Pioneer in Video-assisted Surgery Presented with AMA Distinguished Service Award
Published: Monday, November 16, 2020 9:37 am
The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Camran R. Nezhat, M.D., a pioneer in reproductive and laparoscopic surgery from Palo Alto, Calif., with the Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1938 as one of the AMA's highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award is presented for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine.
Dr. Nezhat was chosen by the AMA as an exceptional innovator and trailblazer whose significant contributions have revolutionized modern day surgery. He is best known for inventing video-assisted endoscopy and was the first to perform groundbreaking advances in minimally invasive surgical procedures that have helped millions of patients around the globe.
Described as the father of modern operative laparoscopy, Dr. Nezhat's surgical breakthroughs include the first video-laseroscopy for the treatment of endometriosis, first laparoscopic treatment of an ovarian cyst during pregnancy, first laparoscopic appendectomy performed in the United States, and many other innovative procedures.
Dr. Nezhat is an American success story. Born in a small rural town in Iran, Dr. Nezhat is a naturalized citizen of the United States. After graduating from Tehran University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.