About IPPS...

Professionals Engaged in Pain Management for People of All Gender Identities

In 1995 a group of physicians met to discuss their common interest in addressing a gap in chronic pelvic pain research, diagnostics, support and treatment. After two years, the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for professional and public education.  Since then, the IPPS has grown to include gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, PM&R physicians, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and other health professionals committed to a biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of conditions associated with chronic pelvic pain.

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) negatively affects millions of people across the gender identity spectrum throughout the world.  CPP can impact a person’s physical, emotional, social and material well-being.  There are many biopsychosocial contributors to pelvic pain and healthcare providers need special skills in physical examination and history taking in order to better evaluate and treat patients with this type of pain.  Often, conventional medical and surgical treatments are ineffective, however, a range of new medical, surgical and mind-body therapies are available to help improve the lives of individuals living with CPP.

Please join us in our mission to provide the highest standard of care for individuals across the gender spectrum who are living with chronic pelvic pain.  With your help, we can continue to advance access to quality care and work with patients to support them with their health-related goals.

In addition to promoting excellence in care IPPS, members receive additional benefits including a quarterly newsletter, regular research updates, annual meeting discounts, access to a network of providers and other benefits designed to enhance education, practice and research.

Our primary goal is to recruit, organize and educate healthcare professionals actively involved in the treatment of patients who have chronic pelvic pain.  To achieve this goal, our society:

  • Serves as an educational resource for health care professionals and patients
  • Promotes multi-disciplinary and biopsychosocial approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of CPP
  • Promotes research and dissemination of research findings

IPPS Call for Committee Volunteers

November 6, 2020

IPPS Call for Committee Volunteers

Enrich your IPPS experience by serving on a committee! Committee membership allows you to share your experience and expertise, but also to gain knowledge and enlarge your networking circle – all while working to fulfill the IPPS mission and expand our understanding of chronic pelvic pain.

IPPS is accepting applications for openings on the following committees:

A description of each committee is available below.

Eligibility: Membership on IPPS committees is open to all interested individuals who hold current membership in IPPS. 

Apply: To apply for a committee position, please complete the Committee Application Form by Monday, November 30, 2020.

Application Deadline: A complete application form must be submitted by Monday, November 30, 11:59pm CST, for your application to be considered. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Committee Descriptions

Ethics Professionalism and Equality Committee (EPEC)
Chair: Meryl J. Alappattu
The Ethics Professionalism and Equality Committee (EPEC) defines and establishes principles for professional behavior that govern all IPPS activities, and members, exhibitors, sponsors, contractors, volunteers and non-members participating in IPPS sponsored activities. The EPEC evaluates allegations of behavior in conflict with the IPPS Code of Conduct and ensures that this evaluative process is consistent with the standard operating procedures (SOP) outlined in the EPEC SOP policy.

Fundraising Committee
Co-chairs: Debbie Callif & Kenneth Barron
The Fundraising Committee helps expand awareness of the IPPS and raises funds for patient and physician education and general public awareness.

International Liaison Committee
Chair: Krisztina Bajzak
The International Liaison Committee works to improve relationships with international societies.

Medical Education Committee
Chair: Allyson Shrikhande
The Medical Education Committee provides resources and improves education about pelvic pain prevalence, evaluation, and management.

Membership & Marketing Committee
Chair: Mario Castellanos 
The Membership & Marketing Committee works to increase new membership and retain current members. This includes new, diverse, and current disciplines of providers involved in the treatment of pelvic pain.

Patient Education Committee
Chair: Andrea Rapkin
The Patient Education Committee aims to establish IPPS as the preeminent resource for education and support for patients with chronic pelvic pain and their families. Educational materials are delivered primarily through the IPPS website, and will be up to date, easy to follow, and reflect the multifaceted nature of chronic pelvic pain and the multidisciplinary approach to management.

Research Committee 
Chair: Georgine Lamvu 
The Research Committee promotes research focusing on pelvic pain disorders, fosters collaboration between members contributing research in pelvic pain disorders, promotes education in research and publication methodology, and educates and updates members in research focusing on pelvic pain disorders.

Social Media Committee
Chair: Heather Jeffcoat
The Social Media Committee develops and implements the social media strategies to promote the value and profile of the society.


IPPS' mission is focused on optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain, and serving as an educational resource for health care professionals.

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2019 Recipients

Alexander Wang, MD
IPPS Resident Scholarship (300)

2017 Recipients

Sara R Till, MD, MPH
IPPS Research Development Grant (10,000)
Chensi Ouyang, MD
Fred Howard Early Investigator Award (2,000)
Charlotte Pham, DO
IPPS Resident Scholarship in Pelvic Pain Education
Jorge F. Carrillo, MD
IPPS ASPE Education Award

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