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Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award

The Award is made possible through an educational endowment from K.M. Kavoussi, M.D., Homa Kavoussi, Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D., M.P.H., Mehryar Kavoussi, J.D., Parviz Kavoussi, M.D., and Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF.

The Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award honors an ASRM member who is recognized as an outstanding educator in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, professional or patient education in the area of basic and/or clinical reproductive biology and medicine.

Nominations may be submitted by members of the Society to awards@asrm.org by June 3, 2022.
Each nomination must include:
  • A letter of nomination
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae,
  • Summary of educational accomplishments and awards in the field of reproductive medicine and biology
  • Letters of support from at least two (2) additional members of the Society.

ASRM members may nominate themselves. Candidates must have been a member of ASRM for at least one year prior to nomination for the Award.

Selection of the Award recipient is made by the Executive Committee of the ASRM and is based primarily on the candidate’s record of achievement and recognition as an outstanding teacher and mentor at the institutional, local, regional, national or international level. Sustained achievement in the fields of professional, scientific and/or patient education is an important consideration in selection for the award.

The recipient will be recognized as the recipient of the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award by presentation of a plaque at the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo. In addition, the recipient will be provided with free registration for the Scientific Congress, roundtrip economy airfare, and up to $800 for two days accommodations in the ASRM hotel room block, meals and ground transportation.


Congratulations to the 2021 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient

Dolores J. Lamb, M.D. has been chosen to receive the 2021 Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award. This award honors an ASRM member who is recognized as an outstanding educator in undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, professional or patient education in basic and/or clinical reproductive biology and medicine.

Dr. Lamb joined Weill Cornell Medicine on March 1, 2018 as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Urology and Director of the Center for Reproductive Genomics. She will hold the Dow Professorship of Urology. She maintains an active presence in both the academic and research communities at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Lamb is an investigator in the fields of urology, male infertility, steroid hormone action, prostate cancer and genitourinary birth defects. She was among the first researchers seeking to define the genetic basis of male infertility. She reported the first spermatogenesis gene defect identified in men with spermatogenic failure and was first to use whole exome sequencing to define a novel homozygous gene mutation in a consanguineous family with multiple males with non-obstructive azoospermia. She was the first to use array comparative genomic hybridization to reveal that disorders of sexual differentiation in many males are due to microdeletions and microduplications of syndromic dosage-sensitive genes which impact major developmental signaling pathways in ways never before considered, affecting not only genitourinary development, but other organs as well. Thus, “non-syndromic” males with genitourinary congenital defects may have unrecognized health problems and benefit from genomic diagnosis and early intervention.  Her experience is unique as she has an extensive background in both the clinical diagnostic and the basic science arenas in men's health, as well as having a remarkable record of achievement in the mentoring and development of clinician-scientists.

Previous recipient of the Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award:

2021 Dolores J. Lamb, M.D.
2020 Leon Speroff, M.D.
2019 Sandra A. Carson, M.D.
2018 Suheil J. Muasher, M.D.
2017 Marc Goldstein, M.D., D.SC., (HON.)
2016 James H. Segars, M.D.
2015 Robert A. Godke, Ph.D.
2014 Paul G. McDonough, M.D.

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