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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    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:
    Sandra R. Valaitis, MD

    Members:
    Amy Rosenman, MD
    Patrick Culligan, MD

    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:
    Mikio A. Nihira, MD, MPH 

    Members:
    Barbara Robinson Henley, MD
    Apurva B Pancholy, MD
    Krista Mae Reagan, MD
    Gretchen Lentz, MD
    Gary Sutkin, MD, MBA

    Director - Fellows Education:
    Lesley Rickey, MD

    Fellows Education Workgroup:
    Amanda White, MD
    Kavita Mishra, MD

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

    Fellowship Program Directors Education Workgroup:
    Felicia Lane, MD
    Vivian Aguilar, 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 - APPTAH Education:
    Julie Starr, APRN

    APPTAH Education Workgroup:
    Katherine O'Dell, PhD, CNM, NP
    Jenni Gabelsberg, DPT 
    Colleen Mellen, APRN

    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:
    Raymond T. Foster, Sr., MD, MS, MHSc

    Board Liaison:
    Charles Rardin, MD

    Members:
    Karen L. Noblett, MD 
    Michael Karram, MD
    Terry White, MD
    Veronica T Mallett, M.D.


    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:
    Halina Zycynski, MD

    Members:
    Amy Rosenman, MD
    Sandra R. Valaitis, 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:
    Rony A. Adam, MD

    Members:
    Cassie Carberry, MD
    Renee Ward, MD
    Scott W. Smilen, MD
    Joseph Schaffer, MD
    Mark Walters, MD
    Milena M. Weinstein, MD 
    Howard B. Goldman, MD, FACS
    Beri M. Ridgeway, MD
    Sarah A. Collins, MD
    Seth A. Cohen, 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

     

    Members:
    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:
    Mitra Aminrazavi

    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:
    Samantha J. Pulliam, MD

    Vice Chair:
    Daniel Morgan, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Rony A. Adam, MD

    Members:
    Sage Claydon, MD
    Blair Washington, MD
    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
    Jennifer T. Anger, MD, MPH
    Rebecca Posthuma Batalden, MD
    Robert F Flora, MD, MBA, MPH
    Zaid Chaudhry, MD
     

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

    AUGS Staff Liaisons:
    Colleen Hughes                                                                                                                                                                         
    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:
    Marc Toglia, MD

    Vice Chair: 
    Mitch Schuster, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Adam C. Steinberg, DO
     
    Members:
    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
    Yasser Fahmy Zeid, MD
    John H. Al-Jamal, MD
    Jennifer J. Schmitt, MD

    SUFU Liaisons: Roger R. Dmochowski, MD; Stuart Reynolds, MD, MPH

    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:
    Mikio A. Nihira, MD, MPH

    Members:
    Peter Jeppson, MD
    Peter Finamore, MD
    Tyler Muffly, MD
    Azin Shahryarinejad, MD
    Vatche Minassian, MD, MPH
    Dobie Giles, MD, MS
    Andrew Hundley, MD
    Lauren Siff, MD
    Richard Mooney, Jr., MD (Private Practice SIG Chair)
    Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, PT, WCS, BCB-PMD(APPTAH SIG Chair)
    Matthew Fraser, PhD (Basic Science SIG Chair)
    Omar Duenas, MD (Fellows SIG Chair)
    Vince Lucente, MD, FACOG (Mesh/Graft Use SIG Chair)
    Joan Blomquist, MD (Global Health SIG Chair)
    Adam S. Holzberg, D.O. (EMR SIG Chair)

    AUGS Staff Liaison:
    Alyssa Yaguda

    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:
    Megan O. Schimpf, M.D.

    Board Liaison:
    Sandra Culbertson, MD

    Members:
    Gazala Siddiqui, MD
    Danielle Antosh, MD
    Ambereen Sleemi, MD, MPH
    May M. Wakamatsu, MD
    Amie Kawasaki, MD
    Stephanie A. Jacobs, MD
    Joseph L. Maccarone, II, MD
    Sallis O. Yip, MD
    Donna Mazloomdoost, 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:
    David Ike Rahn, MD

    Vice Chair:
    Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Patrick J. Culligan, MD

    Members:
    Kathleen Connell, MD
    John Fischer, MD
    Minita Patel, MD
    Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, PT
    Peter Rosenblatt, MD
    Heather van Raalte, MD
    Elizabeth Geller, MD 
    John A Occhino, MD, MS

    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:
    W. Thomas Gregory, MD

    Vice Chair:
    Nazema Siddiqui, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Shawn A. Menefee, MD

    Members:
    Yuko Komesu, MD
    Lily Arya, MD, MS
    Ilana Addis, MD, MPH
    Lieschen Quiroz, MD 
    Nazema Siddiqui, MD
    Una Lee, MD
    Cara L. Grimes, MD, MAS
    Alexis Dieter, MD
    Elizabeth Casiano Evans, MD
    Gena Colleen Dunivan, MD
    Craig A. Mayr, MD, PhD
    Matthew Fraser, PhD (Basic Science SIG Chair)
    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:

    Catherine Bradley, MD 

    Vice Chair:
    Mike Flynn, MD

    Board Liaison:
    Charles Rardin, MD

    Members:
    Samantha J. Pulliam, MD, Quality Outcomes Committee Representative
    Joanna Cain, MD, Women’s Health Registry Alliance Representative
    Raymond Foster, MD, AUGS Treasurer
    Tom Gregory, MD, AUGS Research Committee Chair
    Matthew Barber, 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. 
    • Recommend strategic priorities and direction of the PFD Registry to the AUGS Board of Directors.
    • Assist in presentations to strategic partners of the PFD Registry. 
    • Engage membership and derive insight from their priorities and interests.

    Scientific Committee

    Chair:
    Emily Weber-Lebrun, MD

    Vice Chair:
    Sarah Boyles, MD

    Members:
    Uduak Umoh Andy, MD
    Robert Gutman, MD
    Bela Kudish, MD
    Amy O'Boyle, MD
    Stuart Reynolds, MD
    Stuart Shippey, MD
    Pamela Moalli, M.D., Ph.D., Mesh SIG Liaison
    Milena Weinstein, MD, AUGS, Clinical Practice Committee Liaison
    Rebecca Posthuma Batalden, MD, Quality Outcomes 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
    • 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:
    Mitra Aminrazavi

    Michael Albo, Mike Kennelly

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