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Suheil J. Muasher, M.D., Distinguished Service Award

(supported by an endowment from Suheil J. Muasher, M.D.)

This award is intended to recognize and honor individuals or organizations that have provided distinguished service to the ASRM. Nominees may be either ASRM members or non-ASRM members. The recipient or recipients will be selected based on scientific, leadership, organizational, political or societal service contributions to the ASRM, reproductive medicine and/or reproductive medicine patients. Previous nominees will be considered.

Nominations may be submitted by members of the Society to research@asrm.org by June 3, 2019.

Nominations must include

  • A letter of nomination
  • A summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of reproductive medicine and the Society.

The recipient will be selected by the Executive Committee. The recipient will be recognized as the Suheil J. Muasher, M.D., Distinguished Service Awardee by presentation of a plaque at the 2019 ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo. In addition, the recipient will be provided with free registration for the ASRM Scientific Congress, airfare/travel expenses up to $500, and up to $800 for two days hotel accommodations in the ASRM hotel room block, meals and ground transportation.

Previous recipients of the Suheil J. Muasher, M.D., Distinguished Service Award:

2000 Ronald Linhardt, M.D., Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.
2001 George A. Hill, M.D.
2002 Richard D. Amelar, M.D., Lawrence Dubin, M.D.
2003 Andrew E. Good, M.D., Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.
2004 Stuart S. Howards, M.D.
2005 Lee Lee Doyle, Ph.D., Marguerite K. Shepard, M.D.,
2006 Jacob M. Mayer, Jr, Ph.D., David I. Hoffman, M.D.
2007 John A. Robertson, J.D., Duane Alexander, M.D.
2008 Paul G. McDonough, M.D., Miriam B. Rosenthal, M.D.
2009 Roger Kempers, M.D., M.S., Kamran Moghissi, M.D.
2010 David N. Curole, M.D., John T. Queenan, M.D.
2011 Alan H. DeCherney, M.D.
2012 Eli Reshef, M.D.
2013 Judith F. Daar, J.D.
2014 Barbara L. Collura, M.A.
2015 Judy E. Stern, Ph.D.
2016 G. David Adamson, M.D.
2017 Barry S. Verkauf, M.D., M.B.A.
2018 Louis V. Depaolo, Ph.D. and The Fertility And Infertility Branch Of The National Institute Of Child Health And Human Development


Congratulations to the 2018 Winner

Distinguished Service WinnerEach year, ASRM honors individuals or organizations that have rovided distinguished service to ASRM. Recipients are selected based on their scientific, leadership, organizational, political, or societal service contributions to ASRM, reproductive medicine, and/or reproductive medicine patients. In 2018, the Society recognizes Louis V. DePaolo, Ph.D., Chief of the Fertility and Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and his team at the Fertility and Infertility Branch (FIB). In his role, Dr. DePaolo provides oversight leadership of the Institute’s portfolio of grants dealing with basic, translational, and clinical studies in male and female fertility regulation. The branch is the single largest funding source for research and research training programs dealing with reproduction and infertility in the federal government, providing support for nearly 300 grant awards totaling approximately $90 million.

Dr. DePaolo received his doctorate degree in physiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and held faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (tenured), and the Salk and Whittier Institutes in California. During this period, Dr. DePaolo received research, research training, and career development support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) resulting in the publication of more than 60 papers on the neuroendocrine control of reproduction.

Since joining the NICHD in 1994, Dr. DePaolo has established the Reproductive Neuroendocrinology and Ovarian Biology programs, as well as the National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (NCTRI) and the Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program (CIR-LRP), which became the first NIH extramural loan forgiveness program. The LRP, along with the funding of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program and The Women’s Reproductive Health Research Training Grant, have allowed young investigators to develop their research careers. His continued support of the Reproductive Medicine Network has allowed for multi-center trials that have made significant contributions to our field. Dr. DePaolo also developed an interagency "Dual-Purpose, Dual-Benefit" (DP/DB) program with the United States Department of Agriculture to support research that addresses both biomedicine and agriculture using large animal models. On the international front, he has established a Visiting Scientist Training Award (VSTA) Program with the South Korean government to allow Korean fellows and early faculty members to receive training in reproductive epidemiology and population surveillance at the NICHD. In this regard, Dr. DePaolo was a member of the U.S. delegation to Korea for the 2010 U.S.-Korea Joint Commission Meeting sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Finally, under his leadership, branch staff have initiated programs aimed at increasing workforce diversity in the reproductive sciences and enhancing community outreach and education efforts. For more than 20 years, Dr. DePaolo and the FIB have been instrumental in promoting scientific efforts in reproductive medicine.

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