Committee Members

2020 Committee Chair
  • Meryl J. Alappattu, DPT, PhD
2020 Committee Members
  • Amy Benjamin, MD
  • Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH
  • Kathy Witzeman, MD
  • Nita Desai, MD, MBA
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The purpose of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) Ethics, Professionalism and Equality Committee (EPEC) is to define and establish principles for professional behavior that governs all IPPS activities, and members, exhibitors, sponsors, contractors, volunteers and non-members participating in IPPS sponsored activities. The IPPS fosters and supports a safe and professional environment to learn, conduct research, and disseminate clinical and scientific knowledge with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness and transparency. The professional environment includes interactions within the society, the scientific community and with members of the public. The role of the EPEC is to evaluate allegations of behavior in conflict with the IPPS Code of Conduct and to ensure that this evaluative process is consistent with the standard operating procedures (SOP) outlined in the EPEC SOP policy.


The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson approved by the Board of Directors. The remaining Committee members will consist of at least 4 IPPS members, including at least two (2) non-Board members. All EPEC members shall be approved by the EPEC Chairperson. Each member, including the Chairperson, shall serve a two-year renewable term.


Meetings may be held electronically as determined by the urgency of the issues at hand and/or on a schedule determined by the Chairperson and members of the Committee.


Minutes of EPEC meetings will be kept and reported to the Board of Directors. The Chairperson of EPEC shall report the committee’s activities to the IPPS Board of Director’s no less than annually, however as frequently as needed based on its activity.