Run-Off Election: Council Member (Asia/Oceania)

Joseph Ng
Gynecologic Oncologist
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)
Country
Singapore

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Education Committee Member, 2016-present
• Founding Member and Co-Chair of the Working Group for the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program, 2017-present

Candidate Statement

I was blessed to have the opportunity to be one of the founding members of the group that developed the IGCS Global Curriculum for Gyn Oncology training. I am proud of the fact that this program has met with such enthusiasm from sites across the world and that the 5 pilot sites launched in 2017 are doing so well!

I will take this collaborative synergy with me to the IGCS Council to meet the challenges that face our global Society and represent the constituent interests in the Asia-Pacific and Asia-Oceania to the best of my abilities.

I will bring my experience in international societies as Immediate Past President of the Asian Society for Gyn Robotic Surgery and the International Committees of both the ASCCP and the SGO, to the Council of the IGCS. I believe that the IGCS is the leading organizational platform upon which to build collaborative synergies that will connect women's cancer care professionals from all over the world to end women's cancer by leveling up cancer care through improved access, knowledge-sharing, and projecting expertise globally without limits.

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Young-Tae Kim
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor & Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Dept of OB/GYN, Yonsei University College of Medicine
Country
South Korea

IGCS Activities

• Active Member since 1994
• Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 2001-2008
• Regular Attendance and Presentation at Biennial Meetings
• Best Poster Presentation Awardee, 2002

Candidate Statement

I would be honored to serve as a Council Member. Over the last 30 years, the IGCS has been the most pivotal and prestigious international platform for spreading knowledge of uniting the globe in the fight against gynecologic cancers by promoting scientific education and multidisciplinary collaboration in basic and clinical research.

I believe that the IGCS should continue to strive in improving international multidisciplinary collaborations.

The enthusiasm of members especially from Asia/Australia/Oceania has been improving. Young doctors need more chance for training and collaborating work. Multidisciplinary collaboration research needs to be magnified.

I have been an active participant in the activities of IGCS through the biennial scientific meeting, regional meeting, and the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. In particular, my experience in various positions of KSOG, IFCPC, and ASGO should enable me to be an effective member in the IGCS Council. I wish to become a Council Member of the IGCS so that I can contribute to the aims of the IGCS and its continued development but also voice the need of those whom I would represent.

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President Elect

Robert Coleman
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor & Executive Director, Cancer Network Research, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Country
United States

IGCS Activities

• Industry Relations Committee, Chair, 2017-Present
• Scientific Program Committee Member, 2008 Bangkok; 2012 Vancouver; 2014 Melbourne; 2018 Kyoto
• IGCS Secretary-Treasurer, 2012-2014
• Strategic Planning Initiative, Santiago, Chile, 4/2015
• Wake Up with The Professor: Capitalizing on Patient Anecdotes: How Practices Observations Can Direct New Avenues of Research, IGCS 15th Biennial Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 11/2014
• Career Development and Finding Mentors / Fellows Workshop, 11th Biennial Meeting, Santa Monica, CA, 10/14/2006

Candidate Statement

Friends and colleagues, it is a great honor and a humbling experience to be considered for President in this great organization. I joined IGCS in 2002 specifically to engage a global audience in collaboration, mentorship, training, needs assessment and education. At that time, there were precious few professional organizations aligned with this mission, particularly addressing women with gynecologic malignancies. Since then, I have been so fortunate to serve you in roles on Council and as Secretary Treasurer, and currently as your Chair of the Industry Relations Committee. I have also been honored to serve on the Program Committees of the Biennial Meetings in 2008, 2014 and 2018, as well as, Program Committee Chair under President Shingo Fujii at the 2012 Vancouver Meeting. These are among my most treasured professional accomplishments.

One of the great intrinsic aspects of the IGCS is the “I” in its name – “International”. This society is home for all who care for women with gynecologic cancer; it is multidisciplinary, collaborative, globally rich in unique clinical challenges, and unified under one mission. Given my previous leadership roles in this organization, as well as, serving as President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and in negotiating the merger of two Foundations, I feel I have the charism, consensus-building people skills and vision to serve you in continuing IGCS’s trajectory in expanding its global footprint, extending its educational mission and research, diversifying its leadership, ensuring its financial stability, and reaching more patients. We are poised better than ever to partner with our constituents to address country-specific initiatives, as well as, raising the standard of care for women with gynecologic cancer. I would be proud to serve you in this effort.

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Allan Covens
Gynecologic Oncologist
Chair, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Toronto
Country
Canada

IGCS Activities

• Scientific Education Committee 2004, 2006, 2016, 2018
• Finance Committee 2010-2014
• Vice President 2014-2016
• Council Member 2014-2016
• Executive Committee 2014-2016
• Education Committee Member & Chair of Meetings Committee 2016-present
• Chair, Examination Committee for Global Curriculum 2018- present

Candidate Statement

It would be my honour and privilege to serve as the president of the IGCS. I have been a member of the IGCS since 1990, having witnessed the growth and evolution of the society over the past 30 yrs.

I have a broad understanding of the international issues with respect to the field of gynecologic oncology, having worked in many countries as a Visiting Professor. I have been involved in training over 50 fellows in Toronto, many international, including another 7 in our training program at Moi University in Kenya.

If elected, I would like to see the IGCS grow in 2 major ways. Firstly, grow the IGCS brand to become THE international voice for the field of gynecologic cancers. With the move to annual meetings, develop the culture that investigators, experts, and attendees WANT to present their research, lead workshops, and learn/attend our meetings respectively. The move to annual meetings will present new challenges for continued attendance in an ever-demanding world, and we need to be proactive in developing programs that continue to attract attendees. Secondly, expand our educational initiatives in the second and third world countries in a broad sense, not only training of physicians, but provide expertise and assistance with aspects of public health, nursing, and allied services. Expand our global curriculum and mentorship programs.

We need to continue to attract and engage with new and current members from all parts of the globe, including through expansion of our strategic alliances with regional societies.

I have the passion, drive, and leadership expertise to lead our society in this new era and look forward to fulfilling this with your support.

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Vice President

Kenneth Ekwedigwe
Gynecologic Oncologist
Gynaecologic Oncologist Consultant, Cert. Fistula Surgeon, National Obstetric Fistula Centre; Senior Lecturer Ebonyi State University; Consultant GynaeOncologist/Urogynaecologist Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki
Country
Nigeria

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

I would like to serve as IGCS Vice President because of my philosophy in life which is “Leadership for Service.” I want to contribute my quota in taking IGCS to a greater height. I wish to make myself always available and assist the President at all times in the efficient running of the society.

My visions are as hereunder;

1. To balance the gap that exist in oncology awareness and services between the developed and developing nations and to encourage more membership and participation from less developed countries.

2. As a public health physician (MPH), I will be of immense help in IGCS Journal publications and gynaecological cancer prevention worldwide.

3. Being a pioneer member of the first National Cancer Screening Centre in the South Eastern Nigeria, having screened over 10,000 women in the first year of inception- I will open cancer screening camps in rural areas especially in the developing countries and train paramedics on the needed skills.

4. As a Medicolegal expert, I will open a forum with free online legal advice for members.

5. Being a laparoscopic surgeon, I intend to drive down laparoscopic oncologic surgeries in less developed countries and advocate “Oocyte Banking” for young cancer sufferers.

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Young-Tak Kim
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor, University of Ulsan, Asan Medical Center
Country
South Korea

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Education Committee, 2017-present
• IGCS Nominating Committee Member, 2004-2005
• Scientific Program Committee, 2002 Seoul

Candidate Statement

The goal of IGCS is to develop knowledge, skills, and professional network, ultimately to contribute to the health services in the needy countries and regions.  To achieve this, IGCS should enhance its relations and partnership with global organizations and national societies.

I have been so far working with many international societies including AOGIN, ASGO, AOFOG, and FIGO as a committee member, chair and executive board.

For IGCS, I had organized 2002 Biennial Meeting in Seoul and have been serving as a member of several committees and now of educational committee since 2017.

I am now the president of Korean Society of Gynecologic Oncology and director of international health care at Asan Medical Center in Seoul. With my career I could assist IGCS leadership for further strategic growth.

Korea has grown to be the country of high economic status and very highly developed medical system that might provide the perfect example for how a country can transform. If given opportunity, I would more focus on education and outreach programs through active participation from our members and global funding.

‘Healthy Women and Healthy World’. I want to share the vision with all member countries toward the highest possible standards of women’s health.

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Marie Plante
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec
Country
Canada

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• 2010-2014 IGCS Council Member
• Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 2018

Candidate Statement

At this point of my career, I now have more time to devote to international endeavors and would like to “give back” and make a meaningful contribution to the care of women from underserved countries by sharing my skills, expertise and knowledge. I believe that education is truly the key to enhance the care of women suffering from cancer, and this is perfectly in line with the goals of the Society.

In recent years, being chair of the SHAPE study and serving on several international educational programs has given me the opportunity to network and understand better the realities and barriers in conducting research and delivering cancer care in low-middle resource countries.

In terms of leadership attributes, I am very efficient, structured, reliable and accountable person. I am enthusiastic, pragmatic and energetic.

I believe I can bring a valuable contribution to the IGCS organization and its membership through my experience and leadership in cervical cancer, particularly in terms of less radical surgical options, minimally invasive approaches and through my expertise in clinical research/clinical trials.

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Secretary-Treasurer Elect

Thomas Herzog
Gynecologic Oncologist
MD Deputy Director, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute
Country
United States

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• IGCS Council Member, 2014-2018
• Scientific Program Committee, 2012 Vancouver; 2016 Lisbon

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be considered for IGCS Secretary-Treasurer-elect.

I believe that my past leadership experience on IGCS Council, SGO Council, American College of Surgeons, ABOG and GOG Foundation Boards qualifies me to serve in this role. Furthermore, I have had extensive experience as a Division Director and Cancer Center Deputy-Director in creating and implementing multi-million-dollar annual budgets. This experience has been invaluable in learning fiscal principles and fiduciary responsibility.

My desire to serve as Secretary-Treasurer is to further catalyze the recent rapid ascent of this critical organization and to assure that we prioritize an increasingly robust global education and research support platform while improving quality of care everywhere and access to care in underserved regions of the world. Providing member benefit from both low and high resource regions through revenue diversification and effective investment oversight is critical.

Moving to an annual meeting will require careful financial stewardship as a responsibility to our membership. It is my commitment to transparently report the financials and implement best accounting practices. It has been a pleasure to watch the Society evolve into the leading international voice for gynecologic oncology, and I welcome an even more involved role as Secretary-Treasurer to further this mission.

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Anuja Jhingran
Radiation Oncologist
Professor, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Country
United States

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

I am a radiation oncologist who has specialized in the treatment and care of patients with gynecological malignancies for over 25 years.  My primary passions are: 1) Teaching and mentoring, and clinical research. 2) Improving quality of life for my patients that have survived their cancer.  3) Women’s health issues in under-developed and under-served countries.

Over the past several years I have become acutely aware of the disparity of level of education of physicians in the treatment of gynecological cancers that affects the care and prognosis of patients, particularly in the field of radiation therapy both domestic as well as international. To improve these disparities, we have initiated monthly educational videoconferences and in country workshops and training rotations through our department for physicians from Africa, China and South America.

I believe that IGCS is in the perfect position to improve the care of our patients globally as well the quality of life of patients with gynecological malignancies and I believe, I can through my involvement with IGSC, add to this mission. My strengths include my intellectual drive, passion for issues related to women’s health, and a tireless work ethic.

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William Small
Radiation Oncologist
Professor & Chairman, Loyola University Medical Center
Country
United States

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

The mission of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society to enhance the care of women with gynecologic cancer worldwide through education, training and public awareness. These goals are consistent with my previous experience and what I hope to accomplish in my career.  I can bring to the IGCS my many years of experience with multiple leadership positions, especially in oncologic education. I am the Co-Chair of the ASTRO education committee and on the ASCO University Board. I have led innumerable educational endeavors. I served as the chair of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (GCIC), whose mission is to promote clinical trials in gynecological cancer trials throughout the world. I am experienced in bringing together and collaborating with experts in multiple countries to spread knowledge, investigate new treatments and protocols, and above all, to provide quality care to women with gynecologic cancer. This is my life's work.

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Council Member (North, Central & South America)

Jean Rene Clemenceau Valdiva
Surgical Oncologist
Attending Surgeon and Teacher, Hospital Angeles Del Pedregal, Mexio City, Mexico
Country
Mexico

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

I have cared for gynecology oncology patients for more than twenty-five years. I am proud of my training in surgery and gynecologic oncology in one of the world’s leading oncological hospitals, The Mexico City General Hospital with my mentor, Dr. Hector Rodriguez Cuevas, FACS fellow of Dr. Alexander Brunschwig. I collaborated in one of the largest published series of pelvic exenteration in cervical cancer: 252 cases in 1988 and 429 from 1966 to 2006. I have worked with Medical Societies building bridges for more than 20 years in México, USA, Europe, and Latin America.

I have been an ESMO Member since 2004, Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean from 2007-2012. I have been an ASCO Member, serving on their International Affairs Corresponding Committee, Membership Committee, ASCO International Development and Education Award (IDEA) working group since 2009 and Chair from 2014 to 2016, helping more than 300 young doctors from 25 developing countries to attend the ASCO Meeting, visit a cancer center and have a mentor in USA and Canada.

I would like to serve on the IGCS Council to promote access to quality health care for women through outreach at all levels including the community, Gynecologists, Gynecologic Oncologists, Oncologists, and Public Health Workers through knowledge, access to affordable prevention, treatment, and support.

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Jessica McAlpine
Gynecologic Oncologist
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia & BC Cancer Center
Country
Canada

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• IGCS Education Committee, 2016-present
• Co-Chair of the Education Committee Gynecologic Oncology working group, 2018

Candidate Statement

I greatly value the international collaborations and exchange of ideas enabled through the IGCS and hope to support and expand on these opportunities in years to come. I see these collaborations as the only acceptable way forward in research and clinical care; to accelerate progress and improve outcomes for women with gynecologic cancers globally. I hope to continue sharing ideas and supporting local/community improvements in gynecologic cancer care through international education across many platforms; meetings, web-based, and mentoring programs.

I have worked in hospitals and clinics in both high- and low-resource settings and have seen opportunities missed in prevention and treatment of early stage disease that can be improved. I have tremendous respect for colleagues who have committed an increasing proportion of their time to improving outcomes for women internationally and where their impact is sustainable. I am at a stage in my career where I hope I can begin to give something back both locally and internationally.

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Rene Pareja
Gynecologic Oncologist
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (Bogotá), Clínica de Oncología Astorga (Medellín)
Country
Colombia

IGCS Activities

• Oral Presenter, IGCS Regional Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, 2006
• Lecturer, IGCS Biennial Meetings in Prague, 2010; Melbourne, 2014; Kyoto, 2018
• Senior Editorial Board, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, since 2016
• IGCS Traveling Scholarship Recipient, 2008

Candidate Statement

One of my primary academic goals has been to expand on the training and education of trainees and faculty in Latin America. I have worked very hard to promote membership and collaborative projects among my colleagues in Latin America and IGCS. Recently, I was the Latin America lead in developing a Strategic Alliance between IGCS and Latin America, gathering members from 12 countries. This Strategic Alliance was established in order to foster growth of Latin America membership in the IGCS and also to help develop a network of collaborative educational and research projects.

I am confident that I will be an excellent Council Member, as I have established strong and lasting relationships among leaders in gynecologic oncology in North, Central, and South America. My goal is to continue promoting the growth of membership in Latin America. In addition, I believe that Latin America needs a strong representation in the IGCS given the significant needs at the educational, training and patient-care levels. I will strive to continue developing further links between the Americas and the IGCS with the ultimate goal to continue expanding on the mission of the IGCS to train, educate, and promote research to ultimately end cancer.

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Council Member (Asia/Oceania)

Dilyara Kaidarova
Gynecologic Oncologist
Doctor of Medical Science, Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR)
Country
Kazakhstan

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

Having more than 30 years of work experience as a gynecologic oncologist in both the basic hospital setting and research center, and later as a director of KazIOR, I have faced many challenges. I would like to join the IGCS Council to unite the gynecologic oncologists of Central Asia to solve global problems of cancer care in gynecology.

I am convinced being a part of IGCS Council is a unique opportunity to make breakthroughs in cancer care in Central Asia and improve the quality of care. For this purpose, I am organizing video conferences between regional gynecology oncology leaders and EURAMA specialists, to discuss the problems of screening and prevention of cervical cancer and raising awareness about female reproductive systems cancers.

I am also participating in the organization of international conferences. We are in the process of negotiating to host a World Leaders' Summit (UICC) in Almaty in 2019. We will organize round tables with gynecology oncology leaders from Central Asia to discuss up-to-date problems in gynecology oncology.

As a Council Member of the IGCS, I will be excited to build bridges between IGCS and other international governmental and non-governmental organizations to present the advantages of being part of IGCS.

 

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Young-Tae Kim
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor & Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Dept of OB/GYN, Yonsei University College of Medicine
Country
South Korea

IGCS Activities

• Active Member since 1994
• Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 2001-2008
• Regular Attendance and Presentation at Biennial Meetings
• Best Poster Presentation Awardee, 2002

Candidate Statement

I would be honored to serve as a Council Member. Over the last 30 years, the IGCS has been the most pivotal and prestigious international platform for spreading knowledge of uniting the globe in the fight against gynecologic cancers by promoting scientific education and multidisciplinary collaboration in basic and clinical research.

I believe that the IGCS should continue to strive in improving international multidisciplinary collaborations.

The enthusiasm of members especially from Asia/Australia/Oceania has been improving. Young doctors need more chance for training and collaborating work. Multidisciplinary collaboration research needs to be magnified.

I have been an active participant in the activities of IGCS through the biennial scientific meeting, regional meeting, and the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. In particular, my experience in various positions of KSOG, IFCPC, and ASGO should enable me to be an effective member in the IGCS Council. I wish to become a Council Member of the IGCS so that I can contribute to the aims of the IGCS and its continued development but also voice the need of those whom I would represent.

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Joseph Ng
Gynecologic Oncologist
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)
Country
Singapore

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Education Committee Member, 2016-present
• Founding Member and Co-Chair of the Working Group for the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program, 2017-present

Candidate Statement

I was blessed to have the opportunity to be one of the founding members of the group that developed the IGCS Global Curriculum for Gyn Oncology training. I am proud of the fact that this program has met with such enthusiasm from sites across the world and that the 5 pilot sites launched in 2017 are doing so well!

I will take this collaborative synergy with me to the IGCS Council to meet the challenges that face our global Society and represent the constituent interests in the Asia-Pacific and Asia-Oceania to the best of my abilities.

I will bring my experience in international societies as Immediate Past President of the Asian Society for Gyn Robotic Surgery and the International Committees of both the ASCCP and the SGO, to the Council of the IGCS. I believe that the IGCS is the leading organizational platform upon which to build collaborative synergies that will connect women's cancer care professionals from all over the world to end women's cancer by leveling up cancer care through improved access, knowledge-sharing, and projecting expertise globally without limits.

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Council Member (Africa/Europe/Middle East)

Greta Dreyer
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor, University of Pretoria
Country
South Africa

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

Recently, the IGCS increased efforts to be more representative in terms of geography, level of development, and gender. After growing up and being educated in Africa, I worked and trained in Western Europe, then chaired a leading gynaecologic oncology unit in South Africa for 15 years. I gained experience of the challenges facing resource restricted areas in service delivery, research, and training. Having lived and worked in highly and less developed countries and on both continents, I have understanding and can represent both sides.

I have established research collaborations, a scholarly journal, innovative training, and outreach programmes and received trainees from Europe, Africa, and Asia. I have developed contextually relevant guidelines and policies and served in leadership positions on all national, academic, and professional bodies. This experience may be helpful in improving education, training, and publication programmes.

The IGCS acknowledges the need for gender equity to improve outcomes of gynaecologic cancer worldwide. I already apply myself to this goal, representing female professionals and fighting for woman’s rights and access to quality health care. In all these aspects, I will assist the organisation to be more representative and bridge divides while enabling professionals to improve cancer services worldwide.

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Alex Mutombo
OB/GYN
Kinshasa University Hopsitals
Country
Congo (Kinshasa)

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Travel Grant Recipient, 2016

Candidate Statement

I have been an IGCS member since 2012. I have been involved in such important programs as the Traveling Scholars Program (TSP) and the Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit during the IGCS meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. I am working in an academic institution in a low-income country and I visited many oncology centers in Europe and the United States. I have been Principal Investigator for some clinical trials in the field of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer (NCT02346227). With the experience acquired in both international and regional level, I will scale up efforts to foster gynecologic oncology practice within low and middle-income countries where there are unmet needs in the field due partly to the lack of human and infrastructure resources. So, our work within the council will be to act for the canalization of more resources towards these regions. I have all the time and strength necessary for the accomplishment of this leadership role. My skills in communication, networking and international languages (English, French, Spanish) will be instrumental for the capture of a broader audience in the way of augmenting membership and strategic alliances and fostering gynecologic oncology practice and research within our region.

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Muhieddine Seoud
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor & Head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, American University of Beirut Medical Center
Country
Lebanon

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• IGCS Scientific Program Committee, Prague 2010

Candidate Statement

I have been a member of IGCS for a long time and our region has never been well represented. This area has a growing population of gynecologic oncologists that need their voices heard. I represent a very select group that would like to feel part of IGCS. I worked closely with the leadership of IGCS including Michael Quinn, Lynette Denny, Richard Barakat, Nadeem Abu-Rustum, Neville Hacker, and Jonathan Becker. This part of the world lacks centers of excellence where training in gynecologic oncology is not available.

I will try to broaden the spectrum of available training by coupling young fellows with mentors from the region or abroad.  With the help of current members of IGCS and of our young society (MEMAGO) I will try to collect reliable gynecologic cancer data and to disseminate IGCS standards of care. My close association with many of these members and members from developed countries will allow me to make their voice resonate in IGCS and be the perfect liaison.

As a member of the FIGO gynecologic oncology committee, I contributed to the new Ovarian Cancer Staging, and in writing the FIGO white papers on the adherent placenta diagnosis and management.

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Council Member (Medical Oncologist)

Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya
Medical Oncologist
Salt Lake City Medical Centre, West Bengal, India
Country
India

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Reviewer, International Journal Gynecological Cancer, 2010-present

Candidate Statement

I believe in innovation, out of the box thinking and I think the society would be able to benefit in view of my other associations. I personally can motivate, plan and implement.

As Member of Governance Council of SIOG and Chair for the Publication Committee I look at aspect of Gynecological Oncology oft not talked about i.e. issues in Elderly Population which is an increasing problem. This is an aspect which needs to be highlighted upon.

I have been a part of AfrOx (Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation) and successfully implemented the program of early detection of cancer and cancer education awareness in general public.

As Publication Committee member of IASLC, and IAHPC and Editorial Board member for and Reviewer of quite a few major International Journals. This gives me an idea of Publication which act as a mouth piece for the organization – how to handle it. It also allows implementation of knowledge for enduring materials for stake holders.

Being from LMIC an active committee member for ESMO (Global Policy Committee) as well as Global Cancer Task Force and WHO Steering Committee and on various national bodies policy implementation I can help with.
As an International Liaison member for ASCO and an Ambassador for EACR I have carried out successful Membership drives.

My special interest are Palliative and Supportive Care, I have been a committee member for (ESMO Designated Centers Committee) have received Certificate of appreciation from IHAPC. This is another aspect which has to be developed within the IGCS.

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Rosalind Glasspool
Medical Oncologist
Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Country
United Kingdom

IGCS Activities

• Active Member

Candidate Statement

Women’s health and education are fundamental to the wellbeing of everyone, which is why I want to work to help the IGCS achieve its aims of raising awareness of gynaecological cancers, providing education and training, connecting professionals in the field and supporting research to enhance the care of women all around the world. I am a medical oncologist with over 10 years of experience of managing ovarian cancer and leading a clinical team. I have experience in leading clinical trials as a chief investigator and of co-ordinating research programmes as chair of the UK National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) ovarian cancer research group. I am an active member of the GCIG and ENGOT where I represent the Scottish Gynaecological cancer group. I chair the GCIG meta-analysis working group and co-chair the ENGOT phase I/II group. I also work with UK Cancer Charities to support their research aimed at benefitting women with gynaecological cancer

I understand the benefits and challenges of working across international borders. Effective collaboration can overcome problems that cannot be addressed alone but it requires a clear overview of the aims and problems, dedication to the cause, firm and fair leadership and persistence. If elected I would be particularly interested to learn more from colleagues in low and middle-income countries about specific challenges they face, and work together to develop research infrastructure and studies that are relevant and realistic. I would support the programmes of education and training and relish the opportunity to meet and work with new people dedicated to the care of women with gynaecological cancer.

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Fernando Maluf
Medical Oncologist
Chair of the Oncology Department of Beneficiencia Portuguesa and Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo and Santa Lucia Hospital in Brasilia
Country
Brazil

IGCS Activities

• Active Member
• Chair of the Local Committee for the IGCS Global Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2019

Candidate Statement

I decided to pursue a career in gynecology oncology after notice the increasing incidence and mortality of these malignancies in Latin America (LA). Furthermore, the fact that majority of oncologists do not have a deep knowledge on this area in LA makes a great opportunity for IGCS to establish adequate prevention and treatment strategies.

Also, we pursue to generate exploratory data that might help our understanding of gynecologic malignancies in LA. As a member since 2012, I have been fighting against women’s cancer for the last 17 years, through the development of fellows as the chair of three referral hospitals in Brazil, attending the poor population and promoting information to the Brazilian people throughout our social institute (1-2 million access every month) - Beat the Cancer, publishing articles, editing books, organizing meetings such the International Gynecology Oncology Meeting (8Th edition- median audience 1200-1500 per/year). Also, I will be the chair of the local organizing committee of Global Meeting IGCS 2019.

I hope that together with the IGCS we will better disseminate education and data towards clinicians and population regarding gynecology oncology as well as promotes the integration of public health reality of LA to the best prevention and treatment strategies.

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