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Dr. Robert W. Rebar honored at the IFFS/ASRM 2013 Opening Ceremony

October 28 , 2013
by: ASRM

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A Tribute to Robert W. Rebar, M.D.

Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D. : I first met Bob Rebar when he became the [ASRM] Executive Director about eleven years ago, although I knew of him because of his being a prominent reproductive endocrinologist and also the chair of OB/GYN in Cincinnati. And when I met him, I could tell immediately that he was smart, enthusiastic, had a huge fund of knowledge and clearly had a vision and a commitment to reproductive medicine.

Dolores J. Lamb, Ph.D. : The Society has initiated a whole series of new educational programs in addition to all of our CME lectures. They have initiated a number of different, both postgraduate courses as well as eLearn which then really broadens our reach throughout the world to allow others to benefit from all of our educational initiatives. Simply, if they have access to the internet they can learn from these activities.

Richard Reindollar, M.D. : As incoming Executive Director, I have enormous shoes to fill.  Bob has really changed the face of ASRM to become a preimenent organization among all medical organizations. Under his direction we have forged many important relationships, moved to the use of cutting-edge technologies for the education of providers, scientists, and patients, and more robustly supported new research. They always say that the best compliment is imitation. Much of what Bob has put in place during his tenure has been copied by other organization. In addition, others have requested the use of our materials.

Roger A. Lobo, M.D. : Bob is really the person that is helping push the agenda. All the Presidents have really helped and stepped up to the plate and traveled  internationally carrying the flag. And I think Bob, himself, has gone to many many meetings and  has put the ASRM face on many affiliated societies and national meetings and let everybody know about ASRM.

Joe Leigh Simpson, M.D. : I think that ASRM among US medical professional societies has evolved to where it is the go-to organization for issues relating to assisted reproductive technologies and reproductive medicine.  I think that ACOG, the American Medical Association, and even other groups that have reproduction or endocrinology as part of their mission statement realize that in the fields of reproduction, the authority is ASRM.

Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D. : I think his biggest contribution to the ASRM is that he has transformed the organization in collaboration with staff at ASRM and the leadership in the organization into an international society whose mission is education, research, clinical care, and advocacy, and has really brought us into the twenty-first century.

Roger A. Lobo, M.D. : I think [his best contribution is] great organization of the Birmingham office and letting ASRM achieve another level of prominence on the international stage. 

Joe Leigh Simpson, M.D. : The organization would not work without competent professionalism in the staff and he has shown a solid hand in choosing people for the right postiions.

Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D. : On behalf of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine we express our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Robert Rebar for his years of dedication and service to the Society and its members all over the world.  We wish him the best in his next adventure.

Thank you, Dr. Rebar!

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