2017 Confirmed Faculty

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT
 
Geoffrey Cundiff – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff is Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. His clinical practice, based at the Centre for Pelvic Floor, is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Cundiff is also a research scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences as well as the Women’s Health Research Institute, and has active trials in reconstructive surgery and obstetrics. His research interests are broad-based including epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders, surgical education, and prevention of maternal obstetrical trauma, and patient centered outcomes, although he is best known for outcomes research for pelvic floor disorders. He has published 6 books, and more than 135 peer reviewed publications including, surgical and non-surgical treatments, and has led several multi-centered randomized trials. He has been a pioneer in advocating patient-based outcomes measures and has worked to develop and validate such measures.

Philippe Descamps – Angers, France

Le Professeur Philippe Descamps est chef du service Gynécologie Obstétrique au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d’Angers, France, depuis 1999. Il a obtenu son doctorat en médecine en 1989 à Tours, avant de se spécialiser en gynécologie - obstétrique en 1993 (Prof. Jacques Lansac). En 1995, il a effectué un fellowship d’un an en onco-gynécologie au Cedar’s Sinaï Medical Center à Los Angeles, USA, sous la direction  du Professeur B.Y. Karlan. Il a été professeur invité en 2012 à Montréal (CHUM, service du Prof Ph. Sauthier) et au Sloan Kettering Medical Center, NYC (Prof R .Barrakat). Il appartient à plusieurs sociétés savantes comme la World Endometriosis Society, la SEUD (Society for endometriosis and uterine disorders) ou le CNGOF (Collège National des Gynécologues Obstétriciens Français).
 

Ses domaines de spécialisation concernent la chirurgie gynécologique endoscopique (endométriose, prolapsus, onco-gynéco). Il organise dans son département depuis 10 ans des workshops de chirurgie coelioscopique et chirurgie du prolapsus par voie vaginale destinés aux chirurgiens gynécologues et urologues. Rédacteur en chef de « La Lettre du Gynécologue » depuis 2010, il a publié plus de 160 articles en anglais et en français dans des revues référencées, et a rédigé ou co-rédigé 11 livres. Il a participé à de nombreux congrès internationaux et organisé et dirigé des programmes d’enseignement en gynéco-obstétrique pour le CNGOF au Vietnam, au Cambodge, au Laos, au Brésil, en Bosnie, au Sénégal et au Mali. Il est vice-président de la SCGP (Société de Chirurgie Gynécologique et Pelvienne) depuis mai 2011,  président de la commission relations internationales au CNGOF depuis 2012 et est l’actuel représentant de la France à l’Executive Board de la FIGO (élu à Vancouver en octobre 2015). 

Malcolm Munro – Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Dr Munro is a gynecologist with interests in the disease states of abnormal uterine bleeding and chronic pelvic pain. A cofounder of the FIGO Menstrual Disorders Committee, he also led the development of FIGO's systems for Nomenclature of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) Systems and the PALM-COEIN system for classification of causes of AUB. He also provides help for women with infertility who require surgical interventions to facilitate care by specialists in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has expertise in both laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery; most of his hysteroscopic surgery is performed, with comfort, under local anesthesia in his office procedure room. Dr Munro also has an interest in surgical simulation and is currently leading the development of simulators for training and testing of gynecological surgeons for the AAGL.

George Vilos – London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Vilos was born in Tripoli, Greece & immigrated to Canada in 1964. He received degrees in Biophysics in 1970, Medicine in 1974 and Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1978; all from Western University. In 1980, he did a clinical fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the National Women’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand with Professor G.C. Liggins. From 1980 to 1982, Dr. Vilos spend an additional two years as a Research Fellow with the Medical Research Council Group in Reproductive Biology at Western with Professor J.R. Challis. He has been actively involved in continuing medical education and with international and national professional organizations such as the CanSAGE, SOGC, AAGL, ISGE, ASRM, ESGE, ESHRE and others. In 1995, Dr. Vilos saw the light at the end of a laparoscope, gave up his OB practice and immersed himself entirely to Gynecology. His clinical and research interests involve a variety of women’s health issues such as surgical infertility, uterine disorders, alternatives to hysterectomy, safe endoscopic surgery and surgical complications. In 1982, he introduced the use of lasers in laparotomy/laparoscopy in Canada and in 1988 endometrial ablation. He has mentored innumerable students, residents and fellows in Minimally Invasive Gynecology practice and has published over 150 manuscripts, book chapters,  and clinical practice guidelines. He has received several National & international awards. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility at Western and served as Infertility Research Chair Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2008 - 2013). He lives with his wife Emily, their two sons and four grandchildren in London, Ontario, Canada.

INVITED FACULTY
 
Catherine Allaire – Vancouver, British Columbia
Liane Belland – Calgary, Alberta
Claude Fortin – LaSalle, Quebec
Sari Kives – Toronto, Ontario
Philippe Laberge – Quebec City, Quebec
Isabelle Lévesque – Quebec City, Quebec
Nicholas Leyland – Hamilton, Ontario
Karine Lortie – Ottawa, Ontario
 
Fady Mansour – Montreal, Quebec
Ally Murji – Toronto, Ontario
Elizabeth Randle – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lindsay Shirreff – Toronto, Ontario
Sukhbir Sony Singh – Ottawa, Ontario
Jonathon Solnik – Toronto, Ontario
John Thiel – Regina, Saskatchewan
Paul Yong – Vancouver, British Columbia