It is estimated that endometriosis affects over 6 million women and teens in the US and another 75 million women worldwide. Endometriosis is the third leading cause of gynecologic hospitalization in the US and accounts for approximately 20% of hysterectomies performed in the US annually. The World Symposium on Endometriosis strives to provide knowledge and strategies for early detection of endometriosis and inform participants on recent advances in the treatment of endometriosis.

In addition, women with a history of endometriosis are also at a significantly increased risk of developing several types of gynecologic cancers, and women with both conditions often encounter fertility issues. With Oncofertility topics integrated into the curriculum, the goal of this symposium is also to present current research and practice on oncology and reproduction, a vital field that has expanded options for the reproductive futures of cancer survivors.


WSE Highlights

  • Interactive lectures by world leaders in endometriosis, oncology and reproduction
  • Live surgery transmissions
  • Debate on key topics
  • Five Keynote Lectures
  • Poster and video abstract presentations


WSE 2014 Committees and Faculty

Symposium Chair

Ceana Nezhat, MD
United States

Dr. Ceana Nezhat is a leading pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery, specializing in laparoscopic treatment of severe and multi-organ endometriosis, laparoscopic management of infertility, and previously urology and pelvic reconstruction. He has been instrumental in modifying established procedures performed by laparotomy to laparoscopy with similar or improved outcomes.

Dr. Nezhat has a special interest in the area of endometriosis and is an advocate of early detection and treatment. He has treated thousands of women with endometriosis. Currently, he is working to increase awareness of this disorder by educating those in primary roles in the lives of young women, including gynecologists and family practitioners, on the signs and symptoms of endometriosis to promote early detection.


Scientific Committee Chairs

Camran Nezhat, MD Benedict Benigno, MD
Farr Nezhat, MD Teresa Woodruff, PhD


National Scientific Committee

Serdar Bulun, MD Anthony Luciano, MD,
Shannon Hawkins, MD, PhD Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD
Grace Janik, MD


International Scientific Committee

Michel Canis, MD Daniel Seidman, MD, MCSc
Jacques Donnez, MD, PhD Togas Tulandi, MD, MHCM
Victor Gomel, MD Cihat Unlu, MD
Hananel Holzer, MD Errico Zupi, MD


Local Organizing Committee

Colleen Austin, MD Cheryl Jones, MD
Vicki Barnett, RN, MSN, CNOR Patti Owen, RN, MN
Margarett Ellison, MD, MHA Sahar Rosenbaum, MD
Ira Horowitz, MD


Keynote Speakers

Victor Gomel, MD
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (Canada)

Clarisa Gracia, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Camran Nezhat, MD
Stanford University Medical Center

Farr Nezhat, MD
St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals;
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Richard Satava, MD
University of Washington


Faculty – United States

Wayne Ambroze, MD
Georgia Colon &
Rectal Surgical Associates

Colleen Austin, MD
Atlanta Cancer Care,
Northside Hospital

Vicki Barnett, RN, MSN, CNOR
Northside Hospital

Benedict Benigno, MD
University Gynecologic Oncology,
Northside Hospital

Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Ph.D.
Alden March Bioethics Institute & Dept. of OBGYN,
Albany Medical College

Susheel Dua, MD
Northside Anesthesiology Associates

Margarett Ellison, MD, MHA
University Gynecologic Oncology,
Northside Hospital

Robin Fogle, MD
Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine

Norbert Gleicher, MD
Center for Human Reproduction

Alan Gordon, MD
Emory University Hospital

Clarisa Gracia, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Linda Griffith, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Avner Hershlag, MD
The Center for Human
Reproduction/North Shore LIJ

Ira Horowitz, MD
Emory University Hospital

Keith Isaacson, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Grace Janik, MD
Reproductive Specialty Center

Cheryl Jones, MD
Georgia Cancer Specialists

Carolyn Kaplan, MD
Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Jason Levy, MD
Northside Radiology Associates

Anthony Luciano, MD
Hospital of Central Connecticut

Dan C. Martin, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Charles Miller, MD
The Advanced IVF Institute/The Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Institute

Scott Miller, MD
Georgia Urology

Camran Nezhat, MD
Stanford University Medical Center

Ceana Nezhat, MD
Northside Hospital, Atlanta Center for Special Minimally Invasive Surgery & Reproductive Medicine

Farr Nezhat, MD
St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals; Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons

Patti Owen, RN, MN
Northside Hospital

Steven Palter, MD
Gold Coast IVF

Mary Ellen Pavone, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD
University of Louisville

Mark Perloe, MD
Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Carla Roberts, MD, PhD
Emory University Hospital

Sahar Rosenbaum, MD
Northside Cancer Institute

Richard Satava, MD
University of Washington

Gerald Schatten, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Susan Sommers
Northside Hospital

Andrew Toledo, MD
Reproductive Biology Associates

Jim Toner, MD, PhD
Clinical Director for the Society
of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Hamilton Williams, MD
Atlanta Oncology Associates


Faculty – International

Michel Canis, MD
CHU de Clermont Ferrand CHU Estaing

Jacques Donnez, MD, PhD
Catholic University of Louvain

Victor Gomel, MD
University of British Columbia

Hananel Holzer, MD
McGill University

Rudy Leon de Wilde, MD, PhD
University of Göttingen

Marco Pinho de Oliveira, MD, PhD
State University of Rio de Janeiro

George Pistofidis, MB.BS
Levkos Stavros Clinic / ACET

Hafeez Rahman, MD, Dip NB
Sunrise Hospital

Horace Roman, MD, PhD
Rouen University Hospital

Daniel Seidman, MD, MCSc
Sackler School of Medicine,
Tel-Aviv University

Fatih Sendag, MD
Ege University and School of Medicine

Togas Tulandi, MD, MHCM
McGill University

Cihat Unlu, MD
Acïbadem University Hospital

Dr. Attila Vereczkey, MD, MA
Vice President of the Hungarian Human Reproductive Society

Arnaud Wattiez, MD
Hopital Universitaire de Strasbourg

Errico Zupi, MD
Tor Vergata University of Rome


Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians with an interest in endometriosis and oncofertility such as gynecologists, obstetricians, oncologists, primary care physicians, pediatricians, general surgeons, gastroenterologists and urologists. Fellows, nurses, physician assistants, researchers and scientists in the field of endometriosis are also encouraged to attend.


Educational Objectives

  1. Identify patient symptoms related to endometriosis and improve early detection of the disease.
  2. Review recent research for diagnosing and treating endometriosis, including the functional roles of microRNAs relative to the pathophysiology of uterine function and dysfunction aromatase inhibitors as well as medical and surgical treatments.
  3. Integrate advancements and diagnostic tools to identify and manage endometriosis.
  4. Analyze the role of robotic surgery for the treatment of infertility.
  5. Evaluate strategies to preserve ovaries and apply the concept of ovary and uterine transplantations.


Symposium Support

This symposium is supported, in part, by Northside Hospital and Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. WSE ensures that its sessions are educational and meet the needs of the target audience.


Content Development

The Symposium Chair, Dr. Ceana Nezhat, and Northside Hospital staff created organizational and scientific committees to assist in educational content development and content oversight for live cases, educational sessions and abstract and video presentations. These sessions were developed without influence from commercial supporters.



The official language of the symposium is English. There will be no simultaneous translation.


Dress Code

The dress code at WSE 2014 is business casual.


Northside Hospital

Northside is Atlanta’s premier hospital for women’s health and a leader in providing state-of-the-art surgical services. The hospital offers a full scope of gynecologic services, including specialized surgery for women. More cases of endometriosis are treated by operative laparoscopy and robotics at Northside Hospital than at any other hospital in Georgia and the hospital ranks in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for gynecologic robotic procedures. Many surgeons on staff are pioneers in laparoscopic surgery and are nationally recognized for their expertise in this minimally invasive technique.


Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

As a National Cancer Institute Community Care Center, Northside is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive cancer treatment centers in the Southeast. More breast, gynecologic and prostrate cancers are diagnosed and treated at Northside that at any other hospital in Georgia, and we have the best survival outcomes of any hospital in the nation for bone marrow transplants.