Third Annual Open Endoscopy Forum (OEF)

at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 22-24, 2017, Cambridge MA. USA

On behalf of the organizing committee, we want to express our appreciation and excitement for your participation in this novel educational event. The third Annual Open Endoscopy Forum will be held September 22-24 2017 at MIT in Cambridge MA USA.

We invite you to attend this novel educational forum and provide your feedback on the value of this innovative format.

The presentations will be in TED style format.

We are very excited about hosting the second annual OEF. Most who attended the first OEF felt this was a weekend of learning, dialogue and camaraderie like no other they had experienced.
World class lecturers raised the bar to teach in a TED-like format which included telling a personal story while making important teaching points. There was laughter, tears and an incredible amount of education.
This year over two thirds of the speakers are first time presenters. Included in this group are several famous surgeons known to us all such as Chris Sutton and Phillippe Konnickx. As we did in 2015, we have invited several non-gynecologic celebrity and scientific speakers.

Three of the non-gynecologists are profiled below (Cady Coleman, Toni Bentley, Chuck Vacanti).

We encourage everyone to look at a few of the talks from 2015 that are featured here.

Organizing Committee:

Linda Griffith – Co-chair
Peter Rosenblatt – Co-chair
Andrew Brill
Keith Isaacson
Grace Janik
Charles Koh
Charles Miller
Ceana Nezhat
Paya Pasic
Rob Zurawin

Confirmed Speakers:

Chris Awtrey
Regina Barzilay
Sven Becker
Toni Bentley
Cady Coleman
Grace Colon
Pat Culligan
Ellis Downes
Ray Garry
Philippe Koninckx
Doug Lauffenburger
Roy Mashiach

Dennis Miller
Malcolm Munro
Kate O’Hanlan
Paya Pasic
Charlie Rardin
Licia Raymond
Bob Rogers
Antonio Setubal
Chris Sutton
Anastasia Ussia
Chuck Vacanti


Cady Coleman is a NASA Astronaut who has spent 180 days in space, accumulated over two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). She launched to the ISS from Russia aboard a Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft.  Over the course of the Expedition 26/27 mission aboard the ISS, she acted as the lead robotics and science officer, performing the second-ever free flyer robotic capture from the ISS.
After returning from space, Coleman integrated supply ship operations for NASA’s newest commercial partners, SpaceX and Orbital.  Currently, she works for NASA’s Chief Technologist, managing innovation programs and creative public-private partnerships.  She graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Chemistry and earned a Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was commissioned in 1983 as a second lieutenant and served in the US Air Force for 26 years.


Toni Bentley is a former NYC ballerina and award-winning writer about the frontiers of women’s sexuality, and a frequent commentator and reviewer for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other popular publications. The play based on her acclaimed book, the Surrender, played to sold out crowds in Madrid, Edinburgh, and is now in New York.


Chuck Vacanti, MD, the former Chair of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, launched the field of tissue engineering into the popular limelight when he created living cartilage in the shape of a human ear on the back of a mouse.  The twists and turns of his collaboration with japanese scientists in stem cell investigations were recently profiled in The New Yorker.