Endowments, Scholarships, Awards, and our General Fund allow the Foundation of the AAGL to further educational and scientific independence, promote quality, and ensure financial stability.

Available giving opportunities include—but are not limited to—scholarships to send residents or fellows to the AAGL Annual Congress; awards for the top research in minimally invasive gynecology; support for mentors of gynecologic surgeons of the future; recognition for best new instrumentation; and more!

There are several ways to put your gift to work in benefit of The Foundation of the AAGL. The creation of an endowment allows The Foundation to grow your donation and is a meaningful way to recognize a colleague or loved one for their contribution to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and the AAGL.

Endowments are restricted with the principal held in perpetuity while the earnings from the invested assets are expended per the intent of the endowment. Endowments are governed by a minimum corpus of $25,000; only the residual interest is spent to fund endowed awards and scholarships. Donors have the option to create either a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Endowment or a Multiple Donor Endowment (MDE).

Donor Advised Fund Endowments are funds created for a specific purpose by one donor or family who may continue to advise how the funds are distributed. A DAF endowment is beneficial to donors because it facilitates an immediate income tax deduction and eliminates the need for the donor to set up their own foundation.

The second option is to establish a Multiple Donor Endowment. These endowments are created by multiple donors giving towards the same endowment to create the minimum $25,000 corpus. The purpose of the endowment will be decided upon at the creation of the fund and the Foundation of the AAGL will determine distribution of the funds.

Awards are funds that do not achieve endowment status but are as impactful in terms of recognizing honorees and advancing practice.

To learn more about how you can make a worthwhile and lasting contribution to your profession by giving to The Foundation of the AAGL, please contact The Foundation of the AAGL at 714-503-6200 or foundation@aagl.org.

General Fund

A donation to the General Fund creates flexibility for the Board of Directors to distribute funds for diverse, new projects that fulfill the mission of The Foundation. The General Fund also covers the day to day operations of the Foundation and minimal expenses.

Noteworthy Awards

These endowments fund awards for exceptional individuals who are selected through a nomination process.

LEILA V. ADAMYAN ENDOWMENT (DAF)

The Leila V. Adamyan Innovation in Surgery and Reproductive Medicine Endowment was established in honor of Dr. Adamyan whose groundbreaking contributions have had a profound impact on gynecologic surgery. Dr. Adamyan developed innovative methods of diagnosis and treatment for different gynecological diseases and is the author of three diagnostic classifications: adenomyosis, retrocervical endometriosis, and Mullerian anomalies. She expanded education in Reproductive Health and Gynecologic Surgery in Russia and created over 20 national standards in Reproductive Health. Her expertise has been disseminated nationally and internationally through vast amounts of published work, appearances on national media programs and the generous, ongoing mentorship of professors, physicians, surgeons, and residents worldwide.

This endowment recognizes individuals nominated for their exceptional achievements in the diagnoses and treatment of endometriosis, myoma, Mullerian anomalies, pelvic floor disorders and other gynecologic conditions, enhancement of surgical precision and efficacy, assistance in protection and achievement of successful reproduction, and/or significant improvements in patients’ quality of life which have brought about advancement in the science, practice, technology, and education in gynecology and gynecologic surgery nationally, regionally, or internationally.

An FAAGL designated committee will review the nominations and select a winner. The winner chosen will receive recognition at the annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative crystal award. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

HARRITH M. HASSON ENDOWMENT (DAF)

Dr. Hasson was a true visionary, dedicated physician, and prolific inventor of surgical and educational devices and techniques. His legacy endures with the cannula and open laparoscopy techniques that bear his name. The 19th president of AAGL, Dr. Hasson was a passionate proponent of lifelong learning for surgical gynecologists.

Established in 2013 by Dr. Hasson’s family, this scholarship provides for a deserving physician from a developing economy to attend the annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology. An FAAGL designated committee will review the applications and select a winner. The winner chosen will receive recognition at the annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and be presented with a commemorative plaque by Sharon Sharrett-Hasson, wife of Dr. Hasson. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

FRANKLIN D. LOFFER ENDOWMENT (MDE)

A passionate leader and advocate, Dr. Franklin Loffer has worked diligently to develop and guide the organizational and medical policies of the AAGL. With a thoughtful approach and exceptional commitment, he has given over 20 years of service to the AAGL in the roles of Board President, AAGL Medical Director and Executive Vice-President (2000-2018) and Emeritus Medical Director of the Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Loffer has been a mentor and champion to countless AAGL members and has made a tremendous impact on women’s health through his contributions to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

Established in 2018, this award will honor the outgoing AAGL President’s leadership by providing support to bring an Ob/Gyn resident to AAGL’s Annual Global Congress. Third year residents selected by their chair to receive the AAGL Honorary resident status, are eligible to apply for this award. An FAAGL designated committee will review the applications and select a winner. The winner chosen will receive recognition at the annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

JOHN F. STEEGE ENDOWMENT (DAF)

Dr. John F. Steege famously pioneered one of the earliest Fellowship Programs with the objective of training academicians. Many of his original fellows have remained in academic positions with several going on to establish their own fellowship programs. Dr. Steege has been a leader in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pelvic pain, co-authored the first comprehensive text on chronic pelvic pain, and was an early developer of laparoscopic pain mapping under conscious sedation.

The John F. Steege Mentorship Endowment, established in 2015, recognizes outstanding AAGL members nominated for providing at least ten years of support and mentorship to future generations of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons. An FAAGL designated committee will review the nominations and select a winner. The winner chosen will receive recognition at the annual AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative crystal flame award. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding. This endowment is supported by an educational grant from CooperSurgical.

Signature Awards

These endowments, awards and funds provide awards for winning manuscripts.

JAY M. COOPER ENDOWMENT (MDE)

Dr. Cooper, the 26th President of the AAGL, was renowned for his clarity of vision and gift for communication. This award is a tribute to his passion for excellence in women’s healthcare, both in research and in surgical education.

Established in 2004 in honor of Dr. Cooper, this endowment provides an award for the Best Paper on Minimally Invasive Gynecology submitted by a current fellow or graduated fellow within five years of their fellowship (fellow during 2015 – 2020).  An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine a winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

JEROME J. HOFFMAN ENDOWMENT (MDE)

Dr. Hoffman was an early AAGL Board member, a philanthropist, and an educator who believed strongly in championing residents and fellows. Dr. Hoffman was enthusiastically supportive of the Foundation of the AAGL and was its first Executive Director.

Established in 2008, this fund recognizes the Best Paper on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery submitted by a current resident or FMIGS fellow. An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

ROBERT B. HUNT ENDOWMENT (MDE)

Dr. Hunt served as President of both the AAGL and the Foundation of the AAGL Board of Directors and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the AAGL (now called the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology or JMIG). This esteemed academic journal has provided ongoing education and information for physicians worldwide for more than a quarter century.

Established in honor of Dr. Hunt in 2004, this endowment provides an annual award for the Best Paper Published in JMIG. An AAGL designated committee will review JMIG Papers and select the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

JORDAN M. PHILLIPS ENDOWMENT (MDE)

Dr. Phillips founded the AAGL in 1971 to help organize the research and development that led to the first minimally invasive gynecologic procedures. He served as Chairman of the AAGL for 29 years and helped build the AAGL into the foremost, internationally recognized organization specializing in minimally invasive gynecology that it is today. Known as a visionary and a humanitarian, his impact on the field has been felt across the globe from physicians and residents to the patients they serve.

Established in 2005 in honor of Dr. Phillips, this endowment provides an award for Best Research Paper on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine the winner. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined each year by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

GOLDEN HYSTEROSCOPE AWARD

The Golden Hysteroscope Award is presented by the Foundation of the AAGL for the Best Paper on Hysteroscopy. An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding. The Golden Hysteroscope Award is supported by an educational grant from Olympus America Inc.

GOLDEN LAPAROSCOPE AWARD

The Golden Laparoscope Award is presented by the Foundation of the AAGL for the Best Surgical Video on Laparoscopy. An AAGL designated committee will review all video abstracts and select the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding. The Golden Laparoscope Award is supported by an educational grant from Olympus America Inc.

JAROSLAV HULKA AWARD

Dr. Hulka was the fifth President of the AAGL and served on the first AAGL Board of Trustees. He was renowned for his commitment to women’s reproductive rights and to making obstetrical, gynecological, and infertility procedures safer and less invasive. Dr. Hulka was an innovator, artist, author, and a dedicated mentor to many young gynecologists.

In honor of Dr. Hulka, this award was established in 2015 to recognize outstanding Ob-Gyn residents and fellows from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Hulka’s alma mater. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program Director will nominate a resident or fellow for approval by the FAAGL Board of Directors. The winner of this award will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

DANIEL F. KOTT AWARD

Colonel Daniel F. Kott was a pioneer in the field of medical audiovisual technology. Colonel Kott practiced at Tripler Army Medical Center where the AAGL held some of its earliest meetings. It was Colonel Kott who documented our first live surgeries by videotaping them—a unique concept in 1973!

Established in 1996, this award is given annually to recognize the Best Abstract on New Instrumentation or Technology. An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.

KURT SEMM AWARD

Dr. Kurt Semm, the “Father of Laparoscopy,” was an early adopter of endoscopic gynecology. Dr. Semm’s legacy lives on in his eponymous medical instruments and techniques that continue to be employed by physicians to make endoscopic surgery more effective and efficient.

In honor of Dr. Semm, this award is given annually to recognize the Best Abstract on Laparoscopic Surgery. An AAGL designated committee will review all oral abstracts, select who will submit full manuscripts, and determine the winner. The award winner chosen will receive recognition at the AAGL Annual Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a commemorative plaque. Award recognition and scholarships will be determined annually by the FAAGL Board of Directors based on funding.