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Female Sexual Health & Menopause Symposium: Speaking the Unspoken

Presented by University Hospitals Urology Institute & The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106


Opening minds and breaking stigmas, University Hospitals first-ever Female Sexual Health & Menopause Symposium is the premier event to orient to a new standard of care in genitourinary women’s health. Leveraging the multidisciplinary insights of the organization’s newfound Female Sexual Health Division, attendees will leave equipped with the knowledge and conversational tools to empower women to discuss their sexuality and sexual health concerns. Network with experts and learn how you can provide a unique and open environment of care for optimum female health and well-being.

This event will host internationally-acclaimed author, Dr. Jen Gunter and four additional nationally-recognized speakers to discuss vasomotor symptoms, testosterone therapy, genitourinary syndrome of menopause and vulvar conditions amongst other female sexual health and menopause topics.

Who Should Attend

Gynecologists, Urologists, Women’s Health APP’s, Primary Care Providers, Internists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists and Other Providers who celebrate Female Sexual Health

Learning Objectives

  • Identify vasomotor symptoms and possible treatment options
  • Recall the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)  Guidelines for Testosterone Therapy
  • Recognize the symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
  • List vulvar conditions associated with Menopause

Accreditation Statement

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


11:00 am | Onsite Registration & Sign-In

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Catered Lunch & Industry Mingle

12:30 – 12:45 pm | Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:45 – 1:30 pm | Multidisciplinary Team, Personalized Approach: Introducing University Hospitals Female Sexual Health Division

  • Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD
  • Rachel Pope, MD, MPH
  • Jean Marino, APRN-CNP, NCMP, IF
  • Anna Myers, MSN, APRN-CNP, CUNP, IF
  • Karen Connor, PT, DPT, PRPC
  • Erika Kelley, PhD

1:30 – 2:00 pm | Vasomotor Symptoms

Lisa Larkin, MD, FACP, NCMP, IF
Founder & CEO, Ms. Medicine/President & CEO, Lisa Larkin, MD and Associates

2:00 – 2:30 pm | Testosterone for HSDD

Sharon Parish, MD
Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

2:30 – 2:45 pm | Q&A Session

Moderator: Rachel Pope, MD

2:45 – 3:00 pm | BREAK

3:00 – 3:30 pm | Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Rachel Rubin, MD, IF, NCMP
Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology<br/p> Georgetown University Hospital

3:30 – 4:00 pm | Vulvar Conditions and Menopause

Susan Kellogg Spadt, PhD, CRNP, IF, CFC, FCST
Director, Female Sexual Medicine Center for Pelvic Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Drexel University College of Medicine

4:00 – 4:15 pm | Q&A Session

Moderator: Stephanie Teal, MD

4:15 – 4:30 pm | BREAK

4:30 – 5:30 pm | Keynote Presentation

Jen Gunter, MD
Two-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author & TED Podcast Host

5:30 – 5:45 pm | Closing Remarks

5:45 – 6:15 pm | Book Signing w/ Jen Gunter, MD



  • Physicians/Physicians Assistant/Advanced Practice Nurses: $150
  • Allied-Health Professionals/Community: $125
  • Trainee/Resident/Medical Student: $100

Early bird pricing ($25 discount) offered through Friday, July 1.

Registration closes on Saturday, July 30, or when event facility capacity reached.

Cancellation Policy - Full refunds will be made for cancellations on or prior to Friday, July 29 only. A cancellation received after July 29th will require an administrative fee of $100.00. Please direct questions to 

For complete information and registration visit


Guest Speakers:

Jen Gunter, MD

Jen Gunter, MD

Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician, and the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Menopause Manifesto, and The Vagina Bible (translated into 15 languages and counting). She has written for the NY Times, the Globe and Mail, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and numerous other outlets. You can find her opinions regularly posted on Substack (, Twitter (@drjengunter) and Instagram (DrJenGunter).

Jen is the host of TED’s highly-rated podcast, Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter, and her TED Talk, “Why can't we talk about periods?” was the third most popular TED Talk of 2020. Jen is also the host of Jensplaining, the top-rated series on CBC Gem.

Jen has been called Twitter's resident OB/GYN and the world's most famous gynecologist. She is a fierce advocate for facts and tirelessly calls out those who exploit pseudoscience for financial and political profit. Dr. Gunter is on a mission to help people separate medical fact from fiction with her writing and activism.

Lisa Larkin, MD

Lisa Larkin, MD, FACP, NCMP, IF

Trained at Yale and the University of Chicago, Dr. Lisa Larkin is a board-certified internist and midlife women’s health expert who has practiced in both academics and private practice since 1991 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Larkin is passionate about raising the standard of care for women and advancing evidence-based women’s healthcare. She is currently Founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine, a national health care organization dedicated to advancing women’s health on a broader scale through innovation in care delivery models and consumer and clinician education. She is also Founder and President of Lisa Larkin, MD and Associates, an independent, multispecialty practice, where she continues to practice, offering comprehensive primary care and women’s specialty health care through a direct care membership model. Considered a national expert in menopause management, sexual medicine and breast cancer risk assessment and prevention, and migraine, Dr. Larkin is a well-known clinician educator, and lectures frequently at physician CME programs and educational events on women’s health topics.   Dr. Larkin formerly served as Associate Professor and Division Director of Midlife Women’s Health and Primary Care at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and as the Director of the UC Health Women’s Center (2012-2016). She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a certified menopause clinician (NCMP), a Fellow of and past member of the Board of Directors of ISSWSH (International Society or the Study of Women’s Sexual Health), and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of NAMS (North American Menopause Society).

Sharon Parish, MD

Sharon Parish, MD

Dr. Sharon J. Parish is a Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and the Director of Medical Services at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. Dr. Parish is an internal medicine physician who is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner. Her clinical practice focuses on sexual medicine for male and female patients.

Dr. Parish has a special interest in training and research in sexual medicine. She has designed many educational programs on male and female sexual health for undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate medical education and across multiple disciplines. She has authored many publications on an array of topics including female and male sexual dysfunction classification, clinical assessment, and therapeutic interventions; sexual medicine communication skills and education; menopause management; premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction; testosterone and hormonal therapy; and genitourinary syndrome of menopause/vulvovaginal atrophy. Her academic activities include participation in international and national society committees and consultantships; lectures, symposia, and web-based educational programs; and sexual medicine society leadership roles.

She is Past President of the ISSWSH (2014-2018), Chair of the ISSWSH Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (2016-2018), a longstanding member of the ISSWSH Board of Directors (2001-present), the ISSWSH Scientific Program Chair (Annual Meetings 2018, 2019), and was Chair of the ISSWSH Education Committee from 2002-2014.

She is a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) Board of Directors (2018-2022) and Publications Committee (2010 to present). Dr. Parish is an Associate Editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews (2017-present), Section Editor of Medical Comorbidities for Current Sexual Health Reports (2013-present), and previously Associate Editor for CME (2006-2014) and Assistant Editor for Female Medical/Surgical for the Journal of Sexual Medicine (2014-2016).

Rachel Rubin, MD

Rachel Rubin, MD, IF, NCMP
Dr. Rachel Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is an assistant clinical professor of Urology at Georgetown University and works in a private practice in the Washington DC region. She is one of only a handful of physicians fellowship trained in male and female sexual medicine.

Dr. Rubin is a clinician, researcher, and vocal educator in the field of sexual medicine. She completed her medical and undergraduate training at Tufts University, her urology training at Georgetown University, and her fellowship training under Dr. Irwin Goldstein in San Diego. In addition to being education chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), she also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.

Susan Kellogg-Spadt, PhD

Susan Kellogg-Spadt, PhD, CRNP, IF, CSC, FCST

Susan Kellogg-Spadt PhD, CRNP, IF, CSC, FCST is the Director of Female Sexual Medicine at The Center for Pelvic Medicine in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Kellogg performs direct patient care, consultative services as a vulvovaginal and pelvic pain specialist, researcher, educator, sexual dysfunction clinician and therapist.

Dr. Kellogg is Professor of OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine; Professor of Human Sexuality at Widener University and Clinical Associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kellogg is a certified sexuality counselor and therapist. She has authored and coauthored several books, chapters and peer reviewed articles in the field of sexual medicine.

She has been featured in The New York Times and on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, and the Discovery Channel.

University Hospitals Speakers:

Rachel Pope, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Female Sexual Health, University Hospitals Urology Institute
Global Health Scholar, UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health
Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Stephanie Teal, MD
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University Hosptials Cleveland Medical Center
Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief
University Hospitals
Clinical Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Lee Ponsky, MD, FACS
Professor & Chairman
University Hospitals Urology Institute
Leo & Charlotte Goldberg Chair in Advanced Surgical Therapies
Master Clinician in Urologic Oncology
Distinguished Physician, UH Cleveland Medical Center
Executive Director, University Hospitals Cutler Center for Men
Professor of Urology, CWRU School of Medicine

Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Professor, Departments of Reproductive Biology, Psychiatry and Urology
CWRU School of Medicine

Jean Marino, APRN-CNP, NCMP, IF
Women’s Health Certified Nurse Practitioner
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Urology Institute
UH Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Urology Institute, General Urology, Female Sexual Health & Pelvic Medicine
Certified Women’s Health, Family & Urology Nurse Practitioner
AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor
Clinical Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine PA Program

Karen Connor, PT, DPT, PRPC
Clinical Specialist
Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Provider
University Hospitals

Erika Kelley, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & UH Urology Institute
UH Cleveland Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology
CWRU School of Medicine

Additional Event Details

Tinkham Veale University Center
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Tinkham Veale University Center is located in the heart of University Circle. The conference will be held in the Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom on the second floor. Persons with disabilities should inform Tinkham Veale staff of any special services required.


Guests are encouraged to park in the underground garage located at Campus Center Parking Garage (Lot S-29), 11172 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. You are responsible for your own parking charges.

Recommended Hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle
2021 Cornell Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone 216-791-5678
(0.4 Miles from Symposium)


University Hospitals Female Sexual Health and Menopause Symposium thanks its academic and industry partners for their contributions to this program. A complete listing of supporters will be provided in materials present at the event. Acceptance of funding in support of this program does not constitute endorsement of any product or manufacturer.


The policy of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine CME Program (CWRU) requires that the Activity Director, planning committee members and all activity faculty (that is, anyone in a position to control the content of the education activity) disclose to the activity participants all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Disclosure will be made to activity participants prior to the commencement of the activity. CWRU also requires that faculty make clinical recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence and that faculty identify any discussion of “off-label” or investigational use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.


For more information about the Female Sexual Health Division at University Hospitals visit:

New Female Sexual Health Division Addresses Array of Needs

Women with often unaddressed sexual health concerns will now receive multidisciplinary care from experts focused exclusively on their needs through a new division at University Hospitals | Innovations in Urology Winter 2021

Starting the Conversation about Women’s Sexual Health

Program helps educate primary care physicians on future of non-reproductive aspects of care | Innovations in Urology | Special Issue| September 2021

Starting the Conversation about Women’s Sexual Health: The Podcast

Hear President of UH Ventures, David Sylvan with experts Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg and Dr. Rachel Pope, MD, MPH