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.


2nd International Web Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 – 2:00 EDT (New York)
12:00 – 21:00 MSK (Moscow)

The IGCS in collaboration with the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA) and the Russian Reproductive Tumor Society invite you to participate in the 2nd International Web-Conference “Gynecologic oncology: from clinical trials to practice” with the key topic of discussion, “Rare Gynecologic Tumors.”

As part of a full meeting agenda, AECA-affiliated experts from University of Toronto, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center will discuss a range of topics related to research, diagnosis, and treatment of ovarian, endometrial, vulvovaginal, and cervical cancers, with a particular emphasis on rare cases. Leaders from Blokhin will also present on surgical management of germ cell tumors of the ovary. The event is open to the global gynecological cancer community. 

Reports, discussions and interactive sessions will be dedicated to the following topics:

  • Rare Malignant Gynecologic Tumors
  • Minimally Invasive and Open Surgical Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Innovations in diagnostics and treatment of gynecologic malignancies

Program Outline

5:00 – 7:00  EDT – New York / 12:00 – 14:00 MSK – Moscow
Russian Reproductive Tumors Society`s Session (Language: Russian)
Innovations in Diagnostics and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies

7:00 – 8:45 EDT – New York / 14:00 – 15:45 MSK – Moscow
Surgical Session (Language: Russian)
Minimally Invasive and Open Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology

9:00 – 2:00 EDT -New York / 16:00 – 21:00 MSK – Moscow
International Session (Language: English with simultaneous translation)
Case Based Reviews of Rare Gynecologic Cancers

Pathology Session
Chairs: Anna Plotkin (Canada),  Apollon Karseladze (Russia)

Ovarian Cancers Session
Chairs: Amanda Fader (USA), Kirill Zhordania (Russia)

Endometrial Cancers Session
Chairs: Michael Frumovitz (USA), Yulia Paianidi (Russia)

Vulvovaginal and Cervical Cancers
Chairs: Pedro Ramirez (USA), Alexey Shevchuk (Russia)

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!

Global Health Equity

The International Gynecologic Cancer Society stands at the forefront in the global fight against gynecologic cancers, supporting and sponsoring programs “to enhance the care of women with gynecologic cancer worldwide through education and training and public awareness.”

Consistent with this mission and the current heightened global awareness of, and attention to, social and health inequity, IGCS is issuing this statement outlining its position on these important matters. Most succinctly put, IGCS supports all who espouse social and health equity around the globe.

Our statement provides clear context and specificity to our longstanding and forward-moving embrace of these important social justice and human right imperatives. We hope that it stimulates dialogue/discourse, and we welcome your comments. Most importantly, we hope that it prompts programming and actions that improve the lives of girls, women, and communities worldwide.

We would like to thank the working group for drafting the statement:

  • Dr. Andreas Obermair (Australia)
  • Dr. Marie Plante (Canada)
  • Dr. Michael Quinn (Australia)
  • Dr. Ritu Salani (USA)
  • Ms. Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins (USA)

To continue the discourse, add to the literature, and prompt discussion and most importantly action, IGCS is currently drafting an article focused on global health disparities. The article will:

  • elucidate IGCS’ position more completely
  • site and explore specific systemic patterns and institutions that support or perpetuate inequities
  • highlight areas of women’s well-being that go beyond gynecologic cancer but are integral to their health and that of their communities
  • offer an action plan for moving forward.

In the coming weeks, we will review IGCS operations and programming for areas of potential improvement relative to issues of global health equity. Where appropriate and needed, we will enhance or restructure these areas such that they more explicitly align with our core belief that global health equity is a social justice and human rights imperative—one that we fully support.

After these initial assessments, we will regularly monitor programming and new program development for consistency with our core values summarized in the statement and with the attainment of documentable enhanced global health equity. Of course, we will keep members informed of this ongoing effort, programming adjustments, and progress in this important work. And, we will need and request your help in this organization-wide commitment to global health equity.


Global Health Equity: A Social Justice and Human Rights Imperative

IGCS Supports All Who Espouse Social and Health Equity Around the Globe 

As a core principle, the concept of global health equity—the absence of systematic disparities in health to allow the opportunity for every person to attain her (or his) full health potential—is embedded in the mission of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) and is reflected in the breadth of our membership and the design and implementation of our programs.

With over 3,100 members from low-, middle-, and high-income countries around the globe, IGCS has purposefully developed an inclusive membership framework that encourages interaction and growth across diverse social, political, and health care systems. Through this framework, IGCS connects our members with specific needs to those with corresponding resources and programs; forms partnerships; educates, trains, and mentors clinicians, survivors-patients, and caregivers; and otherwise enhances benefits to women not only in optimal but also in the most challenging circumstances and environments.

Since our establishment in 1987 as a forum for the worldwide exchange of scientific information, IGCS has grown as a model for global health equity, and consistent with that history and our current operation, IGCS supports individuals and organizations meaningfully engaged, at whatever level, in the journey toward social and health equity worldwide.

As we lead the global fight against gynecologic cancers, we do so with the clear understanding that prompting, promoting, and inspiring maximum achievable health outcomes for every girl and woman (and thus every community)—wherever and under whatever circumstance she might live—are fundamental to the social justice and human rights imperative of global health equity, irrespective of

  • national origin or political system
  • location of residence/citizenship
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion
  • sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • local, national, or regional leadership
  • sociodemographic factors
  • geopolitics
  • any other intervening factor

In keeping with this understanding and by focusing our work and service where they can have the greatest impact on health and well-being, IGCS supports the empowerment of girls and women—and the health professionals who serve them—so they can attain the best health and life outcomes specific to but not limited to gynecologic cancers.

In the coming weeks and months, IGCS will review our programming. Furthermore, as an act of social responsibility, we will continually review the health equity-explicit initiatives within our portfolio and identify the need for new initiatives where none exist. After all, our mission “to enhance the care of women with gynecologic cancer worldwide through education and training and public awareness” and our demonstrated commitment to global health equity explicitly require as much.

Download PDF of this statement.

Spotlight on IGCS Fellows & Mentors

The IGCS Member Spotlight is back, now with a focus on Fellows and International Mentors participating in the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program.

Ricardina Rangeiro
Hospital Central de Maputo
Maputo, Mozambique
Fellow of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I’m doing my training in Mozambique that I started in 2018. 

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?  
I’ve always been interested in oncology and during my residency, I’ve noticed that the patients arrived in advanced stages, so I thought what could I do to make a change. 

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
I work in a ward that take care of women with gynecological cancer. Every day we do rounds, stage the patients with cancer, do biopsies. We also do colposcopies and leeps in the clinic of pre-invasive lesions. Twice a week we do surgeries. 

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
My mother, she is a pediatrician and the person responsible for my love of medicine.  

What is the most rewarding part of your career?
The most rewarding part of my career is being capable to treat and relieve the pain of our patients and being able to help these women. 

What is the most beneficial resource or equipment you have access to at your training site?
The most beneficial resource or equipment we have access to is the big volume of patients and radiotherapy. 

What is one of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in your region? What resources are lacking?
One of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in my region is that there isn’t enough trained medical staff. There is only 1 radiotherapy center for the entire country, and the pathology center with the best trained pathologists is only available in Maputo. 

How long have you been a member and how did you become involved with IGCS?
I’ve known IGCS when I started the program. 

Is there a story/example of a time you were especially proud of your involvement with IGCS?
I’m always proud of my involvement with IGCS. It’s been such an honor to be part of this program and being able to make a huge change in cancer care of gynecology patients. 

What does being a part of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program mean to you?
Being part of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program means I’m being trained by the best in this area, which is a unique experienceIt means a lot to have access to mentors and their guidance because we can get the tools we need to treat thpatients 

Do you have any hobbies or is there an interesting fact about your life that you’d like to share?
Apart from medicine, I like to run. It’s my moment, only mine, to recharge my battery. And of course, enjoy quality time with family and friends. 

What is a unique or fun fact about your country or community culture?
We are a resilient people; against all odds, we get up every day and get the job done with a smile on our faces 

Does your country/region have a traditional food or drink? Do you like it?
Yes, our prawns are one of the best in the worldZambezian chicken prepared with coconut milk, our matava and drinks we have maheu that is made with corn flour are also good. 


See more Member Spotlights.

Would you like to be featured in the Member Spotlight? We’d love to hear your story! Complete this form.

Fellows and Mentors in the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program should complete this form which includes additional prompts about the program.

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.

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.