Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 EndoMarch Hero of the Year Award: Dr. Sandra A. Carson (US) and Yasaman “Yassi” Miremadi (International)! Both recipients will receive their award at the 7th Annual Worldwide EndoMarch on March 28th, 2020.
Dr. Sandra Ann Carson currently serves as the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale School of Medicine, Department of OBGYN. She was previously Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), where she introduced, advocated, and advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery for the benefit of women worldwide. She has been relentless in advancing women’s causes all of her career and has been a strong supporter of Worldwide EndoMarch and its mission since its inception seven years ago. Dr Carson has devoted her career to help women and their causes especially Endometriosis. For example, in 1981, she published one of the initial reports regarding the heritability of endometriosis.
Dr. Carson also directed the Assisted Reproductive Technology programs at the University of Tennessee and the Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining ACOG she served as Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brown University. Dr. Carson is one of the foremost leaders in the field of reproductive endocrinology and interfertility; she published over 150 papers, received numerous competitive grants and had a major impact on the field. She has held multiple national leadership positions including President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Member of the council of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, Head of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Director of the ABOG board and Vice President of ACOG.
Yassi Miremadi is an international advocate for women’s causes and is President of Worldwide EndoMarch Austria where she has vigorously advanced women’s causes internationally. A psychologist by training, married, and mother of a daughter, her work experience ranges from international organizations to her private practice in Vienna with focus on fertility counseling. Her major work and interest lies in the ethical issues behind the scientific work of IVF and Egg donation. Her international background and work experience at United Nations in Vienna has helped her build bridges between the fertility institutions in Europe, United States, Africa and the Middle East by organizing meetings and workshops focusing on Endometriosis and Fertility. Most recently, Ms. Miremadi has been advocating for women in Africa. She is a member of Austrian Chamber of Commerce for counselors , the society of family planning in Vienna as well as the Austrian-American Foundation Open Medical Institute in Salzburg . Since 2017, Yassi Miremadi has been the President of The Austrian Society for Counseling and Fertility and a board member of the Austrian Society for Fertility, Sterility and Endocrinology . Since 2019, Ms. Miremadi has also been working as a counselor of the three Viva Neo’s- Fertility partnership clinics in Austria.