Congrats Graduating Fellows!

Congratulations #FMIGS20graduates!

Each year the Fellowship in MIGS (FMIGS) Graduation Ceremony recognizes professional excellence in MIGS and cumulates with an in-person graduation ceremony which takes place during the Global Congress. This year, we will be honoring our Fellows graduates virtually during the AAGL 2020 Virtual Global Congress on November 6-14, 2020.

The FMIGS Virtual Graduation Ceremony will take place on November 14th, at 6pm/PST and 9pm/EST with a special FMIGS on the Rocks reception at 5pm/PST and 8pm/EST.  Friends and family are welcome to join!   RSVP after you have registered for the meeting by adding the event to your personal schedule.

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Share your excitement about this year’s meeting and graduation using the official hashtags:  #AAGL20 and #FMIGS20graduates.

Congratulations to our 46 graduates.  We honor and celebrate you!

Support for this year’s graduation ceremony provided by:

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“Congratulations FMIG graduates, especially our very own Jessica Sosa-Stanley, MD!  We are so very proud of the “holy sh*t” surgeon you have become! 👊🏻We miss everyone very much and look forward to reuniting at AAGL 2021 in Austin!”

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- Vincent Lucente, MD, MBA

 FMIGS Program Director, The Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Allentown, PA 

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- Vincent Lucente, MD, MBA

 FMIGS Program Director, The Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Allentown, PA 

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“Congratulations FMIG graduates, especially our very own Jessica Sosa-Stanley, MD!  We are so very proud of the “holy sh*t” surgeon you have become! 👊🏻We miss everyone very much and look forward to reuniting at AAGL 2021 in Austin!”

“The Brigham and Women’s MIGS Division is proud to graduate our latest fellow, Kristen Pepin, who is joining the MIGS Division at Cornell in NYC. The biggest impact we can have on the field is to train future leaders.  Kristen Pepin, MD is one of them.  Congratulations!”

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- Jon Einarsson, MD, PhD, MPH

 FMIGS Program Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

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- Jon Einarsson, MD, PhD, MPH

 FMIGS Program Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

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“The Brigham and Women’s MIGS Division is proud to graduate our latest fellow, Kristen Pepin, who is joining the MIGS Division at Cornell in NYC. The biggest impact we can have on the field is to train future leaders.  Kristen Pepin, MD is one of them.  Congratulations!”

"Graduates, we wish you success in your careers as minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons! Whether we are now working side by side or across the country know you all have all our support! Congratulations!"

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– Danielle Luciano, MD

Program Director, University of Connecticut Health, University of Connecticut, St. Francis 

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– Danielle Luciano, MD

Program Director, University of Connecticut Health, University of Connecticut, St. Francis 

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"Graduates, we wish you success in your careers as minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons! Whether we are now working side by side or across the country know you all have all our support! Congratulations!"

"Congratulations Dr. J. Afton Cooper and Dr. Natasha Mehandru! Your CCF Florida family wishes you both, a career full of success and happiness! Happy Graduation, we are so proud of you!"

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- Pam Frazzini Padilla, MD

Program Director, Cleveland Clinic Florida

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- Pam Frazzini Padilla, MD

Program Director, Cleveland Clinic Florida

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"Congratulations Dr. J. Afton Cooper and Dr. Natasha Mehandru! Your CCF Florida family wishes you both, a career full of success and happiness! Happy Graduation, we are so proud of you!"

"Congratulation Jess and all FMIGS grads! So very proud of you. You are a phenomenal surgeon. Anyone who could morcellate a uterus, in one piece, that's actually taller then you, says a lot. "

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- Michael Patriarco, MD

Program Director, The Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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- Michael Patriarco, MD

Program Director, The Institute for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

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"Congratulation Jess and all FMIGS grads! So very proud of you. You are a phenomenal surgeon. Anyone who could morcellate a uterus, in one piece, that's actually taller then you, says a lot. "

"This chapter ends for our Fellows. A group that faced special and unprecedented conditions. Facing these challenges allowed us to grow together as a group, as professionals, and as individuals. We have no doubts about all the successes they are going to achieve in their careers. We will miss you!"

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- Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD

Program Director, ALGIA - Clínica Comfamiliar - Clínica del Prado / ACCCP FMIGS-I

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- Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD

Program Director, ALGIA - Clínica Comfamiliar - Clínica del Prado / ACCCP FMIGS-I

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"This chapter ends for our Fellows. A group that faced special and unprecedented conditions. Facing these challenges allowed us to grow together as a group, as professionals, and as individuals. We have no doubts about all the successes they are going to achieve in their careers. We will miss you!"
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More Well Wishes for the #FMIGS20graduates!

Abraham A. Alvarez-Rosales, MD

“Abraham: Congratulations!! You did a great job and you are the First Fellow in Mexico with AAGL Certificate! I am sure you will have a lot of success in your career. I hope we can work together in the future Felicidades!!” – Luis Fernando Garica Rodriguez, MD – Instituto de la Mujer Hospital Zambrano Hellion – Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterey, Nuevo Leon Mexico

 

Chetna Arora, MD

“Congratulations, Chetna! Everyone in GSS is incredibly proud of your accomplishments during your fellowship (including Viaan) and we are so happy you decided to stick with us! Cheers to all the good times ahead! “ – Jeannie Kim, MD – Columbia University, New York, New York

 

Elizabeth C. Banks, MD

“From the bottom of our hearts, we want to wish Elizabeth all the success in the world. You wowed us with your kindness and grace, and then bowled us over with your heart. Ureters and endo and patients aside, we are so blessed to have had the honor to train you! We have no doubt this is just the beginning of all the amazing things will you do and conquer! Don’t forget: use 2 hands, straighten the camera, and CUT IT! You’re gonna be great kiddo!”– Drs. Nita Desai, Mario Castellanos, and Michael Hibner – St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Aakriti R. Carrubba, MD

“Welcome to “The Family”! We are so proud to have you as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Florida faculty!” – Drs. Tria Dinh and Anita Chen – Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

 

Megan A. Cesta, MD

“Dr. Megan Cesta Is a wonderful doctor and a very skillful surgeon. During her fellowship, she has performed a total laparoscopic hysterectomy on a 7.4 Kg uterus which represents a world record. She is also a very accomplished chef and makes the world’s best lasagna. Dr. Cesta has returned to her residency program in Acron Ohio and serves as MIGS faculty.” – Resad Pasic, MD – Louisville University, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Erica R. Davenport, MD

“Congratulations Dr. Davenport! We are extremely proud of you and confident you will successfully lead the minimally invasive gynecology surgery program at Howard University. Your commitment to providing the highest quality of care for women and surgical education for residents is admirable. We wish you success in years to come.” – Drs. Volker, Pedroso, Stockwell, & Gomez – LVMIS UNLV FMIGS Fellowship, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Camila Caroline De Amorim Paiva, MD

“Camila, we miss your presence in the OR. Your teaching prowess and superior surgical skills will never be forgotten. Your kindness and empathy will remain forever with us. We are always here for you if you need us.  Congratulations on your FMIGS graduation! “ – The Maimonides FMIGS Team – Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

 

Isabel Eisner, MD

“The MIGS team at Good Samaritan Hospital sends heartfelt congratulations to Isabel Salinas Eisner, MD. Dr. Eisner has been an exemplary fellow at Good Sam, making tremendous contributions to trainee education and patient care. We wish her well in her new role as an Assistant Professor at Temple University. ¡Felicidades!” – Keith Thomas Downing, MD – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Long Island, New York

 

Aaron D. Fielden, MD

“Congratulations Aaron on your successful completion of the Walter Reed and Holy Cross MIGS Fellowship! You now belong to an elite group of fellowship-trained military gynecologic surgeons and will positively impact the future of Gynecologic surgery. We wish you continued success at your next duty assignment!” – From the MIGS Team at Walter Reed and Holy Cross! – Walter Reed National Military Medical Center & Holy Cross Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland & Silver Spring, Maryland

 

Christine E. Foley, MD

“Congratulations on graduating!!!  Enjoy finally being closer to home and family.  You are a star and we look forward to all the great things you will accomplish.” – Drs. Lee, Donnellan and Mansuria – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Nicholas D. Hazen, MD

“Congratulation to Dr. Nicholas Hazen, the inaugural fellow of MIGS at MedStar WHC/Georgetown University.  We are so proud of all his achievements and so happy that he joins us as a faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine. In his new role as a Director of MIGS Education and Research, we are excited to have him as a colleague”- Vadim V. Morozov, MD, FACOG, FACS – Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia

 

Christine M. Helou, MD

“Christine, We are so proud of you and everything you accomplished in 2 years! You have become a confident, skilled, and thoughtful surgeon with compassion for patients and a drive to always do your best.  We know you will shine at your new job! Mandy, Ted, Howard and Lara”– Amanda C. Yunker, MD – Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Courtney J. Jolliffe, M.D

“Congratulations Courtney, we will miss you tremendously! Good luck at your new staff position!”- Herbert Wong, MD – Sunnybrook Newton, Massachusetts

 

Soorin Kim, MD

“We know you and Patrick are settling in the New Jersey area, and we cannot wait to learn of the positive impact you will have on your new community. With your positive attitude, excellent skills, the quest for excellence, and tremendous empathy, your patients will find all the care they need. Again congratulation on your graduation, board certification, and the most important, for your baby girl Everett Soraya!”– Shabnam Kashani, MD, Masoud Azodi, MD – Yale-New Haven Health / Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut

 

Jordan Klebanoff, MD

“What an absolute joy to teach and partner with Dr. Jordan Klebanoff!  His unflappability despite all attempts to sabotage, and to do it with grace and a smile, has been fantastic to witness.  Combine this with his clinical acumen, skilled hands, and ability to educate, and you’ve got a rockstar!  Congratulations Jordan on a job well done!”– Cherie Q. Marfori, MD – George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia

 

Salome Masghati, MD

“Congratulations Dr. Masghati! We are impressed with your dedication and knowledge of the medical and surgical management of chronic pelvic pain disorders. The women in Maryland and surrounding areas are fortunate to have your expertise and we have no doubt you will be a nationally recognized expert in this field. Best wishes to you in all your endeavors.”– Drs. Volker, Pedroso, Stockwell, & Gomez – LVMIS UNLV FMIGS Fellowship, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Anya V. Menzies, MD

“Congratulations Dr. Anya Menzies on graduating from fellowship! We will miss your wit and sense of humor. We can always count on you to bring levity to any situation. Best of luck in North Carolina in the next phase of your training and career!”– Drs. Burke, Griffin and Lian – Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, New York

 

Peter R. Movilla, MD

“Peter – You are an amazing surgeon, strong patient advocate, passionate teacher and mentor, enthusiastic researcher, and a wonderful colleague.  Your energy is infectious and we hope you keep it going. You make us proud!”– Drs. Moriss, Isaacson, and Loring – Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts

 

Tariro Mupombwa, MD

“The Virginia Mason FMIGS Faculty is privileged to celebrate the graduation of Dr. Tari Mupombwa, an accomplished MIGS surgeon and all-around splendid human being! We enjoyed your time with us and look forward to following your career ahead. We wish the best for you, George and Nyasha!”– With love and gratitude, Drs. Linda Mihalov and Marisa Dahlman – Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

 

Laura K. Newcomb, MD

“Congratulations on graduating.  Enjoy the new job and having more time to work on that golf swing!  You will accomplish many great things and we are very proud of you.”– Drs. Lee, Donnellan and Mansuria – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Vijay Palvia, MD

“Congratulations Vijay on your graduation from the MIGS program at Mt. Sinai.  You have been a stellar fellow and we anticipate great things to come.  Wishes of lots of good fortune from the whole MIGS division.”– Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York

 

Anjali A. Patel, MD

“We have had the pleasure to work with Dr. Patel for the past 6 years, first as an outstanding resident in our program followed by two years as one of our spectacular MIGS fellows.  Anjali has a unique combination of a confident skilled surgeon along with an engaging, warm personality. We are proud of her accomplishments and thrilled to have convinced her to stay on with us in our MIGS division at Northwell. Congratulations Dr. Patel!”– Michael Nimaroff, MD – North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York

 

Marilena Cooperman, MD, MS

“From the first moment, we met Dr. Cooperman we were immediately impressed with her passion for MIGS and had little doubt that she would become a dedicated fellow and develop into a spectacular surgeon.  We wish Marilena and her family our heartfelt congratulations on her graduation and great success in her career!”– Michael Nimaroff, MD – North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York

 

Lauren E. Spivack, MD

“Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Spivack and the entire 2020 class of FMIGS graduates! We wish you success as you transition to your new roles. Lauren-we know you will do great things and are so proud to watch you spread your wings! “– Drs. Amy Benjamin and Ashley Gubbels – University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York

 

Paul Tyan, MD

“Known for your calm, cool and kind demeanor, you left a positive mark on everyone you encountered during your time UNC! You have an unequaled gift of managing challenging patients with ease and grace. Your confidence in the operating room will be missed most of all, with echoes of your catchphrases still lingering in our OR. ‘I’m not worried’ and ‘Pro-Move’. HA! Congrats Paul, you are a PRO!”– Michelle Louie, MD, MSCR, FACOG, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

Harold Y. Wu, MD

“Congratulations Harold! We’re so proud of you. The best part of your graduation is that we get to keep you as our colleague and dear friend. Thank you for being the best first fellow! You will be amazing because you already are amazing. Kristin, Khara, and Karen” – Drs. Wang, Patzkowsky, and Simpson – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Camille Ladanyi, MD & Peter Sticco, MD

“Congratulations to Dr. Camille Ladanyi and Dr. Peter Sticco for completing their MIGS fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga! It was truly a pleasure watching each of you grow as surgeons during your time here. We wish you both success in your future endeavors and look forward to following your careers! Please keep in touch!” – Drs. Boren, Dizon, Furr, and Scotchie –University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Ritchie M. Delara, MD & Rachael Haverland, MD

“Congratulations to the Mayo AZ FMIGS graduates. Rachael and Ritchie, we are extremely proud of your accomplishments and look forward to watching you flourish in your careers going forward!” – Johnny Yi, MD – Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Erica R. Davenport, MD & Salome Masghati, MD

“Dear Dr. Erica Davenport and Dr. Salome Masghati, CONGRATULATIONS on completing your FMIGS fellowship! I could not be more proud of both of you. Your future is bright and I know that both you will have a major impact on elevating surgical care for women in the U.S. You are both amazing surgeons, teachers, and mentors. Best of luck. I am honored that I have been able to be part of your personal and professional life’s journey. My best, Warren” – Kenneth Volker, MD – MLVMIS UNLV FMIGS Fellowship, Las Vegas, Nevada

Anne E. Porter, MD

“To a narwhale of a fellow, Anne, we are all so very proud of all that you have accomplished.  You are very missed by your colleagues and patients at Parkland and CUH, but we know that UT San Antonio is so lucky to have your expertise, energy, and leadership.  Congratulations!” -Kimberly Kho, MD, MPH, and Your Program Directors and Faculty – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas


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“Jess, you have exceeded our expectations and become a competent clinician and surgeon. We are very proud to have been part of your training.”

-Magdy Milad, MD and Your Program Directors and Faculty – Northwestern Medical Group, Chicago, Illinois

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