UW Ob-Gyn rakes in accomplishments at 2017 ACOG conference


The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology sent a sizeable delegation to the 2017 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego. Our wonderful faculty, fellows and residents spent three days engaged in teaching and learning, and, as always, brought glory upon our department. Just a few of the accomplishments:



Cara King, MD, of our gynecology division, shared two video presentations during the ACOG Film Festival. King’s films include “Iatrogenic Bladder Injury during D&C: Mechanism of Injury and Laparoscopic Repair” and “Approach to Laparoscopic Hysterectomy of Large Fibroid Uteri.”

King also appeared on a Society of Gynecologic Surgeons panel, where she shared “Tips for Laparoscopic Navigation of Difficult Pelvic Anatomy.”

And as if that weren’t enough, King graduated as an ACOG fellow!


David Kushner, MD, of our gynecologic oncology division, sat on a Society of Gynecologic Oncology panel that covered sexual and overall health, menopausal symptoms, and appropriate surveillance by the non-specialist gynecologist in gynecologic cancer survivors.


Fourth-year UW Ob-Gyn resident Mary Rysavy, MD, showed “Vocal Local: A Unique Approach to Tubal Ligation in Hawassa, Ethiopia” at the ACOG Film Festival. The film highlights the “Vocal Local” technique of performing tubal ligations via mini-laparotomy incisions with the use of local anesthesia. Nurses or surgical assistants engage patients in conversation during the procedure, which helps reduce anxiety and pain. Dr. Zenebe Wolde, MD, of Hawassa University, presented the video with Rysavy.


“One of the ACOG priorities for 2016-17 was a collaboration with ESOG (the Ethiopian Society of OB/GYN) to help improve their CME and licensing capabilities,” Rysavy says. “There was a large contingent of Ethiopian physicians present at the ACOG conference to work on this collaboration, so they were able to attend the film festival and participate in our discussion.”

UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, appeared on a panel of cutting-edge topics in ob-gyn, representing the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Emily Rosen, MD, PGY-2, served as one of a select few ACOG Resident Reporters during the meeting. As a reporter, Rosen attended clinical seminars, luncheons with experts, postgraduate courses and a variety of other events.

Congratulations to all who taught and learned at the 2017 ACOG annual meeting, and thank you for representing UW Ob-Gyn in the best possible light.