This award is presented to individuals of outstanding achievement in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, or an allied discipline. The individual is recognized nationally and internationally and is involved in advancing women’s health in the United States.
Leila V. Adamyan,
Dr. Leila Adamyan is the head specialist for obstetrics and gynecology at the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation; head of the department of surgical gynecology, where she is also professor; an academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; and vice director of the Russian Federal Scientific Center of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology.
She is also the head of the department of reproductive medicine and surgery in postgraduate education at Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Adamyan has overseen 29 international congresses that featured more than 150 leading international experts and included more than 15,000 participants. She possesses 21 certificates of authorship and has contributed to more than 1,000 national and international publications, which includes writing 14 monographs and guidelines, five atlases, and 11 chapters.
Under Dr. Adamyan’s direction, a scientific and clinical postgraduate school within the federal program was created. This school’s student body includes chairs of the departments in Russia and abroad. More than 50 PhD and doctorate theses have been successfully fulfilled and defended under her guidance.
Dr. Adamyan has been a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 1989. She is the president of the Russian Association of Endometriosis and the Russian Association of Gynecologic Endoscopists. She is also a chief editor for “Problems of Reproduction.” For her contribution to the science and practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Russia, she was awarded the title Honored Master of Science of the Russian Federation.
Dr. Chiara Benedetto is head of obstetrics and gynecology of the Sant’Anna University Hospital and director of the School of Specialization in Torino, Italy. She is chair of the Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics; chair of the surgical group of the Union Européenne des Medecins Spécialistes; and immediate past president of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG).
The first Italian woman to head a university department of obstetrics and gynecology in Italy and the first woman president of EBCOG, Dr. Benedetto developed and promoted the two documents comprising the European Standards of Care for Women’s Health for the safeguarding of high standards of care in obstetrics and gynecology across countries, set up a European Simulation Consortium of Hospitals and Institutions, and initiated the EBCOG Examination Project for young specialists. In 2009, she set up the Medicine Tailored to the Woman foundation, whose main goal is to improve care for women, and enhance safety and well-being in places of care.
Dr. Benedetto has published more than 270 papers in peer-reviewed journals, three monographs, two obstetric–gynecologic textbooks, more than 90 book chapters, and has been a speaker in more than 400 national and international congresses. She is a Fellow with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the French National College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and EBCOG.
Michael Permezel, MD
Dr. Michael Permezel is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Melbourne and has served on the Council of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) for 16 years, including 10 years as a board member. He was elected president in 2012 and was reelected to a second presidential term — a first in the history of the College — in 2014.
A key achievement during his presidency has been establishing the Consensus Referral Guidelines for Referral from Midwives to Obstetricians. Dr. Permezel was also the driving force behind RANZCOG’s successful bid to host the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) World Congress in Sydney, Australia, in 2021.
Dr. Permezel’s principle areas of research include perinatal mortality and morbidity at term, gestational diabetes, and inflammatory markers of preterm birth. He chaired the Medical Benefit Schedule Review for both obstetrics and gynecology, the key funding vehicle for private women’s health in Australia. He has prioritized engagement with Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island countries, which aligns with RANZCOG’s support of many projects throughout the South Pacific, including its 30 associate members from small Pacific nations. Dr. Permezel has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers.
Abdul Aziz Yahya, MD
Dr. Abdul Yahya is a gynecologic oncologist in private practice at Gleneagles Hospital and Prince Court Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He first trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, England, and then trained in gynecologic oncology at St. Mary’s Medical School in London. Before entering private practice, he was the head of the gynecological oncology unit at the National University of Malaysia.
Dr. Yahya is past president of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia and past chair of the Gynaecological Oncology Committee of the Asia Oceanic Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
With the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), he served as an executive board member from 2002 until 2015. He was the local organizing chairman of the XVI FIGO World Congress (2006) and the XXI FIGO World Congress (2015).
Dr. Yahya’s most recent interest is robotics surgery in gynecology. He has performed more than 130 cases of robotic-assisted surgeries for benign and malignant conditions. He is currently the president-elect of the Asian Society for Gynecologic Robotic Surgery.