2023 UGSA ASM International Keynote Speaker
Dr Kimberly Kenton

Dr Kimberly Kenton is board-certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. She is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Urology and serves as division chief of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As the Medical Director of the Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program, Dr. Kenton leads the fully integrated program which provides world-class clinical and surgical care while offering patients access to breakthrough clinical research. Dr. Kenton earned international recognition for treatment and research of women with complex pelvic floor disorders and minimally invasive surgical techniques with laparoscopy and robotics.

Her clinical interests include treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, complex urinary and rectal fistulas, mesh complications, and congenital anomalies. Her research focuses on clinical effectiveness trials and patient centered outcomes for pelvic floor disorder treatments. With over 250 peer-reviewed publications, a Master of Science in clinical research and biostatistical analysis, and 20-years of continuous NIH, industry and private funding, Dr. Kenton has been the primary investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health-funded studies that have led to advances in surgical treatment and outcomes for women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

2023 UGSA ASM International Keynote Speaker
Dr Mark Slack

Mark Slack is a co-founder and the Chief Medical Officer of CMR Surgical. He is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a strong background in clinical and translational research.

Mark trained as a medical doctor and Gynaecologist in South Africa graduating with the Gold Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the Fellowship of the College of Medicine of South Africa. He has continued to pursue a combined clinical and academic career with a number of successful innovations in surgery and Gynaecology. In addition, he has a strong interest in basic science research.

He still practices clinical medicine and surgery in Cambridge as well as being on the staff of the clinical school of medicine of the University of Cambridge.

His work resulted in him being awarded the Simms Black Professorship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the award of “Leading Clinical Researcher” by the National Institute of Health Research in 2015. He has published over a hundred original peer reviewed articles and contributed to more than 25 textbooks.

His interest in minimal access surgery led him to explore the possibilities of improving uptake of minimal access surgery by the utilisation of more sophisticated surgical tools such as the robot.