Dr. Pareja is being honored with the IGCS Award for Community Advancement in Resource-Limited Settings in recognition for his outreach throughout Latin America and beyond. René has been an amazing teacher for fellows in Colombia and served as an International Mentor for the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program in Guatemala. He also helps established doctors and trainees throughout Latin America often serving as a catalyst for collaborative efforts to increase access to education and training in the region.

About Dr. Pareja

Dr. René Pareja is a Gynecologist and Obstetrician, graduated from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia in 2000; he finished his training in Gynecologic Oncology in 2003, from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Instituto Nacional de Cancerología in Bogotá, Colombia.

He is a minimally invasive surgeon, graduated from Corporación de Estudios de la Salud (CES) in 2013. He currently works at Astorga Oncology Clinic in Medellín and at National Cancer Institute in Bogotá, Colombia.

Dr. Pareja serves as a reviewer for more than 20 journals. He has authored or co-authored nine book chapters and more than fifty publications in peer-reviewed journals. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer and is a Council member of the International Gynecological Cancer Society Council. He also serves as an international mentor for the Hospital General San Juan de Dios in Guatemala through the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program.

When notified of this award, he responded, “Please, allow me humbly to receive it, not in my own name, but in the name of Latin America, the region that I proudly represent. I am immensely grateful to receive this honor, and I hope to continue working in the region, side by side with countless friends and colleagues across the continent, who take care of thousands of women suffering from gynecological cancer.