AUGS Committees

    The Society's numerous committees are responsible for developing and maintaining the programs and policies that support the Society's mission. Members interested in committee membership should submit their name, contact information, and committee of interest during the annual Call for Volunteers process which occurs in the spring (May).

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    2015 AUGS Committee Rosters

    Audit Committee

    Education Committee

    Finance Committee

    Governance Committee

    Clinical Practice Committee

    Systematic Review Subcommittee

    Quality Outcomes Committee

    Coding and Reimbursement Committee

    Membership Committee

    Public Engagement Committee

    Program Committee

    Research Committee

    Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry



    Audit Committee

    Chair:
    Catherine Matthews, MD

    Members:
    Patrick Culligan, MD
    Roger P. Goldberg, MD, MPH

    Staff Liaison:
    Michelle Zinnert, CAE

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Yearly audit of the Society
    • Oversee the Foundation 990 and tax statement

    Education Committee

    Chair:
    AnnaMarie Connolly, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Charles W. Nager, MD

     Members:
    Gretchen Lentz, MD
    Gary Sutkin, MD, MBA

    Director - Fellows Education:
    Leslie Rickey, MD

    Fellows Education Workgroup:
    Amanda White, MD
    Cara Grimes, MD

    Director - Fellowship Program Directors Education:
    Sylvia Botros-Brey, MD

    Fellowship Program Directors Education Workgroup:
    Felicia Lane, MD
    Vivian Aguilar, MD
    Gena Dunivan, MD 

    Director - Subspecialty Education:
    Eric Jelovsek, MD

    Subspecialty Education Workgroup:
    Grace Chen, MD 

    Director - Online Education:
    Steve Minaglia, MD, MBA

    Online Education Workgroup:
    Heidi Brown, MD, MAS
    Ian Oyama, MD
    Michael Vardy, MD 

    Director - Allied Health Education:
    Julie Starr

    Allied Health Education Workgroup:
    Kate O'Dell
    Jenni Gabelsberg 
    Colleen Mellen 

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Lauren Lawson

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Evaluate the educational needs of health care providers focused on FPRMS
    • Develop educational materials for continuing education of its members
    • Develop educational materials for resident and medical students

    Finance Committee

    Chair:
    Ryan R. Stratford, MD, MBA

    Board Liaison:
    Halina Zycynski, MD

    Members:
    Michael Karram, MD
    Ray Foster, MD
    Michael Flynn, MD
    Catherine Matthews, MD

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Michelle Zinnert, CAE

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Provide oversight on the annual budget and ensure sound financial practices for both the Society and Foundation
    • Identify areas for potential expense reduction or revenue increases with help of staff
    • Review monthly financial statements in detail
    • Provide guidance to the Treasurer during the fiscal review of the association management company contract and fees
    • Review investment strategy and accounts

    Governance Committee

    Chair:
    Douglass S. Hale, MD

    Members:
    Charles W. Nager, MD
    Catherine Matthews, MD
    Adam Steinberg, DO
    Deborah Myers, MD

    Staff Liaison:
    Michelle Zinnert, CAE

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Oversee the process and governance by which the Society and Foundation function
    • Review policy and procedures manual and bylaws to ensure up to date
    • Conduct an annual assessment of the Board of Directors
    • Ensure conflict of interests are disclosed and handled appropriately
    • Review and revise roles and responsibilities of committees on an annual basis, with appropriate review of related policies and procedures
    • Review and monitor best practices in association management
    • Oversee the Call for Volunteers and Officer Nomination Process
    • Establish a process for vetting of Board candidate

    Clinical Practice Committee

    Chair:
    Paul Tulikangas, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Shawn A. Menefee, MD

    Members:
    Cassie Carberry, MD
    Renee Ward, MD
    Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH
    Scott W. Smilen, MD
    Joseph Schaffer, MD
    Mark Walters, MD
    Milena M. Weinstein, MD 

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Colleen Hughes

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for FPMRS
    • Review position statements and joint committee opinions (as needed by Board)
    • Develop mechanisms to respond to late-breaking research findings/recs from other societies
    • Oversee the systematic review subcommittee

    Systematic Review Subcommittee

    Chair:
    Renee Ward, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Shawn A. Menefee, MD

    Members:
    Renee Ward, MD
    Tanaz Ferzandi, MD, MA
    Taji Yazdany, MD
    Sharon Jakus-Waldman, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Ladin Yurteri-Kaplan, MD, MS
    Peter Jeppson, MD
    Mamta Mamik, MD, MSc
    Megan Schimpf, MD
    Leise Knoepp, MD, MPH

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Colleen Hughes

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Conduct systematic reviews surrounding a specific research question identified by the Board. These systematic reviews will be used for the development of future AUGS clinical practice guidelines.
    • Work closely with AUGS Clinical Committee members and professionals trained in systematic review development.

    Quality Outcomes Committee

    Chair:
    Rony A. Adam, MD

    Vice Chair:
    Samantha J. Pulliam, MD 

    Board Liaison:
    Roger P. Goldberg, MD, MPH

    Members:
    Sage Claydon, MD
    Blair Washington, MD
    James Whiteside, MD, MS, MA
    Michael Woods, MD
    Jeff Mangel, MD
    Daniel Morgan, MD
    Melanie Santos, MD
    Tatiana Sanses, MD
    Amy Park, MD
    Mark Preston, MD
    Anna C. Frick, MD, MPH
    Joseph Montella, MD

    SUFU Liaison: Michael Albo, MD; Mike Kennelly, MD

    AUGS Staff Liaisons:
    Mitra Aminrazavi                                                                                                                                                                        
    Jill Rathbun

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Quality measure development and maintenance
    • Oversee quality sections of PFD Registry
    • Oversee the Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network (QI-ORN)
    • Respond to all quality related regulations
    • Coordinate the Society’s external liaisons to other professional and advocacy groups and maintain relationships with government relations branches of those external societies (NQF, NQRN, PCPI, etc.)
    • Monitor the legislative and regulatory environment, and ensure that the Society continues to increase its voice and influence in legislative and lobbying processes, in coordination with other societies whenever appropriate

     


    Coding and Reimbursement Committee

    Chair:
    Lora Plaskon, MD

    Vice Chair: 
    Marc Toglia, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Adam C. Steinberg, DO
     
    Members:
    Bob Harris, MD
    Mitch Schuster, MD
    Scott Poehlmann, MD
    William Porter, MD
    Aparna Diwan Shah, MD
    Tanaz R. Ferzandi, MD, MA
    Janet Tomezsko, MD
    Alison Weidner, MD
    Cedric Olivera, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS

    SUFU Liaison: Roger R. Dmochowski, MD

    AUGS Staff Liaisons:
    Mitra Aminrazavi                                                                                                                                                                        
    Jill Rathbun

     Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Works on reviewing and proposing CPT codes, ICD-codes, HCPCS codes
    • Payment and coverage
    • Ensure all efforts and work aligns with charges as defined by the Board.
    • Monitor the legislative and regulatory environment, and ensure that the Society continues to increase its voice and influence in legislative and lobbying processes, in coordination with other societies whenever appropriate
    • Educate membership on relevant coding and reimbursement matters

    Membership Committee

    Chair:
    Star Hampton, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Shawn A. Menefee, MD

    Members:
    Peter Jeppson, MD
    Peter Finamore, MD
    Tyler Muffly, MD
    Azin Shahryarinejad, MD
    Vatche Minassian, MD, MPH
    Dobie Giles, MD, MS
    Andrew Hundley, MD
    Richard Mooney, Jr., MD (Private Practice SIG Chair)
    Colleen Mellen, APRN (Allied Health SIG Chair)
    Marsha Guess, MD (Basic Science SIG Chair)
    Jeannine Miranne, MD (Fellows SIG Chair)
    Pam Moalli, MD (Mesh/Graft Use SIG Chair)
    Joan Blomquist, MD (Global Health SIG Chair)

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Mollie Brooks

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Determine the needs of members and potential members
    • Identify new strategies to increase the value of AUGS membership and work with staff to implement them
    • Oversee AUGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

    Public Engagement Committee

    Chair:
    Sangeeta T. Mahajan, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Sandra Culbertson, MD

    Members:
    Matthew Barker, MD
    John Occhino, MD
    Michael Fialkow, MD
    Gazala Siddiqui, MD
    Danielle Antosh, MD
    Ambereen Sleemi, MD, MPH
    May M. Wakamatsu, MD

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Tristan Wood

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Ensure seamless integration of all patient related programs and services on behalf of AUGS.
    • Develop, review and oversee educational materials and programs related to patient education and awareness of pelvic floor disorders, as well as  awareness of the FPMRS subspecialty

    Program Committee

    Chair:
    Miles Murphy, MD

    Vice Chair:
    David Ike Rahn, MD 

    Board Liaison:
    Patrick J. Culligan, MD

    Members:
    Emily Whitcomb, MD
    Eric Sokol, MD
    Kathleen Connell, MD
    John Fischer, MD
    Minita Patel, MD
    Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, PT
    Peter Rosenblatt, MD
    Heather van Raalte, MD 

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Lauren Lawson

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Plan and organize an Annual Scientific Meeting
    • Develop programming that focuses on the latest scientific advances in FPMRS
    • Expand and enhance the annual scientific meeting attendee experience for those health care professionals interested in FPMRS

    Research Committee

    Chair:
    Vivian Sung, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Cindy Amundsen, MD

    Members:
    Jennifer Anger, MD, MPH
    Gina Northington, MD, PhD
    Matthew Fraser, PhD
    Elizabeth Geller, MD
    Yuko Komesu, MD
    Lily Arya, MD, MS
    Ilana Addis, MD, MPH
    Lieschen Quiroz, MD 
    Nazema Siddiqui, MD
    Una Lee, MD
    Emily Lukacz, MD (Grant Review Committee Chair) 

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Colleen Hughes

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Review the PFD Research Foundation grants
    • Review and approve requests to survey members
    • Develop fellows research training programs
    • Develop AUGS research priorities/plan
    • Evaluate research needs of the AUGS membership

    Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry

    Steering Committee

    Chair:

    Matthew Barber, MD, Chair

    Vice Chair:
    Ingrid Nygaard, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Halina Zyczynski, MD

    Members:
    Rony Adam, MD, AUGS Quality Outcomes Committee Chair
    Joanna Cain, MD, Women’s Health Registry Alliance Representative

    Ryan Stratford, MD, AUGS Treasurer
    Vivian Sung, MD, AUGS Research Committee Chair
    Anthony Visco, MD, Ad Hoc Member
    Michelle Zinnert, CAE, AUGS Executive Director, ex-officio member

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Oversee PFD Registry operations.
    • Promote long-term financial viability of the PFD Registry. Make recommendations to the AUGS Board of Directors concerning registry budget areas.
    • Determine strategic priorities and direction of the PFD Registry.
    • Assist in presentations to strategic partners of the PFD Registry.
    • Engage membership and derive insight from their priorities and interests.
    • Appoint members to all Registry Committees.
    • Act as the final arbiter for issues not resolved by other PFD Registry committees and work groups, or have broad implications for the PFD Registry initiative, overall.

    Scientific Committee

    Chair:
    Catherine Bradley, MD  

    Vice Chair:
    Emily Weber-Lebrun, MD

    Members:
    Sarah Boyles, MD
    Robert Gutman, MD
    Michael Moen, MD
    Stuart Reynolds, MD
    Holly Richter, MD
    Stuart Shippey, MD
    Rosanne Kho, MD, ACOG Liaison
    Samantha Pulliam, MD, AUGS Quality Outcomes Committee Liaison
    Lily Arya, MD, MS, AUGS Research Committee Liaison
    Pamela Moalli, MD, Mesh SIG Liaison
    Milena Weinstein, MD, AUGS Clinical Practice Committee Liaison

    Ongoing Committee Activities:

    • Oversee the scientific content of the Registry, including data elements, design and implementation
    • Review requests for data use and analysis
    • Ensure central IRB vendor and process are in place
    • Oversee informed consent process for Level 1 and Level 2 participants
    • Ensure that quality measures, including data quality, data integrity, and registry output, are current and responsive to the needs of medical professionals treating women with PFD
    • Review and approve all publications derived from the Registry to ensure compliance with Registry policies, confidentiality, and acknowledgment of data source and funding

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Kate Detweiler

     

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