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Plenary Speakers

SIR SABARATNAM ARULKUMARAN, MD, PhD, DSc

United Kingdom

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the St. George’s University of London. He is also a Foundation Professor of St. George’s Medical School and the University of Nicosia, and a Visiting Professor of the Imperial College, London. He is the Past President the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) (2012-2015), the British Medical Association (BMA) (2013-2014) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2007-2010). He held Honorary Doctorates from the University of Athens (2009), Colombo (2014), London (2013) and Lund, Sweden (2014); and Honorary Fellowships from the American, Pakistan, Sri Lankan, South African, Indian, Australia and New Zealand Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, USA (2014).


HAYWOOD L. BROWN, MD

USA

Professor Haywood L. Brown is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Diversity of the Morsani College of Medicine. He is the Vice President for Institutional Equity at the University of South Florida. He previously worked as Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina from 2002-2016. Dr. Brown is the Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2017-2018), North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society (2012), American Gynecological Obstetrical Society (AGOS) (2010-2011), and Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) (200-2003). He also served as Chair of Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG), and Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


EVA CHALAS, MD

USA

Professor Eva Chalas is the President-Elect of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She is also the Physician Director of the Center for Cancer Care, a Professor at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU Winthrop Hospital. Dr. Eva Chalas obtained her medical degree and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stony Brook University and her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has held various leadership positions including Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO). During her career she has published and lectured extensively, and is the recipient of numerous awards including national recognition for clinical excellence and leadership.


RAVI CHANDRAN, MD

Malaysia

Dr. Ravi Chandran is the President of the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOFOG). Over the last 15 years, he has been actively involved in the AOFOG and joined the Executive Board as Treasurer in 2009, became Vice-President from 2013-2015, and finally the President in 2017. Under his leadership, the AOFOG has promoted more scientific activity in less fortunate national societies including Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea whilst tapping into the knowledge and expertise of our more developed National Societies from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India. He has also been instrumental in fostering a better working relationship with both regional and international organisations such as the South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SAFOG), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).


JEANNE A. CONRY, MD, PhD

USA

Dr. Jeanne A. Conry is the President-Elect of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She is also the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Environmental Health Leadership Foundation, an organization that serves as consultants to further education, advocacy and research on the impact of environmental toxics and health. Dr. Conry is a Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2013-2014) and is currently the Chair of the ACOG Women’s Preventive Services Initiative, a collaborative to improve women’s health across the United States. She is also an Associate Faculty of the Forum Institute, Pregnancy to Infancy Program.


SUSAN CU-UVIN, MD

USA

Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin is a Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine at the Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University; and a Professor of Health Sciences, Policy and Practice at the School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Brown Global Health Initiative and the Principal Investigator of the Brown/Tufts AIDS International Training Research Program. She was Director of the Immunology Center at the Miriam Hospital, Brown University, a clinic that serves 1,600 HIV infected patients until mid 2009. She is a member of the NIH Advisory Committee on HIV-related research in women and girls, and chairs the HPV Working Group, USPHS/IDSA Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections. She had a K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient Oriented Research which allowed her to mentor several junior investigators locally as well as internationally.


MARIO PHILIP R. FESTIN, MD, MHPED, MSCE

Philippines

Professor Mario Philip R. Festin is a Medical Officer of the Human Reproduction team at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters. He is an obstetrician gynecologist, with graduate degrees in health professions education and clinical epidemiology. His main area of work is on research and guidelines on family planning and contraception. He was the former Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of the Philippines-Manila, a Professor 11 of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Epidemiology (currently on leave), and the former Assistant Director for Health Operations of the Philippine General Hospital. He is a Life Member and Fellow of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society for which he was elected to its Board of Trustees four times. He is also a Past President of the Philippine Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (PSMFM).


NEVILLE F. HACKER, MD

Australia

Professor Neville F. Hacker is a Conjoint Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Brisbane and took Fellowship in Gynaecological Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and continued as a faculty there, becoming Director of Gynaecological Oncology in 1985. In 1986, he returned to Australia to establish the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney. He is a Past President of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), and of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons. He has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles, 44 book chapters, and 2 books, including Hacker and Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Berek and Hacker’s Gynecologic Oncology. He was awarded the Wertheim Award of the Austrian Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 2007 and the IGCS Award for Excellence in 2008.


TASUKU HARADA, MD, PhD

Japan

Professor Tasuku Harada is the Director of the Tottori University Hospital. He took his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Tottori Prefectural Central Hospital. Afterwhich, he became a medical staff, subsequently Chair and now Director of the Tottori University Hospital. He is presently the Vice President of the Japan Society of Gynecologic and Obstetric Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery (JSGOE); Director of the Japan Society of Reproductive Medicine, Japan Society of Endometriosis, and Japan Society of Fertilization and Implantation. He is also a Board Member of the Asian Society of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis, World Endometriosis Society, and Society of Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders.


ENG HSEONG TAY, MD

Singapore

Dr. Eng Hseong Tay was one of the founding members, Past Honorary Treasurer and currently the President of the Asia Oceania (Research Organisation on) Genital Infections and Neoplasia (AOGIN). Dr. Tay subspecializes in gynaecological oncology since 1996 and is presently the medical director of Thomson Women Cancer Centre, Singapore. Dr. Tay’s past key appointments and work included: Chairman of the Medical Board and Head of the Gynaecological Oncology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore; President of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of Singapore; Chairman of the Gynaecological Oncology Section of the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Singapore, Co-investigator of the FUTURE-II Clnical Trial for Quadrivalent Vaccines; and Lead author for the clinical trials’ publication for Asia-Pacific Region.


LIONA CY. POON, MBBS, MD, MSc

Hong Kong

Professor Liona CY. Poon is a Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a Visiting Professor of the Department of Women and Children’s Health at the King’s College London. She is an Academic Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine, devoted in improving maternal and fetal health. She has a prolific research output, including 150 peer-reviewed publications in high impact international journals. In the last 10 years she has focused her research on establishing a programme for effective early prediction and prevention of preeclampsia. With her success in developing a first-trimester prediction model for preeclampsia using maternal risk factors, ultrasound, blood pressure and biochemical markers, and on aspirin prophylaxis against preeclampsia, her goal in the next 10 years is to improve obstetric care worldwide, through clinical research, education and advocacy.


LESLEY REGAN, MD, MBBS

United Kingdom

Dr. Lesley Regan is a Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is also the Deputy Head of the Division of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics at Imperial College London. She was the Past President, and second female President, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2016). Dr. Regan is one of the first women to become Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UK. Dr. Regan is a co-director of the UK’s Baby Bio Bank (BBB), a pregnancy tissue archive which will underpin future translational research into major complications of pregnancy.


MICHAEL S. ROBSON, MD, MBBS

Ireland

Dr. Michael S. Robson trained at the St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, England, and subsequently became a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Wycombe General Hospital England (1995-2004). He then took his Master at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin Ireland, where he eventually became a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in the institution up to the present time. His main interest is the management of labor and safe delivery of mother and baby. This includes the organizational aspects of the labor ward, as well as teaching, audit and research. His publications mostly relate to audit of labor and delivery, and classification of clinical outcome information related to labor and delivery. A specific research interest in labor is the etiology of dystocic labor.


WALFRIDO W. SUMPAICO, MD

Philippines

Dr. Walfrido W. Sumpaico is a Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Manila Central University – Filomen D. Tanchuco (MCU-FDT) Medical Foundation. He is also a Professorial Lecturer of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health and a Consultant Emeritus of the East Avenue Medical Center. He served as the Secretary General of the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOFOG) for 17 years (2000-2017). He is a Past President of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) (1996) and the Philippine Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (PSMFM) (1996-2000). Some of his awards include the POGS Honoria Acosta Sison Merit and Award for Research (2000), POGS Baldomero Roxas Award for Academic Excellence (2003), PSMFP Magnus Medicus et Magister Award (2014), and the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society (UPMAS) Outstanding Educator Award (2016) and Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018).


CHRISTINE GRACE T. TIPPETT, MD

Australia

Professor Christine Grace T. Tippett is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of the Monash University, Melbourne and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). As a specialist of high risk pregnancies, she established the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Monash Medical Centre, where she is currently the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Prof. Tippett is a Past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), the first and to date only woman to hold the role. She is the Lead Clinician of the Victorian Department of Health Maternity and Newborn Network (MNCN). In 2015, she was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.