Reviewer of the Month

December: Mila Pontremoli Salcedo

IJGC is pleased to recognize Mila Pontremoli Salcedo as the journal’s Reviewer of the Month for December. Her careful and prompt reviews have proven indispensable to our editors throughout the year. We thank her for her contributions to our journal this year, and hope to rely on her again in the future.

Dr. Salcedo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She also serves as the Chair and Director of Gynecology at Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital and the Director of the Colposcopy Clinic at Santa Casa Hospital, both in Porto Alegre. Dr. Salcedo’s primary research interests are in HPV, cervical, and vulvar cancer prevention.

“Serving as a peer reviewer for IJGC has been an honor and privilege for me,” said Dr. Salcedo. “Peer review is essential to writing high quality research manuscripts and enables IJGC to publish these comprehensive manuscripts with a critical view. This experience has also helped me refine my critical thinking skills and learn a great deal about the latest science in our field.”

November: Philipp Harter

IJGC is pleased to recognize Philipp Harter as the journal’s Reviewer of the Month for November. Throughout the year, we have deeply appreciated the trenchant insight and guidance his work has provided us and our authors. We thank him for his contributions to our journal this year, and hope to rely on him again in the future.

Dr. Harter is the Deputy Director of the Department of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at Ev. Kliniken Essen-Mitte in Essen, Germany, where he has practiced since 2011. Specializes in surgery and systemic therapy of gynecologic cancers, he is the principal investigator of multiple trials in gynecologic oncology regarding surgery (e.g. LION, DESKTOP) and systemic treatment.

“Reviewing submissions is extremely helpful to sharpen the understanding of the methodological quality of academic work,” Dr. Harter said. “It’s our mission to try to identify good quality manuscripts for publication to IJGC – nobody should read or be influenced by low level manuscripts!”

October: Angelica Fletcher

IJGC is pleased to recognize Angelica Fletcher as the journal’s Reviewer of the Month for October. Consistently timely, thoughtful, and informative, her work is deeply appreciated by our editorial board for the depth and insight it provides to authors and editors alike. We thank her for her contributions to our journal this year, and hope to rely on her again in the future.

Dr. Fletcher is a practicing specialist in gynecologic oncology at the Centro de Investigaciones Oncológicas Clinica San Diego in Bogotá, Colombia. A trained clinical epidemiologist, she studied women’s health at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, where she concentrated on gynecologic oncology.

“Knowledge in healthcare and the medical sciences depends on constant investigation. The challenge is to be able to approach the latest research critically,” Dr. Fletcher said. “Being a peer review for IJGC has enabled me not only to be remain engaged with developments in my specialty, but to improve my ability to effectively evaluate research in the field. I have an ethical responsibility not only to improve patient health, but also to help colleagues improve by providing them with the most detailed and constructive criticism.”

September: Jason Wright

IJGC is pleased to recognize Jason Wright as the journal’s Reviewer of the Month for September. His thoughtful, insightful, and timely reviews have greatly facilitated the peer review process on a number of papers, all of which benefited greatly from his careful and attentive approach to peer review. We are happy to commend him for his contributions to our journal, and hope he will continue to work with us in the future.

Dr. Wright is the Sol Goldman Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and the Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

“Serving as a peer reviewer gives me the opportunity to help contribute to advancing the dissemination of scientific knowledge and discovery in gynecologic oncology,” Dr. Wright said. “This work helps to ensure that IJGC is able to publish the highest quality work in our field.”

August: Mario Leitao

IJGC is pleased to recognize Mario Leitao as the journal’s Reviewer of the Month for August. Over the course of the year, his careful and incisive evaluations have enabled us to identify quality research and provide invaluable guidance to authors during the revision process. We are proud of his contributions to our journal this year, and hope he will continue to work with us in the future.

Dr. Leitao is an Attending Surgeon in the Department of Surgery, Division of Gynecology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He serves as the Director of Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery (MARS) for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Leitao is also the Program Director for the ACGME and International Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship and a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

“We rely on the scientific literature to help make decisions with and for our patients with the goal to cure them and improve their lives,” Dr. Leitao said. “Therefore, it is absolutely critical that the manuscripts that are published are of the best quality possible and peer-review is critical (if done correctly). I feel it is an important part of my personal mission to produce and present the best possible research as both a researcher and a peer reviewer.”

July: Ester Miralpeix

IJGC is pleased to recognize Ester Miralpeix as the journal’s first Reviewer of the Month. Since the beginning of the year, Dr. Miralpeix has consistently reviewed submissions with remarkable speed, taking an average of three days to respond to invitations and an average of ten days to complete her reviews. Despite handling a paper per month on average, and sometimes performing two reviews within the span of several weeks, Dr. Miralpeix has consistently provided our editorial board with detailed and incisive reviews that enable us to better evaluate the submissions we receive. We are delighted to acknowledge her work here, and hope that she will continue to support us with her expertise in the future.

Dr. Miralpeix currently works as a gynecologist at the Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, where she finished her residency in 2014. She later received a PhD in Medicine from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2016. During her career, she has worked in some of the world’s leading cancer centers, giving her the opportunity to learn from some leading figures in the field. Dr. Miralpeix has always been heavily involved in gynecologic cancer and the development of innovative strategies for improving patient care.

“Being a peer reviewer for IJGC is a great learning opportunity which allows me to stay up to date with the latest research in our field,” Dr. Miralpeix said. “Besides, I think it provides me with an amusing way to study and a chance to broaden my knowledge as a gynecologist and clinical researcher.”