February 23, 2011
Meet Women’s Health Pioneer Tamer Seckin, MD, FACOG, ACGE of Endometriosis Foundation of America
Ranked among America's Top Surgeons & Gynecologists, Tamer Seckin, MD has over two decades of experience and has established himself internationally as a leading specialist in Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery for the treatment of endometriosis and associated pelvic pain pathologies. An active educator and philanthropist, Dr. Seckin has set forth efforts to correct misdiagnoses and raise public awareness for this disease that, though estimated to affect the lives of 1 in 10 women and adolescents, is commonly ignored. Through his founding of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, Dr. Seckin has lent a voice and sense of urgency to endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
During monthly menstruation, the female body sheds the uterine lining (endometrium); for women with endometriosis, menstrual fluids leak back into the body in areas outside of the uterus, leading to the development of painful and invasive nodules, adhesions and inflammation of surrounding areas.
Who does it affect?
This reproductive disorder afflicts an estimated 176 million women and girls globally; 8.5 million in North America alone.
What are possible signs?
These may include severe cramping and chronic pelvic pain, severe painful periods, infertility and pain associated with sex.
Endometriosis is a leading cause of infertility and chronic pelvic pain; while treatable, early diagnosis and timely intervention are crucial, as length and degree of treatment increases. Many patients are incorrectly informed by their doctors and treated for symptoms - but not the disease itself.
Leading extensive research and collaboration with scientists, women's health professionals and patients, as well as continued outreach and education efforts, Dr. Seckin and the EFA strive to further develop public knowledge of endometriosis and promote early diagnosis and effective intervention.
Dr. Seckin is a NOTES patent holder and has given presentations and lectures at all major conferences in his field on topics ranging from endometriosis awareness to advanced Laparoendoscopic techniques in New York City, Mexico, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Portugal, China, Argentina, Japan and Germany. In addition to his duties as Chief of the Gynecological Department at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Seckin serves as an Associate Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor at Lenox Hill Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital (Weill Medical College of Cornell University) and maintains a busy private practice in New York City. Dr. Seckin serves on the board of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy, is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the European Society of Reproductive Endocrinology, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, the American Fertility Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the New York Gynecological Society and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) is a non-profit organization focused on fighting against the devastating effects of a disease that affects millions of women and adolescent girls. Through increased awareness, education, research and legislative advocacy, the EFA is committed to improving affected individuals' lives by early detection and treatment.
For further information, please visit www.endofound.org.