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 Mentorship Endowment, established in 2015, recognizes outstanding AAGL members This endowment is supported by an educational grant from CooperSurgical.

How to Nominate

To submit a nomination for the John F. Steege Award, please follow the link below. Nominations must be submitted by 12:00 pm, PST, on Friday, August 20, 2021.

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, you will be required to attend AAGL’s 50th Global Congress to accept the award in-person at the General Session AM Monday, November 15, 2021.

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 no later than October 8, 2021.

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 50th Global Congress, Monday, November 15, 2021 in Austin, Texas.*

* Presentation of this award will be made virtually if pandemic restrictions disallow travel.

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