Get Answers from Some of the World’s Leading PCOS Experts
Daniel A. Dumesic, MD
Professor and Division Chief
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Topic #1: Overview: Understanding PCOS and Its Diagnosis
Topic #2: Advancements in PCOS Research
Dr. Dumesic is a clinician-scientist who treats women with infertility from various reproductive and metabolic disorders. He is one of the country’s leading PCOS researchers. He has served as Principal Investigator for several projects by providing extensive expertise in designing human clinical studies and procedures, diagnosing metabolic dysfunction, performing trans-vaginal ovarian ultrasonography, analyzing data and assessing clinical outcome measurements. Dr. Dumesic has also supervised the acquisition and analysis of research data compiled from these studies. With 24 years of experience in human studies, Dr. Dumesic has a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects regarding mechanistic and clinical aspects of metabolic diseases and their negative impact on female reproduction, including more than 145 publications in reproductive endocrinology.
Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA
President, Georgia Regents University
Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Regents Health System
Senior Executive Director, Androgen Excess and PCOS Society
Topic #1: Creating a PCOS Treatment Plan
Topic #2: PCOS in Adolescents: Early Detection and Intervention
Dr. Azziz serves as founding President of Georgia Regents University, and CEO of the Georgia Regents Health System, a greater than $1.2 billion integrated and aligned enterprise. Dr. Azziz is also an internationally recognized clinical translational researcher, developing over the past 25 years an important program in androgen excess disorders research, funded by the NIH since 1988. Dr. Azziz is an internationally renowned leader in the field of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and reproductive endocrinology. He is the founder of the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society, an international scientific organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and original clinical research in every aspect of androgen excess disorders including PCOS.
Stanley Korenman, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension
Associate Dean for Ethics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Topic: PCOS-Diabetes Connection — Preventing Stroke, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease and Other Complications
Dr. Korenman is one of the country’s foremost experts on endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He has co-authored numerous leading research studies on PCOS including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: the Next Cardiovascular Dilemma in Women? and Patient Compliance: An Important Consideration in the Patient-Centered Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Dr. Korenman graduated from Princeton, Summa Cum Laude and attended medical school at Columbia, P&S. He completed his clinical training in Internal Medicine at Bellevue and Memorial Hospitals in New York. At present, Dr. Korenman is Associate Dean for Ethics with a special interest in research ethics and directs the Research Subject Advocacy program of the General Clinical Research Center. Prior to becoming the Associate Dean for Ethics, Dr. Korenman developed and directed the UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program and was Associate Dean for Educational Development and Chief of Endocrinology at the Center for the Health Sciences.
Wendy Y. Chang, MD, FACOG
Scientific Director, Southern California Reproductive Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and
USC Keck School of Medicine
Topic: Improving Fertility in Women with PCOS
Dr. Chang is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and obstetrician / gynecologist with a special focus on PCOS and the hormonal basis of women’s infertility. Dr. Chang has given many talks about her clinical research on fertility testing, PCOS and IVF. Dr. Chang is also co-author of book chapters on infertility, menstrual disturbance and PCOS. Dr. Chang has received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Resident Surgeon Award from the American Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, and has been recognized by her fellow physicians as a Southern California “Super Doctor” since 2010. Dr. Chang received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and French, with proficiency in medical Spanish.
Marc Kalan, MD
Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles
Topic: The PCOS Menstrual Cycle — Understanding Your Hormones and Ovulation
Dr. Kalan is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the team of experts at the Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles. Dr. Kalan has published extensively on topics including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and IVF laboratory conditions, for which he won the University of Southern California’s prestigious Fellow Research Award in 2009. Dr Kalan is also a featured reproductive expert for national and international media including TLC’s program, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. Dr. Kalan received his medical degree from the Roslyn Franklin University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and completed his residency in OB/GYN followed by a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California.
Sasha Ottey, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Executive Director, PCOS Challenge, Inc.
Executive Producer, PCOS Challenge Television Series
Topic: PCOS Awareness and Advocacy
Sasha Ottey is Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc., one of the world’s leading support and patient advocacy organizations advancing the cause for women and girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Since its programs started in 2009, PCOS Challenge has quickly grown to nearly 30,000 members and has helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for life-threatening related conditions. Sasha is Executive Producer of the national award winning cable television series, PCOS Challenge®. She is also host of the PCOS Challenge radio show and publisher of the PCOS Challenge digital magazine.
Felice L. Gersh, MD
Medical Director, Integrative Medical Group of Irvine
Topic: Integrative Care for Women with PCOS
Dr. Gersh is an expert on PCOS and is one of only a small number of fellowship trained integrative gynecologists in the U.S. Dr. Gersh has developed comprehensive programs to treat PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, menstrual disorders, vaginitis, bladder disorders, pelvic pain, vulvodynia and vulvar diseases, infertility and menopause. She integrates natural and holistic medicine with state of the art functional and allopathic medical treatments to help women maintain and regain their health. Dr. Gersh has a B.A. from Princeton University and a Medical Degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine where she graduated in the top 5% of her class and as the #1 woman graduate.
Susan B. Dopart, MS, RD, CDE
Founder, Mindful Eating, Healthy Living
Topic: Lifestyle Management of PCOS — Nutrition and Exercise
Susan is a nutrition and fitness consultant and a certified diabetes educator who has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She specializes in medical nutrition-related issues associated with PCOS, insulin resistance, diabetes and endocrinology, cancer and exercise. Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked at UCLA as both a medical and kidney dietitian. Susan has written and contributed to multiple publications including The Huffington Post, SELF Magazine, UCLA Medicine and is the author of A Recipe for Life by the Doctor’s Dietitian, Healthy You, Healthy Baby: A Mother’s Guide to Gestational Diabetes and A Healthy Baker’s Dozen: Gluten-Free Low Sugar Cookies.
Candice Rosen, RN, MSW, CHC
Founder, Candice Rosen Health Counseling
Topic: PCOS and Your Pancreas — Controlling Insulin and Blood Sugar
Candice is in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Her company, Candice Rosen Health Counseling, specializes in helping people improve their health through nutrition. Candice’s practice focuses on the effects of glucose and insulin on polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes and cancer. Candice is author of The Pancreatic Oath, a book for health conscious people searching for improved wellness and weight loss through diet and blood glucose regulation. She is also creator of the Pancreatic Nutritional Program.
Dr. Kubacky is one of the country’s leading clinical psychologists specializing in PCOS, infertility, diabetes, and other endocrine disorders. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with PCOS, related disorders and infertility. Dr. Kubacky has also been diagnosed with PCOS, type II diabetes, hypothyroidism and infertility, which enables her to council from a position of understanding and empathy. This allows Dr. Kubacky to better help patients with similar issues learn how to live happier and healthier lives, and achieve a better balance in their mood and functioning.
Mark H. Ratner, MD
Medical Director, Theralogix, LLC
Regional Director of Male Reproductive Medicine Shady Grove Fertility Center
Topic: Inositols and PCOS — An Update on the Latest Research
Dr. Ratner is a board-certified urologist and Regional Director of Male Reproductive Medicine at Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, DC. He is also the Medical Director of Theralogix, LLC, a company which develops nutritional products focused on reproductive health. Dr. Ratner received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He also completed his internship in surgery and residency in Urology at Tulane. He is board certified urologist with a special interest in infertility, prostate cancer and female urology. Dr. Ratner is a Past Chief in the Department of Urology at both Shady Grove Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.
Tina Reynolds, LE
Delegate, American Electrology Association
Owner, Zap! Electrolysis & Skin Care
Topic: Hair Removal Options for Women with PCOS
Tina is a Licensed Electrologist and Esthetician and is the owner of Zap! Electrolysis & Skin Care in Westwood, CA. She has been a practicing Electrologist for 12 years and is a member of the American Electrology Association. She is also a member of the Electrology Association of California and has served in the past as Vice President, Secretary, 3rd Vice President and has edited the State’s Electrology Newsletter.
About PCOS Challenge, Inc.
PCOS Challenge is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advancing the cause for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) serving nearly 30,000 members. We touch the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through television and radio programming, online and offline support groups, and education and awareness initiatives. READ MORE
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