The 2016 EFA Annual Medical Conference and Blossom Ball

April 7, 2016

Endometriosis Surgery 2016: Pursuing precision with passion

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is hosting its seventh annual medical conference on April 17th through the 19th, in New York City. The event is in three parts.

Endometriosis Surgery 2016, Pursuing Precision with Passion

April 17th – Patient Awareness Day (Free to public, but registration is required.)

(From EndoFound Website) “This year’s Patient Awareness Day will gather top specialists to give patients and their loved ones the opportunity to discuss whole patient care, and allow attendees to network among other like-minded individuals.  Panel discussions and speakers will go through the lifecycle of endometriosis with topics focused on potential disease causes, early diagnosis, sex and fertility, treatment options, complementary pain therapies, comorbidities, and complications.  The day will wrap up with a discussion on the future of research funding and optimizing communication with health care providers.  This event is free and open to the public, so we hope all patients will bring along their family and friends for this fun, informative, and interactive event!”

April 18th & 19th – Advancing the Science and Surgery of Endometriosis

The 7th Annual Medical Conference will engage surgeons, general practitioners, future physicians, patients and their loved ones, with a focus on the latest information in diagnosis, treatment, and investigative findings related to endometriosis.  Experts will lead panel discussions, Q&As, present video lectures, and offer an insider’s perspective on a broad range of topics related to occult/stromal endometriosis diagnosis, fertility treatments, retroperitoneum and cul-de-sac surgery, robotic surgery, vaginal excision, and endometriosis and cancer.

2016 Harry Reich Award

Farr Nezhat, MD is the recipient of the third annual Harry Reich Award as he has dedicated his life to gynecological care, developed a multitude of techniques, and pioneered research and clinical treatment of cancer as it relates to endometriosis.

Dr. Farr Nezhat is a board certified gynecologic oncologist. He is a world-renowned authority in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of gynecological cancers and complex benign conditions such as uterine fibroids, pelvic masses and severe and multi-organ endometriosis.

Harry Reich Award

Established by EFA founder, Dr. Tamer Seckin, the Harry Reich Award recognizes an extraordinary healthcare professional who is making a difference in women’s lives (as well as their families) by their practice, research, and advocacy.  Their achievements inspire, encourage, and embolden women to take charge of their health.

April 19th – The Blossom Ball

This night of celebration and charitable giving for the endometriosis community will astound guests with breathtaking views overlooking the Hudson River.

Join Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD, as well as other endometriosis awareness advocates for a beautiful wrap-up of the annual conference.

Tickets are available for the ball individually, by the table, or as packages.


The Center for Innovative GYN Care partners with organizations that are committed to funding for research and building awareness about complex GYN conditions. The Endometriosis Foundation of America is an esteemed partner in this important work.

CIGC is dedicated to providing information and materials for women to help navigate the complicated healthcare system. Our minimally invasive surgical specialists have seen firsthand the pain and anxiety women with endometriosis face before getting a proper diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. We have also seen what delaying a diagnosis and surgery performed poorly can do to a woman. The longer a woman suffers with endometriosis, the likelihood of extensive damage to her reproductive organs increases.

Until there is a cure, it is essential that advocacy and research efforts like those mentioned above are expanded. CIGC works closely with endometriosis awareness organizations to ensure that our patients have access to the support they need, and have the most up-to-date information about the most effective minimally invasive endometriosis removal to manage pain, bleeding and infertility.

Patients need tools to help them make the best choices about choosing a surgeon. We have created a list of questions for women to take with them to a doctor’s office, with guidance on what to expect. This one-sheet helps patients decide if the doctor and treatment is right for them.

CIGC minimally invasive GYN surgical specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD developed techniques to perform endometriosis excision or resection using only two 5MM incisions. Using DualPortGYN, our surgeons can thoroughly remove all endometriotic implants and lesions in an outpatient setting, allowing women to return to their lives faster, with less pain.

CIGC’s specialists also train GYN surgeons around the country in innovative techniques and procedures that optimize GYN surgical care.

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