Our vision is to elevate the global standard for gynecologic care and to ensure that all women have access to minimally invasive surgical options.

In 1971, Dr. Jordan M. Phillips and ten charter members founded the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. An early adopter of the laparoscopic surgical technique, Dr. Phillips was a visionary who imagined an infinite future for gynecologic surgery. True to his prescience, our organization expanded rapidly around the globe and we came to represent more than laparoscopy. Today we are known universally by our acronym, “AAGL,” and we’ve evolved to epitomize our motto of “Elevating Gynecologic Surgery.”

Beginning with the inaugural International Congress on Gynecologic Laparoscopy in 1972, our members and affiliates gather annually to share the latest in education, science, and technology that affect all aspects Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. With more than 7,500 members across 110 countries, we have become a truly global organization. We proudly count the world’s foremost authorities in gynecologic surgery, procedural pioneers, and medical thought leaders among our membership.

Mission Statement

As the global leader in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, our mission is to elevate the quality and safety of health care for women through excellence in clinical practice, education, research, innovation, and advocacy.

AAGL is committed to:


Clinical Practice

We enable our members to optimize patient care through the development of practice guidelines and skill acquisition.



We provide dynamic evidence-based learning by educating members throughout their career.



We support the ethical conduct and dissemination of scientific investigation to advance the field of women’s health and gynecologic surgery.



We advance the field of gynecologic care by encouraging new ideas, surgical innovation, and collaboration with our partners.



We develop transformational leaders that collaborate and set standards for patient care in order to serve their local, national, and international communities.