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Contact: Karla Shepard Rubinger, 914-740-2100, krubinger@liebertpub.com
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin to Speak at 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health on April 1, 2011

New Rochelle, NY, February 24, 2011-The Surgeon General of the United States, Regina Benjamin, MD, will speak about "Women's Health: Putting Prevention First" at a special luncheon on Friday, April 1, 2011 during the 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health in Washington, DC. The full program, faculty, accreditation, and registration information is available at the Congress website.

The Congress will gather a prestigious group of 1,000 physicians, nurses, allied healthcare providers, and policymakers to learn practical, clinical information and cutting-edge therapeutic protocols, advances in diagnosis and management, and innovative translational research advances that impact women's health care.

Women's Health 2011: The 19th Annual Congress is sponsored by the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Journal of Women's Health, in collaboration with National Cancer Institute, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, and the American Medical Association. The Congress also hosts the annual meeting of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), an organization devoted to the advancement of women in medicine and the improvement of women's health. The Institute for Professional Education is a co-sponsor of the Congress. Other Collaborating Organizations include AmericanCollege of Physicians-Virginia Chapter, American Thyroid Association, Arthritis Foundation, International Menopause Society, National Stroke Association, The Obesity Society, and Society for Women's Health Research.

Congress Chair Wendy S. Klein, MD, Senior Deputy Director Emeritus of the VCU Institute for Women's Health, a National Center of Excellence, Richmond, VA, and Deputy Editor of Journal of Women's Health and Co-Chair Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Women's Health and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health will bring together outstanding faculty of the highest caliber. An array of informative sessions will focus on the most clinically relevant topics in women's health including cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, menopause, infectious disease, reproductive health, bone health, psychiatry, and common clinical conditions.

Distinguished speakers include Catherine Spong, MD Branch Chief, Pregnancy and Perinatology, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health, who will speak about "Cesareans, VBAC, and Lessons Learned." JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, Professor of Medicine and Women's Health, Harvard Medical School and Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present The Vivian Pinn Women's Health Research Keynote Lecture on "Vitamin D and Omega-3s: Separating Fact from Fiction." A Breakfast Symposium on "Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for Women's Health?" is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.  

The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, one mile from Reagan National Airport.

The Congress offers 24 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM, 24 Nursing Contact Hours, 27 AANP contact hours (including up to 10.25 hours of pharmacology credits), and 24.50 prescribed AAFP credits, sponsored by The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM). 

For further information about the Congress and the Program, visit our website, call (914) 740-2100 or 800-5-BIOCON, or e-mail krubinger@liebertpub.com