43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Join us for the

Society of Gynecologic Surgeons

25th Annual Postgraduate Course
in Advanced Gynecologic Surgery

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 3, 2016

Optional Hands-on Cadaveric and Dry Lab Sessions

Advance Registration Pricing Ends August 15th...Register TODAY and SAVE up to $200!

Featuring World Class Anatomist John O. L. DeLancey, MD

John O. L. DeLancey, MD is the Norman F. Miller Professor of Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School and Director of Pelvic Floor Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He graduated from Oberlin College with Honors in Biology and the University of Michigan Medical School where he also did his residency training.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has been President of the American Urogynecologic Society and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He has received $20 million dollars in NIH funding and has published over 230 scientific studies. Together with Biomechanical Engineer James Ashton-Miller, PhD and Janis Miller, RN, PhD he founded the Pelvic Floor Research Group, whose members have won many national and international awards for their research. He has been a keynote lecturer in over 20 countries on 5 continents.

Dr. DeLancey and his colleagues have made important discoveries about the fundamental biomechanics of pelvic floor disorders, the factors leading to birth-related pelvic floor injury, and the mechanisms of urinary incontinence. In the early 1990’s they began to apply the principles of biomechanical analysis to understanding pelvic floor function and dysfunction and the remarkable changes that occur during vaginal birth. This work pioneered novel MR imaging techniques with detailed spatial analysis and advanced biomechanical modeling to elucidate the structural mechanics of the pelvic floor disorders and their relationship to birth injury.

Dr. DeLancey has an active practice specializing in surgical and clinical treatment for complex and refractory problems of pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. His medical expertise has been recognized by selection for Who’s Who in Medicine and Best Doctors in America.

Course Directors:

Kris Strohbehn, MD
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

 Rosanne Kho, MD
Cleveland Clinic

And Expert Surgeons:


Linda Brubaker, MD
Loyola Medicine   

Dee Fenner, MD
University of Michigan

John B. Gebhart, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Kimberly Kenton, MD
Northwestern Medicine

 Cara King, DO
University of Wisconsin
Magdy Milad, MD
Northwestern Medicine
Bob Shull, MD
Baylor Scott & White Health
Vivian Sung, MD
SGS President
Women & Infants Hospital, Brown


Click HERE to view a sample of the live interactive cadaveric demonstrations from prior SGS PG Courses 

Why You Should Attend This Course:

  • High value didactic and cadaveric course at Northwestern Simulation™
  • Superb faculty with a surgical expert assigned to each station
  • Topics cover a range of complex gynecologic operations with an emphasis on vaginal and laparoscopic surgery
  • Learn how to best dissect anatomic structures: Watch live cadaveric dissections, then dissect anatomy on your cadaver, practice vaginal surgery and laparoscopic suturing
  • Up to 8 cadaver stations per session, 3 participants per cadaver
  • Didactic session complemented with surgical dissection videos
  • Syllabus and bibliography of articles
  • High faculty to student ratio

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the meeting attendees should be able to:

1. Formulate and practice techniques to optimize trans-vaginal hysterectomy and other minimally invasive approaches to perform hysterectomy.
2. Identify and discuss the surgical anatomy of the pelvis as it relates to gynecologic surgery, as well as the biomechanics of pelvic support and continence.
3. Describe national initiatives to minimize surgical risk and improve ability to manage complications.
4. Cite data regarding the routine use of cystoscopy to recognize intraoperative urinary tract injury during gynecologic surgery.
5. Formulate and practice techniques for hysteroscopy in gynecologic practice. 
6. Evaluate new technologies and how and when to incorporated them safely into surgical practice. 
7. Assimilate new techniques for teaching gynecologic surgery into practice.

Preliminary Course Schedule

                                                      December 1, 2016 - Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
Registration and Continental Breakfast 
Welcome and Opening Remarks ~ Kris Strohbehn, MD
Dealing with Lumps & Bumps: Techniques in Vaginal Surgery ~ John B. Gebhart, MD, MS
The Challenging Vaginal Hysterectomy and Teaching the Approach in a Modernized Way  ~ Rosanne Kho, MD
Operative Hysteroscopy :  New Technologies and Challenging Cases ~ Magdy Milad, MD
Morning Break/Visit Exhibits 
Positioning, Peritoneal Access and Port Placement in the Obese Patient ~ Cara King, DO
Complex Abdominal Surgery:  Tips and Techniques ~ John Gebhart, MD, MS
Using Robotics in Complex Gynecologic Surgery ~ Rosanne Kho, MD
Questions & Answers ~ Kris Strohbehn, MD & Faculty
Lunch on Your Own/Visit Exhibits/Optional Industry Luncheon Symposium
Navigating the Frozen Pelvis via Laparoscopy ~ Cara King, DO

Avoiding and Managing Urinary Tract Injury in Complex Gynecologic Surgery ~ John B. Gebhart, MD, MS

After the Storm:  Update and Alternatives to Power Morcellation ~ Rosanne Kho

Afternoon Break/Visit Exhibits 
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy:  Successes With Large Fibroids and Endometriosis ~ Cara King, DO

Panel Discussion: Teaching Surgery Moderator: Rosanne Kho, MD Dee Fenner, MD, John Gebhart, MD, MS, Vivian Sung, MD, MPH

Questions & Answers ~ John B. Gebhart, MD, MS & Faculty
                                           December 2, 2016 - Hyatt Chicago Magnficent Mile 
Registration and Continental Breakfast 
Welcome and Opening Remarks ~ Rosanne Kho, MD
The Anatomy of Pelvic Support (Interactive cadaveric video demo) ~ John O. L. DeLancey, MD 
Planning Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery for POP ~ Bobby Shull, MD
Morning Break/Visit Exhibits
Uterosacral Ligament Suspension of the Vaginal Vault ~ Kris Strohbehn, MD
Michigan 4 Wall Sacrospinous Suspension ~ John O. L. DeLancey, MD
Laparoscopic Spproaches to Treat Prolapse ~ Kris Strohbehn, MD
Questions & Answers ~ Rosanne Kho, MD & Faculty
Lunch on Your Own/Visit Exhibits/Optional Industry Luncheon Symposium 
Dealing With a Four Letter Word:  Mesh ~ Linda Brubaker, MD 
Vaginal Repairs Sans Grafts ~ Dee Fenner, MD
Colpocleisis ~ Kim Kenton, MD
Afternoon Break/Visit Exhibits 
James Breen Presidential Address:  Coaching the Surgeon ~Vivian Sung, MD, MPH

Panel Discussion: Complications Happen, Even in the Best of Hands. Tell Us Your Worst. Moderator: Linda Brubaker, MD
  Panel: John O. L. DeLancey, MD; Dee Fenner, MD, Bobby Shull, MD

Questions & Answers ~ John O. L. DeLancey, MD & Faculty

                                           December 3, 2016 - Northwestern Simulation™
Welcome and Opening Remarks ~ Rosanne Kho, MD
Laparoscopic Anatomy (Live Cadaveric Dissection Demonstration) Kris Strohbehn, MD
Option 1A: Cadaveric Lab: Laparoscopic Dissection / Anatomy Lab: 8 cadaveric stations: 24 participants maximum
Option 1B: Dry Lab Simulation: Hysteroscopic Simulation, Tissue Extraction, Laparoscopic Suturing
Option 2A: Cadaveric Lab: Anatomy and Vaginal Surgery, Slings:  8 cadaver stations:  24 participants maximum
Option 2B: Dry Lab Simulation: Hysteroscopic Simulation, Tissue Extraction, Laparoscopic Suturing
Lab Session Details
Housing Information 
Travel Information
Course Fees
Hyatt Chicago Magnificient Mile
633 North St. Claire Street

Chicago, Illinois  60611






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