Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

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Connecticut OBGYN Dr. John Garofalo is Appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine

Connecticut OBGYN ProfessorThe University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine is pleased to announce that Faculty Affairs has appointed Connecticut OBGYN Dr. John Garofalo Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The University’s Office of Faculty Affairs assists and supports the faculty of the Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine in their clinical, teaching, research, and administrative roles on the UVM Medical Center campus, as well as our teaching faculty throughout Vermont and New York, and at affiliate clinical teaching sites at Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals in Connecticut, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Read More

Mammograms: Making Sense of Conflicting News

In the past few months there’s been a lot of conflicting information about mammograms in the press. Not surprisingly, we get asked a lot of questions by our patients: Are mammograms useful? At what age should I start getting tested? What are the risks? What if I test positive?

Recent News: A Quick Summary

A few months ago, there was a cost analysis of whether women should start regular mammograms starting at age 40 or age 50. Why was this a concern? Because the American Cancer Society recommends that women start mammogram screening every year starting when they turn 40, while the U.S. Preventive Service’s Task Force recommends that women get a mammogram every other year starting at age 50.

A few weeks later, a Canadian study reported that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths. This study was criticized by U.S. radiologists as being flawed and misleading.

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AAGL Awards Garofalo OB/GYN with COEMIG Designation

AAGL COEMIG Seal_Light2 (2)“I would like to share my news that John M. Garofalo, MD has been designated as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG).”

The COEMIG program is focused on improving the safety and quality of gynecologic patient care and lowering the overall costs associated with successful treatment. The program is designed to expand patient awareness of – and access to – minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by surgeons and facilities that have demonstrated excellence in these advanced techniques.

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Welcome Women’s Health Specialist, Laury Berkwitt, WHNP

It is my pleasure to announce that Laury Berkwitt, a women’s health nurse practitioner, has recently joined my practice.   Laury Berkwitt, WHNP

lauryLaury joins us after working in New York for the last 10 years where she managed the gynecological care for women of all ages.  Laury has extensive experience in providing routine well woman exams as well as managing and treating common gynecological complaints such as abnormal bleeding and vaginitis.   Laury graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from The University of Vermont in 1999 and practiced as registered nurse in New York City for three years. She received her Master of Science degree in nursing from Columbia University in 2003. She will spend ample time with her patients helping them to find the best contraceptive method for their unique bodies and needs.  She also has a special interest in the care of adolescent women.  A woman’s first gynecological exam can be a daunting experience, but I am confident that Laury’s calm and nurturing demeanor will help put patients at ease.

Laury is available to see patients and can be reached at 203.855.3535.

Many Thanks, John M. Garofalo, M.D.

John Garofalo, M.D. Receives Certifications in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Press Release

April 11, 2011

Norwalk, CT – Today John Garofalo, M.D. was admitted to the Registry of the Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy (CGE) with certification at the highest level of competence in Operative Laparoscopy and Operative Hysteroscopy. He is now one of a select group of Connecticut and Fairfield County physicians to be listed on the Registry. With this certification, CGE recognizes Dr. Garofalo’s experience conducting endoscopic surgeries that led to successful medical outcomes.

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Dr. John Garofalo to Speak at Norwalk Hospital Educational Symposium

5th Annual Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff Educational Symposium

Marriott Hotel, Newport, RI

October 22 – 24, 2010

Sunday October 24, 2010 – 7:30 – 8:15 am:

Uterine Fibroids – How Should We Treat Them? – Steven Bernstein & John Garofalo

Objective: Understand the treatment options for uterine fibroids