SGO Issues Oct 8, 2015


SGO Issues Oct. 8, 2015

SGO Webinar on Genetic Counseling, Testing and Treatment Decisions
SGO joins FDA’s Network of Experts
SGO welcomes 35 new members
SGO produces explainer video on obesity and endometrial cancer
Gynecologic Oncology: October 2015, Volume 139, Issue 1, pp 1-208
Kris Ghosh, MD, MBA, dies

SGO Webinar on Genetic Counseling, Testing and Treatment Decisions

SGO Connect Ed presents a free live webinar, “Genetic Counseling, Testing and Treatment Decisions: A Moving Target,” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Eastern Time that will summarize the in-depth analysis and outcomes of the SGO Genetics Summit that took place July 27-28 in Chicago. This webinar will be moderated by Elizabeth Swisher, MD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle; with Karen Lu, MD, from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as faculty.

The Genetic Counseling webinar addresses the advances in technology and knowledge that continue to outpace practitioners’ ability to realize clinical implementations, resulting in controversy and confusion over genetic counseling, testing and treatment recommendations in gynecologic oncology.

This webinar seeks to answer the following questions:

  • Who is best suited to address various aspects of care, and how and when should this care most effectively be delivered?
  • How can the cancer care team unite to overcome substantive barriers such as the inadequate reimbursement of genetic counselors under current Medicare guidelines, payer restrictions, cascade testing, and a greater involvement of genetic counselors throughout the entire process when appropriate?

This 90-minute presentation will be available for download on SGO Connect Ed after Oct. 13.

SGO joins FDA’s Network of Experts

Effective Oct. 1, SGO joined the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Network of Experts, a vetted network of outside scientists, clinicians and engineers who will provide the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) staff with rapid access to scientific, engineering, and medical expertise when it is needed to supplement existing knowledge and expertise within the CDRH.

SGO members who would like to be considered for participating in this program are encouraged to email with their name and contact information. SGO is now one of 45 medical societies that belong to the FDA Network of Experts.

Experts within the network are asked to confine their responses to answers that represent their scientific or clinical experience. They are not asked to provide policy advice or unfounded opinions, and records related to the Network of Experts and Network conversations—including information discussed and the names of participating experts—may be released to the public by the FDA.

SGO welcomes 35 new members

Thirty-five applicants have joined the Society of Gynecologic Oncology in the third quarter of 2015. SGO welcomes the following new members:

Full Members
Kevin Byrd, MD
Christina Fotopoulou, MD
Mila Gorsky, MD

Candidate Members
Boris J. N. Winterhoff, MD

Fellow-in-Training Members
Anna Beavis, MD
Jennifer Bergstrom, MD
Joao Miguel Casanova Goncalves, MD
Shannon M. Grabosch, MD
Alexis Hokenstad, MD
Katherine Kurnit, MD
Eav K. Lim, DO
Hyo Park, MD
Emily Penick, MD
John Michael Robinson, DO
Emily Shuyi Wu

International Members
Paul Cohen, MD, PhD
Zheng-mao Zhang, MD
Anik Ghosh, MD

Resident/Student Members
Sarah Bedell, MD
Brian T. Burgess, DO, PhD
Aakriti Carrubba, MD
Anar Gojayev, MD
Miriana Hijaz, MD
Erica Huelsmann
Sara Jaber, MD
Kevin M. Kremer, MD
Lucy Liu, MD
Brad Nitzsche, MD
Courtney Alexis Penn, MD
Allison Smith, MD
Stacy A. Smrz

Allied Members
Sara Alicia Browne, BSN
Danielle R. Hayes, PA-c
Stephanie Tejada, BS, CPC
Sheila Rodriguez, CPC

SGO produces explainer video on obesity and endometrial cancer

SGO has released a one-and-a-half-minute animated explainer video: “Obesity & Endometrial Cancer: A Patient’s Guide,” about the connection between endometrial cancer recurrence and obesity. Geared towards a patient audience, the video explains the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in a straightforward and visually appealing way. The video also appears on SGO’s obesity resources page. Members are encouraged to share the video link via social media using the hashtags #Obesity and #EndometrialCancer.

Gynecologic Oncology: October 2015, Volume 139, Issue 1, pp 1-208

Lead Article: Definition of a dynamic laparoscopic model for the prediction of incomplete cytoreduction in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: Proof of a concept M. Petrillo, G. Vizzielli, F. Fanfani, V. Gallotta, F. Cosentino, V. Chiantera, F. Legge, V. Carbone, G. Scambia, A. Fagotti

Editorial: Upping the ante in assessing the feasibility of surgical cytoreduction for advanced ovarian cancer: A modified laparoscopic Predictive Index score Pedro T. Ramirez

Meeting Report: Report on NRG Oncology and the GOG Foundation Ronald D. Alvarez

Kris Ghosh, MD, MBA, dies

Kris Ghosh, MD, MBA

Kris Ghosh, MD, MBA

SGO regrets to announce the passing of Kris Ghosh, MD, MBA, a gynecologic oncologist at the San Diego Center for GYN Oncology in San Marcos, CA, on Oct. 6. An Associate member of SGO from 2013 to 2014, Dr. Ghosh earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1993, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA Medical Center in 1997. Dr. Ghosh went on to complete a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in 2000.