ASRM Member, Camran Nezhat, MD, Receives AMA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Nezhat has been called the father of modern-day surgery for inventing and pioneering video surgery, which to this day, continues to replace old techniques of open surgery.

His developments have revolutionized surgery and gradually replaced laparotomy. He and his team were the first to perform many of the most advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures with and without robotic-arm assistance. Early on, he advocated and proved that the majority of the open procedures of the time could be performed via video laparoscopy. By doing so, he opened the door for surgeons all over the world to advance the field of minimally-invasive surgery and help their patients.

A noted philanthropist and patient advocate, Dr. Nezhat is the founder of The Worldwide Endo March and supporter of groups including ASRM.

Dr Nezhat is a long-time member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and has regularly presented at meetings, authored articles in Fertility and Sterility, won several program prizes, and was awarded the Distinguished Surgeon award by the Society for Reproductive Surgeons in 2015.

Robert Wah, MD, ASRM member, and a past President of the AMA noted, “All of us in reproductive medicine can be proud of Dr. Nezhat. This high honor from the AMA is an appropriate recognition of the important role he has played as a pioneering surgeon, a mentor and trainer of young surgeons, and a philanthropist. Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. Camran Nezhat.”

Hugh Taylor, MD, President of ASRM stated, “We are tremendously proud to have one of our members receive the AMA Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards in American medicine. Congratulations to Dr. Nezhat on this tremendous and well-deserved honor. The techniques developed by Dr. Nezhat benefit patients every single day.”

Dr. Nezhat offered this comment, “To have been nominated for this award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is in itself a tremendous honor. I am grateful to all my colleagues at ASRM and AMA for this recognition.”

The award will be presented Friday, November 13th at the AMA’s Interim Meeting, which begins at 7:00 PM CT. Awards will be given approximately one hour into the meeting. You may access the meeting here with passcode 025622.

For almost a century, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has been the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education. ASRM impacts reproductive care and science worldwide by creating funding opportunities for advancing reproduction research and discovery, by providing evidence-based education and public health information, and by advocating for reproductive health care professionals and the patients they serve. With members in more than 100 countries, the Society is headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional operations in Birmingham, AL.

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