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J. Marion Sims Lectureship

Endowed through the generous support of ABOG.

J. Marion Sims (1813 – 1883) is considered one of the most famous American surgeons of the 19th century and is generally acknowledged as the founder of modern gynecologic surgery. His rise to prominence began with his development of the first consistently successful operation for the cure of vesicovaginal fistula. Attempts to cure this condition had been tried by previous generations of surgeons without significant success. Dr. Sims was lauded as an innovative surgical leader who advanced treatments in women’s health.

The J. Marion Sims Lectureship is presented annually at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting to continue to educate today’s gynecologic surgeon about the importance of supporting and encouraging innovation within women’s health.


Lectureship Goals

  • Recognize an individual annually who, like Dr. Sims, is recognized as pioneering surgical innovation within women’s health care
  • Further advance the knowledge and teaching of innovation in women’s health care
  • Fund speakers who will provide a fresh perspective


Lectureship Details

  • Provide a $2,000 honorarium, airfare and up to two nights lodging at the PFD Week, the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • AUGS membership is not required
  • Recipient will be selected by the AUGS President based on their leadership and contributions to women’s health


Past Recipients

  • 2016 – Panel: Catherine Bradley, MD, MSCE; Gunnar Lose, MD, DMSc; Paul Riss, MD; Karl Tamussino, MD; Philip Toozs-Hobson, MBBS, ASM, FRCOG, MD
  • 2015 – William Parker, MD
  • 2014 – Linda Brubaker, MD
  • 2013 – Patricia Numann, MD
  • 2012 – Christopher Maher, MD
  • 2011 – Carolyn Clancy, MD