IPPS Board of Directors


  • Chairman of the Board

    Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH, FACOG, CPE Show More
    Orlando VA Medical Center
    13800 Veteran's Way, Division of Surgery
    Orlando, FL 32827
    Tel: (407) 631-4010
    Dr. Lamvu received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University (1993, 1997) and she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001). She received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain at UNC in 2003. During this time she served as a fellow scholar in the NIH T-32 Training in Epidemiology and clinical Trials Program, as a UNC Simmons Minority fellow and as an NIH Women’s Reproductive Health Research scholar. From 2003 to 2006 Dr. Lamvu began her clinical practice at UNC Healthcare Hospitals as an Assistant Professor, and completed an NICHD Triangle Clinical Research Fellowship in Reproductive Health. Her clinical practice and research focused on gynecologic care of women with chronic pelvic pain disorders including vulvodynia. She served as Director of the National Vulvodynia Registry from 2009-2016. She is also Past President and current Chairman of the Board for the International Pelvic Pain Society. She is Board Certified in Ob-Gyn by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and she is a Certified Pain Educator by the American Society of Pain Educators. She maintains an active teaching role as Associate Director for the Fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery and Gynecology at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Currently she is a Gynecologic Surgeon, a Pelvic Pain Specialist and a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida and the Orlando VA Medical Center where she continues to be heavily involved in clinical care, education and research.
  • President

    Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD, IF Show More
    Beyond Basics Physical Therapy
    110 E. 42nd St., Suite #1504
    New York, NY 10017
    Tel: (212) 354-2622
    Fax: (212) 354-2752

    Amy Stein, DPT, is a leading expert and at the forefront of treating pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, women’s health, and functional manual therapy for men, women, and children.  She is the founder of, and a premier practitioner at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in NYC. She is the author of Heal Pelvic Pain, an easy-read, self-help book and created a video called Healing Pelvic and Abdominal Pain: The ultimate home program for patients and a guide for practitioners. Amy is one of the founder’s of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain, a patient-oriented educational retreat, which is held 1 time each year. Amy is an author in the medical textbooks, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management and The Overactive Pelvic Floor and serves as the Vice President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. She lectures internationally, is featured in the Endo What? documentary, and has been interviewed in media outlets ranging from the medical segments of popular TV shows, like Dr. Oz, ABC’s 20/20, to such magazines as Elle, Prevention and More magazine and newspapers such as the New York Daily News. She is a member of ISSWSH, the NVA, ISSVD, ICA, and the APTA Women’s Health section. Amy received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1999, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013.

    • beyondbasicsphysicaltherapy.com

    • healpelvicpain.com (Book website)

    • healingpelvicandabdominalpain.com (Video website)

    • allianceforpelvicpain.com

    • pelvicpain.org (International Pelvic Pain Society)

  • Vice President

    Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH Show More
    University of Michigan
    Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    1500 E. Medical Center Drive, L4100 Wome
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0276
    Tel: (734) 764-8429
    Fax: (734) 647-9727
    Sawsan As-Sanie, M.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. As-Sanie is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecology Program and Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan. She is also the Director the University of Michigan Endometriosis Center. Dr. As-Sanie received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1998 and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2002. Following residency, she completed a three year clinical and research fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Chronic Pelvic Pain at the University of North Carolina. During this time, she also received her MPH in epidemiology.

    Dr. As-Sanie is dedicated to the care of women with complex gynecologic conditions, including the treatment of women with various chronic pain disorders. She has a particular interest in endometriosis, as well as minimally invasive surgery techniques including robotic surgery. Dr. As-Sanie is actively engaged in numerous research studies. Her research interests are aimed at defining the underlying mechanisms involved in the initiation and maintenance of pelvic pain disorders, with a focus on endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain. She is the principal investigator for several studies evaluating the neurobiological mechanism of pain processing in endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain. Dr. As-Sanie has spoken at many national and international conferences on pelvic pain and endometriosis, and has authored and co-authored research articles published in peer reviewed literature.
  • Secretary

    Kathryn Witzeman, MD Show More
    Denver Health
    Department of OB/GYN
    777 Bannock Street, MC 0660
    Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program
    Denver, CO 80204
    Tel: (303) 602-9069
    Fax: (303) 602-9734
    Kathryn Witzeman, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Witzeman founded the Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Center at Denver Health Medical Center and has overseen its growth and development as its Director since inception. Dr. Witzeman joined the Board of Directors of IPPS in 2014 and has been a proud member since 2007. She is a Fellow of the American College of OBGYN and her clinical and research interests include vulvovaginal disorders, pelvic pain, menstrual disorders, menopausal problems, biomedical ethics as is applies to the field of OBGYN and medical education. Dr. Witzeman successfully completed the 2012 APGO Scholars and Leaders program. She completed her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati SOM and subsequently completed her OBGYN residency training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Treasurer

    Colleen M. Fitzgerald, MD Show More
    Loyola University Medical Center
    Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    2160 S. 1st Ave.
    Maywood, IL 60153
    Tel: (708) 216-2170
    Fax: (708) 216-2171
    Colleen M. Fitzgerald, MD, MS is a board certified physiatrist, attending physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She serves as Medical Director of the Female Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at Loyola. Dr. Fitzgerald’s areas of clinical expertise and research include pregnancy-related low back and pelvic girdle pain, musculoskeletal medicine, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, and pelvic rehabilitation. Dr. Fitzgerald received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2000, where she served as chief resident. She is a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar. She is the current recipient of an NICHD K23 Patient Oriented Research Award studying “Mechanistic Distinctions in Female Pelvic Pain Subtypes” and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Nadler Musculoskeletal Research Grant entitled “The Efficacy of Ultrasound Guided Posterior Sacroiliac Ligament Corticosteroid Injection in Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain: A Randomized Double Blinded Controlled Trial”. She is a Co-Investigator for the Loyola U01 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) grant. She is the past Co-Chair and current scientific committee member for the World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain. She is an active member of the AAPM&R, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Pelvic Pain Society, currently serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors.
  • Past President

    Juan Diego Villegas Echeverri, MD Show More
    Clinica Comfamiliar
    Av. Circunvalar #3-01 Piso 4
    Tel: 573315772
    Fax: +573 104 2253 08
    Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri was born in Pereira (Colombia), the heart of the coffee growing region in the country. After concluding high school with honors, he moved to Bogota, graduating as a doctor at Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Following the compulsive social service, he returned to Bogotá where he completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency and graduated with Honors and as best resident of his promotion from the Hospital Universitario Lorencita Villegas de Santos – Universidad del Rosario. In 1998 he returned to his hometown and has been living in Pereira since then, with his wife and his two kids.

    Soon in his practice, Dr. Villegas realized that chronic pelvic pain patients did not have adequate medical care, not only in his city but in the entire country. So, in 2004, he applied and completed a fellowship at C.Paul Perry´s Pelvic Pain Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Coming back from Alabama, he started ALGIA, the Advanced Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira, where he has been taking care of patients from all over Colombia and some places in Latin America.

    Dr Villegas-Echeverri has been an active member of the IPPS since 2004. He has been member of the board of directors since then and he is the International Board Member of the society since 2011.

    In 2001, he became the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira. Currently, he is also the Director of ALGIA, the Advanced Gynecological Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center also at Clínica Comfamiliar.

    In May 2012, Dr Villegas was elected as president of FECOLSOG, the Colombian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and, serving as President of FECOLSOG, he is member of the Board of Directors of FIGO, the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    He is a recurrent speaker in multiple national and international conferences and has published in different medical journals and textbooks nationwide.

Board of Directors

  • Director

    Diana T. Atashroo, MD Show More
    NorthShore University HealthSystem
    757 Park Avenue West
    Suite 3870
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    Tel: (602) 406-3517
    Fax: (602) 604-4658
  • Director

    Amy Benjamin, MD Show More
    University of Rochester
    601 Elmwood Avenue
    Box 668
    Rochester, NY 14642
    Tel: (585) 273-3232
    Fax: (585) 276-1298
  • Director

    Debbie Callif, OT, BCB-PMD Show More
    Continence and Pelvic Wellness Clinic
    1516 W. Mequon Road, Suite 102
    Mequon, WI 53092
    Tel: (262) 240-1202
    Fax: (262) 240-1205
  • Director

    Erin Teeter Carey, MD, MSCR Show More
    University of North Carolina
    4010 Old Clinic Building
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Tel: (984) 215-3050
  • Director

    Mario Castellanos, MD Show More
    St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
    500 West Thomas Rd., Suite 680
    Phoenix, AZ 85013
    Tel: (602) 406-6017
    Mario E Castellanos, MD, is a Gynecologic Surgeon in the Division of Surgery and Pelvic Pain at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He is an Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as the Clerkship Director for Creighton University School of Medicine. He is also a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Dr. Castellanos specializes in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain, including pudendal neuralgia, pelvic congestion syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and pain related to vaginal mesh procedures. He has special skills in pudendal nerve decompression surgery and image guided peripheral nerve blocks. In addition, he is an AAGL fellowship trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon for the treatment of complex pelvic pathology. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

    Dr. Castellanos received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Hospital and a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chronic Pelvic Pain at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Director

    Jason James Kutch, PhD Show More
    University of Southern California
    1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Tel: (323) 442-2932
    Fax: (323) 442-1515
  • Director

    Devon N. Shuchman, MD, MS Show More
    AAVA Health System
    2215 Fuller Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Tel: (734) 845-3106
  • Director

    M. Jean Uy-Kroh, MD Show More
    Cleveland Clinic
    Abu Dhabi
    Tel: (216) 444-0551
    Fax: (216) 636-5129
  • International Director

    Krisztina Bajzak, MD, MSc, FRCSC Show More
    Memorial University
    Health Sciences Centre, 2J557 Women's He
    300 Prince Phillip Drive
    St. John's, NL ALB 3V6
    Tel: +709 777-8935
    Fax: +709 777-7455

  • IPPS Founder

    Fred M. Howard, MD, MS, FACOG Show More

    FRED M. HOWARD, M.D., obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College, his Master's of Science (Biochemistry) from Purdue University, and his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University. He did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.

    Dr. Howard is Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Residency Program Director at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has authored many scientific articles on pelvic pain and on laparoscopic surgery, and is co-editor of the textbook Primary Care for Women, and is senior editor of an upcoming text on chronic pelvic pain to be published by Lippincott-Raven.

    Dr. Howard is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society, on the board of directors of the Gynecologic Surgery Society, and the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He continues to be an active researcher in improvement of the care of women with endometriosis or chronic pelvic pain.

    Dr. Howard is Chief Gynecologist of the Rochester Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinic in Rochester, New York, a multidisciplinary center specializing in the care and treatment of pelvic pain.

Advisory Board Members

  • Advisory Board Member

    Charles W. Butrick, MD, FPMRS Show More
    The Urogynecology Center, LLC
    6730 W. 121st Street
    Overland Park, KS 66209-2002
    Tel: (913) 307-0044
    Fax: (913) 227-0094
    Chip Butrick, M.D. is a urogynecologist who lives and works in the Kansas City area. He attended Kansas University Medical School then traveled to St. Louis where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Barnes Hospital/Washington University. During his years in St. Louis he developed and began pursuing his continuing interest in caring for the urologic needs of women. He spent five years developing his skills and expanding his knowledge and experience under the tutelage of several nationally known urogynecologists and urologists. Presently he is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery who subspecializes in female chronic pelvic pain. Dr. Butrick has developed a keen understanding of both urologic and non-urologic sources of pelvic pain. He emphasizes the importance of identifying all sources of that pain (bladder, urethra, pelvic muscles, endometriosis, vaginal or introital pain) and using multiple tools to gain control of the downward spiral often associated with pelvic pain syndromes. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, a member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and he is privileged to be one of the founding fathers of the International Pelvic Pain Society. He has served as a clinical assistant professor at both the University of Missouri Medical School at Kansas City and at Kansas University Medical School where he taught residents how to diagnose and treat patients with urogynecologic needs.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Sarah D. Fox, MD Show More
    Women's Medicine Collaborative, Lifespan Health
    146 West River St
    Suite 11C
    Providence, RI 02904
    Tel: (401) 793-7917
    Fax: (401) 793-7801
    Sarah D. Fox, M.D is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants’ Hospital of RI and The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She is the founder and director of the W&I Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic as well as the director of Colposcopy and Cervical Cancer Prevention. Her areas of interest include medical management, complementary and alternative management of pelvic pain, and resident education. Her research includes the study of mindfulness meditation for patients with chronic pelvic pain as well as the study of opioid pain medications and quality of life in chronic pelvic pain.

    Dr. Fox received her medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Allegheny University and a fellowship in Urogynecology at the University of London under Stuart Stanton. In 2002 she began the CPP clinic at Women & Infants’ Hospital. She has lectured at national and international meetings about pelvic pain.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Richard P. Marvel, MD Show More
    The Center For Pelvic Pain of Annapolis
    130 Lubrano Drive, Suite 111
    Annapolis, MD 21401-7192
    Tel: (410) 573-1436
    Fax: (410) 573-1442
    Richard P. Marvel, M.D. received his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he graduated with honors. He attended the West Virginia School of Medicine and did his residency training at Hahnemann Univeristy in Philadelphia. Over the past 12 years he has been an attending physician at Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While an Assistant Professor at these institutions he developed an interest and expertise in the evaluation and management of women with chronic pelvic pain and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He has also learned from the experts spending time with several other clinicians on the Board of Directors such as Drs. Perry, Steege and Slocumb. He has authored multiple articles and book chapters dealing with many aspects of gynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, the American Pain Society, and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons.

    He has been directly involved in research and was a member of the Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Trials Group, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has been directly involved in research involving IC, a common cause of chronic pelvic pain in women.

    Dr. Marvel is currently in private practice in Baltimore where he has developed the Center for Pelvic Pain at GBMC. Her works closely with local psychologists, physical therapists, medical and pain specialists to coordinate a multidisciplinary management of women with pelvic pain. Over 80% of his practice is devoted to managing women with chronic pelvic pain, vulvar pain, vulvodynia and pain with intercourse. He is an accomplished laparoscopic surgeon and has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of endometriosis and other causes of pelvic pain. He bases his clinical care on the premise that most women with chronic pelvic pain have multiple factors related to their pain. All of the contributing factors must be identified and managed for improvement and relief of pain to occur.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Susan C. Parker, PT, DPT Show More
    Linden Oaks Physical Therapy
    200 Linden Oaks #300
    Rochester, NY 14625
    As a physical therapist practicing in women's health, Susan C. Parker, PT is a clinician who focuses on the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including pelvic pain syndromes and incontinence. In addition to her clinical role, she has lectured (locally and nationally) and has written articles for local publications and a peer reviewed Internet site. Susan graduated from Ithaca College's Physical Therapy program in 1983 and has advanced her knowledge through professional development courses in orthopedics, women's health and industrial medicine. In 1991, she co-founded Greater Rochester Physical Therapy, PC (Rochester, NY), an orthopedic outpatient practice providing expert treatment of orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries and women's health diagnosis. Susan founded and directs the Women's Health portion of the practice. She is committed to assisting women with a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction regain their fullest potential to live an active lifestyle. The practice was recently acquired by Lattimore of Greater Pittsford Physical Therapy where she is now the Clinical Director. Susan is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Women's Health, Orthopedic and Private Practice sections. Susan has served on the Nominating Committee for the Women's Health section; at a state level she served on the Insurance Committee for 10 years and also served as Finger Lakes District Director from 1987 to 1991. Susan is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, the National Vulvodynia Association and the Interstitial Cystitis Association. Locally, Susan has lectured on Women' Health topics at Ithaca College and Nazareth College, hospital grand rounds and APTA meetings. She has also lectured at the National Midwifery Convention and the International Pelvic Pain conventions. Susan is currently working on her PPDPT (post professional doctorate of physical therapy) through Des Moines University.
  • Advisory Board Member

    Stephanie Prendergast, MPT Show More
    Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center
    11500 W Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Tel: (424)293-2305
    Fax: (424)293-2307
    Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, has been a member of IPPS, and has been attending scientific meetings, since 2001. She is the author of several articles on the topic of pelvic pain and in 2003 she was invited by Howard Sharp to publish an article on musculoskeletal causes of pelvic pain. Subsequently, in 2003, she was elected to the IPPS Board of Directors and has since actively served on the board.

    At the highly successful 2004 IPPS meeting, Stephanie suggested combining a physical therapy workshop with the scientific meeting, and donated her time to facilitate this innovation of normal conference proceedings. The result was a substantial increase in the number of physical therapists attending that meeting and an increase in revenue for the IPPS. This year, she has initiated and is completing preparations for a similar program.

    Stephanie is also the co-owner of a physical therapy practice in San Francisco that specializes in the treatment of myofascial pelvic pain symptoms. She is a founding Board member of the Society for Pudendal Neuralgia and has worked for this organization since 2005. She is regularly invited to lecture at conferences and teach continuing education courses worldwide. Currently, Stephanie is authoring several chapters for two separate medical textbooks on chronic pelvic pain and she writes a weekly column for the National Examiner online.

    In 2010, she is scheduled to lecture for the UCSF physical therapy program and her clinic is accepting doctoral students for clinical training.

    Stephanie is extremely committed to treating patients with pelvic pain syndromes and contributing to the advancement of the field of pelvic medicine. Stephanie remains highly dedicated to the International Pelvic Pain Society.
  • Advisory Board Member