Worldwide EndoMarch 2019 Heroes of the Year

Congratulations! These doctors are being recognized by Worldwide EndoMarch for their tremendous work and devotion to women with endometriosis.


Dr. Alan Dec


USA Recipient

Dr. Decherney is the past editor of the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, which is the bible of reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists. While he was the editor, Fertility and Sterility published the first paper introducing video-assisted endoscopic surgery and the first papers regarding excision and management of extensive endometriosis involving bowel bladder, ureter, diaphragm, and other diseases of the reproductive organs. The first laparoscopic excision of endometriosis with the CO2 laser by Drs. Nezhat was also published in Fertility and Sterility under the direction and editing of Dr. Decherney. These were methods and techniques developed by Drs. Nezhat, which revolutionized modern-day surgery. It was Dr. Decherney, who had the vision and the foresight to accept and promulgate these papers, which opened the path for surgeons around the world to help their patients. These techniques would come to be published in many other important journals many years later, but Dr. Decherney was ahead of everyone else in accepting them for publication at the time that he did. He was a visionary.

Dr. Decherney is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine; Past President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology.  He is a Member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and a Past President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (now Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI). Dr. DeCherney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a Fellow Ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.


Dr. Cihat Ünlü

International Recipient

Dr. Ünlü is Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital in Istanbul. He has represented Turkey as an advisory board member in ESHRE many times. He is currently president of the Turkish-German Gynecological Education and Research Foundation, and together with his German colleagues, he holds the paramount gynecologic and obstetric congresses of Turkey every two years. He has made an enormous contribution to women with endometriosis by advancing and teaching endometriosis in his biannual meeting attended by several thousands of physicians, surgeons, and health professionals around the world.

Dr. Ünlü has published extensively. He is the Editor of Journal of Turkish-German Gynecological Association, which is a highly respected referenced journal. In 2007, he was honored with a “Merit of Certificate” by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany on account of his medical contributions to Turkish and German medicine. He was also elected as the Turkish President of ESIDOG that year. Dr. Ünlü has also received Honorary Membership to the German Gynecology Association.