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Awards & Honors

Each year, AAPM&R takes time to honor pioneering physiatrists, clinicians, researchers, and public servants who have made significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities. These awards are presented during the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

Award Descriptions

Past Award Recipients

2017 Award Recipients


Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR


Distinguished Member Award

Flora M. Hammond, MD, FAAPMR

Flora Hammond

Distinguished Clinician Award

Katharine E. Alter, MD, FAAPMR

Katharine Alter

John R. Parziale, MD, FAAPMR

John R. Parziale

Joel Stein, MD, FAAPMR

Stein Joel

Distinguished Public Service Award

Cheri A. Blauwet, MD, FAAPMR

Blauwet, Cheri MD_HR

PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship

Heidi Prather, DO, FAAPMR

Heidi Prather

AAPM&R Outstanding Council Service Awards

Central Nervous System Rehabilitation Council

Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MD, FAAPMR

Dr. Ivanhoe - B_9 picture in labcoat

General and Medical Rehabilitation Council

David S. Zucker, MD, PhD, FAAPMR

Zucker, David MD, PhD (2)

Musculoskeletal Medicine Council

Kenneth R. Mautner, MD, FAAPMR


Pain Medicine/Neuromuscular Medicine Council

G. J. Herbison, MD, FAAPMR


Pediatric Rehabilitation/Developmental Disabilities Council

Susan D. Apkon, MD, FAAPMR

Susan D. Apkon

2017 AAPM&R Awards Committee

  • Peter Esselman, MD, FAAPMR, Chair, Awards Committee
  • Alberto Esquenazi, MD, FAAPMR
  • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD PhD, FAAPMR
  • David G. Welch, MD, FAAPMR

2016 Awards Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

AAPM&R Congratulates the 2015 Award Recipients


A Word from 2015 AAPM&R Award Winners