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Candidates for the 2020 AAGL Board of Directors

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer Candidate for Director from the General Membership Candidate for Director from Pacific Rim/India/Asia Candidate for Director from Mexico/Central America/South America
Dr. Mauricio Abrao Dr. Nucelio Lemos Dr. Nutan Jain Dr. Humberto Jose Dionisi
Dr. Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri Dr. Stephanie Morris Dr. Anusch Yazdani Dr. Jorge Enrique Dotto
Dr. Mark B. Woodland


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Dr. Mauricio Abrao
Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Dr Mauricio Abrao completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of São Paulo in 1988. He has dedicated his life’s work to advancing the care of women with endometriosis. He is currently the Division Head of Gynecology at Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa de Sao Paulo, Program Director of its 3-year fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS), and the Director of the Endometriosis Division at the University of Sao Paulo. As an endometriosis reference, he carries a busy surgical practice, performing over 250 surgeries per year, 60% of which involve resection of deep infiltrating endometriosis. His passion in education has led to many teaching and presentation awards including the AAGL Carlo Romanini Award (2008), and multiple invited international lectureships and live surgeries.

In 1990, Dr Abrao established one of the world’s first endometriosis divisions at the University of Sao Paulo where he continues to promote a multi-disciplinary approach in the care of endometriosis patients. His early research focused on the development of markers and non-invasive imaging methods for the pre-operative diagnosis of deep endometriosis. He created a tissue bank in 2007 that has advanced multiple lines of research in immunology, proteomics, stem cells, genetics, epidemiology and microbiome. Dr. Abrao has over 139 publications in peer-reviewed journals (Google H index of 41). He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the  Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders (JEPPD) and is on the editorial board of over 5 international journals including JMIG.

Dr Abrao has actively participated in multiple national and international societies having served as founder and president of SBE (Brazilian Society of  Endometriosis and MIS), Board member of the AAGL, WES (World Endometriosis Society) and SEUD (Society of Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders), President of WCE (World Congress on Endometriosis), and Honorary President of the meetings Endometriosis2017 and Endometriosis2020 in Italy.

Dr Abrao is deeply committed to bringing the benefits of MIGS to all women. In 2012, in collaboration with the students of University of Sao Paulo Medical School, he established Expediçao Cirúrgica, an annual surgical mission that brings high quality laparoscopic and vaginal surgeries to remote areas of Brazil.



Dr. Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri
Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Being a pioneer requires constant renewal, because novelty becomes obsolete in a very short time. I have admired the AAGL since my time as a resident at the end of the 90s and later as an Ob Gyn, as I believe this organization has truly managed to overcome the challenges and continuously renew itself. Currently there is no doubt that the AAGL is the leading organization in training and construction and dissemination of knowledge in gynecological surgery. And because of that aspect, I think the moment has come to take the next pioneer and innovative step forward. The election of the new member of the executive committee should send a strong message of inclusion that will give the organization a truly global sense, without neglecting corporate values, working to expand the skills and abilities of gynecological surgeons and, finally, improving quality of life and standards of health care for women around the world.

I am honored, and it would be a privilege for me to serve as an AAGL executive committee member. I will keep promoting continued medical education and training in minimally invasive surgery, seeking to keep our association as the most important global organization in the field. I offer my experience, commitment, integrity, fairness and hard work. I am sure I will bring ideas to guarantee growth and consolidation.

I truly thank the AAGL for considering my name and I look forward to keeping serving this organization and my colleagues around the world.

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 Dr. Nucelio Lemos
Candidate for Director from the General Membership

I am honored to be considered for a position on the AAGL Board of Directors. I believe the AAGL is a powerful forum for education, innovation and professional development as we seek to optimize minimally invasive pelvic surgery and women’s health care.

With more than 7,500 members across 110 countries, the AAGL has become a truly global organization. The International Symposia and the multitude of nationalities of attendants and speakers in the Global Congress are consolidating its international presence year by year. This reflects the commitment of the AAGL of promoting minimally invasive gynecology worldwide. My history and background reflect these exact same values. Since my training in Brazil and Switzerland, I have dedicated my life to the development and diffusion of innovating minimally invasive procedures throughout the world.

Throughout my career, I have been one of the key stakeholders on the foundation of the Latin American Pelvic Floor Association (ALAPP), which has been closing the knowledge gap generated by the language barrier in Latin America. I have also, together with my mentor Marc Possover, founded the ISON –International Society of Neuropelveology, which is dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge of pelvic Neuroanatomy and Neuropelveology, in partnership with the AAGL. Teaching pelvic Neuroanatomy has been one of the central aspects of my teaching career. Together with the ICAPS group, I have been organizing, since 2015, the Advanced Retroperitoneal Anatomy and Neuroanatomy of the Pelvis, a hands-on cadaver workshop with focus on complications prevention in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Endometriosis, Urogynecology and Oncology, thorough which we have trained almost 300 attendants from almost 50 nationalities around the world.

As a Board Member, I would be able to bring all of this international teaching and research experience to the AAGL and help the consolidation and further growth (yes, we’ve gone a long way, but there still a lot more to achieve) to the very core of the society. Being in North America for almost three years now, I have obtained a far better understanding of the US and Canadian culture and systems and I believe that this knowledge, together with my previous worldwide experience, will serve as a bridge to bring even more of the world into the AAGL.

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Dr. Stephanie Morris
Candidate for Director from the General Membership

My name is Stephanie Morris and I am honored to be running as a candidate for the AAGL Board of Directors. If elected, I would be a valuable member of the Board given my clinical experience, long-term involvement in AAGL, commitment to education, and focus on inclusivity.

I completed a MIGS fellowship in 2006. Since then, I have been actively involved in the AAGL through serving on numerous committees, chairing and teaching courses, contributing clinical research, and training MIGS fellows. Prior to fellowship, I graduated from MIT, attended Columbia University for medical school, and completed residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

I have a busy surgical practice at Newton-Wellesley Hospital near Boston, where I am the Associate Director of MIGS, the Associate Fellowship Director of our thriving MIGS fellowship, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and serve in many hospital leadership roles.  I truly love my clinical practice, which focuses on offering patients complex laparoscopic and hysteroscopic treatment options.

Training and educating surgeons to provide safe, effective and appropriate minimally invasive gynecologic treatment options is one of the primary goals of the AAGL. This is also one of my personal passions.  It is imperative that the AAGL engage and educate a wide range of physicians, including residents and fellows, general gynecologists and advanced MIGS surgeons.  By engaging and recruiting more physicians into our membership, the AAGL can expand its influence and help improve the quality of gyn care on an even larger scale.

The AAGL plays a critical leadership role in advancing MIGS worldwide, and could strengthen its position by striving to be a more inclusive organization that encourages different perspectives, supports a wide range of special interests, and engages a broad base of physicians with varied backgrounds and expertise, both nationally and internationally.

I am excited about the progress the AAGL has made to advance our specialty. I would be honored to serve on the AAGL Board and actively contribute to our continued growth. My experience, passion, integrity, and commitment to women’s health make me an ideal candidate for the position.

Thank you for your support!

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Dr. Mark B. Woodland
Candidate for Director from the General Membership

As a member of the Board of Directors of the AAGL, I look forward to combining decades of MIGS experience, proven leadership skills and background in medical education to further advance the mission of the AAGL. It would be my honor to serve in this capacity.

Under the mentorship of Drs. Stephen Corson, Phillip Brooks, and Frank Loffer, I have been involved with the AAGL. As one of the first to embrace laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) and advanced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic techniques, MIGS has been the focus of my clinical practice and my academic career. I know what the AAGL can offer and want to expand its ability to network with sister organizations to improve education and evaluation of surgical competence while advancing cutting-edge gynecology techniques.

I believe in helping to create and execute the vision of organizations to which I belong. As Vice Dean of Graduate Medical Education (GME) for Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), I supported 48 programs that educated 550 residents. I understand resident education and accreditation processes. As an OBGYN Residency Program Director, I trained countless residents in MIGS and helped to develop the MIGS fellowship at DUCOM.  I currently serve as Chair of the Council of Resident Education OBGYN (CREOG) for ACOG and have establish priorities that include inter-professional education and collaboration, sexual health, physician wellness and satisfaction, anti-bullying, care for transgender patients, and promotion of competence in MIGS. As Chair of the Department of OBGYN for the Reading Hospital/Tower Health System, I follow in the footsteps of Dr. Richard Kleppinger, a prior leader of our department, to guarantee safety and quality in MIGS care for women in our community.

My extensive background in MIGS and career experience in education puts me in a unique position to serve the AAGL on its board of directors. Thank you for supporting my nomination for the Board of the AAGL. 


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Dr. Nutan Jain
Candidate for Director from Pacific Rim/India/Asia

I am passionate about two things in Life, Endoscopy and the AAGL. I envision the AAGL to be the Richest Pool of knowledge in the remotest areas of the world. This can be brought about by having a global approach but delivered in a country centric manner. Regional conferences do benefit the region, but the less privileged can still not reach them, so having a country centric approach will go a long way in reaching every nook and corner of the world. This could be achieved by AAGL Satellite Workshops and identifying more centers for International fellowships.  With this vision for the AAGL, I wish to introduce myself as a dynamic laparoscopist, practicing in Northern India, close to Delhi.

In a pursuit to promote safe laparoscopic surgery I came out with seven text book on various aspects of laparoscopic surgery viz. Atlas of laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, Atlas cum text book on suturing, Atlas on Pelvic Floor Repair, a Hand book and a Video Atlas, and, two of them having Second Editions. The emphasis was to bring global expertise together in an easy learning format. To be read by more physicians they were further translated into Spanish & Chinese. Being fond of innovations, I am a Member of Governing Council of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research). I promoted “1, 2 and V” technique of Laparoscopic Suturing while being faculty and Co-Chair of suturing course, at the AAGL, Middle East and Turkish Society meetings.

I have innovated a safe laparoscopic entry point in previous surgery cases, “Jain Point” or “Left lateral Port”. We conduct Training’s, Webinars & fellowships very regularly and fellows of our institution are serving humanity by further practicing skillful laparoscopy in their regions. I have done more than 100 live operative Workshops including the one we relayed to the 46th AAGL Global Congress.

Apart from endoscopy I am passionate about Yoga and love to promote it by being associated with organizations that are fore runners in the field.

Being nominated for the AAGL Board of Directors is a great honor. I would love to contribute and to represent Asia Pacific Rim. 


Yazdani2 - PhotoDr. Anusch Yazdani
Candidate for Director from Pacific Rim/India/Asia

Over the last two decades, the AAGL has successfully positioned itself as the leader in Minimally Invasive Gynaecologic Surgery. This has been achieved through the promotion of excellence in clinical practice, education and research. Beyond the educational and research initiatives, the AAGL provides a stage for global connections. Personally, this platform has allowed me to not only be a part of education and research collaborations, but to also form close friendships with colleagues all around the world.

I was also fortunate to serve on the Executive Board of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) where I worked diligently with the Board to expand our educational offerings. In my capacity as President, we forged an alliance with AAGL to share expertise by presenting the AGES/AAGL Exchange Lectureship. In the Exchange Lectureship, the AAGL is provided a lecture at the AGES Annual Clinical Meeting, and in return our prize paper is presented at the AAGL Global Congress each year. This partnership has been very fruitful and has led to a combined satellite meeting on MIGS to be presented in Bangkok, Thailand, July 17-18, 2020.

Over my career, I have been fortunate to have been part of teams that have grown numerous, highly successful, regional organizations in both gynaecology and fertility. These organizations have successfully bridged the gap between health care providers in the public, private and government sectors. My vision for the AAGL is to empower our members to develop a global network of specialists and health care providers to serve their local, national, and international communities.
He firmly believes that AAGL is the best platform to teach physician from all around the world.

He will dedicate his time and energy to the AAGL to achieve its mission of minimally invasive surgery all around the globe with a special focus on mentorship. 


Dionisi2 - PhotoDr. Humberto Jose Dionisi
Candidate for Director from Mexico/Central America/South America

Dr. Humberto Dionisi is a University Professor in Medicine at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) and the director of the CEDEM (Dionisi Center for Women’s Studies).
He served as President of SACIL (Argentine Society of Laparoscopic Surgery) from 2014-2016, as President of SAE (Argentine Endometriosis Society) from 2016-2018 and he is the Current President of SOGC (Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of Cordoba.

He has been participating in the AAGL meetings for over 20 years as an assistant and faculty.

As the current head of the Gynecological Surgery Department of the Clínica del Sol, he has been running a Gynecological Surgery and Migs Fellowship Program for 10 years.

“Vision for the AAGL”
The gynecological surgeon is defined as the one who manages: the gynecological surgical pathologies, the gynecological surgical techniques, the two ways and four approaches (Laparotomic, laparoscopic, vaginal and hysteroscopic), as well as the complications of these surgeries.

The AAGL has been and will be motivating the development of this specialty by promoting continuous medical training, knowledge sharing, innovation and setting ethical and expert principles.

My vision for the AAGL is to further develop the regional exchange, the possibility of work with  Latin American societies and the integration of Latin surgeons within their events as well as increasing the AAGL events in the region, in order to cross borders and increase the World influence of this society.

I know that this is not new for the AAGL, because in my opinion it has always been the most inclusive and generous society, providing equal opportunities for surgeons of any nationality.

Mini-invasive surgery has been developed in my region and I believe that the AAGL can help by certifying surgeons and complex surgery centers, helping professional development and undoubtedly improving patient care.

For years I have been actively involved in the teaching of gynecological surgery and I can help by improving the interaction with Latin American societies and their surgeons.

Of course, it would be a great challenge and an honor to be part of the development of such a crucial task.

Finally, I want to thank you for considering my application for this position. 


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Dr. Jorge Enrique Dotto
Candidate for Director from Mexico/Central America/South America

Dear AAGL Membership,

I am honored by the fact that the AAGL is considering me as a possible candidate for a trustee position in the Board of Directors.   I have had many satisfactions throughout my professional life, but it has always been a dream for me to collaborate with the AAGL as a member of the Board.

I believe that mutual collaboration is one of the highlights in medicine nowadays.  We can learn, teach and grow professionally by collaborating with our colleagues.  I personally share with the AAGL the spirit of improving patient care in gynecologic medicine by contributing in the education and training of our colleagues in minimally invasive surgery.  As the founder and President of SAMDHI (Argentine Medical Society of Hysteroscopy) I have organized workshops for hysteroscopic training not only in mainstream Argentine cities, but also in the most remote locations in our country, and also in countries such as Ecuador and Bolivia. We started back in the 80´s with Professor Jaques Hamou. In fact, we were in charge of the first workshop that offered live surgeries in Argentina, and since then, we have been offering workshops with different prestigious hysteroscopist, such as Professor Stefano Bettocchi and Professor Luca Mencaglia , among others.

I have always pushed for this sort of activities because I believe we,  surgeons,  need as much training as we can get. Sometimes our colleagues who live in the most remote spots of Argentina cannot afford the cost of some of the educational activities we carry at SAMDHI, that is the reason why we also develop free lectures, courses and hands on activities in order to help them provide the best possible medical service to their patients.   It is a pleasure for me to share my knowledge with colleagues who are eager to learn and grow from the experience of collaboration.  As a Professor at University of Buenos Aires I currently participate in research activities and educational projects with postgraduate students who want to specialize in hysteroscopic surgery. At Rivadavia Hospital , a University of Buenos Aires affiliated hospital, I have been offering gynecologists for some years now, the opportunity to get in touch with hysteroscopy and train them in this technique.

During the last four years I have had the honor to be a board member of the Argentine Laparoscopic Society (SACIL), which organized two international congresses.  As Medical Director of SAMDHI and Professor at Rivadavia Hospital , together with Miguel Bigozzi,  current President of SAMDHI, we were given,   in both opportunities,  the responsibility to develop the Pre Congress Courses at Rivadavia Hospital ,  which featured live hysteroscopic surgeries-See and Treat- ( Hysteroscopy in office, without anesthesia) ,  which we performed in collaboration with world known hysteroscopists.  We also organized the sympsiums, conferences and forum debates for the above mentioned events,  with great success.

I have also organized three web conferences on hysteroscopy for Latin-American and Spanish gynecologists, having reached 500 applications. All these conferences were free of charge, allowing medical professionals to acquire knowledge on the latest advances in hysteroscopy. These conferences had lecturers such as Dr. Stefano Bettocchi, Dr. Sergio Haimovich and Prof. Luis Alonso Pacheco. In order to reach a broader spectrum of professionals around the world, we are planning for this year a new conference with English subtitles, so we will be able to reach a greater audience.

My intention is to contribute with the AAGL all the experience I have acquired throughout the thirty five years that I have been practicing medicine.  My integrity and my tenacity will honor this position in case you decide to choose me.  I also believe responsibility is the base of trust, and I acknowledge the responsibility that this position requires and believe that I am up to the task.

Please vote for me. Support my Vision. I’ll be forever grateful.


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