EFA Co-Founders Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi were prominent guests of the AAGL 40th annual Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Hollywood, FL during November 2011. Ms. Lakshmi addressed over 5,500 delegates in the Jordan M. Phillips Keynote Session, while Dr. Seckin presented several expert lectures including "Stem Cell Theory & Stemness of Endometriosis: Rationale for Excision," "Endometriosis: a Growing Societal Issue" and "A Critical Analysis of Reoperative Endometriosis." Dr. Seckin, Ms. Lakshmi and the The Foundation are extremely pleased and honored to see Endometriosis and surgical excision brought into the spotlight at this year's Global Congress in such an elevated way.
The program focus on awareness, research, surgical treatment and novel classification of endometriosis, an often devastating disease that affects over 176 million women around the world. At one time, not so long ago, we thought endometriosis affected primarily upper middle class Caucasian women. We now realize through awareness and enhanced diagnostic abilities that endometriosis has no ethnic or social preference. It is often first discovered in adolescents suffering from dysmenorrhea as well as peri-menopausal women with an adnexol mass. It is our duty to help these patients who otherwise would suffer their entire reproductive life.