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Arnold P. Advincula, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Advincula is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery as well as developed surgical instruments in use worldwide. He is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

After graduating with honors from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Advincula completed both an ob-gyn residency and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Afterwards, he spent 10 years at the University of Michigan where he rose to the rank of Professor and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Division and Fellowship as well as Endometriosis Center.

In 2009, Dr. Advincula joined Florida Hospital Celebration Health as Director of the Center for Specialized Gynecology where over the next four years he helped launch the first Women’s Institute in central Florida. Additionally, Dr. Advincula was promoted to Education Institute Director for the Nicholson Center, an advanced medical and surgical simulation training facility.

Currently Dr. Advincula is Vice-President of the AAGL, a 7000-member organization promoting minimally invasive surgery worldwide in addition to serving as member-at-large for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Advincula accepted the position of Vice-Chair of Women’s Health & Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he brings more than 14 years of clinical expertise, innovation and leadership.

Antonio Gargiulo, MD, FACOG

Dr. Gargiulo is the medical director of the Center for Robotic Surgery of Brigham and Women's Hospital and a senior associate in the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gargiulo's surgical practice focuses on complex conservative (myomectomy) or definitive (hysterectomy) surgery for uterine fibroids in women before the onset of menopause. Through extensive use of pre-operative imaging for case selection and preparation, this team has been able to maintain a continuous record of never resorting to open surgery for these conditions since 1998. His goal is to work with patients to deliver the type of minimally invasive surgery that is medically indicated, but that also meets the individual patient's desires and expectations. He is a strong proponents of post-reproductive myomectomy as an alternative to hysterectomy for women who are opposed to losing their uterus. His practice exclusively performs contained uterine tissue extraction in endoscopic bags, to avoid tissue dispersion.

James Kondrup, MD, FACOG

James Dana Kondrup, M.D. received his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. He then went on to complete residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bridgeport Hospital (Associated with Yale Hospital), in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In his last year he served as chief resident.

He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and accredited by ACGE (Accreditation Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy) in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). Dr. Kondrup travels nationally and internationally to train surgeons on advanced laparoscopic gynecological techniques. He has extensive experience with all fertility treatment options and GYN genetic consequences (BRCA).

Ted Lee, MD, FACOG

Dr. Ted Lee is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Magee Womens Hospital. He is also the Director for the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1988 and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his residency training in 1996 in obstetrics and gynecology at Temple University Hospital.

Dr. Lee’s practice is entirely dedicated to minimally invasive surgical option for women. He is a firm believer that virtually all of benign gynecologic surgical conditions should be treated in a minimally invasive fashion. Dr Lee's clinical expertise includes minimally invasive surgery for the treatments of: 1. Endometriosis (including severe endometriosis involving bowel, bladder and ureter), 2. Fibroid, 3. abnormal uterine bleeding, 4.Urinary incontinence, 5.Pelvic organ prolapse.

Debra Richardson, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Richardson joined UT Southwestern’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009. In addition to seeing patients, she participates in research that is leading to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer. She participates in cancer treatment protocols developed by the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and serves on the developmental therapeutics committee for that organization. Dr. Richardson has published several papers on ovarian cancer, including the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer.

She received her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Before pursuing fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, she spent a year at the Mayo Clinic’s Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education completing a women’s health fellowship, where she was awarded a certificate in Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. Richardson is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology.

Ken Sinervo, MD, MSc, FRCSC, ACGE

A native of Ontario, Canada, Dr. Sinervo is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the United States, a member of the Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Canada, and a Fellow of the AAGL, the leading global association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide, wherein he completed a Fellowship in advanced Pelvic Endoscopy. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in Canada with Honors in Psychology and was awarded his MSc in 1993 there as well. Dr. Sinervo completed medical school at the University of Toronto and served Residency at the University of Calgary. He has been awarded many scholarships for his academic performance, including the Dr. Fred Douglas Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a Medical Research Council of Canada scholarship. In addition, he was the recipient of the University of Western Ontario Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Research Day Award two years in a row - a rare accomplishment.

Dr. Sinervo joined the CEC’s Founder, Robert B. Albee, Jr., MD, at the Center in 2001 and since 2011 has been at the head of our practice. Both the Center for Endometriosis Care and Dr. Sinervo individually have earned the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) designation. He serves as the CEC’s Physician Director within the COEMIG program as well as Director of the CEC's Research endeavors. An Advanced Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Fellowship Preceptor, Dr. Sinervo devotes countless hours to the training and education of tomorrow’s surgeons.

Mayra Thompson, MD, FACOG

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as a member of the Association of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and American Urogynecologic Society.

Dr. Thompson is trained in minimally invasive surgical procedures such as the DaVinci Robot for single-site hysterectomies and has also been certified by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

Dr. Thompson is fluent in Spanish and has a special interest in communicating wellness and preventative care in the Hispanic community. She has hosted multiple radio educational shows for the Latin American community not only in Dallas but in the Southwest. Among others, the most well known are “A Su Salud” and “La Buena Vida.” For her efforts she was awarded the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the “Si Se Puede” award from the Mexican American Professional Women’s Association of Dallas.

Lori L Warren, MD, FACOG

Dr. Lori Warren was born in Ithaca, NY. She received both her Bachelors degree and Medical degree at the University of Kentucky, and completed her residency training at Tufts University, Boston MA. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Since 1991, she has been a physician in the practice of Women First of Louisville. Women First is a medical practice specializing in obstetrics and gynecology founded in 1989. As an Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgeon, Dr. Warren has worked nationally and internationally to train other surgeons in laparoscopic techniques. She is the Director of the Women’s Surgical Leadership Initiative of AIMIS.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Warren is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Louisville, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a surgical preceptor for the endoscopy fellowship program. She is passionate about promoting minimally invasive surgery for women. She has published articles on this topic and enjoys teaching on a regular basis.



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