I am honored to serve in the role of President of the Foundation of the AAGL (Foundation) for 2024. I am joined by a tremendously dedicated team made up of the Foundation Board and staff. I extend my sincere thanks for their tireless efforts and commitment to developing the Foundation and improving healthcare for women throughout the world.
After joining the Foundation Board of Directors in 2019, I have seen the passion that the Foundation and its Board members continue to pursue in support of our community. As President, I am excited to continue the legacy of more than four decades of giving, unwavering support, and overall sponsorship that provide valuable benefits to our learners, our associates, and women’s health in general. My vision includes expanding our base, bringing more diversity to the negotiating table, and, most importantly, increasing the awareness of the Foundation and its role in supporting you, our members.
None of these endeavors are possible, however, without the tremendous generosity of our AAGL members and donors. Through your donations, more scholarships and training opportunities are awarded to OB-GYN residents, AAGL Fellows, Young Alumni, and AAGL members every year. In 2023, the Foundation raised almost $500,000 to give back in the form of grants to FMIGS programs, grants for MIGS Simulation Research Projects, scholarships to attend the AAGL Global Congress, and excellence and scientific achievement awards to residents, fellows and practicing physicians who are empowering progress in MIGS.
This is an exciting time to support and be involved with the Foundation. In the upcoming year, we will continue to team up with industry, academia, individual donors, and various business partners from around the world to build this great Foundation and extend the reach of our impact. The Foundation Board will be meeting soon to finalize our strategic plan, thereby solidifying our culture of philanthropy, and maximizing the full talent and diversity of the board to support the mission of the FAAGL. I am excited for what the future will bring as the Foundation moves forward with strong purpose and commitment.
Together, and with all of you, our donors and supporters, we will continue to make a difference by empowering progress in MIGS worldwide.
President, The Foundation of the AAGL