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Keynote Speakers

Raymond A. Lee Lecture

ParaisoThursday, October 5 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Exhibition Hall C

The 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.

Life-long Learning, Loving What You Do, and Paying it Forward 
Presented by Marie Fidela Rustia Paraiso, MD

This lectureship will detail Dr. Paraiso's twenty-year journey from striving for work-life balance to achieving personal and professional satisfaction.  She will discuss the importance of teamwork, mentorship, self-assessment and reflection, and lifelong learning.

Dr. Marie Fidela Paraiso is Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Section Head of Urogynecology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her OBGYN residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and her fellowship in Advanced Pelvic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic. She is Board Certified in OBGYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  She was Section Head for Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Missouri, Kansas City prior to returning to Cleveland Clinic in 1998, where she currently works. She has completed three executive courses in leadership: Leadership in Healthcare, Leadership in Surgery, and Fast Track Leadership.  Nationally, Dr. Paraiso served twice on the Board of Directors for the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) 2000-2003 and 2007-2010, and on the Board Trustees for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists from 2012-2014. She is currently Secretary Treasurer of AAGL and will serve as President in 2019. 

J. Marion Sims Lecture

Wall-LewisFriday, October 6 | 10:15 am - 10:50 am | Exhibition Hall C

The J. Marion Sims Lecture is presented annually at PFD Week to continue to educate today’s gynecological surgeon about the importance of supporting and encouraging innovation within women’s health.

Generous support for the J. Marion Sims Lecture is provided by ABOG.

Vesico-Vaginal Fistula: Historical Understanding, Medical Ethics, and Modern Sensibilities 
Presented by L. Lewis Wall, MD, DPhil

The lecture will address the contributions to fistula surgery made by Dr. Sims in the 19th Century and the controversies that have arisen concerning his operations in the last several decades.   

L. Lewis Wall received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Wall did sub-specialty fellowship training in female urology and urodynamics at the University of London (St. George’s Hospital) and St. Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children in Manchester, England. He is board-certified in both general obstetrics and gynecology and in the sub-specialty of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to his clinical qualifications, he has a master’s degree in bioethics from the Center for Human Bioethics at Monash University in Australia. Dr. Wall has a longstanding interest in the health problems of women in Africa. He founded the Worldwide Fistula Fund in 1995, a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to providing care for women who have developed obstetric fistulas from prolonged obstructed labor.