Founders Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi
Along with Co-Chair Susan Sarandon Present
The Endometriosis Foundation of America 3rd Annual Blossom Ball


Padma Lakshmi

Tamer Seckin MD

Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) founders Tamer Seckin, M.D. and Padma Lakshmi will host the 3rd Annual Blossom Ball benefit at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library. The event will be co-chaired by Susan Sarandon, with entertainment and music provided by Grammy nominee singer Bebel Gilberto.

Occurring during Endometriosis Awareness Month, the Blossom Ball dinner, held on Friday, March 18, 2011, will be a black-tie optional event, which includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner and auction, entertainment and dancing. The menu will be crafted by Convivium Catering and guests will have the opportunity to bid on an exciting assortment of items from Charity Buzz. Tickets for the cocktail reception and dancing start at $120USD, as tickets for dinner start at $500USD.

The event will follow the EFA’s Second Annual two-day medical conference, which unites global opinion leaders on endometriosis from the realms of molecular science, research, industry, surgery and those struggling with the illness. Taking place at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City on March 18-19, 2011, the conference will consist of science & surgery seminars and patient workshops.

About Endometriosis: During normal menstruation, the female body sheds the lining of the uterus, or “endometrium.” With individuals who have endometriosis, this fluid leaks back into the body and implant in areas outside of the uterus, such as the bladder, bowel and top of the vagina. This leads to the development of painful and invasive nodules, adhesions and inflammation of surrounding areas. Symptoms may vary from incapacitating pain with periods, pain associated during sex, and bowel movements. A leading cause of infertility and chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis is treatable; however, early diagnosis and timely intervention are crucial.

About Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA): As a nonprofit organization, the EFA’s goal is to raise awareness about the disease by promoting early diagnosis through education and research and thereby affecting individuals’ lives by early detection and treatment. Founded in 2008, the EFA plans and executes scientific and educational events designed to promote dialogue and progress in disease understanding and treatment. With a particular emphasis among young women, the EFA also tours university campuses, working toward increased awareness among the lay and student populations.

About Tamer Seckin M.D.: Dr. Seckin is among a very limited number of accredited gynecologic surgeons in the United States who possess advanced training for the Deep Laparoscopic Excision of Endometriosis. Although others perform basic laparoscopic surgery, few have the experience needed to execute the meticulous techniques required to sharply dissect and remove the all of Endometriosis from superficial to deeply infiltrating disease. Over the course of more than two decades of treating thousands of women, a vast majority of his patients have experienced long-term relief and as well as no recurrence of the disease in his patients.

Dr. Seckin has worked with renowned surgeon Harry Reich, MD and has pioneered several surgical techniques including the excision of Endometriosis, bloodless myomectomy for the treatment of fibroids, advances in hysterectomy and oophorectomy, and many more. He has also broken new ground in the use of translational medicine for Endometriosis, through the advent of progressive graphical technologies which are becoming essential tools for healthcare practitioners and researchers alike. Dr. Seckin has also developed and patented various surgical instruments for the exigent excision of Endometriosis, as well as authored countless contributions in leading medical publications.

With actress/model and author Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Seckin is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA).

To reserve tables, make a tax-deductible donation to the EFA, or for further information about The Blossom Ball, please visit www.blossomball.com or email Deborah Castillero, Executive Director of EFA at blossomball@endofound.org. For further information on the EFA, or sponsorship opportunities please visit www.endofound.org.

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