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Release Date: 05/06/2015

Vivian Sung, MD, MPH, of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently named President-elect of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) at the group’s 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando. Dr. Sung’s term as President will begin in 2016.

As president, Dr. Sung is responsible for presiding over all meetings of the Society, Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, as well as serve as an ex-officio member of all committees. The objective of the SGS board is to promote dissemination of knowledge revolving around gynecologic surgery; advance the understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the female reproductive system; and encourage improvement in surgical skills and techniques.

“I applaud Dr. Sung’s goals for her role as president of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons which will include expanding the educational and research missions of the Society through developing new programs that will enhance educational resources and evidence-based gynecologic surgery,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England Health System, Chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at the Alpert Medical School, and professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Sung is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Sung completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and then completed a dual fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery and also Epidemiology and Clinical Trials at Women & Infants Hospital. She has achieved certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (FPMRS) by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). She is the Principal Investigator for the Women and Infants site in the NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

Dr. Sung balances non-surgical, surgical and minimally-invasive options for the management of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. She has a particular interest in the critical evaluation and translation of new and existing clinical practices for pelvic floor disorders. She is committed to advancing the field of urogynecology and improving patient care through rigorous research and evidence-based practice.

About the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS)
The Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit membership organization and was established in 1974. The SGS mission is to promote the acquisition of knowledge and improvement of skills in gynecologic surgery, enhance the understanding of gynecology and gynecologic surgery through basic and clinical research and to be a source of public and professional information. Membership in SGS consists of key opinion leaders and experts in gynecologic surgery. 

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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