Honorary Membership Award


The Honorary Membership Award is presented to an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the College or to the specialty of emergency medicine.

2023 Recipient

Harry Monroe



The Honorary Membership Award is a framed certificate. The recipient's name is inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters. The recipient is considered a lifelong member of the College, is not required to pay any dues, and cannot vote or hold office but receives all other benefits and privileges of membership.


Any member of the College, or any component body, may nominate persons of distinction who have rendered outstanding service to the College or to the specialty of emergency medicine. Candidates for honorary membership cannot be currently eligible for other categories of College membership. National ACEP staff are eligible for nomination only after leaving employment from ACEP. Chapter executives are eligible for nomination only after leaving employment from the chapter.

The nominee should have made an outstanding contribution to ACEP by significantly helping to achieve one or more of the College’s purposes and objectives. The nominee should serve as a role model for College members, and his/her personal attributes should include, but are not limited to: inspiration, innovation, diplomacy, planning, organization, management and administration, arbitration, consensus building, and decision making. 

Past Recipients

1969  Richard D. Mudd, MD, PhD (deceased)
1970  John T. Rogers, MD (deceased)
         John G. Wiegenstein, MD (deceased)
1971  Robert J. Rathburn, MD (deceased)
1975  R. R. Hannas, Jr., MD (deceased)
          James D. Mills, Jr., MD (deceased)
1977  Harris B. Graves, MD (deceased)
1979  Peter Safar, MD (deceased)
1980  A. L. Jenkins, MD
1981  Edward Abson, FRCS (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
          David Caro, (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
          John Collins, MD, ChB, MRCS (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain - deceased)
          Ronald L. Krome, MD, FACEP
          Karl G. Mangold, MD
          George Podgorny, MD (deceased)
1982  William T. Haeck, MD (deceased)
1983  Cyril T. M. Cameron, MD (deceased)
          Ben E. Moore, MD (deceased)
          John A. Rupke, MD (deceased)
          William H. Rutherford (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
1984  B. Ken Gray, MD, FACEP
          Carl Jelenko, III, MD (deceased)
          Bill B. Smiley, MD, Ret.
1985  H. Arnold Muller, MD, FACEP
          Leonard M. Riggs, Jr., MD
          David Wilson, MD (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
1986  Jack Leckie, MD (deceased)
          John P. McDade, MD (deceased)
          Martin J. O'Neill, MD (deceased)
1987  George Adler, MD (deceased)
1988  Brooks F. Bock, MD, FACEP
          Kathryn M. Dykgraaf
1989  Frederick Glass, MD
          Bruce D. Janiak, MD, FACEP
1990  David Williams, FRCP, MRCGP (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
1991  Jacek B. Franaszek, MD, FACEP
          Mark M. Lindsey, MD (deceased)
          Benson S. Munger, PhD
          Frank E. Foss, MD
1992  Robert K. Anzinger, MD, FACEP
          John H. Harris, Jr., MD, DSc
1993  Maj. Gen. Norman Kirby, DBE, FRCS (BAEM Past President)
          Reinald J. Leidelmeyer, MD
1994  Michael J. Bresler, MD, FACEP
1995  John A. Kitzhaber, MD
          Robert M. Williams, MD, DPH, FACEP
1996  John B. McCabe, MD, FACEP
1997  Sandra L. Riggins
1998  Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP
          Paul Pomeroy, Jr., MD, FACEP
          Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD
          Ellen Taliaferro, MD, FACEP
1999  Larry A. Bedard, MD, FACEP
2000  Dennis C. Whitehead, MD, FACEP
2001  Nancy J. Auer, MD, FACEP
          Jack R. Page, MD, FACEP
          Carol S. Rivers, MD, FACEP
2002  Michael D. Bishop, MD, FACEP
          Michael E. Gallery, PhD, CAE
          Barbara W. Trainor
2003  John C. Moskop, PhD
          John C. Moorhead, MD, FACEP
2004  Arthur Cooper, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
          Earl Schwartz, MD
          Robert W. Schafermeyer, MD, FACEP
2005  Mary Ann Reinhart, PhD
          Iris Wiegenstein
2006  David Blunk
          Elaine Jastram
          Gwen Messler-Harry
2007  David Zabel
2008  Beverly Lynch
          Joy Zimmer
2009  James E. Coles, CAE
          Ernest E. Moore, Jr., MD, FACEP
2010  Janet Goldberg
          Diane K. Bollman (deceased)
2011  Arthur Auer
          Leah Heimbach, JD, RN, EMT-P
2012  Bernadette Carr
          Edward R. Gaines, III, JD, CCP
          E. Nicholas Kestner, III
2013  Caral Edelberg, CPC, CCS-P
2014  Phyllis L. Edans, CPA, CAE (deceased)
2015  Marilyn Bromley, RN
          W. Calvin Chaney, JD, CAE
          Virginia Kennedy-Palys, JD
2016  Beth P. Brunner
          Barbara Burgess
2017  Patty Stowe, CAE
          Laura L. Tiberi, CAE
          Gordon B. Wheeler 
2018  Marjorie A. Geist, RN, PhD, CAE
          Barbara Tomar, MPH
2019  Lowell Gerson, PhD
          Laura Gore
2020  Pat Hughes, CMP
          Jane Scott, ScD, MSN
          Hugh Dean Wilkerson, JD, MBA, CAE
2021  Sally Winkelman
2022  Brad Gruehn
          Margaret Montgomery, RN, MSN
          John "Jack" Rozel, MD, MSL, DFAPA
          William Todd Thomas, CPC, CCS-P
2023   Harry Monroe 

  • Entry Procedures

Any member of the College, or any component body, 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 through the online nomination form located on the ACEP website. Letters of support are greatly encouraged and are at the discretion of the nominator. Additionally, a nominee should have only one nomination whether from an individual or a component body. All entries must be submitted no later than March 12, 2024, for consideration by the Awards Committee. Receipt of each nomination will be confirmed by e-mail. Please follow up if you do not receive a confirmation.  


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.

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