6th Annual Erlanger OBGYN Conference Set For Aug. 22-23

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Regional Obstetrics Consultants, Solutions To Obstetrics in Rural Communities and Erlanger Health System announce registration is now open for the 6th Annual Erlanger Health System OBGYN Conference for nurses and physicians on Aug. 22 and 23 at Celebration Event and Conference Center. 
This year, the conference features a several speakers covering current trends for both obstetrics and gynecology. In gynecology, Dr. Darria Gillespie is speaking about the power of tiny changes and their impact on your health, while Dr.
Warner Huh covers cervical screenings for prevention and management of disorders. In Obstetrics, Lieutenant John Harmon and Dr. Kanani Titchen will speak about human trafficking.
Dr. Gillespie is a Yale and Harvard-trained emergency physician. She is also the author of Mom Hacks and a TV host on HLN, CNN and The Dr. Oz Show. She is known as the “make life better for women” doctor. Additionally, she serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. 
Dr. Huh is professor, vice-chair of gynecology, director of the division of gynecology and the Margaret Cameron Spain Endowed Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as professor in the Department of Surgery and Department of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health, and senior medical officer and senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include screening and prevention of HPV related diseases as well as novel immunotherapeutic approaches for pre-invasive disease of the cervix and cervical cancer. He has authored or co-authored over 255 articles in numerous scholarly journals. He serves as co-PI of the Johns Hopkins-UAB-University of Colorado Cervical Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence program. Dr. Huh serves on the editorial boards of Gynecologic Oncology and The Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. He recently served as president of the ASCCP and is on the steering committee for the ASCCP treatment guidelines and was co-chair of the ASCCP colposcopy standards effort. Dr. Huh has also served on the board of directors for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and currently serves as the group’s president. 
Lt. Harmon is the supervisor of the Special Programs Unit in the Chattanooga District for Tennessee Highway Patrol. He started his career in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in 1995. He is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. He is a Commercial Vehicle Specialist holding numerous certifications in the field. He is an adjutant instructor at the THP Training Center and holds both federal and state instructor certifications in commercial vehicles. He is also an instructor at the National Traffic Incident Management Training Center.
Dr. Titchen is the director of Adolescent Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital and assistant professor of Pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine and City University of New York School of Medicine. She has expertise in human trafficking, physician education, reproductive health, eating disorders, trauma-informed care and community building. As executive director of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans, she has conducted CME-accredited human trafficking trainings at medical schools and hospital systems nationwide, produced online CME tutorial and delivered a Ted talk on human trafficking. Dr Titchen has served on committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Women’s Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and she is a member of HEAL Trafficking. She has authored numerous articles for medical journals and the lay press and has advocated for human trafficking survivors at the United Nations, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ney York City Mayor’s Office to end domestic and gender-based violence. Dr. Titchen has spoken on several television and public radio shows about the need for a trauma-informed approach for working with trafficking victims and survivors. She received an AAP International Elective Award and an American Women’s Hospital Service grant for her work with woman and orphaned girls in Nepal. Dr. Titchen holds an MD from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where she also completed her pediatrics residency and she is a graduate of Montefiore’s fellowship in adolescent medicine. 
Several renowned local physicians will also present during the two-day event including Dr. David Adair, Dr. Shea Connor, Dr. Stephen DePasquale and many others. Topics for the conference include breast cancer risk stratification, telemedicine, cardiac disease, updates in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and many more. 
“It is imperative that we as a community of women’s healthcare providers continue to learn and develop the skills necessary to meet the needs of our ever changing population,” said Traci Josephsen, assistant vice president of Women’s Health Services at Erlanger. “This initiative is widely supported by STORC and ROC to further elevate the quality of care women receive in the region through relevant education.”  
The two-day event also provides a networking opportunity for attendees on Thursday evening at The Walden Club. It is sponsored by ROC, STORC, Erlanger Women’s Health Services and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. For more information, or to register, please visit www.erlanger.org/obgynconference. 

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