ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award
- A letter of nomination
- The nominee’s curriculum vitae
- Summary of research and educational accomplishments in the field of reproductive medicine and biology
- Letters of support from at least two (2) additional members of the Society.
The recipient will be selected by the Executive Committee. Previous nominees will be considered.
The recipient will be recognized as the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Awardee by presentation of a plaque at the 2022 Scientific Congress & Expo. In addition, the recipient will receive complimentary registration for the ASRM 2022 Scientific Congress.
The recipient will be expected to present the ASRM Exchange Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 2023.
The 2021 recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award is James Segars, M.D. This award recognizes a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine who has made outstanding contributions to clinical or basic research in reproduction published during the previous 10 years. The recipient will have demonstrated sustained long-term commitment to advancing the frontiers of research in reproductive sciences and educating future scholars in the field.Dr. Segars is the Howard and Georgeanna Seegar Jones Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Director Division of Women’s Health Research at Johns Hopkins. A major focus of his research for the past 20 years has explored the molecular mechanisms responsible for reproductive diseases, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, and infertility. He attended Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine with a National Health Service Corps Scholarship (NHSC). After an internship in surgery at the University of Virginia, he served for 2 years in the foothills of rural Georgia doing general practice before completing a residency in OB/GYN at Vanderbilt. Following a fellowship Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Vanderbilt, a Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) award supported his 3-year post-doctoral training in the intramural program at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. Dr. Segars worked at NIH and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center for 20 years before moving to Johns Hopkins in 2015. During his time at NIH, Dr. Segars served as Fellowship Program Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and the Medical Director for the Walter Reed Program of Assisted Reproduction for 19 years. At Johns Hopkins, he leads a Division that performs clinical and translational research studies of fibroids, endometriosis and PCOS. He has been active in graduate medical education and served as member and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Division at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Segars has served on boards of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Reproductive Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Dr. Segars has published over 200 research papers and serves on several editorial boards.
Previous recipients of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award:
2020 Nanette Santoro, M.D.
2019 Lawrence C. Layman, M.D.
2018 Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
2017 David K. Gardner, Ph.D.
2016 Carlos Simón Vallés, M.D., Ph.D.
2015 Frank Z. Stanczyk, Ph.D.
2014 Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D.
2013 Robert J. Norman, M.D.
2012 Serdar E. Bulun, M.D.
2011 Joe Leigh Simpson, M.D.
2010 Richard L. Stouffer, Ph.D.
2009 Bruce R. Carr, M.D.
2008 Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D.
2007 Robert N. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
2006 John A. Collins, M.D.
2005 Dolores J. Lamb, Ph.D.