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The Dr. Sally Abston AWS Distinguished Member Award

Thursday, April 4, 2019  
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The AWS Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of an award in honor of Dr. Sally Abston (1934-2008). This award has been created by her colleagues at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston to honor Dr. Abston for the exemplary inspiration she gave to so many people throughout her career.

Dr. Abston was a general, burn, and trauma surgeon at UTMB Galveston, who was beloved by her residents and patients alike. She gave her utmost to the betterment of her patients and was a staunch defender of her residents and students, insisting on collegial treatment for them, in a time when there was less awareness of quality patient care and resident well-being. Her faculty colleagues knew her as a true and loyal friend, who was always available when needed.

Some of her many extraordinary accomplishments are summarized in her obituary in the Houston Chronicle.

The award will be given to an AWS member who, in addition to nationally recognized clinical expertise and providing outstanding mentorship, is a role model of "what I want my surgeon to be like." The recipient of this award will have demonstrated unwavering commitment to encouraging and enabling women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.

The AWS Foundation will solicit nomination for this award in the spring of 2019 and the first award will be presented in October 2019.

All AWS Foundation award nominations are open now until May 15, 2019. Submit yours today.

To support this award and other AWS Foundation activities, make an online donation.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Drs. Courtney Townsend, Linda Phillips and Marilyn Marx for their generosity in making this award possible


Hilary Sanfey
Chair, AWS Foundation