On the shoulders of giants: perspectives in minimally invasive reproductive surgery

Reproductive surgeons were instrumental in establishing minimally invasive surgery as a safe and effective means of managing patients, and this video illustrates a perspective of the evolution of the field.
On the shoulders of giants: perspectives in minimally invasive reproductive surgery


Kathryn D. Coyne, M.D., Rebecca K. Chung, M.D., Rebecca Flyckt, M.D., John C. Petrozza, M.D., Steven R. Lindheim, M.D., M.M.M. 


The purpose of this video is to illustrate the evolution of minimally invasive surgery from the perspectives of several pioneering surgeons in the field of reproductive surgery who, among others, were present during its nascence and exponential growth. Interviews were conducted with five reproductive surgeons who had foundational roles in the innovation of operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Surgeons interviewed include Drs. Victor Gomel, Togas Tulandi, Stephen Corson, Jacques Donnez, and Camran Nezhat. The interviews were conducted using standardized questions and recorded, edited, and grouped both thematically and in sequence to develop an illustration of their perspectives. A diverse array of reproductive surgeons has been instrumental in establishing minimally invasive surgery as a safe and effective means of diagnosing and treating patients with infertility. The transition from laparotomy to laparoscopy consistently has had distinct challenges for each but ultimately led to significant advances in surgical management and improvement in outcomes for patients with infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Through structured interviews from some of our surgical pioneers, they not only recognize their predecessors and contemporaries but also teach us valuable lessons about our history, sparking innovation, and newer surgical applications of reproductive surgery in reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice.

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First of all, Drs Corson, Tulandi, Donnez, Nezhat, and Gomel.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This abbreviated video manuscript is a cropped version of all the interviews from you.  The audio podcasts will be posted in January on ASRM website. From Drs Flyckt, Petrozza and Iit was an honor and we can't thank you enough for making this enjoyable and a learning experience! Dr Gomel, thank you for your inspiration in making this project become a reality and Dr Corson for being my mentor and watching a true master!  Dr Nezhat for changing the world and being a friend, Dr Tulandi for your brilliance, grace, and dignity, and Dr Donnez for your guidance from afar (the editorial board), we are so thankful you helped with this project! Dr Borteletto, Chevis, and Shai for helping push the inertia into reality by having the Podcasts posted next month on the ASRM web-site for the world to share.    Dr Borteletto, we can't wait to do the IVF Giants with you! Lastly, Dr Coyne and Chung, you have changed the world in helping keep their legacy last forever.  You did a masterful job at putting this together!!!
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11 months ago

This is great - what a wonderful way to capture the magic and energy of the dawn of reproductive surgery with people who where in the room doing the work. Cannot wait to see how the rest of the series turns out. Love that we have this recorded oral history for posterity!