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Honorary Membership Award

2019 Recipients

Lowell Gerson, PhD

Laura Gore


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


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 or constituent chapter 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) 2002 Michael D. Bishop, MD, FACEP
Michael E. Gallery, PhD, CAE
Barbara W. Trainor
1970 John T. Rogers, MD (deceased)
John G. Wiegenstein, MD (deceased)
2003 John C. Moskop, PhD
John C. Moorhead, MD, FACEP
1971 Robert J. Rathburn, MD (deceased) 2004 Arthur Cooper, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM
Earl Schwartz, MD
Robert W. Schafermeyer, MD, FACEP
1975 R. R. Hannas, Jr., MD (deceased)
James D. Mills, Jr., MD (deceased)
2005 Mary Ann Reinhart, PhD
Iris Wiegenstein
1977 Harris B. Graves, MD (deceased) 2006 David Blunk
Elaine Jastram
Gwen Messler-Harry
1979 Peter Safar, MD (deceased) 2007 David Zabel
1980 A. L. Jenkins, MD 2008 Beverly Lynch
Joy Zimmer
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)
2009 James E. Coles, CAE 
Ernest E. Moore, Jr., MD, FACEP
1982 William T. Haeck, MD (deceased) 2010 Janet Goldberg 
Diane K. Bollman (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)
2011 Arthur Auer
Leah Heimbach, JD, RN, EMT-P
1984 B. Ken Gray, MD, FACEP
Carl Jelenko, III, MD (deceased)
Bill B. Smiley, MD, Ret.
2012 Bernadette Carr
Edward R. Gaines, III, JD, CCP
E. Nicholas Kestner, III
1985 H. Arnold Muller, MD, FACEP
Leonard M. Riggs, Jr., MD
David Wilson, MD (Casualty Surgeons Assn Great Britain)
2013 Caral Edelberg, CPC, CCS-P
1986 Jack Leckie, MD (deceased)
John P. McDade, MD (deceased)
Martin J. O'Neill, MD (deceased)
2014 Phyllis L. Edans, CPA, CAE (deceased)
1987 George Adler, MD (deceased) 2015 Marilyn Bromley, RN
W. Calvin Chaney, JD, CAE
Virginia Kennedy-Palys, JD
1988 Brooks F. Bock, MD, FACEP
Kathryn M. Dykgraaf
2016 Beth P. Brunner
Barbara Burgess 
1989 Frederick Glass, MD
Bruce D. Janiak, MD, FACEP
2017 Patty Stowe, CAE
Laura L. Tiberi, CAE 
Gordon B. Wheeler 
1990 David Williams, FRCP, MRCGP (Casualty Surgeons Assn
     Great Britain)
2018 Marjorie A. Geist, RN, PhD, CAE
Barbara Tomar, MPH
1991 Jacek B. Franaszek, MD, FACEP
Mark M. Lindsey, MD (deceased)
Benson S. Munger, PhD
Frank E. Foss, MD
2019 Lowell Gerson, PhD
Laura Gore
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

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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