In addition to supporting the critical work and passion of our members, AAHPM also recognizes the importance of celebrating our members’ achievements. AAHPM recognizes members with a number of awards, presented at the Annual Assembly.
A Call for Nominations is held every year in late spring. The call will open again in 2018.
To nominate an individual for an award, you must be a member of AAHPM. You will be prompted to login to your account prior to submitting a nomination.
AAHPM Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions and significant publications that have helped shape the direction of the field of hospice and palliative medicine. View past winners by clicking Read More.
C. Porter Storey Jr., MD FACP FAAHPM served with distinction as the AAHPM Executive Vice President for 11 years and helped shape and train the field of hospice and palliative medicine through his authorship of many book chapters, articles, and monographs. Throughout his career, education and mentorship were important to him, as he taught at over 50 national and international meeting and many visiting professorships.
2017: C. Porter Storey Jr., MD FACP FAAHPM
2016: Susan Block, MD FAAHPM
2015: Michael H. Levy, MD PhD
2014: Ira R. Byock, MD FAAHPM
2013: Robert M. Arnold, MD FAAHPM
2012: Russell K. Portenoy, MD
2011: Charles von Gunten, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM
2010: Eduardo Bruera, MD FAAHPM
2009: Diane E. Meier, MD FACP FAAHPM
2008: Robert Twycross, DM FRCP
2007: Rosemary Gibson, MSc
2006: Neil MacDonald, MD
2005: Derek Doyle, MD
2004: Florence Wald, MS RN MN
2003: Kathleen M. Foley, MD
2002: Dame Cicely Saunders, OM DBE FRCP
2001: Balfour M. Mount, MD
AAHPM Gerald H. Holman Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes outstanding and dedicated service to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The award will be presented to an individual (or group) that has advanced the mission of the AAHPM in a significant and lasting way.
David M. McGrew, MD HMDC FAAHPM has woked for 31 years in the hospice and palliative medicine field. He is a founding member of AAHPM, served on countless committees, was the program chair for the Annual Assembly and was elected to the Board of Directors and served as president in 2003.
2017: David M McGrew, MD HMDC FAAHPM
2016: David Casarett, MD MA FAAHPM
2015: Steven (Skip) Radwany, MD FAAHPM
2014: Chad Kollas, MD FAAHPM FACP FCLM
2013: Daniel Fischberg, MD PhD FAAHPM
2012: Amy P. Abernethy, MD FACP FAAHPM
2011: Charles Sasser, MD FACP FAAHPM
2010: Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM
2009: James F. Cleary, MD FAChPM
2008: Dale Lupu, PhD
2007: Paul Rousseau, MD FAAHPM
2006: Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM
2005: David Weissman, MD
2004: Charles F. von Gunten, MD PhD FACP FAAHPM
2003: Susan Block, MD FAAHPM
2002: Ira R. Byock, MD FAAHPM
2001: Gerald H. Holman, MD FRCP FAAP and Michael H. Levy, MD PhD
The AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award
Recognizes a hospice medical director or hospice physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting.
Joan Harrold, MD MPH HMDC FACP FAAHPM has led efforts to expand palliative care services beyond hospice eligibility for care as early as 2003. She has written many publications and other hospice and palliative care articles. She believes one of her greatest priveleges of her career has been to serve on all three committees that certify physicians in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.
2017: Joan Harrold, MD MPH HMDC FACP FAAHPM
2016: Jeffrey Spiess, MD FAAHPM
2015: Edward W. Martin, MD MPH FACO
2014: Ronald J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM
2013: Janet H. Bull, MD FAAHPM
2012: Gail Austin Cooney, MD FAAHPM
2011: Chuck Wellman, MD FAAHPM
2010: Barry M. Kinzbrunner, MD FAAHPM
2009: David M. McGrew, MD FAAHPM
2008: Laurel H. Herbst, MD
2007: Perry Fine, MD
2006: Cheryl Arenella, MD MPH
2005: Martha Twaddle, MD FAAHPM
AAHPM Humanities Award
Recognizes person(s) whose work has advanced the relationship between humanities and palliative care, and who have employed the discipline of the humanities to improve end-of-life care through community or professional education. Candidates for the award include poets, artists, musicians, medical educators and others involved in medical humanities in the broadest terms.
Lucille Marchand, MD BSN FAAHPM has worked over 25 years integrating the humanities in all aspects of education to colleagues, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical student, physician assistant students, and the public. She is widely published and has organized the Healing Space venue at the 2005 and 2006 Annual Assembly.
2017: Lucille Marchand, MD BSN FAAHPM
2016: Candy Chang
2015: Christina M. Puchalski, MD FACP
2014: Barbara Sourkes, PhD
2013: Balfour M Mount, MD
2012: David Dosa, MD MPH
2011: Atul Gawande, MD MPHMA
2010: Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
2009: Authors of the Last Lecture; Randy Pausch, PhD and Jeffrey Zaslow
2008: Deidre Scherer
2007: Joan Didion
2006: Bill Moyers
2005: Jack Coulehan, MD MPH
2004: Robert Pope
2001: David Barnard, PhD and Sandra I. Bertman, PhD
Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care
Recognizes meaningful, exemplary research contributions to the field of hospice and palliative care. The recipient is expected to present his/her research within the broad context of the field of hospice and palliative care.
Jennifer S. Temel, MD is the director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program and clinical director, Thoracic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the co-leader, Cancer Care Delivery Program at Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center and has been a palliative care researcher for the last decade.
2017: Jennifer S. Temel, MD
2016: Amy Abernethy, MD PhD FAAHPM
2015: David Currow, BMed MPH FRACP FAChPM and Karen Steinhauser, PhD
2014: Joanne Wolfe, MD MPH FAAHPM
2013: R. Sean Morrison, MD FAAHPM
2012: J. Randall Curtis, MD MPH
2011: Harvey Chochinov, MD PhD FRCPC
2010: Sebastiano Mercadante, MD
2009: Vincent Mor, PhD
2008: Irene Higginson, BMedSci BMBS FFPHM PhD
2007: Betty Ferrell, PhD RN FAAN
2006: James Tulsky, MD FAAHPM
2005: Joan Teno MD MS
2004: Eduardo Bruera, MD FAAHPM
AAHPM Project on Death in America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award
Recognizes a physician leader who has advanced the field of palliative care by the education of the next generation of palliative care leaders. The award program promotes the visibility and prestige of physicians in both academic and clinical settings who are committed to mentoring future leaders and serving as role models for other health professionals engaged in improving the care of the dying.
Michael W. Rabow, MD FAAHPM is a national expert in outpatient palliative care research and service delivery. He also serves as a consultant to U.S. hospitals and hospital systems working to develop or expand their palliative care services.
2017: Michael W. Rabow, MD FAAHPM
2016: Stephen McPhee, MD
2015: Nancy Hutton, MD FAAP FAAHPM
2014: Co-creators of GeriPal; Eric Widera, MD & Alexander K. Smith MD MPH MS
2013: Christine S. Ritchie, MD MSPH FAAHPM
2012: Anthony L. Back, MD
2011: Robert Arnold, MD FAAHPM
2010: R. Sean Morrison, MD FAAHPM
2009: Declan Walsh, MSc FACP FRCP (Edin)
2008: Russell K. Portenoy, MD
2007: Diane Meier, MD FACP FAAHPM
2006: Susan Block, MD FAAHPM and J Andrew Billings, MD
AAHPM Project on Death in America (PDIA) Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award
Recognizes a physician leader who has advanced the field of palliative care in their communities through distinctive mentorship and leadership. This award recognizes physicians in both academic and clinical settings who are committed to mentoring future leaders and serving as role models for other health professionals engaged in improving the care of the dying.
Carol A. Luhrs, MD FAAHPM is the director, works with the VA Hospice and Palliative Care Program Office to build high-quality PC programs in all VA facilities. She coordinated Palliative Care Leadership Center training and mentoring of VHA facilities in all 21 VISNs in collaboration with CAPC.
2017: Carol A. Luhrs, MD FAAHPM
2016: Kenneth Pituch, MD
2015: David B. Oliver, PhD and Debra Parker Oliver, PhD MSW
2014: Bruce L. Miller, MD
2013: Scott T. Shreve, DO
2012: Bernard J. Hammes, PhD
2011: Ira Byock, MD FAAHPM
2010: Timothy E. Quill, MD FACP FAAHPM
2009: Pallimed creator and contributers: Thomas E. Quinn, APRN MSN AOCN CHPN; Christian T. Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM, and Drew Rosielle, MD FAAHPM
2008: Terence L. Gutgsell, MD
2007: Ann Allegre, MD FACP FAAHPM
AAHPM Presidential Citation(s)
These award(s) acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of hospice and palliative medicine but do not qualify for consideration in other award categories. Recommendations would be made by the President, Board members or leadership, and approved by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee. This recognition would not have to be given each year – only when suitable and exceptional candidates are identified and selected. It would also be limited to a maximum of three recipients (individuals or organizations) in a given year.
J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, Cambia Health Foundation, and Sue Ramthun
2017: J. Donald Schumacher, Psyd, Cambia Health Foundation, and Sue Ramthun.
2016: Ellen Goodman of the Conversation Project, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The California Healthcare Foundation
2015: Rebecca Kirch, JD, Mary Callaway, MME and Hearst Foundations
2014: Jean Acevedo, LHRM CPC CHC CENTC, Amy J. Berman, MS RN, American Society of Clinical Oncology
2013: Christine K. Cassel, MD, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), Senator Ronald L. Wyden
2012: Judy Lentz, RN MSN NHA, Myra J. Christopher, The Pain & Policy Studies Group
2011: Senator Sharon Carstairs, Canada, Lynn Hill-Spragens,The American Cancer Society
2010: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Gail Sheehy, Steve Smith, CAE
2009: Tom Batiuk, Alexis Bakos, Dorothy Moga
AAHPM Early Career Investigator Award
Recognizes a member of AAHPM who is developing as a research leader, showing promise of making contributions to the development of a scientific foundation for practice and research, conducting or facilitating research by others that advances the field of hospice and palliative medicine, has a beginning record of scientific publications, and contributes to the AAHPM community at large. The nominees for this award will not yet have achieved independence as an investigator (ie having R01 level funding, or its equivalent). This award was presented for the first time at the 2014 annual assembly.
Arif Kamal, MD MBA MHS FACP FAAHPM has published over 80 original research articles, clinical reviews, and editorials. He was also the first hospice and palliative medicine fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2009.
2017: Arif Kamal, MD MBA MHS FACP FAAHPM
2016: Yael Schenker, MD
2015: Rebecca Aslakson, MD PhD
2014: Kathleen Unroe, MD MHA
AAHPM Paper Awards
These awards recognize the top 5% of papers, as determined by the Scientific Subcommittee during the abstract review and scoring process.
2017: Rebecca Sudore, MD and Stacy M. Fischer, MD
2016: Amy Kelley, MD MS MSHS and Susan Miller, PhD MPH
2015: Nina O'Connor, MD and Cari Levy, MD
2014: Christina Ullrich, MD MPH and Rachel Ruskin, MD
2013: Rashmi Sharma, MD MHS and Sriram Yennurajalingam, MD MS
2012: Rashmi Sharma, MD MHS
2011: Gobi Paramanandam, MD MHSM and Robert Macauley, MD MDiv STM
2010: Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD, Susan Miller, PhD and Karra Bikson, PhD MSW MA