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2019 Award Winners

Special Recognition Awards

The Herbert W. Nickens Award recognizes a member for outstanding achievements in promoting minority health and minority representation in Medicine.

Alicia Fernandez, MD

David R. Calkins Award - Health Policy Advocacy

Recognition of outstanding commitment to advocacy on behalf of SGIM.

Andrew Bindman, MD

Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award recognizes a member for the best published research paper in 2018.

Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PHD

Career Achievement Awards

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

Patrick O'Connor, MD, MPH

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

Kevin Volpp, MD, PHD

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. 

Adina Kalet, MD, MPH

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. 

Alexander Walley, MD, MSC

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

Shreya Kangovi, MD

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

Sonya Borrero, MD

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

Donna Windish, MD, MPH

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

Jeffrey Samet, MA, MD,MPH

The 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. 

Stacie Schmidt, MD

Clinical Achievement Awards

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. 
Mount Sinai High Value Care Team- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/ Hyung(Harry) Cho, MD

The 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.

Subha Ramani, MBBS, MPH, PHD

Grant Awards

The 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.  

Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn, MD, MPH

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

Ashley Jenkins, MD


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

Eloho Ufomata, MD, MS and Raquel Greer, MD


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 2019

Award nominations open

January 2019

Award nominations close


All award recipients are notified  

May 6-9, 2020

Award presentations and acknowledgements at the 2019 SGIM Annual Meeting

2019 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:

  • Timothy S. Anderson, MD (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine) “Intensification of Older Adults Antihypertensives at Hospital Discharge Leads to Serious Adverse Events Without Long-Term Benefit”
  • Yu-Tien Hsu, MD, MPH (Massachusetts General Hospital) “Lifetime Risk of Non-Fatal Firearm-Related Injuries in New York State: Racial and Sex Disparities”
  • Audrey D. Zhang, BA (New York University School of Medicine) “Clinical Trial Evidence Supporting FDA Approval of New Drugs Over Three Decades, 1995-2017”
The Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Awards are presented to the three scientific presentations considered most outstanding by junior faculty:
  • Linnaea Schuttner, MD (VA Puget Sound Health Care System) “Patient Centered Medical Home Implementation and Chronic Disease Care Quality in Patients with Multimorbidity”
  • Zirui Song, MD, PhD (Harvard Medical School) “Changes in Economic and Clinical Outcomes Under CMS Mandatory Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements”
  • Elizabeth L. Tung, MD (University of Chicago Division of the Biological Science – The Pritzker School of Medicine) “Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Violence Exposure in Older Adults”
The Clinical Vignette Award recognizes a junior SGIM member or potential member whom presents the best clinical case. 

  • Ann Wang, MD (Montifiore Medical Center) “Diffuse Coronary Artery Ectasia: An Unusual Cause of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction”
  • Rebecca Angoff, MD (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) “A Case of Recurrent Sinusitis”

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.  

  • Sarah Follman, BA (University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System) for the abstract titled, "Low Naloxone Prescriptions among Individuals at High Risk of Opioid-Related Overdose Despite Healthcare Interactions"

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. 

  • Laura Hawks, MD (Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance) for the abstract titled “#MeToo: A National Study of Forced Sexual Initiation Among US Women”

Women’s Health Best Poster Award

  • Anna Leone, BA (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) for the poster titled “Provider Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Use in a Large Health System”

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

  • Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) for the abstract titled, “A Decision Aid on Mammography Screening for Women Aged 75 and Older Reduces Screening”

Best Geriatrics Poster Presentations

  • Sachin Shah, MD, MPH (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine) for the poster titled “The Net Benefit of Oral Anticoagulation Among Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation”

Health Equity Best Oral Abstract Award

  • Amresh Hanchate, PhD (Boston University School of Medicine) for the abstract titled “Differences in ED Destination of EMS Transport of Co-located Patients by Race/Ethnicity”

Health Equity Best Poster Award

  • Utibe Essien, MD, MPH (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) for the poster titled “Collective Vulnerability is Associated with Higher Perceived Discrimination, Pain, and Depression in Veterans with Osteoarthritis”

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

  • David Sterken, MD (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine) for the abstract titled “The Association between Sleep Opportunity and Incidence of Delirium in General Medicine Inpatients”

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

  • James Anstey, MD (University of California, San Francisco Medical Center) for the poster titled “The POCUS Supervision Safety Gap: Attending Physician Knowledge in Point-of-Care Ultrasound Lags Behind Internal Medicine Residents”