Roger R. Dmochowski, MD
Dr. Roger Dmochowski received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed an internship and residencies in surgery and urology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and at the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. Currently, Dr. Dmochowski is a professor in the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Dmochowski is the director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Urology Fellowship program at Vanderbilt, and has been intrinsically involved and taken a leadership position in the development and subsequent certification of the new specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a process that was carried out in concert with the American Urological Association and the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Dmochowski has published more than 250 articles and book chapters, and 285 abstracts, and has given over 160 presentations at various national and international meetings. He serves on the editorial boards for the World Journal of Urology, Neurourology and Urodynamics, and International Journal of Urogynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association and International Continence Society. Dr. Dmochowski has been granted the Zimskind Award from the Urodynamics Society for his accomplishments in the clinical treatment of incontinence. His current research interests are outcomes of incontinence therapies, with a particular emphasis on quality of life issues.
Board certified in urology, Dr. Dmochowski is subspecialty fellowship trained in female urology, neurourology, urodynamics, and reconstructive urology.
John B. Gebhart, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
John Gebhart, MD, MS, FACOG, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is the Fellowship Program Director in Female Pelvic Medicine / Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Gebhart received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a 3 year fellowship in Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He served as the Director of the Incontinence and Prolapse Clinic from 2001-2008.
Dr. Gebhart has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. He has published over a hundred peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, videos, and book chapters and is the Editor of “Urologic Surgery for the Gynecologist and Urogynecologist”. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Urogynecology Journal, on the Executive Committee for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and as Treasurer and Board Member for the American Urogynecology Society and the AUGS Foundation.
Karl Jallad, MD
Karl Jallad, MD, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Lebanese American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University in Washington DC, followed by a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
Dr. Jallad has published several manuscripts, videos and book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal and is a peer-reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Urogynecology Journal, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Journal.
Dr. Jallad is dedicated to education and has received several teaching awards. He is interested in surgical innovation and has developed new techniques in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES).
Cara King, DO
Dr. Cara King is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. She is the Director of Benign Gynecologic Surgery and Associate Program Director of the MIGS Fellowship. She completed her residency training at Tufts University, Baystate Medical Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. King has served on the executive board of the AAGL Fellowship Board as a Fellow Representative followed by Director at Large. She currently serves on the executive board of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and is host of their collaborative podcast “Gynecologic Surgeons Unscrubbed.” Dr. King serves on the executive board of the Academy for Surgical Coaching and is a Surgeon Coach through the Academy.
Dr. King serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and has published multiple original manuscripts, video abstracts, and book chapters. Research interests include competency based medical education, surgical coaching, and simulation-based assessments. Dr. King is a two-time recipient of the Golden Laparoscope Award and has completed course work in the Surgical Education Scholars Program through APGO/CREOG, Performance Coaching, and Simulation Education. She has earned multiple teaching awards for education endeavors for both medical students and residents, including the Ellen Hartenbach Award in 2018 for Innovation in Simulation.
James Dana Kondrup, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., A.C.G.E.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Upstate Medical Center,Syracuse NY;
Dept of Ob/Gyn; Binghampton Campus
Jim Kondrup attended medical school at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. and then did his OB/GYN residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT serving as chief resident in his final year.
He then moved to Binghamton, N.Y. and was in a private OB/GYN practice for only four years at which time he decided to discontinue Obstetrics and dedicate his career to minimally invasive gynecological surgery.
Over the past 20 years he has traveled globally teaching minimally invasive techniques to surgeons, PA’s, surgical nurses and techs and educating representatives from industry. Some of his travels have included: Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman, Syria, Cyprus, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Wales, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Singapore, Israel, The Netherlands, Germany and of course, The United States.
Kondrup says, “It’s amazing working with surgeons all over the world. Whether I am operating or giving lectures or courses I find that surgeons are so appreciative for information on MIGS and they are so pleasant and wonderful to work with.” He further states, “Surgeons around the world face different challenges than we do in the U.S.. whether it be cultural or equipment challenges.” “It is an honor to learn from them as well.”
Dr. Kondrup strives to produce high quality videos in order to educate surgeons and other O.R. personnel around the world. “When I produce a video I watch it over and over again and ask myself if I think the surgeon will get the key points and tips,” Kondrup says. He also states, “Patients are our teachers too and I think most surgeries (even the simple ones) have something to teach all of us. You just have to recognize the gift.”
Nathan Kow, MD
Dr. Kow is Board Certified in OB/GYN and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS). He currently serves as the Medical Director of Integrated Pelvic Health at Advent Health in Orlando, Florida. Before this, he served as the Division Director of FPMRS as well as a member of the Board of Directors at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia.
Dr. Kow received his medical degree from Mercer University School of medicine. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at Tufts Medical Center and his fellowship in FPMRS at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a recognized leader in the field of FPMRS, Dr. Kow has authored multiple scientific articles and book chapters.
Dr. Kow has a strong presence in innovation in the healthcare space. He was a key member of the Center for Disruption and Innovation at Navicent Health as well as the chairman of the NextGen Advisory Council focusing on health innovation specific to GenX, Millennials and beyond. He has served various consulting roles for several healthcare firms.
Catherine Matthews, MD
Catherine Matthews is Professor of Urology and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is the Co-Director of the joint service line for Female Pelvic Health and is the Co-Director for a Urology based fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Originally from South Africa, she trained first as a vaginal surgeon and then later acquired the skills of robotics to facilitate the ability to offer all forms of minimal-access surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair. She is passionate about patient care and teaching. Dr. Matthews is the Chair of the Education Committee for IUGA, was one of 9 examiners who was invited to administer the first FPMRS sub-specialty oral board examination for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and serves as a general OB/GYN Board examiner. She is frequently invited to lecture and perform live surgery at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Matthews’ research areas include outcomes of prolapse repair; fecal incontinence; bladder pain syndrome and stem cell therapy for urinary and bowel incontinence; she has contributed more than 80 peer-reviewed papers to the medical literature. She has received numerous local and national awards for teaching and excellence in patient care.
Arnulfo Martinez, MD
Dr. Martinez is professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the ISSSTE (Social Security Institute for State Workers) Regional Hospital of Monterrey, Mexico and director of the Woman´s Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic. Dr. Martinez received his medical degree from the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The National Medical Center “20 de Noviembre” ISSSTE in Mexico City.
He did a fellowship in maternal perinatal medicine at the National Perinatology Institute of the National Health Department and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the “Siglo XXI” National Medical Center of the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute) in Mexico City.
He also completed an urogynecology fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the ISSSTE Regional Hospital of Monterrey.
Dr. Martinez has been certified by the Mexican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, by the Mexican Board of Urogynecology and by the Mexican Board of Gynecologic Oncology.
Dr. Martinez has been an associate professor of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon since 1996, and has been the director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology training program in the Regional Hospital Monterrey from 2001 to date. He has been professor of the Mexican Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1995. Dr. Martinez has published articles, abstracts and videos in gynecologic surgery and in surgical control of obstetric hemorrhage. He has been working in the surgical research field of natural orifice sacrocolpopexy in reconstruction of vaginal apical prolapse with a pure retroperitoneal approach since 2009.
He is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), The Mexican Urogynecologic Society (SMUG), the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), The Mexican Oncologic Society (SMeO).
Beri Ridgeway, MD
Beri Ridgeway, MD, FACOG is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She is the Department Chair of Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic. Beri Ridgeway, MD graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish Literature. She then spent the next two and a half years performing translational research on chronic neuropathic pain at UCSD. Dr. Ridgeway attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and graduated at the top of her class. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a student. She completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSD. Dr. Ridgeway completed a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Ridgeway has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters and made numerous presentations at national and international meetings on a variety of pelvic disorders and gynecological surgical procedures, including laparoscopic sacral colpopexy, difficult vaginal hysterectomy, uterine-sparing approaches to prolapse surgery, and robotic sacrocolpoperineopexy with ventral rectopexy. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and AAGL.
Peter L. Rosenblatt, MD
Dr. Peter Rosenblatt received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston. He completed an internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Massachusetts Medical School and subsequently completed a fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Brown University.
Dr. Rosenblatt has been the Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1995. He served as the Director of the Fellowship Program in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital from 1999 – 2010. Dr. Rosenblatt is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Rosenblatt has authored many original research papers in urogynecology and laparoscopic surgery, and serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is currently the President of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) and served on the Board of Directors of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) from 2012-2014. He has also been the video chair of SGS, AUGS, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. Dr. Rosenblatt has invented and licensed technology to several major medical device companies, and holds more than 15 patents in the field of urogynecology and general surgery.
Carlos J. Sarsotti, MD
Dr. Carlos Sarsotti received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in 1985. He served as a General Surgery Resident at UN Rosario and after that he completed a five year residency in Gynecology at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires. He underwent postgraduate training in GynOncology at Hospital Italiano and in Urogynecology at Hospital de Clinicas San Martin Buenos Aires Argentina. After that, he completed observerships in USA and Canada both in Gyn Oncology and Urogynecology. He´s nationally board certified in Gyn Oncology.
He served as Head Section of Urogynecology at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, between 1998 and 2005, where he created the fellowship in Urogynecology. Since then he´s the Medical Director of GEDREP, Buenos Aires where he also created a fellowship program in 2007. He has also been Coordinator of the OB Gyn residency program at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.
Dr. Sarsotti has taught Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Surgery in almost all Latin American countries and received recognition of several ObGyn National Societies in these countries. He has authored and coauthored several national and international publications and book chapters.
Erica Stockwell, DO, MBA, FACOG
Dr. Stockwell earned a dual bachelors in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology from the University of Minnesota. She also earned dual minors in Psychology and Chemistry. She worked in a Biomaterials Lab performing biomedical research as an engineer prior to pursuing her dream of becoming a surgeon. She attended Midwestern University for medical school and then returned to University of Minnesota for a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She then pursued a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) through Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery (LVMIS) while concurrently obtaining her MBA through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lee Business School.
Dr. Stockwell stayed in Las Vegas as Director of Innovation and Business Education for DaVita HealthCare Partners. She currently serves as Assistant Fellowship Program Director for the LVMIS AAGL MIGS fellowship program, Director of Simulation for the Sunrise Health residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, and teaching faculty for University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. She also serves as expert surgeon reviewer for the online surgical platform, CSATS, and enjoys participating in annual medical missions through various organizations.
Sandip P. Vasavada, MD
Dr. Sandip Vasavada serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. Together with his other colleagues he helps represent one of the largest Centers for Female Pelvic Medicine in the U.S. He is also Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Vasavada has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters in the area of voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence and has been named to “Top Docs” in Philadelphia and Cleveland magazines. He published his first textbook entitled Female Urology, Urogynecology and Voiding Dysfunction with co-editors Peter Sand, MD, Shlomo Raz, MD and Rodney Appell, MD (Marcel-Dekker, NY 2005) and is in the process of completing his second book on Female Urology and Pelvic Organ Prolapse with co-author Howard Goldman, MD (Humana Publishing). He has authored over 65 manuscripts, 25 book chapters, numerous abstracts and videos, and has lectured and demonstrated surgical techniques around the world. Dr Vasavada’s main clinical interests lie in the area of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and complex reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. His current research interests are in the field of refractory bladder overactivity and neuromodulation. Dr Vasavada is part of a $7.8 million grant from the State of Ohio (Biomedical Research Technology Transfer grant [BRTT]) aiming to study the effects of dorsal genital nerve stimulation on bladder overactivity. He is also part of three NIH-SBIR grants aiming to evaluate neuromodulation in complex patient subgroups.
Jianliu Wang, MD
Professor Jianliu Wang is Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China. Dr. Wang completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, where he majored in gynecologic oncology. He is a specialist in both gynecologic oncology and in urogynecology. Professor Wang is a member of 12 professional societies worldwide and the recipient of numerous awards in research and education. Professor Wang has multiple peer-reviewed publications and is the editor or translator for 12 text books in obstetrics and gynecology, surgical gynecology or gynecologic oncology.
James L. Whiteside, MD
Dr. Whiteside is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology with fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery from The Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency at Brown University/Women and Infants of Rhode Island Hospital and received his medical degree from The Medical College of Georgia. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Science Degree in Botany from the University of Georgia. Dr. Whiteside has also served as an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where he remains adjunct faculty. He is currently professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has received numerous accolades, and has been published nationally for his work and research in urogynecology, pelvic floor surgery and bioethics.
Allison Wyman, MD, FACOG
Allison Wyman, MD, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida located in Tampa, Florida. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, followed by a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Florida. Dr. Wyman has published several manuscripts, videos, and a book chapter and has presented her research work nationally. She is a research grant recipient of two awards in 2017 including the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation Faculty Research Award and the University South Florida New Researchers Award.
Dr. Wyman is a senior advisor to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) Fellows’ Pelvic Research Network (FPRN), Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGs/AAGL) division and a junior advisor to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) FPRN, American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) division. She is a peer-reviewer for American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the International Urogynecology Journal and a member of American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.