Noteworthy Awards Open March 1st

The Foundation of the AAGL will begin accepting applications for Noteworthy Awards on March 6, 2023! We are hoping to announce the Noteworthy Award winners early so award winners can plan their travel in advance!

The Foundation of the AAGL Noteworthy Achievement Awards acknowledge leaders demonstrating excellence in the field of MIGS. We are searching for people that stand out! Do you know a deserving surgeon from an emerging country that would appreciate a scholarship to attend the 52nd AAGL Global Congress? If so, submit their name! Is there a female leader who has been a mentor to you and is paving the way for MIGS surgeons? Awesome, tell us about her! How about an outstanding surgeon who is an innovator in robotic assisted technology? Fantastic, submit their name for award! Did you write a research paper on diversity and inclusion? If so, submit it! Has someone’s mentorship made a huge impact in your development as a surgeon? If they have provided at least ten years of support and mentorship to future generations of MIGS surgeons, nominate them!    

The Foundation of the AAGL will recognize fellow and resident winners during the FMIGS Graduation Ceremony on November 5, 2023, and all awards winners at the 52nd AAGL Global Congress in Nashville, Tennessee, November 6-9, 2023. 

The following Noteworthy Awards will open March 1, 2023:

Physician from an Emerging Country Scholarship – Harrith M. Hasson, MD, Award

Recognizes a deserving physician from a developing economy who is empowering progress in minimally invasive gynecology within their community.

AchieveHER Award – Barbara S. Levy, MD, Award

Recognizes a female leader in MIGS who, like Dr. Levy, has paved the way for female MIGS surgeons; served in leadership roles; and has been an influential mentor for five or more years.

Excellence in Robotic Surgery Award – Javier Magrina, MD, Award

Recognizes an outstanding surgeon for innovations in robotic assisted technology. 

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in MIGS Award – MedStar NCAPS Award

Recognizes a top scoring manuscript presenting research on diversity and inclusion. The award winner will submit their winning manuscript for publication.

Excellence in Mentorship Award – John F. Steege, MD, Award

Recognizes an outstanding AAGL member who has provided at least ten years of support and mentorship to future generations of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons.

For more information on these awards, please visit our Awards Page.

The Foundation of the AAGL has two other Noteworthy Awards that will be announced soon: the Leila Adamyan, MD, Award for groundbreaking contributions that have had a profound impact on gynecologic surgery and the Franklin D. Loffer, MD, Exceptional Resident Award. 

In addition to the Noteworthy Awards, the Foundation of the AAGL also offers Signature Awards for the top scoring abstracts. Please be sure to submit your abstracts (opening soon) and check the box to apply for an achievement award! Winner announcements will be made in late September and the awards will be presented at the Global Congress.

These awards are truly an excellent opportunity to recognize legends in MIGS and honor current leaders for their skill, dedication, and achievements. Foundation Awards highlight the importance of achievements that empower progress in MIGS and the difference that award winners make in their communities and in the world. Please consider who you think would be a good candidate for each of these awards and apply!

Foundation Awards would not be possible without your generous donations. The Foundation Board of Directors and I are passionate about the work we are doing to provide opportunities for MIGS education, mentorship, global outreach, and patient advocacy with the goal of improving women’s health. We understand that choosing where and how to give is personal – each of us wants to have an impact on the issues important to us and the world. If you are interested in supporting the Foundation of the AAGL and these awards, please visit our website.

If you are considering donating to the Foundation of the AAGL and have any questions about donating, establishing an endowment, making a bequest or other planned giving, please contact for more information. Together, and with all of you, our donors, and supporters, we will continue to make a difference by empowering progress in MIGS worldwide.


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