In 2016, IGCS expanded its awards program to recognize the importance of the good work its members are doing to advance the field of gynecologic oncology worldwide. Award recipients are recognized at the IGCS Global Meeting.


Distinguished Advocacy Award
(New in 2019)

This award recognizes advocates and/or advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients/survivors, families, and caregivers—on a local, regional, or international level—and persistently engage in the fight against gynecologic and other cancers

2019 Recipients:
Venus Ginés | USA
Miho Katagi | Japan
Benda Kithaka and Women4Cancer Early Detection & Treatment | Kenya


Outstanding Achievement in Gynecologic Oncology Surgery Award
(New in 2019)

Presented to gynecologic oncologist recognized for their lifetime surgical achievements and contributions in gynecologic oncology.

2019 Recipient: Manuel Penalver, MD| USA


 Lifetime Achievement Award

Formerly referred to as the Award for Excellence in Gynecologic Oncology, this award recognizes individual(s) who have performed an outstanding service and accomplishment spanning their career in gynecologic oncology. The goal is to recognize a life of excellence and service to gynecologic oncology.

2019 Recipient: Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PhD | Italy

2018 Recipient: Henry Kitchener, MD | UK

2016 Recipient: Ali Ayhan, MD | Turkey


Excellence in Teaching Award

Recognizes individuals deeply committed and dedicated to the profession who exemplifies the core components of teaching and education.

2019 Recipient: Groesbeck Parham, MD | USA/Zambia

2018 Recipient: Peter Heintz, MD, PhD | The Netherlands

2016 Recipient: Michael Bookman, MD  | USA


Global Humanitarian Award

Recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations or programs who work to improve access to quality gynecologic oncology services in low to middle income countries.

2019 Recipient: Not awarded

2018 Recipient: Edward Trimble, MD, MPH and the NCI Center for Global Health | USA

2016 Recipient: Lynette Denny, MD, PhD  | South Africa


Award for Community Advancement in Resource-Limited Settings

Acknowledges those improving their own communities with dedication to providing or facilitating advanced medical education and training in resource-limited settings to improve screening, prevention, and treatment of women affected by gynecologic cancer.

2019 Recipient: Jorge Saad Souen, MD | Brazil

2018 Recipient: Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD | Rwanda

2016 Recipient: Kathleen Schmeler, MD | USA


View past winners of the IGCS Excellence Award