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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Lecture

Wednesday, September 25 | 2:45 pm -  3:30 pm 

Reducing Distractions in Order to Improve ProductivityMohapel
Presented by Paul Mohapel, BSc, MSc, MA, PhD (Canada)

Are you overwhelmed with the volume of daily emails you receive? Do you find yourself trying to do ten things at once? Do you have trouble concentrating for sustained periods of time because so many things are vying for your attention? You are not alone. Recent healthcare research suggests that increasing distractions, particularly those due to digital multitasking, are contributing to greater stress and burnout, poorer focus, and reduced productiveness. This session will report on recent startling psychological and neuroscience research on of the negative impacts of multitasking. The session will offer useful approaches to reduce distractions and enhance focus in order to improve well-being and productivity.

Paul Mohapel wears many hats – he is a consultant, lecturer, educator, researcher, and a facilitator. He uses his extensive knowledge of the brain, psychology and leadership to design and facilitate workshops in organizational development, and to lecture at several universities in leadership, business, and psychology. Read more about Dr. Mohapel.

IUGA Ulf Ulmsten Lecture 

Thursday, September 26 | 10:15 am - 10:45 am

RogersThe IUGA established the Ulf Ulmsten Lecture in 2004 with the purpose of promoting innovation in Urogynecologic surgery and encouraging innovative thought processes among our IUGA members.

Curing Pelvic Floor Disorders in 2040: Measuring Sex and Other Aspects of Pelvic Floor Function 
Presented by Rebecca Rogers, MD (United States)

Cure of pelvic floor dysfunction is elusive. Our ability to improve women’s lives is hampered by treatments that are evolving, poorly defined therapeutic goals, and poor communication and understanding of patients (and providers) of what cure looks like.

This lecture will discuss the definition of “cure” of pelvic floor dysfunction, describe pelvic floor and health outcomes that matter to patients and describe what care in 2040 when we redefine our care focus to meet outcomes important to patients.

Dr. Rogers received her medical degree from Harvard University and pursued residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of New Mexico. There, she established the Division of Urogynecology.  In 2017, she moved to Austin, Texas and is the Director of the Women’s Health Institute and Associate Chair for Clinical Integration and Operations at Dell Medical School. At Dell, her focus is on bringing value based care to women with complex gynecologic conditions and measuring outcomes important to patients. Her roots as a clinician educator and researcher lie in early training as a Mathematics teacher in Swaziland to Junior High School students, and as a leader in outdoor education in Outward Bound. As a physician, Dr. Rogers’ early work focused on the measurement of sexual health in women with pelvic floor disorders. She developed and validated the first condition-specific measure for this important aspect of pelvic floor function. Prior to her work, sexual function was measured erratically and not always included as an outcome measure following therapeutic interventions. Refinement of this work continues today with the PISQ IR – a sexual function measure that is validated in numerous languages across the globe.  In addition to her focus on pelvic floor outcomes, Dr. Rogers currently serves as co Editor in Chief of the IUJ and has held numerous leadership roles in both AUGS and IUGA. 

AUGS Raymond A. Lee Lecture

Friday, September 27 | 10:15 am - 10:45 am 

RosenblattThe Raymond A. Lee Endowment is a named lectureship created by AUGS to honor one person annually who contributed to the development and surgical advancement of urogynecology and to further advance the knowledge and teaching of gynecologic surgery through ongoing AUGS educational programs.

The Future of Innovation in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Presented by Peter Rosenblatt, MD (United States)

Over the last 20 years, there has been a great deal of innovation in the field of FPMRS, not only involving surgical implants, but also new methods of treating a range of common conditions, including stress incontinence and overactive bladder. There are many forces that drive innovation, including the desire to improve patient outcomes and address unmet clinical needs. Both physicians and industry play an important role in the development of new devices and techniques to treat pelvic floor disorders, but the future of innovation is being challenged by a number of external forces, including FDA decisions and mass tort litigation. As surgeons, we find ourselves at a crossroads, and which way we go depends not only on these external factors, but on our own actions. In this lecture, we will explore the history of innovation in FPMRS, and how we can have an impact on the future of our field.