SGO Issues September 18, 2013
Featured Donor: Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS
2013 State of the Art in Chicago
‘What Every Woman Should Know’ about GYN cancer
Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline Sept. 18
Voices: It Takes a Community to Establish a Tweet Chat
Gynecologic Oncology September 2013 Content
Oct. 15 deadline for Foundation/Research Institute grant awards
Allied Workshop Oct. 12 in Nashville
Women’s Cancer News
With a dedication to paradigm-shifting surgical techniques that is also shared by his physician brothers, Farr Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY, is the latest SGO member to join the Foundation for Gynecology Oncology’s Legacy Society, pledging a six-figure amount for a post-graduate course and SGO Annual Meeting lectureship.
The post-graduate course and the Annual Meeting lectureship series will be devoted to minimally invasive surgery (both laparoscopic and computer-enhanced telesurgery called robotic-assisted surgery) and therapeutic techniques in gynecologic oncology, and will also address the challenges and opportunities of minimally invasive surgery in the future and its impact on patient care and practice overall.
An SGO member since 2001, Dr. Nezhat has made numerous presentations at SGO Annual Meetings over the years, and has served as a course director as well. Dr. Nezhat, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic and Robotic Surgery and Fellowship, has lectured about minimally invasive surgery throughout the United States and abroad. He will serve as the General Chair of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) 5th Annual Meeting on Laparoscopic, Robotic & Vaginal Hysterectomy with Comprehensive Hands-on Workshop on Laparoscopic Suturing & Knot-Tying with Simulation, where his older brother Camran R. Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, and his younger brother Ceana Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, will serve as Scientific Program Chairs.
Dr. Farr Nezhat explained that the brothers’ shared passion for medicine can be traced back to their parents: “When my brothers and I were young, our mother fell ill. When she finally recovered, our father had a renewed respect for doctors and did not shy away for praising their efforts and life’s devotion to patient care. He unfortunately passed away while still very young.
“Our mother never remarried and she dedicated her life to honoring our father and raising us. It was our father’s admiration for this noble profession that incited understanding and sensitivity and our mother’s unwavering commitment that stirred up passion and intuitive awareness in all of us to study medicine and later become the pioneers of the minimally invasive movement,” said Dr. Nezhat. “Our mother is the reason why my brothers and I devoted our lives and careers to improving women’s healthcare. This was our way of acknowledging her role and honoring her legacy in our lives.”
Dr. Farr Nezhat and his brothers, Dr. Camran Nezhat, who pioneered the technique of video-assisted endoscopy which ultimately revolutionized modern-day surgery, and Dr. Ceana Nezhat performed some of most advanced surgical procedure by MIS techniques for the first time, including radical hysterectomy, para-aortic and pelvic node dissection, MIS for advanced ovarian cancer, bowel, bladder, ureter resection and reanastomosis, sacral colpopexy, vesicovaginal fistula repair, MIS during advanced stages of pregnancy, and laparoscopic-assisted myomectomy.
“We were among the first or the first to successfully perform most advanced endoscopic procedures, shifting the paradigm in the choice of surgical approaches. It was more than just a desire to succeed at something new, it was a vision which, we know now, forever changed the landscape of gynecologic surgery,” Dr. Nezhat added.
Dr. Farr Nezhat credits SGO past president Carmel J. Cohen, MD, as his mentor in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. Dr. Nezhat added that the ability to match a donation of $5,000 or more through the Legacy Society and the initial $250,000 contribution from another SGO past president, James Orr, MD, FACOG, FACS and his wife Vicki Orr definitely factored into his decision making to make this level of financial commitment.
“The SGO is in an ideal position to promote better and safer care for women affected by cancer,” said Dr. Nezhat. “I strongly believe that if we all stay united in this front, without a question in mind, sooner or later we will unlock the key to the enigma of many malignancies in general, and gynecologic malignancy in particular. These donations fuel our long-term mission, our ability to innovate and, in time, end this disease.”
This Friday, Sept. 20, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago will host the 2013 State of the Art Conference on Gestational Trophoblastic Diseases. The one-day course will take place in conjunction with the International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Diseases (ISSTD) World Congress XVII meeting. Julian C. Schink, MD, formerly with the Feinberg School of Medicine and now Chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, MI, says that SGO educational programs like SOA bring membership together in one place to really focus on one disease and “bring everyone up to speed” on it.
As their independent documentary “No Evidence of Disease” begins public screenings during Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, Spark Media is also educating women about the symptoms of gynecologic malignancies with a 16-minute film, “What Every Woman Should Know.”
Like the N.E.D. documentary, this short film also features members of the gyn onc rock band, John F. Boggess, MD; Joanie Hope, MD; Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD; William R. (Rusty) Robinson, MD; John T. Soper, MD and William E. Winter, MD, but the emphasis is on helping women understand the symptoms of gynecologic cancers so they can ask their practitioners the right questions.
“The goal of the ‘No Evidence of Disease’ film was to get people talking about the cancers,” said Karen Simon, the producer of both films. “The goal of ‘What Every Woman Should Know’ is to educate, inform and inspire women about taking care of their bodies.”
The deadline to submit abstracts and surgical films for SGO’s 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer’s is today, Sept. 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Abstracts and surgical films can be submitted using SGO’s online submission site. All topics pertaining to women’s cancer are welcomed.
In January, I wrote a blog post on this site about my aspirations for the year. So far in 2013, I haven’t painted very often nor have I consistently exercised. But with the help of the gynecologic cancer community my aspiration to be part of a tweet chat has happened.
In July after reading “Hashtag Folksonomy for Cancer Communities on Twitter” in the ASCO Connection, I tweeted to Matthew Katz, MD (@atomic doc) how I wished there was a chat for ovarian cancer survivors like the #BCSM (Breast Cancer Social Media) chat. Another cancer advocate, Christina Lizaso, contacted me and before we knew it a number of physicians as well as Chrissy Ward (@SGOChrissy) tweeted back and forth generously sharing their expertise and support in establishing an online Twitter community for those impacted by gynecologic cancers. READ MORE
The Oct. 15, 2013, deadline is approaching for two research grants through the SGO’s Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology: The Wilma Williams Education and Clinical Research Award for Endometrial Cancer, and the Improving Outcomes in Gynecologic Oncology Patients Research and Education Award. Winners will be notified by Dec. 2, 2013.
SGO’s Allied Health Professionals Workshop: Optimizing Endometrial Cancer Care, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Nashville, TN. This educational workshop is open to advanced practice providers or nurse clinicians who want to learn more about endometrial cancer care.
Read the latest edition of Women’s Cancer News.