Dr. Assia Stepanian grew up in Moscow, the daughter of two illustrious physicians. In fact, much of her training was supervised by her mother, Dr. Leila Adamyan, the developer of some of the most advanced techniques and classifications used today in the practice of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.
Dr. Stepanian received her medical degree at the world-famous I. M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy in 1992 and completed her OB-GYN residency at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Center for Perinatology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology in 1994.
In her desire to share the advanced techniques she mastered, she moved to the United States and completed an OB-GYN residency at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in 2005.
Wishing to expand her knowledge, she completed the AAGL/SRS fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery from 2005 to 2007 under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Lyons, pioneer of Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy and other techniques.
Dr. Stepanian received additional training in urogynecology and pelvic floor reconstruction with Drs. John Miklos and Rob Moore, innovators in Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Procedures, from 2005 through 2007.
In 2007, she joined Dr. Thomas Lyons at the Center for Women’s Care and Reproductive Surgery and has been caring for women at offices in Atlanta and Lake Oconee ever since.
Dr. Stepanian is quite candid about her devotion to her patients. “My focus is always on learning about the total woman. I spend a great deal of time talking with each patient, and I find that I am both teacher and student. It can be an emotional experience, a deeply fulfilling experience for us both. Our visits invariably end with a very warm and gratifying hug. I am extremely fortunate.”
Dr. Assia Stepanian is a Founder and Editor-in-Chief of online media and educational platform of the AAGL, SurgeryU. SurgeryU includes the world’s largest and first collective online video-library in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and involves an outstanding faculty and engages members of AAGL. The mission of SurgeryU is to enhance the professional and educational exchange between professionals and organizations interested in developments in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) by providing multimedia educational opportunities.
Under the leadership of Dr. Stepanian, SurgeryU has become a catalyst for international medical cooperation on multiple levels. Collaborations were formed with Global Library of Women’s Health, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and OBGYN.News. Seventy-two affiliated organizations have been invited to participate in educational opportunities of SurgeryU; members from 51 countries viewed the last 14 Live Surgical Events at SurgeryU. Lectures and video-materials of 5 international meetings were streamed live. At a national level, educational opportunities at SurgeryU became free for all of the OBGYN residents in the US, enhancing their educational training in various aspects of MIGS.
As a result of Dr. Stepanian’s active work with the AAGL staff and SurgeryU Editorial Board, over the period of one year SurgeryU expanded its two libraries to stream over 950 videos presented by the members of AAGL and SurgeryU faculty, enhanced the process of video material peer review and submission, started the Live Surgrical Events that allows monthly viewing of the live surgical events over the 40,000 servers worldwide, formed SurgeryU Collaboratives to enhance subject specific exchange of knowledge at AAGL, created an opportunity for all members to introduce themselves through their portfolio; and gave manufacturing companies a collaborative venue for teaching members how to use their equipment and materials most safely, efficaciously, and effectively.
Dr. Stepanian has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of AAGL, the Advisory Committee of AAGL, Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, the chair of SurgeryU Editorial Board, and a member of the CME, Resident and Fellows, Scientific Poster, Website, and Video committees of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She has been a member of AAGL since 1995.
Dr. Assia Stepanian received her medical degree in Moscow at the I. M. Sechenov Medical Academy in 1992. She completed an OB-GYN residency at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Center for Perinatology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology in 1994. She has been involved in multiple research projects both in Russia and in the United States, and in 2005 completed an OB-GYN residency at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in the US. She was rewarded and completed an AAGL /SRS Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy.
Dr. Assia Stepanian is the author or coauthor of articles in both Russian and American Medical Journals on the topics of Pelvic Floor Reconstruction, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, abnormal uterine bleeding, fluorescence in gynecology, and sterilization procedures. Her presentations at international meetings also have addressed a wide range of subjects such as minimally invasive options for treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, genitourinary malformations, robotic surgery, and various suturing techniques. She has been trained by her mother, Dr. Leila Adamyan, the developer of techniques in the treatment of various types of gynecologic pathology, including genitourinary malformations, vaginal agenesis, MRKH. An advocate for patient-doctor interaction who follows the excellent clinical traditions of her family, she formed Academia of Women’s Health and Endoscopic Surgery in Atlanta, where she is currently in private practice.
In recognition of her contribution to education and research, she received an honorary professorship from the Russian Federal Center for Perinatology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, a facility of superior care, named after the innovative V.I. Kulakov, to which Dr. Stepanian has remained professionally committed.
Dr. Stepanian has been actively involved in leading and organizing the Annual Congresses in Russia in Reproductive Health as well as the Congresses in Innovations in MIGS since 1991, the conferences that draw over 900 attendees, including world-renowned international faculty, featuring the most updated knowledge in all fields of reproductive health including MIGS, endometriosis, contraception, menopause, menstrual disorders, pelvic pain, reproductive concerns, and many other areas.