UW Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology Division has strong presence at national SGO meeting


Between posters, panels, plenaries and more, the UW Ob-Gyn division of gynecologic oncology was extremely well-represented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Washington, D.C. March 12-15, 2017. Congratulations to the physicians, advanced practitioners, residents and others who put in the hard work to develop these presentations and strengthen the great reputation of the UW across the country. Just some of the many presentations:



Han Cun, MD, was the presenting author on an abstract entitled, “Epidural anesthesia decreases systemic narcotic use without increasing postoperative complications for gynecologic oncology patients undergoing laparotomy.” Ryan Spencer, MD was the senior author and Lisa Barroilhet, MD was a co-author. The study reported on how gynecologic oncology patients who have epidural anesthesia for post-op pain control can cut systemic narcotic use in half without an increased risk of perioperative complications or venous thromboembolic events.


Sandy Niemi, MD, second-year fellow in Gyn Oncology was the presenting author on an abstract entitled, “Reducing patient wait time with computer simulation modeling.” Steve Rose, MD, division director for Gyn Oncology was the senior author on the abstract and division members Megan Peterson, NP and Ryan Spencer, MD were co-authors. The project reported on how value stream mapping and lean methodology analysis of our gynecologic oncology clinic schedule resulted in decreased patient wait times and increased face-to-face time between patients and physicians.


Joane Rash, PA-C in Gyn Oncology gave an oral presentation with Don Dizon, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital. The title of her talk was, “Sexual health issues after cancer: outlining the problem.” Rash outlined sexual health issues after cancer, Dizon talked about therapeutics, and they both discussed case studies.


Steve Rose, MD,

Division Director of Gyn Oncology gave an oral presentation at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer held March 12-15 at the National Harbor resort outside of Washington, DC. His talk reviewed preparations that UW Health is making in preparation for payment reform in the upcoming Medicare Quality Payment Program. Rose presented as part of a forum with several other leaders from medical programs around the country.

Ryan Spencer, MD, was the presenting author on five abstracts and senior author on a sixth.

“Studying the inclusion of sexual side effects during perioperative informed consent: Can it even be done?”: David Kushner, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Research, was the senior author and Lisa Barroilhet, MD was a co-author. The project reported on a randomized clinical trial that was undertaken to evaluate the utility of including specific sexual health counseling during the informed consent process for gynecologic cancer surgery.

“A digital media diversion improves mood in patients receiving chemotherapy for recurrent gynecologic malignancies: results of a randomized clinical trial”: reported a randomized clinical trial that evaluated how humorous and non-humorous movies improved negative mood for patients while they received chemotherapy for recurrent gynecologic cancers. Steve Rose, MD, division director of Gyn Oncology was the senior author.

Spencer's three additional posters:

  • "Ultra-high volume centers result in both reduced 30-day and 90-day risk-adjusted mortality for high-grade serous ovarian cancer" was a featured poster. Dr. Rice was a co-author.
  • "Using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines and levels of evidence to prioritize research focus in gynecologic cancer care" was a featured poster. Dr. Rice was a co-author.
  • "A prospective, longitudinal study to identify levels of physical activity in postoperative gynecologic oncology patients" on which Dr. Rose was a co-author.

Additional department accomplishments at SGO:

  • Laurel Rice: She is the new SGO President, was an author on 2 abstracts, and gave a talk regarding the clinical trials crisis in gyn cancers.
  • David Kushner: Serves on the Wellness Task Force, author on 2 abstracts, new member of the SGO Board, and a member of the Finance Committee at SGO.
  • Steve Rose: Member of the SGO Payment Reform Committee, participated in a panel discussion of MACRA during the Member Forum, author of 4 abstracts (1 of which was a plenary).
  • Ahmed Al-Niaimi: Member of the 2018 SGO Program Committee.
  • Lisa Barroilhet: Member of 2017 SGO Program Committee, SGO Payment Reform Committee, author on 2 abstracts, moderator of multiple sessions at this year’s SGO.
  • Ryan Spencer: Author on 9 abstracts (1 of which was a plenary), attended the Young Investigators Research Day, and attended the Fellowship Program Directors Meeting.
  • Shitanshu Uppal (former fellow): Presented an oral plenary during the opening session