Congrats FMIGS ’21Graduates

Each year the Fellowship in MIGS (FMIGS) Graduation Ceremony recognizes professional excellence in MIGS and cumulates with an in-person graduation ceremony at the Annual Global Congress and this year we will be honoring our graduates in-person in Austin during the AAGL 2021 Global Congress taking place November 14-17, 2021.

The FMIGS Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 13th, at 5:30 PM CDT and will be broadcast live on Facebook! Friends and family are welcome to join!

Share your excitement about this year’s meeting and graduation using the official hashtags:  #AAGL21 and #FMIGS21graduates.

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Petra Chamseddine, MD: "Petra is a wonderful person with positive attitude and great energy. She has developed great surgical skills that will serve her well for her next endeavor as faculty at Henry Ford Medical Center educating future generations of Gynecologic surgeons."

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- Resad P. Pasic, MD, PhD

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

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- Resad P. Pasic, MD, PhD

University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky

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Petra Chamseddine, MD: "Petra is a wonderful person with positive attitude and great energy. She has developed great surgical skills that will serve her well for her next endeavor as faculty at Henry Ford Medical Center educating future generations of Gynecologic surgeons."

“Ode to Dr. Woo –When you matched with us, we were stoked. We knew it would be great. Your creativity is amazing. Your skills are top notch. Your dedication is true. Your work ethic is solid.
You always move your team forward and you do it with a smile. We loved having you with us and we will miss you a lot.  But we know you will provide a strong guiding light. For the next generation of MIGS scholars. Best wishes" -  Bruce Kahn, MD, Lily Tsai, MD, Tresa Lombardi, MD

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- Bruce Kahn, MD, Lily Tsai, MD, Tresa Lombardi, MD
Scripps Clinic FMIGS Faculty, San Diego, CA

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- Bruce Kahn, MD, Lily Tsai, MD, Tresa Lombardi, MD
Scripps Clinic FMIGS Faculty, San Diego, CA

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“Ode to Dr. Woo –When you matched with us, we were stoked. We knew it would be great. Your creativity is amazing. Your skills are top notch. Your dedication is true. Your work ethic is solid. You always move your team forward and you do it with a smile. We loved having you with us and we will miss you a lot.  But we know you will provide a strong guiding light. For the next generation of MIGS scholars. Best wishes" -  Bruce Kahn, MD, Lily Tsai, MD, Tresa Lombardi, MD

Olga Muldoon, MD: “Olga, often the brightest diamonds emerge from under the highest pressure. You embodied this saying. While you were only with us for 7 months, we feel you were ours from the start! Such resilience and grace! Congrats on finishing your fellowship. We are so proud to have been a part."

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- Amanda C. Yunker, DO

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

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- Amanda C. Yunker, DO

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

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Olga Muldoon, MD: “Olga, often the brightest diamonds emerge from under the highest pressure. You embodied this saying. While you were only with us for 7 months, we feel you were ours from the start! Such resilience and grace! Congrats on finishing your fellowship. We are so proud to have been a part."

Shana Miles, MD, PhD: "Congratulations to our first PhD MIGS fellow. From a scientist to a surgeon! It has been a pleasure watching you grow as a surgeon. You have "earned" your wings!"

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– Ted T.M. Lee, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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– Ted T.M. Lee, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee-Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Shana Miles, MD, PhD: "Congratulations to our first PhD MIGS fellow. From a scientist to a surgeon! It has been a pleasure watching you grow as a surgeon. You have "earned" your wings!"

Caitlin A. Jago:  "Caring, bright, skilled and a born leader! An academic MIG Surgeon and pelvic pain expert describes your skills, however, it only touches the surface of how incredibly gifted you are as a clinician and colleague. Congraulations on completing your Fellowship!"

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- Sukhbir Sony Singh, MD

University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

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- Sukhbir Sony Singh, MD

University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario

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Caitlin A. Jago:  "Caring, bright, skilled and a born leader! An academic MIG Surgeon and pelvic pain expert describes your skills, however, it only touches the surface of how incredibly gifted you are as a clinician and colleague. Congraulations on completing your Fellowship!"

Wilson V. Chan, MD: "Dear Wilson, from the moment you stepped in as an elective resident and throughout your fellowship with us, it was very clear that you emit such an amazing warmth and charisma - a truly natural attribute that will take you far in this life. In concert with your clinical acumen and dedication - these make you a phenomenal clinician and surgeon. We have no doubt that you will be a rising start in your institution, which is thankfully nearby!"

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- M. Jonathon Solnik, MD

Mount Sinai Hospital & Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada

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- M. Jonathon Solnik, MD

Mount Sinai Hospital & Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada

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Wilson V. Chan, MD: "Dear Wilson, from the moment you stepped in as an elective resident and throughout your fellowship with us, it was very clear that you emit such an amazing warmth and charisma - a truly natural attribute that will take you far in this life. In concert with your clinical acumen and dedication - these make you a phenomenal clinician and surgeon. We have no doubt that you will be a rising start in your institution, which is thankfully nearby!"
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Wall of Well Wishes for the #FMIGS21graduates!

Nicole O. Afuape, MD
“Nicole – we are beyond proud of you!” – Nita A. Desai, MD, Creighton University Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona


Moona Arabkhazaeli, MD
“Moona – you have been a fabulous fellow. You have tremendous clinical and surgical abilities and most importantly you are kind and caring. The Bronx’s loss is Minnesota’s gain! We will miss your style, smile, and skill and would welcome you back any time. – All the Best from the MIGS team at Montefiore. “ – Mark D. Levie, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


Priscila Almeida Barbosa, MD
“Dearest Priscila, be proud of your challenges, your strength, and your story. Congratulations on being the first Brazilian AAGL/FMIGS fellow graduate!” – Mauricio Simões Abrão, MD, PhD, Hospital BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, Brazil


Whitney A. Barnes, MD, MPH
It was a pleasure to work with you as a fellow. You are an excellent doctor and talented surgeon. I know you will make a big impact if our field and in your patients’ lives.” – Maria Victoria Vargas, MD, MS, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC

“DC’s loss is Atlanta’s gain! Your dedication and work ethic are second to none. Your colleagues and patients are fortunate to have you as their champion for MIGS! We can’t wait to see you fly!” – Cherie Q. Marfori, MD, The George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC


Kelly Benabou, MD, MS
“Dr. Kelly Benabou is a compassionate physician, an excellent teacher, a talented surgeon, a true team player, and a great mentor and role model, especially to our residents. Kelly is now off to the next chapter in life. She joined the dept of ob-gyn at Baystate medical center, Springfield, Massachusetts as an assistant professor of OB/GYN, and we cannot wait to learn of the positive impact she will have in her new position. We will truly miss you and continue to feel proud of your accomplishments.” – Shabnam Kashani, MD and Masoud Azodi, MD, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale Gynecologic Oncology, New Haven, Connecticut

 

Salvador Mario Berlanga Narro, MD
“Congratulations!! You did a great job during your fellowship. I am sure you will be a great MIGS surgeon. You have strength and passion and are also emphatic to your colleagues and patients. Felicidades!! – Luis F. Garcia Rodríguez, MD, Tecnológico de Monterrey – TecSalud, Mexico

 

Elizabeth Brunn, MD
“Elizabeth, Your bright smile and unending energy kept us all going through difficult last few years.” – Vadim V. Morozov, MD, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Joseph Shih Che Chen, MD
“Joe, congratulations on your graduation! It’s been amazing to see you not only survive but thrive in fellowship, despite a pandemic, a tornado, an epic snowstorm, power outages, and parenting! So happy for you and Pauline on this next exciting chapter!” – Kimberly A. Kho, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas


Amanda L. Chu, MD
“Dr. Amanda Chu, You were met with many challenges during fellowship that you handled with grace and grit. We are so proud of the surgeon and educator that you have become. We wish you all the best in your future, as you continue to care for complex endometriosis patients and teach future generations of MIGS surgeons!” – Kristin Riley, MD and the Penn State MIGS Division, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania


Richard H. Cockrum, MD
“It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have worked with you for the past two years. We could not have asked for a better inaugural fellow. Your drive, work ethic, attention to detail, surgical acumen, and wonderful bedside manner will serve you well and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things I know you will accomplish. Congratulations!” – Sangeeta Senapati, MD, Northshore University HealthSystem/University of Chicago, Illinois

 

Adela G. Cope, MD
“You are a skilled surgeon and an empathic soul. Your positivity is infectious, and we hope it continues to infuse your work and supports your growth and during new challenges. We are so proud of you.” – Isabel C. Green, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota


Rachel M. Cullifer, MD
“We had two wonderful years working with you Rachel, and we are so glad to have you as part of our MIGS family. Your clinical acumen and surgical skill will take you far. Your warmth and positivity will open doors. You are simply outstanding!” – Gretchen E.H. Makai, MD, Michelle Pacis, MD and Terri Huynh, MD, Christiana Health Care System, Newark, Delaware

 

John M. Davitt, MD
“Congratulations John from the Mayo Clinic Arizona team! We look forward to watching you grow as MIGS surgeons and the amazing path that you will pave for your careers. John- It has been a pleasure to watch you grow as a surgeon, teacher and clinician. Your passion and skill for teaching is well recognized.” – Johnny Yi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona


Stephanie I. Delgado, MD
“Stephanie, We knew from the day we interviewed you for fellowship that you were the perfect fit for our program. We so enjoyed working with you over the past two years and you exceeded our expectations. You will always be part of the Baylor family and we can’t wait to see all that you achieve.” – Love, the MIGS Team from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas


Darl L. Edwards, M.D., M.H.K., MScHQ
“Dear Darl, we have known you since your early days as a resident and were proud to have you join us as the first fellow from the University of Toronto. You possess true grit, never duck out of a challenge and are true to your values – all real attributes of a superstar surgeon in the making. We know you are excited to finally begin your professional career outside of training, but you should know you always have us to lean on anytime you need.” – Jonathon Solnik, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital & Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada


Emily A. Edwards, MD
“Emily, the lively and warm environment you create in the operating room will continue to serve your patients and colleagues as you put your skills to use in the coming years! We are so excited you won’t be going far from your FMIGS home.” – Claire Gould, MD, Legacy Health Medical Group – Advanced Gyn/Urogynecology, Portland, Oregon

 

Amro M. Elfeky, MD
“You have gained thevknowledge and the ability to face new challenges. I congratulate you in your achievement and am looking forward to work with you as a colleague in our division.” – Pedram Bral, MD, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

 

Luis Marcelo Garza Ayala, MD
“Congratulations!! You did a great job during your fellowship. Your passion and empathy will make you a great MIGS surgeon! You have the strength and knowledge.” Felicidades! – Luis F. Garcia Rodríguez, MD, Tecnológico de Monterrey – TecSalud, Mexico

 

Esther S. Han, MD, MPH
“Your passion and dedication to advance women’s health in all regions of the world is unsurpassed. Your GSS family is incredibly proud of your accomplishments, and we are rooting for your continued success!!!” – Jin Hee Kim, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York


Rohan V. Hattiangadi, MD
“Your endless compassion for your patients and your unbridled enthusiasm for surgery will take you far. We are so proud of you, and are thrilled to welcome you to the Seattle-area MIGS community.” – Marisa Dahlman, MD, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Seattle, Washington


Olivia M. Higgins, MD
Dr. Higgins, Your FMIGS family is so very proud of your accomplishments. We know that you will do amazing things for women’s health care.” – Kelly M. Kasper, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana


Annie J. Kim, MD
“Annie! So many congratulations on your graduation- We know that you are destined for great things! Your new team is so lucky to have you and we’ll always consider you as part of our team too! We look forward to hearing updates as you start. Wishing you all the best!” – From your Montefiore MIGS team, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

 

Sara K. Kim, MD
“You have shined in fellowship and we are so thrilled to have you as a colleague. Your compassion and grace are examples to us all. Warmest congratulations on your well-deserved success!” – Xun Lian, MD,Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, New York

 

Kelsey R. Kossl, MD
“We wish you continued success, Kelsey, in your new phase and are sure you will tremendously add to the field. It has been a pleasure having you, and congratulations on your well-deserved success!” – Susan Khalil, MD, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York


Tamisa Koythong, MD
“Tamisa, We were so lucky that you agreed to join our fellowship and continue your training at Baylor. You have achieved so much over the past two years and we are beyond proud of you. We look forward to watching you continue to elevate yourself and are so happy to have you as our partner.” – Love, Baylor MIGS, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

 

Thuan H. Le, MD
“Dr. Le, your genuine compassion and surgical prowess have helped you excel thus far. You will undoubtedly continue to grow. We are so proud of you and honored to have assisted in your growth and development . Your future is bright!” – Candice Jones-Cox, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland


Mateo G. Leon Leon, MD

“Mateo, we send you back to Texas as an even more accomplished physician and surgeon. We look forward to following the trajectory of your academic career in the years ahead. Go make your Mayo Florida family proud!” – Tri A. Dinh, MD, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida


Tobias B. Limperg, MD, MSC

“Tobias, from day one we were thrilled you joined us as a fellow. Your fun combination of intellectual curiosity, general quirkiness, easy camaraderie, and approachableness made for a great 2 years! You are extremely talented and will do well. We miss you and wish you the best in Holland!” PS Invite us over. Amanda C. Yunker, DO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Miguel A. Luna-Russo, MD

“We cannot be more proud and elated to have you on our team, Miguel, to take us to the next level! With highest regards and expectations.” – Rosanne M. Kho, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio


Maral Malekzadeh, DO

“Congratulations! It was great seeing you progress into the surgeon you’ve become. Keep your great sense of humor and best wishes with your new start!” – Eric Hurtado, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida


Lindsey C. Michel, MD

“May you always find yourself as happy and full of dreams as you are today. Lindsey, we could not have asked for a better inaugural fellow. Be proud of this moment — you deserve it for all the effort and dedication you invested. Congratulations!” – Vaagn Andikyan, MD, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut


Meenal Misal, MD
“Congratulations Meenal from the Mayo Clinic Arizona team! We look forward to watching you grow as MIGS surgeons and the amazing path that you will pave for your careers. Meenal- You are a research Rockstar! From the beginning of fellowship you came in with a plan and exceeded our expectations over the 2 years. I loved watching your growth having worked with you as a resident and then watching you grow to be an amazing surgeon.” – Johnny Yi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona


Dong B. Nguyen, MD

“Your energy, enthusiasm and passion for surgery will not be forgotten. The incredible effort you put into your fellowship has all been worth it! We are proud to stand alongside you as a colleague and MIG Surgeon. Congraulations on completing your Fellowship!” – Sony Singh, MD, University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario


Kayle E. Nixon, MD

“Kayla, we learned as much from you as we taught. You have a bright future ahead of you and the women of Chicago will be well served as a result.” – Magdy P. Milad, MD, MS, Northwestern-McGaw, Chicago, Illinois


Salvatore V. Paolillo, MD

“Sal, the curiosity, optimism and determination you bring to your work is inspiring. The FMIGS team at Good Sam is appreciative of all that you gave to our program, and we wish you Godspeed as you embark on the next stage of your career.” – Keith Downing, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York


Laura C. Ramirez-Caban, MD

“Congratulations! You’re a great patient advocate and surgeon. Keep up the good work and your unique sense of humor. Wish you the best!” – Eric Hurtado, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida


Sachin B. Shenoy, MD

“You came to us a good surgeon, after 2 years and 721 surgeries you became a great one. Looking forward to your contribution to our field.” – Vincent Lucente, MD, MBA, St. Luke’s University Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Neetika Sidana, MD

“Now that we have given you the knowledge and tools, we wish you all the best as you build your MIS career at your new staff position in Etobicoke.” – Herbert Wong, MD, Sunnybrook Health Science Center, Toronto, CANADA

Jovana Tavcar, MD
“You are a compassionate doctor, great surgeon, dedicated educator and a fun colleague. You should feel proud of all you have accomplished and we know you will continue to achieve great things!” – Stephanie N. Morris, MD, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts


Alexander Stephen Wang, MD

“Your dedication to women’s health is undeniable, your enthusiasm for excellence is unbeatable. We are all very proud of your multiple clinical and research accomplishments and we look forward to seeing you flourish in the next phase of your career.” – Georgine M. Lamvu, MD, Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, Florida


Jacqueline M. K. Wong, MD
“You are a surgeon of impeccable integrity, grace and eloquence. What an honor it is to have been part of our journey and growth!” – Erin T. Carey, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Rachel W. Yoon, MD

“Rachel, you have a natural surgical talent, which certainly blossomed during your fellowship. With your determination and the skills that you now possess, no doubt that you will make your mark in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.” – Charles E. Miller, MD and Kirsten Sasaki, MD, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Naperville, Illinois

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