Our Mission Statement
The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.
About Dr. Tamer Seckin - EFA Co-Founder
Dr. Seckin is the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA). Dr. Seckin is one of America's Top Surgeons & Gynecologists, and among a very limited number of accredited gynecologic surgeons in the United States who possess advanced training for the deep laparoscopic excision of endometriosis. Basic laparoscopic surgery has been performed by others, but few have the experience needed to execute the techniques needed to dissect and remove all of the endometriosis. Over the course of more than two decades of treating thousands of women and girls, the majority of his patients have experienced long-term relief as well as no recurrence of the disease.
Dr. Seckin is a philanthropist and educator, and dedicates much of his time to speaking out and educating others about endometriosis. He strives to promote public awareness and knowledge about the disease as well as early diagnosis and effective intervention. Additionally, Dr. Seckin has worked with renowned surgeon Harry Reich, MD and has pioneered several surgical techniques including the deep excision of endometriosis. He has also broken new ground in the use of translational medicine for endometriosis, through the development of graphical technologies which are becoming essential tools for healthcare practitioners and researchers alike. Dr. Seckin has also developed and patented various surgical instruments for the excision of endometriosis, as well as authored countless contributions in leading medical publications.
About Padma Lakshmi - EFA Co-Founder
Emmy nominated Padma Lakshmi is known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning author. Lakshmi recently wrapped her eleventh season as host of Bravo’s Emmy award winning “Top Chef”.
Lakshmi was born in India and grew up in America. She graduated from Clark University with a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and American Literature. Known as India’s first supermodel, she began her career as a fashion model, working in Europe and the US.
She established herself as a food expert early on in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing a best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic, for which she won the International Versailles Event award for best cookbook by a first time author. She followed its success with her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, which has over 150 recipes from around the world alongside intriguing personal memoirs. In addition to her own books, she has also written for such publications as American Vogue, Gourmet, Parade and British and American Harper's Bazaar as well as being a syndicated columnist for the New York Times.
Her debut home décor line, The Padma Collection, hit floors in Fall 2013 at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide with tabletop dishware, stemware and hand-blown glass décor pieces. She has also created Padma’s Easy Exotic, a collection of culinary products including organic frozen food; fine teas and teapots; high-quality natural spice blends, roasting rubs and sea salts; as well as hard goods.
In addition to these projects, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside world-renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. Opening up about her own harrowing journey with the little-known disease, she has brought hope to millions of women suffering in silence and made enormous strides in spreading awareness and garnering funding for research and teen health education. She has been recognized by the New York State senate for her efforts in women's health and also helped to launch the first research center in the US for gynopathology at MIT.
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