The Endometriosis Foundation of America

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is a public health advocacy organization founded on four pillars: awareness, education, research, and effective intervention. I formed it with the support of several of my patients, and it was brought into the public eye in 2009 when Padma Lakshmi joined me as the cofounder. My vision for the EFA has been to bring awareness to endometriosis in the same way former first lady Betty Ford did for breast cancer. The subject of breast cancer was taboo before Mrs. Ford started discussing it. The five-year relative survival rate for female invasive breast cancer patients in the United States has improved from 75 percent in the mid-1970s to 90 percent today, due primarily to heightened awareness, early detection, and better treatments. Padma realized the powerful impact sharing her endometriosis battle could have for the millions of women around the world suffering with the disease, and she didn’t hesitate to join me in my mission. Every March or April, the EFA holds a weekend conference on endometriosis to educate the medical community including doctors, researchers, other medical experts, and medical students. It draws a higher number of attendees from all over the world than any other endometriosis conference in the United States. Our discussion topics include the latest techniques and technologies in surgery, diagnostic methods, nutrition and whole patient care, research, and policy.

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