Dr. Haim Abenhaim (left) and Dr. Togas Tulandi.
Dr. Haim Abenhaim (left) and Dr. Togas Tulandi.

A McGill Faculty of Medicine paper was chosen for the Jerome Hoffman Award, presented during the AAGL 2015 Global Congress on November 17th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was presented for the paper titled “Complications and Trend of Adhesion Barrier Use during Myomectomy or Hysterectomy,” which was authored by Dr.  François Closon during his time as a fellow in the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery group under the co-supervision of Dr. Haim Abenhaim, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dr. Togas Tulandi, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Interim Obstetrician & Gynecologist-in-Chief and

Milton Leong Chair in Reproductive Medicne.

The award is provided for the best paper by a physician in training and was established to honour the memory of Dr. Jerome J. Hoffman, an early AAGL Board member, philanthropist and educator, who believed strongly in supporting residents and fellows.  Dr. Hoffman was an enthusiastic supporter of the Foundation of the AAGL and was its first Executive Director.

“It is great to be recognized by our peers,” says Dr. Tulandi, Professor & Interim Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Milton Leong Chair in Reproductive Medicine at McGill.  “It also encourages us to continue our research in gynecologic surgery.”

The winning paper focuses on the use of adhesion barrier, which is associated with a slightly higher risk of fever and ileus (sluggish or non-mechanical blockage of intestine) after surgery to remove uterine fibroid (myomectomy) or uterus (hysterectomy). This is a new finding that has never been reported previously.

Congratulations to the winning authors!