Past Lectures

Thank you for visiting our SGS Past Lectures page. Here you will find a listing of our guest speakers and topics from the past few years.

Many of the power point presentations can be found here for members to access and review for information and continuing education. If a presentation is not attached below the speaker name, then they did not wish to have their lecture placed on the website.



Wed. March 13, 2024

Speaker: Emily Norland, MD & Robert Liddell, MD

Topic: ClubOne Health: A global project with local roots.One Health: A global project with local roots.

Emily Norland, MD FACOG, came to Seattle from Iowa to complete OBGYN residency at the University of Washington and joined the Polyclinic in 2008 to build a strong generalist practice. In 2018, her role metamorphosed to a hospitalist, making space for leadership and service.  Her professional activities include per diem family planning at Cedar River Clinics, core clinical faculty with the Swedish OBGYN residency program, and serving as Chief of the OBGYN department at Swedish First Hill since 2021. She has served as past President of SGS. She more recently has joined the physician volunteers offering consultative services for primates alongside Dr Rob Liddell and the amazing team at Woodland Park Zoo.

This past October, she joined the One Health physician team, part of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project, traveling to Papau New Guinea to provide health education workshops and gynecological consultation to the people of the YUS Conservation Area.

Emily lives in Ravenna with her husband, Craig, Executive Chef and tenured Chef Instructor at Seattle Culinary Academy. They enjoy cycling, Nordic skiing, and birdwatching.

Rob Liddell, MD is a Seattle-based semi-retired diagnostic radiologist. Since his residency days at the University of Washington, Rob has volunteered as a radiologist consultant to the veterinary staff at the Woodland Park Zoo, providing ultrasound, CT and MRI expertise on a wide array of animals. Rob also volunteers as a physician with the zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, providing diagnostic imaging on the endangered Matschies tree kangaroo at a remote research camp in Papua New Guinea and working with other volunteer physicians to provide human medical care and education in villages of the country’s YUS Conservation Area.

Rob is fortunate to be married to Marti Liddell MD, a retired internist at the Polyclinic. Marti and Rob have two adult daughters.

Wed. January 10, 2024

Speaker: Brooke Winner, MD

Topic: Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis: Improving Preoperative
Prediction and Reducing Unwanted Surprises

Brooke Winner, M.D., was born and raised in Alaska, attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, University of Washington for medical school, and Washington University in St. Louis for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a two-year fellowship there in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She was then appointed to the faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, where she worked for four years before moving back to Seattle in September and joining Pacific Gynecology Specialists.  When she is not busy removing large fibroids through tiny incisions, Dr. Winner enjoys running, hiking, cooking and traveling.


Wed. Nov 8, 2023

Speaker: Russell Ettinger, MD

Topic: Gender Affirming Chest & Facial Surgery

Dr. Russell E. Ettinger is an Assistant Professor and Craniofacial Surgeon in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with expertise in both pediatric and adult craniofacial reconstruction.  His primary areas of practice include cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, adult facial trauma, secondary facial burn reconstruction, and gender affirmation surgery.  His pediatric practice is based at Seattle Children’s Hospital and his adult practice is based at Harborview Medical Center.  Dr. Ettinger graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington honors college and matriculated to the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Following medical school Dr. Ettinger completed his residency training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan, including a one-year T-32 NIH research fellowship investigating translational approaches to the pharmacologic augmentation on bone healing in the setting of radiation induced injury.  He then returned to Seattle to complete his Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center, after which he was recruited to join the faculty within the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  He is the Medical Director of the Burn & Plastic Surgery Clinic and the service line Chief of Craniofacial Plastic Surgery at Harborview Medical Center.


Wed. May 10, 2023

Speaker: Megan Loring, MD, FACOG


Topic: Tips and Tricks for Successful (and satisfying) Office and Operative Hysteroscopy

Dr. Megan Loring completed her medical school at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and her OB/GYN residency training at Stanford Hospital. She then ventured to the East Coast where she completed fellowship in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Loring stayed in the Boston area for the next 6 years, starting a MIGS program at a community hospital and then re-joining her fellowship team at Newton Wellesley. In Boston, her clinical interests included multidisciplinary care for pelvic pain and she participated in  research partnerships with scientists at MIT focused on endometriosis and adenomyosis. She moved to Seattle in 2021 where she is one of the associate program directors of the MIGS fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Loring iis proud of bringing office hysteroscopy to the Pacific Northwest and is really enjoying her patients and colleagues at VM.  In her spare time, she loves exploring the outdoors with her husband and two elementary aged-kids.


Wed. March 10, 2023

Speaker: Birte Wolff, MD, FACOG

Birte Wolff, MD, FACOG

Topic: Pelvic Floor Disorders

As Urogynecologist, Dr. Wolff enjoys working with patients on various pelvic floor
disorders. She enjos being her patient’s coach, and providing help with their goals
with urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary retention, pelvic pain,
recurrent Urinary tract infections or vulvar skin conditions. Dr. Wolff loves working
with her office and O.R. teams and being able to provide various options including
office procedures, or reconstructive surgery that lead to significant quality of life


Wed. Jan. 11, 2023

Speaker: Sara Ainsworth, JD

Sara Ainsworth, JD |  Senior Legal & Policy Director at If/When/How

Topic: Abortion Access, Criminalization, and the Law Post-Dobbs

Sara Ainsworth, JD is Senior Legal & Policy Director at If/When/How, where she supports and oversees litigation and policy advocacy. Prior to joining If/When/How, Sara was Advocacy Director at Legal Voice, a women’s and LGBTQ rights organization in the Pacific Northwest. She began her career in poverty law, representing low-income survivors of domestic violence, and went on to work at both Legal Voice and National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Sara has also taught law school courses, including Reproductive Rights & Social Justice, at both the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University Law School. She is a former board member of If/When/How, and was a co-founding board member of Surge Reproductive Justice, a non-profit that works for reproductive and racial justice in Washington State. Sara is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.

This lecture was given in person at the Bellevue Club. There is no recorded version to watch.


Wed. Nov 9, 2022

Speaker: Kate Diebic, MD

Kate Diebic | Associate Professor, Division Chief | Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology | UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Topic: Gynecologic care for individuals with physical/developmental disabilities and genetic syndromes

Individuals with genetic syndromes or physical or developmental disabilities may have challenges related to gynecologic concerns: puberty, menstruation, gynecologic examination or screening and sexuality.  This talk will review unique gynecologic concerns associated with different genetic syndromes as well as offer suggestions for management.  We will discuss approaches to providing gynecologic care for patients with disabilities and genetic syndromes and families across the lifespan.

This lecture was given in person at the Washington Athletic Club. There is no recorded version to watch.


Wed. May 11, 2022

Speaker: Katherine M. Thompson, PA-C

Katherine M. Thompson, PA-C | Washington Permanente Medical Group | Medical Director, Interpersonal Violence & Sexual Assault Services | Seattle, Wash.

Topic: Gynecologic care for individuals with physical/developmental disabilities and genetic syndromes

This is a dynamic and actionable discussion of interpersonal violence and trauma-informed care. It is designed as a practical overview for clinicians. We will begin with some background on interpersonal violence, then discuss long-term sequelae, before finishing with psychological first aid and navigating the discussion of interpersonal violence in clinic settings.

This lecture was given in person at the Bellevue Club. There is no recorded version to watch.


Wed. March 16, 2022

Speaker:  R. Nicholas Burns, MD

R. Nicholas Burns, MD | Fellow, Maternal Fetal Medicine | Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology | UW Medicine

Topic: One Byte at a Time: Eating the Elephant of Poor Learner Engagement Using Microlearning & Nanolearning

The current paradigm of medical pedagogy does not match up with the profile of the “modern learner.” Learning techniques must be brought into the reality that today’s students are busier outside of their schooling responsibilities; they prefer short and spaced bursts of information compared to long lectures or group sessions, and they are more technologically savvy than ever before. Microlearning and nanolearning — the delivery of learning content in short segments of 5-15 minutes (micro) or 3-5 minutes (nano) — may appeal to medical students or residents due to its short time commitment and improved flexibility within their workflow. This presentation will share the real world application of these philosophies to OB/GYN resident learning.

This lecture was given in person at the Bellevue Club. There is no recorded version to watch.


Wed. January 12, 2022

Speaker: Jen Gunter, MD

Jen Gunter, MD | Gynecologist | Pain Medicine | NY Times Columnist | Author: Vagina Bible & The Menopause Manifesto

Topic: Menopause Manifesto

Dr. Jen Gunter is the internet’s most popular “go to” OB/GYN doctor who comes to the rescue by educating and empowering women. Dr. Gunter will talk about the myths around Menopause and share insight into her new book:  The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism. In The Menopause Manifesto, Dr. Gunter brings you empowerment through knowledge by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspectives and expert advice.

Watch Jen Gunter, MD’s Live Presentation to SGS members here.

Wed. Nov 10, 2021

Speaker:  Preetma Kooner, MD 

Preetma Kooner, MD | Assistant Professor | Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine | University of Washington

Topic: Perioperative Pain Management for Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Kooner knows the importance of peri-operative pain management and is fast becoming a leading proponent for this clinical approach. She has lectured to several groups with UW Medicine and has written a book chapter discussing the topic.

Watch Preetma Kooner, MD’s Live Presentation to SGS members here.

Wed. May 12, 2021

Speaker:  Barbara Norquist, MD 

Barbara Norquist, MD | Assistant Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN University of Washington | Medical director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Topic: Current Challenges in Preventing Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Norquist will discuss how to find patients at increased risk of ovarian cancer and how to interpret confusing genetic testing results. She will share management strategies for those who are at increased risk, including screening and surgical prevention.

Watch Barbara Norquist’s Live Presentation to SGS members here.

Wed. March 10, 2021

Speaker:  Sara L. Ainsworth, JD 

Sara L. Ainsworth, JD | Senior Legal & Policy Director at If/When/How

Topic: Reproductive Justice

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice transforms the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support and organizing so all people have the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create and sustain families with dignity and to actualize sexual and reproductive wellbeing on their own terms.

Watch Sara L. Ainsworth’s Live Presentation to SGS members here.

Wed. January 13, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Paul Lin

Paul Lin, MD | Medical Director of the Seattle Reproductive Surgery Center | Seattle Reproductive Medicine

Fibroids and Endometriomas from the Perspective of REI 

Dr Lin will provide a practical guideline to patient counseling regarding the impact that endometriosis has on fertility, when surgery is indicated and how surgery is done when getting pregnant is their priority.  In a similar fashion, the management of fibroids will be discussed in relationship to fertility.   What fibroids can be left alone, what fibroids have to be removed and the impact that age and ovarian reserve have on the decision to perform surgery when getting pregnant is the priority.  Brief presentation followed by Case vignette. No recording available at this time.

View PDF of Dr. Lin’s presentation to SGS members here.

Nov. 11, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Callegari


Lisa Callegari, MD | Adjunct Assoc. Professor, Health Services | Associate Professor OB GYN | VA Puget Sound Health Care System

A Person-Centered Approach to Contraceptive Counseling: Why and How to Do It

Emerging data indicate that common contraceptive counseling practices, such as using a LARC-first approach, can result in perceived coercion and mistrust of providers by patients. Patients and providers may prioritize different features of contraceptive methods, and marginalized populations in particular may experience perceived pressure to use LARC as a threat to reproductive autonomy.  A patient-centered approach to contraceptive counseling can address these concerns by starting with a discussion of individuals’ reproductive goals and by helping individuals align their preferences and values with their contraceptive decisions.

Watch Dr. Callegari’s Live Presentation to SGS members here.


Wed. Sept. 16

Guest Speaker: Constance Mao MD

Topic: Changing the Pap Paradigm

2020 is a year of changes and Dr. Mao will discuss the new ACS (American Cancer Society) cervical cancer screening guidelines and how your practice will shift away from pap screening.  She will also highlight key changes included in the ASCCP(American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology) 2019 risk-based management guidelines for abnormal screening results.

Dr.Mao slides -Sep2020ppt

Watch Dr. Mao’s Live Presentation to SGS members here:


Wed. July 15, 2020

Guest Speaker: Marisa Dahlman MD

Topic: Chronic Pelvic Pain: Thinking Outside the Box

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common reasons women go to see the gynecologist, and it can be one of the most frustrating complaints we encounter in the office.  Since chronic pain is usually multifactorial, a multisystem approach is essential for both initial diagnosis and long-term management.  We will discuss initial evaluation, the role of surgery, and options for nonsurgical management in the patient with chronic pelvic pain.

July 2020 Dinner Lecture Video


Wed. Jan 8, 2020

Guest Speaker: Chris Bundy, MD

Topic: Professionalism, Civility and Happiness in Medicine

Physician burnout is a widespread and complex problem. The health care system’s anemic response to the issue stems, in part, from uncertainty about how to effectively intervene. However, we know that culture of wellness and personal resilience appear to be key drivers of burnout and professional dissatisfaction. In this presentation, Dr. Bundy will discuss how professionalism and civility can promote healthy workplace communities, personal resilience and individual happiness. While physicians are constantly reminded of the importance of professionalism, relatively little education or training is devoted to this topic. Through this interactive discussion, attendees will discover how professionalism is really about the values that drew us to medicine in the first place and how to tap this reservoir of happiness and meaning in medicine that is accessible to us all!

Dr. Bundy Presentation_

Wed. November 13, 2019

Guest Speaker: Ashley Fuller, MD

Topic: Women’s Sexual Health

Swedish OB/GYN Specialists | Swedish First Hill | Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Ashley Fuller is a gynecologist and women’s sexual health specialist at Swedish OB/GYN Specialists First Hill. This talk will be focusing on women’s sexual dysfunction including the most common sexual complaints of low libido and painful sex. We will review evidence-based medical treatments for these conditions as well as nonpharmacologic treatments. We will discuss both premenopausal and postmenopausal women’s sexual function and how the hormonal change of menopause affects this important part of our lives.

 Sexual Health Presentation

Wed. May. 8, 2019

Guest Speaker: Rebecca L. Taub, MD






Dr. Taub is a Family Planning Fellow, University of Washington

Topic: Creating an Inclusive Practice for Gender and Sexual Minorities

LGBT, trans, and nonbinary individuals face health disparities and barriers to accessing healthcare. This presentation will provide a brief review on the importance of creating a trans and LGBT-inclusive environment in your practice and offer participants concrete tips on creating a welcoming clinical environment from the systems level to the provider-patient interaction.

Slide Deck Presentation

Wed. March 13, 2019

Guest Speaker: Larry Mauksch M.Ed.

Larry Mauksch, clinical professor emeritus, University of Washington Department of Family Medicine has presented to hundreds of health care and educational institutions across America. His research and educational strategies help physicians and other team members communicate effectively with patients and manage time.

Topic: Working with our patients to make the best use of time

This interactive presentation will use video demonstration, skill practice, and the presentation of evidence to help participants learn communication skills that decrease time management anxiety and enhance the quality of the physician patient relationship. Participants will learn to use the Patient Centered Observation Form for continued training of themselves and colleagues.

Slide Deck Presentation


March 2018

Wed. March 14, 2018

Guest Speaker: Dr. Barbara Goff

Presentation: Updates on Screening, Early detection and Prevention in Ovarian Cancer

Barbara A. Goff, M.D. is a UW professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and affiliate researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr Goff specializes in surgical treatment of gynecologic malignancies, robotic surgery, chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers, clinical trials and early detection of ovarian cancer.


January 2018

Dr. Lora Shahine

Topic: Environmental Toxins and Women’s Reproductive Health

Dr. Shahine’s presentation


Past guest speakers and topics from 2001-2017

Please click link below to get a historical outline of our past guest speakers.

Past speakers pdf