American Hernia Society
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About AHS

The mission of the American Hernia Society is to advance the science and treatment of hernia. The vision of the American Hernia Society is to be the worldwide authority on hernia surgery.

Awards

AHS has six major awards, one of which is open for nomination from the general membership.

Nyhus-Wantz Award

Each year the AHS solicits nominations for the Nyhus-Wantz Award, a keynote lecture at the Annual Meeting. Let your voice be heard, nominate your deserving colleague today!

Process

Nominations for the Nyhus Wantz Award presented each year at the Annual Meeting are solicited from the general membership.
The program committee is responsible for vetting the submissions and select the three top candidates for the Award.
Along with any recommendations from the program committee considering the meeting themes and priorities, these candidates will be sent to the Board of Directors for final selection by majority vote.

The recipient of the Nyhus Wantz Award will be invited to present a keynote lecture (presentation topic of their choice) at the Annual Meeting. The award includes complimentary registration for the meeting, one-night hotel accommodations and transportation (one economy class plane ticket) to attend the presentation and meeting.

Past Award Winners

2020: Edward Felix, MD
2019: Sergio Roll, MD
2018: Robert Fitzgibbons, MD
2017: Michael Rosen, MD
2016: Bruce Ramshaw, MD
2015: Not awarded –International EHS Meeting
2014: B. Todd Heniford, MD
2013: Brent Matthews, MD
2012: Guy Voeller, MD
2011: Raymond Read, MD
2010: Arthur Gilbert, MD


Bassini Award

Created in 2000 to recognize the Best "Free Paper" Abstract (best overall podium presentation during abstract sessions) presented at the AHS Annual Meeting. The best "Free Paper" abstract presentation will be judged by the Program Committee. Top 5-10 scoring abstracts will be considered to judge the oral presentation.

Judging Criteria:

Judging will be based upon the total merits of a presentation with particular emphasis upon the following, which will be numerically scored from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest = winning the first prize).

  1. Professionalism of Presentation: Smoothness, clarity of expression, audibility, understandability, etc.
  2. Content: i.e., is this something new as opposed to synthesis of observations/experiments of others?
  3. Clinical Applicability: i.e., can ideas of this paper be applied directly to diagnosis and improved patient care?
  4. Appearance of Audiovisual Materials

Past Award Winners

2020: Sharbel Elhage, MD
2019: Kathryn Schlosser, MD
2018: Carlos Hoyuela, MD
2017: Deepa Cherla, MD
2015: International Meeting – Milan, Italy
2014: Baukje Heuvel, MD
2013: Yuri Novitsky, MD
2012: John Hunt, MD
2011: Michael Rosen, MD
2010: Luke Bonato, MD
2009: International Meeting – Berlin, Germany
2008: Nicolas Verdura, MD
2007: B. Todd Heniford, MD
2006: Fausto Catena, MD & Kuca Ansaloni, MD
2005: Jerrold Young, MD
2004: John Murphy, MD
2003: Alfredo Carbonell, MD
2002: Kristi L. Harold, MD
2001: Andreas Hoeferlin, MD & Brent Matthews, MD (tie)
2000: Zafer Malazgirt, MD


Fruchaud Award

Created in 2000 to recognize the Best Poster (Posters of Distinction) presentation at the AHS Annual Meeting. The Best Poster presentation will be judged by the Program Committee. Top 5-10 scoring abstracts will be considered to judge the Best Poster presentation.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based upon the total merits of a presentation with particular emphasis upon the following, which will be numerically scored from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest = winning the first prize).

  1. Professionalism of Presentation: Smoothness, clarity of expression, audibility, understandability, etc.
  2. Content: i.e., is this something new as opposed to synthesis of observations/experiments of others?
  3. Clinical Applicability: i.e., can ideas of this paper be applied directly to diagnosis and improved patient care?
  4. Appearance of Audiovisual Materials

Past Award Winners

2019: Oscar Olavarria, MD
2018: Luciano Guilherme Tastaldi, MD
2017: Wen Hui Tan, MD
2015: International Meeting – Milan, Italy
2014: Clayton Petro, MD
2013: Ralph Lorenz, MD
2012: Roberto Hernandez-Irizarry, BS
2011: Robert C. Wright, MD
2010: Marta Cavalli, MD
2009: International Meeting – Berlin, Germany
2008: Jeffrey Sedlack, MD
2007: Bardia Amirlak, MD
2006: Forrest Smith, PhD
2005: William Cobb, MD
2004: Ron Silverman, MD
2003: John Murphy, MD
2002: Andrew Kingsnorth, MD
2001: Eduardo Molina, MD
2000: Andrew Kingsnorth, MD


Gimbernat Award

Created in 2017 to recognize the Best Latin American/International Paper at the AHS Annual Meeting. The Best Latin American/International Paper will be judged by the International Committee. Top 5-10 scoring international abstracts will be considered to judge for this award.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based upon the total merits of a presentation with particular emphasis upon the following, which will be numerically scored from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest = winning the first prize).

  1. Originality
  2. Importance
  3. Relevance

Past Award Winners

2020: Miguel Garcia-Urena, MD
2019: Paulo Henrique Fogaca de Barros, MD
2018: Pedro Henrique Amaral, MD
2017: Mario Alberto Vargas Verdugo, MD


Resident/Fellow Award

Created in 2000 to recognize the Best Presentation, oral or poster, by a resident or fellow. The winner will be awarded $500 cash. The Resident or Fellow presentations will be judged by the Residents Committee. Top 5 scoring abstracts will be considered to judge the best presentation.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be based upon the total merits of a presentation with particular emphasis upon the following, which will be numerically scored from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest = winning the first prize).

  1. Professionalism of Presentation: Smoothness, clarity of expression, audibility, understandability, etc.
  2. Content: i.e., is this something new as opposed to synthesis of observations/ experiments of others?
  3. Clinical Applicability: i.e., can ideas of this paper be applied directly to diagnosis and improved patient care?
  4. Appearance of Audiovisual Materials

Past Award Winners

2019: Aldop Fafaj, MD
2018: Justin Doble, MD
2017: Kathleen Coakley, DO
2015: International Meeting – Milan
2014: Jason Souza, MD
2013: Paul D. Colavita, MD
2012: Igor Belyansky, MD
2011: Rita Brintzenhoff, MD
2010: Lora Melman, MD
2009: International Meeting – Berlin
2008: Jennifer Keller, MD
2007: Tommy H. Lee, MD
2006: Lauren Paton, MD
2005: Andrew Harrell, MD
2002: Kristi L. Harold, MD
2001: Uyen Bich Chu, MD


Female Factors in Hernia Award

Created in 2017 to promote research and, therefore, awareness of differences and similarities between male and female sexes as they pertain to hernia evaluation, repair, and their outcomes. The abstract can be an oral, poster, or video presentation. The winner will be awarded with $2,000 cash to help cover expenses to attend the meeting. The Female Factor in Hernia presentation will be judged by the Program Committee.

Judging Criteria:
The Program Committee will determine the best abstract that addresses sex-based factors in hernia. The research project must separately evaluate females in their analysis of their research question and shed light on important sex-based similarities or differences. Still, it need not be a project exclusively studying females.

Past Award Winners

2020: Desmond T. Huynh, MD
2019:
Kathryn Schlosser, MD