Individuals of outstanding achievement in the field of ob-gyn or an allied field receive Honorary Fellowships. These individuals are recognized both in the United States and internationally for their efforts in advancing women’s health care. This year we congratulate three honorees.
Dr. Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, has been working for more than 16 years with survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynecological problems at the Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999.
The hospital and Panzi Foundation have been recognized for their pioneering work in specialized responses to sexual gender-based violence and their work in advocating for the rights and empowerment of Congolese women.
An outspoken advocate for quality health care for all, women’s rights, and peace, his action and dedication have been recognized worldwide with various awards: The United Nations Human Rights Prize (2008); the Olof Palme Prize in Sweden (2009); the King Baudouin Prize in Belgium (2011); the Clinton Global Citizen (2011); and the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur from the French government (2013). He also received, the Right Livelihood award, also known as the Alternate Nobel Prize.
In 2014, the European Parliament unanimously elected him as the Sakharov Prize Laureate; their highest recognition.
Dr. Mukwege holds a BA in general medicine from the Medical Faculty of Bujumbura, Burundi and a MA in obstetrics gynecology from Faculty of Specialized Medicine in Angers, France.
He is married to Madam Madeleine Mapendo Kaboyi. They have five children.
PROFESSOR LUIS CABERO ROURA
Professor Cabero Roura has been head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Hospital Materno-infantil Valle Hebron in Barcelona and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Autonomous in Barcelona since 1992.
He has served as president of both the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetricians (SEGO) and the Federation of Spanish Scientific-Medical Associations. Professor Cabero Roura also was president of the Board of Specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been a member of the Executive Committee of European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2003.
He was President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Scientific Committee, Chile 2003 and has been a member of the Board of FIGO since 1997. He also served as FIGO vice president from 2003 to 2006 and chairs FIGO’s Capacity Building in Education and Training Committee.
A member of 25 international scientific societies, Professor Cabero Roura has spoken at more than 650 international meetings and received numerous awards, including the Gran Cruz de la Orden Civil de Sanidad, the highest recognition to Spanish health professional.
Dr. Cabero Roura serves as visiting professor of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York and also has received several honorary professorships at universities around the world.
PROFESSOR LESLEY REGAN, MD, DSc, FRCOG
Professor Regan is professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College and has chaired the department at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, since 1996. Her principal clinical interests are in recurrent miscarriage and fertility-sparing therapies for uterine fibroids, and her translational research program has significantly improved the lives of women suffering from these common problems.
As deputy head of surgery and cancer at Imperial, she chairs the Academic Opportunities Committee, is Athena Swan Champion and director of the Women’s Health Research Centre. In 2011, she became the first UK graduate of ELAM, the U.S. women’s medical leadership program.
Professor Regan helps develop health care policy that encourages, educates, and empowers women to promote their own health. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals, authored two best selling books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the general public, and presented two series of health care documentaries for BBC Horizon.
She serves as vice president for strategic development at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chairs the FIGO Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee. As inaugural chair of the RCOG Advocacy and Global Health Policy Advisory Committees and a current member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Imperial Global Health and Innovation committees, she has used the synergy of these appointments to make a sustainable contribution to global women’s health.