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Council on Gynecologic Excellence (CGE)

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The Council of Gynecologic Excellence, formerly known as the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ACGE), retrospectively reviews physician’s case lists and randomly selected operative and pathology reports.  Those physicians whose case list support the types of surgery they are performing are included as members and listed in the registry.

There are currently over 1100 physicians registered with the CGE.  Surgeons who consider themselves gynecological endoscopic surgeons and can demonstrate sufficient case documentation may apply to be included in the registry.

The mission of the Council of Gynecologic Excellence (CGE) is to identify endoscopic surgeons and to encourage high standards for gynecologic endoscopy and minimally invasive surgeons, and the institutions at which they practice. Additionally, the CGE is responsible for the COEMIG designation program, which is available to surgeons, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the world that provide minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

If you are interested in becoming a designated surgeon under the guidelines of the Council on Gynecologic Excellence, please visit the CGE Online Application Web Site

Click here to view the CGE Designation Online Application Web Site

CGE Council Leadership


Gary Frishman, M.D.


Fred Howard, M.D.


William Hurd, M.D.


Wm. LeRoy Heinrichs, M.D.
Immediate Past President


CGE Council Members

Isabel Green, M.D.
David Olive, M.D.
Steven Palter, M.D.
Sony Singh, M.D.
Marshall (Mark) Smith, M.D.

Ms. Linda Michels, AAGL Executive Director
Franklin Loffer, M.D., AAGL Medical Director

The AAGL and the CGE make no claim as to the competency, training or licensing of the physicians listed or identified on their sites.  Patients are encouraged to investigate their surgeon’s training and experience by contacting the physician’s licensing board and/or the hospital at which the surgeon has been credentialed. Neither the AAGL or the CGE, who sponsors this site, shall be liable for any losses, damages, or unrecovered charges as a result of using the registry or receiving care from a provider listed on the registry.

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