IHPBA Distinguished Service Award 2020

Call for Nominations for the 2020 IHPBA Distinguished Service Award (Asia-Pacific Region)

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations – 31 March 2020


The IHPBA Distinguished Service Award is the pre-eminent award of the IHPBA, recognizing the work of an individual who has provided leadership and made significant contributions to the field of hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery as well as to the IHPBA itself.  The selection of the recipient for the medallion is based on:

  • the individual’s contribution to HPB surgery in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • his/her contribution to the IHPBA
  • is preferably awarded to an individual who has retired or is about to retire from active HPB practice

The award will not be given posthumously.

Current active membership in the IHPBA would be expected, but is not mandatory.

The award will be made during the IHPBA World Congress which will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 21-24 September 2020 (www.ihpba2020.org). 

The awardee should ideally attend the congress.  Complimentary registration and two nights’ accommodation will be provided.

Nomination and Selection Process – deadline 31 March 2020

Nominations should be sent electronically to the IHPBA Management Office for the attention of Professor Kevin Conlon, IHPBA Secretary General (awards@ihpba.org).  The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The nomination should be accompanied by a nomination letter outlining the nominee's achievements and merits for this award in the form of a citation (maximum 500 words) that can be used for the presentation, a letter of support from two or three other IHPBA members in good standing, the nominee's CV and a high resolution photograph of the nominee.  Individuals can be nominated more than once but they cannot self-nominate.

The nominating committee will bring forward one to three names to the IHPBA Council who will choose the final awardee by vote. The Council will vote on nominations by the end of April 2020.

Award Presentation

The presentation will be made by the President of the IHPBA at a plenary session of the World Congress and will include reading of a citation that highlight the awardee’s major accomplishments and contributions.  The awardee will receive the engraved gold medallion.  The awardee will be expected to respond briefly to the award.

The award will be highlighted in the programme of the World Congress.  The citation and photograph of the awardee will be published in HPB journal as a news item from IHPBA, on the IHPBA website, and the award will be highlighted in the next IHPBA newsletter.


January 2020

Alison Shamwana, Executive Director, IHPBA
on behalf of
Professor Kevin Conlon, Secretary General, IHPBA

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