The fellowship training program is under the direction of Sawsan (Suzie) As-Sanie, MD, who joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in August 2005. 


Dr. As-Sanie is an Assistant Professor and became the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program in July 2009.  She is also the director of the Chronic Pelvic Pain Program and the University of Michigan Endometriosis Center.  Dr. As-Sanie received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Following residency, she completed a three year clinical and research fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Chronic Pelvic Pain at the University of North Carolina, under the mentorship of Dr. John Steege. During this time, she also received her MPH in epidemiology.  In addition to her busy clinical practice in minimally invasive gynecology, endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, Dr. As-Sanie maintains and active clinical research program.  Her research interests are aimed at defining the underlying neurobiological mechanism of chronic pelvic pain disorders, with a focus on endometriosis-associated pelvic pain. 

Dr. Bethany Skinner joins the University of Michigan faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery in August 2011.  She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado.  Following residency, Dr. Skinner completed her two year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Indiana University under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Raff.  Dr. Skinner brings numerous strengths to the program, including a strong interest in vaginal surgery, single-incision laparoscopy, and surgical education.