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.

2024 Recipient

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Earl J. Reisdorff, 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 a member for this award. The nominee must be a regular 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 Awards 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
2020   John J. Rogers, MD, CPE, FACEP
2021   James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP
2022   Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP
2023   Andy S. Jagoda, MD, FACEP
2024   Earl J. Reisdorff, MD, FACEP

Entry Procedures

Any member of the College 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 email. 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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