MD

New Fellow-in-Training Members
Amy Alexander, MD
David Anderson, MD
Charles W. Ashley, MD
Leona Chang, MD
Ashley Graul, MD
Molly Greenwade, MD
Toni Kilts, DO
Christopher J. LaFarge, MD
Allison Marshall Puechl, MD
Joannie Neveu, MD
Diana C. Pearre, MD
Henry Reyes, MD
Jeanine Staples, MD
Katherine Ikard Stewart, MD
Lauren Turker, MD
Nitin Wadhwa, DO
Lindsay West, MD

New Resident Members
Surbhi Agrawal, Student
Sarah Belliotti, MD
Julia Lindsay Boland, Med Student
Sarah Boyd, MD
Rachel Bramblet, DO
Mary Elizabeth Burriss, MD
Michael Cohen, MD
Olga T. Filippova, MD
Deanna Glassman, MD
Pouya Javadian, MD
Catherine Kim, Med Student
Aparna Kailasam, MD
Milan Paul Kubelac, MD
Nicole Marjon, MD, PhD
Alexandra L. Martin, MD
Lauren T. Martin, MD
Lindsey McAlarnen, MD
Carol Rodriguez, MD
Megan Ross, MD
Abhishek Sharma, MD
Sameera Vangara, Med Student
Daniel Weinberg, MD

New Allied Members
Heather Augustyniak, MSN, RN
Audrey Cornelius, PA-C
Priscilla Delello, PA-C
Kristina DiMezza, PA-C
Mollie A. Finkel, MSN
Elizabeth Gorrick, PA-C
Poonam Goswami, MS, OCN
Patricia Grabinski, MSN, RN
Alessandra Marino, PA-C
Caroline McCarthy Conway, MSN
Amy Morgan, PA-C
Leigha Senter-Jamieson, MS
Barbara J. Silko, PhD, ARNP
Elizabeth Stewart, PA-C

Senior Membership Applicants
Rolland J. Barrett, MD
Steven G. Bernstein, MD
Gordon O. Downey, MD
Benjamin E. Greer, MD
Robert Kurman, MD
Edmund S. Petrilli, MD

Things aren’t going to get ‘better’ | Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH

Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH

Are you waiting for the “right” time to start a new wellness regime? What IS the right time? Consider that things aren’t going to get “better” any time soon. Instead, accept that the time is now!

I agree that we are all busy–trust me–I get it! In between writing this blog, I will edit some publications, review some clinical trial protocols, fill out a 100-page application pertaining to the fellowship of which I am the director; plan my children’s numerous extracurricular activities, surgical cases, clinic, manage chemo patients, and a plethora of the administrative and personal things that we all have to do—so I get it!

How can you stop using these as an excuse and start demanding that time back? The answer is simple–make it a priority. After all, YOU MATTER. Your wellness is important.  

Wellness, however, is not just about resiliency. Wellness is also about adequate deep sleep, activity, meditation, and nutrition. I’d like to start with positive affirmations. Self-affirmations were first popularized by French psychologist Emile Coué back in the 1920s and are still a staple of self-help gurus and psychologists and personal coaches. But do they work?

Similar to the guided imagery that surgeons often use before a surgical case, self-affirmations (or positive affirmations) are tools that can be used to begin the day, throughout the day, and at the end of the day. We now better understand that self-affirmation–the process of identifying and focusing on one’s most important values–boosts stressed individuals’ problem-solving abilities. Those who appear to benefit most are those in high chronic stress situations (sound familiar?). One study showed a brief self-affirmation was effective in eliminating the deleterious effects of chronic stress on problem-solving performance.

In addition, affirmations also affect integrity preservation and “error awareness.” This can be used in academic and other professional settings. The strategy produces measurable neurophysiological effects. Specifically, these effects on attention and emotion could be measured directly in the form of a well-known brain response called error-related negativity, or ERN.

As further proof, a study of resilience and emotions following 9/11, psychologists hypothesized and later found that positive emotions buffer people from crisis situations, and that positive emotions allow resilient people to thrive under any circumstances.

The body of literature on this topic is growing, lending further credibility to this very simple task with a wealth of benefits.

In conclusion, as you start (or resume) your journey to a healthier YOU, consider starting with positive affirmations. This one simple initial step can help you mentally prepare for the other life changes necessary for ultimate wellness.  If you look in the mirror and think to yourself that you could do a better job taking care of yourself, then do it! AND start today! After all, your patients look to you to set the example. Some well-known positive affirmation audios or YouTube include presentations by Louise Hay, Meditation Vacation, Dauchsy Meditations, and Power Thoughts Meditation Club.


Nathalie Dauphin McKenzie, MD, MSPH, is a gynecologic oncologist at Florida Hospital Medical Group in Orlando, FL.

Nominate a colleague for an SGO award

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology seeks nominees for two awards to be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer® in New Orleans. The Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award recognizes outstanding SGO Member(s) for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology. The Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award will recognize individuals for their exemplary volunteer outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or teaching. The deadline to submit a nomination form to SGO headquarters is Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Please review the nomination forms for eligibility and submission requirements.

FWC welcomes SGO members, survivors, supporters to Race to End Women’s Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) welcomes SGO members, gynecologic cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates to the 8th National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Nov. 5, in Washington, DC. To date, the Surgeons Team has raised $9,645 towards a $10,000 goal. Members can help the Surgeons Team meet or exceed this goal by donating online through the end of the year. The Race is the culmination of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, with the following events planned:

  • Friday: The race’s breakthrough sponsor, TESARO, is offering a free ovarian cancer community live storytelling event, The Moth, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. This event will take place at The Loft at 600 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. RSVP by emailing; space is limited.
  • Saturday: The FWC is hosting a Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Washington, DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.
  • Sunday: Onsite registration starts on Freedom Plaza at 7:30 a.m., with the pre-Race program beginning at 8:45 a.m. The 5K race will start at 9:30 a.m. with the 1 mile run starting at 9:45 a.m. (please note this is a slightly later time compared to previous years).

Full details about Race Day are available at

Myron H. Lutz, MD, FACOG, FACS, 1938-2017

Myron H. Lutz, MD, FACOG, FACS

SGO regrets to announce the passing of senior member Myron H. Lutz, MD, FACOG, FACS, on Oct. 22, in Charleston, SC, where he practiced as a gynecologic oncologist for over 40 years. According to the Charleston Post & Courier, Dr. Lutz graduated from Columbia University and New York University College of Medicine. He interned at Philadelphia General Hospital and completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bronx Municipal Hospital. Afterwards, Dr. Lutz served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Lutz completed a one-year Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, and a second year of Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. Dr. Lutz was Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. He had multiple appointments in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology Departments at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) from 1973-1977 and ran a successful private practice in OB/GYN and GYN Oncology in Charleston from 1977-2005. In addition to his SGO membership, Dr. Lutz was a board member of multiple civic organizations including the American Cancer Society.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at

(Photo credit: Charleston Post & Courier)