Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was elected the 44th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology at the society’s 43rd Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer held March 24-27, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
“We are in the midst of evolutionary times and our members need to be prepared for the changes coming with health-care reform,” states Dr. Alvarez. “Our members need to feel empowered to be the best providers of high-quality, cost-effective prevention and treatment to women at risk for or diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.”
Dr. Alvarez received his MD degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center. His postgraduate training included a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, both completed at University of Alabama.
After completing his training, he remained on the faculty of the University of Alabama Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he currently serves as Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; he also holds the Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair.
His long-term research interests have included the development of novel therapeutics for ovarian cancer and new screening and prevention strategies for cervical cancer. ■