Opportunities & Awards

The AWS Foundation has a variety of awards and career development opportunities that are presented on an annual basis:

Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Award | Women Surgeons in Low & Middle Income Countries Award I Patricia Numann Medical Student Award I Nina Starr Student and Resident Poster ContestNina Starr Braunwald Award | Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award | Past Presidents Honorary Member Award | Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award | AWSF Fellowship | Greening the OR Contest

Thanks to the generosity of our members and our supporters, the AWS Nina Starr Braunwald Award, the AWS Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award and the Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award are now fully endowed. Therefore we are no longer accepting donations to these funds.

Please continue to support the work of the Foundation by donating to one of the following:

Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Award

KimEphgrave_headshotThis program provides academic institutions with the opportunity to host leading women surgeons as speakers and to receive funding from the AWS Foundation. Opportunities to lecture heighten the visibility of women surgeons while inspiring surgical residents and encouraging women medical students to pursue similar careers. In addition, the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program promotes dialogue between practicing surgeons and the academic community. The program was recently named in memory of Dr. Kim Ephgrave who served in the AWS Leadership from 1997 – 2002 and as AWS President in 2000/2001.

2017/2018 Visiting Professor:
Ann Rogers, MD, FACS | Professor of Surgery, Penn State University College of Medicine

Past Professors | More about Kim Ephgrave, MD

Women Surgeons in Low & Middle Income Countries Award

This award was established in 2016 to enable a woman surgeon in a low or middle income country to attend a surgical meeting, participate in a workshop or other career development or educational opportunity.

The 2016 recipient was Dr. Lydia Nanjula, a neurosurgery resident from Uganda. The award enabled her to attend the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and Women in Surgery Africa (WISA) annual meetings in Mombasa, Kenya.

Patricia Numann Medical Student Award

Named in honor of the founder of AWS, this award was established to encourage and support female medical students pursuing a career in surgery. The recipient is chosen based on their potential leadership qualities or research contributions to the field of surgery, response in a personal statement, and letter of recommendation. Nominees must be in the fourth / final year of medical school at the time of nomination and have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in surgery.

The 2016 Patricia Numann Medical Student Award was Jessica G.Y. Luc, University of Alberta

Closed for 2017 | Previous Award Recipients | More about Patricia Numann, MD

Starr Medical Student & Resident Poster Contest

ninaThe Starr Poster Contest, named for Dr. Nina Starr Braunwald, is designed to facilitate interaction and idea exchange between students interested in surgery, surgical residents, and faculty members of various institutions. We invite medical students and residents to select their best work for presentation at the AWS Annual Conference.

The 2017 contest is now open! Submit your abstract by July 15, 2017 | 2016 Contest Winners | More about Nina Starr Braunwald, MD

Nina Starr Braunwald Award

Established through an endowment, the AWS Foundation presents this award to a member or non-member surgeon in recognition of sustained, outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery.

2016 Nina Starr Braunwald Award Recipient was Diana Lee Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, Chair, Department of Surgery; University of California, Davis Health System

Closed for 2017 | Previous Award Recipients | More about Nina Starr Braunwald, MD

Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award

This award is named in memory of Olga Jonasson, MD, who was the first female chair of an academic department of surgery and a leader in the American College of Surgeons. The award is given to an AWS member who, through outstanding mentorship, enables and encourages women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.

2016 Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award Recipient was Sherry M Wren MD, FACS; Vice Chair for Professional Development and Diversity, Professor of Surgery; Director of Global Surgery, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University School of Medicine & Director of Clinical Surgery; Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System

Closed for 2017 | Previous Award Recipients | More about Olga Jonasson, MD

AWS Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award

This award is given to non-members who are supportive of AWS’ goals and mission. It was renamed in 2007 in recognition of both the legacy and the generous endowment provided by our AWS Past Presidents.

2016 AWS Past Presidents’ Honorary Member Award Recipient was Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor & Chairman; Department of Surgery; Weill Cornell Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief, New York Presbyterian Hospital at WCM

Closed for 2017 | Previous Award Recipients

Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award

Formerly the AWS Outstanding Resident Award, it was renamed to reflect the generous endowment established by Dr. Sanfey to support the award’s annual funding. Nominees will be surgical trainees who are in primary residency training in either general surgery or a surgical specialty at the time of nomination, and who demonstrate potential as future leaders in surgery.

2016 Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award Recipient was Kristy Rialon, MD, Duke University

Closed for 2017 | Previous Award Recipients | More about Hilary Sanfey, MD

AWSF Fellowship

2018 AWS Foundation Fellowship applications are due August 15!

This $27,500 grant with no topic restrictions, made possible by the generous support of Ethicon, Inc., will be awarded to one qualified and approved applicant.

Past AWSF Fellowship grants have supported women surgeons by funding original research in topics including breast cancer, surgical education, surgical outcomes, bariatric surgery and biology, and MIS.

2017 AWSF Fellowship Recipient is Nasreen Vohra, MD, Assistant Professor Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University for her project entitled Relationship between the transcriptional profile of the sentinel lymph node and outcomes in triple negative breast cancer.

Past Award Recipients | 2018 Application : Submission deadline August 15, 2017.

Greening the OR Contest

greening-the-orThis contest is designed to facilitate discourse between students, residents, and perioperative faculty and staff about ideas that demonstrate environmental responsibility in the operating room through reduction of energy use, preservation of natural resources and/or effective waste management.

The 2017 Greening the OR Contest Winners: Pawarissara Osathanugrah, Varsha Muralidhar, and Alexus Skobodzinski of Boston University School of Medicine for their submission, Recycling the OR – a Practical Solution >>