Linda D. Bradley, MD
Director of Hysteroscopic Services, Section of General Gyencology,
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Hello, I’m Linda Bradley; I’m vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Cleveland
Clinic and the director of hysteroscopic services and menstrual disorders in the
fibroid center, also at the Cleveland Clinic. This year, I was just selected as
the secretary-treasurer of the AAGL. I’m very happy to speak with you today. I’m
very excited about this year’s 37th annual program. This year’s program
is going to be very exciting; first of all, we’d like to give honor and tribute
to Jordan Phillips, the visionary, the icon, and the brilliant mind that really
started the AAGL more than 37 years ago. It’s been under his leadership that we
are able to have a program that’s dynamic and actually pertains to many innovative
techniques. We’re very excited this year to have many discussions on laparoscopic
surgery, robotic surgery, lots of updates on urinary prolapse and incontinence,
and more importantly, issues as it relates to uterine fibroids—alternatives
to hysterectomy, and issues as it relates to oncology. We have a very large group
of physicians who are attending the program, as well as residents, an excellent
program with new videos, abstracts and posters. We’re excited to bring the annual
AAGL meeting to Las Vegas this year.
We have a very robust agenda—several hysteroscopy courses that are hands-on,
cadaver courses, laparoscopic suturing, which is extremely popular, and also many
posters, videos and abstracts. We think that this program has something for everyone,
from novice to the most seasoned surgeons. This year, we will have 11 video sections
and segments, several live telesurgeries being broadcast from around the country,
and actually around the world. We have many, many live debates and pro and con sessions.
We think that everyone will enjoy this year’s program and we thank the scientific
community for working so diligently on bringing us a fabulous program. We think
that the AAGL program is particularly suited for all physicians. It allows a large
array of seasoned physicians from around the country. Our programs are large enough
to hear most everything yet small enough and intimate, especially with our luncheon
roundtables, to have the ability to speak with professors, experts from around the
world. We’re very excited that this year’s program is extremely robust and, again,
we thank our scientific community for such a wonderful program.
I always mark my calendar for the AAGL annual meeting. It’s so much fun to meet
new friends and old ones, and more importantly, I’m very involved this year with
a couple of very unique programs. One is the postgraduate course number 6, where
we’re going to talk about new and innovative theories for uterine fibroids, ranging
from uterine fibroid embolization to MRI-focused ultrasound to medical therapy.
We’re also involved with evening dinner symposium on uterine fibroid embolization.
Likewise a luncheon roundtable provides ample opportunity to talk with a very select
group of physicians who are very interested in new technology and new techniques.
So, again, we think the AAGL has something for everyone.
We think that this year’s program is really excellent, in that we have a lot of
information on robotic surgery. Many physicians and hospitals are very excited to
look at applications of robotics, ranging from hysterectomy to lymph node sampling
to diagnostic procedures. In addition, much work in infertility and oncology will
also be discussed at this year’s program.
The AAGL has always been at the forefront of medical and scientific inquiry and
this year’s no different. It’s been very different, and sometimes tricky, to talk
about cosmetic procedures in gynecology, but the AAGL has tackled this and will
offer courses on cosmetic surgery in the office. I’m sure this will bring much interest
and enthusiasm as physicians are looking for ways to expand opportunities for practicing
cosmetic surgeries in their practice, so stay tuned.
Another topic of interest for AAGL members is pelvic floor reconstruction. There
will be ample opportunity to discuss the role of mesh and different surgical procedures
in order to treat pelvic prolapse. Lastly, there is a special session this year
from Allied Health Professionals to attend and become updated in the gynecologist
This past year has been a labor of love for me and Dr Falcone. We embarked on writing
a wonderful and comprehensive textbook on hysteroscopy. There are 22 chapters in
this book and many AAGL members, who are excellent physicians and writers, contributed
to this textbook. We’re excited to get to present it, in addition to the 22 chapters,
there is also a 3 hour DVD that demonstrates many surgical procedures and principles,
both in operative and office-based hysteroscopy. This textbook will be useful for
residents in training, fellows, and also clinical physicians. We feel that the artwork,
the videos, and the written material is very very helpful and we think our readers
will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed preparing it.