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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Berek, Jonathan S.; Rodriguez, Anne O.; Carlson, Robert

Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology: February 2012 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283503f8e
Editorial introductions

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology was launched in 1989. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of obstetrics and gynecology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Jonathan S. Berek

Dr Berek is a Professor at Stanford, where he is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, and the Director of the Women's Cancer Center at the Stanford Cancer Center.

Dr Berek is well known as a Professor, Researcher, Author, Editor, Educator, Physician, and Gynecologic Oncologist. He is highly regarded for his research on the clinical management of gynecologic cancers and translational research related to these malignancies. He has published over 500 research papers, book chapters and monographs. He is especially noted for his popular books, Berek & Hacker's Gynecologic Oncology, and Berek & Novak's Gynecology.

Dr Berek earned his undergraduate degree from Brown, his doctor of medicine degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine. For many years, he was a Professor at UCLA, where he was also the Chair of the College of Applied Anatomy.

Dr Berek is the Group Chair and Principal Investigator for the Cooperative Ovarian Cancer Group (COGI). He was a Principal Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) for two decades. His primary research interest is in the immunology and immunotherapy of ovarian cancer, and through the development of experimental models and clinical trials, his initial studies encouraged the development of innovative biologic therapy strategies. Through collaborative work, his group focuses on the development of vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and targeted therapies for ovarian cancer. Dr Berek has had grant support from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF).

He is the recipient of the prestigious Sherman Mellinkoff Award and the Excellence in Education Award by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the 2010 John C. Fremont Pathfinder Award. He is regularly listed among America's Best Doctors for Gynecology & Gynecologic Oncology.

He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG) and in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr Berek has served as an examiner for the American Board Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and for the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG).

Dr Berek is the Immediate Past President of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), and the President-Elect of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG). His many honors include receiving the President's Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), serving as its Vice President in 1996–1997, and presenting numerous distinguished lectureships. Dr Berek has served on many national committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) and the Society of Pelvic Surgeons (SPS).

He is an Editor of Prolog and Précis for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the Editor in Chief of Current Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology, ASCO News & Forum, and was a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, and the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He serves as a reviewer for many prestigious journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet, Cancer, and Journal of the National Cancer Institute, among others.

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Anne O. Rodriguez

Dr Rodriguez received her medical and undergraduate degrees with honors at Northwestern University and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. She served as Associate Professor and fellowship director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and is now in active clinical practice in gynecologic oncology in Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA, with a special interest in fertility preservation in cancer patients. She is part of the teaching program in General Surgery at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is active in multiple research endeavors. She serves on the Core Planning Committee for the California Ovarian Cancer Awareness Program.

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Robert Carlson

Dr Carlson received his undergraduate and medical degree from Stanford University, USA. He completed two years of residency in internal medicine with the Barnes Hospital Group, and returned to Stanford for his senior residency and oncology fellowships. Following his fellowship joined the faculty at Stanford University where he is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

His career has been devoted to the improvement in the care and treatment of breast cancer. He is Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Guidelines Panel that develops evidence-based breast cancer guidelines, and Co-chairs the Treatment Guidelines Panel of the Breast Health Global Initiative, a group that develops resource stratified breast cancer guidelines for countries with limited resources.

Dr Carlson is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the European Society of Medical Oncology and has served on numerous national committees and panels. Dr Carlson was awarded the Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence in 2008. He has published numerous articles on his research and has served on the editorial board of Oncology, The Breast Journal, Evidence-based Oncology, The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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