AAGL Global Congress to Feature Womb-Transplant Pioneer during Keynote Address

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Plus, Expert Faculty, Education & Surgical Tutorials Address Uterine Issues

The leading world figure in clinical uterus transplantation, Dr. Mats Brännström, professor and chairman of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, will deliver the Keynote Address at the AAGL’s 43rd Global Congress in November in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. The AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) is one of the world’s largest member medical organizations and is comprised of over 7,000 physicians and health care providers committed to advancing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS).

AAGL’s annual Global Congress runs from November 17-22, 2014 and is the premiere scientific event designed to meet the educational needs of practicing gynecologic surgeons, residents and fellows, operating room personnel, and other allied healthcare professionals.

When originally invited as Keynote Speaker several months ago, Brännström was set to discuss his research “from concept to clinical trial”. Now that a womb-transplant patient gave birth last month, he will provide the latest developments, learnings, and, most importantly, the future implications for women with uterine issues such as infertility.

In addition to Brännström, the Congress will feature other pre-eminent international physicians who will facilitate sessions about the diagnosis and treatment of both simple and complex uterine issues, including:

  • “Unraveling the Endometriosis Enigma: From Diagnosis to Surgical Management”, a 2-part didactic and cadaveric lab presented in affiliation with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Co-chairs: Mauricio S. Abrao, M.D., Director of Endometriosis Unit, Sao Paulo University, Brazil, and Marcello Ceccaroni, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Sacred Heart Hospital, Verona, Italy. Scott Young, M.D., Chair of Ultrasound Operation, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
  • “Advanced Endometriosis Surgical Strategies” (surgical tutorial). Chair: Prof. Joerg Keckstein, Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Villach Regional Hospital, Austria
  • “The Truth About Fibroids”. Chair: Hye-Chun Hur, M.D., FACOG, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

The theme of the Congress is “Setting New Standards in Minimally Invasive Gynecology through Knowledge and Innovation” and will focus on relevant subjects as well as recent developments, instrumentation and surgical techniques presented by expert faculty including:

  •     25 state-of-the art post-graduate courses (most with continuing medical education credit)
  •     6 surgical tutorials
  •     5 panel discussions
  •     4 live surgeries
  •     Plus, unique sessions to tackle complex and controversial issues such as robotic-assisted surgery, deeply infiltrating endometriosis, and methods of safe tissue extraction.

“A common thread throughout will be an emphasis on the fundamentals of minimally invasive surgery. As the meeting progresses, this foundational knowledge will be presented to instruct attendees on the nuances of managing complex cases and pathology” stated the AAGL’s Scientific Program Chair, Arnold P. Advincula, M.D. FACOG, FACS, Vice President of AAGL, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice-Chair of Women’s Health and Chief of Gynecology- Sloane Women’s Hospital at Columbia University, New York.

AAGL’s Global Congress embodies their global commitment to women’s health care by providing continuing medical education to physicians and professionals to further promote the well-documented high standards of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

About the AAGL
The AAGL http://www.aagl.org is the first and one of largest organizations in the world dedicated to gynecologic endoscopic surgery. Founded in 1971, AAGL works to advance the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, and innovation. For the past 43 years, the organization has educated the world’s finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere.

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