New York, NY - June 9, 2010 - Camran Nezhat, MD, a surgeon who practices at El Camino Hospital, has been honored by the nonprofit Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) at it first annual fundraising gala, the Blossom Ball. The event was attended by more than 700 at the New York Public Library on May 20th.
The Endometriosis Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization focused on fighting against the devastating effects of the disease that is the leading cause of infertility--a painful reproductive disorder that negatively affects one in nine women (over 10 million).
The event, co-chaired by Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, Diana Taylor, managing director at Wolfensohn & Co. and Eileen Guggenheim, chairman of the board of the New York Academy of Art, honored Dr. Nezhat and Linda G. Griffith, PhD, the School of Engineering Teaching Innovation Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
"Dr. Nezhat's contributions to the field of minimally invasive and robotic surgery are enormous, and he has brought about significant advances in the treatment of endometriosis," said Michele van Zuiden, Executive Director, the Women's Hospital at El Camino Hospital. "This important honor is well-deserved, and El Camino Hospital congratulates him for his many achievements."
Dr. Nezhat has been called the father of modern-day operative laparoscopy. He pioneered video laparoscopy and showed that even the most advanced pathologies could be successfully managed by minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He has performed more than 12,000 advanced laparoscopic surgeries--more than any other living surgeon--and has published hundreds of articles as well as co-authoring six textbooks. A past president of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, he is associate editor of the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, editorial advisor to the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Endometriosis. Dr. Nezhat has been named Honorary Chairman of the AAGL and is on the board of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgical Society.
Dr. Nezhat is Adjunct Clinical Professor of OB/GYN and Surgery at Stanford University, Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at University of California at San Francisco and director, Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Palo Alto, California.