About the Award

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, MD Mentorship Award, established in 2015, recognizes outstanding AAGL members This award is supported by an educational grant from CooperSurgical.

How to Nominate

The nomination process for the John F. Steege, MD Award will reopen @ July 2022.

Award Eligibility

The nominee must demonstrate significant contributions as a mentor to others by meeting the following requirements:

  • Provided ten plus years of support and mentorship to future generations of MIG surgeons.
  • Must be a member of the AAGL; Practicing Physician or Retired Physician
  • AAGL and FAAGL Board Members are not eligible for nomination during their active status on the board.
  • If selected, and pandemic travel restrictions allow, the winner will attend AAGL’s 51st Global Congress to accept the award in-person in Aurora, Colorado, USA.

Required Documents for Nominations

All nominations must include the following documents:

  • Completion of the award application outlining how the nominee has significantly contributed to the development of MIGS surgeons through ten or more years of mentorship.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.
  • Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference.

Award Notification

The Foundation of the AAGL Board will notify the award recipient and nominator @ October 2022.

Award Winnings:

The winner of this prestigious award will receive:

  • Recognition on the Foundation website.
  • Recognition in Foundation promotional materials.
  • Recognition in the Global Congress Final Program.
  • Recognition on stage and presentation of a crystal flame commemorative statue at the AAGL’s 51st Global Congress in Aurora, Colorado.

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2021 – Marcello Cecceroni, MD, PhD
2020 – Keith B. Isaacson, MD
2019 – Javier F. Magrina, MD
2018 – Charles E. Miller, MD, FACOG
2017 – Michael C. Pitter, MD
2016 – Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD, FACOG, FACS
2015 – John F. Steege, MD