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2018 Award Winners

Special Recognition Awards

                                                             The Elnora M. Rhodes SGIM Service Award recognizes a member for outstandRhodes---Schapira-web.jpging service to SGIM and its mission of promoting patient care, research, and education in primary care medicine.

Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH

The HNickens---Arleen-Brown-web.jpgerbert W. Nickens Award recognizes a member for outstanding achievements in promoting minority health and minority representation in Medicine.

Arleen F. Brown, MD, PhD

David RCalkins---Jaeger-web.jpg. Calkins Award - Health Policy Advocacy

Recognition of outstanding commitment to advocacy on behalf of SGIM.

Jeffrey R. Jaeger, MD

Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award recognizes a member for the best published research paper in 2017.

Michael L. Barnett, MD, MS, MN

Career Achievement Awards

Glaser---Kroenke-web.jpgThe Robert J. Glaser Award recognizes a member for outstanding contributions to research, education, leadership and mentoring in generalism in medicine. 

Kurt Kroenke, MD

John M. Eisenberg Award recognizes a member for lifetime career achievement in research that has had national impact.

Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH


The Career Achievement in Medical Education Award recognizes a member for lifetime contributions that have profoundly advanced, and had widespread impact, on the art and science of medicine and medical education. 

Patricia S. O'Sullivan, EDD

Individual Achievement Awards


The Fredrick L. Brancati Mentorship and Leadership Award recognizes a member for an outstanding junior faculty member who inspires trainees to pursue academic GIM. 

Robin E. Canada, MD


The Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award recognizes a member for career achievement in research.  

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS


The Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award recognizes a member for mentoring activities of general medicine investigators. 

Sei J. Lee, MD, MCR


The Mid-Career Education Mentorship Award recognizes a member for mentoring activities of general medicine educators. 

Carla Spagnoletti, MD, MS


The ACLGIM Chief's Recognition Award recognizes a GIM Division Chief who most represents excellence in division leadership.

Mark Linzer, MD

ACLGIM-Leadership-Award-Gellad-web.jpgThe ACLGIM Leadership Award is awarded to new faculty appointees to recognize skills in leadership in areas of academic medicine, including clinical, educational, research or administrative efforts. 

Wallid F. Gellad, MD, MPH

Clinical Achievement Awards

Quality-and-Practice-Innovation-Award--Jodie-Bryk-UPMC-web.jpgThe Quality and Practice Innovation Award recognizes an SGIM general internist and his/her organization for successfully developing and implementing innovative role model systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice. 
Division of General Internal Medicine/Enhanced Care Program, University of Pittsburgh, Jodie A. Bryk, MD.​

Scholarship-in-Med-Ed---Gillespie-web.jpgThe National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education recognizes individual contributions to medical education in one or more of the following categories: Scholarship of Integration, Scholarship in Educational Methods and Teaching, and Scholarship in Clinical Practice.

Grant Awards

Linn---Chyten-Brennan-web.jpgThe Lawrence S. Linn Award provides funding to a young investigator for the study or improvement of quality of life for persons with AIDS or HIV infection.  

Jules Chyten-Brennan, DO

Founders Grant Award provides funding in support of a junior investigator who exhibits significant potential for a successful career. 

Madeline R. Sterling, MD, MPH

ACLGIM UNLTD Program - Unified Leadership Training in Diversity (UNLTD)- Scholarships for underrepresented groups to attend a one-day leadership conference.


Alda Maria R. Gonzaga, MD, MS and Chavon Onumah, MD, MPH


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - Mentored Training Award in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Science Dissemination - Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and sponsored by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

Payel J. Roy, MD


If you have questions about the SGIM awards program, please contact the SGIM National Office at at or 202.887.5150. 


Important Dates 

Early Fall 2018

Award nominations open

December 2018

Award nominations close


All award recipients are notified  

May 8-11, 2019

Award presentations and acknowledgements at the 2019 SGIM Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting Presentation Awards

Annual meeting presentation awards are voted on and awarded at the SGIM Annual Meeting. Recipients for these awards are chosen based on their eligibility at the time of annual meeting submission, or based on their oral and poster presentation at the annual meeting. This year's Annual Meeting Presentation Award recipients are:

The Mack Lipkin, Sr. Associate Member Awards are presented to the three scientific presentations considered most outstanding by students, residents, and fellows:

  • Sumit Agarwal, MD (Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital) “Benzodiazipine Prescribing Trends in the United States”
  • Utibe Essien, MD (Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital) “Race, Ethnicity, and Use of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants in Patients with Atrial Fibrilliation: A National Study”
  • Adam Markovitz, BS, MD/PhD Candidate (University of Michigan) “Changes in Coded Severity Under Accountable Care”
The Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Awards are presented to the three scientific presentations considered most outstanding by junior faculty:
  • Maya Venkataramani, MD, MPH (University of Pennsylvania) “Impact of Parental Eligibility for the Deffered Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA on Children's WIC Receipt”
  • Matthew Pappas, MD, MPH (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) “Resuming Warfarin Following Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding Among Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation - A Microsimulation Analysis”
  • Yiwey Shieh, MD (University of California, San Francisco) “Combining Genetic Variants and Clinical Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Risk Stratification in a Population-based Trial" 
The Clinical Vignette Award recognizes a junior SGIM member or potential member whom presents the best clinical case.  Sina Salehi Omran, MD (University of Pittsburgh) “Gut Check: An Unusual Cause of Electrical Storm”

The Outstanding Quality/ Patient Safety Oral Presentation Award recognizes those who present the most outstanding oral abstract presentation related to quality assessment, gaps in quality care, medical errors, quality improvement or patient safety in the inpatient or outpatient setting at the SGIM national meeting.  

  • Sondra Zabar, MD (NYU School of Medicine Department of Medicine) for the abstract titled, "Simulated First Night-on-Call (FNOC): Establishing Community and a Culture of Patient Safety for Incoming Interns”

The Best Women's Health Scientific Abstract Oral Presentation Award recognizes the most highly rated Women's Health oral abstract presentations at the SGIM Annual Meeting. 

  • Mara Murray Horwitz, MD (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School) "Timing of Contraceptive Initiation and Family PLanning Relative to Sexual Initiation Among Young Woman in the US, 1984-2015"

The Best Geriatrics Abstract Oral and Poster Presentation Awards recognizes the most highly rated geriatrics oral abstract and poster presentations at the SGIM Annual Meeting. 

Best Geriatrics Oral Abstract

  • Yael Schenker, MD, MD (University of Pittsburgh) “Associations Between Polypharmacy, Symptom Burden, and Quality of LIfe in Patients with Advanced, Life-Limited Illness”

Best Geriatrics Poster Presentations

  • Carolyn Gibson, PhD, MPH (San Francisco VA Health Care System) "Emotional and Sexual Abuse Are Associated with Aging-Related Genitourinary Dysfunction Among Older Community-dwelling Women
  • Jill Huded, MD (Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC) "Functional Impairment of Older Adults Presenting to a VA Medical Center Emergency Department: Findings from the GERI-VET Program"
  • Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH (Ann Arbor VA and University of Michigan) "A National Survey of Older Americans About Overuse of Health Care Services"

The Best Hospital-Based Medicine  Oral Abstract Awards recognizes the most highly rated Hospital-Based Medicine oral abstracts at the SGIM Annual Meeting:

  • Oanh K. Nguyen, MD (UT Southwestern Medical Center) "Man vs. Machine: Accuracy of Physicans vs. EHR-Based Model Predictions for 30-Day Hospital Readmissions"
  • Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH (Cleveland Clinic) Development and Validation of a Risk Assessment Model for VTE in Hospitalized Medical Patients"

The Best Hospital-Based Medicine  Poster Presentation Award recognizes the most highly rated Hospital-Based Medicine poster presentation at the SGIM Annual Meeting:

  • Valerie Press, MD, MPH (University of Chicago) “Improving Self-Management Skills Using a Patient Driven Intervention: Can a Virtual Teach-to-Goal Deliver Similarly Across Older vs. Younger Patient Cohorts”