Colin C. Rorrie, Jr, PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy


The Colin C. Rorrie, Jr, PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to achieving the health policy objectives of the College and/or who has demonstrated outstanding skills, talent, and commitment as an administrative or political leader. Dr. Rorrie served the College as Executive Director from 1982 to 2003 and was instrumental in encouraging and guiding the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic planning process with focused priority objectives. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of ACEP's Washington office and in elevating the stature of emergency medicine's advocacy efforts. He understood the importance of ACEP's participation in a public policy agenda as it applies to emergency medicine and healthcare.

2017 Recipient
Nathaniel R. Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP
Nathaniel R. Schlicher, MD, JD, MBAFACEP


The Rorrie Award is a cherry plaque with a gold back plate, black center plate, and a gold brass top plate etched with the ACEP logo and the recipient's name. The recipient's name is inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters.


Any member or constituent chapter may nominate persons of distinction who have rendered outstanding service to the College or to the medical profession.

The nominee should have made an outstanding contribution to medical health policy or administration by: significantly helping to advance a health policy agenda supportive to medicine and medical care; or development or unceasing support of legislation and/or regulations that enhance access to emergency medicine in particular and healthcare in general; or exemplary performance as a physician or non-physician administrator in medicine and health care; or making outstanding contributions to organized medicine.

Past Recipients

2004  Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD, CAE
2005  Peter Viccellio, MD, FACEP
2006  David M. Siegel, MD, JD, FACEP
2007  Robert W. Kottman, MD, FACEP
2008  Dennis M. Beck, MD, FACEP
2009  John R. Lumpkin, MD, FACEP
2010  R. Myles Riner, MD, FACEP
2011  Daniel J. Sullivan, MD, JD, FACEP
2012  Todd B. Taylor, MD, FACEP
2013     Wesley Fields, MD, FACEP
2014 Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP
2015 James C. Mitchiner, MD, MPH, FACEP
2016      Marilyn J. Heine, MD, FACEP
2017 Nathaniel R. Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP 

Entry Procedures

Any member may nominate a member by submitting a completed nomination form. Submit the nomination form, nominee's curriculum vitae, and up to 3 letters of support to Mary Ellen Fletcher, CPC, CEDC, at the ACEP Headquarters. Letters of support are greatly encouraged and are at the discretion of the nominator. Additionally, a nominee should have only one nomination whether from a chapter, entity (such as a committee or section), or individual. All entries must be submitted by the deadline for consideration by the Awards Committee.


The Awards Committee will judge the entries, with its recommendations subject to review by the ACEP Board of Directors. The decision of the Board is final and the Board reserves the right to make no award if there are no nominees of sufficient merit. The award will be presented at the annual President's Awards Banquet.

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