Call for Nominations for the 2021 IHPBA Distinguished Service Award

Call for Nominations for the 2021 IHPBA Distinguished Service Award (Europe/Africa/Middle-East Region)

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations – 14 June 2021


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 Europe/Africa/Middle-East 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 announced during the 14th Biennial Congress of the E-AHPBA which will be a virtual congress hosted by Bilbao on 15 - 17 September 2021 ( 

The awardee should ideally attend the 2022 World Congress where the presentation of the medal will be made.  Complimentary registration and two nights’ accommodation will be provided.

Nomination and Selection Process – deadline 14 June 2021

Nominations should be sent electronically to the IHPBA Management Office for the attention of Professor Kevin Conlon, IHPBA Secretary General (  The deadline for nominations is Monday 14 June 2021.

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 select from the nominees by the end of July 2021.

Award Presentation

The presentation will be made by the President of the IHPBA at a plenary session of the 2022 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 E-AHPBA Regional Congress and 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.


April 2021

Alison Shamwana, Executive Director, IHPBA

on behalf of

Professor Kevin Conlon, Secretary General, IHPBA


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