Ken Sinervo, MD, MSc, FRCSC, ACGE, Medical Director
Photo 2014 © The Toronto Endometriosis Network
Dr. Ken Sinervo, the CEC’s Medical Director & President of Kenny Sinervo, MD FCRCS LLC, is known around the world not only as a pioneering, expert endometriosis surgeon (full CV here) but more importantly, as a humble, compassionate doctor who truly cares for all his patients. He is a 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. At the close of 2014, Dr. Sinervo has also been awarded, for the 5th year in a row, the Vitals.com "Patient's Choice" honor. Less than 1% of all physicians in the United States have received this award for 5 consecutive years!
Dr. Sinervo maintains that the greatest reward of his work, however, 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 his 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 Dr. Sinervo:
"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 excision, 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. 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, the leading global association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide, wherein he 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 in 1993 there as well. Dr. Sinervo completed medical school at the University of Toronto and served Residency at the University of Calgary. He has been awarded many 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. Recently, Dr. Sinervo was selected to serve as the 5th Annual Visiting Professor under the auspices of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services in British Columbia. 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 complex abdominopelvic and thoracic cases.
Both the Center for Endometriosis Care and Dr. Sinervo individually have earned the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) designation. He serves as the CEC’s Physician Director within the COEMIG program as well as Director of the CEC's Research endeavors. An Advanced Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Fellowship Preceptor, Dr. Sinervo devotes countless hours to the training and education of tomorrow’s surgeons. He consults for various biotechnology, device and industry institutions and remains extensively involved in both the patient and professional sectors, contributing his compassionate expertise to countless endeavors to advance disease awareness and education. He is routinely called upon by leading consumer and professional health publications for his experience in endometriosis and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. A noted author and speaker, Dr. Sinervo has countless 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 famed HysterSisters organization.
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 laparoscopically, and 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 be seen with today's equipment. 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 leads the CEC staff by example, instilling compassion, integrity, caring and enduring dedication in his team. When asked about the CEC, 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.”