15th Annual Patient Symposium
Endometriosis 2024


March 2-3, 2024 (8:30am - 5pm) - 4W43 Building - 4 West 43rd St. NYC

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Every year, the Endometriosis Foundation of America hosts a patient conference designed to equip patients with all the tools and information they need to live their best lives with endometriosis. 

Join a weekend of expert panels and patient discussions on the science and management of endometriosis.

Sample Session Topics:

  • Menopause & Endo: Hormonal and Non-Hormonal Approaches
  • Hysterectomy: When it Works and When it Doesn't
  • Debunking Endometriosis Myths
  • Talking to Your Employer about Endo: How to Request Reasonable Accommodations
  • Surgery-first or IVF-first for Embryo Banking & Egg-Freezing?
  • Inflammation & Food as Medicine
  • New Research for Future Patient Care (Panel Discussion)
  • Providers with Endometriosis: Advocating for Change from Within (Panel Discussion)
  • Mothers & Sons: Having the Endo Conversation with Boys (Panel Discussion)
  • ENPOWR Program Update: Adolescent Endometriosis Education

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15th Annual Patient Symposium
Endometriosis 2024

March 2-3, 2024 - 4W43 Building - 4 West 43rd St. NYC

Ashley Albrecht

Endometriosis Advocate

Rosa Aliberti

Berke-Weiss Law

Rebecca Arkin, OTD, OTR/L, PRPC

Pelvic Floor Therapist at Solstice Physiotherapy

Sarah Austin

Endometriosis Advocate

Alex Berke

Berke-Weiss Law

Laurie Berke-Weiss, JD, MA

New York Woman’s Bar Association Foundation

Semir Beyaz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Immunologist, Researcher

Katherine Burns, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Melanie Carminati , PT, DPT, GTS, NCPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Inspira PT

Miguel Castro

Endometriosis Advocate

Ciji Castro

Domestic Gourmet, Content Creator, Restaurant Guide, Activist

Jackie Cecil

Endometriosis Advocate

Amanda Chu, MD

Board Certified Gynecologic Surgeon & Endometriosis Specialist

Emma Codman, PT, DPT

Endometriosis Physical Therapist

Samantha Cohen

Endometriosis Advocate

Elise Courtois, Ph.D.

Director, Single Cell Biology, The Jackson Laboratory

Noémie Elhadad, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics

Amanda Filippazzo

Senior Patient Experience Specialist

Lulu Ge

Founder & CEO at Elix

Claire Hamnett, PT, DPT

Endometriosis Physical Therapist

Georgina Harding

CEO, The Cycle UK

McCall Huey

Endometriosis Advocate

Jin Hee Kim, MD

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Roberta Kline, MD

ObGyn Physician, Functional Genomics, and Integrative Personalized Medicine Specialist

Pinar Kodaman, MD PhD

Founder, Medical Director of Connecticut Reproductive Medicine

Lauren Kornegay

Founder and Executive Director of Endo Black Incorporated

Daniel Lerner

Speaker, Author, Consultant

Stryker Lewis

Endometriosis Advocate

Tracy Lewis

Endometriosis Advocate

Liesel Lewis, RN, BSN, ONC, ACM

Endometriosis Advocate

Milcah Macatiag

Endometriosis Nurse Educator & Coach

Jill Convay Marchak

Endometriosis Advocate

Troone Marchak

Endometriosis Advocate

Dan Martin, MD

EndoFound Scientific and Medical Director

Christine Metz, PhD

Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Erica Michitsch, PT, DPT, WCS

Co-Owner of Solstice Physiotherapy

Kara Mortifoglio, PT, DPT, WCS

Co-Owner of Solstice Physiotherapy

Nicole Notar

Endometriosis Advocate

Shakira O'Garro, LMHC, LPC, LCPC NCC

Counselor, Endometriosis Advocate

Tirukurungudi Santhanam Padmapriya

CEO, Sanitation First India

Julie Predki-Weber

Lead Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Expert at Elix

Alyssa Sceppaguercio, MA, LMHC

Counselor, Endometriosis Advocate

Tamer Seckin, MD

Attending physician Lenox Hill Hospital, Founder and President of Endometriosis Foundation of America

Serin Seckin, MD

Third Year Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Columbia University Medical Center

Tomer Singer, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Shady Grove Fertility New York

Nanda Singh, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Endometriosis Advocate

Danielle Tarantola

Yoga Therapist

Sydney Yiu

Endometriosis Advocate


15th Annual Patient Symposium
Endometriosis 2024


DAY I: Saturday, March 2th, 2024

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Time Topic Speakers
8:30 am - 9:30 am Breakfast & Check-In
9:30 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks: Why are we here today? Background & Introduction of Speakers Tamer Seckin, MD
9:40 am - 10:00 am Debunking Endometriosis Myths Amanda Chu, MD
10:00 am - 10:40 am Multi-Organ Symptoms: Listening to the Voices of Endo Patient Panel: McCall Huey, Liesel Lewis, Nicole Notar
Moderaters: Tamer Seckin, MD, Dan Martin, MD
10:40 am - 11:00 am The Case for Excision Surgery Tamer Seckin, MD
11:00 am - 11:20 am Break
11:20 am - 11:40 pm Endometriosis Treatment: When Hysterectomy Works & When it Does Not! Ted Lee, MD
11:40 am - 12:00 pm When to Preserve Eggs and Embryos? Tomer Singer, MD
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm KEYNOTE: What I Wish We Knew in 1974: 50 Years of Change in Endometriosis Research and Care Dan Martin, MD
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch with Lawyers: "Reasonable Accommodations: Understanding Your Legal Protections with Endo" Laurie Berke-Weiss JD, MA, Alex Berke JD, Rosa Aliberti JD
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm How to Read and Understand Scientific Articles Whitney Ross, MD

Breakout Sessions: Social Hall
Improving Research in the Field of Endometriosis
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Menstrual Blood: A Tool for Developing Better Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Endometriosis
Speaker: Christine Metz, PhD
2:20 pm - 2:40 pm TBA
Speaker: Elise Curtoise, PhD
2:40 pm - 3:00 pm TBA
Speaker: Noemie Elhadad, PhD
Breakout Sessions: Blue Room
Part One: Fertility, Part Two: Mental Health
2:00 am - 2:20 am Silent and Lost Battles: Story of a Mother
Speaker: Sarah Austin
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Understanding the Interplay Between Mental Health in the Shadow of Seeking Endometriosis Treatment
Speaker: Shakira O'Garro, LMHC, LPC, LCPC, NCC

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
Time Topic Speakers
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Endo Black: Empowering Endo Sistas Speaker: Lauren Kornegay (Founder of Endo Black, Inc.)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Physical Therapy Q&A with Solstice Panel: Kara Mortifoglio DPT, Erica Azzaretto Michitsch DPT, Emma Codman DPT, Claire Hamnett DPT, Rebecca Arkin OTD
Moderator: Amanda Chu, MD
Time Topic Speakers
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Endo at the Dinner Table: A Discussion with Patients and Their Loved Ones Patient Panel: Ciji & Miguel Castro, Tracy & Stryker Lewis, Troone & Jill Marchak
Moderator: Tamer Seckin, MD
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm "Together for Tomorrow" Social

*Program subject to change



Sunday, March 3th, 2024

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Time Topic Speakers
8:30 am - 9:30 am Breakfast & Check-In
9:30 am - 10:00 am Starting from Breakfast: Food & Inflammation for Endo Semir Beyaz, PhD
10:00 am - 10:30 am The ENPOWR Project: Adolescent Endo Education and Advocacy Carolyn Mayer, Milcah Macatiag, Jacqueline Cecil
10:30 am - 11:00 am Socially Endo: Promoting Education, Awareness, & Connection Samantha Cohen, Ayesha Shand, Sydney Yiu
11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 11:45 am Unlocking the Mystery of Your Genes: The Role of Genomics and Epigenetics in Endometriosis Dr. Roberta Kline
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Keynote: The Science of Happiness Daniel Lerner, MAPP
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm (Presentation) Beyond the Taboo: Improving Care for Menstrual Disorders and Endometriosis in India Georgina Harding, Tirukurungudi Santhanam Padmapriya (The Cycle & Sanitation First India)
1:30 pm - 1:55 pm Adenomyosis & Fertility Pinar Kodaman, MD PhD

Breakout Sessions: Social Hall
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Management of Chocolate Cysts
Speaker: Serin Seckin, MD
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Navigating Fertility: Patient Perspectives
Patient Panel: Alyssa Albrecht, Haley Torrell, Elissa Embree
Moderater: Serin Seckin, MD
2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Immunology & Menstrual Fluid
Speaker: Katherine Burns, PhD
Breakout Sessions: Blue Room
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Interactive Session)
6 Foundational Lifestyle Pillars: An East Meets West Approach with Elix
Speakers: Lulu Ge, Julie Predki-Weber L.Ac, Dipl.OM, MSOM
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm (Interactive Session)
Yoga for Pelvic & Menstrual Pain
Speaker: Danielle Taranotola
2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Pelvic Floor PT & Osteopathic Techniques for People with Endometriosis
Speaker: Melanie Carminati, DPT

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm Break

Time Topic Speakers
3:15 pm - 3:35 pm Better Together: A Couple’s Guide to Acceptance and Advocacy Patients: Alyssa Sceppaguercio, MA, LMHC, Amanda Filippazzo
3:35 pm - 3:45 pm Connecting the Dots: Closing Remarks Tamer Seckin, MD

*Program subject to change
15th Annual Patient Symposium
Endometriosis 2024

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