- This award is designated for an endoscopic surgeon (individual) who is a member of SAGES.
- The Award was established in 2009 to recognize a distinguished SAGES leader who exemplifies Dr. Ponsky’s pioneering leadership spirit and his dedication to surgical endoscopy and education.
- Nominations may come from SAGES committee & Board members only, not full membership.
Past winners include:
Bruce MacFadyen, MD (2009); Carol Scott-Conner, MD (2010); Wayne Schweisinger, MD (2011); Frederick Greene, MD (2012); Choichi Sugawa, MD (2013); Gary Vitale, MD (2014); Kenneth Forde, MD (2015); Jeffrey Marks, MD (2016); Brian Dunkin. MD (2018); John Mellinger, MD (2019); Thadeus L. Trus, MD (2020); Vic Velanovich, MD (2021)