14th Annual Lectureship in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery 2022


The University of British Columbia Lectureship in Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery was founded to promote an awareness of pelvic floor disorders, to create a forum for the presentation of treatment innovations, and new evidence of efficacy, and ultimately to improve the quality of life of women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders.

The lectureship was started in 2007 and it has been warmly received since its inception. It has attracted internationally recognized speakers including; Alf Bent, Gretchen Lentz, Mickey Karram, Vickie Handa, Richard Reznik, Matt Barber, Mark Slack, Rob Gutman, Ranee Thackar, Nucelio Lemos, Magali Robert and Erin Brennan.

The Lectureship includes two complimentary events, a Public Lecture and a Research Seminar: 


The lecture will be delivered at Grand Rounds on Wednesday 13th April at 7.45am.  This year Dr. Giulia Muraca will join as the UBC Lecturer.

  • SPEAKER: Dr. Giulia Muraca, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, McMaster University
  • TOPIC: “Maternal and neonatal trauma with operative vaginal delivery”
  • WHEN: Wednesday 13th April 2022, 07.45am
  • WHERE: Link to BC Rounds Calendar for 13th April

All members of the scientific community are cordially invited.   


Dr. Giulia Muraca received her B.Sc. in Biological Anthropology and African Studies from the University of Toronto and her M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Muraca’s doctoral research used population-based data to characterize maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in deliveries requiring forceps, vacuum, and cesarean delivery. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where she developed epidemiologic approaches to identify optimal intervention rates (e.g., cesarean delivery rate, induction rate) that minimize the frequency of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes (e.g., postpartum hemorrhage, obstetric anal sphincter injury, maternal sepsis, neonatal sepsis, birth injury). Dr. Muraca’s research program at McMaster aims to continue this work and to, more broadly, produce evidence to support enhanced safety and satisfaction in the care of pregnant individuals and their children, with emphasis on care quality, accessibility and equity.


The research seminar follows the lecture and generally runs for 2.5 hours. It provides an intimate venue for researchers in pelvic floor disorders to offer and receive constructive criticism on ongoing research. All local researchers investigating pelvic floor disorders are invited to submit projects regardless of where it falls on the continuum of research idea to completed study. Each project will be briefly presented and discussed with the goal of improving implementation.

If you would like to present at the research seminar on the 9th December, please submit a title and brief description by 10 April to Nikki Koenig at  NKoenig@providencehealth.bc.ca.


This lectureship is made possible through a generous educational grant from Boston Scientific, for which we are grateful.

Any questions regarding the lecture or the research seminar, please contact Nikki Koenig at  NKoenig@providencehealth.bc.ca