Wendy K. Winer, R.N., B.S.N., CNOR, RNFA
Endoscopic Surgery Specialist
Director of Research & Technology Development
Wendy K. Winer is readily known as the best known and most highly-respected RN surgical first assist in the world. As an Endoscopic Surgery Specialist and the CEC’s Director of Research & Technology Development, Wendy is known far and wide for her incomparable compassion and vast expertise.
Wendy has been a Registered Nurse since 1977, specializing in operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy as a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA). In addition to surgery, Mrs. Winer's responsibilities include editing CEC video for presentations, authoring and co-authoring medical journal articles and book chapters, and teaching postgraduate courses to nurses and physicians. She has also coordinated research for numerous FDA clinical trials for various women's health treatments.
For more than 15 years, Wendy has served as the Chair of the Nursing & Operating Room Personnel Committee for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and is an active Charter Member. She has also served as Chair of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) Specialty Assembly for General Surgery/Gynecology and is a member of its advisory board. She also serves on the AORN task force for the potential hazards of smoke in the operating room and as an international advisor for AAGL.
A former adjunct faculty member of the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, Mrs. Winer has published dozens of journal articles and book chapters on gynecologic and general surgery. In her articles, she has continually advocated techniques to improve efficiency before, during and after surgery in order to optimize patient results from minimally invasive surgery. She has also suggested methods for reducing surgery costs without sacrificing the quality of care and treatment, proposing specific requirements for operating room and office procedures.
Mrs. Winer has chaired or been on the faculty of workshops for physicians and/or nurses both in the United States and abroad, including programs in Russia, Australia, Wales, England, Italy, South Africa, Argentina, Israel, Spain, New Zealand and Portugal. She serves on the Nursing Advisory Board of American Health Consultants, on the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (JMIG), as an Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, as a Nursing Advisor for OBGYN.net, on the Advisory Board for Medical Books of China and on the AAGL Research Committee. Most recently, she has returned from a multi-city visit to China with the CEC's Founder Dr. Robert B. Albee, Jr., MD, where she and Dr. Albee were invited to train physicians in endometriosis excision. They have also been invited to return to China later this year.
Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Kansas School of Nursing. She resides in Atlanta with her husband Dr. Richard Winer, a psychiatrist. They are the parents of three children.