The Foundation For Women’s Cancer To Host Patient And Advocates Education Forum At The SGO Annual Meeting

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is pleased to host a Patients and Advocates Education Forum and Luncheon on Friday, March 24, 2023, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, in Tampa, FL at the Tampa Convention Center during the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2023 Annual Meeting. This event will provide an opportunity to build meaningful connections among patients, advocates and healthcare professionals as well as learn about the most recent developments and breakthroughs in gynecologic cancers from renowned experts. All patients, advocates, family members, and providers are welcome. The event is complimentary and attendees can register here.

“It’s an honor to have such renowned experts and advocates join us for this forum, which is an important opportunity for us to come together and chart a new future for all gynecologic cancers,” said Ginger J. Gardner, MD, Chair, Foundation for Women’s Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer Surgeon and Vice Chair of Hospital Operations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Gynecologic cancers are on the rise in the United States, and as a community, we are committed to raising awareness of the new prevention and treatment methods that are now available for patients with ovarian cancer, and advancing new large-scale opportunities to address cervical and uterine cancers.”

“FWC Patient and Education events are always a highlight for me! As a patient, learning about the latest news directly from doctors involved in research and meeting patients and advocates gives me hope for the future,” said Annie Ellis, ovarian cancer survivor, research advocate, and recipient of the SGO’s Health Equity Awareness and Advocacy in Gynecologic Oncology Award. “I’m so grateful to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer for providing these free events for patients and family members to learn and connect.”

The Health Equity Awareness and Advocacy in Gynecologic Oncology Award recognizes an individual who is synonymous with advocacy for diversity and health equity in gynecologic cancer. This award was conceived to honor the spirit of Mary “Dicey” Jackson Scroggins. Mary embodied spirit, optimism, drive to make change, and the beliefs that honesty, equity, and community can overcome barriers.

Agenda for the Patients and Advocates Education Forum and Luncheon:

FWC Agenda


Shannon Armbruster, MD
Chair, Patient Education Committee, Foundation of Women’s Cancer
Gynecologic Oncologist, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA

Monica Avila, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Stephanie V. Blank, MD
President, Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Mount Sinai Health System, NY

Monica Brown Jones, MD
Board Member, Foundation for Women’s Cancer
System Chair, Luminis Health Women and Children’s Service Line
Annapolis, MD

Annie Ellis
Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Member, Program Committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Chair, Council Research Advocates, National Cancer Institute

Ginger J. Gardner, MD
Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, New York, NY

Tom Herzog, MD
Chair Elect, GOG Foundation
Professor & Deputy Director
University of Cincinnati Cancer Center, Cincinnati OH

Jimmy Orr, MD
Past President, Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Chief of Surgical Oncology, GenesisCare USA
Humanitarian Award Recipient
Fort Myers, FL

Donna M. Pinelli, MD
Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Jupiter Medical Center, FL

Registration is still open for the full Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2023 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Register here with code 23AMSGOPA to receive a special patient and advocate rate. Learn more about FWC events happening at the Annual Meeting here.

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for health care professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers. As a 501(c)(6) organization, SGO contributes to the advancement of women’s cancer care by encouraging research, providing education, raising standards of practice, advocating for patients and members and collaborating with other domestic and international organizations. For more information, visit

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of gynecologic cancer risk, prevention, early detection, and optimal treatment. As the official foundation of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), FWC is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides funding for gynecologic cancer research and training, as well as programs and resources. FWC has raised more than $60 million in areas such as research, awareness, education, and outreach. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Holly Gibout, Chief Development Officer, Foundation for Women’s Cancer

Marissa Spivak, MKC Strategies