Associate Professor Jason Abbott
Dr Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology an associate editor for ANZJOG and Human reproduction and has more than 125 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale RCTs in gynaecological surgery. Jason has an active role in undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral supervision and is the former Chairman of the Practice Committee of the AAGL charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has chaired the MBS review committee for benign gynaecology and helped shape the National Action Plan for Endometriosis launched by Minister Hunt in July 2018. He is a Principle Investigator and Chair for the MRFF funded NECST network in endometriosis in Australia.
Jason has undertaken training in Australia and the United Kingdom, completing his PhD thesis in the surgical management of endometriosis in 2003. Since then, he has established himself as a leading teacher, trainer and gynaecological surgeon both nationally and internationally. He is the Medical Director of Endometriosis Australia, a charity established to improve education and awareness of the condition as well as raise research funds. He is the current President of AGES and has been an Australian of the Year nominee.
Dr Symphorosa S.C Chan
Dr. Symphorosa S.C. Chan was graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and she became a specialist in O&G in 2003. She leaded the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) service in Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong since late 2002. She became an International fellow in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ) in 2008. Her center was accreditated by FIGIJ as a training center in PAG in 2009. She was a Board member of FIGIJ since 2010. She was the Chairperson of the 17th FIGIJ World Congress of PAG which was held in Hong Kong. She served as the Director of the IFEPAG examination since 2013.
She is also a subspecialist in Urogynaecology. She is the Program Director of the Urogynaecology Subspecialty Training. She was appointed as the Chief of Service of Dept of O&G, Prince of Wales Hospital.
She has published over 50 articles in international and local journals. She is a member of Editor Board of International Journal of Urogynecology and reviewer of a number of international journals.
Her main research interests are pelvic floor disorders, perineal ultrasound on pelvic floor, quality of life measures, gynaecological ultrasound, and paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.
Dr Angela Dunford
Dr Angela Dunford is an obstetrican gyanecologist working at John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals in Newcastle, NSW. She completed a Fellowship in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology through the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne under the supervision of professor Sonia Grover. After her Fellowship she returned to Newcastle and established an adolescent gynaecology service.
Angela has also achieved a Master of reproductive medicine through the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical innovation. She is passionate about the gynaecological health of young women with special interests in vulval and pelvic pain.
Professor Lynn Gillam
Lynn Gillam is an experienced clinical ethicist, originally trained in philosophy (MA, 1988, Oxon) and bioethics (PhD, Monash, 2000). Lynn is Professor in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; and Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. At RCH, Lynn works in clinical ethics case consultation, provides policy advice and leads research into a range of issues in paediatric clinical ethics.
Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe (FRANZCOG, PhD)
Dr Jayasinghe is a Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and University of Melbourne. She undertook research training at the Mayo Clinic in 2005, and with Professor P Simmons developed guidance for management of adolescent breast disorders published by the AAP. She completed a PhD on virology and risk factors for cervical cancers in young women, calling for HPV vaccination in forensic protocols, implemented by the CDC in 2015. She is a member of the VACCINE study group which has demonstrated a reduction in HPV vaccine related genotypes from 28% to 1.6% in young Australian women. She also co-designed the Young Female Health Initiative “Y-FHI”, a longitudinal e-study of adolescent females which demonstrated representative recruitment from Social Networking Sites for health research, ranked within the top 1% of publications in health informatics and generating a new field of investigative design. In 2013 she became Lead Investigator of the Fertility Preservation Taskforce in Victoria. She was awarded an NHMRC Fellowship in 2017 and supported by a reflective team of clinician- scientists developed the first Australian oncofertility program for children managed through a paediatric ethical lens. She was raised by a marine biologist and clinician-botanist in the oceans and rainforests of Far North Queensland and has worked with the Flying Obstetrician and Gynaecologist outreach service for remote communities in Cape York. Thus in 2014 during her Presidency of ANZSPAG she established their annual scientific meetings to nurture professional diversity and cultural exchange.
Associate Professor Sebastian King
Associate Professor Sebastian King is a paediatric surgeon with a subspecialty interest in colorectal conditions affecting neonates and children. He completed his PhD in 2008 with The University of Melbourne at The Royal Children’s Hospital. His research focused upon the motility patterns of children affected by slow transit constipation. His PhD was supported by scholarships from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the NHMRC. Following completion of his paediatric surgical training at The Royal Children’s Hospital, he underwent fellowship surgical training at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
Dr Alexia Peña
Dr Peña is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide – Robinson Research Institute and a Paediatric Endocrinologist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She is one of the leaders of the Adolescent Gynaecology and Endocrine Clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She is an investigator of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) NHMRC-CRE and was part of the International Evidence-Based guideline development group for the assessment and management of PCOS published in 2018. Her PCOS expertise has been recognised at an international level with her appointment as a member of 2 international consensuses groups on Adolescent PCOS. Her research has been published in highly cited obesity and endocrine journals.
Dr Peña has been actively involved at a National and International level in Obesity and Endocrine societies, including ANZOS as Council member (2009-2013) and Secretary (2011-2013); and the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Council member (2009-2017); APEG secretary (2013-2017) and is the South Australian Representative for disorders of sex development sub-committee. She has successfully convened scientific meetings for ANZOS (ASM 2011) and APEG (ASM 2010). She was appointed as member of the organizing committee of International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology 2021, Argentina (since 2017).
Professor José Enrique Pons, MD
Member and Past President of the National Academy of Medicine, Uruguay.
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of the Republic School of Medicine, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Co-Coordinator of the Department of History of Medicine, University of the Republic School of Medicine, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Distinguished as Magister of Latin America Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Ad Honorem Membership of 12 Scientific Societies.
Past-President of 6 National and International Scientific Societies, and 4 NGOs, including the Latin American Association of Pediatric and Adoiescent Obstetrics and Gynecology (ALOGIA).
Vice-President of the International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ): 1998-2001.
Author of 13 Books, 65 Chapters, and 149 papers.
Lecturer in 24 Countries of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, mainly on PAG topícs.
Professor Ellen Rome
Dr. Rome currently serves as the Head of Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case. Dr. Rome received her undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale University, her medical degree and Alpha Omega Alpha from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, then completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, followed by a three year fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, during which time she also obtained a masters degree in Public Health at Harvard..
Dr. Rome has held leadership positions in various organizations serving youth, now as immediate past president of the Federation Internationale de Gynecologie Infantile et Juvenile (FIGIJ) and past president of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). She served as Associate Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic and is chair of their Opioid Education and Prevention Committee, as well as on the Infant Mortality Task Force. As president of the Women’s Professional Staff Association, Dr. Rome helped create and implement a business plan to recruit, develop, and promote the best staff. She is the author of two books collaboratively with Drs. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, You: The Owner’s Manual for Teens, and You Raising Your Child from First Breath to First Grade. She has been an invited speaker locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in adolescent medicine, while maintaining a commitment to research and ongoing teaching of housestaff and students.
Dr Magdalena Simonis
Magdalena Simonis is a GP, a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), an honorary research fellow with the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and has expertise in implementation of evidence-based practices in health delivery.
She has conducted the first research that explores the role of the GP in the area of female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) and has advocated for increased awareness of genital anatomy diversity, the need to counter misinformation directed at women and girls and the unknown long-term risks of genital surgery. In 2015, Magdalena developed the RACGP guide to assist GPs and health professionals manage requests for female genital cosmetic surgery and recently authored the chapter on the role of the GP in the Cambridge University Press publication, “FGCS: an answer to what problem?”
In 2013, she was a key GP informant in the Women's Health Victoria Issues Paper 9 on Genital Cosmetic Surgery and contributed to the development of the Labia Library (www.labialibrary.org.au) website.
Magdalena is on the RACGP Expert Committee for Quality Care, the board of Women's Health Victoria and a founding member of the University of Melbourne Victorian General Practice Research Network (VicReN).
Dr Lavitha Sivapatham
Dr Lavitha Sivapatham is a Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecologist based in Ampang Hospital, Selangor, Malaysia. Dr Lavitha graduated as a doctor from the Medical Faculty of the National University of Malaysia in 2000 and went on to became a specialist in 2008, obtaining her Masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the same university. In 2011 she successfully obtained her membership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London. She completed her fellowship in PAG at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Sonia Grover between 2015-2016. She is also a fellow of the International Federation of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. In 2017 she completed her subspeciality training in Reproductive Medicine under the Ministry of Health Malaysia, specialising in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology. She has served as a doctor with the Ministry of Health Malaysia in both east and west Malaysia over the past 19 years.
Other than PAG, Dr Lavitha’s areas of interest include contraception and training of trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology.
A/Prof Michelle Telfer MBBS (Hons.) FRACP
Associate Professor Michelle Telfer is a Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist. She is currently the Head of Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne. She is also the Director of the RCH Gender Service, being instrumental in the expansion of the service with rising demand for trans-medicine in children and adolescents over the past six years.
In 2015 and 2018, The RCH Gender Service was awarded the Minister for Mental Health’s Award for excellence in consumer leadership and advocacy at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. In addition to improving medical and mental health services for the transgender population, Michelle played a major role in successfully advocating for legal reform, with transgender young people now able to access hormone and surgical treatment without the need for approval by the Family Court of Australia. She is also the lead author of the Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for trans and gender diverse children and adolescents which was recently endorsed through an editorial in The Lancet.
Dr Paul Wood
Paul Wood has been a Consultant Gynaecologist in the United Kingdom since 1990 where he established a Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (PAG) Service in the East Midlands in 1993. He was appointed Honorary Consultant in PAG at Cambridge University Hospitals in June 2017.
He was a founding member of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology in 1999 which he chaired from 2010-2015. He continues to provide extensive teaching and training in PAG at home and abroad.
Paul was elected onto the European Board of the Association for PAG in 2011. He is currently President of the EURAPAG and took over the role in June 2017.
He was elected onto the Board of FIGIJ in 2013 and became Secretary-General in 2016.
Paul convened the European Congress in PAG which was hosted in London in September 2014.
He has authored a series of publications and book chapters relating to PAG and continues to do so.
In 2015 he was invited to become Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, a role he continues to enjoy.
His mission is to spread the PAG word and develop the subspecialty to improve the reproductive healthcare of children.