Gynecologic Oncology of Canada Partners with IGCS

We are pleased to announce that The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC) has joined the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partnership. IGCS and GOC are aligned in many ways including the GOC’s purpose, to improve the care of women with or at risk of gynecologic cancer by raising standards of practice, encouraging ongoing research, promoting innovation in prevention, care and discovery, and advancing awareness.

Gynecologic oncology was recognized in 1989 by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, due in large part to GOC’s ongoing commitment to the development of practice guidelines, training standards and research goals in women’s reproductive cancer care. Subspecialty certification examinations by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada began in 2010.

Today over 216 of all gynecologic oncologists practicing in Canada are members of GOC. Its membership reflects the multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care and includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, fellows-in-training, residents, nurses specializing in gynecologic cancer care, scientists and pharmacists who devote a significant amount of their practice to the treatment and research of gynecological cancer.

GOC members will now benefit from dual membership and gain access to IGCS Member benefits such as the Early Career Research & Publications Network, the online member Education Portal (including the new Pathology Corner), AAGL’s SurgeryU video library, discounted registration for the IGCS Annual Global Meeting, and access to our online member community Social Link to name a few.

Canada, with a population of 38 million, is the largest country in the Western hemisphere and the second-largest country in the world after Russia. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting women in Canada with cervical cancer being the number-four cause of cancer-related deaths after breast, lung and colorectum cancer.

Dr. Helen Mackay, GOC’s President, had this to say: “At GOC, we are ready to push the envelope by developing new ways of thinking, involving the next generation of healthcare professionals with an interest in gyn cancers and partnering with like-minded organizations such as IGCS. Most importantly, we aim to also include women in the discussion to find novel solutions and work towards the eradication of gynecologic cancers. We are excited for this next chapter in our history.”

IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman echoes the sentiment of the GOC and feels “having GOC has a strategic alliance partner allows IGCS to further our work under our new health equity statement. We welcome our Canadian colleagues and look forward to our great partnership.”

We look forward to our partnership with GOC, to serve the gynecologic cancer professionals in the region, unite them with our global community, and to find ways to achieve our common goals to fight gynecologic cancers through training, education, and public awareness.

Conversations with Coleman

Watch the most recent episode of Conversations with Coleman, a conversation with the IGCS 2021 Annual Global Meeting Scientific Program Committee Chairs

Watch the latest episode of Conversations with Coleman where Dr. Coleman is joined by the 2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs, Dr. Ana Oaknin (Spain) and Dr. Matthew Powell (USA). They discussed the 2021 IGCS Annual Global Meeting to be held in Rome this August 30 -September 2. Watch and learn about their bold plans to host an in-person meeting with a virtual component using a hub and spoke concept, abstract submission information, and key pieces of the program.

Learn more about IGCS 2021 here.  Abstract submission is open through May 5th!

Previous Episodes

Conversations with Coleman, Celebrating World Cancer Day!

In this special episode of Conversations with Coleman, IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman is joined by IGCS CEO, Mary Eiken to discuss World Cancer Day

They discuss the themes and key issues surrounding World Cancer Day, IGCS’s advocacy initiatives, and the importance of the IGCS Health Equity Statement as a guidepost to programing. They also talk about IGCS’s membership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and answer questions from the viewers.

This was episode was recorded live on February 1st: Many thanks to those who joined us live (85 participants from 34 countries) and submitted questions!

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.


IGCS 2021

The 2021 IGCS Annual Global Meeting is scheduled to be held in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica with portions of the program being held in a digital environment so that delegates unable to travel may participate remotely.

With planning for IGCS 2021 underway, we have an excellent opportunity to look ahead with optimism. While the meetings and conventions has transformed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the best approach to move forward is to be bold, see challenges as opportunities and work together to assemble an outstanding Congress.

Safety is of course our utmost priority and the IGCS team is working very closely with a local professional conference organizer, the venue, and the Italian government as rules and regulations are released for safe ways to gather with an abundancy of caution. We will keep you fully informed in the coming weeks and months and understand how this may affect the way you can register for the Congress.

We continue to be most appreciative to the Società Italiana di Oncologia Ginecologica (SIOG) and the Società Italiana di Ginecologia e Ostetrica (SIGO) for their continued support and partnership in planning Rome 2021.

Read more in the welcome letter from the 2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs. Please check back regularly for updates about the IGCS 2021 Annual Global Meeting. Join us in thinking bold!

2021 Scientific Program Committee Chairs

Ana Oaknin, MD, PhD (Spain)

Matthew Powell, MD (USA)

2021 Scientific Program Committee Roster

Co-Chair: Ana Oaknin (Spain)

Co-Chair: Matthew Powell (USA)

Angeles Alvarez Secord (USA)

Susana Banerjee (UK)

Paul Cohen (Australia)

Christina Fotopoulou (UK)

Gonzalo Giornelli (Argentina)

Salvatore Gueli Alletti (Italy)

Gustavo Guitmann (Brazil)

Saketh Guntupalli (USA)

Anuja Jhingran (USA)

Hee-Seung Kim  (Republic of Korea)

Ann Klopp (USA)

Satoru Kyo (Japan)

Mario Leitao (USA)

Domenica Lorruso (Italy)

Sven Mahner (Germany)

Vicky Makker (USA)

Xavier Matias-Guiu (Spain)

Jyoty Mayadev (USA)

Bradley Monk (USA)

Amanda Nickles Fader (USA)

Aikou Okamoto (Japan)

David O’Malley (USA)

Francesco Plotti (Italy)

Leslie Randall (USA)

Isabelle Ray-Coquard (France)

BJ Rimel (USA)

Clare Scott (Australia)

A.G.J. van der Zee (The Netherlands)

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 5, 2021

The abstract submission site is now open and the submission deadline is May 5, 2021. Accepted abstracts will be assigned as oral presentations for the plenary sessions, oral posters, or e-posters. In 2020 our digital abstract poster hall was overwhelmingly popular, allowing for the learner to not only view the digital posters but listen to a short audio recording of the author describing their work. Throughout the duration of the meeting, the 450 digital posters were viewed over 4200 times.

Submit your Abstract here.

View Abstract Submission Topics.

View Abstract Submission Guidelines. 

Preliminary Program Details

  • 3.5 days of programming
  • Delegates may attend in person or virtually (Two registration options will be available. Those who attend in person will have full access to the virtual platform.)
  • Master Sessions on ovarian, cervix, uterine, and vulvar cancers are back by popular demand
  • Surgical education track
  • Oral abstract presentations
  • Continuing medical education credits for live and on-demand sessions
  • The featured poster sessions and virtual abstract poster hall will be just as robust as the 2020 meeting with the poster hall featuring audio recordings from the authors

View the preliminary schedule of sessions (session titles and details to be announced).

Optimizing Engagement with the Latest Virtual Meeting Technology and Hub & Spoke Model

Expanding on the success of the fully digital 2020 IGCS Annual Global Meeting, IGCS 2021 will utilize the latest virtual meeting technology to broadcast engaging sessions and provide delegates access to hundreds of virtual abstract posters and audio recordings.

Engagement is major priority for IGCS 2021, and we have found a unique way to disseminate our education globally without sacrificing personal interaction for those who cannot be in Rome. With the virtual platform we will be using a “hub and spoke” approach that will allow us to broadcast from Rome as the hub, to many locations where gynecologic oncology professionals may gather all over the globe – thus creating the spokes.

We will be encouraging regional gatherings of delegates when conducive and identifying local key opinion leaders in each of these regions to interact with the speakers and moderators in Rome to provide a similar effect and impact as to being there in person.


Delegates will have the option to register to attend in person or virtually. Those who attend in person will have full access to the virtual platform. A link to register and pricing information will be available soon.

Breast Cancer Course

International Course on Breast Cancer
Three-Part Webinar Series

March 27 | April 24 | May 29
8:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT (Chicago)

This three-part webinar will be conducted in Spanish with English translation during the live event. The event recording will only be available in Spanish.

Register Here


Associate Professor: Dr. Víctor Manuel Vargas Hernández

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Guillermo Sídney Herbert Núñez
Dr. David Cantú de León

Dr. Antonio Posada Domínguez
Dr. Paula Anel Cabrera
Dr. José Hinojosa Gómez

Objective: For doctors interested in enhancing decision-making for the benefit of their patients, this course will provide an opportunity to learn about current and future trends in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with breast cancer.

Course description: Learn about the latest innovations in the knowledge and characteristics of breast cancer, detection, prevention, comprehensive management, surgery options, and personalized medicine.

Justification: Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in Latin America (and many parts of the world) and mainly affects patients of reproductive age. This considerably affects family life and society itself. Expert multidisciplinary teams are required to effectively manage breast disease and to improve survival and quality of life.

Facing the difficult journey through breast cancer does not end with diagnosis, surgery or radiation therapy – these treatments are only the beginning. This program will cover the most up-to-date clinical education regarding the management of breast disease and include information regarding the importance of all ongoing care, including survival programs. Expert multidisciplinary professors practicing in Latin America who are trained in breast surgery, medical oncology, pathology and oncological radiology will speak about innovations, challenges. and management controversies in breast cancer care throughout the entire patient journey.

View Part I of the presentations recorded on March 27th

Education Highlight: Palliative Lecture

Featured: Lecture and Discussion on Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care with Dr. Michael Pearl

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access a recently recorded didactic focusing on palliative medicine and end of life care by Dr. Michael Pearl from Stony Brook University Hospital in the USA. Dr. Pearl is formally trained in both Gynecologic Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

The lecture was recorded live with the international fellows enrolled in the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program.

In the first 60 minutes of the recording, Dr. Pearl provides an overview of palliative medicine, including end-of-life care, ethics, and communication. After the lecture, he conducts and question and answer segment with the international gynecologic oncology fellows.

“Death is a natural and inevitable end to life; helping patients achieve an appropriate and easy passage to death is one of the most important and rewarding services that a physician can provide.” -American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

New Literature Highlight in the Pathology Corner

The March supplement issue of the International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology is dedicated to findings from the ISGyP Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Project.

The goals of the project were to
1. understand the spectrum of current practices in pathologic evaluation and reporting of endocervical adenocarcinoma, including a review of the literature and a member survey,
2. improve global reproducibility of endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and pathologic reporting; and
3. assess prognostic significance of WHO/IECC endocervical adenocarcinoma classification and Silva pattern-based classification of HPV-associated adenocarcinomas.

Summaries of the articles are provided in the IGCS Pathology Corner.

Garima Yadav Member Spotlight

IGCS offers members the opportunity to share their stories with the greater gynecologic oncology community, inspire care givers around the world and strengthen awareness of the profession and society. IGCS Member Spotlights highlight the achievements, contributions, and personal stories of members within the worldwide women’s cancer care community.

Meet Garima Yadav, an IGCS Member and Associate Professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jodhpur, India.

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I completed my training at the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi and Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India. Since 2018, I have been working in the field of gynecologic oncology in a tertiary care centre in western Rajasthan.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
During my residency, I had the fortune of working in the busiest referral hospital in the capitol of India and saw women with gynecological cancers from all over the country. The multidisciplinary management, fascinating surgeries and overall caring for these women attracted me to this field.

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
I am presently working at a tertiary referral centre in western Rajasthan with state of the art patient care. I am regularly conducting awareness classes for our women about breast and gynecological malignancies. Along with this, we are involved in screening women for cervical cancers, all kinds of pre-invasive cancer diagnosis and treatment. We operate on all kinds of early and advanced stage gynecological malignancies 3-4 times a week and conduct a weekly follow up clinic. I am also an active executive member of the Rajasthan state chapter of Association of Gynecologic oncologists of India (AGOI).

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
There are many renowned gynecologic oncologists from India and abroad whom I dearly look up to like my teachers Dr. Shalini Rajaram, Dr. Amita Maheshwari and Dr. Pratibha Singh. I was highly inspired by Dr. Pedro T. Ramirez when I heard him discussing LACC trial results at the 2018 IGCS Annual Meeting in Kyoto, Japan…Click here to read more 

You Could be Next in the Spotlight! To be featured in the IGCS Member Spotlight, please complete a brief questionnaire to tell us more about yourself and what its like to practice gynecologic oncology in your part of the world. We would love to hear your story.  Complete the questionnaire and read other member highlights here

GCIG CCRN Grant Opportunity for LMICs

The Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (GCIG), Cervix Cancer Research Network (CCRN) is announcing a call for proposals to support small research initiatives which are aimed to improve the outcomes for women with cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where the disease is a burden and where national research groups are not yet established.

Visit the GCIG website, for the latest information.


  • The award amount will be up to $5000 USD.
  • Candidates affiliated with a CCRN site will be given priority.
  • Any successful candidate, if not already affiliated with a CCRN site, will be expected to have their site join CCRN by completing the CCRN pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ).


  1. candidates will be clinicians in LMIC’s, who treat women with cervical cancer;
  2. the research proposals will be assessed and approved by the CCRN Executive Committee;
  3. all research proposals related to the management of women with cervical cancer will be considered and include (but not exclusive to):
    – Retrospective analysis
    – Prospective studies
    – Translational research
    – Quality of Life research
    – Palliative care
    – Radiation quality assurance
  4. the candidate is expected to publish the results of the research funded by this grant

Applicant Contact Information:
Medical/Research Institute:
Email address:
Phone Number:

  • Please attach research proposal, budget and cv of principle investigator
  • Include evidence of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.
  • For those unfamiliar with GCP, we will provide links for online training platforms.

Submit application to:
Katherine Bennett, GCIG-CCRN Operations Manager, +1 613 539-6456


Global Curriculum Graduates

IGCS Members and Friends,

We are incredibly proud of these newly trained gynecologic oncology professionals and grateful to the international mentors and local faculty who worked so hard to implement the curriculum. This program is directly aligned with the IGCS Global Health Equity Statement by supporting the training of gynecologic cancer specialists in disparate areas of the world. The Global Curriculum is meant to serve as a capacity-building initiative, investing in the effectiveness and future sustainability of each individual training program.

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. Click here to learn more about the program. Dr. Quinn had this to say, “An outstanding achievement during these difficult times. Many congratulations to the graduates and to all those involved in their teaching and assessment programs.’

The IGCS fellows are the future leaders and champions of women’s health in their regions. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for women in low-resource settings and women in these regions are often diagnosed in advanced stages when it is difficult to treat. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 released a global call for action towards the elimination of cervical cancer as a global public health problem. The goals of the call to action include HPV vaccination, screening and treatment of pre-cancer, early detection and prompt treatment of early invasive cancers and palliative care, when a cure is not possible.

With the support and weight of the IGCS behind them, these IGCS Fellows have the training and ambition to make a huge impact to reduce the burden of cervical cancer at the local level. Their training not only provides the skills to manage comprehensive patient care, but to encourage changes in health policies and collect data for their local governments to advocate for screening and vaccination programs. IGCS is committed to engage these graduates, support their professional development, and see them become the future leaders of our society.

Want to get involved or learn more?
We are always looking for volunteer leaders of all disciplines to support our mentorship and training programs. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or contributing to our virtual tumor boards, please contact Susan Ralph at Learn more about IGCS’s mentorship and training initiatives on the next episode of Conversations with Coleman, a Presidential Web Series. The date will be announced soon.

Please join us in congratulating them on their achievement!


Kathleen Schmeler, MD
IGCS Mentorship & Training Committee Chair

Joseph Ng, MD
IGCS Mentorship & Training Committee Vice Chair

Dr. Bethel Dereje
St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I would like to pass my gratitude to all the IGCS team who supported the global program from inception to this date. Your determination has brought a change in the care of gynecologic cancer in the developing world. My heart felt gratitude goes to my mentors Carolyn Johnston and Rahel Ghebre for their unwavering support and commitment to strengthen our program.”

Dr. Dawit Worku
Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the IGCS fellowship program. I would like to thank my mentors and the IGCS team who have been instrumental for this program. I am looking forward to continued collaboration in fight against gynecologic cancer. Thank you!”

Dr. Eric Estrada
Hospital General San Juan de Dios, Guatemala
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I have no words to describe the feeling at this moment. Thrilled, excited and happy but definitely committed more than ever to continue toward improving Women’s Health in my country. Thank you to each one of you who took the time to teach me and open the doors to improve my life and the ones who will benefit from this gained knowledge that I have. I want to thank Julio Lau and Rene Pareja for all the effort and time they spend with me during my training and also my family who joined me in this journey.”

Dr. Quynh Tran
Da Nang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Thank you for always believing and supporting me, mentors. Thank you the IGCS staff. I am so honored and thankful to be a fellow of IGCS. You raise me up to more than I can be.”

Saujanya Karmacharya
Civil Service Hospital Nepal
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Joining IGCS Fellowship program was a great turning point in my life. It has made me realize that a dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. I am honored to be first trained fellow of IGCS in whole South East Asia. This fellowship has enriched my knowledge and skills in gynecologic oncology. It has changed my thoughts and approach while managing gynecologic cancer patients. It has taught me to work in a team, respect each other’s opinion for a common cause and how team effort helps to benefit in patient management.

I extend my sincere gratitude to my local mentor Dr Jitendra Pariyar, International mentors Dr. Asima Mukhopadhaya (U.K) and Dr. Linus Chuang (U.S) who have put so much effort and time to impart us with knowledge and skills during fellowship training. I am grateful to Prof. Kathleen Schmeler, Dr. Thomas Randall, Dr. Joseph Ng, Mary Eiken, and Susan Ralph – IGCS leadership team for extensive support required during program. I am beholden by the hospitality and experiences shared by Consultants, fellow colleagues and staffs of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, U.K and TATA Medical Center, Kolkata, India during my international site posting. I will always cherish the moment shared with our Multidisciplinary team of Civil Service Hospital, Nepal, national and International faculties during discussions/ tumor boards regarding management of cancer patients. The bond we share will always remain for welfare of gynecologic cancer patients. I would like to thank all departments of Civil Service Hospital, Clinical Oncology department of (National Academy of Medical Science) Bir Hospital, Kathmandu Cancer Center and National Cancer hospital for their support and encouragement for the fellowship program. In every step of my life, I praise my family for being my backbone. In addition, I am grateful to all patients for their trust and faith in us and also teaching us to never lose hope in life, just keep on believing.

I am excited to set up gynecologic oncology services at large for welfare of women’s health with your guidance and support. I am planning to implement cancer prevention strategies, improve the capacity to make accurate cancer diagnosis, enhance provision of treatment (including palliative care) and research.”


Sentiments of Congratulations from the Mentors and Supervisors

Dr. Rahel Ghebre – International Mentor for Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Worku
“I am honored to officially welcome Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Kassa into this great profession of gynecologic oncology. I have witnessed their dedication and fortitude in the daily struggle to care for the many women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in Ethiopia; providing cancer care in a limited resource setting requires knowledge, skill, and courage. The IGCS global fellowship program provided them the opportunity for training and the credit goes to both graduating fellows and their local mentors for successfully completing the program. I thank them and our colleagues in Ethiopia for the honor to be part of their training.”

Dr. Carolyn Johnston- International Mentor for Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Worku
“I am humbled and pleased to have been a part of Bethel’s and Dawit’s IGCS gynecologic oncology fellowship training. Their energy and enthusiasm for knowledge and skill acquisition is fun. The women of Ethiopia are fortunate to have their help. Congratulations to them and their local mentors for their successes.”

Dr. Rene Pareja – International Mentor for Dr. Erick Estrada
“Congrats Erick! Thank you so much to those that made this possible. IGCS administrative staff, Susan, Tom, Al, Kathleen, Linus, Mary, Julio, end the rest of the team that everyday work so hard in order to improve the quality of care we give to underserved women. I am really proud on being part of Global Curriculum. Happy to belong to IGCS Family!!”

Dr. Julio Lau de la Vega – Local Mentor for Dr. Erick Estrada
“Since I met Erick as a medical student, he has been an example of dedication and perseverance. He is a model for the next generation of gynecologist. I so proud that he completed the IGCS gynecologic oncology program, he will be a leader in my country against women’s cancer.”


Dr. Tri Dinh (USA) – International Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“Quynh is now the first graduate of the only gyn oncology fellowship in SE Asia. This is the culmination of 3 years of hard work on Quynh’s part and dedication on the part of her mentors (both inside and outside of Vietnam), the IGCS staff, and all the participants on the Da Nang tumor board. My thanks to all of you and I am grateful to Quynh to take on this great journey with us. This coming weekend is the Lunar New Year or “Tet” in Vietnam. This is a great present for us all.”

Dr. Tu Quy Tran – local Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“On behalf of our hospital, I would like to say Thank you to all members of IGCS that gives us the opportunities to enhance our practical’s on gynecologic oncology. Also, we are thankful to Drs. Linda, Tri and Joe who always support and teach Quynh how to do the right things in her journey. Hopefully, we can continue this training program in the future with Ngoc and other fellows in Danang as strong as we expected.”

Dr. Joseph Ng -International Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“Dr Quynh TRAN was the very first fellow in the IGCS Global Curriculum in Gyn Oncology Training program. The program itself was part of a pilot of 5 global sites and the only one in Asia when we started Dr TRAN’s training journey. Personally, reflecting on this momentous occasion of the successful graduation of the IGCS Global Curriculum at Danang’s first fellow and now newly minted global Gynecologic oncologist, I am struck by how interconnected all of us are. We are connected by our humanity, by our need to salve hurt in sickness, by our hope in effort, by our need to strive to do better. I am also reminded of just how Quynh embodies all these humane qualities and how the program has helped her develop these qualities in the service of the women living with cancer in Central Vietnam.”

Dr. Linus Chuang – International Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Pariya and Mukhopadhyay mentoring Dr. Karmacharya throughout her two years of training. It is great to witness her blossoming into a trained gynecologic oncologist.”

Dr. Jitendra Pariyar -Local Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
Huge congratulations to Dr. Saujanya on her achievement: successful completion of the IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship as the first fellow from Nepal. It is indeed a happy and a moment of pride for all of us. On behalf of Nepal Site, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Asima and Prof. Linus for their mentorship and guardianship to us all. Their kind guidance, support and dedicated teachings to our fellows are reflected in our fellows’ performance and Dr. Saujanya’s present result. Thank you Prof. Kathleen, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Joseph – IGCS leadership team for offering the much needed gynecologic oncology fellowship program to Nepal. The program aimed to to provide training opportunities in gynecologic oncology has also helped in upgrading our oncology services. With your continuous support we wish to carry on program for better service of the needy women suffering from gynecologic cancers as envisioned by IGCS. Thank you Susan and Mary for your support and assistance. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the national and international faculties for their support and valuable contribution to our program and training of our fellows!

Dr. Asima Mukhopadhyay – International Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
“I am very proud to be associated with this great education program initiative. Congratulations to Saujanya and local mentor Jitendra and the entire Nepal team for excelling in their effort to make this a success. I sincerely hope that IGCS training curriculum can be followed in many other regional cancer centres where formal training program for Gyn Oncology is not established.”

Join the Early Career Network

Early Career Workshop 
A recording of the Early Career Workshop (recorded live on January 30, 2021) and presentation slides are now available for members in the IGCS Education Portal

Early Career Research & Publications Network

The goal of this network is to provide early career members with a supportive network of peers and mentors to discuss publishing and writing as critical components to career development. The network will also allow group members the opportunity to develop and promote research projects.

This network is open to IGCS members dedicated to the study of gynecologic cancers who are within the first five years of completion of sub-specialty training.

The network will convene via video conference, online discussion boards and in-person meetings at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting.

Joining the Network
Eligible early career members may request to join the network by logging into the IGCS MEMBER CENTER and clicking GROUPS in the top toolbar, then click +Join Group button. A message will be sent to an IGCS staff member who will verify your eligibility and you will receive an approved or denied message, depending on your completion year of training.

Please be sure your graduation year is filled out in your IGCS Member profile as this will determine your eligibility for the group.

If you are not an IGCS Member, Join today!

The volunteer mentors have previous and current experience in career development, mentorship, publishing and scientific presentation. The mentors will communicate regularly with the network to stimulate research ideas, provoke and moderate discussions and connect network members.

Elena Ioana Braicu, MD, PhD
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Network Mentor
Sean Dowdy, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
United States
Network Mentor
Rhonda Farrell, BAppSc MBBS FRANZCOG CGO MSurg
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney

Network Mentor

Francesco Plotti, MD, PhD
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Network Mentor
Robert Coleman, MD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States
Council Liaison

Junior Mentors

Geetu Bhandoria, MD
Indian Armed Forces
Arthur Hsu, MD
National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch
Sadie Jones, MD
Cardiff University
Wales, UK
Navya Nair, MD
Louisiana State University
Florencia Noll, MD
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires


Questions or comments regarding the network may be directed to the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at

Education Highlight: Ask a Pathologist

Education Highlight: New Pathology Corner Resources

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access new resources recently uploaded in the Pathology Corner:

  • WHO Classifications of Female Genital Tumors – 5th Edition Update: summaries for cervix, ovary, uterine (updated), vulvar & vaginal cancers;
  • Interesting Cases: There are now 3 cases to study, the latest being a new case on malignant mesothelioma in situ.
  • Literature Highlights: December 2020 highlights have been added.


Ask a Pathologist is available to IGCS Members thanks to our Strategic Alliance Partnership with the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. Answers to incoming questions are provided by the members of the IGCS Pathology Work Group and represent their opinion based upon the current and usual practices in the field.

Under the direction of Anna Plotkin, Pathology Work Group Lead, and with significant contributions from our Strategic Alliance Partner Members at the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP), the corner was created to streamline pathology related education curated specifically for gynecologic oncologists. We would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to our work group members for their efforts: Anna Plotkin, Work Group Lead (Canada), Blake Gilks (Canada), Siobhan O’Connor (USA), Joseph Rabban (USA), Adrian Suarez (USA), Gulisa Turashvili (Canada), and Rachael van der Griend (New Zealand) and all the contributors who have agreed to share content.

We hope you enjoy the new educational content in the Pathology Corner of the IGCS Member Education Portal!