Dr. Ken Sinervo
MD, MSC, FRCSC, ACGE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
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A world recognized leader IN ENDOMETRIOSIS
Dr. Ken Sinervo, the CEC’s Medical Director & President of Kenny Sinervo, MD FRCSC LLC, is known around the world not only as a pioneering, expert endometriosis surgeon, but more importantly, as a humble, compassionate doctor who truly cares for his patients. He has won countless awards for his dedicated service, and is known as a physician who will always go above and beyond for those in his care. He considers it a blessing and privilege to work with his patients from all around the world.
Dr. Sinervo also serves as a committed teacher and mentor, leading his team by example through high integrity and dedication. He is the winner of countless awards, including being named to IAOBGYN’s list of “Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists from around the World” and receiving “Top Doctor,” "Top 10 Doctors," "Most Compassionate Physician," "Patient's Choice," "Best in Atlanta" and countless other honors. He has been awarded, for 5 years in a row, the Vitals.com "Patient's Choice" honor - a distinction earned by less than 1% of all physicians in the U.S.
He was previously elected by his peers to serve as Vice Chairman, and later the 2016-17 Chairman, of the Endometriosis & Reproductive Surgery Special Interest Group (SIG) of the AAGL, the world's leading association for Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Sinervo maintains, however, that the greatest reward of his work is to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of life for all the individuals he treats. He considers himself extremely fortunate for the opportunity to serve patients through a combination of surgery, continuous care and compassion for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. A former patient recently weighed in on her case with him:
"While driving home from dinner yesterday, my husband and I were reminiscing about how much my life has changed since having surgery with Dr. Sinervo seven years ago. That surgery was my 14th and FINAL surgery I would need to close the painful chapter of endometriosis forever. This man gave me my life back and I am eternally grateful for his dedication to his profession. Three years ago, I decided to return to college at the age of 44 and get a degree to work in the healthcare sector. I am proud to say I will be starting my new career as a respiratory therapist on Monday. I want Dr. Sinervo to know that this new career path would not be possible--and never considered--if not for the complete turn around I experienced after having surgery with him. God is good and I am forever grateful!"
Among the few practitioners in the world who focus solely on endometriosis, Dr. Sinervo joined the CEC’s Founder, Robert B. Albee, Jr., MD at the Center in 2001 and since 2011 has been at the head of our practice. He leads his dedicated team by example, providing compassionate expertise to individuals from every corner of the globe. A native of Ontario, Canada, Dr. Sinervo is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the United States, a member of the Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Canada, and a Fellow of the AAGL, wherein he also previously completed a Fellowship in advanced Pelvic Endoscopy. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in Canada with Honors in Psychology and was awarded his MSc there as well.
He completed medical school at the University of Toronto and served his Residency at the University of Calgary. Dr. Sinervo has been awarded countless scholarships for his academic performance, including the Dr. Fred Douglas Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholarship. In addition, he was the recipient of the University of Western Ontario Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Research Day Award two years in a row - a rare accomplishment. Dr. Sinervo was previously selected to serve as the 5th Annual Visiting Professor under the auspices of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, wherein he presented a series of course lectures and Grand Rounds to residents, physicians and industry during his visit, ranging from pathophysiology to treatment of endometriosis, including rare and complex abdominopelvic and cardiothoracic cases.
An Advanced Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Fellowship Preceptor, Dr. Sinervo devotes countless hours to the training and education of tomorrow’s surgeons. Applicants from around the world seek to join his Fellowship program, including but not limited to his Fellows who have hailed from such institutions as the Center for Advanced Gynecology, Kaiser, Saint Louis University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, the University of California at San Francisco, Hurley Medical Center, Riverside Health System, St. Peter's University Hospital, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine/Health Sciences Center, Universitary Hospital of Samaritane-Santa Fé Bogotá (Colombia), Johns Hopkins, LuccaHealth Specialty Medical Center (Ghana) and many others. He also consults for various biotechnology, device and industry institutions and remains extensively involved in both the patient and professional sectors, contributing his compassionate expertise to various endeavors to advance disease awareness and education. He is routinely called upon by the media, leading consumer and professional health publications for his experience in endometriosis and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS).
Most important to Dr. Sinervo, however, is caring for his patients on a continuous basis. As one CEC mom wrote recently: “Dr. Sinervo performed surgery on my daughter 5 years ago for stage 4. We had tried all other interventions and had had 2 other surgeries including section of intestines being removed and one of her ovaries being removed before finding the Center. This was her 3rd surgery in 3 months. He assured us he could remove all endo 100%. It has been 5 years. She has been trying to get pregnant and another endometrioma returned on the other ovary…[her obgyn] didn't feel hopeful. We immediately called Dr. Sinervo…and he was not only able to save her ovary but did not find any more endo after 5 years except one small spot where the other ovary was. Thank you, Dr. Sinervo and to your wonderful staff for dealing with a frantic mother even though she's grown and married.”
A noted author and speaker, he has many abstracts, publications and presentations to his credit. He remains an active, contributing member of many professional medical and healthcare societies including the AAGL, and is routinely featured in leading consumer and professional health publications. He is also pleased to serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the HysterSisters organization and as an Advisor to various women's health and endometriosis organizations. Most recently, he is featured in both of the groundbreaking "EndoWhat?" documentaries and on the Ivanhoe News Broadcast, “Ending Endometriosis.” Dr. Sinervo is routinely sought out by colleagues and peers for referral, particularly for severe/complex cases and extrapelvic disease. To that end, he treats among the highest number of thoracic endometriosis cases in the United States annually, and regularly teaches courses on thoracic/diaphragmatic and bowel endometriosis at the annual AAGL Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology, where he has also previously been elected to perform live surgery of complex endometriosis during Congress proceedings.
On gold-standard surgery for endometriosis, he says, "Through the constant refinement of surgical technique, it is possible to remove all endometriosis. We try to be as conservative as possible with an individual's reproductive organs while aggressively removing all visible manifestations of endometriosis, no matter where present. This can be done in an effective, safe manner. When done Laparoscopically, it allows the patient to return to normal function quickly and comfortably. There are very few limits to what can be done via Lap; there are few indications today for large incisions.” As such, he performs complex dissections the Laparoscope, which often provides a better exposure of the natural planes of the organs than a large incision does. With the aid of the magnification that the Laparoscope provides, even the subtlest forms of endometriosis can be appreciated. What was once described as 'microscopic endometriosis' can actually be seen with today's equipment, if a surgeon is well skilled in disease recognition. He carefully examines all areas for endometriosis and removes only that tissue needing to be removed. When excision is used meticulously, a patient has a low chance of recurrence of endometriosis and can gain an excellent quality of life, something that has often been missing for years. "Though conscientious follow-up with our endometriosis patients, we can give excellent estimates of recurrence rates, pregnancy rates and information on improved quality of life following excision. This is a valuable tool in the management and counseling of our patients," says Dr. Sinervo. His approach to high quality, meticulous excisional surgery and the dedicated volume of endometriosis patients he serves also makes Dr. Sinervo and the CEC an ideal research partner, sought after for participation and biospecimen capture and submissions in a number of genetic and biological studies wherein the CEC serves as co-investigator.
Dr. Sinervo will listen to you, validate your pain and help you find resolve. Another patient recently shared her story of being dismissed until she found him: "Dr. Sinervo is truly a miracle doctor. My health issues and concerns have been pushed aside for 11 years. Every year I had increasing pain that was hindering my day to day life. Countless times I had to cancel plans I had with friends or call off from work because I physically could not move without excruciating pain all while doctors told me it wasn't as bad as I was making it out to be or flat out denied any issue I had. I had lost all hope on having a normal life and considering a family for my future. Dr. Sinervo gave me my life back! He gave me a chance to actually live again, enjoy life again. From the moment I walked in his office I was greeted by very nice staff and knew I would be taken care of. His staff is phenomenal and great at making sure every need is taking care of and every question is answered. Dr. Sinervo and his staff gave me what everyone else said wasn't possible. He rid my body of endometriosis early this month and although it hasnt been long I already feel so much better than I have in years. He is worth every penny it costs and every mile it takes to travel to him. He is truly the best of the best!"
Dr. Sinervo leads his Center by example, instilling compassion, integrity, caring and enduring dedication in his team. He says, "I find it extremely rewarding to be able to make a positive impact in the quality of lives of the patients that we treat. So many patients have been given dismal prospects and limited choices. To be able to offer our endometriosis patients another alternative through the excision of their disease through Laparoscopic techniques, and to see the long-lasting effects makes what we do so worthwhile.”
Dr Sinervo's CV may be viewed here.