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Raymond A. Lee Endowment

The Raymond A. Lee Endowment is a named lectureship created by AUGS to honor one person annually who contributed to the development and surgical advancement of urogynecology and to further advance the knowledge and teaching of gynecologic surgery through ongoing AUGS educational programs.

In August 2010, the Mayo Clinic and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology donated $25,000 to AUGS to establish a named lectureship in honor of Dr. Raymond Lee, a pioneer in urogynecologic surgery, as well as mentor and colleague to many AUGS members and leaders. With this lead gift, AUGS is proud to launch the Raymond A. Lee Endowment campaign, to ensure that Dr. Lee’s legacy will be remembered each year at the AUGS annual meeting through an honorary lectureship, as well as through other important initiatives affirming his contributions to the advancement of urogynecologic surgery.

Dr. Lee’s dedicated and illustrious career began at Indianapolis General Hospital and culminated at the Mayo Clinic. What Dr. Lee accomplished during those nearly 50 years in between is truly remarkable, including authoring more than 100 publications, helping form the subspecialty of urogynecology, teaching countless physicians, and changing the lives of women forever through his innovative and compassionate surgical advances. Through this endowment, a lectureship will be awarded annually, enabling AUGS meeting attendees to be inspired by Dr. Lee’s legacy and by the career contributions of future recipients. Recipients will receive an honorarium, travel, and lodging. As the endowment grows, additional activities advancing the knowledge and teaching of gynecologic surgery will be realized through the generous donations of those who proudly honor Dr. Lee’s memory.

Award Details

  • The award will include a $2,000 honorarium, airfare, and up to two nights lodging at the AUGS Annual Scientific Meeting
  • The recipient does not have to be an AUGS member
  • The recipient will be selected based on leadership and surgical contributions to the field
  • The AUGS Executive Committee, in consultation with the Program Chair, will make a recommendation to the AUGS Board of Directors
  • The AUGS Board of Directors will approve the recommendation at a meeting or via electronic ballot


Past Raymond A. Lee Lecturers

Marie Fidela Rustia Paraiso, MD
Mark D. Walters, MD
Vincent Lucente, MD, MBA, FACOG
John O. L. DeLancey, MD
John B. Gebhart, MD, MS
Mickey Karram, MD
Bob L. Shull, MD

Raymond A. Lee Endowment Donors


Heritage Level ($50,000+)
Ethicon Women's Health and Urology

Founder Level ($25,000-$49,999)
American Medical Systems
Mayo Clinic

Leader Level ($10,000-$24,999)
Andrew Cassidenti
CR Bard Foundation
KARL STORZ Endoscopy - America

Colleague Level ($5,000-$9,999)
Cook Medical
Foundation for Female Health Awareness
Dionysios K. Veronikis
Medtronic, Inc.

Friend Level ($1,000-$4,999)
Michael and Patricia Aronson
Matthew Barber
Boston Scientific
Richard Bump
James Buss
William Cliby
Cooper Surgical
Andrew Croak
Sean Francis
John Gebhart
Christine Heisler
Mickey Karram
Guylaine Lefebvre
Paul Riss
Bob Shull

Member Level ($1-$999)
Matthew Barker    
Brigitte Barrette    
Roberta Blandon    
C. Bryce Bowling    
Daniel Breitkopf    
Jeffrey Cornella    
Douglas Creedon    
Geoffrey W. Cundiff    
John & Barbara DeLancey    
Harold P. Drutz    
Dee Fenner    
Dobie Giles    
Robert Harris    
Nicolette Horbach-Pinckert    
Cheryl Iglesia    
Catalin Jurnalov    
S. Robert Kovac    
Jaime Long    
Andrea Mariani    
Melissa Merideth
Stephen Allan Metz
Deborah Myers
Mikio Nihira
John Occhino
Marie Fidela Paraiso
Robert Porges
Holly Richter
John Rock
Rebecca Rogers
Amy Rosenman
Joseph Schaffer
Kris Strohbehn
Janet Tomezsko
John Utrie
Ed Varner
Andrew Walter
Mark Walters
Kristene Whitmore