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Dr. Mark Hoffman on the BackTable OBGYN Podcast

Dr. Mark Hoffman

Gynecologic Surgeon

Dr. Mark Hoffman is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon at the University of Kentucky.

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Mark Hoffman

Episode #51


This episode features host Dr. Mark Hoffman and guest Dr. Jessica Ritch as they discuss the lack of menopause education and research during medical training, and the necessity for practitioners to learn more about menopausal symptoms and management strategies.

Episode #50


In this episode of BackTable OBGYN, renowned reproductive endocrinologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon Dr. Charles (Chuck) Miller delves into the topic of isthmoceles, a common yet often overlooked complication of C-sections, and shares his best practices for repair.

Episode #48


In this episode of the BackTable OBGYN Podcast, hosts Dr. Mark Hoffman and Dr. Amy Park discuss how cultivating an effective team culture in surgery can mitigate complications.

Episode #47


In this episode of BackTable OBGYN, host Dr. Mark Hoffman engages in a comprehensive discussion with Dr. Jorge Carrillo, a MIGS specialist at the Orlando VA Healthcare System and Site Director for the UCF/HCA Healthcare OB/GYN Residency Program, about the complexities of chronic pelvic pain from the perspective of a biopsychosocial model.

Episode #46


On this episode of the BackTable OBGYN Podcast, host Dr. Mark Hoffman is joined by Dr. Arpit Davé, an assistant professor at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Together, they discuss the importance of surgical education and best practices for teaching new generations of surgeons.

Episode #41


In this episode of BackTable OBGYN, Dr. Mark Hoffman is joined by Dr. Sarah Rassier, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon and Director of the Fibroid Clinic at Mayo Clinic, to discuss the multiple treatment modalities of fibroids with a focus on laparoscopic myomectomy.

Episode #39


In this episode of the BackTable OBGYN Podcast, Dr. Princess Urbina shares her experiences with medical mission trips to underserved areas in the Philippines, where she was born, and the logistical challenges and rewards that come with this work. She also emphasizes the importance of providing sustainable healthcare solutions that empower local healthcare providers and meet the long-term needs of the community. The discussion further explores how these trips shape her perspective towards healthcare delivery.

Episode #38


In this episode, hosts Dr. Mark Hoffman and Dr. Amy Park invite Dr. Jocelyn Fitzgerald to discuss the relationships among chronic inflammatory pelvic diseases, focusing on painful bladder syndrome / interstitial cystitis (IC) and endometriosis. Dr. Fitzgerald is a urogynecologist at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

Episode #37


This week on BackTable OBGYN, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park are joined by Dr. Barbara Levy to discuss the latest advancements in endometrial ablation using cryotherapy. Dr. Levy, a professor at George Washington University and a volunteer at the University of California San Diego OBGYN and reproductive sciences department, has dedicated her career to gynecological advancements.

Episode #36


In this episode, host Dr. Amy Park interviews co-host Dr. Mark Hoffman about laparoscopic hysterectomies.

Episode #35


In this episode, hosts Dr. Mark Hoffman and Dr. Amy Park have an in-depth discussion on the topic of vaginal hysterectomy. Amy, who handles a substantial caseload of vaginal hysterectomies, takes the lead in this conversation as she walks through the procedure and its intricacies. In Mark's practice as a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) surgeon, he typically deals with cases involving candidates for laparoscopic hysterectomies, while many vaginal hysterectomy cases are referred to urogynecologists.

Episode #34


In this episode, hosts Dr. Mark Hoffman and Dr. Amy Park invite Dr. Linda Bradley to discuss advanced hysteroscopy. Linda is a professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Biology at Cleveland Clinic as well as the Director of Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids, and Hysteroscopic Services.

Episode #31


In this episode, Dr. Mark Hoffman hosts Dr. Jan Baekelandt, a gynecologic surgeon from Mechelen, Belgium, to discuss a novel gynecologic surgery approach known as vaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (vNOTES).

Episode #30


In this episode, Dr. Mark Hoffman invites Dr. Ted Lee, an OBGYN specializing in MIGS and professor of OBGYN at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, about the ambulatory workup of endometriosis patients.

Episode #29


In this week’s episode, host Dr. Mark Hoffman discusses quality and safety in OBGYN and medicine as a whole with Dr. Komal Bajaj, a professor of OBGYN at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, reproductive geneticist and Chief Quality Officer at NYC Health and Hospitals/Jacobi in North Central Bronx. In addition, Dr. Bajaj is the clinical director of the NYC Health Simulation Center.

Episode #26


In this episode, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park invite Dr. Isabel Green, fellowship director of MIGS at Mayo Clinic, to speak about persistent pain in endometriosis patients.

Episode #25


In this episode, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park invite Dr. Brett Einerson to speak about the diagnosis and management of placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) disorders.

Episode #24


In this episode, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park invite Drs. Rebecca Stone and Kara Long Roche to speak about opportunistic salpingectomy to prevent ovarian cancer, specifically serous carcinoma.

Episode #23


In this episode, Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park invite Dr. Susan Khalil, a board-certified OB/GYN and fellowship-trained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon at Mount Sinai in New York, to speak about the topic of second victim and fostering resilience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Episode #22


In this episode, Dr. Leslie Appiah, who is fellowship-trained in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and is the Director of the Fertility Preservation Program at the University of Colorado, discusses oncofertility and fertility preservation.

Episode #21


In this episode, Dr. Camille Clare, the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, joins Drs. Mark Hoffman and Amy Park to discuss social determinants of health in the field of OB/GYN.

Episode #20


In this episode, Dr. Elliot Richards, a true physician-scientist and Director of Research in the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic, shares about his experience and studies regarding uterine transplant.

Episode #18


Dr. Cholkeri trained in minimally invasive gynecology surgery (MIGS) during the early years of the field’s establishment. She provides an overview of her involvement in starting a MIGS fellowship, becoming faculty for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), working with industry partners to develop products, and serving as a consultant for medical device companies.

Episode #17


In this episode, Dr. Veronica Lerner joins Drs. Amy Park and Mark Hoffman at the mic to shed light on simulation in gynecologic surgery.

Articles Featuring Dr. Mark Hoffman

vNOTES Surgery: Understanding & Applying the vNOTES Techniques

Successful implementation of vNOTES surgery requires that a surgeon combines their vaginal and endoscopic skill sets. Learn more about building a successful vNOTES practice.

vNOTES Procedure Basics & Patient Benefits

Vaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (vNOTES) is a laparoscopic technique characterized by entrance via vaginal incision. vNOTES can be implemented for hysterectomy, myomectomy, adnexectomy, and many other gynecological procedures.

Transcervical Fibroid Ablation: Advancements in Uterine Fibroid Treatment

There is a growing need for safer and more accessible treatment options for uterine fibroids, giving rise to the use of radiofrequency and transcervical fibroid ablation. Doctors Barbara Levy, Mark Hoffman, and Amy Park present these procedures as potential alternatives to hysterectomies due to increased safety and efficiency.

Endometrial Cryoablation with Cerene: Focus on Patient Experience

Many women continue to seek alternatives to traditionally used hysterectomies or IUDs as methods to control abnormal heavy menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation, specifically cryoablation with Cerene, is a valuable option. From clinical counseling to the procedural process to long-term implications, doctors Barbara Levy, Mark Hoffman, and Amy Park walk through the advancing world of endometrial ablation.

Interstitial Cystitis & Endometriosis: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Interstitial cystitis and endometriosis involve central sensitization pathways and require multidisciplinary treatment approaches. Learn more about the mechanism and management for these often comorbid pathologies.

Interstitial Cystitis: Etiology, Diagnosis & Treatment

Interstitial cystitis is hypothesized to be a result of high levels of pelvic neuroinflammation caused by a combination of infection, endometriosis, immune dysfunction and hormonal factors. Learn more about etiology, diagnosis, and treatment for interstitial cystitis.

Vaginal Hysterectomy: Patient Candidacy & Anatomical Considerations

The vaginal hysterectomy was considered the first “minimally invasive” hysterectomy surgery. Learn more about candidacy considerations, patient positioning techniques, and the shifting trends between vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomy techniques.

In-Office Hysteroscopy Surgery: Tools, Techniques & Post-Op Care

Gynecologist Dr. Linda Bradley provides her approach to in-office hysteroscopy procedures, detailing scope selection in different clinical scenarios, pain management methods, navigation techniques, and hysteroscopy post op care.

Defining Success in Hysteroscopy Procedures

Hysteroscopy has both diagnostic and therapeutic roles in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Hysteroscopy expert Dr. Linda Bradley explains the many clinical applications of hysteroscopy and how operators can expand their hysteroscopy skills.

The Evolution of Hysteroscopy: Past, Present & Future

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon Dr. Linda Bradley reflects on the evolution of hysteroscopy, highlighting its shift from traditional D&C procedures to minimally invasive techniques.

Endometriosis Unraveled: Defining, Diagnosing & Treating

Endometriosis, a complex and multifaceted condition, presents challenges in its definition, diagnosis, and treatment, requiring a detailed understanding of its manifestations and patient-specific approaches. Learn more about the intricacies in diagnosing and defining endometriosis, the urgency for precise diagnostics, and the need for an individualized treatment approach.

Endometriosis Treatment: Surgical Decisions, Adjunctive Therapies & Social Determinants

Effective endometriosis treatment requires providers to navigate surgical decisions, personalized care, adjunctive therapies, and the impact of social determinants. Learn more about the intricacies of different surgical options, the role of adjunctive therapies in pain management, and the impact of social factors in diagnosis, progression, and individualized treatment of endometriosis.

Endometriosis Workup: Exam Techniques For Early, Advanced & Diaphragmatic Endometriosis

OBGYN Dr. Ted Lee explains his approach to endometriosis workup for early and advanced disease, including endometriosis exam techniques for diaphragmatic endometriosis.

Endometriosis Signs & Symptoms: How to Identify Endometriosis

Identifying endometriosis requires a combination of patient history, signs, symptoms, and modern diagnostic tools. OBGYN Dr. Ted explains endometriosis signs and symptoms and how to identify endometriosis.

How to Diagnose Endometriosis: Challenges, Barriers & New Solutions

Dr. Ted Lee, an OBGYN specializing in MIGS, underscores the challenges and barriers within the process of diagnosing endometriosis, a condition often mired in years of misdiagnosis. Dr. Lee brings to light the complex interplay of patient perceptions, medical biases, and technological advancements in establishing an endometriosis diagnosis.

The Microbiome & Its Effects On Human Health

The microbiome comprises all organisms outside of human cells, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, that can both sustain health and contribute to disease. Dr. Ian Fields, a urogynecologist, discusses the complexities of the human microbiome with a focus on clinical applications and the wide-ranging impact on human health.

The Role of the Microbiome in Gynecological Disorders

Urogynecologist Dr. Ian Fields highlights the human microbiome and how it plays a dynamic and multifaceted role in gynecological disorders. A new perspective on the vaginal microbiome is presented, challenging the common misconception that all bacteria signify infection and emphasizing the delicacy of balance in this area.

Cosmetic Gynecology: Balancing Societal Pressures & Patient Goals

Cosmetic Gynecology is a complex field where surgical procedures are used as a functional and aesthetic tool. Physicians must balance inordinate social pressures while respecting patient autonomy.

Cosmetic Gynecology Surgery: Considerations for OBGYNs and Cosmetic Surgeons

Cosmetic Gynecology is carefully defined as a procedure undergone with informed consent to alter the aesthetics of the genitalia. Learn about the considerations for OBGYNS and cosmetic surgeons.

The Greater Impact of Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS) on Quality of Life

Successfully treating placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) requires a multidisciplinary approach, the regionalization of care and a focus on psychological and physiological well being postpartum.

Placenta Accreta Spectrum Best Practices in Diagnosis, Treatment & Risk Management

Placenta accreta spectrum disorder occurs when the placenta attaches to a cesarean scar, requiring diagnosis and diligent treatment throughout pregnancy. Learn more!

Opportunistic Salpingectomy as a Preemptive Treatment for High-Risk Ovarian Cancer

Opportunistic Salpingectomy is the surgical removal of the fallopian tubes in tandem with another abdominal surgery, which can be done for high-risk ovarian cancer patients. Learn the pros and cons!

Opportunistic Salpingectomy Surgery: A Technical Guide

Opportunistic salpingectomy is the surgical removal of the fimbriated ends of the fallopian tubes to prevent development of ovarian cancer. This salpingectomy guide also covers ICD-10 & CPT codes.

Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation: Procedure and Reversal

Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is a groundbreaking technique in oncofertility, providing hope for patients at high risk of infertility. Learn more about the intricate process of extraction and processing of ovarian tissue, the surgical considerations involved in reintroducing the preserved tissue, and the questions around accessibility and expansion of these procedures to institutions with limited resources.

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Decoding Chronic Pelvic Pain with Dr. Jorge Carillo on the BackTable OBGYN Podcast)
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