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Patient Awareness Day 2019:
Healthy Mind & Happy Pelvis

Patient Awareness Day 2019

Patient Day 2019 program
Patient Day 2019 PROGRAM
Design Credit: Daisy Patton

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound), I am thrilled to invite you to attend our Annual Patient Awareness Day on Sunday, March 10th, at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City. This year, we continue with our second chapter of the Living Your Best Life with Endo series, focusing on Healthy Mind & Happy Pelvis. Endometriosis is a disease of the whole body and mind, afflicted with pain that stems from inflammation within the pelvis. Throughout the day, we will engage you in conversation and provide expert knowledge in fields ranging from nutrition & exercise to research & advocacy. This day has been created for and inspired by women reflecting their unique journeys and lifestyle. We invite you to share this day and bring your loved ones and support network. Come be a part of this dynamic series – we hope to see you there!


Tamer seckin

Tamer Seckin, MD, FACOG

Founder, Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound)



Patient Awareness Day 2019: HEALTHY MIND & HAPPY PELVIS

Living Your Best Life With Endo

March 10, 2019 (8am - 5pm)

Einhorn Auditorium, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City



  • Tomatoes, placebos, nocebos, & theories
  • What does flow have to do with endo
  • It’s not your mother’s period!
  • Living the anti-inflammatory life with a healthy diet
  • Orilissa or not? EndoFound’s stance
  • Why was my endometriosis treated as IBS for 40 years?
  • Extreme endo warriors - stories of the not so “benign” disease
  • Why eggs belong in the freezer
  • Pelvic rehabilitation and exercise techniques
  • Mentioning the unmentionables
  • Effects of inflammation on mood
  • Skating on thin ice: Opioids & Endo
  • Emergency or not?
  • Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and Savasana
  • Getting involved: Government action and advocacy


Linda B. Rosenthal

Linda B. Rosenthal, Assemblymember (D/WF- Manhattan)
67th Assembly District

Program Chair

Tamer Seckin

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

Lora Liu

Lora Liu, M.D.
Minimally Invasive Surgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital, NY

Karli Goldstein

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


Dan Martin

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

Piraye Yurttas Beim

Piraye Yurttas Beim, PhD
Founder & CEO, Celmatix

Horace Roman

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

Amanda Laird

Amanda Laird
Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Host of the Heavy Flow Podcast

Daphne Javitch

Daphne Javitch
Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Doing Well and real-life friendly

Arnold Wilson

Arnold Wilson, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Psychiatry, Columbia University School of Medicine, NY, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Christina  Liparini

Christina Liparini, Ph.D., LPC
Adjunct Faculty, Seton Hall University, NJ

Carli Blau

Carli Blau, LMSW, MEd., MA., Ph.D. Candidate
Licensed Sex and Relationship Therapist

Amy Stein

Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD
Founder, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

Allyson Shrikhande

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

Jim  Palmer

Jim Palmer, PT, CMP, COMT
Founder, Palmer Concierge Physical Therapy

Casie Danenhauer

Casie Danenhauer
Founder, Enlighten Physical Therapy: Conscious Care for Pelvic Health, Santa Monica, CA

Gerard DeGregoris

Gerard DeGregoris, MD
Director of Education and Research, Manhattan Spine and Pain Medicine, NY, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Noemie Elhadad

Noemie Elhadad, PhD
Assoc. Prof. of Biomedical Informatics, Data Science Instit., Columbia University, NY

Daniel Camburn

Daniel Camburn
Acupuncture Physician, Master Herbalist, Natural OB-GYN

Tomer Singer

Tomer Singer, MD
Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility & Residency Program, Lenox Hill Hospital, Director, Egg Freezing Program, Northwell Health

Program: Sunday, March 10

8:00am - 8:30 am Breakfast & Registration  
8:30am - 8:50am Opening and Welcome Tamer Seckin, MD
Christian Wistehuff
Addressing the Unmentionables (Moderator: David Redwine, MD, Harry Reich, MD, Tamer Seckin, MD)
8:50am - 9:10am Tomatoes, Placebos, Nocebos, & Theories: Educating Medical Professionals on How to Give Your Patients the Right Treatment They Deserve Dan Martin, MD
9:10am - 9:30am New Developments in Predicting Diagnosis Piraye Beim, PhD
9:30am - 9:50am Surgery of Colorectal Endometriosis and Pregnancy Wish: Don't Worry the Patients! Horace Roman, MD, PhD
9:50am - 10:10am Endometriosis and Sexual Functioning Carli Blau, PhD candidate
10:10am - 10:30am Internal Flow for a More Vibrant Life: Relieving Stagnation By Activating Flow Daphne Javitch, Holistic Nutritionist
10:30am - 10:50am COFFEE BREAK+Q&A
Taking Action   (Moderator: Sandra Gelbard, MD & Piraye Beim, PhD, Karli Goldstein, MD)
10:50am -11:10am It’s Not All in Your Head! - Effects of Inflammation on Mood Arnold Wilson, PhD
Christina Liparini, PhD, LPC
11:10am -11:50am Panel: Patients Stump the Doctors - Bowel & Bladder MODERATORS
11:50am - 12:20 pm #LetsTalkPeriod: Government Action and Advocacy KEYNOTE Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
12:20pm - 1:20pm  Lunch, ENPOWR award presentation Sandra Gelbard, MD
Nina Baker,
Subrata De presents Marymount High School
Getting Physical with Your Pelvis (Moderators: Allyson Shrikande, MD & Lora Liu, MD)
1:20pm - 1:40pm The Building Blocks for An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Amanda Laird, Writer & Nutritionist
1:40pm - 2:00pm Panel of Patients Stump the Doctors: Chest and Neuropathy-Sciatica Group MODERATORS
2:00pm - 2:20pm The Essential Role of Physical Therapy in Decreasing Pain and Inflammation Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD
2:20pm - 2:40pm Pelvic Rehab: The Role of Inflammation in Pelvic Floor Hypertonia and Neuropathic Pelvic Pain Allyson Shrikande, MD
2:40pm - 3:00pm Positive Effects of Strength Training: Exercise and Hormones/PT for Endo Patients Lora Liu, MD & Jim Palmer, DPT
3:00pm - 3:20pm Yoga for Endometriosis (Audience Participation) Casie Danenhauer, DPT
3:20pm - 3:40pm COFFEE BREAK+Ice Breaker  
Keep Calm and Carry On (Moderator: Karli Goldstein, DO)
3:40pm - 4:00pm The Toxic cocktail: Endometriosis and Opioids - Fluoroscopic Guided Injections Gerard Degregoris, MD
4:00pm - 4:20pm Predicting Endometriosis: Can Artificial Intelligence Strengthen the Patient Voice? Noemie Elhadad, PhD
4:20pm - 4:40pm Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Alternative Methods to Stop and Reverse Inflammation Daniel Camburn, LAc
4:40pm - 5:00pm Why Some Eggs Belong in the Freezer Tomer Singer, MD
5:00pm - 5:20pm PANEL Discussion  
5:20pm - 5:30pm Closing Remarks Tamer Seckin, MD

Video Gallery / Patient Day 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.