On behalf of the FIGO 2021 Congress Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to participate in the XXIII FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics taking place on 24 - 29 October 2021 in Sydney, Australia.
The FIGO World Congress is the largest and most comprehensive Congress on women's health worldwide, relating clinical best practice to research, innovation, policy and human rights. Our FIGO 2021 Scientific Programme Committee is busy planning plenaries, seminars, meet the expert sessions, workshops, hands-on training, simulations, video and live surgeries, abstract and poster sessions, discussions and debates. We will offer you a scientific programme that covers the latest in best practice, research, guidelines and technology from around the world. Register to learn more from global leaders in all aspects of women's health and update and improve your practice. Submit and abstract/poster to showcase your work to an international audience.
FIGO and its 132 Member Societies are committed to a world where every woman, wherever she lives, achieves active participation in her own health and rights, and the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive, sexual health and well-being throughout her life. We have to work together. FIGO 2021 will bring together obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwives, nurses, general practitioners, young professionals, other specialists and industry in the field of women's health and policy, alongside decision-makers, NGOs, the World Health Organization, and United Nations, patients, and advocates. Join us to meet and share with your peers from all around the world and demonstrate your commitment to, and support of, women's health and rights.
We are delighted to be working in association with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), and look forward to showcasing the expertise, the culture and the hospitality of our colleagues in Australia and New Zealand. Extend your stay in this region, which offers outstanding travel and leisure experiences.
We hope to see you at the XXIII FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Andre Lalonde MD FRCSC (Canada)
Chair, FIGO 2021 Congress Organising Committee
Meet the Congress Organising Committee for the FIGO 2021 World Congress. In order to learn more about each team member, please click on on the photos below.
Dr. André Lalonde obtained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgery, and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He also earned a Masters Degree in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics. Dr. Lalonde held the position of Executive Vice President at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) for 20 years, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa and McGill University, Adjunct Professor in Health Administration at the University of Ottawa, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at LaSalle General Hospital, President of IHPMI and President of the Board of Directors of LaSalle General Hospital. Dr. Lalonde is past president of the FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee and special advisor to the FIGO Education and Capacity Building Committee. He is a founding member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and has participated on World Health Organization’s (WHO) expert panels on safe motherhood, substance abuse and postpartum hemorrhage. Dr. Lalonde has received honorary fellowships at the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (UK), the College National des Obstetricians et Gynécologues de France, and in Chile, Japan, Bolivia, Argentina and Uganda. Dr. Lalonde has been responsible for the development and implementation of several maternal and newborn care risk management programmes which are implemented across Canada (MOREOB, ALARM) and in over twenty low resource countries. Currently he is responsible for the development and implementation of the International Childbirth Initiative on quality of obstetrical care. André has developed extensive knowledge and expertise in several areas of women’s health such as: risk management, assessment and development of collaborative care models, health programs to meet the unique health needs of aboriginal populations, development and implementation of clinical practice and consensus guidelines, consumer health education programmes and capacity building of health delivery systems in Canada and in low resource countries. He is a recognised expert in postpartum hemorrhage simulation workshops and training obstetricians, family physicians and midwives to help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. He continues as an expert reviewer for the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is an expert consultant in implementing midwifery birthing projects in the Cree Nation (Northern Quebec). He lectures extensively in Canada and around the world.
Mary Ann Lumsden is Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology, Head of the Academic Unit of Reproductive & Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She is an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She has a clinical and research interest in heavy menstrual bleeding and the menopause.
Dr. Christine Tippett is Treasurer of FIGO. Christine is Lead Clinician of the Victorian Department of Health Maternity and Newborn Network (MNCN) and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University. Christine established the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Monash Medical Centre and was in private Obstetric practice until June 2011, specializing in the management of high risk pregnancies in particular women with medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and renal disease. Christine is a past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and past FIGO Executive Board member. She is currently a member of the Federal Governments Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), a member of the National Specialist International Medical Graduate Committee of the Medical Board of Australia, and a member of the Victorian Council on Obstetric and Pediatric Mortality and Morbidity, Stillbirth Committee. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her contribution to Women’s Health and elected FIGO Treasurer in 2018.
Dr. Abd Aziz Yahya is a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a certified Robotics Surgeon. He graduated with the MBBS from the University of Malaya in 1982 and became a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1988 after obtaining his qualification from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London. He spent another two and half years at the St. Mary’s Hospital in London where he undertook further training in Gynaecological Oncology. He was the Past President of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia. He was a past Board Member and Chairman of the Gynaecological Oncology Subcommittee of AOFOG. He was an Executive Board Member of FIGO from 2002 to 2015. He has been involved with the World Congress of FIGO in various capacities. He was the local Organising Chairman of World Congress in 2006 (Kuala Lumpur). He was a member of the Congress Organising Committee in Rome (2012) and was the Chairman of the Congress Organising Committee in Vancouver (2015). His vast experience will be useful in his role as a member of the Congress Organising Committee for the Sydney 2021 FIGO’s World Congress. He was conferred the Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2017.
Dr. Carlos Fuchtner is President of FIGO (2018-2021). Dr. Fuchtner graduated as a Medical Doctor in The Medical School Universidad Estadual de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1984. He then completed Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Chile, Santiago de Chile and did a Clinical Research Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of California from 1989 to 1991 in Irvine, United States. Dr. Fuchtner was a gynaecologist at Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano in Bolivia from 1991 to 2008. He was the Chairman of the Gynaecology Oncology Department, at Instituto Oncologico del Oriente Boliviano from 2001 to 2003. Dr Fuchtner was Extraordinary Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hospital Municipal de la Mujer from 2009 to 2015 in Bolivia, President of the Bolivian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society from 2000 to 2002 and President of FLASOG from 2005 to 2008. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOGC and in 2014 he was made MAESTRO of Latin American Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ecuador. Dr. Fuchter has been actively involved in numerous aspects of FIGO’s work for many years, including being a member of FIGO’s Executive Board from 2002 to 2005 when he represented FLASOG, and from 2012 to 2018 representing SBOG. He was a member of the FIGO Audit Committee from 2004 to 2006.
Frank Louwen is Professor of Medicine / Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He is on the Goethe University Medical School Clinical Ethics Committee and Scientific Committee, Vice President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (DDGG - German Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics), member of the Board for Quality Management of the Government of Germany and President of the German Foundation for Women's Health. Internationally, he is Executive Board Member of International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), Council Member of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) and President of the German-Israel Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Frank is the coordinator of Evidence Based Medicine Guidelines on Normal vaginal delivery and Sectio caesarea. His current research covers molecular mechanisms of preeclampsia, molecular correlation of obesity with preeclampsia and breast cancer, stem cells from breast milk in oncology and the function of mitotic regulators and their inhibitors in oncology.
Dr. Jeanne Conry became President-Elect of FIGO in 2018. Dr. Conry has more than 28 years of experience practising obstetrics and gynaecology. She is Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG), past member of the FIGO Executive Board, chair of the United States Women’s Preventive Services Initiative, a collaborative initiative of health professional organisations and consumer advocates who recommend and guide preventive health services across a woman’s life span; and past Co-Chair of the FIGO Working Group on Reproductive and Developmental Environmental Health. Conry is also a seasoned global lecturer and author of numerous publications. In addition to her many achievements during her ACOG Presidency, Conry introduced the National Maternal Health Initiative, a collaborative that focuses on maternal mortality and women's health across their life spans. Dr. Conry has a special interest in convening groups to advocate for bringing women’s health to the forefront of international issues, support effective family planning choices for all women, and educate and advocate for awareness about the impact of the environment on reproductive health.
Professor Steve Robson is immediate past-President of RANZCOG. He is a general obstetrician and gynaecologist based in Canberra. Steve's special interests include reproductive medicine and IVF. He is the co-founder of the maternal health charity Send Hope, and is a member of Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council.
Vijay Roach is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Sydney, Australia. He is the current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His area of clinical interest is perinatal mental health and he is a passionate advocate of the importance of emotional wellbeing for patients and medical staff. Vijay is married and has five children.
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