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.

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Member Spotlights

Michael Quinn

Professor, Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne
IGCS Member since it’s founding in 1985

Early in my career, I looked after a young woman with a malignant GCT misdiagnosed initially as a benign dermoid. She died within 3 months of recurrence aged 19 and this event had a profound effect on me and the trajectory of my career.

I have just retired from active patient care after 35 years as a gyn oncologist. I have been passionate about multidisciplinary care since being trained by Dr. Robert Fraser in Halifax, Canada. I believe the care of women with cancer involves three pillars…the best team, the best accommodation and the best research. I have been active in fundraising for many years and have personally raised over $1 million running marathons, climbing mountains and doing long distance bike riding. I have been lucky enough to chair many international committees which deal in research and patient outcomes. As the current President of IGCS, I am looking forward immensely to growing our education portfolio internationally and facilitating the training and certification of young doctors from LMICs.


Ritu Salani

Gynecologic Oncologist & Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, USA
IGCS Member since 2005

I decided to pursue a career in gynecologic oncology as it provides the opportunity to provide comprehensive care to women with gynecologic malignancies and many avenues for research collaborations. Though I enjoy all aspects of the field, my main area of interests are in survivorship and surveillance for women with gynecologic cancer.

Furthermore, I serve as the our program’s fellowship director and am on the IGCS education committee. The opportunity to participate in the education of our members, trainees, and patients has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to future challenges.


Rainer Kimmig

West German Cancer Center, Dpt. of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
IGCS Member since 2012

I decided to pursue a career in gynecologic oncology to be allowed to combine high surgical skills with intimate knowledge of anatomy and tumor progression to  cure as many women as possible with the least possible damage.  I am also enthusiastic about well indicated drug, irradiation and psychological therapy. My main goal at present, however, is to help others in education of oncological surgery and to do research on possible future surgical strategies.

In daily work, I am responsible for the field of gynecologic oncology at the West German Cancer Center and the Rich Interdisciplinary Network. With respect to surgical oncology, we not only founded a “School of Robotic Surgery” but also the “Center for Ontogenetically Based Surgical Oncology.” In the past 6 years I have been very active in promoting education in ESGO, building up “e-academy” as Head of the Educational Board and Vice President. I am extremely happy to have been elected as a member of the IGCS Council from 206-2020 to engage in global education in IGCS for the coming years, which is positioned extremely well with the Education Committee lead by Kathleen Schmeler.

Allan Covens

Professor & Chair, Gynecologic Oncology, University of Toronto
IGCS Member since 1990

I decided to pursue a career in gynecologic oncology because it is a fascinating specialty with so much study and research. Every patient is unique and there are many unmet needs and challenges in the specialty.

My day to day activities include mentorship of junior faculty and fellows and I take pleasure from their successes. I continually push the boundaries of our specialty, questioning what we do and why. A driving force in my practice is to constantly examine if there is something better that we could or should be doing to for our patients by exploring new options in surgery and the management of malignancies.




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