Founders and Board members

Charles Chapron


He was named Head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology II and Reproductive Medicine at Cochin University Hospital (Paris, France) in 2005. Since 2013, Professeur Chapron was nominated Head and Chair of the Department “Perinatologie – Periconceptologie – Gynecologie” to coordinate the activities of the three Departments of Obstetrics, Neonatalogy, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine.

In September 2014 Professor Chapron was named Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Paris Descartes University, in charge of strategy and medical project. In 2015, Professor Chapron was nominated Visiting Professor at the Siena Univertsity (Italy). In addition, he is the Chairman of two university diplomas and director of 20 medical theses. Professor Chapron has authored and co-authored about 341 peer-reviewed papers in international (233 publications) and in national (108 publications) scientific journals concerning surgical laparoscopy in gynecology, reproductive medicine and endometriosis. Publications were cited more than 5057 times and his H factor is 45. Professor Chapron has performed over 770 scientific presentations in international (466) and in national (311) meetings. He is the coordinator of 11 scientific books and the author of more than 80 chapters in other scientific books.

Professor Charles Chapron is Member of several national and international Societies and is reviewer for a number of journals. In the past, he has held the positions of Secretary General of the French Society of Endoscopy in Gynecology (SFEG), the Associate Secretary General of the Francophonic International Society of Pelvic Surgery (SIFCP), Coordinator of the Special Interest Group (SIG) of Reproductive Surgery of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Secretary General of the French society of gynaecological surgery, Société de Chirurgie Gynécologique et pelvienne (SCGP), President of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on “Reproductive surgery and endometriosis” of the American Association for Gynecologists Laparoscopists (AAGL) (2013) and President of the European Endometriosis League (EEL) (2013). Professor Chapron was elected President of the French Society of Gynaecologic Surgery (SCGP) in 2011 and was nominated as Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) in 2012. In 2015, Profesor Chapron organize in Paris and is the President of the 1stCongress of the Society of Endometriosis and uterine disorders (SEUD). During the last twenty years, Professor Chapron has worked intensively in Port-Royal University Clinic, Cochin University Hospital, together with a highly specialized team in endoscopic surgery. The two main research activities were the following: 1) Research (clinical and science) on pathogenesis, assessment and management (medical and/or surgical) of endometriosis; 2) Clinical research on gynecologic operative laparoscopy (ectopic pregnancy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, complications of gynecologic surgery.)

Felice Petraglia


– Full professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chairman of the Resident Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florence and Chairman of the Division Ob&Gyn and of the Department of Maternal and Infancy at the University Hospital Careggi in Florence, Italy.

– He was previously Professor at the Universities of Modena, Pisa, Udine e Siena and Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Toronto (Canada), University of Sydney, Sydney (Australia) and Capital University, Peking (China).

– Fellow ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG).

– Awarded by the National Academy Lincei, Endocrine Society (USA) and by the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (USA).

– Past President of the Society for Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders (SEUD) and past President of the Society for Gynecological Investigation (SGI); member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), European Board and College Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG) , International Society Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) and Chair of a Special Interest Group ESHRE..

– Author and co-Author 970 peer reviewed publications in International Scientific Journals (Hirsch Index=96; 42853 citations – Google Scholar – IF. 2990,15 )

– Author and co-Author of 29 books.

– Editore-in-Chief of Human Reproduction Update (2013-2018) and Journal of Endometriosis (2009-2012);
– Editor Emeritus of Human Reproduction Update;
– Editor di RBMOnline, Associate Editor di Faculty of 1000 Medicine website (Section Head in Reproductive Endocrinology), of Reproductive Sciences and Journal of Endocrinological Investigation (1992-2009) and Editorial Board member of Journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, European Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Endocrinologial Investigation, Placenta, Frontiers in Endocrinology, Fertility & Sterility Sciences.

– Invited speaker at more than 200 International Meetings and President of 18 International Meetings.

Francisco Carmona


He has been member of the University of Barcelona’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as Professor from 2006.

His main areas of interest are endometriosis and benign diseases including pelvic floor pathology. He has published more than 100 scientific articles in the most important medical journals both general (as The Lancet and JAMA) and of his speciality (including AJOG, Hum Rep, Fertil Steril and many others). He is also author of more than 20 book chapters both in English and in Spanish. Dr. Carmona acts as invited referee for several important medical journals including Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction. He is also member of the Editorial Board of Gynecological Surgery, Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders and Medicina Clínica.

He is member of a number of different medical associations including ESGE (he was member of the Board Committee of this society from 2006 to 2010), AAGL (current member of the Advisory Board and past member of the Board of Trustees: 2012-2014), SIAEGI (current member of the Executive Committee), EEL (past member of the Executive Board), SEUD (founding member and Executive Board Member), WES (Ambassador) and the Spanish Gynecologic Endoscopic Society (member of its Grupo de Expertos en Endoscopia). From the late 1990 he has organized advanced endoscopic courses and workshops on minimally invasive surgery and he was the President of the 19th Congress of the ESGE and President of the 10th International Meeting of the AAGL.

Ayman Al-Hendy

Chicago | USA


Dr Ayman Al-Hendy is currently a Professor (Tenure) and Vice Chair (Research), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Advisor to Dean of Medicine, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago (UC). Dr. Al-Hendy is a Gynecologist and minimally-invasive Surgeon at UC Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois with a busy practice that focuses on serving women with symptomatic uterine fibroids and premature ovarian insufficiency.

Dr. Al-Hendy graduated from Banha Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Banha, Egypt in 1986. After 1 year of internship at Banha University Hospital, he headed to Finland to earn his PhD in Molecular Medicine from University of Turku, Turku, Finland. He then gained additional postdoctoral training in gene/cell therapy and clinical molecular genetics at McMaster University and McGill University in Canada, before completing clinical residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Saskatchewan and fellowship training in laparoscopic surgery at Toronto University, both in Canada. Dr. Al-Hendy is double board certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In United States of America, Dr. Al-Hendy held various faculty positions at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, Meharry Medical College/Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, before moving to Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Al-Hendy utilizes the methods of basic, translational, clinical and community research to address important medical diseases. Dr. Al-Hendy medical research interests focus on developing novel therapies including gene and stem cell therapy for Premature Ovarian insufficiency, Endometriosis, and particularly Uterine Fibroids. He has championed the use of specific natural fertility-friendly non-hormonal compounds such as green tea extracts (Epigalcatchin Gallate, EGCG) and vitamin D for prevention and treatment of uterine fibroids. He was first (2010) to introduce hypovitaminosis D as a risk factor to development of uterine fibroids and a contributing reason of why they are much more prevalent in women of color. An observation that has been confirmed subsequently by numerous publications globally.

Dr. Al-Hendy also pioneered (2009) the concept of enhancing ovarian folliculogenesis via direct intra-ovarian injection of appropriate augmenting biologics. After ample preclinical work on utilizing human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells or its exosomes (naïve or enhanced) to treat representative animal models, Dr. Al-Hendy has started clinical trials to translate such innovative approach to women suffering from premature ovarian insufficiency as well as other ovarian causes of infertility.

In 2010, Dr. Al-Hendy was awarded the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) 2010 Ira and Ester Rosenwaks Award for his significant contribution to the field of translational Reproductive Biology. In 2014 he received the alpha Omega alpha clinician scientist of the year award by the Medical Honor Society and in 2015 the President Achievement Award as well as Rogerio A. Lobo Award from the Society of reproductive Investigations (SRI). Dr. Al-Hendy research has been continuously funded by various agencies since 2002 including NIH (NICHD, NIEHS, NIMHD, ODS, OD, NCRR), USDA, and other national and international organizations. He has served as Chair of the NIH Integrative Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction (ICER) IRG 2013-2015 and also serves on numerous other committees with organizations such NIH, ASRM, SRI and as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The SRI Journal, Reproductive Sciences as well as on several editorial boards of high impact journals. Dr. Al-Hendy has been elected as SRI 71st President. He has published more than 260 peer reviewed medical articles in high tier peer reviewed scientific journals with more than 11,000 citations in the understudied area of non-malignant (benign) gynecology (H-index 58), above 400 presentations in national and international meetings, and has edited 5 medical books.

Marie-Madeleine Dolmans

Louvain | Belgium

Kaori Kaoga

Tokyo | Japan

M.D., Ph.D.

Kaori Koga is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Japan.

She received her M.D. degree from Chiba University in 1996, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 2003.  She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Uterine Biology Group (Lois Salamonsen’s laboratory) at the Prince Henry’s Institute, Australia, and in the Reproductive Immunology Unit (Gil Mor’s laboratory) at Yale University.

Her expertise is in the management of endometriosis, including MIS and ART.  She is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals.

Prof. Koga is a board member of the World Endometriosis Society and the Society of Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders, and a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the American Society for Reproductive Immunology and the International Society for Immunology of Reproduction.

Jinhua Leng

Beijing | China

Dr Leng has been working in Dept of OBS/GYN, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) since 1987.

Now she is the Professor in the Department of OB/GYN. She has a clinical practice with a sub-specialty focusing on complex gynecologic disorders such as endometriosis and adenomyosis. She is also the lead for MIS surgery.

As the Director of Endometriosis Society, Chinese Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association (COGA), she and her faculty have published several clinical guidelines and consensuses, including Chinese Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis (Second edition in 2015 ), Chinese consensus on the long term management of endometriosis (2018), Chinese experts’ consensus on diagnosis and treatment of adenomyosis (2020), and Chinese Guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis (Third edition in 2021).

As the primary investigator, she has been conducting a large scale research on pathogenesis and clinical management, which includes several teaching hospitals or institutions throughout China.

Fernando Reis

Belo Horizonte | Brazil

He was the Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn (2021-2022) and is currently the VP for Research at the same university.

Professor Reis also holds cross appointments in the graduate programs of Surgical Sciences and Molecular Medicine. He investigates the roles of peptide hormones in female reproductive physiology, as well as in the pathogenesis of endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

He has co-authored 250 peer-reviewed publications, which received over 3,700 citations (h- index – 33), and has served as the primary advisor for 20 PhD and 30 MSc graduate students. His research has been continuously funded by Brazilian federal grants since 2001.

Professor Reis served as grant reviewer for state organisms and private foundations from Brazil, USA, Italy, Swiss and Israel, as reviewer and editorial board member of numerous international journals and as Associate Editor or Section Editor of Human Reproduction Update, RBM Online and JEPPD. He received awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (“Outstanding Meeting Organization”, 2012), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (finalist poster award, 2001) and the International Academy of Human Reproduction (special award for best poster, 2005).

Pietro Santulli

Paris | France

Graduated from the University Paris Descartes, Faculty of Medicine, (MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2010 and PhD in Basic Sciences in 2013), Pietro Santulli was named Associated Professor in 2014 and full Professor in Paris in 2018.

He is the clinical and scientific director of the Reproductive Medicine Unit in the department headed by Prof. Charles Chapron at Cochin University Hospital in Paris.

His main research activities are the following: (i) Basic research on molecular immunologic and inflammatory bases of endometriosis, adenomyosis and related infertility; (ii) Clinical research on the assessment and management (medical and/or surgical) of endometriosis and endometriosis-related infertility; (iii) Clinical research on gynecologic surgery and assisted reproductive technologies in infertility.

In addition, he is the Chairman of an university diploma of the University Paris Cité and director of numerous medical theses. He authored and co-authored about 150 original articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His papers have received a total of 4961 cites with an h-index of 40.

Jim Tsaltas

Melbourne | Australia

Paola Vigano

Milan | Italy

Paola Vigano’ is the President of the Italian Society of Human Reproduction (S.I.R.U.). Her present position is at Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano.

She obtained her biological degree at the University of Milan in 1989 and a post-graduate residency in Experimental Endocrinology at the School of Pharmacy of the same University in 2000. She obtained her Ph.D. in Prenatal Medicine at the University of Siena in 2003 and conducted postdoctoral fellowships at the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Scientific Auxologic Institute and at the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milano.

From 2010 to 2020 she has been Coordinator of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory and Group Leader of the Reproductive Sciences lab at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano.

She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, review articles and book chapters and has about 4000 citations. She is presently recognized as the 4th world leader in endometriosis by Experscape ranking, Palo Alto.

From 2006 to 2009 she has been Deputy Coordinator of ESHRE Special Interest Group in Endometrium and Endometriosis, from 2011 to 2014 Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update and from 2015 to 2019 Associate Editor of Human Reproduction.

She is presently Associate Editor of Scientific Reports and Reproductive Sciences and Academic Editor of PLoS ONE. In 2015 she won the Grant for Fertility Innovation of Merck Serono and in 2019 the Theramex BIRTH grant.