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David G. Mutch Elected 41st President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Date:2/10/2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David G. Mutch, MD, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Ira and Judith Gall Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, has been elected the 41st President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) at the organization's 40th Annual Meeting, held February 5-8, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Mutch received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, where he served both his internship and residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology and was also named Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Mutch then completed a three-year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

After serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke, Dr. Mutch returned to Washington University School of Medicine first as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1987-1993, then Associate Professor from 1993-1999 when he was named to his current position of Ira and Judith Gall Professor since 1999 and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, beginning in 1991. In addition, Dr. Mutch has, since 2002, also served as the Vice-Chair for Gynecology.

Dr. Mutch has been the recipient of multiple research grants for studies from the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others. He is the Principal Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group at Washington University, served as the Program Chair of the 2004 meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, as well as numerous book chapters on the treatment of cancers of the female reproductive tract. Currently, Dr. Mutch is the co-PI on an NIH grant looking at defective DNA mismatch repair in endometrial cancers.

Prior to being named SGO's president, Dr. Mutch served as the Society's President Elect, was the Chair of the SGO Education Committee, was Program Chair and has been a member of its Council since 2005. In addition to his membership and work with SGO, Dr. Mutch is a member of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as a reviewer for multiple medical journals related to women's health and cancers of the female reproductive tract.

"As the new president of the SGO, I am dedicated to working with our leadership to energize the profession and keep us as a professional society focused on our vision to eradicate women's cancers," commented Dr. Mutch. "We are in the midst of an exciting time in healthcare, where the advances made in the scientific arena are changing the treatment landscape daily. It is amazing to be able to positively impact the lives of those women for whom we care."

The SGO is a national medical specialty organization of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancer by encouraging research, disseminating knowledge which will raise the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies, and cooperating with other organizations interested in women's health care, oncology and related fields. The Society's membership, totaling more than 1230, is primarily comprised of gynecologic oncologists, as well as other related medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and supportive care. More information on the SGO can be found at www.sgo.org.

    CONTACT: Susan Morris
    312-235-4060 x 244,
    susan.morris@sgo.org


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