ASRM Announces 2021 Awards


ASRM Announces 2021 Awards

Awards to be given at President’s Gala in Baltimore Sunday, October 17th

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced its major societal awards for 2021. After an organization-wide nomination process, the awardees were selected by the Executive Committee of the ASRM. Presentation of the awards will take place at the President’s Gala on Sunday, October 17th, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The ASRM Lifetime Achievement Award, ASRM’s highest honor, goes to Christos Coutifaris, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Coutifaris is the Celso Ramon Garcia Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice-Chair for Faculty Development, and past Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has had a long and distinguished career as a clinician, mentor, and investigator. Dr. Coutifaris has had more than 30 consecutive years of NIH grant funding. His recent work has focused on the cell biology of the human trophoblast and how assisted reproductive technologies may lead to adverse perinatal outcomes through epigenetic alterations in the placenta. His many honors and awards include being an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and serving as President of the ASRM.

James H. Segars, Jr., M.D. has been chosen as the recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award for 2021. Dr. Segars is the Howard and Georgeanna Seegar Jones Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Director Division of Women’s Health Research at Johns Hopkins University. For 20 years, Dr. Segars has explored the molecular mechanisms responsible for reproductive diseases, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PCOS, and infertility. Dr. Segars has served on boards of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Reproductive Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Dr. Segars has published over 200 research papers and serves on several editorial boards.

The Kavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award goes to Dolores J. Lamb, Ph.D. Dr. Lamb is the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Urology, Director of the Center for Reproductive Genomics, and the Dow Professorship of Urology at Weil Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Lamb has served as a teacher and mentor for generations of urologists and andrologists working in male infertility. A past ASRM President, Dr. Lamb was also the first recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award. This Award is made possible through an educational endowment from K.M. Kavoussi, M.D., Homa Kavoussi, Shahryar Kavoussi, M.D., M.P.H., Mehryar Kavoussi, J.D., Parviz Kavoussi, M.D., and Austin Fertility & Reproductive Medicine/Westlake IVF.

This year the Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award, supported by an endowment from Zev Rosenwaks, M.D., goes to Amanda Kallen, M.D. Dr. Kallen is an Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the Yale School of Medicine and a physician-scientist in the Yale Reproductive Sciences Division. Her work has focused on improving our understanding of the regulatory mechanisms underlying reproductive aging.

Andrea M. Braverman, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2021 Suheil J. Muasher, M.D. Distinguished Service Award, an award supported by an endowment from Suheil J. Muasher, M.D. Dr. Braverman is a Clinical Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She has served in numerous leadership roles as a member and chair of several components of the ASRM, including as chair of the ASRM Mental Health Professional Group, a member of the ASRM Ethics Committee, and a member of the SART Board.

The 2021 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for Practicing Physicians goes to Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D. Dr. Richard-Davis is Professor of Ob/Gyn and Division Director at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. She is being recognized for her passionate and innovative care for her patients and her students. She recently joined the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UAMS as executive director. Throughout her career, she has been a fierce supporter and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Much of her work in research has been focused on conditions that disproportionately affect women of color. She has been a mentor and advisor to many medical students, residents, health professionals, and college students.

“These awardees represent the very best in reproductive medicine. Innovative investigators, skillful clinicians, dedicated servants, we are very proud of all the award winners and look forward to honoring them in person in Baltimore.” Said Hugh Taylor, M.D., President of the ASRM.

Members interested in attending the awards ceremony, part of the ASRM President’s Gala, can get more information and purchase tickets here.