IGCS Members and Friends,

I am delighted to announce that the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) is expanding its Strategic Alliance Partnership to the country of Georgia and the Caucasus region.

Working with organizations in the region that we already have a strong partnership with—the Kazakh Cancer Society (KCS) and the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA)—we can combine our outreach efforts to further develop the field of gynecologic oncology within the Caucasus region, a goal that our colleagues in Georgia are eager to achieve.

Dr. Dilyara Kaidarova, newly elected IGCS Board Member and representative of the Kazakh Cancer Society, and Dr. Sophia Michaelson, the Executive Director of the AECA are facilitating this expansion. At the recent IGCS Annual Global Meeting in New York, we met with a representative from the Georgian society, Dr. Tamar Skhirtladze to discuss the opportunity and signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect, pledging our commitment to the partnership.

Dr. Tamar Skhirtladze noted, “On behalf of The Georgian Society of Gynecological Oncology, I would like to express our gratitude to the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, Kazakh Cancer Society and the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance for giving us the opportunity to join the IGCS Strategic Partner Alliance. I do believe that our partnership and mutual efforts will help us to prevent and treat gynecologic cancers in our regions, improve the quality of lives among women suffering from gynecologic malignancies through engagement, education, and collaboration.”

Dr. Tengiz Charkviani (President of The Georgian Society of Gynecological Oncology) and Dr. Zaza Tsitsishvili (lead Gynecologic Oncologist of The Georgian Society of Gynecological Oncology) were not in attendance but expressed their enthusiasm to join the IGCS.

Dr. Kaidarova said, “we are pleased to have the Georgian Society of Gynecologic Oncology joining our current strategic work with our Eurasian partnership. This will only strengthen our work and ability to reach even more women throughout the region with gynecologic malignancies. This will be the start of further expansion into the Caucus, Central and Eastern European regions.”

Together, we will work to welcome gynecologic cancer professionals into our membership and thus provide access to educational resources through our online learning portal, IGCS Education360, and extend the member rate to access research, editorials, case studies and more through our professional journal, the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

We are pleased to facilitate the sharing of information and resources for further professional development in this region, leading up to the integration of international standards and methodologies in the field of gynecologic oncology there. This is truly our mission—to improve the care of those affected by gynecologic cancers worldwide—and through partnerships such as this, we are one step closer to closing the care gap.

About the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program
The IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program aims to bring together the leaders and members of gynecologic oncology organizations throughout the world in a unique forum to communicate, share ideas and work together on a global level.

IGCS is now in collaboration with 20 Strategic Alliance Partner groups, representing 78 countries and over 2,000 gynecologic cancer professionals. The program has been the key to realizing the society’s membership potential and the fulfilment of our mission.

If any other regional groups are interested in joining or learning more about the IGCS Strategic Alliance Partner Program, please reach out to me directly at


Mary Eiken, MS