Early Career Workshop

Early Career Workshop
Saturday, January 30, 2021

8:00 am – 10:30 am CST
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Registration link coming soon.

Workshop Overview

Data, Data, Data
Robert Coleman, MD

From Abstract to Manuscript
Rene Pareja, MD

How to Find a Mentor
Breakout Rooms followed by discussion; led by Moderator, Rhonda Farrell

What it means to be an IJGC Fellow
Pedro Ramirez, MD


Rhonda Farrell, MD




Robert Coleman, MD



Rene Pareja, MD



Pedro Ramirez, MD



IGCS uses Zoom Video Webinar for virtual events.

Zoom Webinar technology has a maximum capacity of 500 attendees. While we believe that we will be able to accommodate all attendees, these free sessions have garnered a lot of interest and there is a chance that capacity will be reached. Also, please be aware that poor internet connectivity and other issues may affect the quality of your experience. Click here to view tips to improve your Zoom Webinar connectivity.

If you are unable to enter the Zoom Webinar or experience technical difficulties, please know that a recording of the entire session will be made available on the IGCS website in a timely manner after the event.

Season’s Greetings from IGCS

Dear IGCS Members and Friends,

This year has been like no other in our lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the coronavirus and I would like to express my gratitude to those of you who are frontline workers and caregivers who have selflessly provided care to the most vulnerable in impossible circumstances. You give your strength to so many. I would also like to recognize and applaud the scientists and researchers within our community who dedicate their careers to scientific innovation and the development of life-saving technologies and therapies. Your work is so important.

I think this year it has been more apparent than ever that we are all connected regardless of our beliefs, culture, or geography. I am heartened by what I have seen this year – the global collaboration, support, and communication that has continued despite our inability to gather in the same rooms. The challenges of this year jumpstarted our virtual programs which allowed us to reach thousands of healthcare professionals, advocates, patient-survivors, and collaborate with organizational partners from all over the world. Many of you are new to the IGCS community – I am so glad you are here.

Thank you for participating in our virtual events whether it be our Surgical Film Festivals, Virtual Tumor Boards, Global Patient Perspectives Roundtables, and of course the 2020 Annual Global Meeting and the Survivor-Caregiver Public Summit. Through it all, I have seen how you have been supportive of one another. What a comfort it has been to know that we were never alone; that others were facing similar challenges and that we could find solutions to shared problems together. Thank you for your dedication, collaboration, and courage.

As 2020 comes to an end and knowing that this holiday season may not be as festive as previous years, I wish you moments of peace amid difficult situations, connections with family and friends even if you cannot touch, and the comfort of warm memories of holidays past. We are seeing glimmers of promise that the pandemic will wane, so let’s welcome 2021 with hope.
Thank you for being a part of our community. I wish you all a safe and joyful holiday season and may the New Year bring you good health and happiness.




Mary C. Eiken, MS


COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resources & Reading

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery is conducting a CovidSurg Cancer Study to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on care of Cancer Patients requiring surgery. Learn more about the inclusion criteria. 

IGCS is making available a list of materials and resources related to the COVID-19 emergency, but no content provided at these links is either proprietory of or endorsed by IGCS.

Conversations with Coleman

2020-2022 IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman launches a new video series to communicate with IGCS members and the global gynecologic cancer community.

In this episode, Dr. Coleman is joined by IGCS past Presidents, Dr. Michael Quinn and Dr. Roberto Angioli, and future President Dr. Keiichi Fujiwara. They discuss how they each first became involved with the IGCS, key member benefits, and the origin of the Strategic Alliance Partner Program. They also talk about the diversity of the IGCS Council, the importance of volunteer leaders in achieving strategic goals for the society, and give advice to members who are interested in becoming more involved with IGCS initiatives and programs.


In this first video message, Dr. Coleman discusses the goals of this web series, explains why he decided to become involved with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society over 25 years ago, and why he thinks the society is unique and important. He also touches on his leadership style and how he plans to engage the IGCS Council Members during his term as IGCS President.


Surgical Film Festival

Surgical Film Festival: Surgery for Fertility Preservation

This film session will demonstrate novel techniques for preserving fertility in patients with gynecologic and pelvic cancers. Topics covered will include fertility sparing surgery for cervical cancer, uterine transposition, and assisted reproductive techniques for women requiring pelvic radiation.

This film festival was organized by Vance Broach, Surgical Education Lead of the IGCS Education Committee.

Patient Perspectives Roundtable

Global Patient Perspectives Roundtable
Navigating Telehealth/Telemedicine & Embracing Shared Decision-Making

Recorded on Saturday, November 21, 2020

This Global Patient Perspectives Roundtable—focused on Telehealth/Telemedicine and Shared Decision-Making—is the first in a series of four roundtables sponsored by GSK. These topics are relevant to patient care and outcomes, options, and autonomy and are especially significant in the backdrop of COVID-19 and of global discussions of health equity. Participating in this active exchange of information across populations, specialties, and regions, attendees will enhance their understanding of these important topics and be more empowered to exercise their rights and options related to each.


Daniela Luvero
Member, IGCS Council
Gynecologic Oncologist, University Campus Bio Medico of Rome



Gwen Darien
Executive Vice President, Patient Advocacy & Engagement, National Patient Advocate Foundation & Patient Advocate Foundation, USA


Miriam Mutebi
Breast Surgical Oncologist & Assistant Professor of Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital


Karen Begaii-Wilson
Cervical Cancer Survivor & Advocate
Navajo Nation

Noriko Fujiwara
Oncology & Research Nurse
IMSUT Hospital of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo


Graziela Zibetti Dal Molin
Medical Oncologist
Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo Hospital


Kimlin Ashing
Professor & Founding Director, Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, City of Hope National Medical Center

About the IGCS Patient Perspectives Roundtable Series
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, IGCS will continue to be a global source of education and resources, training, public awareness, and advocacy. Virtual Roundtables will

  • facilitate first-hand assessment of patient community needs and concerns
  • provide vetted information, assessments, and guidance from key opinion leaders and seasoned survivors/advocates
  • address current patient and wider community concerns through live responses to question posted online during the session
  • promote strategic conversations with health care and research communities around specific issues
  • assist all in coming to workable solutions and strategies for moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath

Each 60- to 90-minute session will cover a specific topic important to the gynecologic cancer patient communities maneuvering through the health and cancer care system during and after COVID-19 and will include IGCS key opinion leaders, patients-caregivers, and other stakeholders appropriate to the topic.

Latin America Webinar 2020

IGCS is hosting a Spanish-language webinar in collaboration with our Latin American Strategic Alliance Partners.
The live event will be held in Spanish with English translation. The recording will be Spanish only.

Selected Topics in Gynecologic Oncology Webinar
Tópicos selectos en Ginecología Oncológica Seminario Web
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | Sábado, Diciembre 5, 2020

9:00 am—12:00 pm EST

Registration is free but required.

Register Here


Course Objectives

  • To understand the current status of surgical options in ovarian cancer.
  • To update the current indications of Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer.


Clemente Arab, MD
Instituto Oncológico FALP

Magaly Malca, MD
Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins


Ovarian Cancer

Pedro Ramirez, MD 
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

What is new in surgical treatment of ovarian cancer


Reitan Ribeiro, MD
Erasto Gaertner Hospital

… What if TRUST trial has a positive result?


Alejandro Rauh-Hain, MD
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

… What if TRUST trial has a negative result?


Cervix Cancer

Myriam Perrotta, MD 
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires

Impact of the HPV vaccination on cervical cancer mortality


Juliana Rodriguez, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in pregnant women with cervical cancer


Fabio Martinelli, MD 
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer state-of-the-art


René Pareja, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología-Bogota; Clínica de Oncología Astorga-Medellín

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and fertility preservation in cervical cancer


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Watch: WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Launch Nov 17

The WHO is launching its Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer on November 17, 2020. 

Main event (Part I):
14:30 to 16:00 CET (Geneva)

Webinar (Part II): New technical materials to support implementation
16:15 to 17:45 CET (Geneva)

Click here to visit the WHO website to learn about the program, watch the live stream and register for the webinar.

Congratulations to IGCS Global Curriculum Graduates!

Congratulations to three fellows from Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique completing the IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program!

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Dr. Dércia Changule
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Dr. Siro Daud
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique

The Global Curriculum was established in 2017 under the leadership of then-President, Michael Quinn. It is a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology.

Congratulations to Drs. Changule, Daud, and Rangeiro on achieving this important milestone. They will be the first formally trained gynecologic oncologists in Mozambique.

To learn more about the program, please download the 2019 Annual Report.

Those who would like to learn more about how to contribute to the mentorship and training aspects of this program, please email mary.eiken@igcs.org.

Dr. Dércia Changule
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“Thank you very much to the whole IGCS team. I am aware that with the program many Mozambican women will be benefited, (during the training, many Mozambican women with gynecological cancer received the appropriate treatment), it is our duty to continue treat them properly.

Special thanks to Drs.: Kathleen Schmeler, Ellen Baker, Mila Pontremoli Salcedo, Geórgia Fontes Cintra, Renato Moretti, Andre Lopes and Marcelo Vieira who were engaged to train us (I am sure that we can always count with you), you trained us with professionalism and goodwill, in a country that did not even have an oncologist gynaecologist. Thank you, amazing team!”

Dr. Siro Daud
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“The IGCS GC Program changed the approach of diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies in Mozambique. Our training played a key role in this change. I am happy to be part of this program.”

Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“It was a great and unique opportunity to be part of this program. I will be forever grateful to the mentors and all the staff involved …Mozambique is now part of Gynecology Oncology team!!!”

We would like to sincerely thank their local mentors in Mozambique: Drs. Elvira Luis and Magda Ribeiro as well as our six volunteer international mentors: Drs. André Lopes (Instituto Brasileiro de Controle do Câncer e Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo), Georgia Fontes-Cintra (Hospital Sírio-Libanes), Kathleen Schmeler (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Marcelo Vieira (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein), Mila Pontremoli Salcedo (Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre/Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre/ The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) e Renato Moretti (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein).

Presidential Web Series Ep. 1

2020-2022 IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman launches a new video series to communicate with IGCS members and the global gynecologic cancer community.

In this first video message, Dr. Coleman discusses the goals of this web series, explains why he decided to become involved with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society over 25 years ago, and why he thinks the society is unique and important. He also touches on his leadership style and how he plans to engage the IGCS Council Members during his term as IGCS President.