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James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award


The James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award is presented to an active, life, or honorary member for significant contributions to emergency medicine. This award is named after the late James D. Mills, Jr, MD, the second president of the College. Dr. Mills practiced emergency medicine in Alexandria, Virginia, for many years, and is commonly referred to as a designer of the "Alexandria Plan" for staffing emergency facilities with full-time practitioners of emergency medicine.

2019 Recipient

Ramon W. Johnson, MD, FACEP

Ramon W. Johnson, MD, FACEP


The Mills Award is a plaque featuring an etched portrait of the recipient. The recipient's name is inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters.

Award Criteria

Any member of the College may nominate himself/herself or another member for this award. The nominee must be an active, life or honorary member of the College.

The nominee should have made a significant contribution to emergency medicine through a variety of avenues, including College committee service. Examples of significant contributions to the specialty include, but are not limited to: improved patient care delivery modes, cost containment, quality of care improvements, disaster planning, improved EMS organization, and public education. Recipients of this award are ineligible to receive awards in other categories of the Award Program.

Past Recipients

1978 Reinald Leidelmeyer, MD
1979 Mark Lindsey, MD
1980 Astor Jenkins, MD
1981 Judith Tintinalli, MD, MS, FACEP
1982 Carl Jelenko, III, MD 
          John Rogers, MD 
1983 David Wagner, MD, FACEP
1984 Peter Rosen, MD, FACEP
1985 C.C. Roussi/
          John van de Leuv, MD, CM, FACEP
1986 Ronald Stewart, MD
1987 Ronald Krome, MD, FACEP
1988 Harold Jayne, MD, FACEP/
          George Podgorny, MD
1989 Joseph McKean, MD
1990 Michael Bishop, MD, FACEP
1991 Richard Stennes, MD, FACEP
1992 Ronald Hellstern, MD, FACEP
1993 Don B. Cohen, MD, FACEP
1994 John Lumpkin, MD, FACEP
          Michael Trainor, MD 
1995 Ellen Taliaferro, MD, FACEP
1996 Gail Anderson, Sr., MD
1997 Dighton Packard, MD, FACEP
1998 Kenneth DeHart, MD, FACEP
1999 Charlotte Yeh, MD, FACEP

2000 Michael S. Weinstock, MD, FACEP
2001 Douglas M. Hill, DO, FACEP
2002 Joseph F. Waeckerle, MD, FACEP
2003 James E. Hayes, MD, FACEP
2004 Roger Barkin, MD, FACEP
2005 Louise B. Andrew, MD, JD, FACEP
2006 Toni A. Mitchell, MD, FACEP
2007 Peter L. Sawchuk, MD
2008 Richard F. Edlich, MD, FACEP
2009 Bruce S. Auerbach, MD, FACEP
2010 Charles F. Pattavina, MD, FACEP
2011 John Skiendzielewski, MD, FACEP
2012 C. James Holliman, MD, FACEP
2013 Diana L. Fite, MD, FACEP
2014 David P. Sklar, MD, FACEP
2015 Robert W. Strauss, MD, FACEP
2016 Lewis R. Goldfrank, MD, FACEP
2017 Wesley A. Curry, MD, FACEP 
2018 Thom A. Mayer, MD, FACEP
2019 Ramon W. Johnson, 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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