UW OBGYN has strong showing at 2018 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer



​In March, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought the heat to the 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. From posters to plenaries to one particularly rousing presidential address, all who attended truly made us proud. A few of their amazing accomplishments:


Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD moderated Scientific Plenary V: the Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session: Surgical Decision Making in Advanced Ovarian Cancer.


Ellen Hartenbach, MDled the session “Goals of Care for Gynecologic Oncology” with UW Ob-Gyn residency program alum Heather Einstein, MD (class of 2007).

David Kushner, MD was course director for the Education Forum “Well-Being through Coaching: Connect, Engage, Thrive!”

Kevin McCool, MD, PGY-4, presented the poster “Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is associated with a high rate of perioperative blood transfusion at the time of interval cytoreductive surgery.”


Andrea O’Shea, MD, gynecologic oncology fellow, presented the poster “System-wide implementation of a perioperative practice-changing bundle to lower surgical site infections in gynecologic oncology: Outcome effect and impact of variations in compliance.”

Joanne Rash, PA-C, was featured in an On The Scene video, where she announced the exciting news that the SGO’s Advanced Practice Provider Task Force was elevated to committee status! The APP Committee will engage nurse practitioners’ and physician assistants’ voices as an important resource for the SGO. According to Rash, the committee will advise, guide and provide input to help increase the team approach for cancer care.


UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair Laurel Rice, MD, wrapped up her year as SGO President at the conference. She delivered a powerful presidential address on the importance of mentoring and sponsorship in developing a strong, diverse workforce. She received a (totally deserved) standing ovation, and the reactions on Twitter were nothing short of amazing.

As if that weren’t awesome enough, Rice was also honored by Cure Magazine with the Ovarian Cancer Hero Award. The Ovarian Cancer Hero award is given to individuals who excel in their efforts to raise awareness and education around ovarian cancer. Throughout her year as president, she took a multi-pronged approach to addressing the crisis in gynecologic cancer clinical trials. Also, she met Patrick Dempsey​. Hard to say which is the greater honor.


Ryan Spencer, MD, served on leadership team of the special interest session “A Course for the Versatile Allied Health Professional – Topics of Interest Along our Practice Settings.”

He also presented the abstract “Disparities in the allocation of research funding to gynecologic cancers demonstrated by funding to lethality scores,” which gained significant media attention during and after the conference. MedPage Today and Healio published articles about Spencer’s research.


The UW Ob-Gyn team also won the SGO Shark Bait competition (see above)! Their proposal for an innovative mentoring program earned the $5,000 prize for implementation.

Congratulations to all who attended on a spectacularly successful conference!