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The SGO Honors and Awards Committee was founded in 2011 to acknowledge the achievements made in gynecologic oncology and those who have contributed toward these advancements for women with gynecologic malignancies.

SGO currently awards individuals whose efforts have made an impact on the prevention, care and treatment of women’s cancers in four different categories. The nomination and selection of awardees varies per category.

Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2012, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who, over an extended period of time, display a continuous outstanding meritorious service in the field of gynecologic oncology.

Selection and Presentation

The Honors and Awards Committee evaluates and nominates potential awardees with the final selection made by the Foundation Council. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Awardees

  • 2020 – William J. Hoskins, MD
  • 2019
    • Wesley C. Fowler, Jr., MD
    • David G. Mutch, MD
    • Karl C. Podratz, MD, PhD
  • 2018 – Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD
  • 2017
    • Clarence E. Ehrlich, MD
    • David M. Gershenson, MD
    • Rodrigue Mortel, MD
    • John R. Vannagell, MD
  • 2016 – James Tate Thigpen, MD
  • 2015 (Editors of the journal, Gynecologic Oncology)
    • Saul B. Gusberg, MD
    • David M. Gershenson, MD
    • Beth Y. Karlan, MD
  • 2014 (Founders of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Gynecologic Oncology)
    • John L. Lewis, Jr., MD
    • George C. Lewis, Jr., MD
    • J. George Moore, MD
    • James H. Nelson, Jr., MD
    • Felix Rutledge, MD
  • 2013 (Chairs of the Gynecologic Oncology Group)
    • John Lewis, MD
    • Myroslaw Hreshchyshyn, MD
    • Robert Park, MD
    • Philip DiSaia, MD

Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award

Established in 2012, the Gynecologic Oncology Humanitarianism & Volunteerism Award is awarded to an individual for their exemplary local, national or international volunteer and outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or training.

Selection and Presentation

The Honors and Awards Committee solicits nominees from the membership at large, evaluates and recommends nominees with the final selection made by the Foundation Council. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Awardees

  • 2020 – Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, MPH
  • 2019 – Jamie K. Aikins, Jr., MD, FACOG, FACS
  • 2018 – Kathleen Gavin
  • 2017
    • Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD
    • AnneKathryn Goodman, MD
  • 2016 – George Larry Maxwell, MD
  • 2015
    • William T. Creasman, MD
    • Carolyn M. Johnston, MD
  • 2014 – Groesbeck Parham, MD
  • 2013 – Leo Lagasse, MD

Gynecologic Oncology Innovation Award

Established in 2011, the Innovation Award honors individuals who have been exceptionally creative thinkers that significantly impacted the understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of gynecologic cancers.

Selection and Presentation

The Honors and Awards Committee nominates and evaluates potential awardees with the final selection made by the Foundation Council. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Awardees

  • 2020 – Joan L. Walker, MD
  • 2019 – Christopher P. Crum, MD
  • 2018 – Ian H. Frazer, MD, BSc, MBBS
  • 2017
    • Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum, MD
    • Ate Van Der Zee, MD, PhD
    • Charles F. Levenback, MD
  • 2016
    • Susan Band Horwitz, PhD
    • William Patrick McGuire, MD
  • 2015 – Robert C. Bast, Jr., MD
  • 2014
    • Mary-Claire King, PhD
    • Henry T. Lynch, MD
  • 2013 – C. Thomas Griffiths, MD
  • 2012
    • Douglas Lowy, MD
    • Harald Zur Hausen, MD, DSc (Hon) MDs (Hon)

Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award

Harry Long

Harry J. Long III, MD, FACP

Established in 2013, the Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award recognizes outstanding SGO Members for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology.

The SGO Membership Committee conceived this award to honor the spirit of the late Harry J. Long III, MD, FACP, a soft-spoken but authoritative leader. As a medical oncologist member of SGO, Dr. Long’s common sense and wise guidance helped SGO evolve into a multidisciplinary “team-based” organization, and by 2010 the Society expanded its Full Member category to include medical and radiation oncologists and pathologists. The expansion also extends to international physicians and surgeons, allied health professionals and students.

Harry passed away unexpectedly in January 2013, right before he was about to be the first medical oncologist to serve as Vice Chair on the SGO Membership Committee. Harry’s spirit as an unshakeable voice of reason and his unimpeachable sense of fairness endeared him to all on the SGO Membership Committee, and SGO owes its recent incarnation as a multidisciplinary Society to his leadership.

Members in any spectrum of the multidisciplinary women’s cancer care team are eligible for this award. In the spirit of the SGO member expansion, the nomination of non-gynecologic oncologist members is encouraged.

Awardee Eligibility Guidelines

  • Individual has contributed to gynecologic oncology through prevention, screening, research, teaching, treatment, supportive and/or palliative care
  • Individual is a recognized or emerging leader within the gynecologic cancer field or influential in the oncology or women’s health community at large
  • Professional experience, ethics, character, integrity, advocacy activities, personal and civic involvement are taken into consideration
  • Contributions may be local, national or international
  • Must be an SGO Member

Selection and Presentation

The Honors and Awards Committee solicits nominees from the membership at large. The SGO Membership Committee then evaluates and recommends nominees to the Honors and Awards Committee with the final selection made by the Foundation Council. This award is presented at the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Awardees

  • 2020
    • Jeffrey M. Fowler, MD
    • Heidi J. Gray, MD
    • William P. McGuire, III, MD
  • 2019
    • Gary L. Goldberg, MD
    • Anuja Jhingran, MD
    • Franco M. Muggia, MD
  • 2018
    • Paul Goodfellow, MD
    • Wui-jin Koh, MD
  • 2017 – Carol Aghajanian, MD
  • 2016
    • Gini Fleming, MD
    • Gillian Monica Thomas, MD
  • 2015 – Linus T. Chuang, MD
  • 2014 – Deborah Armstrong, MD
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