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Instructional Course

050IC - Maintaining & Restoring Women’s Sexual Function in 2018

Sunday, May 20
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 2010

This course will teach the clinician how to manage women with desire, arousal, orgasm and/or pain issues, including how to use the latest FDA approved drugs, flibanserin and prasterone and CO2 fractionated lasers. Women with distressing sexual health concerns need to undergo biopsychosoocial diagnostic evaluations to assess pathophysiology. This course will explore normal physiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options, including FDA approved, off label, device and surgical therapies. This will include a risk benefit discussion of hormone therapy for pre- and post-menopausal women. Also discussed are risk factors for female sexual dysfunction and co-morbid conditions such as genitourinary syndrome of menopause, interstitial cystitis and sexual dysfunction, clitoral phimosis, and previous genital surgeries including mid-urethral surgical slings.

Learning Objectives:

Irwin Goldstein

Director of Sexual Medicine
Alvarado Hospital
University of California San Diego

Irwin Goldstein, MD is Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSD, Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews. He has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970's, and has authored more then 350 publications in the field. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, sexual health management post cancer treatment, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. Dr. Goldstein is President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and a Past President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. He holds a degree in engineering from Brown University and received his medical degree from McGill University. The World Association for Sexual Health awarded the Gold Medal to Dr. Goldstein in 2009 in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the field, in 2012 he received the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health Award for Distinguished Service in Women’s Sexual Health, in 2013 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and in 2014 he received the ISSM Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Sexual Medicine.


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Noel N. Kim

Institute for Sexual Medicine

Dr. Kim is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Sexual Medicine in San Diego, as well as an associate editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews. A member of the AUA, ISSM, ISSWSH, and SMSNA, Dr. Kim has been engaged in research on the physiology of sexual dysfunction since the mid-1980s. He has published and lectured extensively, and has participated in the training of numerous students and fellows in sexual medicine. He was among the early investigators to describe the role of nitric oxide in penile erection and has consistently contributed to the field of sexual medicine with research in both male and female sexual function, being recognized with numerous research prizes from various sexual medicine societies. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Laboratory for Sexual Medicine Research at the Boston University School of Medicine and was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Medicine for the first decade of the journal through 2014. From 2007, Dr. Kim served for 5 years as Chief Scientific Officer of Alagin Research, a biotechnology company devoted to developing therapeutics and diagnostics in sexual medicine. Dr. Kim continues to serve as a consultant to other companies developing therapies for sexual dysfunction. Most notably, he has assisted Sprout Pharmaceuticals in Raleigh, NC with clinical trial design and refiling of the NDA for flibanserin, the first FDA-approved treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women. Dr. Kim received his BA in biology, MA in biochemistry and PhD in physiology from Boston University and completed a research fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego.


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Rachel S. Rubin

Dr. Rachel Rubin specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women.Dr. Rubin completed a fellowship in male and female sexual dysfunction and prosthetic urology in San Diego under the guidance of Irwin Goldstein, MD, Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and founding editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Chief of Urology at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. She completed an internship in general surgery and residency in urology at Georgetown University Hospital.


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Nicole Szell

Urology Specialists of West Florida

Dr. Szell is originally from the midwestern area of Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her B.S. in biology and chemistry at Radford University in Radford, VA, and earned her medical degree at the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI. She completed an internship and residency in urological surgery in Detroit, MI through the St. John Providence Health System.

Dr. Szell has enjoyed an interest in women's health as well as Urology from a very early time; she spent several years volunteering, performing research, and later working for the Planned Parenthood Network of the Greater Cleveland area. Women's health and pelvic floor medicine have been of great interest to her since growing up in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Szell has received several accolades in science and medicine including the MSUCOM non-resident student scholarship for 3 years of medical training. She is a clinical faculty instructor for the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and a clinical lecturer within the female reproductive course for medical students.

She is a standing member of several organizations including the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, and the International Society of Sexual Medicine. Several works of her research have been presented at many of these conferences and published in national journals as well.

Dr. Szell completed a clinical fellowship through the Bladder Health and Reconstructive Urology Institute in Miami Florida in the areas of voiding dysfunction, female urology, and urologic reconstruction. She is now in practice in Clearwater, FL at the Advanced Urology Institute.


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