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INVITED SPEAKERS


Susan Burton

The Stories We Tell About Pain

Susan Burton is the writer, host, reporter, and co-producer of The Retrievals, a podcast series from Serial Productions and the New York Times. The Retrievals is an emotional investigation of events at a fertility clinic and was named the number one podcast of 2023 by Time Magazine and Vulture. Susan's memoir, Empty, was published in 2020 by Random House. It tells the story of the eating disorder she kept secret for decades. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a producer of This American Life.


Leilah Zahedi-Spung, MD, FACOG

Post-Roe Nation: Navigating Abortion Bans

Leilah Zahedi-Spung, MD is an Assistant Professor through the Department of OBGYN in both the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Complex Family Planning at the University of Colorado. She is a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician and abortion care provider. She is a board-certified OBGYN and MFM and board eligible CFP physician. Dr. Zahedi-Spung received a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Georgia and her Medical Degree from Emory University. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University and her fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis. Following fellowship, she worked at Regional Obstetrical Consultants in Chattanooga, TN, and as an Assistant Professor for the University of Tennessee -Chattanooga, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served as the Family Planning Faculty Lead and received the APGO CREOG Teaching Award in 2021. She participated in the Physicians for Reproductive Heath Leadership Training Academy and was a past awardee of the SMFM Reproductive Health Mini-Sabbatical Grant. She serves as a member of the SMFM Reproductive Health Committee and a member of the Education Committee through the Society for Family Planning.


C. Neill Epperson, MD

C. Neill Epperson, MD, is Professor and the Robert Freedman Endowed Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Anschutz Medical Campus (CU-AMC) where she is also the Executive Director of the Helen E. and Arthur Johnson Depression Center. Before being recruited to CU-Anschutz, Dr. Epperson served as the founder and director of both the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness and Penn PROMOTES, Research on Sex and Gender in Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she was a tenured Professor of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Epperson received her medical degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral and research training in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, where she rose to the level of associate professor before her recruitment to the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.


Chulmin Lee, MD, PhD

ISPOG Lecture: Psychological Stress and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Chulmin Lee is a professor in the Gynecologic Cancer Center in Cha University Ilsan Medical Center, South Korea, and has been an active gynecologic oncologist for more than 20 years. He is the President-elect for the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology(ISPOG) and Immediate Past President of the Korean Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology(KSPOG). He has a long history of participation in gynecologic cancer societies and currently is a Vice President of the Korean Gynecologic Oncology Group. He is also experienced in medical education and served as the Vice Dean of Medical College of Inje University, South Korea. He has compassion with transgenders and LGBTQ people.

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