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Medical Conference 2019: Targeting Inflammation: From Biomarkers to Precision Surgery

Medical Conference 2019

Medical Conference 2019 program
Medical Conference 2019 PROGRAM

Dear esteemed friends and colleagues,

We are excited to invite you to witness a new era for endometriosis; both in fundamental science and in surgical technique. On behalf of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound), please join us at the Tenth Annual Medical Conference on March 8th to the 10th in NYC. This exciting international symposium will explore the critical topic "Targeting Inflammation: From Biomarkers to Precision Surgery." Inflammation is the flame igniting a cascade of symptoms and pathologies that lessen quality of life, cause repeat surgeries, and devastate with infertility. We are thrilled to convene in New York City for another landmark meeting exploring this original topic.

This international symposium will cover primary peritoneal endometriosis as it advances to its end stage in extreme cases of diaphragm, bowel, and kidney disease. Particular emphasis will be placed on neuroanatomy and endometriosis causing neuropathies. A live surgery will be broadcasted from Italy.

We are proud to inform you that for the first time in our history we will surpass 1 million dollars in research grants for endometriosis. Our 2019 Request for Proposals are now open until March 7, 2019. It is through your continued support and generosity that we can sponsor events such as these, fund exciting new research and collaborate on new surgical techniques.

We thank you and look forward to our time together in the vibrant metropolis of Manhattan.


Tamer seckin

Tamer Seckin, MD, FACOG

Founder, Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound)


Marc Possover

Marc Possover, MD, PhD
Director, Possover International Medical Center, Zurich , Prof. of Neuropelveology, Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark , Associate Prof. Univ. of Cologne, Germany , Honorary and Founding President, International Society of Neuropelveology

Ray Garry

Ray Garry, MD, PhD
Professor, OB/GYN University of Western Australia, Perth

Honarary Chair

Harry Reich

Harry Reich, MD
Honorary Medical Director Emeritus, and Senior Medical Advisor to EndoFound

Program Directors

Frank Chervenak

Frank Chervenak, MD
Professor &Chair of OB/GYN, Lenox Hill Hospt.,
Assoc. Dean, School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell

Tamer Seckin

Tamer Seckin, MD
Attending physician Lenox Hill Hospt.,
Founder, Endometriosis Foundation of America


Dan Martin

Dan Martin, MD
Retired Prof. Emeritus, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Virginia Commonwealth University IRB

David Redwine

David Redwine, MD
Retired Director, Institute of Endometriosis, St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, OR

Serdar Bulun

Serdar Bulun, MD
John J Sciarra Prof. & Chair , Dept. OB/GYN,, Northwestern Univ. & Prentice Women’s Hospital, Northwestern Medicine, IL

Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor, MD
Anita O’Keeffe Young Prof. of Women’s Health & Chair, OB/GYN R Sc., , Prof. of MCBD, Yale School of Medicine, , Chief of OB/GYN, Yale New Haven Hospt., New Haven, CT

Jennifer Knudtson

Jennifer Knudtson, MD
Assistant Prof. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, , Univ. Texas Health, San Antonio, TX

Bruce Lessey

Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, OB/GYN R B, , Michigan State Univ., MI, & Univ. of North Carolina, NC

Asgi Fazleabas

Asgi Fazleabas, PhD
Distinguished Prof. and Associate Chair for Research,
Department of OB/GYN R B, Michigan State Univ.

Christine Metz

Christine Metz, PhD
Prof., Feinstein Institute & School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell., Director, OB/GYN Research, Northwell Health

Peter Gregersen

Peter Gregersen, MD
Prof. & Director of Robert S. Boas Center, Feinstein Institute,, Prof. of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Leslie Farland

Leslie Farland, MSc, ScD
Assistant Prof., Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, AZ

Linda Griffith

Linda Griffith, PhD
Founder & Director, Center for Gynepathology Research, , & Teaching Innovation Professor, School of Engineering, MIT

Avner Hershlag

Avner Hershlag, MD
Chief, Reproductive Endo/Infertility, Northwell Health., Prof., School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Katherine Burns

Katherine Burns, PhD
Assistant Prof., Dept. Environmental Health, Univ. of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH

Horace Roman

Horace Roman, MD, PhD
Professor, Surgeon, Endometriosis Center, Clinique Tivoli-Ducos, Bordeaux, France

Michael Nimaroff

Michael Nimaroff, MD, FACOG
Senior Vice President & Exec. Director, OB/GYN Services,, Chief, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Northwell Health. , Assoc. Prof., School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

le-Ming Shih

le-Ming Shih, MD, PhD
Richard TeLinde Distinguished Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN & Oncology., Co-director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program, SKCC, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD

Ayse Ayhan

Ayse Ayhan, MD, PhD
Hamamatsu & Hiroshima Univ. School of Medicine & SM Hospital, Pathology, Japan. , Adjunct Prof. John Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, MD

Lora Liu

Lora Liu, MD 
Minimally Invasive Surgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital, NY

Karli Goldstein

Karli Goldstein, DO
Minimally Invasive Surgeon, , Lenox Hill Hospital, NY

Serin Seckin

Serin Seckin, MD
Third-year OB/GYN Resident, Mount Sinai Health System, NY

Vance Broach

Vance Broach, MD
OB/GYN, Gynecologic Oncologist, MSKCC, NY

Keith Isaacson

Keith Isaacson, MD
Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Fertility, , Newton Wellesley Hospt., Assoc. Prof. OB/GYN, , Harvard Medical School, Co-director Center for Gynepathology Research, MIT

Allyson Shrikhande

Allyson Shrikhande, MD
Medical Director, Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine & Volunteer Faculty,, Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, Chair,, Medical Education Committee, International Pelvic Pain Society

Stacey Missmer

Stacey Missmer, SC.D.
Prof. OB/GYN R B, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State Univ., MI

Kutluk Oktay

Kutluk Oktay, MD, Ph.D., FACOG
Prof, OB/GYN, Director, Laboratory of Molecular Reproduction and Fertility Preservation, , Yale School of Medicine, CT

Piraye Yurttas Beim

Piraye Yurttas Beim, PhD
Founder & CEO, Celmatix

Juan Salgado-Morales

Juan Salgado-Morales, MD
OB/GYN Minimally Invasive Surgeon Specialist,, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Friday, March 8, 2019

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast & Registration
8:00am - 8:30am Opening and Welcome
EndoFound 2019: How Did We Get Here & Why Are We "Targeting Inflammation"?
Tamer Seckin, MD,
Harry Reich, MD
MODERATORS Serdar Bulun, MD, Stacey Missmer, ScD & Harry Reich, MD
8:30am - 9:00am

Professional Ethics of the Diagnosis and Management of  Endometriosis

Frank Chervenak, MD
9:00am - 9:30am

History of Endometriosis Surgery &
Difficulties in Recognition of Endometriosis: Superficial, Retroperitoneal, Deep Infiltrating, and Bowel

Dan Martin, MD
9:30am - 10:00am

Endometriosis, Menstruation, and Stem Cells

Ray Garry, MD
10:00am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:00am Inflammation, Biomarkers, and the Origins of Endometriosis Piraye Beim, PhD
***All speakers are to leave 5-10 minutes for Q&A and discussion. This is included in their time slot.
MODERATORS Dan Martin, MD, Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD & Ray Garry, MD
11:00am - 11:30am Endometriosis and Pelvic Nerve Dysfunctions in the Pelvis Marc Possover, MD, PhD
11:30am -12:00pm Origin of Endometriosis: Cartoon Science vs Evidence-based Medicine David Redwine, MD
***All speakers are to leave 5-10 minutes for Q&A and discussion. This is included in their time slot.
12:00pm -12:50pm Lunch
MODERATORS Linda Griffith, PhD, Hugh Taylor, MD & Juan Salgado-Morales, MD
12:50pm - 1:10pm Tissue Stem Cells: Steps Toward Regenerating the Uterus Serdar Bulun, MD
1:10pm - 1:30pm Endometriosis: Stem cells, MicroRNA and Inflammation Hugh Taylor, MD
1:30pm - 1:50pm IVF and Endometriosis Avner Hershlag, MD
1:50pm - 2:10pm Importance of Diagnosing Endometriosis for Unexplained Infertility, Failed IVF and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD
2:10pm - 2:30pm Endometriosis and Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Leslie Farland, MSc, ScD
2:30pm - 2:50pm Q&A with Panel
2:50pm - 3:10pm Break
MODERATORS Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Avner Hershlag, MD
3:10pm - 3:30pm Is Diagnostic Laparoscopy Really the First Step for the Diagnosis of Endometriosis? Juan Salgado-Morales, MD
3:30pm - 3:50pm Tissue Engineering the Endometrium: Can it Help “Personalize” Medicine for Endometriosis? Linda Griffith, PhD
3:50pm - 4:10pm NOTCH1 Mediated Inflammation in Ectopic Lesions: Opportunities for Targeted Therapy Asgi Fazleabas, PhD
4:10pm - 4:30pm The Analysis of Menstrual Effluent: Emerging Insights into Endometriosis Pathogenesis Christine Metz, PhD
Peter Gregersen, MD
4:30pm - 4:50pm Environmental Immunotoxicants: Do They Affect the Development of Endometriosis? Katherine Burns, PhD 
4:50pm - 5:10pm Q&A with Panel &
Closing Remarks

Saturday, March 9, 2019

8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast & Registration
8:30am - 8:50am Good Morning and Run of Show

Symptoms of Many Systems Leading to Multiorgan Surgery
Tamer Seckin, MD
MODERATORS Dan Martin, MD, David Redwine, MD & Harry Reich, MD
8:50am - 9:20am Critical Issues in Endometriosis Incidence and Risk Stacey Missmer, ScD
9:20am - 9:50am A Trial of a Trial of Endometrial Resection Professor Ray Garry, MD
9:50am - 10:20am Primum Non Nocere vs. Definitive Bowel Surgery for Endometriosis

Horace Roman, MD, PhD

10:20am - 10:50am 15 Years of Evolution from Laparoscopic Oncology to Neuropelveology Professor Marc Possover, MD, PhD
***All speakers are to leave 5-10 minutes for Q&A and discussion. This is included in their time slot.
10:50am - 11:10am Break
MODERATORS le-Ming Shih, MD, PhD, Horace Roman, MD, PhD & Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD
11:10am - 1130am The Role of Inflammation due to Menstrual Reflux and Current Treatments for Endometriosis Jennifer Knudtson, MD
11:30am - 11:50am Leuprolide: The ‘d’ is Silent. David Redwine, MD
11:50pm -12:20pm Great Debate on the ORIGINS of Endometriosis Dan Martin & David Redwine
12:20pm - 1:20pm Lunch
MODERATORS Marc Possover, MD, PhD, Ray Garry, MD & Keith Isaacson, MD
1:20pm - 1:40pm Inflammation in Endometriosis - What We Can Learn from Cancer Biology le-Ming Shih, MD, PhD
1:40pm - 2:00pm Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer Vance Broach, MD
2:00pm - 2:20pm Adenomyosis Dilemma Keith Isaacson, MD
2:20pm - 3:00pm Rerun of Live Surgery from Bordeaux France: 
Management of Rectosigmoid Nodules without Bowel Resection
Horace Roman, MD, PhD
3:00pm - 3:20pm Break
MODERATORS Juan Salgado-Morales, MD & Lora  Liu, MD
3:20pm - 3:40pm Training the Next Generation of Endosurgeons Michael Nimaroff, MD
3:40pm - 4:00pm Pelvic Comorbidities with Endometriosis Ayse Ayhan, MD, PhD
MODERATORS Michael Nimaroff, MD, Jeannine Villella, DO
4:00pm - 4:20pm 1999-2019: Surgical Empiricism to Robotic Precision in Ovarian Auto Transplant with Cryopreserved Tissue Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD
4:20pm - 4:30pm Complex Urinary Tract & Bowel Surgery & Unintended Consequences

Lora  Liu, MD
4:30pm - 4:40pm 10 years on lupron and 2 bowel resections later... Karli Goldstein, DO
4:40pm - 4:50pm Extended Hysterectomy Classifications for Endometriosis Surgery Serin Seckin, MD
4:50pm - 5:10pm The Role of Inflammation in Pelvic Floor Hypertonia and Neuropathic Pelvic Pain Allyson Shrikhande, MD
5:10pm - 5:30pm Q&A with Panel & 
Closing Remarks
Tamer Seckin, MD

Video Gallery / Medical Conference 2019

Disclaimer: The opinions shared by each of our panelists and speakers belong to each of them respectively and
may not accurately reflect the beliefs of the EndoFound organization as a whole.