Empathizing Through Understanding: Impact of Uterine Fibroids

This activity is part of a series


Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACOG, CCRP
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago
Gynecologist and Endoscopic Surgeon, UC Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Ayman Al-Hendy, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACOG, CCRP

Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy is currently a tenured professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as advisor to the Dean of Medicine at Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago (UC). Dr. Al-Hendy is a gynecologist and endoscopic surgeon at UC Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois with a busy practice that focuses on serving women with symptomatic uterine fibroids and premature ovarian insufficiency. Dr. Al-Hendy is double board certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Al-Hendy’s medical research interests focus on developing novel therapies, including gene and stem cell therapy, for premature ovarian insufficiency, endometriosis, and particularly uterine fibroids. Dr. Al-Hendy has published more than 242 peer-reviewed publications in high-tier scientific journals, participated in more than 360 presentations in national and international meetings, and edited 5 medical books. Dr. Al-Hendy has also been elected as the 71st President of the Society for Reproductive Investigation.

Lauren Powell, MD
Primary Care Physician at PREvent Clinic
Sandy Springs, GA
Lauren Powell, MD

Dr. Lauren Powell is a board-certified family medicine physician and media personality, and she is frequently called upon by local & national television, print, radio, and online media to give a fresh perspective and new information on nutrition and health. Dr. Powell travels throughout the U.S. speaking at churches, corporations, conventions, and colleges and sharing her knowledge and insight regarding disease prevention and cure utilizing food, earning her the title of The Culinary Doctor® by her peers and patients. Dr. Powell combines practical, responsible academic knowledge with her humor and high-energy personality, making her a highly sought-after national speaker.

Dr. Powell became extremely passionate about nutrition and health after her father suffered a major health scare. Her objective is to educate the Black community about diet and how food preparation affects health. Her goal is to end generational patterns of adverse health outcomes in the African American community through teaching healthy cooking techniques.

Tanika Gray Valbrun
Founder and CEO, The White Dress Project
Atlanta, GA
Tanika Gray Valbrun

Tanika Gray Valbrun is an award-winning journalist, educator, and non-profit founder with a passion for women’s health. After her personal struggles with uterine fibroids, including two myomectomies, Tanika’s passion for women’s health inspired her to create The White Dress Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for women suffering from fibroids and to raise awareness through fibroid education. As the founder of The White Dress Project, Tanika has successfully worked with doctors, health advocates, and elected officials across the country to get legislation passed declaring July as “Fibroids Awareness Month.” Recognized as a thought leader and patient advocate for uterine health, she has also spoken around the world encouraging women to be their own best health advocate. Many women with symptomatic fibroids never dream of wearing white because of their heavy menstrual bleeding or bloating. The white dress is a “symbol of hope” that women with fibroids can feel supported and know that they do not have to suffer in silence. In addition to encouraging women to be their own health advocates, Tanika works as a senior content producer for a global news organization where she has been awarded three coveted Peabody Awards for her contributions in journalism.

Statement of Need

Uterine fibroids are a highly prevalent condition impacting nearly 95 million people worldwide. While in some cases it can remain asymptomatic, symptomatic presentation, ranging from heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia to cramping, dyspareunia, and infertility, can result in significant negative impacts on quality of life and sexual function for affected patients. In addition, this condition also affects the US healthcare system, costing approximately $34 billion annually. It is imperative that clinicians recognize the consequential effects that uterine fibroids can have on both individual patients as well as the healthcare system as a whole.

In the first activity of this CME Outfitters Snack series, expert faculty will highlight the economic and individual impacts of uterine fibroids as well as guide learners through the diagnostic process and management of this condition with a goal of reducing disparities.

Learning Objective

Evaluate the impact of uterine fibroids on both patients and the health care system.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. and Sumitomo Pharma America.

Target Audience

Obstetrician-gynecologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician associates (PAs), and nurses.

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Dr. Al-Hendy reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: AbbVie Inc.; Bayer; Myovant Sciences; Norvartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; ObsEva; and Pfizer Inc.

Research Support: CrilaHealth

Dr. Powell reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Ms. Valbrun reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Myovant Sciences/Pfizer Inc.

Grants: (Paid to The White Dress Project) Ferring Pharmaceuticals; Gynesonics; Hologic, Inc.; and Myovant Sciences/Pfizer Inc.

Speakers Bureau: Myovant Sciences/Pfizer Inc.

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Empathizing Through Understanding: Impact of Uterine Fibroids
Event Date: 08/09/2023 at 4:00 am EST