John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award


The John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award is presented to a current or past national ACEP leader - member of the Board of Directors or officer of the Council - for outstanding contributions to the College. The award is named after John G. Wiegenstein, MD, a founding member and the first president of ACEP. Dr. Wiegenstein represents the epitome of leadership, both personal and professional. He served for five years as the College's first delegate to the American Medical Association and is a past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

2024 Recipient
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Debra G Perina, MD, FACEP



The Wiegenstein Award is a plaque featuring an etched portrait of the recipient. The recipient's name is inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters. By virtue of receiving this award, the recipient is not required to pay dues or registration fees for the annual meeting.


Any member of the College may nominate a past or current member of the Board of Directors or officer of the Council for this award. The nominee must be a regular member of the College.

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 leadership attributes should include, but are not limited to: inspiration, innovation, diplomacy, planning, organization, management and administration, arbitration, consensus building, and decision-making. Recipients of this award are ineligible to receive awards in other categories of the Awards Program.

Past Recipients

1975  John Wiegenstein, MD
1976  James Mills, Jr., MD
1977  R.R. Hannas, Jr., MD
1978  Harris Graves, MD
1979  Ronald Krome, MD, FACEP
1980  George Podgorny, MD
1981  Karl Mangold, MD
1982  William Haeck, MD
1983  Ben Moore, Jr., MD
          John Rupke, MD
1984  B. Ken Gray, MD, FACEP
1985  Leonard Riggs, Jr., MD
1986  John McDade, MD
1987  H. Arnold Muller, MD, FACEP
1988  Brooks Bock, FACEP
1989  Bruce Janiak, MD, FACEP
1991  Jacek Franaszek, MD, FACEP
1992  Robert Anzinger, MD, FACEP
1994  Michael Bresler, MD, FACEP
1995  Robert Williams, MD, DPH, FACEP
1996  John B. McCabe, MD, FACEP
1998  Gregory L. Henry, MD, FACEP
1999  Larry A. Bedard, MD, FACEP
2000  Dennis C. Whitehead, MD, FACEP
2001  Nancy J. Auer, MD, FACEP
2002  Michael D. Bishop, MD, FACEP
2003  John C. Moorhead, MD, FACEP
2004  Robert W. Schafermeyer, MD, FACEP
2005  Michael T. Rapp, MD, FACEP
2006  Richard L. Stennes, MD, FACEP
2007  Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, FACEP
2008  George W. Molzen, MD, FACEP
2009  Robert E. Suter, DO, MHA, FACEP
2010  E. Jackson Allison, Jr., MD, FACEP
2011  Fredrick C. Blum, MD, FACEP
2012  Michael L. Carius, MD, FACEP
2013  Mark L. DeBard, MD, FACEP
2014  J. Brian Hancock, MD, FACEP
2015  Angela F. Gardner, MD, FACEP
2016  Linda L. Lawrence, MD, FACEP
2017  Brian F. Keaton, MD, FACEP
2018  Nicholas J. Jouriles, MD, FACEP
2019  Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP
2020  David C. Seaberg, MD, CPE, FACEP
2021  Jay A. Kaplan, MD, FACEP
2022  Rebecca B. Parker, MD, FACEP
2023  Paul D. Kivela, MD, MBA, 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 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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