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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Berek, Jonathan S.; Konecny, Gottfried E.; Untch, Michael

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: February 2020 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000607
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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 Editor and Section Editors for this issue.


Jonathan S. Berek

Jonathan S. Berek

Jonathan S. Berek, MD MMS, is the Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor at Stanford University, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, the Stanford Women's Cancer Center; and Senior Advisor, Stanford Cancer Institute, USA. He is the Director of the Stanford Center for Health Communication, Stanford University Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. He served as the Chair of the Stanford Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2005–2017.

Dr Berek is well known as a scholar, clinician, researcher and educator in the field. 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 330 research papers, and many contributed articles, book chapters and monographs. He is especially noted for two of the leading books in the field, Berek & Hacker's Gynecologic Oncology, 7th edition, and Berek & Novak's Gynecology, 16th edition.

Dr Berek earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, USA, his Doctor of Medicine degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA, completed his residency at the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA, and his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine, USA. For many years, he was a Professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology 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 Oncologic Gynecology Investigators (COGI), a member of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (GCIG). He served as Principal Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) for more than 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 monoclonal antibodies and targeted immunotherapies 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. In 2019, he was given an award by the American Cancer Society in recognition of his lifetime of achievement and for his many contributions to women's cancer care and research.

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), the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (FASCO). 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 Past-President of the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CUCOG), and Past President of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS). 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 (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), 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 the Editor in Chief of Current Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Past Editor-in-Chief of ASCO Connections, and Senior Editor of the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer. He has served as an Editor of Prolog and Précis for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, and the Journal of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.


Gottfried E. Konecny

Gottfried E. Konecny

Gottfried E. Konecny is Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. He is the Lead Clinician for gynecologic oncology in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. He obtained his medical degree and completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Munich in Germany. Following his specialist training he focused on clinical breast cancer research and decided to move to the US to pursue postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dennis J. Slamon to participate in laboratory and clinical research that led to the approval of new breast cancer drugs such as trastuzumab and lapatinib. He subsequently undertook subspecialty training in gynecologic oncology by completing a gynecologic oncology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. In 2007 he was recruited back to the University of California as a group leader to the Department of Medicine and the Translational Oncology Research Laboratory of UCLA, to establish and a preclinical and clinical drug development program for gynecologic malignancies. As a physician-scientist his work primarily focuses on translating the revolution in our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of cancer into novel treatment approaches, in which the right patient is being treated with the right drug at the right time.

Michael Untch

Michael Untch

Professor Untch currently serves as the Head of Clinic for Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and Obstetrics, the Head of Breast Interdisciplinary Cancer Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch in Berlin, Germany, where he has been since 2006.

His present research is based around hormone and growth factor receptors and minimally-invasive diagnosis and therapeutic techniques in gynecologic oncology, new therapies and predictive factors in breast cancer and mutation spectrum in familial breast and ovarian cancer.

Professor Untch became a full professor in 2005 and prior to that was awarded his board certificate of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992. He graduated from Ludwig Maximilians University Medical School in Munich, Germany, in 1985 and later served as a research assistant in Gynecology Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Muenchen-Grosshadern, Germany. In 1987, Professor Untch completed his M.D. thesis, then served as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami School of Medicine from 1990 to 1992.

His memberships include the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), German Cancer Society (DKG), German Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGGG), Guideline Commission of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) and the Berlin Cancer Society, among others. Prof. Untch also serves on a number of editorial boards. He authored and coauthored many books and book chapters some of them regarded as standard in Germany, more then 250 publications in scientific journals, among them in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Journal of the American Medical Association etc.

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