Speaker Profiles


Dr Karen Mizia  

Program Chair

Dr Karen Mizia is an Obstetrician Gynecologist and a recognised subspecialist in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound who is actively involved in the advancement, development of standards and, education in O&G ultrasound for over 15 years. She currently holds several positions including:

  • Chair of the NSW Regional Committee for RANZCOG
  • President elect for the Australia Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.
  • Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Medical Director of Ultrasound Care Australia
  • Conjoint Clinical Lecturer, Sydney University

Assoc Prof George Condous

Associate Professor George Condous is a Clinical Academic at Nepean Hospital and Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney. His current research interests relate to management of ectopic pregnancy, pregnancies of unknown location (PULs), miscarriage prediction, endometriosis and the microbiome, as well as the use of transvaginal ultrasound, in particular ‘deep endometriosis ultrasound’, to predict endometriosis. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and edited four books including ‘How to perform ultrasonography in Endometriosis’. He is a gynaecologist with special interests in Gynaecological Ultrasound and Advanced Endoscopic surgery who set up the first Acute Gynaecology Unit in Australia where women have unique one-stop access to both clinical and expert sonographic evaluation. He is the immediate Past President of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and current Vice President of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB). He is on the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and the ASUM. Through ISUOG, he has developed international consensus statements on PULs and ‘deep endometriosis’ ultrasound. As the lead investigator for the International Deep Endometriosis Analysis (IDEA) group, he coordinates and manages IDEA phase I, which to date has centres from eleven countries, facilitating data collection through the secure Clinical Data Miner (CDM) interface. Through ASUM, he runs the biennial International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) ovarian masses accreditation courses in Australia. He is also the founding Director of ‘Laparoscopic Surgery for General Gynaecologists’ (LaSGeG) which runs the biannual RANZCOG accredited ‘Hands on’ Laparoscopic Workshops for Gynaecologists and OBGYN trainees at the Kolling Institute, University of Sydney.


Prof Luk Rombauts


Prof Rombauts is the Group Medical Director for Monash IVF Group. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University and the Head of the Reproductive Medicine Clinic at Monash Health.

Prof Rombauts is the President of the Fertility Society of Australia. He is the current President-elect of the World Endometriosis Society.


Dr Sofie Piessens


Dr Sofie Piessens is a Belgian trained Obstetrician Gynaecologist. After migrating to Australia in 1999, she completed O&G Ultrasound subspecialty training (COGU) at Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne.

She is a consultant at the Imaging department at Monash Health in Melbourne and works in 3 private practices in Melbourne that specialise in women’s ultrasound.

Her special interest is gynaecological ultrasound, particularly the non-invasive diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis. She is passionate about raising awareness and improving the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis among the wider imaging community through national and international conferences, hands on workshops and online tutorials.


Dr Valeria Lanzarone


Dr Valeria Lanzarone is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist with subspecialist certification in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound.

She divides her time between her current role as the Director of the Perinatal Ultrasound Department at Nepean Hospital in Sydney and as a partner in Ultrasound for Women Penrith and Hawkesbury practices. 

 She has served as Director of Women’s Health at Nepean Hospital, Deputy Chair of Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound Subspecialty for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrician Gynaecologists and Chair of the Australian Association of Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound. 

She was one of the first to offer expert DIE in Sydney and has established a highly respected referral service used by many endometriosis surgeons. She has worked and shared her expertise in units across Sydney and is passionate about educating medical and sonographic colleagues of the potential in pelvic scanning in detection of endometriosis. 


Dr Mathew Leonardi

Mathew is a minimally invasive gynaecological surgeon and sonologist @ McMaster University in Canada. He is simultaneously finishing his PhD @ University of Sydney, focused on the utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis and surgical management of endometriosis. He is currently involved with a variety of local and multicentre international projects on endometriosis, ranging from studies on pathophysiology to assessment of surgical outcomes.


Alison Deslandes

Alison is specialist obstetric and gynaecological sonographer working at Specialist Imaging Partners in Adelaide. Her primary interest is advanced gynaecological imaging and she is currently doing a Masters by Research looking at the accuracy of ultrasound for endometriosis when performed by sonographers. Alison is passionate about ultrasound and heavily involved in the profession of sonography. In 2019 she was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the ASA. She is an examiner for both the ASUM DMU and UniSA OSCE, a member the SA branch committee of the ASA and sits on the ASUM Board of Directors.


Prof Jason Abbott


Dr Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology an associate editor for ANZJOG  and has more than 143 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale RCTs in gynaecological surgery.  Jason has an active role in undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral supervision and is the former Chairman of the Practice Committee of the AAGL charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology.  

Jason is the Medical Director of Endometriosis Australia, a charity established to improve education and awareness of the condition as well as raise research funds.   He has chaired the MBS review committee for benign gynaecology and helped shape Australia’s National Action Plan for Endometriosis launched July 2018 – the first for any disease in Australia and a blueprint for all other national action plans.   He is a Principle Investigator and Chair for the Australian Government funded National Endometriosis and Clinical Trials  (NECST) network in endometriosis in Australia.  Jason is a member of The Federal Governments Endometriosis Advisory Group and he Chairs the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Expert Advisory Group on Endometriosis.  


Rebecca Long

Rebecca is a Sonographer and her interest in using ultrasound to assess for deep infiltrating endometriosis was first sparked by an ASUM/WFUMB lecture back in 2009.  She thought to herself “this could really make a difference in women’s lives”.  She then had an opportunity to gain expertise in this scanning technique and since 2013 has lectured widely on the topic.   

Rebecca’s every day working life is quite a mix, working in Public Health and Private Practice with both Gynaecologists and Radiologists and she is regularly involved in the training of both Sonographers and Doctors.  Rebecca’s maxim is “every patient, every time”.


Assoc Prof Shannon Reid

Western Sydney University, School of Medicine, Liverpool Hospital


A/Professor Shannon Reid is a Gynaecologist, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon, and Gynaecological Ultrasound Specialist. She is internationally recognized for her work in the ultrasound diagnosis and management of endometriosis and is a co-author of the IDEA (International Deep Endometriosis Analysis group) consensus statement. She is actively involved in research and training at Liverpool Hospital, and is a training supervisor for the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Fellowship Program. She has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers and has authored several book chapters, including chapters on ultrasound evaluation of POD obliteration and soft markers for endometriosis in the book ‘How to perform ultrasonography in Endometriosis’.


Dr Bridget Sutton

Dr Sutton is a radiologist, sub-specialised in obstetric and gynaecological imaging, and co-director of SOGI SCAN I-Med in Brisbane. She has extensive experience in the fields of prenatal ultrasound and fetal MRI and helped to establish the fetal MRI unit at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.  

She pioneered the gynaecological MRI service at the RBWH in 2001, where she maintains a specialist appointment. Dr Sutton works closely with gynaecologists and fertility specialists to provide imaging insight into pelvic disorders such as endometriosis. She has expertise in imaging of adolescent gynaecology including complex Müllerian anomalies and disorders of sexual development.


Dr Andrew Edwards

Andrew is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with subspecialist Certification in Ultrasound (COGU).  He has a particular interest in ultrasound assessment of pelvic pain, endometriosis, and the pelvic floor. He believes that the utilisation of ultrasound as a first line investigation has a major role in optimising the management of endometriosis.  


Andrew was awarded a Doctor of Medicine higher degree in 2016, and is an adjunct senior lecturer at the Hudson Institute, Monash University. He also works in the Fetal Diagnostic Service at Peninsula Health, and in private practice at City Imaging, Camberwell Imaging, and Peninsula Imaging Ultrasound for Women.


Dr Anjana Thottungal


Anjana is a Consultant Sonologist from Perth who specialises in Obstetrics and Gynaecology ultrasound. She initially trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in India where she completed her M.D in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She then underwent training in the U.K, obtaining a Fellowship of RCOG, London and simultaneously trained towards MSc in Obstetrics and Gynaecology ultrasound and RCOG/RCR Diploma in advanced Obstetrics ultrasound. Anjana migrated to Perth in 2007. She subsequently obtained Fellowship of RANZCOG and gained further training as a Fellow in Ultrasound department at KEMH, receiving DDU in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ultrasound. 

Anjana is the director of Perth Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ultrasound practice (POGU) which offers a comprehensive range of ultrasound services in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She established sonovaginography and detailed scan service for the first time in Western Australia in 2012, for patients with severe endometriosis. This special interest led onto her becoming the Founder Chairperson of the multidisciplinary endometriosis focus group, made up of Gynaecology endoscopic surgeons, Colorectal surgeons, Urologists, Radiologists and Sonologists. 

She is actively involved in education of sonographers through lectures and workshops, emphasizing on performing a detailed initial pelvic scan that can detect or suspect endometriosis even in patients with minimal symptoms. She lectures on various gynaecological topics and her special interest areas are in the field of deep infiltrating endometriosis, uterine anomalies, pelvic congestion syndrome and ultrasound characterisation of ovarian masses.

Anjana is committed to continuing professional development and research. She regularly attends local, national and international meetings, educational courses and invitations to speak at Medical Conferences. She contributes to medical research work, audits and forums with the intention of constantly improving the care she provides to the patients.


Rowena Gibson

Rowena is a sonographer with a keen interest in imaging of Endometriosis. She is the Chief Sonographer for Ultrasound Care in Sydney where she has worked for over 20 years. She has presented locally and nationally and was awarded the ASUM Sonographer of the Year in 2019. She enjoys training sonographers to enable them to feel confident in scanning for endometriosis so they can make a difference in women’s lives.


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