Dr. Jeffrey Fowler Begins SGO Presidency
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 22, 2016) – Jeffrey Fowler, MD, John G. Boutselis Chair in Gynecologic Oncology and Professor and vice-chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, started his one-year term as the 48th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) today at the conclusion of the Society’s 47th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in San Diego.
Dr. Fowler has made GYN ONC wellness a priority for his term as SGO president. SGO’s Gynecologic Oncology Wellness Task Force was formed in response to a membership survey on stress/burnout conducted by Dr. Fowler was presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and the task force is developing a number of resources to be made available to the Society’s members.
“Caring for women with gynecologic cancers and complex gynecologic problems requires a significant and continuous commitment from providers, and unfortunately this can lead to burnout,” said Dr. Fowler. “Through workshops at the Annual Meeting and other resources available throughout the year, the Wellness Task Force seeks to shed light on the high rate of burnout in gynecologic oncology as a subspecialty, promote discussion, as well as provide resources and potential solutions.”
Dr. Fowler has authored or co-authored more than 180 journal articles, and numerous book chapters and abstracts. He has been a member of the editorial boards for Gynecologic Oncology and the Journal of Robotic Surgery. His primary research interests have been in advancing the state of the art of surgery in gynecologic oncology, including minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and robotics), radical pelvic surgery and pelvic reconstructive surgery.
An active SGO volunteer since 1998, he has served on the Education and Clinical Practice Committee and the Managed Care Task Force and Practice Summit Workgroup. He was Annual Meeting Program Committee chair from 2004-2006. A member of the SGO Executive Council since 2007, Dr. Fowler also served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Fowler assumes the presidency as the Society enters a new chapter with a new foundation and new Chief Executive Officer, Pierre M. Désy, MPH, CAE. On Dec. 31, 2015, the SGO’s Foundation for Gynecology Oncology merged with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. A new foundation of the SGO, the FWC will focus its fundraising efforts on building the endowment of SGO, supporting research awards and grants, supporting education, and raising public awareness of gynecologic oncology. “I am eager to begin my tenure as SGO President and work with our dedicated committee volunteers to assist our members in any way we can to promote the highest quality of comprehensive clinical care through education and research in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers,” said Dr. Fowler.
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The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a 501(c)(6) national medical specialty organization of physicians and allied health care professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. The Society’s membership, totaling more than 2,000, is primarily comprised of gynecologic oncologists, as well as other related medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, and pathologists. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and supportive care. www.sgo.org
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Society of Gynecologic Oncology
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